Mahina and Sun's - Surfjack Hotel

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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.
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JuanitaC
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I gave the rating I did because of the pandemic quarantine, we were not able to enjoy dining there. My rating is based on our calling the restaurant constantly with no answer and leaving messages not returned. At the very least, a voicemail indicating they will not be opened.

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govsqb69
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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deedee
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was good but not outstanding. Very expensive for the quality.

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tiffarrell
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Kids found choices as did parents. Kids could roam a bit which was great and made dinner nicer for the adults!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was decent but food took 45 min to come out and we didn’t order anything special. Waitress was very nice though and ambiance was lively—they had a DJ when we went. It’s definitely a fun place to have a relaxing meal and we enjoyed our food but not even in the top 5 meals we had during our time in Oahu.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

The live music was deafening

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KanoeW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Momi waited on us and was fantastic. The ambiance is always nice. What was disappointing was the food. I've dined here for dinner before and our meal was flavorful and delicious. I was disappointed in the quality of the food this time around. The Poi Bowl was very small in portion - compared to the price. And the poi in the Poi Bowl was watered down. The corn risotto wasn't cooked sufficiently. It almost felt "rushed." The opah was fine but there was nothing memorable about the dish. Given the prices, I expect to have a better than average meal. I'm not sure I'll go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

It was fine, but the food didn’t seam like it was prepared to order and the beignets were under cooked. Staff was very nice but seemed like everyone was being trained

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BobH
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!!! We will most definitely be going back again!

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Villa
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was okay and kind of overpriced for what you get. The service was really great though, and the atmosphere was nice. There's live music every night! If you're a local, sign up for their free loyalty card and you'll get free valet parking for up to four hours on every visit.

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vipLovesYummy
Hawaii
229 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Naked Pig was the best dish of all that we ordered. It's a pizza using a flatbread texture crust with lots of bacon bits, onion and green onions. The Corn rissoto was bland and not very tasty. The squash soup was an overpriced bisque. The ambiance was okay, but because of the low ceiling, noise carries and fortunately, there weren't too many customers, so hubby and I could have a decent conversation. Service was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super trendy fun place to be! Millennial instagram heaven

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ChrisF
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great dinner with friends at Mahina and Sun's. The mahi, naked pig pizza, rigatoni and octopus beignet were excellent, but the beans and shrimp tasted like someone opened a can of baked beans and dumped three shrimp on top. Enjoyed the drinks and fun atmosphere.

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vipDougJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service food and Music!!

Fun Valentine's and Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was okay. I wished the waiter had explained more of the menu. Food was good but left a bit to be desired. Love the outdoor seating. Very cute place!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day. The food was good but lacking salt. The salt they gave us was large grains in a salt shaker - very frustrating. The server seemed young. Not a lot of people in and we waiting a long time for taking our drink and food order. Maybe they needed to do a bunch of setup for Val day. Otherwise, great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We really enjoyed the live music and the food. While I had the craft beer and my fiance had the mixed drinks we felt there was better value price wise in the beer. We would be back for the food overall.

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NataliaV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The pork chop and rigatoni were both amazing and filling.

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vipAnya
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Not only food was tasty but you can watch a movie and listen to a live music .

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KatharineW
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Disappointed. Waitstaff was uninterested. Food was MEH

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DavidD
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful apps, top-tier cocktails, great ambiance. We had a great time.

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AshlandLavender
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Our waitress was sweet and nice, but then a food runner brought out our food basically all at once. We got our salad first, then later our pupu, and our main at the same time. We went to enjoy a leisurely, dinner. I’ve been 3 times before, and always raved about the food. I was dissatisfied this time. Food was good quality, but not up to their old standard. Was just ok. Flavors were muted, appearance was blah. I felt so rushed. We ate the food as it was served so it would t get cold. Dinner was over in 45 minutes.

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TerryM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hoshino Resorts Japan's first base in the United States
Restaurant run by famous Hawaiian chef ED Kenny
The food was very satisfying

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed this restaurant. Husband had fresh local oysters to start, then corn risotto., which he loved. I had the third fish on the menu-forget the name but it was great. Son had rigatoni which he inhaled. Live music by the pool was a nice addition. Our server, Karen, was wonderful. She explained all the dishes to us and referenced the local sourcing for most ingredients. Best meal we’ve had in Hawaii-don’t know why this place isn’t packed!

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vipLindaN
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service. Get the Tasting menu.

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vipEricS
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Creative tasting menu. The beignets with octopus were a pleasant surprise. Sounds odd, I know, but the savory dough with octopus bits were delicious. Very pleasant service. A great place. My only complaint was the extreme volume on the live music. Music itself was nice, but WAY TOO LOUD. Conversation was essentially yelling.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for breakfast! I’ll be back!

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MamMam
Osaka
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ハワイ産の食材を使ったオーガニック創作料理でメニューは少ないけどお料理はどれも美味しかったです。日本語のメニューは無く私達が行った時は日本人のお客さんは居なかったです。生演奏をしているので少し騒がしいですが演奏している所から離れた席なら問題ないです。

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance with a nice 2-man band playing by the pool. Definitely recommend for an adults night.

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vipdenise808
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant. We were very pleased. The staff were all so friendly and nice.
we ordered the family feast and it was a feast! We had the fish mochi fried and it was cooked to perfection. Not overdone. As we started to eat, there was live music coming from the bar across
(in the same Surf Jack Hotel) from us. It was Kelly from Kapena! He's a local favorite and we were
so surprised and delighted. This place is great and we wondered why more locals were not dining here.
Good food, great music and a family feast. We will be back for sure.

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JonB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, interesting menu, outstanding and attentive service.
Our dietary issues were met with professional and seriousness.
Great restaurant, we will be back

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vipnerowolfe
New England
70 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Casual, upscale food. Dishes re elect local influence. Staff is helpful, knowledgable , and enthusiastic about the food.

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Bonchi
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Highly overpriced...no ambience...poor service...worst coleslaw ever eaten...dinner: pork chop, baked beans, coleslaw, an overgrilled cornbread piece...had to scrape off the burnt parts ... $36. And we were there at the start of the evening...took 45 minutes to get dinner even though there were probably less than 25 customers...we were the second group of customers.

Very disappointing

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vipMarvinF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food quality was not in the same level as the price. The food was really bad.

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vipDoug
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Been many times, this was NOT Mahina at it's best for sure.....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Seemed in between. Not as good as finer dining on the mainland but not as soulful as some of the Oahu places like Tonkatsu Tamafuji or Marukame Udon at half the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was beyond terrible. Food came out at different times with some party members eating 1.5 hours between the others. The last dish never came. Server was haphazardly apologetic. Food was subpar at best. Avoid at all costs.

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JohnR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

There was a silent disco and pool movies going which added to the experience. The four of us all felt the food was very bland and just marginal. It was quite expensive for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

日本語メニューがなく、困りましたが店員さんが一生懸命説明してくれたので、おすすめを注文出来ました。値段は少し高めの設定かなと思います。平日のディナーなので予約しなくても大丈夫そうでした。食事はまあまあ美味しかったです。

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Fish hard overcooked cold, couldn’t even cut it with the knife given. Steak knife would have been better. Could not taste the sumac at all. Naked pig pizza little topping and less taste. Margarita soggy - kids thought it was terrible. Rigatoni was “OK”. Wine overpriced for what it was.

Was looking forward to this and we were bitterly disappointed. Not worth it at all - even at half the price would not recommend it.

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