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Mugen, Honolulu, HI

Mugen

4.2
4.2
162 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 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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

  • Oceanview Rooftop Champagne & Caviar Experience

    $125.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience romantic elegance viewing Waikiki Beach while enjoying champagne and caviar. This 1 hour event takes place during the evening 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 7-Course Tasting Experience

    $155.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience Chef Jason Yamaguchi's French-Japanese dining concept with a 7-Course Tasting Experience. The Summer menu features imported Sasanian Osetra Caviar and Parisienne Gnocchi with your choice of Japanese Miyazaki A5 Wagyu or Liberty Duck from Sonoma. Locally sourced produce adds fresh sensibility to every presentation. Dessert created by Pastry Chef Jamon Harper completes the satisfaction of your palette. Mugen 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. Note we do not offer Vegan, Vegetarian, Non-Dairy, Children's or Ala Carte menus.

What 162 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Romantic

  • Oahu

    Romantic

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  1. D

    Datenite

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We felt like superstars. A very intimate and special experience. We had multiple servers attend to our every need. They explained each dish and how to best enjoy them. As this is just a tasting menu do not except to leave stuffed. But overall my favorite dining experience in Honolulu. Especially the wagu!!
  2. f

    freshbill

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive and informative service with a friendly atmosphere. High end cuisine and a rare chance to enjoy a Hibiki 21. Thanks everyone!
  3. F

    Foodteaveller

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food experience. Best dining we have had in Waikiki
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful culinary experience that I would gladly revisit. Chef Jason and the entire staff really took care of us and the food was memorable.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    This is our second time dining here this year, because we had an exceptional meal the first time in March offering 11 courses. However, this time around, the course offering was only 7, yet rather than making each course more special than before, it felt way more retracted both in execution and originality. Is this the result of inflation? We really hope this place succeeds, and rooting for chef Yamaguchi to recalibrate his menu to that exceptional level once again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great celebration for my boyfriend’s birthday, we both loved every bit of it. Highly recommend.
  7. PP

    PerfectPalatePicks

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding Omakase experience, comprised of creative, delicious cuisine and outstanding service. The staff was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine. If you enjoy fine wine and are a foodie, this place is not to be missed! Five stars!
  8. l

    lovetotravel

    Vancouver

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Sadly I can only echo other reviews. OVER priced and NO food ! This shouldn’t be called a restaurant. It was tiny amuse bouche with drinks for $450! OUTRAGEOUS. Shame on them! On the nice note the service was good. Overall, It felt like a robbery which is unfortunate since the bites were good. What a désappointement but I guess we were warned by other reviews.
  9. AL

    AngelaL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    The courses were very small and not filling.
  10. KK

    KentK

    Los Angeles

    119 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding but portions was a little small. I would would spend a little more money and get larger portion. All the courses we so good, I wanted more.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing drinks and food. The staff was extremely attentive and made our experience wonderful. It was expensive, but worth it for a Special date. Tyler made the best Mai tai’s we had ever had!
  12. J

    Johnt

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Not place if you close hungry even for dégustation menu with more courses Portions ridiculous
  13. f

    fabfoodfun

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place with fabulous food!!! Each course was one beautiful painting after another! Delightfully delicious! LOVED it!
  14. M

    Maxs

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! One of the best fine dining experiences you can have in Hawaii Recommend getting the wine pairing and additional sashimi!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Dishes were expertly prepared and service was impeccable. The only ding would be that in pairing down the number of dishes in their tasting menu, everyone in my party left hungry.
  16. TC

    TonyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All good, good service good food and good energy, will come again
  17. KM

    KarenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team at Mugen are incredible. The experience is unique and well worth the price.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Excellent service! I loved all waiters and waitresses who served us. It’s just the food was not worth it
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely amazing! Highly recommend the wine pairing selected for the 7-course meal.
  20. AC

    AnthonyChang

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    Food quality was good, but the portions are tiny. If you go with the wine tasting menu they give a generous amount. My friend, after making reservations but weeks before we got to the restaurant, tried to substitute some of the dishes in advance because I wouldn't eat some. They refused so I had to give away those dishes to my friend to eat. It was a sign of the poor service to come. The waitress that served us lied and said it would only be about 2 oz. of wine per tasting to get us to buy the wine pairing. It was way more, but too much on a weekday evening, so much I had to call out of work the next day to recover. There is no view, the restaurant is literally a hole in the wall on the 2nd floor. Nice paintings on the walls, but nothing extraordinary I don't mind spending $900 after tip, but the place should have great value to cost. It does not. There are places with a better view, great food, that cost $600 or less for dinner for 2 I went once because a friend wanted to for her birthday, never again. I'm giving it a 1 star in spite of the good food and generous alcohol because of how much it cost. It is the only restaurant I have ever given 1 star to
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    service was great. wish they did more for anniversaries or special occasions. a menu with happy anniversary wouldve been just fine
  22. S

    Susie3388

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food and services are excellent, it's one of the best experience we ever have.
  23. AA

    AlexArt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new favorite restaurant in Honolulu. Fabulous staff serving some of the best food we've had outside of France. Don't miss this place. Not inexpensive, but worth the splurge!!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a fantastic meal. Service was amazing. I will dream about that asparagus dish!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most amazing meal I’ve ever had! The service was outstanding as well!
  26. CE

    ChrisEats

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great fancy date spot in the heart of Waikiki.
  27. d

    diningentertainment

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable, plating was beautiful, portions just right. Possibly better with the wine pairings but did not have it that evening. Thank you.
  28. LU

    LindaU

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a special occasion, Mugen is highly recommended- amazing food that is not only artfully presented but subtle & exotic in flavors. Staff was highly professional in all aspects, yet amiable, attentive. Ambience a reflection of the calm, efficiently paced serving of each of the 11 dishes, plus wine pairing (a must-have!).
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, excellent service
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal, even better service
  31. AR

    AmanR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    was very exited to take my wife to this restaurant We left at the 8th dish it was a 11 dish meal. it came to $554 i still left $600 US to be polite. had no heads up what the food would be like. we sent most of the 8 plates back untouched. looked fancy but tasted awful, a true money waste. we could of spend that $600 on so many more finer diners. I would not recommend trying this out to any one.
  32. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the caviar and champagne experience and it was lovely. We were lucky enough to enjoy the rooftop all to ourselves while we ate the two tone osteria caviar, the most exclusive and rarest caviar in the world. The view was amazing, and the sunset was beautiful. Only thing that can be improved was the lack of shade. I wish they did have umbrellas to cover us, but after the sunset it was perfect. Our servers were kind and attentive.
  33. N

    Nora

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    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.
  34. B

    Birthdaygirl

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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!
  35. 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.
  36. 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
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience!
  38. h

    hottie

    Tahoe

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service….delicious incredible food…I can’t say enough good things about our meal
  39. 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!
  40. 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!

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 4.2 stars by 162 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 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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