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Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina
Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.monkeypodkitchen.com
  • Phone: (808) 380-4086
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9:00am-2:00pm

    Lunch: Daily 11:00am-4:30pm

    Dinner: Daily 4:30pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Hawaiian, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Peter Merriman / Todd Constantino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: We feature live entertainment twice daily Monday through Thursday from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM during our Happy Hour and again from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM during sunset. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we have live music three times daily 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM for Lunch, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM during our Happy Hour, and again from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM during sunset. Our artists embody the spirit of Aloha and feature music from contemporary Hawaiian to light rock.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ali'Inui
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina
Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman is a place where foodies, beer lovers, and families escape the stresses of their day to day lives by enjoying an ice cold beer and a great meal while surrounded by people who consider them honored guests and friends.

Our restaurants are founded upon a passion for craft and we are dedicated to mastering the craft of food, drink, and merrymaking…with Aloha! Our menu features fresh island fish, hand tossed pizzas from our kiawe wood burning oven, and homemade pies made from scratch.

Thirty-six craft beers served at twenty-nine degrees are on tap, representing the coldest beer and best selection of microbrews on the island. Our culinary cocktails feature unique ingredients such as acai spirit, coconut water, and Kula lavender. Our passion for craft also extends to our diverse wine list, which emphasizes sustainability, drinkability and fun.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "food, price, portions pretty darn good. Server was lazy and made four notable errors in our order, including delivery food we did not order, not filling water glasses, though prompted to do so several times, and charging for items not ordered."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Server had a wonderful personality. He was very accommodating and made excellent suggestions. Restaurant is too darn hot. I had the sun blasting me and there was no AC. I started sweating when I started eating the hot food. P.S. I'm not a lardo either. I workout. (Make sure you sing that last part). Food is ok. Not worth the price of $19 for a tiny pizza."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Great food for an affordable price, with great service. The live music at night is a nice bonus! It's very family friendly!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I love Pod Thai cocktail. WASABI mashed potato was good with Grilled tuna. Vegs are always good here. My daughter loves Saimin, but small bawl and forks is not available sometime. I strongly recomend Chocolate cream pie if you love whiped cream!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Our dining experience on the patio was delightful...the selection of cocktails and wines were good. the fish sandwich I had was so fresh, moist, and perfectly cooked! The fish tacos were also tasty, and the fruit cream pies are also delicious! We look forward to going back soon..."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Restaurant came highly recommended. Hip name. Over rated food but service with smile. Not for those with refined palate."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • " We were a party of 6 staying at the Disney Aulani across the street. We had heard this place was great. We loved the food and service so much that we went back a second time! We had very friendly efficient service both times by Tony and Leslie. The menu had a wide selection for everyone. 2 nights with 6 of us we pretty much tried everything from steak, seafood, pizza etc. We started with 2 different kinds of salads which were both great. Everyone's meals were prepared perfectly. Make sure you leave room for pie. Banana cream, macadamia nut, and salted caramel were all fabulous we almost had to order more. There was live music also making it a great atmosphere. Definitely would recommend this place."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Three of my favorite things. We had a wonderful dinner for seven that included the kids all of whom were between 6-8. The grassy area was great for the kids to play in while food was coming. Flavors were outstanding."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We loved Monkey Pod, ate here twice during our stay at Aulani. Prices were reasonable and consistent with dining in Hawaii. The pork bulgogi tacos and garlic truffle fries were amazing, we ordered them both times. The seitan noodles on the kid's menu was a welcome break from the chicken finger and hot dog offerings elsewhere (however the pizza on the kid's menu was a huge bust). The upstairs dining room was warm as the relied on the open windows/doors for cooling the place. The outside patio was much better for my comfort. Great place, would return if we are lucky enough the be back in Ko'Olina."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This is my favorite place to go for happy hour on the west side. The food is amazing and at such good prices. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and the live music was great! I suggest sitting outside if you're given the option cause it can get way too hot inside."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Monkeypod is tucked into a retails center that doesn't look that promising for a great meal, but what a surprise we had! I've worked in restaurants for over 25 years and recognize the chef-driven care that is so often lacking. I had the Seared Ahi - cooked to perfection, so tender you can cut it easily with your fork. Well seasoned and balanced between just-right-spicy jalapeno mashed potatoes, carmelized Maui onions and a secret sauce that pulled everything together beautifully. Every bite I took came with a sight of joy and a mumbled "this is SO good!" My husband had the macadamia crusted mahi-mahi and after one small bite for me, did not share another morsel. So crisp and nutty on the outside and flaky, buttery soft on the inside."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Our sandwiches/burgers were a bit on the salty side. The Reuben bread became hard fairly quick. The appetizers on the other hand, we fantastic. The pumpkin stuff ravioli was great along with the spicy shrimp with the salsa. The jalapeño poppers could use some work."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I had been to the Peter Merriman restaurants on the Big Island and Maui and decided to try this one even though it required a 30 minute drive. My sister's vegan Portugese bean soup tasted like chili and she did not like it. The server took it off the receipt without any prompting from us. We did like the Margherita pizza. My brother had the saimin and it came with toppings like it was pho (beansprouts, cilantro, Kalua pork). He liked the saimin."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Great happy hour drinks and appetizers. Only thing I didn't like was the absence of air conditioning."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "It was so nice having dinner with my family at this restaurant . To be honest, this restaurant seems one of the best restaurants ever to me. Hope to come back again soon."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Good local spot for Ko Olina. Balanced menu that will satisfy all tastes including the kids. Active. lively and fun."