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About Mud Hen Water

A Hawaiian Sense of Plate

3452 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Hawaiian, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Sunday
5:30 pm-10 pm (Full Menu)

Saturday & Sunday Brunch
9:30 am- 2 pm (Brunch Menu)

Closed Mondays

Cross Street:
9th Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 737-6000

Website:
http://mudhenwater.com/

Executive Chef:
Ed Kenney and Dave Caldiero

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine

Mud Hen Water Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (26)
Local Ingredients (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
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Casual (18)
Good for a Date (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Authentic (14)
Fun (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Business Meals (9)
Healthy (9)
Tapas (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Organic (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Romantic (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Good date place

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·Dined 5 days ago

We really liked the specialty cocktails and all our food was very fresh, beautifully presented, and well-seasoned. We especially *loved* the Opah. Great ambiance and our servers were attentive without being overwhelming. A bit pricey but a great experience overall. Thanks!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Attention to detail in the kitchen. My 3rd visit, and superb every time. Very consistent. After dinner drinks at the bar with Kelly!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Casual, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Authentic, Tapas, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Superb food, friendly staff, hip bar, excellent cocktail program.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Mud Hen Water used to be one of our favorite places to celebrate birthdays because we liked to order different dishes to share. However, this might be our last visit due to the following reasons:

1) Menu changed / portions smaller - There was a pork dish that we loved and clams with Portuguese sausage that is my favorite. They substituted the clams with mussels and the pork dish is no longer on the menu. We always ordered the roasted chicken but this time around, it seemed way smaller than before, so much so that we had to order 2.

2) Service is lackluster - Maybe the server had too many tables to care for but our waters were not filled throughout dinner. We had to literally go to her to ask for stuff because she always looked past our table even when she came to the back (we sat right in front of where the open kitchen was). She just didn't seem very enthusiastic about serving us.

3) When I made the reservation, I asked if a complimentary dessert could be prepared for the birthday girl. On the day of, after we asked for the cheque, we weren't asked if we wanted the birthday dessert so we just left. On previous occasions, our servers always asked if we wanted the birthday dessert served.

Being newcomers, we liked Mud Hen Water because we felt the quality was comparable to restaurants on the West Coast but this experience changed our mind.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food, drinks that make you think, and lovely people.

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 (Boise)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent dinner experience. They offer family style dinner options to share, but also regular entrees. There cocktails were a bit too fancy for me, but the food was made from the scratch and really good. Their clams were our favorite.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We had an awesome time celebrating a family birthday. The food was creative and delicious. We'll go back the next time we're in Honolulu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Organic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good service, great food, but needs more parking.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I enjoyed trying the pa'i'ai. Fried chicken was interesting, but because it was difficult to handle (having to cut the meat off a 1/2 chicken carcass), and personally not loving the flavors, I wouldn't order it again. But loved the stew and carbonara! Soooo good! OMG, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Service was top notch. Thank you for accommodating is with my young son!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great dishes that were creative and tasty. Great server who was knowledgeable about the food and sources of the product.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of the most creative and delicious meals I've ever had. Wonderful use of local ingredients and lovely cocktails.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Got out of Waikiki and was totally worth
the effort, went early and were just a few
Tables occupied but begin to fill up before
we left, Waitress could not have been more
Personalable and helpful in describing
Unfamiliar menu items and each selection
was better than the last, worth the venture
Outside the zone

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 2, 2017

SLOW SLOW Service is my assessment of Mud Hen Water. We did not get much water or other service for that matter. When you only have a menu driven by small plates and 3 large plates, make them split friendly. how do you expect a table to order a few plates of items and then not give share plates, not clear the table, not supply dishes that are more built to share. tried to order items but had 3 items out of 12 not even typed in to the computer. Not servers; not even order takers which when you say our server was only an order taker and not a server, that is a bad thing, but I would have appreciated someone at least taking the order over what we got. bar drinks are deceiving because they fill them to overflowing, but they use small glasses so you pay for a full size drink, think wow its to the brim, but it makes it harder to drink and then you realize the drink is so small.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great service and very welcoming and friendly staff! Fantastic food!! We had a variety of small and large plates that satisfied everyone. Everything ordered was delightful and delicious! Really special creative preparations of local and seasonal food, wonderful!

