Mahina and Sun's - Surfjack Hotel

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518 reviews
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious chefs menu.. highly recommended

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LP
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Amazing food..best i had in Hawaii. Dissapointed full fish option wasnt available..whole readon we went

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GW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us split the ahi tartare, pa'i'ai, grilled he'e/watercress salad, arugula pizza, and a couple of desserts. Everything tasted fresh. The GM came over and introduced herself. Our server, back server, and busser were all very well informed and attentive. It was pricey (but Chef Ed Kenney's stuff always is), but definitely worth the visit. I like that they now have a punch card program!

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AH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice and quiet with great service! Mahalo Nui!!

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Hawaii
120 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! We ordered the Mahina Family Feast. A huge whole fish deep-fried in a lite batter accompanied with an amazing amount of side dishes including unique local vegetables (Ulu?). It was quite dramatic arriving at table and absolutely delish. Service was amazingly thoughtful and sincere. The space has a Hawaii-style mid-century vibe. No parking, valet only.

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TW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh fish so wonderfully prepared! Service was attentive and full of Aloha spirit.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The seafood was wonderful and the service excellent. We plan to go again before we leave Honolulu.

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SF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food with exceptional service. A must try in Honolulu.

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the best meal we had in Hawaii. True culinary genius.

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i
Hawaii
62 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there for brunch on a Sunday! The menu was limited but what we had was delicious! It’s like stepping back to the 1960s with the retro furnishings and veterans pool! I felt like we would see Connie Francis come around the corner at any minute singing “Where the Boys Are!”

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my fave spots on the island. Love everything about the Surfjack and you can’t go wrong with a menu by Chef Kinney.

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JS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Hawaiian Japanese fusion food- staff attentive and friendly

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HD
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive wait staff and terrific food. A splendid evening out on the town in the middle of the week. No better way to go.

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D
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, awesome service and live music to boot, brunch can’t get any better than this. Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservations recommended for dinner. We had a reservation and was sat as soon as we checked in. The service was quick and the server was very knowledgeable of everything they offered. I had the kunoa strip loin. It was cooked perfectly and came with potatoes and vegetables. I definitely will be returning!

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We took out of town friends. The food was very mediocre. We used to love this restaurant. We will not be returning.

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P
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was one of our favorite restaurant in Waikiki
Food was fablous and interior was cool and fun
Not so expensive and we had a wonderful time
This one is the must try restaurant in Honolulu

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LA
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool setting. The food is from local ingredients, but cooked very well and delicious.

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, immediately booked another dinner after paying the check.

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k
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The fish was great and reasonably priced as it was in other visits. The Happy Hour is reasonable for Waikiki, but is not a real discount on wine and beer. The one issue that I would mention is that if you charge the bill to a credit card it gets coded as a hotel charge not a restaurant charge. Therefore, if you get bonus points on your credit card for restaurant and not hotel charges you get disappointed. It is a restaurant and a good one, so it should be coded as a restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The waitress seemed to be the only one working which seemed to slow her down, however, she was still very friendly, calm, and attentive.

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CM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We shared the group meal and it was mostly good but the whole fish was crusted and fried. We found it was a little dry and overdone which was a shame given the occasion and price. It was also quite cold inside from the air conditioning. We were expecting something a little more open air given the description so we did not bring warm sweaters.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

ホテルに宿泊して1日目の夕食。味、コスト申し分ない。フィーを使えるからいい。

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and great drinks. Not Kinney’s best, but still solid place in Waikiki.

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JU
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

話題のシェフのメニューが、ワイキキで楽しめるのは最高。料理が独創的で盛り付け方も味もステキ。
料理の参考になる。自分でも試してみたいと思わせる。

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m
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

昨年に続き大変美味しくいただきました。
アヒやチキン本当に美味しかったです!
また伺います!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

PROS
-Food was delicious!
-Server was friendly and easy going.
-VIP seats to live music which was amazing. I forget the name of the local musician who performed :(
-Ambiance is on-point. :D

CONS
-Service. We had to request utensils after receiving our meals. Our credit card was rung against the wrong check. Had to request refills on morning coffee.
-Expensive

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Hawaiian meets “farm to table” selections. Variety of drinks were good and interesting.

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LI
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu, fun atmosphere, and welcoming staff.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adorable restaurant inside a cute boutique hotel. Drinks and service were top-notch!

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

PROS
-The food was delicious!
-Ambiance. It’s low-key, hip, yet causal.
-Portions were perfect. We left super satisfied with our dinners.


CONS
-Service was subpar. Requested condiments were forgotten. Server was unfriendly.
-Expensive

Will definitely give it another shot.

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Had a horrible experience probably won't return. Service was mediocre and food took forever and left me sick the next day

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was uninspiring, staff was friendly

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WE
Hawaii
35 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Went to Mahina and Sun on Xmas day because nearly all restaurants were booked solid. I thought, how bad could it be since the chef is well known for his other restaurants. Fooled me!
I guess it attracts an eclectic young crowd. Not my cup of tea. The hotel is a dive. At first sight, we should have kept going, but, I was hoping to be surprised. Unfortunately, I wasn't. The ambiance is not even shabby chic. More like shabby cheap. The service was ok but it took a long time for food to come out. Coffee was good but I was never offered a refill. The food was better than I expected after so many let downs. I had the fried rice. It was hot off the grill. Tasty but a lot of flavors going on. Filipino pork adobo, Korean Kim chee, soy sauce, ginger and Japanese pickled ginger. It was like what you might make at home when cleaning out your refrigerator. $17. My partner had the Mochi waffle. That was tasty, $10. Would I go back. No.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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JT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This is the second time I've been to the restaurant. First time when they opened and then recently in Dec 2018. The restaurant is open air to the hotel pool so you will get some noise from that area and it does feel strange at first. My recent visit included GREAT service from Sonda, but I felt for the price of the food, I would expect a little more. 2 drinks, 1 starter, 1 pizza and 1 main = $134 incl tip. The starters were good, but then the main were basic (but that's how most places are now).

Still needs some TLC and you can find better food outside of Waikiki.

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Toronto
168 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little hidden away location on Kuhio in the thick of Waikiki. It was different from the norm, California meets Hawai’i surfer hang-out. The staff are exceptional and bring the place alive. Much preferred to the larger mega hotels. Feels like a home away from home. Check it out! Farm to Table restaurant.

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Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was super slow. Must have been a half hour before drinks arrived, they sat on the bar. Food was lukewarm. Pizza came last but was cold. Asked to heat up and waited over a half hour while they ended up making a new one. Everyone else was completely done with their meal. Food was good.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Restaurant was way under staffed for brunch. Staff did the best they could.

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CK
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. Great variety on the menu!

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