Mud Hen Water

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A Hawaiian Sense of Plate
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fascinating menu choices all well-prepared, great cocktails and good service. Just a bit pricy and portions a tad on the small size

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Smoke meat carbonara came out cold even the second order.

OT
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The cocktails were delicious, but the food was average and did not have any stand-out flavors.

JL
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is creative and delicious. Loved the akule pupu-- but one must like that fish. Smoked meat carbonara is a meal by itself.
Be prepared to endure a high noise level. Due to the wooden floor, hard chairs , bare walls... it was so noisy. I had a hard time hearing my mate 3 feet away.

MB
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoy the unique small plate choices which were delicious and defined the expertise of Ed Kenney.
We went early to avoid the busy crowds and liked that we were serviced immediately and given ample time to make our choices with the wonderful advice of our waitress.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique take on Hawaiian Cuisine. Sustainable and reasonably portioned dishes. Amazing vegetarian dishes. Fantastic drinks at reasonable prices.

N
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Creative menu but basic ambience

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Funky restaurant. Great experience. Friendly staff

l
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious overall. Amazing miso.

l
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

disappointed really... went there to celebrate my husband's birthday, and the taste of the food did not impress. ordered the special dish of the day - kau yuk, or braised pork belly with taro, and the dish came out cold. it was disappointing, won't be back again.

LT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I'm a vegetarian and there were a few appealing options. High quality is evident. Portions on the small side.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and unique food with a lot of knowledge from the staff!!

8
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very interesting menu, love that there were many local ingredients and flavors.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good food and great cocktails. Don’t miss the steam clams.

I
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, the food, and the service were fantastic. The quality of the ingredients as well as the creativity in the dishes really shown through. Having worked in the food industry, it was a delight to see uniquely hawaiian dishes done in a contemporary way. My only critique would be that the large shared plates were not big enough to be large shared plates, but rather like single portion plates. Otherwise, delicious.

ES
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

They were out of a couple entrees by the time we arrived for our 8 pm reservation. Some of the ingredient combinations just didn’t work for me. The hummus was good, but pairing it with the grilled fennel and roasted carrots was not to my liking. The octopus was delicious, but its, for lack of a more gracious adjective, slimy accompanying vegetable was off-putting both in texture and bitter taste. Interesting cocktail offerings.

RT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service slow as we had to wait 15 minutes for our entrée. Food was vinegary in nature, portions small.

a
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Always up for supporting local chefs and cuisine - Ed Kenney is a visionary and a bright light in Hawaii. However, Mud Hen Water is disappointing. The food is just not that good - the wait staff is wonderful and the decor is cool, but we were unimpressed with the execution and portions. The best were the Chicken Long rice croquettes, the fish, and the desserts. The squid was good but the portion ridiculously small - the rest sounded interesting but were nothing compared to the original dishes they pay homage to. The flavors in the average plate lunch best this out.

OT
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely enjoyable! The waitress had great knowledge of the menu.

The food was a treat to the senses!

So enjoyable

RK
Seattle
39 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We liked all of the dishes except the short rib one.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Terrible food service with people’s entrees coming out at disparate times. One member of our dinner party didn’t get their entree until the rest were finished with dinner. And, it was partially uncooked chicken.

KA
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Relatively obscure and nondescript restaurant trying to be upscale. Melding local flavors with a twist. Service was slow considering the time and date. 6 PM reservations on a Tuesday (New Years Eve) arriving at 5:55. The hostess had us wait for our reservations at 6 sharp. She was a bit snooty considering the dress code being casual and tables available and crowds thin. I would classify this establishment more as a Tapas bar considering the limited menu selection and offerings.

JS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I feel like the beet poke was magnificent, and I wish they sold it by the pound at Kaimuki Suprette!

c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

While all the ingredients (and philosophy) were there on paper, the ingredients didn’t quite come together in anyway. Most dishes were just ok. If you factor in the size of the small plates (very small) with the cost—-memorable dinner for the wrong reason. Highlights —The beet poke was very good but very small portion. Cocktails were innovative.

SL
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We wanted a local Hawaiian experience, and this fit the bill. Nestled in what seemed to be an up-and-coming neighborhood, Mud Hen Water is a quaint restaurant with great food. Served on small plates family style and a full bar, the casual dining restaurants had families and friends gathering for dinner.

Don’t miss the beet poke.

HM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had incredible service for my partners 40th birthday on a visit from Alaska. I have complex food allergies and they wrote a separate menu for me— I was stunned and deeply moved by how well I was accommodated.
Our server, Brooks, was particularly gracious and thoughtful. We are promising to come back for my birthday!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed the food! So delicious

OT
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a nice dinner here the other night composed of a couple of small plates with a large split between us and it was just the right amount of food.

Beet poke was incredible and one of us does not normally like beets but loves poke. Carbonara that we split was also very good. Wait staff was perfect. We had drinks and dessert across the street at Town.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

TY
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very yummy, unique food and great service. We really enjoyed the fish board we ordered and the pancake.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really enjoyed our experience. Interesting and delicious interpretation of local favorites. Definitely going back to try other dishes.

F
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Inventive food but some experiments fell flat... We ordered 8 dishes and were happy with 4. The rice croquets, beet salad, stuffed banana and chocolate desert were good, the rest not so much! The clam dish was so salty, even with added rice was inedible. Short rib was dry and the proposed sauce interesting in assembly didn’t add much to the flavor. Friendly staff but as restaurant got busy the dishes were not coming out on time.

WK
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting use of local ingredients. We enjoyed all our choices. Family style dining allows you try multiple dishes and share.

SB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A friend who is from Oahu recommend Mud Hen Water and we went there as group of four adults, one toddler for a Birthday dinner. We ordered much of the menu and everything was good, a few things were great and a few thing fabulous. The miso pudding for desert and the chicken croquettes were our favorite. It’s a nice change from the chain restaurants in Wakiki but still has some very Hawaiian dishes. It’s a cool, local spot.

RM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends and I had a fun girls night out at Mud Hen Water. The food and the contrails are amazing. Our waitress was friendly and professional.

OT
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was on point, and we enjoyed the food and drinks. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a great experience!

RH
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great atmosphere. Server clearly explained the menu options and gave great recommendations.

MC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful and attentive service. Unique, high quality food. It was an enjoyable experience.

TY
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good mood, healthy foods! I loved poke beets and local beer. Customer service is friendly too.

JF
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening. Our server, Dil, was excellent. She was pleasant, helpful & warm. We chose a selection of small plates that were perfectly satisfying--He'e, pickled akule, beet poke, Korean style sunchokes and miso clams. The clams were plump and delicious, but the broth was just a touch too salty. However, we knew to expect some saltiness because it was a miso broth. Order bread as it's from the Breadshop to sop up all the goodness. Terrific grapefruit cocktail, too. Another plus is the we found plenty of non-meat and seafood-focused items. Definitely find room for the Kiawe flour brownie with black sesame gelato!

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