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MW Restaurant
MW Restaurant

MW Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://mwrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (808) 955-6505
  • Hours of Operation:
    --- Lunch ---

    Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10:30am - 4:00pm

    --- Dinner ---

    Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sun: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Dessert
  • Executive Chef: Wade Ueoka
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service will be available. However, there is a parking lot and parking is also available on the street.
A word from MW Restaurant
Casual dining with a Hawaii Regional Cuisine flair accompanied by exquisite desserts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHawaii Regional Cuisine
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "The nachos and poke was delicious. The Mochi-encrusted Opakapaka over somen was unique and perfectly cooked with a delicate crust. The deconstructed strawberry cheesecake topped off a first-rate dining experience. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Husband and wife chef focus on Korean-Hawaiian twist on Asian fusion. Loved the mochi crusted opakapaka!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Enjoyable meal. I would return to try other dishes. A bit too noisy as it gets busier. Main entree on the smaller side. Appetizers fair portion. However I was full having appetizers before main entree. Service was great. Would like to view desserts before making a choice. Perhaps on a display tray. Cookie at the end was a nice gesture."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My son tried the arancino appetizer. We had the rib eye, opakapaka, onaga and ahi--all were delicious. The desserts were decadent. Prices have increased a bit but overall, a great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Our entire experience was superb. We started our 40th anniversary dinner with a refreshing lime/mint drink suggested by our excellent server, Joel, who warmly welcomed us with personalized menus. Everything, including the aioli dip with the focaccia bread, appetizers Alaskan king crab cake and soy braised pork belly with bao buns, entrees mochi crusted opakapaka on somen noodles with yuzu sauce and New Zealand grilled salmon on soba noodles, was so delicious. Lilikoi lovers, we selected the Floating Island and lilikoi brulee for dessert, which had the most potent lilikoi sorbet in the midst of tapioca pearls and lilikoi mousse. Fabulous! We were sent off with two bags of chocolate chip cookies and an anniversary gift of banana bread."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner very much. Duck salad was a winner. High quality food in a nice open setting."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I went here for dinner. We tried the set sampler. Pretty pricy but very good. I also tried a number of unusual beers which were interesting. The opakapaka was very good. The appetizers were excellent. The atmosphere is very casual. People wore shorts and slippers in there. I gave low marks for Ambiance because of that. But I definitely will go back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "He does not know how to cook tasty. I belive that he is not a person of talent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Wanted to try a new place for our 21st anniversary. Reviews I read were spot on. Great twists on basic selections. Service was exceptional from start to finish. You felt special and everyone was there to make you enjoy yourself. Even my husband who gets Leary to try new places loved his steak and potatoes. Thank you MW restaurant for a memorable dinner!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "foods was great overall but the risotto with the filet was undercooked as there were crunchy grains throughout. Lemonade was ok and the coffee was watered down. Noise was loud but I where fora romantic dinner anyway. Good place to take friends or family."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "it's like regular comfort food with a fancy twist! The appetizers are big enough to be your main course!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "There were 3 of us: we ordered 2 appetizers and 3 mains. All meat (one of us allergic to seafood). All good. Had the Fried Chicken and Pork Belly appetizers: both yummy. For mains, we had the Pork Shank, Oxtail Stew and Rice, and a special with Fois Gras and a tender shank on truffle mashed potatoes: the Fois gras was cooked perfectly. We have experience of eating in many big cities, and are very fond of good food -- this place impressed, especially for Honolulu."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant based on the recommendation by famous Japanese blogger as a worthwhile trying new restaurant. Mixture of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and perhaps Vietnamese together with Western style dishes create an unique variety of dishes. Two sides of full wall-length tall glass window make diners feel open atmosphere. We could enjoy a beautiful evening view which made additional flavor to our diner."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I came for happy hour. Food was great (so was the price) but service was really slow. It took awhile before our server acknowledged we were there. No one checked on us after our food arrived. We saw a few waiters breaking for lunch and a few others roaming around talking story with other diners. I visited again (later that day) for dinner. Food was outstanding. Service still lacking. In fact, service up until food arrived was great. Then the restaurant filled up and no one checked on us. Dessert menu and dessert itself took a really long time (at least 20 min). My guests also agreed service was slow. On a separate note for opentable, I indicated in notes that it was one of my guest'a birthday. The restaurant did not acknowledge this."