Mugen

4.4
22 Reviews
$50 and over
French / Japanese
Mugen (pronounced Moog-in), is a Japanese-French dining concept developed by Executive Chef Jason Yamaguchi. Mugen introduces an unprecedented quality of globally sourced cuisine and rare wines and spirits to Oahu, elevating Hawaii as a go-to destination for culinary travel. Enjoy Chef Jason Yamaguchi’s innovative dishes via seasonal tasting menu. An expertly cultivated beverage program includes a 500-bottle wine collection, rare Japanese whiskies and high-end sakes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 22 people are saying
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
3.8
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4.0
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Eight course dinner was very special. Gourmet all the way. Possibly the very best in Honolulu. Highly recommended you go. Currently, they have room for only 14 guests untill full space opens.

Mugen
Responded on March 19, 2020

Aloha, Thank you for coming to Mugen to dine with us on March 13 and taking the time to write a review of your experience. We are appreciative of the 5 star overall rating! We are pleased to hear that the 8 courses met your expectations and for stating "Possibly the very best in Honolulu." Thank you again for coming and look forward to welcoming you back again! Mahalo, Brent Kitsu General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What a fantastic experience! Food was amazing & the service was exceptional! Everything was explained to a tee- Substation’s are available.. we read, “don’t go there hungry” but, in actually, eight courses provides plenty of food.

Mugen
Responded on March 19, 2020

Aloha, Thank you for coming to Mugen to dine with us on March 10! We are appreciative of you taking the time to write a review of your experience. We are appreciative of the 5 star overall rating and in the categories of Food, Service and Value! Every guest is different, but as you experienced, "eight courses provides plenty of food." Thank you again for coming and look forward to welcoming you back again! Mahalo, Brent Kitsu General Manager

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JarrettC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great staff! Loved the bartender too great drinks!

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vipFoody
San Francisco
127 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful new and little place serving a prix fixe dinner that is super creative. It is a ten course including something called a pre-desert. Never heard of such a thing but hey, it was good. I highly recommend this when in Hawaii.

Mugen
Responded on March 19, 2020

Aloha Foody, Thank you for coming to Mugen on March 6. We are appreciative of your visit and for writing a review to share your experience with others. As you mentioned, our prix fixe dinner is "super creative" and encompasses variety of smaller entrees. Yes, we thought we add a pre dessert and from the sounds of it, you enjoyed it! Thank you and we should be having a new prix fixe menu soon, so please come back and try that menu. Mahalo, Brent Kitsu General Manager

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vipCUD3
Hawaii
291 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife picked Mugen as the special restaurant to celebrate her birthday. True, it was three days before her actual birthday( she loves to cook for both of our birthdays ) but the stars were aligned and Mugen was her choice. French/ Japanese is something we love and it’s a rarity on Oahu. There are only two seatings. We selected the 7:30. Mugen has not been officially reviewed on Oahu but both Yelp and Open Table have a Number of reviews. Our greeting was very special. A super charming young lady who also was our waitress greeted us in the best aloha spirit we’ve ever had. Her style was addicting making for a truly relaxing evening. Our host for the evening was Lee Kamimura the General Manager. His style was so endearing that we actually felt like were were having a fine dinning experience in his home. The menu was eight courses. Each unbelievable dish was created by the Executive Chef Jason Yamaguchi and his single sous chef. Being highly versed in wine we look for contrasting flavors, bouquets of equally delicate and layered scents and colors that are impressionistic to the eyes. We got all of this and a lot more. What also made the entire eventing so memorable was that total relaxing feeling that our hosts generated. We can’t wait to go back. Check out our photos!

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vipSteveJed
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our friends 50th birthday there. Although expensive it was worth the price. It was a great experience , well done.

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Guest
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was excellent. Don’t go there hungry, however. The portions were very small. The ambiance was not good. In their defense the restaurant is still under construction and there were only a few tables available. One of the other guests was kind of obnoxious Apparently they knew one of the chefs. She appeared drunk and was goofing around with the chef . She was yelling profanities thinking she was being funny.

Mugen
Responded on February 29, 2020

Aloha, Thank you for coming in to dine with us at Mugen. We sincerely apologize for the guest you are referring to and the experience you encountered. We have followed up with our staff to ensure this does not occur again. Our current menu is a tasting menu to give a sample of what we will be offering on our ala carte menu soon. We hope you will consider returning. Thank you for coming in and hope to welcome you again! Mahalo, Brent Kitsu General Manager

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BryanL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Will be back when renovations are complete. The manager Lee was gracious and knowledgable. Thanks for the hotel tour.

