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Mugen, Honolulu, HI

Mugen

4.8
4.8
130 Reviews
$50 and over
French / Japanese

Mugen (pronounced Moog-in), is a French-Japanese tasting menu 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 and rare Japanese whiskies.

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Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    French / Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 6:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 377-2247

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jason Yamaguchi

  • Neighborhood

    Waikiki

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking Available at the front of the Espacio Hotel

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunset Rooftop Champagne and Caviar 1 Hour Event

    $125.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience romantic elegance watching the Waikiki sunset while enjoying champagne and caviar. This 1 hour event takes place during the sunset hour with exclusive access to Espacio's rooftop infinity pool deck. Includes a flute of champagne and caviar service. Price is PER PERSON exclusive of taxes and gratuity. DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY DINNER SERVICE.
  • Mugen 11-Course Tasting Experience

    $225.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience Chef Jason's Yamaguchi's French-Japanese dining concept with an 11-Course Tasting Menu. The current menu features the freshest seafood from Toyasu market Tokyo, Japanese Miyazaki A5 Wagyu and Liberty Duck from Sonoma. Locally sourced produce adds fresh sensibility to every presentation. Multiple desserts are created by Pastry Chef Jamon Harper to complete the satisfaction of your palette. We do not have Vegan or Vegetarian option available. Spring Menu $225 per person. Manager Matt Sutherland has created a celebrated beverage program where you’ll find a rare collection of wines and spirits, many exclusive to the restaurant. Curated wine pairings are available to accompany the culinary dining experience.

Menu

We offer an 11-course tasting experience for $225. Delight in exceptional globally sourced cuisine with rare wines and elegant spirits available for pairing

Main

  • Sasanian Osetra Caviar

    Andagi, crème fraîche, cured yolk. Wine Pairing: Marc Hebrart, Reserve Brut, 1er, Champagne N.V.

    • Dutch Asparagus

      black truffle, edamame, sakura vinaigrette

      • Aohata

        Shio shoyu, gobo, amaranth, lemongrass roe. Wine Pairing: Terlano, Pínot Bíanco, Alto Adige 2000

        • Parisienne Gnocchi

          Sweet land farm tomme, petite basil, sauce vierge. Wine Pairing: Müller-Catoír, Scheurebe, Pfalz 2019

          • Amadai

            Choux farci au turbot, parsnip puree, nashi pear, chamomile dashi. Wine Pairing: Haart Píesporter, Kabínett, Mosel 2018

            • Meyer Lemon

              olive oil, black lava salt, vodka

              • Liberty Duck

                Tokyo turnip, celery, roku jus. Wine Pairing: Domaíne Chevíllon, Passetoutgrain, Bourgogne 2018

                • Miyazaki A5

                  Kakiage panisse, chawanmushi, carrot puree, aka shiso, veal jus. Wine Pairing: Domaíne Gros Nore, Bandol Provence 2017

                  • Laura Chenel

                    fennel, mandarin orange, herb de provence

                    • Kona Coffee

                      Manoa kealakekua chocolate, double cream, graham. Wine Pairing: Brachetto d'Aqui, Brachetto, Braida' 2020

                      • Matcha

                        blood orange, pineapple, raspberry

                        Last updated: April 22, 2022

                        What 130 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                        4.8
                        4.8 based on recent ratings
                        • 4.7Food
                        • 4.9Service
                        • 4.6Ambience
                        • 4.2Value

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                        • Hawaii

                          Notable Wine List

                        • Hawaii

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                          Nora

                          Hawaii

                          4 reviews

                          2.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined 1 day ago

                          overall2food1service4ambience1

                          The tasting menu (which is the only menu) costs $225 per person. 11 courses which were all in bite sizes. For example, the 2nd course; German asparagus, 1 asparagus cut into 3 parts. the duck course, the meat was not more than 1 and a half inches. After the meal, I was unimpressed and felt it was like a scam. The restaurant is small with no view, in an enclosed environment. The service was the only saving grace. The way they served show that they were specially trained. How they placed the utensils down to the way they immediately folded your napkins once you left your seat were all very professional.

