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Mud Hen Water

4.7
4.7
1016 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A Hawaiian Sense of Plate

We are in compliance with Honolulu's Safe Access Hawaii Covid-19 protocol. https://www.oneoahu.org/safe-access-oahu

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

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Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaiian, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 9:30 am–2:00 pm Weekday Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Weekend Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 737-6000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ed Kenney & Alika Chung (CDC)

  • Private party facilities

    Our adjacent sandwich shoppe, Kaimuki Superette, is closed in the evenings and can accommodate private cocktail/dinner parties of up to 35 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Cross street

    9th Avenue

  • Parking details

    and ample street parking if the lot is full

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,016 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Hawaii

    Fit for Foodies

  • Hawaii

    Contemporary American

  • Oahu

    Best Value

  • Oahu

    Fit for Foodies

  • Oahu

    Contemporary American

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  1. l

    lemming

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are a couple staying in Waikiki for a work thing who don’t like tourist stuff. So happy that our research turned up this cool little place. The food was delish! The cocktails are great. The peanut tofu is out of this world. I’m not completely sold on the beet poke but the fish sandwich is a hit. Go! It’s a quick $17 Uber ride from the Waikiki strip and well worth it.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing spot. Highly recommended!
  3. N

    Northstar

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night! We sat at the bar and the service was excellent and friendly. All of the dishes were delicious as usual. The Szechuan lotus root dish is amazing. We’ll order it every time!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and drinks and amazing service. Well worth the visit!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Closed when our booking was
  6. GO

    GrandmaO

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent taste for most except laulau could use a bit more salt. We added the leftover salt/five spice from the friend chickpeas. Great waiter, answered our questions politely. Also asked our feedback to help them improve.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    had reservations for bar for 2. asked if possible to get a table instead and they said all taken. i watched the entire restaurant and there were at least 4-5 tables empty throughout our dinner stay, which we could’ve sat at.
  8. RD

    RaynaD

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was great. I enjoyed the small plates. What I didn’t enjoy was my son waiting an hour for his food while everyone else ate and it was only brought out AFTER I asked about it. Honest mistake? Yes.
  9. AM

    AMJJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Brought guest from out of town. They enjoyed it.
  10. SY

    ShelleyY

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the Hawaiian Japanese fusion! A bit overpriced but delicious.
  11. EY

    EleanorY

    Hawaii

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The friendly service was outstanding and the food was very delicious
  12. TG

    TheGaloppingGormond2022

    Hawaii

    163 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    MHW - It had been a long time and we were happy to be back. All of the favorites are still on the menu- the beets, the roasted banana, the chicken, and the lau-lau. Amazing cocktails. Great service. We miss the fire-pit cook station- hope that comes back eventually. Nonetheless, this is a very special restaurant and we look forward to coming back...
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience. Inspired small plate creations featuring local farmers, Hawaiian traditions and modern culinary touches. Service was outstanding and the open, indoor/outdoor seating was very enjoyable. Great cocktails and beer/wine selections too. A memorable Honolulu experience
  14. MR

    MichaelR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Took my wife here for our 14th anniversary. Much to our surprise we were offered complimentary proseccos right off the bat. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes. The big winner of the night was a twice baked banana described as a "baked potato" which was garnished with bacon bits, boiled egg and a curry sauce. Sounds off, but it so magnificent we ordered two. They have a fun play on drinks as well, my wife enjoyed the "Vishnu's Vice" a spicy drink with black pepper and tumeric, but worked very well in its flavor profile. Mud Hen Water is the type of place that reminds me of San Francisco. A quaint neighborhood elegant eatery that people uber to. Glad I took a risk and booked here instead of the normal anniversary fare. The price was surprisingly reasonable as well.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot in Kaimuki! Lots of natural light. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. We went for brunch but definitely want to go back again to try the dinner menu.
  16. T

    Tiffannf

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! Get the chicken rice croquettes and the brownie👌🏼… there was also live music playing (we went on a Saturday) which was really nice.
  17. d

    dininggal

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at mud hen water was extraordinary! The flavors were so surprising and everything tasted like home. We got the Szechuan lotus roots and I couldn’t stop slurping up the sauce. We ordered the sourdough bread just to soak up the sauce. It was Szechuan flavored but without all the heat that makes it hard to taste! We also got the veal meatballs and the flavors were Indian inspired and the naan that went with it was probably the best naan I ever had! We also got the miso clams which were rich and buttery and full of umami. We finished with the fried chicken which was tender, juicy and crispy all at the same time. Apparently they sous vide the chicken first then fry it. This was likely one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! So inventive and creative and just downright delicious. I can’t wait to go back again when I’m back in honolulu.
  18. S