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Our family was 4 adults and 2 children. We had steak and kids had pizza. Everything was super. Good selection of beer. It was perfect meal for us. We even got a pizza to go. If I get back to Ko-Olina I will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Very good food, great service and wonderful ambiance. We are going back tonight!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our first meal in Oahu. We're going back before we leave. Our waiter was awesome. Food was delectable--fries, red snapper, pizza, tacos and then the strawberry cream pie! Scrumptious."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Monkeypod opening up in Ko'Olina area across from the resorts is a nice addition to the once SPARSE area limited to Roy's and resort only food. Our server was very friendly, just attentive enough to get us what we needed and didn't hover or hurry us even though there seemed to be a wait. The live band outside was fairly good (Sunday Brunch) and very relaxing to dine with their mellow music. Food was little better than average and a NICE change from skimpy, pricey resort restaurants and pool bars."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "My wife 3 boys and I stayed at the Aulani and enjoyed walking across the street to the Monkeypod. Beer list is great and the food was very good. Prices were very reasonable. Best seating is closer to open window area since the back of the restaurant may get a little warm."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Upon arriving, inquired about Happy Hour drink/food specials. Time was 945p (on cell phone-updated through cell towers), however, on "their" system it apparently was before 930p when order was placed. Drink and food specials were not honored. Then when asked why it was regular price, I was told that next time that I should check to see that it is 930 pm on their system. Really??? When the worker punched it in should he not have had the courtesy to say something, or at least wait until 930pm since we inquired about happy hour at 945p. I mean how slow is the time on their system? However, customer service was not totally bad. The manager honored the prices in the end. Next time I will be checking to make sure what time it is on their system."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Everything was great from beginning to end, great band on Friday night and our service was brilliant , I'm not sure of our servers name but she was still in training and she was fantastic:-)"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Excellent place hidden away. Good food, great atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "What we liked best about the restaurant was its unique menu items from appetizers to desserts and the creative bar drinks. It's a great place for get togethers for those with families as its surrounded by kid-friendly hotels such as the Aulani Resort and Ko'Olina Marriott."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We ate here several times on our recent trip to Ko'Olina. Everything we tried from the Big Island Cheeseburger to the Loco Moco at brunch was excellent! We had one inattentive waitress but the rest of the waitstaff were great. We did not find the food any more expensive than other restaurants nearby. Definitely make a reservation and walk to this location if possible as parking is extremely limited,"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our waiter was one of the worst we have had in a long time. He forgot my drink (I just let it go) but then he did not ask my husband for another drink until it was time to go. Even then, he was late for bringing the drink and blamed other servers. I think he forgot to put in the order like he did with my drink. On the other hand, the music and food made up for it."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We've eaten here multiple times. The food is great! The prices are high. I would like to recommend that they provide a basket of bread or something similar in the beginning. We ordered an appetizer on this visit, however the appetizer came out right along side with our entrees!! Very disappointing! The waiter took the hummus appetizer off the table and off the bill as we requested. Our waiter, Reed did not come around often. Water glass was empty twice. I saw other wait staff pass our table multiple times with water pitchers, but never stop to fill our empty glasses. We were celebrating my husbands birthday that night. We ordered the chocolate pie; not complimentary!! Food is good, atmosphere is great, it's expensive!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The Monkeypod food was fantastic. Very fresh and ono!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I don't know if it's because it's summer but, this place was uncomfortably hot. Flies were around our table (and it wasn't because of us!) it was there for the other diners before us too. It's not fun trying to eat and hush the flies away at the same time in a hot restaurant. That being said.... The food was good; I really enjoyed the Ravioli and the Hamakua Mushroom Pizza as well as the Brussels sprouts. If you're going there with a large party say like, 20+...request that your party be seated away from the kitchen where all the servers have to pass...everyone knows that with a big party you will have people standing around talking story; if possible, request outside seating, it's probably cooler and out of the way of the staff."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Very good food, just like the sister restaurant in Wailea. However, parking is nearly impossible. If you're driving there for dinner, think twice and pray for a spot. We will not return until they find a solution."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "this restaurant was supposed to be no#1 as tripadvisor suggested but personally, i did not think it lived up to its reputation as far as taste of food, presentation and service. Its a good place to hang out but I would not highly recommend it to friends :("
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I enjoyed the Hummus entrée. I wish that there were more healthy choices. We did enjoy the food, service, & entertainment."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "There's no air conditioning inside so it's worth the wait for an outside table. The service isn't great. We were there twice and the first time the waiter forgot to bring our appetizers and the second time we waited 1/2 hour for the check."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I wish it was a little cooler. It was quit muggy and stuffy. Maybe of there were a lil more fan it would have been a lil more comfortable. Nobody wants to eat in an uncomfortable atmosphere. Other then that everything was good."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed the great onaga dish, good servers very busy restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I was very pleased with our food and service. Mark was very attentive, just great and we enjoyed the music. We went for Happy Hour. Would def go back again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had a great meal at MonkeyPod! The appetizers were outstanding and the fish was excellent!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We waited over 45 minutes for simple items like a wood fired pizza and a burger. Once we got the food, it was apparent the the food had been under the heater for awhile. Under our open table reservation request, we asked for a nice table with a view of the music. We got the opposite. We got shoved upstairs about as far from the outside music as you could get. I brought it up twice and simply got a shrug. I've been to this restaurant at least a half dozen times and while it's never been excellent, I've have always had a better experience than this latest time. I will not be going back for quite awhile, if ever. I can get better food, service and a view at a number of local places for half the price. Not impressed..."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I was very disappointed with the food and portions. Each of our meals was $39.99-59.99. French fries was extra a burger does not come with fries. $19.99 gives you 3 small fish tacos."
    Dined on 7/20/2014