                        2. B

                          Birthdaygirl

                          Hawaii

                          6 reviews

                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          If you ever wanna go on a culinary expedition, Megan is the place. 11 exquisite courses with an optional wine pairing that makes your palette dance!

                        3. P

                          Peter

                          Hawaii

                          6 reviews

                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          Great staff. Very thoughtful and accommodating since we had our 6 year old son with us. Not much food options for the little one but with an 11 course tasting menu, he was able to share some with us. They were gracious enough to provide him with some duck meat as well as some wagyu without charge which was very nice of the restaurant. Tasting menu was unique and interesting. Great for a special occasion or one of those rare experiences you should try.

                        4. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Seattle

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                          overall3food2service5ambience4

                          Great service and staff. The food was underwhelming many courses l

                        5. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great dining experience!

                        6. h

                          hottie

                          Tahoe

                          24 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          24 reviews

                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Superb service….delicious incredible food…I can’t say enough good things about our meal

                        7. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 5, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Delicious food and phenomenal service. The experience was amazing but of course I wish we could get another piece of the duck and the A5- those were our favorites!

                        8. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Los Angeles

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 20, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent food and definitely get the wine pairing!

                        9. BW

                          BrianW

                          Vancouver

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 15, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Menu was authentic and fresh and was something I'd never tried before but still ended up enjoying.

                        10. RR

                          RanR

                          1 review

                          2.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 15, 2022

                          overall2food3service3ambience4

                          TLDR: While I did enjoy my meal and the time I spent with the staff at Mugen, I would not at all recommend this experience to my circle of friends. The food was good and the highlight meal in my opinion was the Amadai, cooked lightly with the scales flash fried on the fish for an almost potato chip like experience. The Choux Farci was perfectly steamed which gave an excellent mouth feel. The cooked pears provided excitement to the palate and it complimented the brown butter cabbage extremely well. The chamomile dashi and parsnip puree encouraged the use of a spoon and a "complete bite" which was very tasty. This dish was fun, cognizant, and to me showed off the chef's skill with its complexity. However, after the meal I felt there was much to be desired for the customer experience. Dishes like the Aohata and Matcha were not entirely thought through and proved both difficult and frustrating to eat. The service highlight was with their bartender and it showed through with the Cocktail Pregame. The Original Mai Tai was strong, but was also served with a bit of the history of the drink. For anyone that does this experience, I recommend this add-on. The staff was friendly and unobtrusive, but I felt like I was experiencing the B team. The second to the last dessert course was brought with no silverware. Along with this I don't like that the sharpened knife I was brought for the Liberty Duck course had chips along its edge. The timing of wine pairing and food weren't always in line, and I could feel the staff desynchronizing as the night progressed. I think that, this night, the price point matched neither the dishes nor the level of service expected.

                        11. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Sacramento

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 15, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Outstanding experience.

                        12. NC

                          NathanC

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          This is not somewhere I can afford to eat weekly but for a special occasion that will leave you with a memory it is worth it. The staff was incredible! The food was incredible! I would go back a lot more but it would make me poor.

                        13. LS

                          LisaS

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 2, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          What an amazing experience from start to finish. The coursed meal was fantastic but not overwhelming. The paired wine tasting included many treasures I'd never tried before. A gem in Waikiki. We'll be back!

                        14. JK

                          JulieK

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 31, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The two bartenders took excellent care of my mother and I prior to our scheduled seating. The wine pairing was outstanding, the 11 courses were absolutely marvelous - each course building upon the other with delicate and exceedingly well balanced flavors, textures, temperatures and pairings. Both delicate yet bold in the same bite. The Chef is truly outstanding and for the level of this unique culinary experience, the price was very well worth it. Probably the most elevated culinary experience I’ve had outside of NorCal, LA, Chicago, London or NYC. Not to miss if you appreciate fine food with an exquisite level of detail.

                        15. AW

                          AngelaW

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 25, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Intimidate setting (less than 10 tables) and very attentive & personable staff. Food portion is not big (in a good way) but every bite is worth it (and fantastic wine pairing). Much better dining experience than those of quite many Michelin-level restaurants. Will 100% recommend and go back. :)

                        16. R

                          Robert

                          London

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 16, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Mugen provides a true fine dining experience. While on the more expensive side, the food quality and innovation, alongside superb service, make it all worth it. Definitely recommended for special occasions.

