MW Restaurant

4.7
1504 reviews
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Casual dining with a Hawaii Regional Cuisine flair accompanied by exquisite desserts.
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Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was wonderful as usual. Wish they would buy an espresso machine, the coffee's very weak.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and even better dessert

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LK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food with the outstanding service that MW Restaurant is deservedly famous for. Thoughtful and professional servers spoil you with their attention to detail and care.

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SM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food
Wonderful deserts
Friendly service

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the tasting menu and thought it was awesome. Would definitely repeat!

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JR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our appetizers, dinners and desserts were all visually appealing and delicious. The service was first rate and our server was very knowledgeable about wines. He recommended a Chablis which I ordinarily would not have tried but was delighted with because it was both dry and fruity.

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DM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I have gone here multiple times. My other half really loved an appetizer we had that was a special that day. Upon leaving the previous time the waiter told us if we wanted it to call and they would work at getting it again. I called 4 days before my reservation. The hostess put me on hold asked the head Chef if they could make it and they said yes. It wasn't on the menu and the waiter said no it isn't available which I said I called and they said they would. He checked and in fact, they were willing. However, here is why I was frustrated a bit more it wasn't the same as the last time. The food is good but if it changes each time I come then I do not know if I want to go especially when a steak is 70 dollars and not as high grade as Ruth Chris or even Hy's.

That said overall they really do seem to care and are good but it is overpriced if you ask me. I did 1 steak at 70 dollars 1 desert at 12 dollars and 2 unknown priced appetizers as they were not on the menu and 1 beef at 40 dollars and one Coke all together my bill before tip was 180. It is a bit loud, fair warning not as loud as Longis used to be in Ala Moana but only went there once been to MW now a few as I said. Probably my last as the taste is different and I don't like not knowing before it comes to me. The food is good but just can't bank on it is what I am craving taste wise.

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San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & service are always excellent. The strawberry shaved ice is the best!

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Hawaii
51 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family has some very serious allergies, and the staff at MW will not stop at making sure everything is perfect. A special shout out to Chef Wade and Chef Michelle, Jaimie, Kitty, and Sensitive Richie. Thank you for making us feel extra special. We will be back soon.

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Hawaii
56 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took out of town guests here and they thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Good food, service, ambiance.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I decided to do Valentine’s dinner a day early and took advantage of MW’s Valentine’s week 4 course menu and then some. Everything from start to finish was excellent! Austin our server knew his stuff and was to work with if you wanted to add on ala carte or something off the regular menu because we wanted to try the unagi & butterfish arancini with my meal which was the seafood paella on top the mochi crusted Kona kampachi, portions were perfect, just when you look at the menu you really wanna try everything and seriously there were entrees I would ordered but you only can eat so much. My wife order was thee best the honey miso butterfish, that I highly recommend. I just was dissappointed with one of the sides which was the Kim Chee, I’m sure they make in house but it taste like something you can buy at the market. Chef nothing personal, down the road at Taiyos Ramen is an off the chart Kim Chee that I think is the best on Oahu, if you can replicate that, it would be killer. Desserts were perfect too, the mud pie and the molten lava cake loved it! It is $$ but special occasions it is well worth it as they also have a very good expansive variety at the bar as well. For sure to be back. Thank you MW restaurant for an enjoyable experience and evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the second I walked thru the doors customer service was impeccable.The bread was the best I've tasted in my life.The salad was top notch.The kampeche fish and noodles was great and the dessert was perfect.i highly recommended

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

シンプルで落ち着いた店です。料理は…すべてがとても美味しい!!ちょっと遅目の時間であまりゆっくり出来なかったので、また行きたいと思います。

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N
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Order the Mochi Kampachi (entree) and the desserts pictured - you won't regret it!

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service! I brought my best friend & family there to celebrate my best friend’s birthday & they were wonderful at helping us celebrating her birthday. The chef even gave her a little gift of homemade granola & pound cake. The food was delicious & the portions were perfect! Highly recommend MW!!!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone from the waiter to the chef was warm and friendly, and there was obvious dedication to optimizing our overall dining experience.

Each dish was better than the next, taking familiar dishes and adding a flair of creativity. Special mention should be given to the chidori fried chicken and arancino. As for the dessert, it was the best coconut cake I’ve ever had.

It was a friends birthday, and the pastry chef was kind enough to gift us powdered sugar macadamia nuts.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone making a trip to Honolulu.

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service great food delicious services over the top thank you Wade and Michelle for always taking care of us
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HN
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Wonderful ambiance. We will be back soon!

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EL
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended to us twice. We should have went after the first recommendation. Everything was superior. We will be back many times I'm sure to try out the whole menu. It's worth dropping by just for the desserts.

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had lunch which, on the whole was good, enough so that I would return. However, I chose the mochi-crusted kampachi and there were a couple of shortfalls: the mochi crust tasted a little gummy and the somen noodles were really gummy. Otherwise the food was very good and was presented nicely.

There should be valet parking at lunch. (At least there was no valet when I got there at 11:30 a.m.) The lot is too small and some of the stalls are reserved for other tenants. These days I try to frequent only those restaurants that have either ample parking or valet services.

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GR
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Still one of the best local restaurants in Honolulu. Shines like the other very good restaurants in this busy "eating out" city.

