Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky


Bar, Pop-Up, Restaurant
4437 California Ave SW

In Hawaiian, “ono” means “delicious,” and “ma” is a prefix that means going toward, facing, or making. Ma’ono in West Seattle is the reincarnation of the marvelous Spring Hill. Chef Mark Fuller's mother is from Kauai, and he spent time there growing up; when demand for his formerly Mondays-only fried chicken became unstoppable, he decided to make Hawaiian-inspired food to go along with it. (Whiskey requires no explanation.) The manapua (like Hawaiian hum bao) and the saimin (Hawaiian ramen) are just great, and you have to try the Ma'ono dog. And the freak-out-worthy brunch. If Spring Hill had to change, at least Mark Fuller's still, like the name says, making delicious.

Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Hours: Daily 5–10 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am to 2 pm

Restaurant Details
  • Features Air Conditioning, Bar/Happy Hour, Breakfast/Brunch
  • Cuisine Hawaiian/Polynesian, New American
Bar Details
  • Features Full Menu, Happy Hour, Air Conditioning
  • Scene Cocktail Lounge
Read Reviews (6)

Bitter and Salty

I went to this restaurant on a Saturday night with a friend from Japan. From the moment we entered the door, we were treated very poorly. We asked for a booth and were told that they were reserved and a half hour later there were at least four booths available for seating. We order several small plate dishes to sample the food and they were all overcooked and very salty. The only highlight of the night was an apologetic waitress... I won't be patronizing this place ever again.
Posted by playerplaya on March 26, 2013 at 7:59 AM · Report this

I don't get it

The word "chicken" is on the window but the only
Chicken you can get is a $39 ten piece basket.
Please! Its effing chicken. As for the other word
On the window "whiskey" you lost me at a $7
shots of Jack and a $12 shots of Makers.
Stop trying to pay off your over done build-out
with koo-koo prices.
Posted by No yelp on March 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM · Report this

Lotsa hype...okay food

Chicken was good, but not as good as all these ass-kissing reviews make it sound. Sides didn't live up to their promise. Service was perfunctory. This too shall pass.
Posted by Dobby on June 17, 2012 at 11:08 PM · Report this


On the Thursday prior to Mother's Day reservations were made for 6.
The two pluses: We were seated on time and the
fried chicken was awesome.
- Acoustics are bad, one can't hear someone speaking from across the table.
- Water was served (per request) but at room temp. and never refilled.
- Dishes were never cleared from the starter course until requested when the entree arrived.
- It was obvious we were through eating, yet we again had to request that the table be cleared.
- We were never offered coffee or a dessert menu.
In conclusion: The gratuity listed on the bill was not earned. Hire staff to bus the tables and do some baffles in the ceiling!
Posted by Islander on May 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM · Report this

Possibly The BEST Fried Chicken in the USA!!!

Nuff Said!
Posted by Randolph Street on April 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM · Report this

This should say Chicken while it lasts...

I live close and have never tasted the chicken because they are always out of it. So, to say, it is there every night, is a bit of an overstatment. I can't believe they have actually put this in their name. I had a reservation tonight at 8 and was called at 5:30 to be told there was no more chicken! Sounds like rather poor planning to me. I have to say I do at least appreciate being called and told the very thing they are famous for, and now named for, will not be making an appearance on this night!
Posted by GHR on February 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM · Report this
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