                        17. F

                          Florinda

                          San Francisco

                          9 reviews

                          5.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined on March 15, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great experience and excellent service! We enjoyed our tasting menu. We were here to celebrate a birthday dinner. They gave us a signed tasting menu card and chocolates!

                        18. JH

                          JHNGoodFoodLovers

                          Frankfurt Area

                          50 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          50 reviews

                          Dined on March 15, 2022

                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                          With 11 courses you live this fancy spot hungry! Some plates are so small that it is hard to see food!!

                        19. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Hawaii

                          7 reviews

                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                          The food was incredibly prepared and presented with artistry and detail. The wine pairings were nicely matched to delightfully enhance the flavours. The service was impeccable. Servers were knowledgeable and passionate about the food, wine and dish ware. Our only negative would be that it felt a little rushed at times. We had not time to enjoy our cocktails before service and wine pairing started.

                        20. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          New York Area

                          5 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on March 9, 2022

                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                          Finally tried this place after easy reservations via open table. I booked two days before and they had a table at 6:30pm. That's the only seating they have for now but they hope to add one more later. The service was great and waitress was super thorough in explaining the dishes and each ingredient in it. She also told us we had the seat that has the kitchen view but most of the time it's blocked by the servers whenever a dish is being prepared . I also indicated that this was a birthday celebration and responded via text they will add that to the rsvp but NOTHING happened during dinner. very surprising for this caliber of restaurant. Cocktail - butterfly pea daiquiri...they froze a flower in the ice cube which made it very pretty. They added local rum to it which changed the color a bit. But not as pretty as what I thought it would be after her description. Drink was also more sour than I thought. The Itoyori was my fav dish. Refreshing sashimi mixed with the right flavoring and mushrooms! They pour a light dashi/broth that paired with the fish really well also. All the dishes were paired really well in terms of flavoring. Very delicate but also a tad small. However the 11 courses was just right and filling enough for a girl. Others w a bigger appetite might still be hungry afterwards.

                        21. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          San Francisco

                          3 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on March 5, 2022

                          overall4food5service5ambience3

                          Very expensive

                        22. CS

                          ChrisS

                          Hawaii

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 4, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          By far THE most epic dinner experience I’ve ever had in my life. The ONLY drawback for me personally (given the fact I’m very active and eat ALOT) is that we arrived starving and left hungry. Portions are very small however it is about the art of the meal and the complexity of the dishes…not about stuffing your gut. So if you’re a big eater like myself…highly advise to go when you’re somewhat a little hungry. Cheers to Mugen! Y’all were amazing!!

                        23. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Vancouver

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 1, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          One of the best dinners we’ve had. A tasting menu with a journey of the tastebud’s that we’ll never forget. We intend to come back, whenever we visit Honolulu.

                        24. L

                          Liss

                          Hawaii

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 25, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Delicious food, friendly and attentive staff. Very small restaurant but lovely ambience. A fabulous way to celebrate old and new friendships.

                        25. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 20, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          My wife Birthday

                        26. J

                          Janet

                          Hawaii

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 19, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          My two girlfriends and I go out to eat at least once a month. We always try to pick someplace we’ve never been. Mugen was recommended by friends. From the moment we walked into this tiny restaurant, we could tell there was something special about it. There’s only one seating per evening for their 11 course dinner. It sounds like a lot to eat, but the portions were small enough to not fill us until the very end. Each course was a culinary delight. It was artful,

                        27. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Birmingham

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on February 17, 2022

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          Fantastic Experience! The ambiance, service , beautifully crafted dishes all added to a night to remember! You are able to add on items which gave me dish as added touch! I have never had Truffles shaved onto my dish right before me! Now I appreciate its value much more to have seen the process for myself! I could. not stop smiling the entire night!

                        28. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Washington DC

                          2 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on February 10, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          One of the best meal experiences you will have, period. World class. Impeccable food and service - Matthew the manager is awesome. Hope to go back soon on our next trip.

