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Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea
Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea
  • Address:
    10 Wailea Gateway Place, Unit B-201
    Kihei, HI 96753
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.monkeypodkitchen.com
  • Email: info@monkeypodkitchen.com
  • Phone: (808) 891-2322
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Hawaiian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Merriman / Cory Waite
  • 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two outdoor dining areas that are available for private parties. Both dining areas overlook the ocean and can offer spectacular views of the sunset. We are also able to accommodate very large parties that are interested in buying out the entire restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: General Manager (808) 891-2322
  • Entertainment: We feature nightly entertainment from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Our artists embody the spirit of Aloha and feature music from contemporary Hawaiian to light rock.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wailea Ike Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large public lot with ample parking.
A word from Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea
Our chef driven concept is lead by the classically trained, award winning chef, Peter Merriman. Peter is a culinary pioneer and one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. He has always been inspired by the people and products around him and this spirit has lead the movement to look at food in Hawaii in a new light. Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman embraces this passion! Each item on the menu demonstrates our commitment to craft and showcases high quality, socially conscious ingredients, creative preparations, and perfect execution. Our dedication to craft also extends to our beverage program. Our 36 beers on tap are the coldest on Maui and are all handcrafted. You can also enjoy one of our culinary cocktails, made with fresh ingredients and lots of Aloha. At Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, you can enjoy Peter's Hawaii Regional Cuisine in a fun, casual environment and come to know what it means to be "Lucky Live Hawaii"! We can't wait to see you at Monkeypod Kitchen Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We've eaten at Monkeypod on 6 occasions in the last year -- always excellent! It is hands-down our favorite restaurant on the island (and we're picky!). Their live music is at least two notches above what you'd expect, but sit outside for the atmosphere and lower noise level to enjoy delightful dinner conversation while on vacation. Wine selection is also surprisingly excellent. Stand-out dishes include: daily fish special, brussel sprouts (which I HATED as a kid but Monkeypod serves them to perfection!), turkey burger, fries and cream pie desserts. Service is marked by a strong sense of teamwork and a happy, engaged crew. Everyone there truly seems to enjoy working for Monkeypod as much as we love eating there!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Everything here is always done right! They have mastered it all, from the service to the desert! I can't think of any other restaurant that can match the experience. Well done!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at Monkeypod! Great food, great staff, nice atmosphere. We're going again for dinner tonight!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Really, really good fish sandwich but the actual piece of fish was about the size of a quarter. We are not big eaters but we had to get something to eat later in the evening since we were hungry about an hour after dinner. I think for $20 you could put a little more food on the plate. Also, the music is way too loud inside, but if you sit outside your food is attacked by flies."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We did sit outside on 4/3/14 which offered a nice sunset view and relative quiet compared to the energetic and somewhat loud inside seating. Our waiter seemed distracted and forgot our appetizers. The homemade jalapeño poppers were very tasty and not too spicy. Our waiter then brought the wrong entree twice! The fish tacos were somewhat soggy by the time they came and were otherwise very ordinary. My wife's fish special (monchong) was excellent. The waiter did comp us dessert for his earlier errors but then brought us the wrong dessert! Four mistakes by our server in one night and inconsistent food made for a night to forget."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We sat 15 minutes before being waited on. Server was weak"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Don't waist your time eating at the hotels. They are at best 3 star food and service. Monkey Pod is the only place my family wanted to eat at. Incredibal bar and the food was great. Make a reservation."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The only sore spot was our waitress was a little inattentive, and didn't really seem to be patient. She took forever to get us our drinks, and the check."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We spend a holiday week each year in Maui. This is the second year we've eaten at Monkeypod and our group agreed it was our best meal of the week. See you next year I hope."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I requested an outdoor table on opentable and was very happy to get one upon arriving. The food was very fresh and everything we ordered was fantastic. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food was very good and the staff was very friendly. A fun and casual place. Seems to be very popular with 20-30 year olds."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Lovely place to enjoy good music and great food. A wonderful way to end a day in paradise!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Options for kids and adults alike. We went back a second time during our stay. Ate outside as weather was beautiful and inside can be quite noisy. Highly recommend the roasted brussel sprout pizza!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "we went at the recomendations of our friends. Ambience was great, food was awesome for all of us and our our Server was excellent, his name is Shane. Kudos to him for a great evening and food suggestions.he deserves a raise and is a compliment to your establishment !!!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Extremely incompetent waiter and service. Food mediocre unlike happy hour waiters outside. Live here and come here a lot so very disappointing with company"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Very busy restrarant. Really good food. Both my husband and I had the macadamia encrusted mahi and a salad. Food was great. Lots of energy In the restraurant. I definitely would recommend you to,try it."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We had a table of six, our server Jennifer was great and the good came out quickly. The fish and steaks were all cooked perfectly. Amazing food."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This is my 3rd meal at Monkeypod and the food was, as always, absolutely outstanding. The wait staff was attentive, helpful and fun. This is a dining experience I look forward to with great anticipation. I have had the best burger, the best fries and some of the best pasta I have ever eaten there. I highly recommend this restaurant to all. One should be aware that this place is LOUD! That will NOT keep me away however. The food is just too good. Your taste buds will thank you and if you go in the evening, you'll get to watch the glorious Maui sunset. Lots of parking. Stairs& elevator make it accessible to all. Kids are welcome there. Indoor and outdoor dining. Food that will delight. Prices are reasonable. Merriman did good with this one."