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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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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Fit for Foodies (41)
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Local Ingredients (37)
Good for a Date (36)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Business Meals (35)
Tasting Menu (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Great for Lunch (27)
Casual (22)
Good for Groups (17)
Fun (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Authentic (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Romantic (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Seasonal (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Healthy (6)
People Watching (6)
Tapas (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Cozy (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Spicy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our second visit to MW--and we were not disappointed. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the items on the menu and the whole staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The restaurant is a little challenging to find--the address is Kapiolani, but it's in the middle of the block and the entrance is actually in the back--it's easy to miss, especially after dark. Nevertheless, it's a real gem and one of our "must dos" when we are in Honolulu!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

Food and service impressive

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Service was terrible. Manager gave us a bad attitude. Food was overpriced and too sweet or salty. Very noisy. We had an important business meeting so it was an extra bad experience.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

A nice, casual, and relaxed ambiance. Awesome non-alcoholic cocktails. Very creating food display and food fusion style of cooking. However 50% of pot roast pork served was fat! King Salmon was excellent, but the sauce it was on was very salty! Pan fried mochiko fish was yummy.

Would return to try other menu items.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food is excellent and the service is outstanding. This is the second time I've dined here and it was even better than the first.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Everything ordered was superb. Service was also very attentive and professional. The desserts we ordered were fabulous.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Birthday. Customized gift was a plus. Returned because of gift card. Enjoyed service levels! Will remember the dish we had. Hadn’t been back in a while. Will enjoy a return visit soon. Rib eye was fantastic and the affogato was an enjoyable adventure.

Our food server’s attention and care in addition to his colleagues assistance were the big takeaway for us.

Job well done!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

From start to finish, it was perfect. I wanted to surprise my boyfriend for our anniversary, because this is his favorite restaurant. And they went above and beyond my expectations. Everything I wanted they provided and then some. I live in FL and I cant wait to come back and create more memories. LOVE this place.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The customer service is 100%. My husband and I agreed that this is the best customer service we ever had. We never needed to ask for a refill on our drinks, there’s no complaints, the food is phenomenal, and our waiter was awesome. There are a lot of restaurants who get annoyed when you have a gift card but our waiter still gave us 100% customer service. Our waiter’s name is Giorgio. We will definitely come back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was amazing, the service spectacular. Glad to have spent our first dinner as husband and wife at your restaurant. Never close!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We have been at MW before, but this time we were there for the special family style Thanksgiving dinner. The organic turkey and stuffing were very moist, and so tasty. It was obvious that this was not just an ordinary meal, but one by a creative an innovative chef. The accompaniments of the corn, and the seafood chowder were so comforting and delicious. Their creative take on pork and beans took this simple dish to a higher lever (pork cassoulet). They are also known for their deconstructed desserts and the banana cream pie and version of several pie flavors in one dessert was outstanding. This restaurant is unique, fun and a great place to eat....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving night had a pre-set menu. Everything was creative, giving a new experience with traditional foods. The waiter was accommodating and friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The happy hour menu was a really great deal and very tasty.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Good for lunch. Service is fairly quick. Noise level gets worse in evening. I wish the menu was changed more often. Entrees can be limiting. Quality of food is good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food was absolutely amazing. My mom and I were interested in going to a nice dinner during restaurant week, and after surveying options, we thought MW would be a good choice. I'm so glad we did, because everything from the food to the service was spectacular. My mom ordered the ribeye, and the combination of flavors from the ponzu, the daikon, and the meat itself was to die for. I had the crab-crusted monchong, and the flavors from the scallop gravy reminded me of the flavors I had only come across on my travels to Hokkaido. Michelle is truly an outstanding chef, and I anxiously await coming back here for other special occasions in the future.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great place to have innovative dishes. Enjoyed the restaurant week special offering of local seafood gumbo.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Went to the MW during Hawaii Restaurant Week; and am I glad we did! Discovered a new favorite dining spot. GREAT food! GREAT Service! Can't wait to return to try the other items on the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Tapas
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

Food&sService are great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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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vip
 (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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