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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
  • Email: info@monkeypodkitchen.com
  • Phone: (808) 380-4086
  • Hours of Operation:

    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
  • "I took my wife here on an impromptu date night. The only seats to be had were at the bar. The bartender was personable and served us as good as any waiter I've had. The food and service was so good we decided to book reservations for our 12 year annv. When we came back they gave us the table with the best view in the house and went out of thier way to make our special night romantic. The waiter was knowledgable and went out of his way asking us what we liked before he made suggestions on what he thought we would enjoy. His suggestions were spot on and our food was outstanding! As we left we were congratulated on our annv. by at least 3 of the staff. Great team, fantastic food, we've made this our spot from now on!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My family and I would call ourselves bug fans of Monkey Pod Kitchen. The food was amazing as always! I do have to say the service has fallen off the past few times we have gone. The food makes up for it though."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "A great alternative to Roy's when in the Ko Olina area. Food was really good and the servers delightful."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Stayed at the Aulani hotel for the kids, the food there was disappointing. At least there was monkey pod close by to enjoy a healthy and delicious meal for my family. Worthwhile"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "When I made the reservation I mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday, it would have been nice if the staff had acknowledged that."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I had the filet steak when I went and it was cooked just as I ordered it and was exceptionally tender."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "One of the best meals that we had in Hawaii. Great service and may have been some of the best fish I've ever eaten. Cream pie was wonderful. Great service and live music on the patio in the evening"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "A group of teachers needed a special place to unwind and Monkeypod proved to be the PERFECT solution. With the delicious menu selection and exotic specialty drinks it was a magical moment that lasted longer than we had planned...MAHALO for the awesome service!!!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Menu varied and reasonable prices. Fish was delicious. Amplifiers for the singers WAY too loud...they were outside on the first floor patio, we were inside on the second floor and couldn't hear over them, would recommend for snacks and light meals."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Another great evening at MonkeyPod with friends visiting from the mainland. Excellent service and delicious food, great music as well."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We went to dinner here and all of our group got different items to share. Everything was fantastic. The steak was cooked perfectly and melted in my mouth. Also, the roasted brussel sprouts were delicious. I would also recommend getting the seafood trio sampler. Yummy.... Also, make a reservation if you can."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "There are few dining options in Ko Olina. Given that, Monkeypod Kitchen is an OK choice locally - lots of open air seating, prompt service, good fish dishes. But otherwise a rather typical American restaurant."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Monkey Pod has opened since our last visit to the JW Marriott, and it's a great addition to the near-by commercial district. Food is expensive, but great atmosphere. We had a very friendly server who was good with both the kids and adults. Enjoyed the outdoor seating and live music. The fish special was fantastic! Broccoli tasty but arrived cold. Fish tacos a solid B plus. Pizza looked good but did not try. Homemade ginger beer was great. Fun friendly atmosphere and we thought the food was better than Roy's."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Went here because we've been hearing about it and wanted to try. And we loved it, just absolutely loved it. We got our outside table so we could see the entertainment and not hear the restaurant noise. Service was great and fast, someone was always around when we needed and not needed anything. And the food, oh my oh my! The fish was so fresh and tasty! We loved the jalapeño mash potatoes and the sweet potatoe as well. Everything just was perfect for our date night."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our server Reed was excellent, tended to our every need, very knowledgable about the menu+. First time for the kids and they loved it. They are very picky eaters and loved everthing we ordered. Pumpkin ravioli x2, spicy shrimp x2, fish tacos, hamakua mushroom pizza...all delish! Drinks are great, they are not shy on the alcohol. (I give my guests a Premier Rewards Card that gives them a Free Pie, when they return I hear nothing but praises!) Oh, Yes the Pies...Yummalishes!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Really had a good time, sat on the balcony upstairs, lively, breezy, really lovely spot. Food was tasty and we all liked our food. Don't be in a hurry, have a drink, sit back and relax. The wait staff is nice, if a bit slow, so don't be in a hurry. The atmosphere is really conducive to talking, laughing and having a wonderful evening. Highly recommend going in the evening when they light the tiki torches and have live music, very pleasant."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Even though a few items that were on the menu were out the waitress was more than happy to substitute and was extremely sorry that they didn't have items. We went with out of town guests and as usual this was a perfect spot for their last dinner in Hawaii. Great service and good food we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The food was overlooked, the service was poor and the experience was not sufficient to ever make me want to go back."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Friendly, welcoming staff. Service stellar, foods tasty and attractive."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Monkeypod is a sure bet whenever on the islands- great wine list, fun and casual atmosphere good for groups and families. Small but inviting menu is a winner, love the eclectic pizzas but be sure to order them extra crispy or you may be served something pretty limp and flabby."