About MW Restaurant
Casual dining with a Hawaii Regional Cuisine flair accompanied by exquisite desserts.
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet service will be available. However, there is a parking lot and parking is also available on the street.
Wade Ueoka & Michelle Karr-Ueoka
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
MW Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We split one tasting menu and ordered 3 ...
We split one tasting menu and ordered 3 additional appetizers. Heavy influence of Japanese ingredients. Portion sizes are too large. Seemingly everyone in the restaurant had a doggy bag on their table. For a restaurant that espouses to be considered an option for fine dining in Honolulu, they need to reduce portion size.
Disappointing dinner after having been f ...
Disappointing dinner after having been for lunch before that was a great experience. Service was slow, fish was under-cooked/raw of one of their signature entrees--mochi-crusted Opakapaka. Apologies but service was slow and disjointed thereafter as well. Our waiter seemed to have too many tables to wait on at the same time, and the bar service was slow.
The short ribs were overly salty/seasoned. Roy's is much better consistently. The scallops were okay, but a bit overdone. Overall, execution lacking.
There seemed to be many people standing around on the restaurant floor not doing much but looking around and spacing out versus servicing their diners. It took us over three hours for dinner, a bit too long even for a fine dining experience.
The desserts were also tired and boring. The new desserts were reaching to be different for the sake of being artsy/fancy without much substance.
This restaurant could be on the cusp of becoming a ho-hum over-priced local eatery resting on its original opening laurels.
I hope we were there on a rare bad night for them.
This is what I call a fancy diner. MW i ...
This is what I call a fancy diner. MW is located in a strip mall. There is no real ambiance. The food is expensive, but it is pretty good. I do have to say the desserts are way over-priced for what you get. I will probably go back, but this would not be at the top of my list of places to dine in Honolulu.
Wonderful experience for dinner. We were ...
Wonderful experience for dinner. We were celebrating our daughters birthday and they added special touches to make it memorable. Great service and everyone was so friendly. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone!
I was meeting two friends, however I had ...
I was meeting two friends, however I had arrived early and asked to be seated. Upon being seated, the hostess mentioned that someone will be right with me for my order. After more than 5 minutes and trying to make eye contact, no servers gave me the time of day. Only then, a gentleman with a beard whom I thought was the bartender, came over to get my order for drinks. The restaurant seemed to be 3/4 full at 7:00pm on a Tuesday night; I think server attention needs to be addressed to at least ask once if a newly seated guest would like to order something. I certainly needed a drink to pass the time, and the bearded bartender picked up on that opportunity. And thank you Chef Wade for the mini-burger appetizers!
Good food - though not any better than a ...
Good food - though not any better than a bunch of other really good restaurants in Honolulu. The service was pretty terrible though. We were kept waiting and not acknowledged when the hostess was on the phone (for quite a while). Appetizers weren't all served at once. Inattentive service during the meal. For the price and the type of restaurant it purports to be, there are many better options.
We had an excellent meal with decent ser ...
We had an excellent meal with decent service. The evening was ruined when the Manager came by at the end of the evening to discuss his support for Donald Trump and was confrontational. Odd behaviour for the Manager!
I am a foodie and my husband goes along ...
I am a foodie and my husband goes along for the ride. I asked a friend where we should go on Oahu for our Anniversary dinner and she recommended MW, well it exceeded our expectations! The food was so flavorful, absolutely loved the local fresh ingredients, and the service was amazing!!! Definitely one of the best if not the best meals we've ever had!
We went to celebrate a birthday. Service ...
We went to celebrate a birthday. Service was spectacular- from the host/hostess to water server and our waiter was a 10++. The food was SERIOUSLY onolicious!
Parking can be a bit of an issue, but a valet parking service is available.
MW doesn't disappoint!
Excellent food. We had ahi poke bowl, ah ...
Excellent food. We had ahi poke bowl, ahi mandoo, house salad, loco moco, and butterfish special. All were very yummy. Dessert we shared ... sort of: affogato, banana cream pie, strawberry shave ice special. Three of us enjoyed a great meal. Third time I've been there; twice for lunch and once for dinner. Very good value for the kind of quality served.
One action item: valet parking turned us away at first saying they were filled. Not good form.
I've been a customer on several occasio ...
I've been a customer on several occasions and the food and service has always been great. The deserts are a must have as they are add new treats. The service is provided with a well staffed group who are friendly and attentive.
Really cool non-touristy spot. High qual ...
Really cool non-touristy spot. High quality locally sourced ingredients. Imaginative dishes with amazing flavors. Top notch service - attentive but not overly intrusive. Our waiter was super helpful and knowledgable about the menu and had great recommendations. Urban eats decor and vibe that you would find on the mainland. If you are looking to escape the sea of Hawaiian shirts and tiki torches vibe, try this place you won't be disappointed!
The food was delicious and very well pre ...
