Mud Hen Water
Excellent execution of a concept: dishes perfectly balance nostalgia and contemporary preparations. All the food was prepared well, delicious, and creative without being pretentious.
This is a charming spot in Kaimuki. The menu is innovative with unique blending of flavour and textures, locally sourced food. Excellent wine recommendation from the server, complemented our meal
perfectly. We selected from the Small Plate menu in order to share a variety of items. The mussels and the pork belly carbonara and the beet poke were delicious.
Always super yummy with great service!
Always a good experience at Mud Hen Water. The ideas are original and the ingredients are local and well prepared.
Wonderful service, ambiance and food! All prepared family style!
Service was slow and food was salty
Great experience. We were lucky enough to stumble upon Mud Hen Water while in Honolulu and were very impressed with the level of service and the food. Small plates allowed us to experience a good portion of the menu. Four of us shared nine dishes, with particular favorites being the beet poke, beef tongue and broccoli, and the mussels with Portuguese sausage. Would highly recommend going with a group so you’re able to try several dishes.
Ed Kenny's fresh fresh ingredients and playful flavor combinations hit a home run as always. The pork sisig blows my mind with crispy, savory pork sizzling in a skillet, lightly sweet and slightly sour pickled vegetables, bright, tart citrus, and spicy pepper, on a cloud of hearty-yet-fluffy rice. It's a full flavor experience. It was difficult to hold an intelligent conversation when after ever bite I couldn't help but say "Ooooohhh MMMMmmmmm"...
If you are looking for inventive and taste food, be sure to visit Mud Hen Water.
Outstanding in every way!
Food was creative and inventive and delicious. Servers were conscientious and polite and friendly. Definitely a recommendation
It was our first time being to Mud Hen Water and many of the dishes were new to us. When the server arrived I explained this and acknowledged that I didn't want to 'google' everything. She immediately offered to go through the menu with us. She thoroughly explained every dish and made recommendations. Everything we chose was delicious and the buttered Ulu was my personal favorite as it reminded me of fried morel mushrooms from back home. Thank you for a great experience, we will definitely be back.
Amazing food at an exceptional value. The food is family style meaning you get a bite of all the things on the menu that catch your eye!
Love this place. There's a cozy home feeling especially by the "stove" and bar area. this is our third time here and we look forward to coming again and bringing some friends. Thank you.
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.
I would have put 4 and a half stars, but wasn’t an option
Awesome as always.
First time there - service and food was great
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 :)
Our go to Brunch place. Great fruit cup, pohole salad and mapo gravy
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.
Great food, awful service
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.
This was our first time dining here. Everything we ordered was interesting & wonderful.
First time to restaurant. Server was not on her A game. Cook/Chef was great. We enjoyed chatting with her.
Food was excellent.
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.
Terrible service, missed orders, long waits, food was good, drinks were mediocre.
Second meal here and it was phenomenal. Vegetarian friendly.
Birthday celebration. It was a really n
Loved the menu, ambience and food was delicious! Best meal we had on vacation and away from the busy WAIKIKI area.
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.
Interesting take on local with perfect execution. Wish we had gone with a group to try everything.
Fantastic food and cocktails. Seating was a little uncomfortable.
Great atmosphere - feels a million miles from anything touristy. Good foody food.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!