Mugen
Responded on February 29, 2020

Aloha BryanL, Thank you for coming in to dine at Mugen! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service. Yes, we are working to open our dining area, which will be a nice ambiance for dining. Thank you again for coming in and look forward to your return! Mahalo, Brent Kitsu General Manager

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vipGingerroot
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was excellent. Only note is service could have been paced a bit better and wine pours for pairing might have been too generous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and great service. Ambiance a little off. Loud laughing and talking. Table next to coffee machine and kitchen. Although understand they’re still “under construction.”

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vipMichaelM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Restaurant construction is not completed. Slight problem from 1st experience perspective.

Mugen
Responded on January 15, 2020

Aloha Michael M, Thank you for visiting Mugen recently and taking the time to write a review. Yes, we are not quite complete with our facility, however we wanted to allow the public an opportunity to experience Mugen and get excited about what is to come. We are close to having things ready and so we hope you will consider returning once we fully open. Mahalo, Brent Kitsu General Manager

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viphapitraveler
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing pris fixe meal with delicious and very creative small tastes. Appropriately pricey but lower than most Chef's tasting menus we've been to. Two seatings of about 16 people each with courses served to everyone about the same time. So it's very intimate with excellent attentive staff. Our only recommendation is to soften the lighting. With such a small seating advance reservations is a must.

Mugen
Responded on January 15, 2020

Aloha hapitraveler, Thank you for dining at Mugen on January 6 and for taking the time to review your experience. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the menu and feel we are adequately priced. We want to offer our guests an opportunity to experience fine dining without overpaying! We will work on the lighting and hope you return once we complete our renovations. Mahalo, Brent Kitsu General Manager

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viprobbiel
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Interesting decor, kind of thrown together decor and cramped and way too bright. Two guests in my party were a little late and I felt like the chefs and staff were waiting to serve the entire restaurant at the same time and had to wait for our entire party. Was an odd vibe. Staff isn’t the most well trained or smooth in their delivery.

Food overall was good. Flavors good and technique excellent. Portions and value on the other hand not the best. I’ve had many course meals and varying prices all over the world. This seemed very skimpy yet over priced . If the service and atmosphere were as sophisticated and high as the price well then it might have been more acceptable to charge such a high price.
Atmosphere, decor and service not worth the price. Food was tasty and beautifully presented and technically cooked well but portions were way to small for the value.

Glad to try something new in town but meh...not worth it.

Mugen
Responded on January 15, 2020

Aloha robbiel, Thank you for dining at Mugen on January 6 and apologize we were not able to provide a better experience for you. We are working to improve our ambiance as we are not completed with our restaurant. However we feel our atmosphere will be more sophisticated and match the price of our menu. We will also work on our service and ensure we improve as well. Mahalo, Brent Kitsu General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food4service2ambience1

雰囲気が暗い 良くない 狭い 
Luxurious 感なし シェフ愛敬悪い 
お料理が美味しいのにもったいない
リピートなし 

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vipDatenight
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is creative, thoughtful, and beautifully presented however the restaurant is still quite new. The newness is reflected in the servers and setting. Much of the restaurant appears not to be open yet. There is no view and not much else to look at except the kitchen, which is open. I normally enjoy this feature in a restaurant but when we watched the staff take pictures of the food with their iPhone for half an hour (no exaggeration) before we had a bite of anything, I was less than impressed. The servers are good but need more fine dining training. The manager is excellent and really knows how to provide service. There were no prices on our menu nor any explanation of how the restaurant “worked” so we had to ask. This restaurant has great potential.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience with well paired wine that enhanced the flavors of the meticulously prepared food. Chef has really outdone himself.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

For all the press this place has been getting, I was not impressed. Maybe it’d be side

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vipJeffreyH
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very nice. Great food and service

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vipddefig
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing.

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vipPointyMouth
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I was not informed beforehand that only a set menu is available. Food was delicious and well presented but the portions were quite small. At the end of the dinner, I felt like I have go eat a slice of pizza or a bowl of ramen to feel satisfied. Perhaps, the menu can include higher portion of starch. Service was wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible tasting menu. A small restaurant with an incredible chef and sommelier. Wine pairing is top notch. We ate at Chef Mavro, La Mer, Orchids, and many other top restaurants in Hawaii this year and this was our favorite in terms of flavor, dish execution and wine. A gem in Hawaii. If Michelin was on the island, and if they keep the current standards, I could see them jump to 2 Michelin stars in one go. Highly recommended.

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vipTW808
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Expectations were high. Expectations were exceeded!

FAQs

Mugen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 377-2247.

Mugen is rated 4.4 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

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.