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Moku Kitchen, Honolulu, HI

Moku Kitchen

4.4
4.4
2720 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Due to COVID-19, with the exception of major holidays, Moku Kitchen is accepting MOSTLY walk-ins at this time. We are taking limited reservations each day, but walk-ins are being taken at all times. We have a new, fun, and most importantly, safe style of service where all food and drinks are ordered at the bar prior to seating.

While the Safe Access Oahu program is in effect, guests will need to show proof of vaccination + a valid photo ID or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours + a photo I.D. Full details may be found at https://www.oneoahu.org/safe-access-oahu

Moku Kitchen is a chef-driven concept that brings Hawaii’s rich upcountry farming and ranching heritage to downtown Honolulu’s urban lifestyle. The upcountry way of life echoes a simpler time where food was locally-sourced and cooked over an open fire on the ranch. At Moku, we like to keep things simple and will serve Chef Peter Merriman’s twist on upcountry specials.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 591-6658

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Peter Merriman / Hannah Miller

  • Private party contact

    Dominic@mokukitchen.com: (808) 591-6658

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Cross street

    Keawe St.

  • Parking details

    Guest parking can be found in the SALT parking structure parking on Keawe Street and in front of the restaurant along Ala Moana Boulevard. Additionally, street parking is available in the surrounding area.

  • Entertainment

    We feature live entertainment twice daily during Happy Hour and again during Dinner. Our artists embody the spirit of Aloha and feature music from contemporary Hawaiian to light rock.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. JV

    JVFive

    Pittsburgh

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice eclectic menu with nice beer selection. Wasn't fond of the open seating and starting a tab before selecting a table. Attentive service throughout our dinner. It was my second visit so I liked it enough the first time to return again! The food is good quality and well prepared.
  2. UD

    UrbanDiner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and service was quick like always.

    Moku KitchenResponded 1 day agoAloha! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are humbled and excited that you share our enthusiasm as we evolve and continue improving our craft with our guests like you. As a token of gratitude, we would love to invite you back to join us with a $40 dining credit! To redeem, please present this message to your server or any manager! Mahalo nui!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Berith was a good wait staff… Would highly request for her in the future… The customer service by everyone was excellent… Thank you
  4. CC

    CharlesC

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    Food was very flavorful. Came out quick. Ordering food and drinks at the bar first was a little different but works. After that we saw our server once and had to get a different server to process our bill. I think they lose a bit of the customer service aspect in the way they run the ordering process.
  5. AA

    AngelicaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal here. live music and outdoor seating. Fresh ingredients and a very tasty Mai tai! The strawberry pie was divine. The Happy Hours specials were a great value.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was good! The green beans and mushroom pizza are my favorites, but I was disappointed about the removal of the pumpkin ravioli. And unfortunately, the truffle fries one person ordered came so late, it was more like dessert as opposed to an appetizer or even with the meal. We had to ask twice before it finally came. I didn’t really like the new system where you open a tab at the bar and get your own drinks, then put in your food order with a server. So I guess the point is that the server doesn’t have to bring you drinks? I think it’s good for a bar-style experience, but doesn’t quite work for a restaurant. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend going with a party of more than two.
  7. R

    Risa

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I enjoyed brunch much more than dinner. It's much louder and busier at dinner so the service was better during brunch.

    Moku KitchenResponded todayAloha Risa! We are stoked to hear that you enjoyed your last visit! One of our brand values is to celebrate the craft of merrymaking, so finding a nice, lively balance to make our guests happy is key. We appreciate your feedback, and would love to offer you two small plates upon your next visit. Please present this message to your server or any manager to redeem. Thank you!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are on Vacation in Waikiki and it was recommended by someone from Honolulu
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Perfect for girls night out
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Tried this restaurant for the first time as we’ve always been happy with other Merriman restaurants. The front desk staff were great, but our food was very disappointing. My ahi was so salty it was barely edible, and the rest of my family’s dinners were also sub-par. We had to wait 15 minutes to finally flag down our server to pay our check. Had another reservation for a different night, which I canceled.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the sautéed ahi! so good. The Mai tai is always one of the best ones we’ve had on Oahu