The food was delicious and very well prepared. We liked the menu. Our waiter was very attentive. For the price of the food we were a little surprised when all our food didn't come out together and it also seemed to take quite a long time to get our food. The decor is overly simplistic. I think some table clothes or art would add to the atmosphere.
Food was just OK. Last time we went, we ...
Food was just OK. Last time we went, we ordered Tonkatsu sandwiches. It was terrible. I thought I would give a try one more time. But food was just OK. Desert was pretty good though. I don't think I'll go there again.
We celebrated a very special occasion th ...
We celebrated a very special occasion this week at MW Restaurant and we're so happy we picked this restaurant. Our first time at MW Restaurant was memorable.
The interior of MW is no big deal and we don't understand why valet parking ($5, not including the tip) is necessary but the food and service make it worth coming and returning here.
For $25, the prix fixe lunch was a winner. Each prix fixe comes with an appetizer trio (Chilled Waialua Asparagus Soup, Asian Greek Salad and Pork Lettuce Wrap) -- everything was superb! For our entrees, we selected the Grilled Ahi Steak (sauteed with Chorizo, Ho Farms Tomatoes and Kale), the Grilled Kalbi Shortribs (with spicy Ho Farms Eggplant salad and Kimchee potato salad) and the Miso Honey Glazed Butterfish (with Baby bok choi, taegu and watercress salad). A+ for all the entrees -- and big portions, too! Dessert was Kula Strawberry Shave Ice (Haupia Tapioka, Strawberry-Yuzu Sorbet and Shaved Strawberry Granite). It was the perfect refreshing summer dessert and the sweetness was just right.
The little extras that we got really made our lunch even more special. The menu had a special printed greeting for us and the dessert plate had the same special greeting written in chocolate. There was also a surprise take-home bread courtesy of the pastry chef/owner. We were also lucky to get one of the best waiters we have encountered in our many years of dining out: Jaime! He was warm, attentive, professional, patient, and explained everything clearly.
We were not in a hurry so it worked out well because they do not rush you at MW and there was a long wait for the dessert even after the lunch crowd had left.
We're locals but it's always hard to pick a good place to dine when we have out-of-town guests -- but MW Restaurant is on our radar now!
Waiter was very attentive and answered a ...
Waiter was very attentive and answered all questions by describing dishes we inquired about and made recommendations based on what are the most popular items. Food was very good, enjoyable experience. $5 valet parking is pricy for car being a few steps away.
This was a return visit for me, with my ...
This was a return visit for me, with my family and a guest enjoying a first time meal. I respect restaurants like MW being nominated for a Beard best new restaurant award. However that recognition should be more than just the food quality and presentation.
Yes, our food and drink were excellent.
We dined at 5:30pm when the restaurant wasn't even 1/3 full.
What disappointed me was the service, especially when our entree dishes sat on the table for 15+ minutes, even though the manager walked past our table four times. He finally came over to help the server clear the table. By then our interest in dessert had waned and we simply wanted to leave. I don't get it!
The Unagi & Butterfish Arancini was deli ...
The Unagi & Butterfish Arancini was delicious. The salads were good but not memorable. The stars of the show are their main entrees. My husband had the Hokkaido Scallops and he was so blown away at how sweet and perfectly cooked they were. I had the Mochi Crusted Kona Kampachi and it was the best preparation of kampachi I have ever had. The desserts were delicious. The service was great and we enjoyed the overall feel of the restaurant. We will be going back.
Very delicious dining experience. The a ...
Very delicious dining experience. The appetizers were great!!!! I really enjoyed the appetizers so when the entrees arrived, I was rather filled to enjoy it as much (so I ate half and packed the other half to go). The lilikoi brulee was out of this world!!! I liked that it had tapioca and many other textures instead of those brulees where you get with only custard. Everytime I dine at MW Restaurant, the dining experience leaves me wanting to keep coming back for more.
Loved that you don't need to dress up...there were people dressed with evening attire and people dressed with jeans. So whichever way you feel comfortable is fine.
Here is the most favorite restrant in Ha ...
Here is the most favorite restrant in Hawaii.
Delicius and costperformance's so good!!!
I visited here last year, and twice in this summer vacation. For twice time, we could change menu in the cource.
Some dishes, a little likely Japanese and Corean( mochi, kimuchi).
The service was excellent and very atten ...
The service was excellent and very attentive. The Kona Lobster Carbonara and the Mochi Crusted Opakapaka were excellent. The one item that I would not order again is the Roast Pork Pizza Cake Noodle. We had a great evening at MW and will return.
Fabulous Food!!! Our favorite go to res ...
Fabulous Food!!! Our favorite go to restaurant in Waikiki. Love Chef Wade and Michelle, what a team. They have put together a wonderful staff from the hostess, bartender, service and kitchen. Thank you for always making our visit special.
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