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Having eaten at Merriman's restaurants on Kauai we were prepared for the experience at Monkeypod - a loud and lively atmosphere with 'good enough' food that had a few highlights. The Kale salad was lovely and fresh, the banana cream pie had great flavour and a nice crisp crust. The Thai fish stew was tasty but had little to no heat though advertised as spicy (maybe just us as we do love spice), the fish tacos were good but nothing made them stand out. The quality of the ingredients was high, our server was fantastic (kudos to Alison for excellent service on a very busy night) and there was a great drink special we enjoyed. Overall a nice night but not that special place you're looking for - too noisy and crowded."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We went for dinner with my family and I chose the Monkeypod Kitchen - we are a group of four - with 2 very fussy eaters! We have tried the place each year we are here in Maui - it has a very notable menu and diverse selection that will accommodate most palettes. I tried the dinner special which was the local fish - it was very good. The rest of the family went with the Portuguese bean soup & salads - they thought is was great. We dined outside on the patio and it was nice and quiet out there - they did have a musician playing inside the restaurant - but we like the quieter outdoor setting. If you have not tried the Monkeypod Kitchen - I would recommend you give this place a try for either dinner or lunch. Aloha!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Only a couple of negatives: the pumpkin ravioli in sage butter was way over dressed and therefore greasy. the Asian pear salad was a disappointment. HUGE bowl of pretty dry green, with 4 small pieces of pear, a smidgen of nuts and barely findable cheese and dressing. Really awful. The fish and chips, turkey burger, filet mingon, and lobster stew, and mac mahi mahi were EXCELLENT. OUr server was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Went for happy hour and early dinner, was surprised by both the level of cooking and the quality of service. Food here was very good, well-made, and the service was amazing--quick without feeling rushed, intuitive almost to the point of creepy (but not quite, just a really, really intelligent server). Overall, a phenomenal experience--these guys are on their game, and know how to put well-made food and drinks on the table in a very short amount of time. Very good cocktails, and a surprisingly decently-curated wine list. My only critique was the live music, which was an amplified guy with a guitar and a mike, who raised the general noise level and which just seemed unnecessary, but apart from that this place was great."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Very noisy inside - difficulty hearing in conversation at same table one seat away from me! Food was very good and service was also very good."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Very cool spot, nice location, great sunset view. Food very good, a must when in Kihei-wailea."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This restaurant missed the mark on many levels. It was insanely loud inside and every dish we ordered (8 in total) was not quite right. We left completely dissatisfied and surprised at how poor the experience was. We would not return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I could survive island to island eating at Merriman's restaurants. Great food, great drinks, great service. We went back again!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Very busy place, but pleased to see, we were seated in 5 minutes. Mom and I were seated outside, thankfully because we both can't tolerate the A/C. I had the snapper and Mom had the Mahi Mahi. Both melt in your mouth delicious!!! There was a light must outside but that didn't bother us, we had our very own rainbow! Wait staff very pleasant and doting!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Returned to MP to meet friends from Canada for lunch. The meal was good, but seemed like the servers were distracted. Will return in the future, as it is a good restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very disappointed in our meal service and ambiance. Was recommended but will never go back"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Disappointing. My meal was very overcooked and a bottle of red wine served warm. The server, Ryan, was the only bright spot of the evening."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My husband and I went with 5 teenagers. We were happy and so were they. There are delicious albeit expensive entrees but there are also burgers and pizza which are more reasonable and everyone was happy. My husband and I agreed that they were the best Mai Tai's on the island."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Unbelievable, mind-blowing, life changing. I wish I lived in Hawaii so I could have those tacos as often as possible."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "For the area, this was a very affordable option. Good food for the price."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Appetizer was excellent and whet our appetite but unfortunately the entrees were cold, and one had to be sent back. Ruined the meal. Won't go back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food immensely. We had the Caesar Salad and the Cheeseburger with fries. All of the food was locally sourced and very fresh. The only sour note was their version of the Mai Tai. It had a lillikoi foam on top which overpowered the drink and it was very tart. We asked them for something to sweeten it up. They brought pineapple juice which helped. If you were looking for a traditional Mai Tai, this isn't it. Overall it was a great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten here each time we have visited Maui and it is always excellent. The food, service and environment combine to make this a great place to enjoy an excellent meal and a beautiful sunset!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Everyone said try Monkeypod. We did and it was fun experience. The food and drinks were very good. And service was top shelf. Had the chef's special which was outstanding but had a real desire for the flatbread pizza. It looked so good we ordered one to go. It was great cold the next morning."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My wife and I decided to give Monkey Pod Kitchen a try during our trip to Wailea. It was an outstanding experience, and eclipsed our much more expensive dinner at Morimoto. Shay was our server, and she's the best We've come across. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I went to Monkeypod last week and ordered a cold beer and the Hamakua Wild Mushroom pizza. The beer was ice cold and the pizza was fantastic - white sauce, truffle oil, mushrooms. I ate the whole thing even after I was full. The jalepeno poppers appetizer was really good with a light breading and a filling of ricotta and probably monterrey jack. I would enjoy Monkeypod again, although I didn't figure on it being as family-oriented and kind of noisy at first. Perhaps it was just the evening dinner rush."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I was excited about visiting this place. Unfortunately the reality didn't live up top the expectation. First there was an issue with my booking, they said they hadn't received the OpenTable booking but I showed the email receipt. My food was good but my wife had fish and chips and quite honestly most of the fries were inedible. They were the burnt bits left in the fryer at night, quite unappetizing.We did not complain, by that time we just wanted to leave and besides, in my book you only one chance to impress. Why let the food go out like this, sloppy quality assurance. Our waiter was in love, well with himself and we were honoured to be in his presence. He did enough to get his tip and once the food was server totally lost interest."
    Dined on 11/4/2013