Moku Kitchen

4.6
2299 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Due to COVID-19, with the exception of major holidays, Moku Kitchen is accepting MOSTLY walk-ins at this time. We are taking limited reservations each day, but walk-ins are being taken at all times. We have a new, fun, and most importantly, safe style of service where all food and drinks are ordered at the bar prior to seating.

While the Safe Access Oahu program is in effect, guests will need to show proof of vaccination + a valid photo ID or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours + a photo I.D. Full details may be found at https://www.oneoahu.org/safe-access-oahu

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.

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vipyani808
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I miss the full table service

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DianesOne
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was surprised that I had to open a tab, order and take my drinks with me to the table before we were required to seat ourselves. I understand the concept of "contactless" payment but if the waitress is delivering our food - why wouldn't she be able to deliver the drinks too? :)

Other than that - the Steak Tacos were so yummy and messy (probably not the best thing to order for a business meeting) and Poke also very good. Our waitress was also very friendly and attentive.

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vipladieswholunch
Hawaii
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very casual with ordering now taking place at the bar before you are seated at the table. Minimal interaction with staff. Good for a weeknight relaxing meal.

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vipWendie2013
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moku has it all! Great food and fun, lively environment, and excellent service!

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AmyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friends and I met to catch up after nearly 2 years of no visits (COVID) and 2 of the 3 of us getting married! We had delicious cocktails (a good paloma is my go-to, and the likoi foam on the mai tai is amazing!), wonderful pupus (my friend loved the squash ravioli and I am partial to the thin crust mushroom pizza - i have become a creature of habit), and strawberry cream pie to round it out -- always a treat. To help us celebrate they gave us bubbly to toast while we swapped wedding photos... what a lovely evening! Thank you!

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Kyushu2002
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The logistics of getting food I hope is temporary. It was awkward needing to go up to the host table and bar when you wanted to order and get the check. Hoping this is just temporary companies to what it used to be.

Food was great. Location and open air seating is great.

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Kaitlyn
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Loved the area it was in, super cute, had reservations and arrived a little early and got in right away. You go up to the bar and order food and drinks then it’s brought to your table. Food was okay, nothing special. Would like to try the pizzas if we come back.

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Tigersugarxxx
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love that it's dog friendly! Food was good as always! Happy hour is the best!

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vipSparky
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service and dog friendly restaurant!

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Kawelalove
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The current set up doesn’t allow for any special event recognition since you have to order drinks before finding your own table then it takes a while for the server to come to the table and because you have to start a tab at the bar then they only know your last name and I’m not sure if they see the notes. We went for my husbands bday and no mention of it. But the food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Great drinks! Great food! Great service!

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vipMargaritaK
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is good. I just wish the salad bowls were bigger so the greens aren’t stuffed in. It’s difficult to eat the greens when it keep falling on the table. But I love the squash pasta and the roasted vegetables dish that looks like it could feed a village!! Lol! The ginger beer is quite yummy too!

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vipLuna2017
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Missed having someone come to your table to take order. The wait wasn't too bad unless you have a group of people, not able to make up their mind about what to order. Enjoyed the food. The Kale salad was very good with the miso dressing.

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AlyssaM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers and bartenders were so kind. Thank you for serving me and my guest well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
40 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Highly disappointed in the change at Moku's. Takes a long time to check in, food was just ok, and service was not good. We went more than 20 minutes with no one checking on us.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I got sick after eating here, but I think it might have just been something spicy not sitting well. The food was excellent, the staff lovely, the drinks tasty, and the atmosphere wonderful. I'd eat there again.

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StephanieK
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easy and fast! Staff were great and always checking if web were ok I love this place!!!

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MikeVD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal. I went during happy hour but still expect to spend a good amount if you plan to indulge in several cocktails. Drinks were well made and wait staff very friendly. Noise was not an issue even though it was live music night. Still able to hear conversations and be heard without yelling. The music was pretty great, too. Overall fantastic vibe. Highly recommend.

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vipPurpleC
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I haven’t been back since the Pandemic started and was surprised a 4% tip for kitchen help was added to the bill. The food was good and generous. Ordering from the menu before sitting is a great idea. Can’t understand why at the bottom of the bill was 18%, 20%, 22% if needed to tip. Ordering your own food then getting your own drinks is similar to a buffet where usually 10% tip is added. With the extra 4% tip
added it’s a shame to only leave less then 6% tip for the waitress. Gyutaku restaurant years ago did this added a kitchen help tip & when asked why customers weren’t told they said to just deduct that help tip from your regular tip. It would have been nice to be notified before hand about this added tip.

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vipDiggie
Los Angeles
159 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Checking in includes your vaccination card and ID. Then you place your order with any open cashier. Upon placing your drink order or if you are ready for your food order, you can grab a table where ever you prefer. The wait staff is attentive, and friendly.
Food was always good but on a salty side that night. We had dined here before but I don’t remember it being salty but we will still go back when go on vacation on this beautiful island of Oahu.