    Stephanie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The mapo tofu and the sausage and clams are two dishes I will be thinking about for a long long time. Woke up craving them. Everything was delicious and the service was delightful.
  19. RF

    RuthF

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good. Not disappointing at all. Nice ambiance. Nice service. While the food was solid and tasty it was not overly memorable.
  20. SG

    SamG

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is fantastic. The staff, ambience, cocktails, and food are perfection.
  21. JB

    JessB

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal made even better by a very knowledgeable server! My sister is celiac and rainy out can be tricky, and our server didn’t skip a beat and knew all the choices she could have without modification, and those she could with one. The food was AMAZING and we were able to try so much as there were many options for her! Thank you again, truly was a treat!
  22. N

    Nanmc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nudge water has an eclectic menu. We had four different menu items. They were all delicious!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh local ingredients used in innovative ways. Great staff and delicious meal.
  24. EG

    EleeleGirl

    Hawaii

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy Mud Hen Water so much more every time we go there. We are especially glad to see staff who are still there. The guava sorbet with ume is fantastic and we hope they keep it on the menu.
  25. B

    Brian

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    The pictures of the food on yelp didn't match and what the restaurant offered were way different . Very limited, small and not a great value menu. We tried 5 items and nothing was great.
  26. TE

    TerryE

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best place that we’ve eaten at in Waikiki area !
  27. l

    lulu

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    always fresh, local-style food with a twist. served family-style, incorporating what is fresh and available such as venison lau lau. thoughtful food for folks who enjoy choke flavor. always something new on the menu.
  28. J

    Juliana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Overall would def recommend Mud Hen Water for brunch. The options were all delicious and we enjoyed the mimosas and bloody marys. Very cool, modern yet deconstructed vibes. Recommend sitting outdoors, if possible! Only negative was we read online that it was a tapas style spot so we ordered a few items to share but when the plates came out, we quickly realized they were all full meal size.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!!! Get the chicken and rice croquettes!!!! Service from Rhonda was amazing— she was so lovely!! Amazing indoor outdoor vibe. Worth leaving the strip for. Top 5 meals ever had!!! If ur debating.. go!!!!
  30. C

    Cunningbrews

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so great to enjoy our favorites as well as trying all the new dishes! As always, Rhonda was spot on and Sunny’s old fashion didn’t disappoint!! MC&KK
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great service. Several new dishes on the menu!
  32. MM

    MarkM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Friendly service. Nice local spot. What’s not to like?
  33. MH

    MicH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive server makes food taste and experience better
  34. T

    Twiggy

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty great food, highly recommend as they have a really interesting take on modern hawaiian food
  35. M

    Moni

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great restaurant. Great food, very authentic and relaxed restaurant. Service amazing and creative menu. Well worth the 15 min Uber.
  36. MH

    MargaretH

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Oh my gosh this was great! We loved the small plate format. The dishes were careful and creative. We thought some could stand more salt but overall the food was excellent. Highly recommend!!
  37. L

    Lynn

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious & creative.
  38. A

    Anonymous

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omg. The BEST. Definitely worth the trek. Food is out of this world. Love all the native Hawaiian veg that you can’t find on the mainland. Ulu, beet poke, clams and sausage, Pohole, and mapo rice cakes were our favorites. Our kids had the tempura fish sandwiches (sauce on the side) and LOVED them. Can’t recommend enough.
  39. A

    Anne

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Eh not worth the hype and the price I wouldn’t recommend for tourists
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food and drink. Attentive and informative staff. Impressive bar! Creative cocktails!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mud Hen Water using the Order Online button. Mud Hen Water also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 737-6000.

Mud Hen Water is rated 4.7 stars by 1016 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Mud Hen Water

3452 Waialae Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 9:30 am–2:00 pm Weekday Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Weekend Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaiian, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    and ample street parking if the lot is full

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ed Kenney & Alika Chung (CDC)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 737-6000

  • Private party facilities

    Our adjacent sandwich shoppe, Kaimuki Superette, is closed in the evenings and can accommodate private cocktail/dinner parties of up to 35 guests.

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