Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea
Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea

Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.monkeypodkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 8088912322
  • 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 8088912322
  • 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
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea reviews from OpenTable diners
287 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (137)fit for foodies (136)vibrant bar scene (113)hot spot (108)good for groups (105)neighborhood gem (102)kid-friendly (100)scenic view (71)great for lunch (68)special occasion (60)late-night find (34)romantic (32)notable wine list (32)great for brunch (18)Show More
  • Delicious!
    Luvyummyeats
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Pizza and salad were wonderful... Busy place. Glad we made reservations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We went for an early dinner and caught the tail end of happy hour as a bonus! Food was excellent, service was great. We had an excellent time. A bit loud on the inside but we ate outside and it was perfect. Reservations recommended. We got seated right away even though there was quite a crowd waiting to be seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great appetizers!!!
    Zelda
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fantastic food and it is quieter if you sit outside, otherwise it is hard to have a conversation at dinner. Delicious fish special but be prepared to spend big bucks!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MamaGardels
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We chose to dine inside. BIG MISTAKE! The noise level was through the roof and one child had a huge temper tantrum and parents did nothing. NOt Monkey Pods fault though... I would recommend this restaurant and go again. Sit outside though. Service and Food were outstanding. IF YOU HAVE KIDiS... it is very kid friendly, but if your child misbehaves, please deal with it ;)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Fare in Maui
    dinter6668
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My wife and I dined at Monkeypod Kitchen in mid October as part of our 25th anniversary celebration. Our sever was great, and the food was awesome. They had live music and it was very good. I highly recommend any of the fish dishes as all are from daily freshly caught fish of the day. All the ingredients used are organic and locally sourced and grown. A great dinner for a very agreeable price. Mahalo Monkeypod!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just What We Wanted
    smri
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    After four days of a corporate event with unimaginative meals, we were looking for something special but affordable. Moneypod was the perfect choice. We dined outside at sunset - beautiful view. Our salads were great - we could have split one. I had the lobster pizza which was outstanding. We liked it so much we came back the next day for lunch. We each had a salad and split the margherita pizza. It was excellent - hot melted cheese with fresh cool tomatoes and basil. Splurge and split a piece of pie - the Banana Cream was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must see while on Maui
    Feedme
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Overall awesome dining experience. I have been many times . I Love coming back because I know the quality is consistent and the food amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paradise outdoor view, so-so food
    Sheila771
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to Monkeypod. Great Wailea location, best Mai tai ever.....but .....although our outdoor patio table had a beautiful sunset view, the entrees were over priced for the food flavors. The food is fresh but lacked flavor. The snapper special was bland paired with a lobster infused mashed potato and steamed carrots, as was the case with the macadamia nut crusted Mahi mahi. The rib eye was sliced very thin and was the most flavorful with an olive tapanade paired with polenta fries at $40. i'm sure the simpler entrees (pizza, salads) would have made our experience more worthwhile. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    ReturningHome
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went to Monkeypod for our last night in Maui. Sat outdoors and the setting at sunset was nice. Glad we did for the music inside was loud. Place was crowded and service was slow. No fixed member of the staff, though one was the lead. Drink order taken, but another staff member brought drinks for all but one. When main server was asked for their drink advised us that the bar was out due to a change in vendor. Food was ok, but nothing special. Deserts were good and servings more than ample.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great service pretty good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We tried Monkeypod for one of our dinners while in Maui. The mai tai was delicious as people have rated before. We also ordered the cold/raw seafood appetizers, the seafood stew dish, and the poke tacos. Most of the food was tasty, but the poke tacos really did not have much flavor which was a little disappointing. The fact that the restaurant focuses on sustainable, organic, and local food sources is awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Always delivering fresh and consistent food. A fun hot spot and off the beaten path from traditional Maui tourists. Service is marginal and the inside is extremely loud during evening dining. It is a definite find for lunch and service is always 100% unlike dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    nodoze
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    After suggestions from many locals, we decided to try this restaurant, and we were very pleased. The drinks were fresh, no sugary pre-mixes, and much different than the rest of the island we visited. The food was wonderful. My wife loved the MacCrusted Mahi, especially the sauce used, and I greatly enjoyed the lobster mashed potatoes. Overall is was the best restaurant we visited in wailea, and in Maui though we were unable to make it to Mam's Fish house which was also highly suggested. Very close to all the major resorts in the area, easy to catch a shuttle or taxi to and from so you can enjoy your drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner In Wailea
    HawaiiJunkie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Dining at Monkeypod was a great experience. Completely different from the other nice restaurants in this area in a good way. Service, food and outdoor dining atmosphere were all top notch. Mahi Mahi tacos and large selection of draft beers were the bomb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome fish special!
    deb1234567VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We had a reservation for 2 at 6:45pm. We were greeted by 4 smiling greeters who sat us almost immediately. For our cocktail we both had the Makawao Ave and would recommend it to all. Caesar salad was perfectly dressed. We had the meat special and fish special, which were both spectacular! We were too full for a piece of pie (which I love)! The special key lime pie with caramel is yum! (I had it on a prior visit) Great live music and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WJWJVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Best turkey burger my wife said she has ever had! Great variety - Raw Bar appetizer, I had a pizza and my wife had the turkey burger?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PuttyPapaVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Good food...but everything is a la carte. If you want fries with your burger, be prepared for a big check.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great vibe!