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vipPookieBear7
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great but it was hot and getting hold of a waiter was hard. I would waive but they wouldn’t see me until later.

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vip808hulamom
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good but not a fan of the cafeteria-style service. I understand itʻs related to the pandemic but if everyone is required to be fully vaccinated, I donʻt understand why the server canʻt come to the table to take your order.

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Jaryn
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night out, easy to make reservations. Just a little different situation due to safety measure on ordering food and drinks. The have 7 great Moku Libations to choose from. We went with the kale salad, fresh and great portions. Did the local organic mushroom pizza and the truffle oil fries. All excellent delights. Atmosphere is quaint, live music for selected hours. Great staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Little to no service at all and the food wasn’t that great.
Overpriced IMO

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Hotelhotspot
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!
Something for everyone at every age.

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vipBaseballDad
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for lunch. We both had the fish sandwich. Very delicious and very messy. Buns kind of gave way but very good. We also ordered some garlic truffle fries that rounded out a great meal. The Beer Lab Seasonal IPA was a great compliment to the meal that I HAD TO order another round 😎. Great meal and will definitely be back.

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LisaZ
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Expected a table service experience but is was order first then there’s bring food. We were celebrating anniversary which I said in reservation but that was pointless based on service set up. Food was good. Had a couple of hairs in my drink but after I pointed it out to bar tender he remade it. Bottom line it wasn’t “bad” just not the experience we were looking for.

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vipGeraldL
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They never asked if we had made a reservation. We just lined up and they verified our information like vaccination card, etc. and we signed in and were told to order at the desk or bar and it was open seating. Never did they asks if we had made a reservation. Food and service was good.

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vipAboutTown
Hawaii
148 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you haven't been to Moku recently, they've changed their format a bit. You order everything at the coutner (bar area) and then take a number to your seats. They bring out the food, but you get your drinks when you place the order. During your meal, they have wait staff expediting, etc., so you're not without service. I think this is a good idea to have minimal contact with people. I do applaud Merriman for having his employees vaccinated. Certainly, this adds a level of safety for everyone. The hostess also checks for vaccine cards (QR code) and ID for check-in. Additionally, the tables are spaced out very well. I feel like Moku is doing everything right at this point.

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vipPacificPalate
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fish and chips was really, really good, with crispy breading, very light. I enjoyed it for lunch. My son had the fish sandwich, which was nicely grilled and had lovely veggies.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience3

They are currently operating “a little differently” given the current pandemic/circumstances with no wait staff and a limited menu. This, I understand. The food was subpar.

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vipShanman
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Want sure there was a warning that the service was not done by a waiter but yourself ordering your meal at the bar. It broke the mood of the whole evening especially it was for Christmas dinner. Ordwr the food was awkward and confusing and the menu was expensive, and not much too chose from. Although we had to overcome this challenges we still made it through dinner because the bar tender helping us whi was a local lady did her best to make our night better. Besides her there was no other brght spot. Steak was hard and not juicy. Pizza was just ok and can't say more for the rest. Also the food took too long Strawberry pie for dessert was the second best moment of the night I know its covid time but service didn't have to be this bad. I didn't take it out on my server and tipped more than I should but it Christmas dream do come true.. Moku management please improve or you are not going to make it. I want you to thats why I make these comments. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🌲

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moku is our favorite place to eat on island. We go there for date night and family dinners. We love all their appetizers, pizza, and those mai Thai’s!
I normally hate Mai Thai’s but theirs is my favorite drink! We went for Christmas dinner and they had a holiday lamb shank special and it was fantastic! Always great service .... and those Mai Thai’s

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience2

Went there for Christmas dinner to get out of the house. The COVID mitigation’s made it a little interesting at first but everything was great. The food was excellent although the menu was limited probably due to being Xmas day. Regardless, it was great! Good service.

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vipCandyIncredible
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We are regular customers but this time the pizza was really not to the standard.
White Wine on the menu was out, Moku sold us a $80 bottle without offering honor the same price on the menu.

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LetsGrind
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Christmas Eve here with the family and had a great meal!

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CraigG
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Pretty good, considering all the COVID restrictions. We'll be back!

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mabelle
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John our host & B our server were just superb. With the timing of everything, the restaurant was quiet and the quality of service and the high quality of food went so well hand in hand even with a last minute reservation. So thankful :)

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vipHAHA
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I wouldn’t come here for the food. It’s just ok. But the vibe is lively. I’d come here for basically the bar or a happy hour - it’s good for that.

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vipAmber808
Hawaii
39 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic! She was really helpful with my food sensitivities and made it happen. Great children’s selection and happy hour!

FAQs

Moku Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 591-6658.

Moku Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 2299 OpenTable diners.

Moku Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://monkeypodgc.securetree.com/Products/Gift-Cards/Moku-Kitchen-eGift-Card/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.