                        29. LL

                          LilyL

                          Seattle

                          3 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on February 6, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Each dish showcased the chef’s creativity. Service was exceptional. Loved that they explained the best way to experience each dish and wine pairing.

                        30. M

                          Mila

                          San Francisco

                          4 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on February 6, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          My boyfriend and I enjoyed the dinner very much. The service was great. There are 11 courses total although you wouldn’t be stuffed. Each course was a small and tasty.

                        31. LF

                          LorinF

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 5, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          If your looking for Michelin star tasting menu restaurant this is your place. The service is actually super friendly and professional and the bartender Tyler was just perfect. In retrospect I might not do all the add on such as the extra duck, A5 wagyu, and fresh shaved truffle, as the meal really didn’t need it, but I was going for extravagance and these certainly were.

                        32. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Los Angeles

                          2 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on February 5, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Food had amazing flavor and very original. Wine pairing was subpar. Overall great experience and staff was attentive

                        33. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Hawaii

                          5 reviews

                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on January 21, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience1

                          Date night with my husband Everything amazing except for lack of ambiance , with all due respect . I’d love to design a new look for the space, no fee. Just because I like it so much! Much aloha Minus the lack of ambiance I’d say it’s my new fav place !! In the world that is.

                        34. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on January 9, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Amazing food, great staff

                        35. BR

                          BethR

                          New York Area

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on January 8, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Small modern dining room. Very intimate. The service team very professional and graceful with their service approach without being overbearing or making guests feel intimidated. Beverage directors pairing that goes along with the meal was spot on, he was very knowledgeable ~ cocktails are not to be missed. 2 of us had pairings and the other tried almost every cocktails off his list. Beautiful plate wares and presentation. Food was excellent, exactly the right amount of courses to leave comfortably full. Highly reccommend to anyone used to east or west coast high end fine dining.

                        36. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Baltimore

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on January 7, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Every single course was absolutely out of this world! The food served was truly art and each wine pairing was perfect, I enjoyed every one of them even though I don’t typically like some of the types of alcohols that were served. The staff was extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about every dish that was served.

                        37. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          New York Area

                          1 review

                          vip
                          1.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on January 1, 2022

                          overall1food1service5ambience2

                          Service and wine pairing is top notch. Pastry is good. The meal serving cadence is definitely on the faster side, compared to my other fine dining experience. Ambience is not on the romantic side for a date or special occasion, but more on business side from my impression. Food other than pastry is pretty hand wavy. I would rather spend 600 per person in French Laundry or Singlethread.

                        38. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          New York Area

                          2 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on December 29, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          This was one of the best tasting menus I’ve gotten to experience. The duck course is sublime and is one of the best pieces of duck one could have anywhere in the world. The chef and head mixologist are stars in the making. I can’t wait to go back!

                        39. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Vancouver

                          7 reviews

                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on December 17, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          If I could rate more than 5 stars, I would! This was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had our my lives, and they made our anniversary so special. Each course was so innovative and the wine pairings were spot on! We will definitely come back again when we are in Honolulu again! Thank you Mugen!

                        40. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Chicago

                          2 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on December 11, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          All of the staff we interacted with were excellent, especially Makani and Tyler, Jenn, and Mary to name a few.

                        Safety precautions

                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                        • Physical distancing

                          • Limited number of seated diners
                        • Screening

                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                        FAQs

                        Mugen is rated 4.8 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

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                        Booked 3 times today
                        Experiences are available.
                        Google Map for Mugen

                        2452 Kalakaua Ave Honolulu, HI 96815

                        Additional information

                        • Neighborhood

                          Waikiki

                        • Hours of operation

                          Dinner
                          Tue–Sat 6:30 pm–9:30 pm

                        • Cuisines

                          French / Japanese

                        • Dining style

                          Elegant Dining

                        • Dress code

                          Resort Casual

                        • Parking details

                          Complimentary Valet Parking Available at the front of the Espacio Hotel

                        • Payment options

                          AMEX, Cash not accepted, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                        • Executive chef

                          Chef Jason Yamaguchi

                        • Additional

                          Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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