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PF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal here two years ago while in Waikiki on business and I wanted to come back during our vacation. The experience certainly measured up to my memories. They are inventive and exciting, combining local ingredients and menu ideas with international cuisine.
In addition, the service is way above average for any restaurant these days. Server's attention to detail, quiet involvement in the meal and knowledge of the food made the experience special.
While the restaurant is in an unassuming space, don't be fooled. It's focus is on the food and your dining pleasure.

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LY
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I went here 6 months ago and the Prix Fixe Menu went up to $26! Same appetizers & dessert choices!

Missed the Fried Butterfish entree with Kauai Shrimp & Scallops entree.

There was an annoying fly/bug in the restaurant too! You wouldn't expect it at this caluber of restaurant!!

But the service was impeccable!!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

First visit. Hostess not very welcoming. Delightful amuse bouche and salad, OK entree, disappointing dessert and coffee. Mostly good service. Cold, sterile atmosphere. Prices too high. Won’t likely go back. Overall disappointing compared to their reputation.

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L
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great location with easy parking. Paid special but not overbearing attention to birthday celebration.

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TO
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food with unique food & taste. The waiter was excellent (Deon) and made the dinning experience special!
We are definitely a fan and going back again soon.

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RC
Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing omakase! Superb service and great ambiance.

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OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate our son’s birthday and had a fabulous experience. Exquisite food, top notch service and a beautiful restaurant made this visit great.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MW has become one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions such as our birthdays, anniversary, or in our case, a retirement celebration. The butterfish (teriyaki-style) and sea scallops (with lobster sauce) were excellent, as were the steamed baby carrots. The Caesar salad was nice but was also the only dish we would wish to be more "authentic," as we would normally expect from a restaurant of this caliber/price-range. The refreshing "Brulee" dessert was delicious. The server we had was very attentive, pleasant and knowledgeable about the food choices; and knew when to allow us to think over our choices. We were able to relax and enjoy the whole experience. We look forward to the next opportunity to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was lovely! I went to treat my friend for her birthday and MW printed a special menu for her with her name on it. The waiter was very attentive and funny! The food was amazing (we went for the 3-course meal). And they even gave her a little gift at the end of the night.

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely birthday celebration! MW knows how to do it right! The 5 course tasting menu was fantastic! It started with a sampling of 5 bite sized appetizers from the menu (chef’s choice), all of them excellent but especially loved the Wagyu beef slider! This was followed by a Mochi crusted kampachi then scallops. The main entree was a luscious red wine braised short rib that was fork tender over truffled mashed potatoes...sooo good. The final course was a gourmet dessert of lilikoi sorbet and custard layered with tapioca and tropical fruit and bruleed on the top. But it didn’t stop there. While we enjoyed our dessert they brought out a plate with a sampling of their MW candy bars (?)...needless to say we boxed those and took them home. Before leaving they came with a brown gift bag with a mini-loaf of banana bread a a bag of cookies as a birthday gift to me and gave each of us their signature cookie to take home. Wow! I’d definitely celebrate there again!

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JA
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MW never disappoints! Love the flavors and the great service. Keep up the good work.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant! A nice selection of drinks and very good food. I definitely recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had our anniversary as lunch at MW. It was a great experience. The staff and the restaurant manager Micheal, were very friendly and went out of their way to make our meal special. We had the mocha crusted monchong and the butter shrimp...both were excellent and reasonably priced. We left very satisfied and will definitely visit again.

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PH
Tokyo
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Very nice dining space that we can see the kitchen all the time. I chose prix fixe menu but asked to exchange the appetizer to one of the specials of the day, "Alaskan king crab and Kona abalone". This was the only thing that I dissappointed, the special menu was too salty for me.

One more thing, it looked prix fixe menu was just summations of each dishes. I recommend to choose favorite dish one by one from a la carte menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely- very inspired dishes and great service.

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HF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Reasonable 3 course tasting menu!

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Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was great. We had been there before for lunch enjoying the food very much and wanted to try dinner - we were not disappointed. Our reservation was fairly early (6:30) and the place was empty, but within an hour the place was packed as expected for a Friday night. The reservation was made to celebrate a birthday and the staff acknowledged the birthday when we arrived. As the restaurant filled, we could see the staff was very busy, but attended to our needs very well. Since we told them we were celebrating a birthday, we expected a slice of cake or some gesture similar, but received none. We were not too disappointed though as we were very full from our meal. Later that evening while at home, I got a telephone call from our server apologizing for omitting to serve us a slice of birthday cake and promised us a piece of cake when we returned again. He was sincerely apologetic and was told we recognized how busy they were at the time and did not really have any more room for cake anyway. I felt sorry for him, but admired the action he took in calling to apologize.
We will return again someday as the food is great. And would be happy to have the same server again too. Despite the demands on him, he did a fine job that night.

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L
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been here a few times and thought it would be nice to take my family here for my husband’s birthday. Everything was outstanding! I requested that my husband have his old fashion ready upon arriving and that they did! I also requested for a personalized menu and it was there too! The food was very delicious from the appetizers to the dinner and the desserts! Service was excellent as well!! Thanks MW Restaurant, we will be back!

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HG
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent experience at this restaurant. The food is consistently great and flavorful. Love the presentation values too. Wait staff and bus boys were cordial and pro-active.

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