Mud Hen Water

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Contemporary American
A Hawaiian Sense of Plate
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TB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 9, 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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R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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 6, 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 3, 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 3, 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 26, 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 25, 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 24, 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 23, 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 19, 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 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food
ahi collar dish really good
that’s it

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LT
Raleigh
51 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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Hawaii
8 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
40 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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 10, 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 6, 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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New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 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 31, 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 31, 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 29, 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 27, 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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New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Unique and creative menu in comfortable ambiance.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

You know when you taste something and you can’t help but make that “mmmm” sound?....Well that’s what it’s like to dine here! Dish after delectable dish was a delight for our tastebuds! My only wish is that the servers explaining detail what we are having as they bring it to the table so that we can appreciate the uniqueness of each creation that much more.

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Hawaii
121 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the most chill brunches in Honolulu. Sometimes live music. Everything on the menu rocks.

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KM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Mud Hen Water has create dishes. I LOVE the Yaki Pai'ai! I wish they had a veggie entree and bread for the table!

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f
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited for my only meal on 18-hour layover at HNL. Innovative small dishes using local ingredients unique to Hawaii. Ambient is somewhat like a neighborhood French bistro, nothing too Hawaiian, with 70s' background music & a full bar with 10+ Hawaiian infused cocktail. Had very good gin/Citrus juice "Kitchen Cocktail" speckled with black pepper. Cool/Dry but Sweet/Spicy soothing liquid, simply served in a margarita glass.
3 small dishes tried. (1) Warabi (fiddle fern) shoots/sweet onion salad in Umeboshi (salty pickled plums) vinegarette topped with sesame and nori. Not at all bitterness, which I normally associate Warabi with. Just a lot of green sweet crunch. Umeboshi vinegarette was a little salty for my Japanese taste bud but was a perfect combination flavor-wise. Maybe more Ume-zu but less Bai-niku (Ume-meat), if I was to make my own. (2) Beet Poke, cubed cooked beets poke style with limu pickled & chili-spiked, avocado and smoked macadamia nuts. Again, great flavor & texture combination. (3) Preserved Akule (small bigeye fish) with Limu butter, red radish tsukemono & grilled green onion. I can eat this 6 times a day. Simple as it seems, who is coming up with all these amazing combinations? I definitely have to come back for other items on the menu. Hopefully not on the layover next time.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks

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LC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was good the food Hawai’i unique. After reading the menu I was sure I would 50% enjoy the food but it was surprisingly delicious.

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M
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This was my 3rd time there but for all of my friends loved this place. The menu is very creative but the small dishes are small as they say. So be aware.
We ordered roasted chicken, beet poke, hummus and they are all good. My last visit here was about 10 months ago but menu has not changed that much.
I had grapefruit lemonade mint which was refreshing.
Good place to get together with friends!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious. There’s not a thing that I haven’t liked. The cocktails are really interesting too. The carbonara and the beet poke are must haves!

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F
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Mud Hen on three occasions; post theater dessert, brunch, dinner. Each time the service was efficient, not overly in-your-face-I-am-your-server, and knowledgeable. The menu offered new experiences of local foods and did not disappoint. When multiple orders of our fish entree held up our order, there was explanation and free desserts given our table. We were with friends, and of course food and conversation were the goals; we could hear each other without having to shout. Last time the delay in the fish actually allowed us to linger over the small plates and share everything and actually made it a pleasant two hours. Thank you.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Great service! Outstanding bar tender named Kaipo.

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AH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was as we were not sure what to expect. The thought of eating a pig’s head was questionable but we loved it!

Service was fast.

I’m definitely returning.
Thank you.

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WR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so delicious. Both the handcrafted cocktails and the food. Definitely recommend

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LB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I saw that the chef from Camino in Oakland went here on the restaurant's Instagram, which inspired me to check out Mud Hen Water. I was really stoked about the restaurant's modern take on traditional Hawaiian food, and was glad that I brought a group with me so that I could try as many dishes as possible. Recommended: Yaki o Pa‘i ’ai (seared taro cakes), I’a Lawalu (fish buried in coals), Kunoa Beef Tongue & Broccoli. We ran out of room for dessert, but I can only imagine they are divine.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Elevated and reimagined Hawaiian flavors I would say. Very tasty.
The somewhat esoteric menu could use a more proactive explanation from the bartender. Someone to walk you through the items that might not be immediately familiar. That having been said, thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. Recommend.

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Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

We visit Honolulu once each year and we were looking forward to dinner at Mud Hen Water. It was a disaster. As my dining partner said, “Dinner happened to us!” After waiting for a very long time, all the food arrived at once except the appetizer and salad which came last. There wasn’t room on the table for all the dishes, and it was impossible to enjoy the unusual flavors before it all went cold. The appetizer arrived so late it was comped.

When we inquired about the timing of service, one of the waiters listened impatiently, shrugged his shoulders and apologized. He told us he was surprised when he saw that we got all the food at once.

We were still planning to order our favorite dessert, when the waiter returned with a complementary dessert of the manager’s choosing AND OUR CHECK! Clearly they wanted us to leave.

Sadly we won’t be going back next year. There are too many good eats in Honolulu to put up with this kind of service.

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