We had a group of 10 a retirement dinner and they gladly split the checks with helped for those on travel per diem. Highly recommend this gem!

Thanks to everyone at Mud Hen Water for making our dinner so memorable !

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Don't go if your really hungry, with 4 of us at the table they only managed to bring out one small item at a time! It got a bit frustrating. The food is interesting, we liked the local ingredients and the space is nice but we wouldn't be in a hurry to go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Brilliant experience eating local produce from an adventurous menu. A truly authentic and local Hawaiian foodie experience from a team who love their work. If you want to get away from the bog standard fare in down town Waikiki this is worth the 10 minute cab ride. You won't regret it

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent island-inspired cuisine! Creative adaptations of age-old Hawaii recipes from different cultural influences. Fresh, farm-to-table produce and locally caught fish. Highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food and service. Interesting and eclectic food and bar menu. Easy to make a return some night. A just the right spot sort of place.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 9, 2017

As usual a great meal Love those Hawaiian bananas, the staff was able to serve us several menu items while accommodating a gluten intolerant member of our group, the He'e was so tender!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Organic, Paleo Friendly
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Delicious food using local ingredients in unique preparations. Beautifully served by knoledgable and congenial staff in a comfortable setting in a great neighborhood.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Excellent and inventive. Highly recommend.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We had a wonderful meal. The food was as imaginative as billed. Creative versions of island items that reLly worked well. The noise was a bit much due to a large family celebrating a couple of babies 1 year Birthday. The kids were not cooperating with their plan. All in all it is a experience we will likely repeat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Spicy, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was great. Very modern, fresh and tasty. We loved the atmosphere and the vibe of the space. Service was great too.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 31, 2017

This is a great place for a larger group, so bring friends. We love the indoor/outdoor feel. Start with the Yaki Pa'I'ai and Beet Poke' - Try the 'baked banana' when available (insanely delish!) , grilled he'e, 'Ulu, and finally the I'a Lawalu - Opah cooked in coals. Super unique takes on local food. Very good handcrafted cocktails. Park at TOWN.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Tapas, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Eclectic, creative menu, with traditional Hawaiian twists! Unique flavors and combinations. Everything was delicious ! We will defibatly be back or try another of the Chefs restaurants.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This restaurant has really unusual food, so be prepared. Our group of five ordered many dishes and shared and someone at least liked a dish, tho there were a few I did not enjoy. Definitely different flavor combinations, like banana with bacon and peanut, which was good.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 27, 2017

great as usual. food choices are small but great. always good fish, ulu and hee

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Phenomenal food! This restaurant is a must! World class skill with distinctive local ingredients makes the Mud Hen Water unique. Each dish is lovely prepared with complex yet complimentary bursts of flavor. Highly recommend the stuffed maia, the he'e and the basket cheese; not to mention the pineapple upside down cake!

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Delicious meal!! The ambience is great with experienced wait staff. My meal was even better than previously when newly opened. I recommend Mud Hen Water highly!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Food was tasty and creative but somewhat limited menu. The menu print was extremely small with poor ink quality so difficult to read. Service was very good. I would try it again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 16, 2017

This is a favorite spot. Almost alway come here when in town. Unique dishes based on Hawaiian staples, great drinks, friendly staff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Fun restaurant- dual kitchens with wood fired grill and oven as a highlight.

Tags: Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Unhelpful, frustrating and disappointing on every level.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Really enjoyed our experience, great service and food! Enjoyed the take on Hawaiian-Asian fusion. Great knowledgeability and ability to adapt for food allergies. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Delicious, creative and healthy feel good after you eat food. Cool people, great place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Business Meals
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Jordan helped us park our car in the tight parking lot and provided excellent service along with the waitress. Good food, different and all organic!

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 17, 2017

I bring friends and out of town guests here all the time. I like the creative cocktails and the freshness of the food. The Fried Chicken was great and the taro hummus. The menu changes all the time and that keeps it fresh.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 16, 2017

A couple dishes were way too salty, unnecessarily so.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Fresh and creative farm to table food. Very accommodating for our 6 year old putting together some special dishes.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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