Monstera Noodles & Sushi
Monstera Noodles & Sushi

Monstera Noodles & Sushi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.monsterasushi.com/
  • Phone: (808) 887-2711
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Master Sushi Chef Norio Yamamoto
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kaniku Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Monstera Noodles & Sushi
Monstera is a hip, casual, moderately priced restaurant providing great food, service, ambiance and value. We are more than a typical sushi restaurant--we have included menu items of Noodle Houses and Izakayas (Japanese Pubs of Japan) to offer you a selection of dishes never seen before on the Big Island. Our philosophy is smile in, smile out. We want you to feel welcome with our gracious local-style hospitality and enjoy great food at a great price in this beautiful location. We hope this will be a stopping point for those traveling along the coast or after visiting a nearby beach.

Named after a non-native, mysterious plant found in Hawaii, Monstera offers a wide selection of items, including sizzling platters and drinks in a casual, yet hip, atmosphere. Here, guests can sit in crocodile print booths under soft lighting and listen to familiar tunes or dine alfresco. Monstera is owned and operated by Big Island residents Norio Yamamoto and Wes Monty.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Monstera Noodles & Sushi reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (34)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (19)kid-friendly (17)hot spot (6)special occasion (6)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent seafood!
    Oishii
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to Monstera. The first time was last year and it was good, but not overly memorable. I think that was because we ate there with friends who did not eat raw fish....what a difference this time. Food and service were fabulous. Our server Robert was quite attentive. We didn't know they had a computer glitch which slowed the food delivery until Robert mentioned it. So, we never felt that service was affected. The food was great. My husband had the combo sashimi dinner, and had brown rice rather than white rice. Presentation was nice. I had the local trio of fresh sashimi. It too was fresh and I enjoyed trying locally caught fish. But the bat dish was the lightly fried moi. It was to die for. It was steaming hot and I gobbled it up. Apparently, it had been 2 years since they had moi on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WineandDineOaktown
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Delicious, great meal. outstanding waitress, would definitely go again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious and portion were good.
    Cherri448
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food and service was very good. Definitely will go again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Sushi was very fresh. Would definitely recommend trying whatever specials they have to offer. The hamachi Kama was one the best we have ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DahliaTR
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great food. Delicious MaI Tais. Great dinner option outside of the resort scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always very good
    KonagirlVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great sushi. Freshest fish. The Korean chicken is delicious, but there are no bad choices here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, excellent service
    yntbomVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Loved the appetizers best. Sushi great. Need more vegetarian entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 23708
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Top Quality sushi and pacific rim dishes! The seasonal Opakapaka was served whole and fried and it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    very good sushi and sashimi (the best in Kona???). service very kind. A Restaurant to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks Norio
    Dakine
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Chef Norio, its always a pleasure to enjoy your creations. Thank you, thank you.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EmilyDawgFan
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My husband really enjoyed his sushi. My chicken dish was very "meh". The service was absolutely terrible. We had to ask 4 different people to get me a fork and our water glasses were never refilled. When we finally got our check, the waiter awkwardly lingered to see what sort of a tip we were going to leave him.
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  • Always our favorite for sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food and wonderful service. Everything is delicious and well prepared. Robert is the best server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi is not bad, but others are...
    Noodles1959
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went to Monstera because it had reasonably good review among Japanese restaurant. The service was reasonably good. Sushi was not bad. But other food was not something I would recommend. You should go to Monstera as a sushi restaurant, not an authentic Japanese restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food
    Steve
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a diamond in the rough. Fantastic food found in a strip mall. Well worth it and one of the best meals we had all week.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous sushi and noodles
    WWeeksVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great sushi place! The noodle dishes are really good too. Really innovative rolls that are so good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service and child friendly. Can't wait to eat there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone Loved It!
    hawaiivacationreturneeVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I made a reservation at Monstera based on the recommendation of Open Table and it did not disappoint. We ate at a lot of different restaurants during our two-week vacation in Hawaii and this was definitely one of the best. There was a wide variety of dishes on the menu and definitely something for everyone. My two teenagers loved it. The service was really great too. I'd go back in a second and definitely recommend it to others to try.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Both sushi and hot dishes fantastic
    GweraVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is one if our all time Favorites. The fresh taste of the sushi is better than expected. The hot food like the beef short ribs will wow anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Lovemegoodfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was not that impressed. As a lover of all food and especially Japanese noodles and sushi, I found monstera to be just ok. The service was good. The noodles ok. Soba salad was not a traditional soba salad (Korean sauce too spicy). The spider roll lacked being fresh and missed other goodies I get everywhere else. Sashimi was good. Very expensive as well!!
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 239 reviews are from the Monstera Noodles & Sushi reviews archive.
  • Great food
    LinGo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Pros: Lots of fresh tasting sushi options and a knowledgeable staff make this a fun dining experience. There are lots of non sushi options as well. This is my go to restaurant whenever I'm in the area. I've never been disappointed! Cons: My vegetarian friends have found the menu limited. The only option on the menu is a Tofu Steak- which is good. Off menu there is only one sushi roll and some noodle dishes that can be modified by leaving the meat off. It would be nice to have a few more options listed on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    KonagirlVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    For the freshest sushi and sashimi. High quality at reasonable prices and service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had a late night dinner at Monstera due to our flight and we enjoyed the food, but the bartender who served us was condensing and rude to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD ALTERNATIVE CHOICE FOR DINING
    Artie808VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Overall the food and prices are all right, but the overall quality was somewhat under par to me. In general, when they pour the water, they do not seem to care if they get the water dripping all over the floor. Secondly I saw a wait staff dropped a big piece of ice on the floor, he picked it up with his bare hand and then he continued to grab other guests' glasses to pour the water with the same hand. First of all if he was very careful pouring the water, it would avoid the water and ice getting on to the floor. Secondly he should have washed his hand first. Lastly I saw a long piece of hair sticking on my menu. I think they need to do better in this area considering that they are in a luxry resort area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Choice
    Doug
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great Food. Great Service. The sushi was amazing. Unagi lovers this is your place. A+++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty good, but a few issues...
