Mahina and Sun's - Surfjack Hotel

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

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DD
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The fish was overcooked. The watercress salad was difficult to eat; all stems.

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the 1/2 chicken and the Opah. Both were outstanding! We also had the banana pudding for dessert which was delicious.

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F
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The family feast was fantastic as were the Opah and surprising the pizza too! Highly recommend!

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PL
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The avacado tacos are a great idea but lack spice or salt or something to make them flavorful. Monchong was described as a light and flaky white fish. It was a white fish but not light and flaky. Over cooked and in this case way over seasoned. Very salty. Breadfruit that came with it also lacked flavor. Overall food just ok.

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

Wonderful food - hip restaurant - feels like Palm Springs in Hawaii

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BF
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to Surfjack was great! Our server was excellent, she was knowledgeable about the food (he had a lot of foodie questions) and provided the right amount space for our party to chat the night away. Loved the decor and would recommend the Moonfish. Yum!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice dinner at Mahina and Sons. The Family Feast was very delicious.. The Opakapaka was cooked perfectly. Allison our server was great.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We basically stumbled across this delight of a restaurant. It’s actually not that easy to find, but we were lucky that night! We loved the relaxed vibe, the intelligently and intricately prepared fresh dishes. The opah was seasoned and cooked to perfection. The house salad with various greens was tossed in a delicate, tasty vinegarette. We didn’t just love the complimentary boiled peanuts, but their presentation was nice, and intent was genuine. This place is a great find! It was fun to read, after our visit, that the Obamas ate here too! No surprises, as they have good taste and know what classy is!

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J
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, neat beach vibe to the place, server was okay, considering others brought the food and checked on us.

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TF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Got the moonfish. Outstanding. Perfectly prepared and served.

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Opah was the best.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our food was delicious and inventive. It was a lovely evening and we will definitely go back to experience more of the culinary delights offered.

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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yes, it was an experience! Our waitress was so knowledgeable about the menu and helpful. The food was terrific! Highly recommended!

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T
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

We were sat at table against a railing fronting the hotel pool. Not great ambiance but thankfully no kids were in the pool.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting, with the open plan Restarant abutting the pool and a projection screen onto the side of the building showing a James Bond movie (subtitles only). A one man band was playing catchy and original renditions of 90s RnB.

The food was great (monchong fish), and cocktails well balanced and creative. Great staff and bartender. Highly recommend!

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A
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was wonderful as the waitress was very attentive!
The food was good, but not great. As with everything in Honolulu, the food is very expensive!

Very quiet, with some live music for part of dinner.
Nice, low key place to dine.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an awesome surprise! A friend recommended this place and we were blown away by the flavors and how well everything went together. Cocktail of the day was local rum coconut and lime concoction that was refreshingly NOT sweet, with complex flavors. Such a great beverage to relax with while enjoying the great live music.

The flash fried Ehu was delicious, as were the sides, and the dipping sauces for the fish complimented the sides as well. The meringue with tropical fruits was a perfect dessert, as the acid flavors of the fruits and lightness of the meringue were a great, light and refreshing end to the flavorful entree and sides. A really well thought out “family feast”.

Our server was terrific, and if Liz ever recommends something food-related, you’d be a fool not to listen! She has a lot of restaurant and culinary knowledge and was very friendly and very helpful.

Will definitely be back!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Rigatoni had smallest scoop of ragu

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting is in a retro style boutique hotel and you feel like you are in the 50/60’s in Waikiki. Food and service were outstanding! Handmade cocktails were right on the mark, starters and dinner delicious! So glad we made the trek from The Kahala Hotel (East Honolulu) for the treat of a place! A must do while in Honolulu/Waikiki!!!

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C
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb. The server was bubbly and accommodating. Great happy hour too! Totally going back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique dishes, very flavorful. Excellent service.

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B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The food was combined of Chinese, Korean and Japanese not Hawaiian food. We ordered the food which was pulled on their website. We’re surprised at the check given to us. Too expensive! We can’t recommend here to anyone since a bad cost-performance.

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MC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Nice setting. We had the Mahina Family Feast, which included a whole lightly fried snapper and wonderful, unique appetizers, sides and dessert. Highly recommend. Everything was fresh and prepared and presented beautifully.

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SG
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun service, very fresh, light tasting food. Unique menu and something for everyone. Ambience a bit lacking tho live music is nice. Overall excellent and we’ll be back.

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I
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The octopus salad lacked acidity. The fish dishes , although cooked well and each with an associated broth, lacked in taste. Veggies were cut too big and course and there was no finesse to the dishes. The “elevated home cooking” Was really appealing but it could have used salt and pepper. Unfortunately, both Monchong and the Opah failed where they should not have.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, great breakfast and some of the best coffee in Honolulu.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious chefs menu.. highly recommended

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l
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We opted for the family feast and it was AMAZING. They were gluten free friendly - the fish was the freshest most flavorful, moist and flaky oh god i'm drooling just thinking about it again! Loved the traditional hawaiian sides as well.
We happened to be there on Valentine's day - also known as - the thursday before presidents day weekend and they head beautiful roses for ladies :)

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LP
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on February 7, 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 5, 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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OT
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
130 reviews
Dined on January 31, 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 29, 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 29, 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 28, 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 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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i
Hawaii
64 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 24, 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
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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 16, 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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