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About MW Restaurant

Casual dining with a Hawaii Regional Cuisine flair accompanied by exquisite desserts.

1538 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Dessert

Hours of Operation:

--- Lunch ---

Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 4:00pm

--- Dinner ---

Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 955-6505 ext. 2

Website:
http://mwrestaurant.com/

Catering:
MW Restaurant is available for catering events.
Please visit our website at, www.mwrestaurant.com and click on the 'Private Dining and Catering' tab to fill out our event form. Our catering manager will be in touch with more information and our available menus.

Thank you for your interest.

Parking Details:
A limited number of self-park stalls are available on premise. Valet parking is also available for $5.00 exclusive of gratuity. There is metered parking located on Makaloa Street as well as a paid parking lot at the neighboring First Hawaiian Bank.

Executive Chef:
Wade Ueoka & Michelle Karr-Ueoka

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Private Dining

MW Restaurant offers a casual, simplistic dining atmosphere, conveniently located near Ala Moana Shopping Center between Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu. The restaurant features Hawaii Regional Cuisine, accompanied by exquisite desserts and a diverse wine, spirits and beverage list.

MW Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (54)
Special Occasion (53)
Fit for Foodies (51)
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Local Ingredients (37)
Business Meals (36)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Good for a Date (32)
Great for Lunch (32)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Tasting Menu (27)
Casual (26)
Good for Groups (23)
Fun (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Authentic (13)
Romantic (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Healthy (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Tapas (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Spicy (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Cozy (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food, service and experience. The only negative was the extremely high price for coffee which will not stop us from returning very soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

I really recommend this restaurant! I cannot believe I live nearby it for almost 3 years and never visited before.
I had dinner with my husband here for a date night and we were surprised by how nice our experience was.
I don’t remember her name, but our server was very friendly and professional, and was always checking if the food was ok to our taste. The manager was also friendly and presented himself as soon we arrived in case we needed something.
The food is just amazing, it is in my opinion a very creative mix of Hawaiian and Asian food!
We had the kampachi ceviche to start, and the steamed Onaga as entree, since Onaga is my favorite fish, and for dessert we had the Lilikoi creme brulee, and cocktails. I recommend all and would return for those again, and also to try other items of the menu.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

The food at MW is delicious! Such a delight and the service was outstanding!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

Visited for Restaurant Week lunch for the first time. Trio of appetizers was very tasty, crusted Monchong was really good and the banana chocolate dessert was very good. Overall a wonderful meal and I'll have to visit again for dinner.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

Very busy. Restaurant was packed but yet accommodating. Fantastic hostess - composed, not panicky.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

My 1st time and totally lived up to the hype, amazing flavors, convenient location

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Casual, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

Food&sService are great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

This is a special place especially during Restaurant Week. The food is outstanding! We were there for lunch and it was wonderful. The hostess is excellent and starts you out with a smile on your face. So personable and efficient.

The waiter was friendly but wouldn't explain the dishes. This was especially frustrating as there were several that sounded interesting. He could have decided we were going to get the RW menu so why bother??

We look forward to returning soon for the amazing food!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant is one of my wife and favorite go-to restaurants. We wanted to try their restaurants weeks menu. Unfortunately my wife dish was not prepared well. The center of the mochi crusted onaga (instead of kampachi because they ran out) was still raw. Waiter noticed and ordered another one; the second round was still raw. We didn't want the dish to go back again and have them cook up another dish, so we decided to eat half of it. My dish was good but but overall ambiance and service was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Romantic
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent innovative and well thought out food combinations perfectly made. Excellent wait staff.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

This was my first time to MW and I was pleased. We were greeted nicely and were seated promptly. Food presentation was "wow!" and it tasted great, too. (I had the pre-fixe meal.) Our server and his assistant were friendly, professional, and attentive.

My only complaint is the tiny bugs that swarmed our table during the entire meal. They didn't bite or anything but we had to constantly shoo them away, fearing they'd fall into our food or drink.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great service, food was good but not “omg amazing”. The dessert was the best part.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My husband and I went during Restaurant Week. The avocado soup was too salty; the rest of the appetizer was good. My husband enjoyed his gumbo. My pork tenderloin was not tender - it was quite tough and difficult to eat. Dessert was very good.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Tasting menu had pork loin that was VERY tough!!!! Could hardly cut or chew!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Love the food, especially the mud pie. Must have!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great menu for restaurant week

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had the butterfish. Why one would batter, albeit light batter, butterfish is a puzzle. It became tasteless. The serving was basically just the tail with a very very small filet (deep fried/again, tasteless). The crunchy consistency of the vegetables and, as well, the flavors (taste, scent) were just wrong with the butterfish. This restaurant has difficulty blending flavors and in trying to be creative can't seem to get it right. (On that note, please do not mix kimchee with your potato salad.)