    Moku KitchenResponded on June 28, 2022Aloha! We greatly appreciate your feedback on your experience. One of our brand values is focused on high quality, socially conscious ingredients. This, paired with our awesome chefs, kitchen staff, and bartenders, provides us the opportunity to showcase these local ingredients to guests like you. To show our appreciation, we would like to offer you a $35 dining credit next time you join us! Please present this message to a server or any manager upon arrival. Mahalo nui!

  12. S

    Scout

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    was a little awkward checking in, ordering and then finding a table to sit, and this was with a reservation. food is tasty and place seems clean.
  13. DG

    DeniseG

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was good and there was live music which was fantastic! We did not love the cafeteria aspect of ordering food and drinks at the counter and picking our own table and not being able to sit at the bar. We were able to ask for a waitress and she was good but a had to ask again for a glass of wine when it never came. I think it should be clear ordering at the counter is optional.

    Moku KitchenResponded on June 28, 2022Aloha Denise! Feedback from guests like you go a long way; thank you for sharing your experience. We apologize for any confusion, as our style of service has evolved into offering both counter and table service alike. We do, however, ask guests to start their tabs at the counter. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the entertainment and food, and would love to offer you a two entrees and a dessert upon your next visit as a token of our appreciation. Thank you, again!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took advantage of the happy hour and tried almost everything small plates. They were delicious.

    Moku KitchenResponded 1 day agoAloha! Thank you so much for joining during such an awesome time of day - happy hour! One of our brand values is to celebrate the craft of merrymaking. In hopes of adding a dash of merry to your day, we would love to offer you two small plates and a dessert upon your next visit. Please present this message to your server or any manager. Thanks, again!

  15. KL

    KerriLynn

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Miss table service. I made a reservation but it’s open seating so not sure it’s needed. Food is good. Menu has a good selection. Go early before it gets super crowded.

    Moku KitchenResponded 1 day agoAloha KerriLynn! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on your experience! Reservations are never required, but they do guarantee a designated time slot for entrance. We appreciate our guests like you, and would like to offer you three small plates on us during your next visit! To redeem, please present this message to you server or any manager. Mahalo nui!

  16. g

    gtkyl72

    Hawaii

    150 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Let me get the bad out of the way first … the service was not up to my expectations. First off, having to open a tab at the front before finding your own table is strange. I wanted a bottle of wine and the cashier had to find me a wine list. I ordered a bottle of Frog's Leap Cabernet. This is an interesting winery with an even more interesting motto “Time’s fun when you’re having flies!”. Anyway, we received a number (13) and found a table at the far end of the restaurant, close to Ala Moana Blvd. and waited, and waited, and waited. About 15 minutes later, our wine arrived. Beforehand, our server (listed on the bill as Christopher but it was a she) took our food order and brought glasses, utensils and a carafe of water (which I had to pour myself). I told my fellow foodie that if the food arrived before the wine, we were going to switch to cocktails. Things were looking dim for a good evening. The wine finally arrived; the server said they had a little trouble finding this bottle; it was the most expensive red on the list ($120) but it’s a good value as it costs $66 or more in a store. Being a 2019, it needed a lot of time to open up. We ordered the Szechuan Stir-fried Green Beans ($12), Garlic Truffle Oil Fries ($9.50), Ribeye Steak Tacos ($21) and the Upcountry Special, mac nut crusted lamb loin with farro risotto ($39). The green beans were crunchy with a chili, ginger, garlic and oyster based sauce. The fries were crispy (my only requirement) and came with a house made ketchup and whole grain mustard aioli. The taco was delicious, with flavorful steak, sliced radish, salsa fresca and more. I wanted two tortillas because the filling was so juicy, the single tortilla couldn’t cope. The nut crusted lamb loin was prepared medium rare, perfect! The highlight was the farro risotto with cremini mushrooms, Maui onions and a Calamansi gremolata. What did we think? This is 4-plus quality food with less than 3 star service. I’ll give it a guarded recommendation.