    Cheers2SuzyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    After dining our way through the Wailea resort restaurants, it was refreshing to get out of the resort scene and head to a restaurant with a very lively atmosphere, great menu and wonderful service. Jill, our server, was friendly and attentive. We had amazing ahi poke and shrimp ceviche from the raw bar, along with spicy pork tacos that were delicious. Highly recommend this place for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good fresh, food!
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I had fish tacos and my husband had fish and chips and the fish was delicious - very fresh. A little pricey - but it is Maui!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I highly recommend the coconut seafood stew and save room for dessert. Great place to watch the sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem....
    Spencer
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A place to be with friends and family for a once in a lifetime experience.. Flavorful dishes... great wines... awesome service!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MAUI ROCKS!
    winethirty
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This place is a must if you visit Maui! Service was excellent and they had a lot of different foods but also food for the kids.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I don't really have anything to add other than the fact that the ribeye was over seasoned, and the filet that was supposed to be medium was medium rare, and the ribeye that was supposed to be medium rare was medium. Good place to go. Nothing special or spectacular, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good, but not great
    diner303
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was good, but overpriced. Also, the service was lacking and they seemed to be understaffed. That said, it's a decent casual option in Wailea where everything is overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Caro
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The fish tacos were excellent as was the mushroom pizza. The Proletariat pizza with black olives and peppers was tasty but the crust was a little soggy. The banana cream pie and the coconut cream pie were outstanding! Our server was very attentive and gave excellent advice about dishes. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mind blown
    acdb
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The lobster pizza and strawberry cheesecake pie was the bomb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    John
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Service was incredible, Butternut squash Pizza OMG .Mai Tai's amazing, Fish & Chips incredible. Noodles ,Pizza, Did I mention the Mai Tai's?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best mushroom truffle pizza
    Cavanaugh1213
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great food and service! I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner+mai tai=a good night
    ZeekandKes
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My husband and I decided to try monkey pod for dinner. We both ordered the specials. I had the filet rubbed with peppercorn and my hubby got the local catch of the day...he loved it! The Mai tai's were STRONG. I had one and could barely finish is the hubby had 2. Our waiter was awesome! He was so friendly, very descriptive, have us good recommendations...and insisted I finished my Mai Tai before we left. I would definitely come back here again on my next trip to Maui!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shay was an amazing server
    MeliaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our first time here and we can't wait to return. Shay was an outstanding server from her wine recommendations to her accommodations of our growing party. The food was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodLuvr
    foodluvrVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Arrived early, but took us immediately. Bartender was great and willing to try making us a drink we wanted that he never made before. Turned out great. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty but inconsistent service
    BeanieManVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great food (I had fish tacos and my wife a noodle dish) and an impressive draft list (the reason we went), but our server wasn't very attentive and seemed uninterested in us. He disappeared a few times and spent a long time describing the menu/specials to the table next to us while not even telling us that there were specials. We'd definitely give the place another try if we travel to Maui again and recommend it highly given the food/drink selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best find in Maui
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have beem coming to Maui for years. I don't remember enjoying a meal this much. Fish special of the day was amazing. So was everything else. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We asked for a great table and we difinetly got one! The view was outstanding! What a great way to spend our 15 year anniversary. Our meal was outstanding as well. The jalapeño mash potatoes were so awesome.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff & food
    Kamaaina
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This time we sat on the Lanai , great sunset view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific!
    BarbtheBee
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Gives "locavore" a whole new meaning. Everything here is house made, down to the simplw syrups and mayo and catsup. Drinks with a newe twist, variety of starters and sides and entrees, yummy desserts. All ingredients are fresh and locally sourced - nothing shipped from elsewhere. If we weren't leaving tomorrow I would go back in a heartbeat. We drove from Kaanapoli Beach about 45 minutes to get to Kihei, where Monkeypod Kitchen is locatyed, and it was worth every minute of the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    1Excellent spot for any occassion! Great for gathering with friends and family! Great food, great service and great place to have fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    foodhappy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    For a change of pace from the luxury restaurants this place is great for Pizza and casual meals, food was great, service was great, went there 2 time during our 10 day stay on Maui.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Hour
    HowardVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This place is great for Happy Hour because the prices match the portions size-.3:30-5:30 gives ample time to sample their fare... Regular prices at other times would make this a very expensive option for dining..
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MonkeyPod
    Lulu
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Loved the restaurant. Great staff great food!!!! Would highly recommend a monkey pod. Great mojito's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing & Delicious Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I do recommend calling or booking ahead prior to going as we noticed there was quite the line to get in. This place sat us fast and were attentive to our needs from the second we arrived to the second we left. The appetizer we order was the wings and WOW ... amazing ... we all ordered different items from Fish n Chips to Steak and it was all spectacular!!! I highly recommend coming here ...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.