Mahina and Sun's - Surfjack Hotel

4.5
463 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Honolulu-born chef Ed Kenney opens his fourth eatery, Mahina & Sun's featuring his delicious and groundbreaking take on island cuisine. Kenney's commitment to offering "elevated home cooking with a Hawaiian sense of place" and utilizing local, organic products shine through in his dishes. Over the past decade, through his other restaurants in Kaimuki - Town, Kaimuki Superette and Mud Hen Water, Kenney has been a pivotal figure in the rapidly growing food culture in the city.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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Hours of operation
Daily: 6:30am – 10:00pm
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Phone number
(808) 924-5810
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Erik Leong
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Catering
We will be featuring local musicians, dj spinning, special events, art openings, and many more.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kuhio Avenue
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Entertainment
We will be featuring local musicians, dj spinning, special events, art openings, and many more.
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Special events & promotions
Thank you for choosing Mahina and Sun's! Our Valentine's Day Pre-Fixed menu is $95 per guest. Vegetarian option is $75 per guest. Mahina family feast is $35 per guest plus market price of the fish. We look forward to serving you.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Daily 12:00PM - 12:00PM 5:30PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 9:30PM

What 463 People Are Saying
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TM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was amazing and we really loved the updates done, the architecture and the overall vibe. Very fun and a great experience.

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g
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We found this restaurant on Open Table and chose it because it was close to our hotel. Food was good, service was great and very energetic.

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L
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This is the first time since using Open Table I was not completely happy with the dinner. I had the opah, which was ok. My husband had the rigatoni, which was also ok. It was loud but we expected that from other reviews. Ours server, Mary Anne, was great.

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VO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This place used to be fantastic but it's gone a little downhill. Used to love the hehe salad but portion got smaller and flavors not balanced well. Maybe just an off night?

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OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening here! The food was delicious and our server was attentive and knowledgeable. One of our favourite meals in Honolulu!

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CU
Hawaii
216 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No wonder our former President loved dinning here. Possibly the most creative kitchen in Hawaii. Honestly you will never find similar dishes on Oahu. Also the best pickling on Oahu. Coupled with a super attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff you are truly in for a relaxing and stimulating treat.

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JT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mahina & Suns is always on my list when I am in Oahu. Food and drinks are spot on, the opah and mon chong were delish in this recent visit. Having music by #mailesoul made it all the better!

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LJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely surprise - an eclectic restaurant housed on the ground floor of a local hotel. The food was amazing and the service outstanding. Anyone who can make a kale salad absolutely mouth watering is a genius!

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SG
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Enjoyed the Baquets in beet sauce and pork pate as starters. Main courses were delicious, but was sad there was no fresh fish that day for the group feast. Always great

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fresh seafood. Wonderful service in a fun retro-60’s setting

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A
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Dined here based on the good reviews and an article we read in a magazine. Crazy ambiance as the restaurant is right next to an indoor swimming pool. Very limited menu. We were two people and we both really didn't enjoy our entrees of opah (moonfish) and monchong (sickle pomfret). The appetizer of sweet land farm chevre beignets was nice but nothing special. Service was just okay too. Very disappointed.

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TM
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Grilled octopus with ricotta- what a winning combination. Delicious meal and fun, relaxed atmosphere.

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S
Hawaii
51 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Had a business meeting at 11am. Staff was nice to put us in a space where we could have a bit of privacy (corner table) and could hear one another.
We were one of the first people there for lunch so we didnt' have to fight a lunch crowd. It was very pleasant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is very creative and delicious, and the hotel has a cool vibe. Service however was spotty

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, especially if you are seated overlooking the hotel’s pool, taking full advantage of the open-air setting. The restaurant’s sustainably-fished seafood is excellent - we tried both the monchong and opah. The monchong was light, flaky, yet flavorful. The opah was meaty, yet tender with an amazing bacon-infused broth. Oh, I almost forgot the cocktails - excellent. A nice departure from the ubiquitous tiki-style tropical drinks you’ll find at most other area bars, but still masterfully incorporating local fruits and other ingredients. Service was very good. Our waitress, Jacqui, was very friendly and attentive with the two of us despite also serving a very large party next to us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We made a reservation for my daughters 20th birthday, 3 weeks in advance. The reservation was at 6:30 party of 6. When we arrived, about 6:25 the table wasn’t ready and we had to wait. When we were seated, the table wasn’t in the restaurant, it was in the bar/lounge closer to the pool entrance. Needless to say our table sucked.

