Mud Hen Water

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484 reviews
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Contemporary American
A Hawaiian Sense of Plate
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JP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely perfectly seasoned and prepared. The fish was moist and delicious, mussels were simply succulent!!! The bread!!!! AH!!! Can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

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DQ
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I would have put 4 and a half stars, but wasn’t an option

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Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Awesome as always.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there - service and food was great

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CK
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to meet with friends, enjoy great food with strong Hawaiian roots (yet an innovative twist), and of course put back a few adult beverages :)

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Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our go to Brunch place. Great fruit cup, pohole salad and mapo gravy

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The dishes were fantastic, my only complaint is that although it was not very busy, our server never refilled our wine glasses. We had ordered a bottle.

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N
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Great food, awful service

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The quality of food was good, and tapas style was great for sharing in a small group. Service was excellent. It seems to be a popular local spot, so seats are limited, and the noise level is a bit high due to the crowd. Overall a good experience.

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

This was our first time dining here. Everything we ordered was interesting & wonderful.

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JC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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BR
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First time to restaurant. Server was not on her A game. Cook/Chef was great. We enjoyed chatting with her.

Food was excellent.

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MM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

What a disappointment. Not very good fish or beet salad. Not the bay area like restaurant I thought it would be. Expensive too. Server even assumed a 40% tip when I gave cash to be applied to bill. Such a bummer.

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Terrible service, missed orders, long waits, food was good, drinks were mediocre.

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M
New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second meal here and it was phenomenal. Vegetarian friendly.

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TB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. It was a really n

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the menu, ambience and food was delicious! Best meal we had on vacation and away from the busy WAIKIKI area.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The lilikoi drink, appetizers (mussels and carbonara), and sesame black bean brownies are phenomenal and worth the visit. However, we were disappointed with main course (fried chicken). It was bland and dry and left me desiring a Costco rotisserie chicken. The service also was initially poor, with our waiter taking over 10 min to even ask for our drink order. However, halfway through the meal, a different gentleman completed our service and he was phenomenal. This waiter was very attentive and had great suggestions for desserts. We will definitely return for drinks and appetizers, but may forgo an entree.

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R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Interesting take on local with perfect execution. Wish we had gone with a group to try everything.

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

Fantastic food and cocktails. Seating was a little uncomfortable.

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere - feels a million miles from anything touristy. Good foody food.

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TH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome food and drinks, plates were paced well, always enough time to enjoy one before another came, and we ordered most of the small plates. nice job!

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MV
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The overall experience rating was mainly influenced by the food. I appreciate the creative menu using local ingredients with a Hawaiian/local flare. We ordered the akule spread, beet poke, pocho mussels, beef tongue, chicken long rice croquettes, and kiawe brownie with black sesame ice cream. We stuck to the appetizers to try out different dishes although the entree choices didnt seem intriguing enough to order. Out of all the dishes we ordered, the akule and pocho mussels were the best. Good flavors and love the local touch. Beet poke was alright...looked and tasted pretty close to normal poke, just pls get rid of the wasabi infused avo it doesn't fit. The beef tongue could have been a little better. Flavor was on point but the tongue would've been better with it seared on both sides. The croquettes were perfectly fried and tastey...just didn't leave me with a "oh my gosh" this is so good I want to eat it again. I guess that's also the same for the kiawe brownie also.

The service was just as other reviewers on Yelp said. The speed of the food was great but the front house needs to step up. The waiter didnt check back with us until after we ordered dessert with a woman who picked up our empty dishes that were sitting there for 20 mins.

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PC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great, wine recommendation was solid, and staff was friendly. Dishes were flavorful but not overpowering. We’d love to go back and try some other dishes that we couldn’t get to this time.

Croquettes, mussels & fried chicken highly recommended.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

We went here just for a weekly date night. The food was delicious but the service was terrible. We sat for 10 min before we finally got service (when I started looking around for someone). We ordered appetizers and wine. We were finished with the appetizer by the time we got our wine. My dinner came out, I had the Chicken and it was delicious. But my husbands dinner came out 20 min later! I was finishing mine by then. He had the steak. At one point I asked about it and was told well it’s made fresh to order so it comes out when it’s done. I don’t understand how steak takes longer thank chicken. So then I sat there finished with my food for the next 20 min as he ate dinner. My biggest pet peeve is serving food so far apart like that. We go to dinner to enjoy it together. The food was awesome tasting but keep in mind the dinners entree’s don’t come with a starch, so if you usually eat some, make sure to order rice (which is extra). For the two of us the total was $120. I would be ok with that if the food and service were good, but not the horrible service we got for the price. I won’t come again unfortunately.

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ET
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Inventive food combining local traditions and ingredients with fine restaurant traditions. What could be better? For example: beet poke that is vegan (or at least close to vegan) but reminds you of ahi poke in most of the right ways!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just eat it all. So fresh surprisingly innovative yet comfortable. Any if the fish dishes are standouts but if they have the miso butterscotch rice pudding. Order as many as you can

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food
ahi collar dish really good
that’s it

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LT
Raleigh
52 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

. Local ingredients Creatively presented and prepared. Reasonably priced, no hesitation in recommending.

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

Our only regret is we should've dined here sooner. Everything was exceptional. Hash, eggs and toast were excellent. Eggs were cooked perfect and exceptional. Donuts were hot, crispy and tasty. Hot coffee and cold brew exceptional. The fruit cup or side fruit was one of the best we've tasted and a great value. Lastly service was exceptional, timely and professional. Mahalo!

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JA
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Love the idea of cooking in fire. Something was missing in this experience, ambience part of it.

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Really good! Loved the area and the food especially it being local.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome small plates and pretty good cocktails with local ingredients! Try the carbonara if they have it!

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

Always a great time!

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o
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I loved the adventurous spirit of Mud Hen Water. They are trying to do something different and every plate we had was exciting. A big emphasis on local ingredients means you are going to try some things that you don't eat everyday. The fried chicken served as lettuce wraps had such balanced and amazing flavors. We didn't absolutely love every dish, but we liked that they were challenging themselves to go beyond just boring renditions.

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CM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we had in Honolulu. The food was fresh and unique. We loved the beet poke and were impressed by the smoked he’e which was tender and balanced well. We’ll definitely go back if we are ever in the area again.

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l
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Town, were excited to try Mud Hen Water. it was one of the most unique dining experiences we've had and it's great value. It's a twist on known dishes like hummus, poke and Fried Chicken and those are some of the must try's! Definitely a fun spot to have dinner in Honolulu.

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Houston
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome banana pancakes that are huge! The veggie congee had a bit of heat which was surprising since it wasn’t mentioned in the menu. Corned beef has and biscuits with mapo tofu gravy were treats. Coffee was delicious. Expect the food will come out when ready and not necessarily all at once. Share your dishes and it’s not a big deal. Will definitely return because those pancakes are to die for.

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H
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, innovative and delicious. We visited on a quick trip to Honolulu because of a review on the Eater essential 38 restaurants around the country and it did not disappoint. Interesting ingredients showcasing a variety of Asian influences in preparation and flavorings. The room was not overly crowded so the noise level was low enough to easily carry on a conversation. Cocktails were also innovative and flavorful. I would definitely return.

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HH
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I looove this place! I live in Japan & every time we visit my dad we go. The food and service are outstanding. My one tiny issue is sometimes it’s so loud you can’t hear what they say when they put the plate down. Especially because Hawaiian names are used, it can be hard to hear. Keep it up!

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