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Mud Hen Water

4.8
4.8
996 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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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
    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
    Weekend Dinner
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Snacks

  • Yaki o Pa'i 'ai$10.00

    shoyu sugar, nori, sesame

    • Koena Hummus$9.00

      local vegetable assortment, kukui nut lavosh

      • Preserved Akule$9.00

        soda cracker, pickles, limu butter

        • Chicken Long Rice Croquettes$6.00

          curry, scallion

          Small Plates

          • Toss Salad$9.00

            manoa lettuce, carrot, kabu, ginger dressing

            • Pohole$8.00

              okra, yamaimo, sweet onion, ume shiso vinaigrette

              • Beet Poke$9.00

                avocado, pickled limu, smoked macadamia nuts

                • Buttered 'Ulu$8.00

                  fermented black bean, sour orange, cilantro

                  • Kunoa Beef Tongue & Broccoli$12.00

                    pickled shallot, onion, chili

                    • He'e Lu'au$16.00

                      grilled he'e, taro leaf, inamona dukkah

                      • Pocho Mussels$14.00

                        portuguese sausage, cabbage, charred chives

                        • Smoke Meat Carbonara$14.00

                          bucatini, sugar snaps, pea shoots, parmigiano

                          Large Plates

                          Two Scoop Hapa Rice $3

                          • Chopped Steak

                            grilled Kunoa ribeye, watercress, tomato, grilled onions, scallions

                            • Market Price
                          • I'a Lawalu$27.00

                            a'uku buried in coals, pastele, local veggies, extra virgin coconut cream

                            • Fried Chicken$28.00

                              szechuan salt, tamarind mustard, shrimp chips, lettuce, mushrooms, cucumber

                              Desserts

                              • Pineapple-Polenta Upside Down Cake$8.00

                                coconut sorbetto, grilled pineapple, fennel

                                • Chocolate-Kiawe Bean Brownie$8.00

                                  black sesame gelato, mac nut toffee

                                  • Miso-Butterscotch Rice Pudding$8.00

                                    ginger lace cookie

                                    • Sorbetto$4.00

                                      guava-ume or coconut

                                      • Gelato$4.00

                                        vanilla bean or black sesame

                                        Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                        What 996 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                        4.8
                                        4.8 based on recent ratings
                                        • 4.8Food
                                        • 4.7Service
                                        • 4.6Ambience
                                        • 4.5Value

                                        NoiseModerate

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                                        1. N

                                          Nanmc

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        2. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                        3. EG

                                          EleeleGirl

                                          Hawaii

                                          41 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          41 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.

                                        4. 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.

                                        5. 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 !

                                        6. 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.

                                        7. 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.

                                        8. 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!!!!

                                        9. 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

                                        10. 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!

                                        11. 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?

                                        12. MH

                                          MicH

                                          Hawaii

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Attentive server makes food taste and experience better

                                        13. 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

                                        14. 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.

                                        15. 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!!

                                        16. L

                                          Lynn

                                          New York Area

                                          7 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Delicious & creative.

                                        17. 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.

                                        18. 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

                                        19. 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!!

                                        20. S

                                          Susan

                                          San Francisco

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Great creative food! Good veggie options (though even more mains would be appreciated!). Delicious for brunch and dinner.

                                        21. JC

                                          JenC

                                          Seattle

                                          9 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          9 reviews

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Such a fun local dining experiences experience. Make sure to save room for dessert!

                                        22. MC

                                          MichaelC

                                          Hawaii

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Customer service was incredible. First "post-pandemic" restaurant visit - and it couldn't have been better. We'll be back!

                                        23. SE

                                          SarahE

                                          San Francisco

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 9, 2022

                                          overall4food3service4ambience4

                                          very nice staff, food was interesting but some dishes not on point

                                        24. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 9, 2022

                                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                                          It’s Okay.. but the portions are very small for the prices. A bit of salty overall.

                                        25. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Hawaii

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 9, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Loved it. Felt like family, especially after not being able to dine in for a while. Menu is slightly different with new dishes not reflected on OpenTable - recommend stopping by in person for an updated menu or calling ahead

                                        26. SS

                                          StephenS

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 6, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          Interesting twists on authentic Hawaiian dishes, with a knowledgable wait staff that is eager to guide guests. Highly recommend.

                                        27. K

                                          Kikakila

                                          Orlando

                                          17 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          17 reviews

                                          Dined on April 3, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Delicious, interesting food featuring local ingredients. Has the feel of a neighborhood place just with elevated food. Friendly, informal service. We were there for Sunday brunch. Families with young children were mixed in with older folks. Very casual dress. It's a bare-bones space, a bit rundown. But that just adds to character of the place. We loved it.