The food was REALLY great!

Fried whole fish - delicious!!
Avocado tacos
Ahi tartare
He’e salad
Corn chowder
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Frustrating for the money we spent on the dinner and the table was so bad. That would be the reason I wouldn’t go again.

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the healthy, market driven food. Our server Maryanne makes the experience even better!!!!!!!

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RC
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, just right for a good dinner with friends.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful brunch. Waffle, burrito and Egg Sammie are delicious!

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k
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our friendly server was so welcoming and informative and the tuna and opah were wonderful. The live music was icing on the cake...a jazzy Sinatra and John Legend mix

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n
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great night. Amazing food! There was a guy singing and playing guitar. Good service. Not crowded on a Wednesday night.

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TH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing. We started with chèvre beignets for a savory delicious start. We both had the smoked opah chowder which was absolutely delicious. Tender morsels of smoked opah made the soup memorable. I had the Kauai shrimp risotto. The succulent shrimp made the tasty risotto a dish I will go back for. My husband had the catch of the day, fresh Opah with a whole grain mustard topping that I got to try with tender braised local cabbage. Desserts were delicious as well. They have a dark chocolate mochi that’s unreal ono and their butterscotch pudding with a cookie crumble made a perfect ending to our already flawless meal. Heidi was our server and she’s awesome. We will be back!

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AA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service! We also really enjoyed the live music on Sunday.

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OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cool spot - delicious food and cool ambiance! Definitely check this place out!

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DW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everybody in our group of 7 enjoyed their meal which were nicely presented with generous portions. Our food server was friendly and extremely accommodating. The tables are spaced apart enough to allow privacy along with fun people watching. Highly recommended!

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CM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was impeccable. Nothing Frufy, but an imaginative combination of simple fresh ingredients created tastes that were inspiring.
Our server was so connective and fun.
What a great night.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

おいしいし、コスパもよいし、体にも良いお料理ばかりです。

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K
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another superb experience at Mahina and Sun’s thanks to the wonderful staff, especially our server Alison! The team’s attention to detail and professionalism is top notch; and the quality of ingredients and execution is spectacular. A neighborhood gem indeed!

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I
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Looking for seafood and a new dining choice, we found Mahina and Sun's-just up the road from our timeshare and in Waikiki. The menu was outstanding-I had the monchong dish and it was delicous, small baby tomatoes and potatoes, with chinese string beans. My wife tried the pono pork rilettes which she enjoyed immensely. Our server Alison was very friendly and helpful, with a cute smile and an island tan. We will try visiting again this trip or on our Dec trip.

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AH
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of five ate at Mahina and Sun's on a Sunday night at about 6:15. We enjoyed everything we ordered and appreciated the attention of our server. It was a relaxing ambience and we enjoyed being tucked away near the pool, away from the crowds.

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K
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was very good. But kind of pricey. What we had was family style dinner with a whole fish.
They charge $37/parsons for little bit of sashimi, rice , Veggies, pickles and peanuts on top of$99.00 fish at MP. Table was by the swimming pool kids jumping around.

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T
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent poulet, sashimi avec un concert live

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AA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible , so we only had an appetizer and a beer, then left...took forever just to get a beer too, very disappointed since we were supposed to eat dinner here that night. Would not recommend: (

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Didn’t see our server for a good 20 min. The pizza with “uncured bacon” was all fat. It was gross, i picked it all off bc we never saw said server to tell her. and when she finally returned, she just basically said that’s what it is. Which in the service industry is not the right answer. We dined here a couple days before, gave it 5 Stars. Too bad a poor server can ruin the experience.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice cozy place with outstanding food

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CL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mahina & Sun's is our second home. We live on the island and go there once or twice a month. We always take our visiting friends and family there. Great food, service and live music. Perfect every single time ! Highly recommended

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SK
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. Would definitely go back there again.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!

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CU
Hawaii
216 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was at least our 25th time dinning here. Every time we come there’s that great greeting. The VIB is awesome. A packed bar scene and great local live music. Families as well as couples are having a great time BUT it’s the food and service that makes this restaurant into our top three on all of the Hawaiian Islands. Photos will follow but the one new dis that deserves rave reviews is their Fresh Kauai Shrimp Risotto that was better then any south of France dish we had since coming back from six weeks in France two weeks ago. The aromas of cooked down shells and the many ingredients that go into a traditional fish stock was very obvious and the ability for the staff to describe each dish as if they cooked it was highly appreciated.

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