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Mugen, Honolulu, HI

Mugen

4.9
4.9
244 Reviews
$50 and over
Global, International
Mugen is an award-winning fine dining concept that is elevating Hawaii’s status as a destination for culinary travel. Experience global contemporary artistry with a sense of place at Mugen, the Forbes Five-Star rated fine dining restaurant at ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki, where every dish tells a story and every sip is a celebration.
Rising star Executive Chef Colin Sato has redefined the Mugen dinner experience with his new five-course menu, designed in collaboration with Pastry Chef Jamon Harper and in consultation with renowned Chef Alan Wong. Featuring seasonal and local ingredients, diners can choose from myriad options within each course while sipping inventive cocktails or exploring wine from Mugen’s extensive collection, honored with the Wine Spectator "Best Of" Award.
Previously offered exclusively to ESPACIO guests, the reimagined Mugen breakfast experience showcases acclaimed Pastry Chef Harper’s morning indulgences in an elevated, fine dining setting.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Contemporary French, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 377-2247
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Colin Sato
  • Neighborhood
    Waikiki
  • Cross street
    We are at 2452 Kalakaua Ave, between Uluniu Ave and Liliuokalani Ave
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet Parking Available in front of ESPACIO
  • Public transit
    We offer valet parking curbside fronting Espacio, The Jewel of Waikiki at 2452 Kalakaua Avenue. If the valet turn in is not immediately available, you may turn left on Liliuokalani Avenue at McDonalds, then a quick left into the Waikiki Beach Tower valet parking. Let them know you are going to Mugen and walk towards Kalakaua under the covered awning. From there turn right and we are immediately past the ABC store.<br />
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunset Champagne & Caviar Experience

    $140.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    "Immerse yourself in the splendor of a Hawaiian sunset from our rooftop poolside venue, offering a breathtaking panorama of Waikiki. Please note that the visibility of the setting sun varies throughout the year, and while the sky will remain beautifully lit up, the setting orb of the sun may be partially obscured, offering a unique and intimate ambiance.” Minimum Two guests ($280 for two): One ounce Golden Osetra Caviar - (serves two), Includes two glasses of house Champagne (Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve), cured egg yolk, chives, creme fraiche, shallots, smoked sturgeon pate, taro chips, and buttermilk blinis. Additional ounce of caviar available at $180 per tin. This is an outdoor event and is limited to one hour.
    Sunset Champagne & Caviar Experience Photo
  • Afternoon Tea

    $120.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Step into a world of whimsy and indulgence at ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki, where we reimagine the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea. Sip on Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé and savor Osetra Caviar upon arrival. Choose your unique, personal teapot and delight in an array of teas, including new and rare blends. Meticulously crafted miniature sandwiches, scones, and desserts enchant your senses. Minimum one day advance reservation required. Limited to 12 seats, Saturdays at 1 p.m.
    Afternoon Tea Photo

What 244 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Best Overall

  • Hawaii

    Best Food

  • Hawaii

    Best Service

  • Hawaii

    Great for fine wines

  • Hawaii

    Romantic

  • Hawaii

    Good for special occasions

  • Oahu

    Best Overall

  • Oahu

    Best Food

  • Oahu

    Best Service

  • Oahu

    Best Ambiance

  • Oahu

    Best Value

  • Oahu

    Innovative

  • Oahu

    Great for fine wines

  • Oahu

    Romantic

  • Oahu

    Good for special occasions

  • Oahu

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

244 Reviews
  1. LucyF

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an exquisite experience! Very pricey but worth the $

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  2. Silence

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner with engaging and knowledgeable staff

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  3. Hugo

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful and reflective dining experience. The menu offered a thoughtful and beautifully surprising journey, combining the best tastes Hawaii offers. The Mugen staff hosts better than family. I will return with other discerning guests.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mugen is a must for fine dining in Honolulu. The atmosphere is exclusive and the vibe is luxurious. Your evening starts with a valet and entering into an oasis in the heart of Waikiki! Once inside you will be greeted by an amazingly kind and professional team. The food is a journey the appetizers are “the perfect bite” we had poke and caviar, arancini, and he’e it was beautiful. For the main my husband and I split the special aged Tomahawk and it was flawless. My kid had the lamb 🐑it’s from Sonoma and raised on grape leaves. The meat tastes like lamb with a gentle finish. Dessert was amazing we had all 3 the favorite was the Black Forest Cake and the Chantilly custard with fresh local fruit. This was truly an amazing experience. It’s definitely reserved for special occasions! We we’re celebrating our kid graduating from culinary school. It was really really amazing highly recommend.