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Eaten lunch & dinner several times & it's always consistently good! My guest said, "Food had a familiar taste", when referring to the salad she had. It was because of 1 ingredient Wade used that reminded her of her favorite food, sushi. It was comment I had previously made about reminding me of something my Mom used to make. That's the magic, Wade takes familiar ingredients and flavors and incorporates them into contemporary creations."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Excellent service, visually-impacting food that tastes as fresh and lively as it appears. Dessert of lilikoi delights (in a glass so you could see all the treats within) was outstanding! I plan to return this week to try more of the amazing menu items. The jidori chicken appetizer at lunch was crispy and light all at once with so much flavor, it must be repeated soon to see if this is just as fantastic on my next visit!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great experience. Altogether another enjoyable meal at MW Restaurant. Fine dining made more accessible in a relaxed atmosphere. Upscale comfort food done right. The execution was spot on once again. One of the best new restaurants to have opened in the last year on Oahu."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Needed last minute dinner ideas. Did the usual yelp search, but nothing caught my eye. Decided to see what would be available for reservations at 9:30 pm on OpenTable. My husband and I enjoyed it the last time we tried, and we wanted to treat his parents to something nice (coming from a play). They close at 10 and I'm sure they were anxious to get us out, but it never showed. Plus, we are fast eaters & when we enjoy our food, we don't speak. Lol. Apps: Calamari & Poke Nachos=delicious! We probably ended up with the rest of the calamari bc it was a huge portion. I got the mocha crusted opakapaka AGAIN. Best idea ever. Desserts: strawberry cheesecake & I think...brulee? Anyway, SO GOOD! And we each got a small bag of cookies FOR FREE!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Has great potential of becoming a great restaurant . Food is tasty, but could increase in portion size for better value of your dollar. Nicely presented. Would consider coming back."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had a great dinner and my guest was very impressed with the wine list. Service was terrific. We sat along the wall on the banquette. The rest of the room was well lit, but the row of tables along the wall was very poorly lit. I think those lights must be on a dimmer and we had to read the menu with our cell phones as light. Room temperature was good, Noise level was a little high, but we could still carry on a conversation. The light at the bar was very bright. Don't know if all this was planned or if the lights were just not adjusted on Sunday. I am a designer and have designed many restaurants. Maybe this is the new style in lighting, but it could have been more comfortable. All in all, it was a good experience and I will return."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My nephew was visiting from Tokyo and wanted to take him to someplace new. We invited his cousin and her boyfriend. MW was an excellent choice, great food and artfully presented."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We finally made a reservation on a timely basis and got in to MW! Enjoyed ever bit of our experience from the friendly staff to the great touch of a gift of cookies as we left! How great is that and plus they were so good. Whomever thought of it was a genius cause you go home and while still talking about dinner, you have cookies to end your evening. Our opakapaka and katsu dishes were excellent and you have to have the donuts for dessert -- WOW!! Can't wait to go back as we saw so many other dishes we wanted to try!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My friend was visiting Honolulu for the day. We had some spa treatments and were planning to have a late lunch at 3:30 pm. We didn't know MW has a happy hour between 2 - 5pm. We both ordered the signature dish "Mochi Encrusted Opakapaka". The fish was served over somen noodles with a side serving of assorted Korean ban chan. The fish was so crispy on the outside and moist and flavorful in the inside. We also ordered the poke pot stickers and homemade spam musubis. Both pupu dishes were $5 each. What a deal! To finish off the meal, we had the donuts with chocolate sauce. It is actually donut holes that are so fluffy that it is like eating little clouds. Everything were so delicious!!! Will definitely go back for more!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Casual new restaurant by Alan Wong alumni, with a strong emphasis on the food and ingredients. Perhaps a bit too noisy, this Reflects a trend in dining where the setting is secondary; what matters is on the plate. Wait staff is very knowledgeable, every dish is described as it hits the table. Homage paid to local ingredients; fish includes onaga, the one fish I miss on the mainland, opakapaka, nairagai. Local produce and even house made Chinese sausage or lop cheung, show how serious the owners are. Excellent wine selections include stellar choices from Germany and France. Very good addition to local dining scene; perhaps too ambitious for a local audience."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "From valet, to the surprise menu & dessert for our 21st Anniversary, everything & everyone was exceptional! Jason kept that tasty toast & ailoi coming & Terry was the perfect waiter with superb recommendations! The filet & foie gras is amazing as we're the Thai Rum drinks and outstanding Syrah Terry suggested. We started with the ceviche and can honestly say it's the best we've ever had! Ended with 2 delicious desserts, a banana special and the chocolate crunch, crazy tasty! Thank you for a memorable evening, we will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "What ever you do, make sure you save room for the innovative and onolicious desserts..."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We wanted to try something comparable to Alan Wong's or Nobu's. What a find MW was! The food was excellent and so was the staff who were knowledgable of what was being served and attentive to our needs. A must go if you are looking for excellent dining!!!