Moku Kitchen

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1647 reviews
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Contemporary American
Moku Kitchen is a chef-driven concept that brings Hawaii’s rich upcountry farming and ranching heritage to downtown Honolulu’s urban lifestyle. The upcountry way of life echoes a simpler time where food was locally-sourced and cooked over an open fire on the ranch. At Moku, we like to keep things simple and will serve Chef Peter Merriman’s twist on upcountry specials from our lively rotisserie oven.

Named after the Hawaiian word for “island”, Moku will be a gathering spot where anyone from elite foodies, families, or people seeking an authentic taste of Hawaii can swap stories and relax with an ice-cold draft beer, a carafe of wine, and an amazing meal. Everyone will feel a sense of home at Moku Kitchen.
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Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is fantastic! The overall vibe is really cute and eclectic. They’ve had live music every time I’ve gone, not sure if it’s everyday or not. The green beans and squash ravioli are my favorite starters to share for the table. All of their pizzas and fish tacos (with the sauce on the side, it’s really spicy) are my favorite entrees I’ve tried, their pies are also really good!

The service is hit or miss. Usually pretty good, this time our server forgot to order our caesar salad but we ended up having enough food that we didn’t follow up with it and it didn’t show on our final bill. Understandable that things get missed but she didn’t seem that busy. Overall, not a big deal and not a deterrent. If you get your parking validated it’s only a dollar or two, depending how long you stay for.

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BP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants on Oahu. Great cocktails and outstanding food. Fish is always very fresh and the execution on all of their dishes is perfect. The No Ka Oi is my go to cocktail. Very friendly service.

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M
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & servuce
Green Beans w/mac nuts - A MUST
Butternut Squash Raviolis - A MUST
Pie (any flavor) - A MUST

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OT
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Long wait past the reservation time. Service was not as attentive as usual.

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TA
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We both had the fish and chips. Fried Mahi-mahi was delicious. French fries were not. They were over done and very dark brown.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Third time we've been to MOKU and is did not disappoint. Food, cocktails, service, ambiance were all great. Will definitely be back!

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GU
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Menu had good low (pizza burgers) end and high priced (prime rib) items but items priced inbetween are not available.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu with creative flare

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K
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service. Food always consistent.

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m
Hawaii
77 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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EA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every dish we ordered was spectacular: generous portions, attractive presentation, fresh ingredients, and excellent taste. The homemade desserts are a must!

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KA
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great! Took the time to "talk stories" with us. We always enjoy our favorites....green beans and butternut squash ravioli. But it is the server that makes or breaks how much you enjoy the time at a restaurant. She was wonderful!

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BJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was the third time we've dined at Mokus and the first time we have been placed in the seating area to the right of the check-in desk near the kitchen. The placement was kind of noisy. I ordered the fish tacos which were disappointing - overcooked, dry, inadequate salsa - if there was any - tons of fresh cilantro. I do like cilantro but that did not make up for the lack of flavor.

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SA
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was slow (45 minute wait for entrees on a non crowded Sunday 12:30 pm) but food was delicious once it came.

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SQ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

This restaurant's food was phenomenal. The noise level is absolutely deafening.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised with the Chowder, such rich, elegant flavors. Definitely coming back for more.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Happy Hour Specials Daily!!! Awesome food and drinks!!!

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

Very good food and cocktails, very friendly personnel, hip, creative kitchen

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SK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Moku's and would recommend it to others. Since opening, I have visited often and I take friends, colleagues, and clients to Moku's. The environment is great!!!

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

Great service

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

This is our go-to spot for Pau Hana and other celebrations. The only part we don’t like is how loud it is. We try to sit outside but end up under speakers that are blaring. Still the food and service is great. Our most recent visit, our server Sylvia, was SO knowledgeable on vegan items for one of our guest. Great job on the hire Moku Kitchen!

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SK
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I usually have a terrific experience at Moku, with excellent service. Such was not the case on the occasion. I guess the waiter was transitioning to another role and ignored the table he had begun servicing. Since I had come in after the rest of my group, I had to go up to where he was to order a drink since he did not come back to the table for over 15 minutes. When the drink didn’t show up for another 15 minutes or so, and I asked a waiter about it, it was eventually determined that it went to a different table accidentally. When a replacement waiter was assigned, it was still the case that my drinks took a very long time to be prepared, ending up with my last drink being served after everyone else had completed their drinks and the food was gone. .

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

We love Moku Kitchen! It has a fun hip environment in the center of an urban hotspot, Salt, with a delicious menu.

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AC
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A family favourite! We love coming here. Our server, Eric was awesome.