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  5. kLkL

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were lucky to get the room off to the side so it was almost private and very quiet. It can seat probably more than 6 but 6 would be most comfortable. The food was excellent and so was the service. The only things were the desserts and the bathroom situation. The bathroom is down the elevators and the valet has to let you into the hallway with the restroom which looks like a service restroom. The desserts while gorgeous weren’t the most tasty. However, the food was amazing in every way and everyone said they would come again!

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  6. AndrewS

    Hawaii

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food with impeccable service. Loved the tasting menu and especially the Lobster Risotto and Ribeye. Highly recommend the wine pairing as it was one of the best I have ever had.  Cannot thank the chef, management, server and staff enough for their gracious hospitality!

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  7. Sushifan

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Objectively speaking (I hope), one of the best meals we've had in a long time. We've dined at many Michelin-starred restaurants, both in the States and in France. The flavors presented here were top flight. The scallops were bits of heaven. Much aloha in the service. I do think Mugen would be busier at a slightly lower price point, if the quality did not slip proportionately. My ultimate comparison in judging a fine dining restaurant is how it compares to Le Bernadin (LB) in NYC, which in my opinion is the perfect three-star restaurant. LB is $210 for four courses, Mugen is $180. Both reside in expensive locales. Given a single choice of where to go, I'd still choose LB. That said, LB is not in Waikiki and we were so if you also find yourself in Waikiki I think you'll be very happy at Mugen. By suggesting that Mugen is in the same league as LB is my highest praise.

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  8. VladimirC

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service with an amazing and flavorful menu. The Black Forest cake was a highlight.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was by far the best dinner I’ve ever had, and highly recommend

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  10. winmag

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The High Tea at Mugen was amazing!! The service was incredible, food delicious, and it was such a great experience. I highly recommend for a special occasion.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great fine dining experience. Little over priced for what you get.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No words can describe the level of excellence that abounds herein. Food was out of this world. Five course requirement but every bite was an adventure and always worth the ticket. Speaking of the ticket...a few rounds of cocktails but no wine or pairing and we still were just over 1200 USD for the dinner for four. But ...once and a while one has to treat one's self and this was a delicious reward!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Excellent presentation! Wonderful service!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome awesome awesomeness. The service was amazing and the food was outstanding. Shari and Douglas made the whole experience very memorable.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stellar meal on a special occasion. Wait staff was excellent any food was probably one of the top ten meals I’ve had anywhere. Highly recommend.

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  16. PAfoodie

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the sunset caviar and champagne experience followed by dinner at Mugen and it was an amazing experience. The view was unbeatable and the staff was extremely attentive.

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  17. KamaAinaDiner

    Hawaii

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spot on service and the food was immaculately prepared. Wine selection and pairings, delightful. Highly recommend if you are looking for a unique experience using locally sourced ingredients and haute cuisine.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I normally never post reviews of restaurants I visit and this is actually my first OpenTable review. I felt that this was such an amazing experience I had to write a review to commend the restaurant and staff. All the courses were very well thought out and was absolutely amazing. The wagyu tartare was one of the best things I have ever tasted. The entire staff were absolutely amazing and had such great insight on the courses and the motivation behind each course. I had booked this reservation as a post-proposal dinner and I could not have picked a better place. The manager, Wes, gave us a tour of the Espacio suites and gave us a menu signed by the staff, which was absolutely amazing. The staff went above and beyond all expectations I had. We will definitely be making Mugen a regular stop for us any time we are in Oahu!

    1 person found this helpful

  19. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our favorite dinner in Honolulu. The service was amazing from Evan, Shari, and Douglas, Chef Colin even came out to say hi! Will definitely be back and we highly recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

  20. KevinO

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply superb. Great flavors and presentation. Staff writer as amazing. A real gem.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall great experience. Discovered my favorite caviar of all time at Mugen. Staff did a great job working around difficult allergies (dairy and chicken eggs). Chef was able to come up with an interesting and delicious dessert that was off the menu just for me which I appreciated greatly given I normally cannot have any dessert at the vast majority of restaurants.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. Dave

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, attentive staff, and wonderful atmosphere.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service. Food was top notch. Will be back again the next time I am in Waikiki.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. DavidW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In my opinion, this is absolutely the best restaurant in the Hawaiian Islands. Very expensive, but worth it. The wait staff is extremely well-trained and very personable, the wine (& somm) is splendid, and the food is creative. Nice dining ware in an elegantly understated room.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. KristenR

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great service! The lobster risotto was amazing!