                                        28. S

                                          Slecnokim

                                          Los Angeles

                                          46 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          46 reviews

                                          Dined on April 3, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                          The vibe is welcoming and fun. We accidentally requested bar seating but they accommodated us easily at a table so our 4 year old could sit on a short chair.

                                        29. LH

                                          LauHalaLana

                                          Hawaii

                                          34 reviews

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          34 reviews

                                          Dined on April 3, 2022

                                          overall2food4service2ambience4

                                          Our server was terrible! We've been going to Mud Hen for years, this is the first time we had such terrible service.

                                        30. DD

                                          DavidD

                                          Hawaii

                                          2 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 2, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Really interesting riffs on traditional Hawaiian dishes, featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Liked the beet poke, and the buttered 'uala (sweet potato), in particular, was fantastic. Next time I'll definitely try the J. Ludovico Fried Chicken, and attempt to save room for the miso-butterscotch rice pudding. Also, their bar is incredibly well stocked with some atypical liquors, and both bartenders made outstanding cocktails.

                                        31. E

                                          Elizabeth

                                          Washington DC

                                          10 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          10 reviews

                                          Dined on April 1, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Delicious innovative and memorable food. I’m as there at 5pm when they opened so it was quiet - no idea if it gets noisy when busy. I ate three small dishes because I wanted a light meal - peanut tofu, ferns and the lotus roots. I can’t fault a thing - it was fabulous - possibly the beat meal I’ve had during my month on Oahu!

                                        32. MS

                                          MadelineS

                                          Hawaii

                                          8 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on March 27, 2022

                                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                                          It was a great way to celebrate my birthday. Excellent food. Interesting menu. We shared dishes so we could try more. Will definitely come here again.

                                        33. AM

                                          AmandaM

                                          Chicago

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 25, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This is a great place for small and shared plates! Love the Hawaiian inspired food and the bartender was fantastic!

                                        34. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          San Francisco

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 24, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food and friendly staff!

                                        35. HG

                                          HenryG

                                          San Francisco

                                          15 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          15 reviews

                                          Dined on March 23, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          A must stop for any Oahu visitor for a Hawaiian inspired farm to table experience. Chef Ed Kenney has done a wonderful job with his dishes. The menu isn't big, but our waiter (Vincent) working with the kitchen allowed us to experience many dishes over two visits by doing some without dairy. Dishes to try is Pohole (fern shoots) salad, the Buttered Ulu (breadfruit), the fried chicken, Sausage and clams, and the Ume Guava Sorbet for dessert. Everything was great. Also try the Golden Sour cocktail. We will be back again before the end of the year.

                                        36. MJ

                                          MaureenJ

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 23, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Our party of 4 included two teenagers who are stretching their food experience and they ate everything and loved it. We shared the family style meal and were very full and able to take some back to hotel. I had the leftovers for breakfast the following morning. Loved the introduction to real Hawaiian food. The deserts were beyond delicious!

                                        37. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 19, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          A favorite. Adore this place—delicious food, excellent drinks, beautiful & warm space. Perfect for a nice dinner and drinks with loved ones.

                                        38. LH

                                          LizH

                                          Hawaii

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 17, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Aloha, My Son is studying @ KCC...in the Culinary Arts and I was celebrating their recent Marriage. He insisted on Your Restaurant... I enjoyed every minute and The Food was Absolutely Amazing....Service was personal and very attentive... Very Authentic Local Food ! Great Vibes

                                        39. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Really cool food and great service

                                        40. J

                                          Jessika

                                          Los Angeles

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on March 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          My partner and I agreed that this was, hands down, one of the best meals we’ve EVER had! (Like Top 5 best meals ever) And we’re from SoCal where there is no shortage of amazing restaurants! Mud Hen Water was recommended to us by a couple of friends and we were so glad we tried it out because it definitely did NOT disappoint! The restaurant was a 10-15 minute drive away from our hotel in Waikiki and the decor/ambience/aesthetic were perfect. Our table was situated near the bar and had a nice view of their outdoor area with cute lighting, picnic tables, and a colorful mural. We ordered the Aku Crudo and Chicken Long rice small plates to start (both delicious) to have with our cocktails. Their cocktails are also really good! For our larger plates, we shared the Lau Lau and the Sausage and Clams (both fantastic, as well). The coconut milk broth that the sausage and clams came in was so rich and flavorful! Our server recommended we get bread or rice to go with it because you could add the broth to your rice or dip bread in it. We went with bread and they gave us two thick, toasted, buttery slices of sourdough bread (my favorite) and they were perfect for dipping into the broth and went well with the clams. For dessert, we shared the Miso Butterscotch Rice Pudding with the ginger lace cookie. So much umami packed into a little jar! Highly recommend it to anyone who visits. We can’t wait to come back to Oahu and eat at Mud Hen Water again!

                                        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 4.8 stars by 996 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                        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
                                          Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
                                          Weekend Dinner
                                          Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 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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