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The appetizers were great as well as the entrees and the dessert - WOW!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Food was great as usual. Thries the fried chix appetizer, surprising .. square white and dark meat chunks pressed together and deep fried (size of a golf ball) was ono... Oxtail, pork belly and Corned beef soup was ono as well..."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The grilled Twin Bridges asparagus with hot bacon dressing was beautifully presented and so delicious. Also had their signature mochi crusted fish - very good. The brulee topped layered dessert is fantastic. Looking forward to the next time."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We are 2 senior ladies, celebrating a birthday. We were quite early, but immediately and cordially seated. B'day lady was touched by the personalized menu, immediately getting teary! Ordered several appetizer plates and all were delicious and attractive. Leftovers were individually boxed (no foam clamshells with food running into each other). We knew we could not eat another bite but birthday lady. demolished her choc candy bar dessert and had to take a keepsake photo of the personalized Msge on the plate. My deconstructed banana cream pie disappeared as well. Take-home bag of cookies was icing on the cake! Classy "happy birthday" touches were perfection! No singing waiters, thank you!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "If you're looking to hit one of the famous names in Honolulu to say you did it, than more power to you. If you want better food than those places, with better service, and more comfortable ambience, than go to MW. I took my wife and 2 older daughters for our anniversary last week, after having been to some of the "other" 4 $ "hot" places while on vacation, and wished I would have just saved my money and gone to MW more than once! The food was unique and well prepared, the entire staff was very welcoming and had spot-on recommendations, and they all added little personal touches for our special dinner that made the evening perfect. We were never rushed and we all had different things, and everything turned out better than expected!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Upon walking in, the design of the restaurant was appealing, upscale and modern. We ordered pork belly buns and char siu and foie won ton apps - both looked very appetizing however the flavors were sadly muddled. The won ton filling just seemed like some kind of mystery meat and the scallion/ginger sauce with the pork took away from the typical butter-like flavor of the pork belly. Miso honey glazed butterfish was good...if only it didn't have so many conflicting flavors from the kim chee, taegu and other pickled green on the plate. Dessert was...different. Deconstructed strawberry cheesecake included ume stuffed strawberries, berries dipped in li hing, house made graham and cheesecake filling. Again, flavors did not agree with each other."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "It was my 2nd anniversary and I decided to take my wife to MW. I heard a great many things about this place, all of then being good. So, the restaurant staff were extremely friendly, and they even helped me make the evening more special by accommodating the roses I bought and setting them on the table before we got there. They also customized the menu with our names and the occasion, and even customized the desert we ordered. Now on to the food. The food is terrific! There was so many great mixtures of flavors in every bite, it was like going on a different adventure every bite! I have to say the entree and the desert were to die for! Such greatness in both dishes!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "First time dining there, the service was excellent. Best crab cakes I ever had, fried chicken appetizer was very good. I had their ribeye which was good but not outstanding, my wife loved her braised short ribs. You must save room for dessert! Chocolate banana cream pie and the MW donuts with chocolate fondue was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Overall the food was very good. The exception was my kalbi short ribs which were tough. My friends loved their fish. Service was a little uneven and I had to ask the manager to get me my check at the end because the waiter was busy with other patrons. The staff was very polite and friendly - just a little slip up here and there which can be easily corrected.Desserts were excellent, and the small bag of homemade cookies to take home was a nice touch. I would go again."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Our first time to MW. A lot of interesting flavors going on here. This culinary couple have a hit on their hands. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I have been trying to broaden my culinary horizons and Chef Wayne at MW Restaurant has really helped me push my limits. The local beet salad is a favorite but also the asparagus salad is awesome even though it is not normally something I would order. I usually hate how fatty duck is but his duck confit was sweet and savory and perhaps the most delicious thing I have tasted in my life, and it was a lunch special! Their tasting menu from 2-5 is awesome....the butterfish and UNAGI arancino is to killer. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "For entrees we had the mochi crusted Opakapaka and the steamed Chinese style Onaga. The Onaga was raw in the middle. They offered to make a new one. We didn't want to eat our dinners one at a time. Appetizer asparagus lacked the vinaigrette although it did have bacon pieces of 'bacon vinaigrette.' Other appetizers were fine - salad and arancini. The room is fine but the lighting is unpleasant overhead only. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Special birthday lunch with friends, so surprised to see the birthday gal presented with a Birthday greeting and her name printed on the top of her menu! She also got a small bag of the house fresh baked cookies when we were done. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014