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Restaurant was packed, so we waited at the bar. Bartender made me a fabulous drink, but was so busy, forgot to bring my husband's drink. Then we couldn't get our bill when our table was ready. However, the manager instantly stepped in and corrected everything. From that point on, everything was perfect. Waiter was great, food was delicious, dessert was awesome - get the coconut cream pie!! Very involved manager checks all guests to be certain they are enjoying their dining experience, which we thoroughly did. This is a Merriman restaurant, and certainly fits the criteria - excellent!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Monkey Pod - they have a good design to the place, super friendly staff, and good food. I was there with my 11+13 yr old boys, but it looked like a decent date spot as well, better for a double date even."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "What a great restaurant across from our hotel. Great ambiance, good service, varied and interesting menu. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Absolutely love the solo singer - Justin (I believe). Sets the whole tone for dining. Line was super long so I'm really glad I made reservations ahead of time. Love, Love, Love the poke taco. Please keep that on the menu forever."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had friends here from Florida that we met here in Hawaii 10 years ago. They wanted to go somewhere new. We took them to Monkeypod. It was a hit! The food was great from the appetizers (pumpkin ravioli yummy!) to the dessert (strawberry pie is the best ever!) The atmosphere was lively so we felt comfortable to let loose and laugh! The drink menu was extensive and awesome with a lot of unique new drinks. We will be definitely recommend to others and come back again!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was excellent, server was very attentive. A little loud, but fine for family dining. I think there was a quieter section deeper into the restaurant - that's where I would want to be if I was there as a couple."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We were sat by the kitchen door so the ambience only got 3 stars, and it was a bit too warm in that part of the restaurant. Probably because there was no air flow in that area and the tables were really close together. All of our food was really good, but the chicken wings were just ok and a bit disappointing. Our server was friendly, and overall we loved this restaurant and will be back!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We ate here 3 times during the week and enjoyed all of them!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "i loved my dish which was the macadamia nut crusted fish. my friend was not too impressed with the Reuben sandwich-said it was ok. the gelato was generous with 3 scoops and very ono. we were able to share the dessert as we were pretty full. i have only had lunch at this restaurant...have not tried it for dinner but perhaps one day when i have a boyfriend. i will definitely come back in the future... aloha, florence"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I would not go here thinking that the quality and taste of the food will be up to the descriptions and the prices. A relatively mainstream hamburger and a pretty bland butternut squash pizza, along with a lemonade and two beers and it up around $90. We did get two pieces of pie that were probably the best part of the dinner."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "First time, but we will be back ...... many times. Fresh, sustainable, good size portions ...... so ono!!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Entertainer Joseph Soul was great. Our server was fun and helpful. Our table was ready 2 minutes after we arrived."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "After waiting nearly an hour to get in, sitting in a cold wind, we were seated outside, and were cold all through dinner. We were offered a table inside for another 15 minute wait, and with three kids we were tired of waiting. It was very loud outside with the live band playing, we couldn't hear each other speak. The food was excellent, and somewhat made up for the lousy experience. The pies for dessert were great. Parking is sketchy for locals."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We were staying at Aulani and just wanted to try something close. Great location and food. Great choice for those who want to ear healthy,"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "What a beautiful Place. Great Mai Tai's . Service excellent. Food fantastic. We did the appetizers and ordered two of each as it was so good. I had 3 Mai Tai's and wanted more however (well you can only take so much). This place was the best food I have ever eaten. The happy hour is where it is at. Get there earlier or get reservations. I want to try lunch. Everything was perfect. Love the place. Tom & Linda The pizza was to die for and they make it there and the jalapeno pops were crunchy. They make everthing fresh."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I'm fairly certain that the only reason this place is popular is that it is the singular alternative to dining at Disney's Aulani. Since Aulani's food options are so incredibly pathetic, Monkeypod's status has been elevated to an undeserved level. The food was edible, generally, but nothing spectacular. Set your expectations accordingly, and you will likely not be disappointed (especially if you've been eating the chicken fingers at Aulani for days)."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We've dined her on many occasions and have not been disappointed with any aspect of our experience here. Service, food and ambiance are top notch in our book!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Excellent food, affordable, good portions, friendly, great atmosphere an food came out fast and hot! Definitely will return."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This is one of my families favorite restaurants. All the food is awesome and service is great. The ambiance is what you would expect for Hawaii. Outside searing gives you great views at sunset. Live music daily ex specially on the weekends. Vert cool place to kick back and enjoy food, drinks, and fun."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The restaurant is awesome. Great food, great service, everything was great. The parking is terrible. The last time I went, there was valet on the weekend. This weekend, no valet and it took me 20 mins to park. Since it's by the hotels, parking is very limited. I will definitely go again. I do recommend making a reservation. They have a wide variety of food, beer and wine."
    Dined on 3/14/2014