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MM
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there during happy hour and I really wanted to try the chicken wings but the waiter said they ran out! :(
So I ended up ordering the truffle fries, pizza and squash ravioli.

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U
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg, this was one of our most favorite meals in a LONG time!!! The cocktails are to die for - they are a work of art. The food is absolutely outstanding. We had the steak (YUM), the corn chowder (double YUM, I could eat this every day), the duck tacos (SO YUM) and the kids menu is awesome too. We felt so welcome, our service was amazing! I wish I had kept my receipt so I could remember the wonderful woman who was our server (MOKU, if you are reading this, we dined on 1/1 with an 8:15pm reso) - she was FABULOUS.

If any one of you is questioning if it's worth the drive from Waikiki to MOKU - do not delay. Book the reso and you will not be disappointed. There's an easy parking lot right in front too where they validate.

Thank you Moku Kitchen - we can't wait to return!

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

とにかく、雰囲気が最高。料理も美味しく申し分が
ない。

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MS
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Nothing special. The food was very salty and noise level was way too much!

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TW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the happy hour is one of the best on the island!

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ES
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service -
The team at the front desk was very nice.
We got to our table and noticed that the table and bench were full of crumbs. The staff saw us cleaning this off and didn't bother to help; this was disappointing. We had an OK waiter, but we were envious to see how other waiters were. We've been here before, and this was a low-light service wise.

Food -
It was average overall.
Saimin - Average. Definitely not a repeat.
Margherita Pizza - Average, nothing special.
Keiki Burger - She didn't care for it.
Fish and Chips - hard to go wrong, this was good.
Caesar with Chicken was good but the chicken was on the dry side.
Truffled fries were good.
Lemonade and Beers were all as expected.
Strawberry Pie was the highlight of our lunch. Excellent as usual.

If I come back, it'll be for the small plates and beer.

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

There is something for everyone here. The food and service are outstanding!

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

The service was excellent. The bartender and server and manager were attentive and as nice as can be. Good food and pretty spot.

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TG
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

the menu is restricted, and the dishes are not all available ... shame!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Poor welcoming reception. Sat us outside which we do not request and was told after asking if we can sit inside that is not possible even though they were empty tables. I did not want to sit next to a parking lot eating. They really could not bother helping us. Was not impressed with the menu selection and the food was not very tasty. They are so many better option to try.

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h
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were a bit disappointed with food at Moku Kitchen. We ordered a pizza as an appetizer and the pizza came out luke warm. The burgers were fine but the fries weren’t hot at all. We’ve eaten there several times before and this time we were disappointed.

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KP
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner out - good food, drinks and setting.

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OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YUM. Good service, good table, good music

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal, nice variety of options. Everything was fresh and tasty. The pies were the absolute best!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It took 20 mins to seat even though we had a reservation- it seemed they forgot about us, seating multiple people with no reservations in front of us.

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Moku kitchen is definitely trending. Steady stream of people. Our party of 10 was seated outside in the Lanai (great for fidgety toddlers). Inside was more spacious than in looked. They certainly filled all tables in every section. Nose level high given no booths or privacy. Happy hour prices great. Pupus: house fries (meh, they're fries), pork pot stickers (spicy kick, not bad), entrees: Peter's Caesar (praying lettuce was bacteria free, LoL), margherita pizza (delish, crust awesome), bacon blue (hubby said meh forgetable), fresh island fish sandwich (too much sauce to taste smallish filet in sandwich. I ended up eating the fish and leaving the gloppy mess of the rest of burger) * for the burgers, fries are not included and the side is kim chee...😳 That's a first for me. Kim Chee was on the vinegar/slaw side with spice. Different. I kinda liked it. Hubby was not a fan, LOL. Duck tacos (brother liked it), sauteed ahi (it looked seared...crusty and cooked edges, RAW SASHIMI INSIDE 😬 The jalapeno mash potatoes was interesting... spicy! Dad had mixed feelings. He ate the whole thing, though I think it was too raw for what he normally eats. I don't think he liked it) kids quesadilla (good) kids saimin (big noodles, chicken dashi and broccoli 🤔 daughter liked the soup, noodles ok, she LOVES broccoli, but NOT in saimin, LoL) cornbread side: good. Saving grace desserts: AWESOME PIES. Banana and chocolate Mac THE BOMB. All gelatos and french press coffee two thumbs up 👍👍. Overall- meh. Is ok. Don't see the hype. I get the limited menu, but maybe 2 more entrees would be good. The huge annoying thing for me was the lack of coasters! Dang condensation from our drinks KEPT. DRIPPING.ON OUR PANTS. Maybe start the trend of reuseable cloth coasters? Dunno. Brutally unimpressed. For me, the ONLY thing worth going there for are the pies.

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