    Moku KitchenResponded 1 day agoAloha! Thank you so much, as all feedback provides us with the chance to continuously improve our craft. We are truly sorry that we were unable to meet your expectations & for the delay of your wine. We are humbled by your kind words about our menu! Our kitchen staff do an incredible job & we will be sure to relay your message. To show our appreciation, we would like to offer you 2 entrees & 2 small plates upon your next visit. Please present this message to your server or any manager. Mahalo!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good, service was very slow.
  18. D

    Djembek

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It felt a little like self-service, but the atmosphere and live music was nice. The food was ok. Duck tacos were good!

    Moku KitchenResponded 1 day agoAloha! One of our brand values as a company is to continuously practice and improve our craft, so we appreciate feedback like yours as it provides us a much better opportunity to do so! As a token of our appreciation, we would love to offer you two small plates upon your next visit. Please present this message to your server or any manager to redeem. Thanks, again!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything we ordered was excellent. But a little too noisy for dinner conversation.
  20. ED

    EstelaD

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great happy hour choices
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Moku’s has changed since CV19. I don’t understand why Moku’s accepts reservations only to tell you when you arrive you have to find your own table? Not only do you have to find your own table, your order is taken at “The counter.” You are then given a number to take to your table, that you have to find on your own, then the server comes to find you. HUGE turn off…why pay $22 for 3 tacos? Totally NOT worth it!
  22. PT

    PomaiT

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Happy Hour is great with drinks and prices for most groups. The most delicious items are...the lilikoi foam that tops off their MaiTai cocktail AND the lilikoi pie...OMG the flavor was heavenly. The "new" process of ordering first at the bar and them finding a seat is a bit confusing. We were lucky that we had a great server that was attentive...Vai
  23. HL

    HeatherL

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was yummy and the music was really wonderful. Very low key and fun!

    Moku KitchenResponded 1 day agoAloha, Heather! We appreciate you for sharing your thoughts! One of our brand values is to celebrate the craft of merrymaking. In hopes of doing so today with you, we would love to offer you a $25 dining credit upon your next visit. Thanks, again!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints
  25. y

    ymanipon50

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Prices were very expensive for the quality of the meal.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks! Service was great and we loved the live music!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety on the menu! Loves the fries, pizza, pot stickers and pie as well as the atmosphere.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Made a reservation for our girls evening out. Still had to wait a few minutes for a table but check in and parking validation was easy enough. Food was good and came out fast. They were super busy and only had four severs working but still checked on us a few times. For Honolulu food, prices were decent. I had the truffle fries and duck tacos. Both were delicious. Live music was great and not overpowering. Will be coming back again.
  29. m

    musicmix

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    I hadn’t been since they first opened a few years ago. That experience wasn’t so good and this visit matched my expectations. You now have to order at the bar or the hostess stand in front and they will bring out your food to your table. The lady taking orders couldn’t have been slower it wasn’t until there was a line of people that stretched out the door, waiting to order, before they opened the second ordering stand. This was at the peak of lunch hour. Once we finally ordered, it was a race to find a table, as it is now “open seating”, so good luck to you. I tried to keep the order simple-Peter’s (allegedly) favorite Caesar salad with an added $9 “baked” chicken breast. My companion ordered a steak frites and I also added Parmesan truffle fries. What arrived at the table was mind blowing. Not in a good way. What they passed off as a salad was literally about five leaves of lettuce cut in half and doused in dressing. The lettuce was wilted from either being overdressed or old. Plopped down next to it was a skinless, grayish looking lump of chicken with(maybe?) pesto on top. I think it was boiled or maybe sous vide because it had no flavor and no seasoning. Absolutely unforgivable. This is a salad folks. If, at almost $25, you can’t make this right, I cringe at what else comes out of that kitchen. Which brings me to the fries. A giant, soggy mess of potatoes in a service cup. Not even gonna waste characters to describe it to you. Don’t get them. My companion was less than enthused with his steak, as well. I didn’t try it. I couldn’t bring myself to do that. It’s been a few years between visits , but I’m not inclined to ever go back again. Learn how to make a salad, first.