    MatthewG
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    On vacation, decided to try because of the positive reviews. First off, it is Hawaii, so it is fairly expensive. I had their signature dish and The Volcano Tuna and Shrimp rolls. My wife had their Kalbi ribs. My son had chicken fingers. Service was fast. The reason I gave it only 4 stars. The kids chicken fingers were the highly processed type, i.e. Ground Chicken type meat formed in the shape of a mouse. I was expecting non-processed real pieces of chicken breast. Second, the waiter asked if we wanted utensils, we said yes. We didn't get utensils until after our food arrived. The food server went to get them. He only brought forks. My wife sat there attempting to cut the beef with the side of the fork until it was noticed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service
    golfandeat
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Monstera Noodles & Sushi could be a great restaurant, if they hired more waitstaff! it took forever to order our drinks and food, and then our appetizers arrived before our drinks/beers. When we had gotten all our food except one item, i said to our server: "we are just waiting for the CA roll" he replied "yeah, so am i." it was a bit rude. the food itself was delicious, which is why i wish it was better staffed!
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  • Excellent Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Best sushi on the island! Try out Monstera - you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi and other dinners
    Hates2CookVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We took a group of 8 here for dinner, half sushi eaters, half non-sushi eaters. Everyone was very happy - great sushi, great chicken, great steak, fun drinks and great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    LovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Love this place. Excellent sushi, fresh, delicious. We always sit at the sushi bar and watch the Chef's. Great tempura, tonkatsu. We have been going annually every trip to Hawaii, it's the first stop. On the permanent list of must do's on the Big Island!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go-to spot for sushi and more
    weRfamily
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We are fortunate to have Monstera as our neighborhood sushi restaurant and we go there often. Always great food - fresh sushi, nice crispy tempura. We've never been disappointed. Prices are okay for the area. Service is attentive without being too much.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+
    live2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    From the moment we were greeted on the lanai, to the moment we left that evening, our experience was excellent. Great original dishes and traditional sushi bar favorites. Good sake list and a full bar. If I lived here I would eat here at least once a week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fried shrimp
    amphora001
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The waiter recommended some special friend shrimp and it was the best. The sushi was also very good. We also got a noodle dish, but I would stay away from noodles as it was just okay.
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  • Good.... Small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Lots of fresh fish and dishes. Fresh wasabi but you need to ask for it. Nice selection and alternatives for those who do not eat sushi. Full bar but a bit strange. We ordered dirty martinis, Mai tais, and sake. All reasonably priced; however, we could not figure out why we were charged a $2 service charge for the martinis. No explanation on the bill. Each martini was $9. Below each martini was a $2 charge. Maybe it was because we had premium brands? If so, why not charge $11? We didn't read the bill until this morning thus the confusion! Maybe a charge for the olives? Also if you order a martini, just get it on the rocks. It sat in the ice way too long before pouring.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre at best
    DanL
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Took about 40 minutes to be seen by wait staff after we were seated. By that time 3 different people finally came by seeing that we still had menus still on our table. Ordered a Volcano sushi roll as an appetizer that came out AFTER our main plates were delivered. They couldn't even get that right. Food was good basic Asian fare, but terribly overpriced - $19 for udon noodles and pork strips. Sorry.... You lost me and not returning. There are many other restaurants in the area with better food and service.
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  • Yummy!!!
    KamuelaFoodies
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Great tasty food! We mostly enjoyed the Black Cod and the Tofu Steak. The sushi was outstanding and the Japanese brown rice was exceptional. Highly recommend this restaurant whenever you're in the Mauna Lani Resort area. Next time, we'll try their noodle dishes.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great staff
    lylewaikoloa
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The owners, Wes and Norio, are fully engaged in the business of providing a wonderful experience for their customer. Norio is out front at the sushi bar and clearly likes what he does. He preps these incredibly beautiful and palate pleasing dishes and still makes the effort and takes the time to notice and acknowledge each customer. Wes, busy in the kitchen, still manages to slip out to say hi and get personal feedback on the great dinners created behind the kitchen doors. My choice of place to take visitors who appreciate great food with Aloha!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice for Japanese noodles
    Kurt
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food here was good. Service was a little uneven and the main courses came out at different times, but overall a decent spot for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Sushi Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Mostly familiar sushi offerings made special by the incredible fish found around the island. Enjoyed the following: Tuna Tataki, Spider Roll, Salmon Skin Roll, Spicy Scallop Roll, Rainbow Roll. Not to mention a nice Edamame starter and seaweed salad and excellent local Coconut Porter. Highly recommend for two or more couples looking for a great social meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Place
    Minithemooch
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Excellent food, especially the Miso Butterfish, Mango Soda and Sorbets. The server was great! We got take out the next night because there are so many good choices! Portions were a bit small and short ribs were too rare.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great every time. Good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Great every time. Good service great food quality blows any other Japanese food in the area out of the water. It's affordable for the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.