For the hassle of parking ($5 valet + tip), with that type of food experience, the restaurant will be hard-pressed to have return customers.

I am rooting for this restaurant to succeed, but the food has to improve.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

What a shame the bright and cold ambiance doesn’t match the sophisticated food. Hire an interior designer and make the place more cozy and/or sexy. It feels like a cafeteria.

With that said, the food, particularly the desserts are very good. A bit fussy but high quality. The server was gregarious but tried too hard to be funny and prove his chops in terms of food and wine knowledge.

Overall, a good experience. With a few tweaks it could be excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service was sloooow. Server could use some training on service. His nails were dirty and he tossed napkins on the table like it was a Frisbee.

Looking to impress a new business client? This restaurant would not be top of the list.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Wade and Michelle run an incredibly fun and innovative restaurant. Service is excellent and food is wonderful. Recently experienced our 28th wedding anniversary there and I often take business clients to MW for lunch. Every time, without fail, our experience is top-notch.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Been at this restaurant several times and it never disappoint. The food is so creative and flavorful. A great place for to meet friends who enjoy good food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Delicious dishes - Beef Spare Rib with Foix Gras and Butterfish - delightful service - fabulous restaurant

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great food, awesome staff. I love their desserts!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was amazing as expected. We had the sliders, duck confit, pork tenderloin, and strawberry shave ice. Everything was tasty, perfectly balance and delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

What an amazing dining experience!

I dined solo on Saturday and had 5 courses. I paired my drinks, starting with champagne, then Pinot noir, then a burbon on the rocks. Everything was spectacular. From the food to the service. My only critique was the lighting; it was pretty bright in there! Suggestion to dim the lights a little. (See, I had such a great time I’m critiquing the lights!)

If you’re in the area and have the $$: GO! You won’t regret it. Amazing. Truly. Thank you! I’ll be back. Also: get the beef with foie gras. It was incredible. I’m still drooling over it.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We came in for our Saturdate and had a really good time
I went for Chef Tasting + Wines and Lehua went Tasting Menu
Austin took care of Service
Wine Pairings were spot on!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Reliably awesome. I can bring friends from out of town and no matter where they are from or whatever kind of allergy or dietary restriction, the chef and his staff at MW always come through for me. The duck confit is not always on the menu, but when it is make sure to seize the opportunity, and if you leave there without trying a desert then you missed one of the greatest opportunities on Oahu.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy, Authentic, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Waithelp excellent and Chef Wade and Michele was at the restaurant the time we dined. Excellent food! We ordered the Prefix menu that was great!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Disappointing. Island food is still a long way from the mainland. Get ABC poke instead.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Had marginal service in the past but today's lunch was good - had an enjoyable time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This was my 4th time having dinner here and it did not disappoint. The food is creative and delicious. If you are looking for huge tummy filling portions you should go else where. If you want fresh, unique, and delicious meals then do come here. The atmosphere is relaxed and not stuffy. The tab is on par with any other high end city restaurant so expect $50+/person. I will return next time I am in town.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Organic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very disappointing.
The hostess was not busy but made us wait.
The server assisted us quickly but was not happy with us when we reported the dust on the ledges next to our table
She only half wiped the dust away so we moved tables
The pork belly was over cooked & tasteless
The garlic rice was tasteless
The fish was also over cooked & dry
Portions very very small

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 23, 2017

It was our first time for lunch, and as always we are never disappointed.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent service and very tasty food! Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and she was not disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Always made to feel special whenever dining at MW. Food is fantastic, service is great. Always enjoyable!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food and good service. Nice to see a young, local couple do well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Interesting, fun food well prepared and well presented. Wait staff was efficient and helpful and timing was good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

MW was a recommended. We had reservation and they gave us about the worse table by the bathrooms. There were plenty of open tables. It was my daughter's birthday and I didn't want to scene, for it happens to often. The waiter was very good, food was excellent. The waiter helped to take my mind off the beginning of the evening.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was the second time we took my father and we were all happy. They gave us a table with easy access for someone whose footing is not quite what it used to be. (At 97, he's entitled.) We expected him to use the walker but he chose his cane.
He was delighted with the Kalbi Short Ribs, as was my partner. We've had tasting menus before and they are fantastic. The small salad was quite large and full.
We love MW and look forward to trying Michelle's donuts in Waikiki one day.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food and service was great! The shaved ice at the end of the meal was especially yummy.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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