    1 person found this helpful

  26. JPBP

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly the best dining experience we have had on Oahu. Every detail of the meal, the bar, the service, the ambience was exquisite. Top local ingredients, fabulous creativity, superb choice and presentation. We also appreciated that it was adult and quiet for a romantic dinner. The staff were professional and engaging, sharing their knowledge about ingredients, wine and barcraft. The chef came around the tables to speak to patrons at the end of the evening and we enjoyed talking to him about the local farms he uses and some of his creative touches to the food. We cannot praise it highly enough and hope they continue to build their local following, as well as attract tourists looking for a gourmet culinary experience. We were also delighted to learn that their bar is set up for people to drop in for a drink and light fare. We will visit again, for sure!

    1 person found this helpful

  27. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Words can't describe how amazing this establishment is. Highly recommend

    1 person found this helpful

  28. LeeS

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is truly fabulous. The staff, sommelier and cook are friendly and knowledgeable. I would come back the next time in Waikiki. I am looking forward to it. No place like this

    1 person found this helpful

  29. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb service. Excellent food and pairing. A bit pricey for what you get compared to similarly upscale restaurants, but overall a great dinner.

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  30. usagi

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is excellent, well-prepared, fresh and delicious.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. RobertF

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is outstanding. This restaurant deserves three Michelin stars. It is hard to single out any one dish because they are all perfection. Colin, the chef, is truly an artist. The wine pairing with the food is as good as it gets. Douglas, the sommelier, is very helpful and extremely knowledgeable. This is one of the best restaurants in Honolulu b

    1 person found this helpful

  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mugen was a great experience with the Chefs Table and Chef Colin Sato excelled with great food and execution

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  33. Vivian

    New York City

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a multi course menu and every single course was outstanding from beginning to end. The Maui venison was as good as it gets. Our dinner was paired with various wines. Douglas, our sommelier, did an incredible job. This was an excellent experience all around.

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  34. Nephron

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service with food to match. The first course was one of my favorites, especially the caviar/poke combination. I’ll be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional experience from getting out of my car from the valet and walking into the restaurant till the moment of walking out of the restaurant. Amazing food, great customer service from every single one of the employees. Very personal and felt very appreciated and valued. The best course meal we have ever had here in Hawaii. Will definitely return for another special night

    1 person found this helpful

  36. wingj

    San Francisco

    172 reviews

    5.0

    172 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great first time experience! The entire dinner did not disappoint; as well as the impeccable waitstaff. We look forward to revisit again if our future travels include Hawaii!!!

    1 person found this helpful

  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great new tasting menu! Wonderful service team as well. The food was delicious and beautifully plated. Congrats to Chef Sato and his team.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. craig

    Hawaii

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best fixed course/price dinners I've ever enjoyed. Make no mistake: unless you are fortunate like me, this is only for very special occasions, but you will get every bit of your money's worth (& you don't have to do the wine pairing). There are choices for three of the courses (and those that are fixed are all very good). The Wagyu tartare was extraordinary, and the lamb excellent. Servings are generous for a fixed price menu, as are the wine pourings. Shari's service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable, as was the sommelier's. Highly recommended. Do be sure to have the exact address. It's over the door, but that is only five feet wide, and there is no sign that the restaurant is there.

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  39. FiftySomething

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small, intimate, quiet, perfect for special occasion. All staff were attentive, professional. The chef came to check on each table. Of course the food was exceptional. Will return

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my the best dining experiences and I make it a point to eat at many Michelin restaurants around the world.

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FAQs

Mugen is rated 4.9 stars by 244 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Mugen

2452 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    We are at 2452 Kalakaua Ave, between Uluniu Ave and Liliuokalani Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Waikiki
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Contemporary French, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet Parking Available in front of ESPACIO
  • Public transit
    We offer valet parking curbside fronting Espacio, The Jewel of Waikiki at 2452 Kalakaua Avenue. If the valet turn in is not immediately available, you may turn left on Liliuokalani Avenue at McDonalds, then a quick left into the Waikiki Beach Tower valet parking. Let them know you are going to Mugen and walk towards Kalakaua under the covered awning. From there turn right and we are immediately past the ABC store.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Colin Sato
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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