    Moku KitchenResponded todayAloha! Thank you so much for taking your time to share your experience, as this always provides the opportunity to continue improving our craft. Two of our brand values focus on high quality, socially conscious ingredients & exceeding expectations. We deeply apologize for failing to showcase the both of these during your visit. We would love to invite you back to try 2 entrees & 3 small plates for an improved experience. To redeem, please present this message to any manager. Mahalo, again.

  30. S

    Shap23

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great format, great staff, great music, great food, great drinks! We stumbled upon Moku kitchen by accident and can’t wait to go back! Call my husband last iMessage is for five years and he has he said hands-down one of the best restaurants he’s ever eaten at. We are a big farm to table/handcrafted cocktail foodies and we just think this place is fantastic!
  31. JT

    JudiT

    Hawaii

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Happy Hour. So glad we made a reservation! This place is popular.
  32. IP

    IsaiahP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Moku is a great place to eat. Good food, good vibes, good parking.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A big shout out to the lady who took her order yesterday. I enjoyed her energy! Shoes definitely passionate about what she does and the food that was on the menu. The food was delicious well seasoned and the drinks were great. My fish tacos were cold but still giving a five star because of the great customer service we received!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful! Food was great, and the service was awesome
  35. YB

    YBen

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Really disappointed in the process now, having to order from the bar.

    Moku KitchenResponded todayAloha! We appreciate you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are very sorry for falling short of your expectations with our new style of service. We have evolved into one that offers both counter and table service alike, with the exception of starting all tabs at the counter. We would love to invite you back for an enhanced experience with a $30 dining credit upon your next visit. Please present this message to your server or any manager to redeem. Thank you!

  36. MO

    MillieO

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Happy Hour ~ still don't care for the order at counter then find a table system, especially when you have reservations. Only tables open were reserved (and seated 6). I had to wait for a party to leave.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Brought our ten month old. We expected live music but it was so loud with you couldn’t even hear the music OR the person next to you! Great burger - doesn’t come w fries. Over all 4/5.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    I really wanted to love this place but the food was very average and it was not a a great dining experience overall. When we are arrived, the host at the door was not friendly and kind of annoyed when explaining that you have to order your own food and drinks at the bar and then take your number to your table. I found that this part of the dining experience was strange and rushed as this is what you would expect from a fast food place and not a sit down restaurant. We love eating out so we were disappointed that the food is very average and not very exciting. Our pizzas were very boring for $19. I had a mushroom pizza and it literally only had mushrooms and cheese; it needed something else as it kind of seemed sad. We also ordered garlic truffle fries and could not taste the garlic or truffle at all so it was basically just fries. There are many amazing restaurants on the island providing great service, delicious food and a friendly environment. Unfortunately, this is not one of them.
  39. PS

    PaulaS

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and everyone at my table said they were surprised by the tastes! Shrimp deviled eggs were yummy and the dumplings had some shockingly delicious flavors. Everyone loved their entrees except I had to switch with my husband because my fish tacos were too hot for me.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food, strong drinks, and great live music

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Moku Kitchen using the Order Online button. Moku Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 591-6658.

Moku Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 2720 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


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Moku Kitchen

660 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 145 Honolulu, HI 96813-5400

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Keawe St.

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 2:00 pm–5:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Guest parking can be found in the SALT parking structure parking on Keawe Street and in front of the restaurant along Ala Moana Boulevard. Additionally, street parking is available in the surrounding area.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter Merriman / Hannah Miller

  • Entertainment

    We feature live entertainment twice daily during Happy Hour and again during Dinner. Our artists embody the spirit of Aloha and feature music from contemporary Hawaiian to light rock.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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