Our favorite on the Kohala Coast!
We ate at this restaurant three times in our two weeks on the Kohala Coast!
The menu is wonderful with lots of tasty choices. We sampled widely and were pleased with all.
The wait staff was very helpful with our selection process and gave excellent, enthusiastic
service. One evening the weather was warm enough to allow us to eat outside.
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food and consistently
Delicious food and consistently fresh and novel presentation. Generally good service although one of our entrees was brought out about 5 minutes before the other. The staff should have waited to bring both entrees at the same time. Aside from that, we have told our friends to eat at Monstera and we will definitely return many times.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Monstera never disappoints.
Monstera never disappoints. The food and service are always beautifully prepared. The sushi bar is fun.
The service right down to reception is flawless.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good menu with several creative
Good menu with several creative small plates.
Notated 2 birthdays in reservation notes that went unrecognized.
Service very friendly, however unpolished.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food at this restaurant is fantastic! Try the Chuck Norris roll, the California roll, the sugar snap peas, and the Yaki Soba. The original Mai Tai is better than the Monstera Mai Tai.
We came two nights in a row because the food was so good.
We will definitely return to this restaurant.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Chuck Norris Roll is a Must-Have!
Monstera is always on my "must-do" list when on the Big Island! The Chuck Norris roll is amazing and keeps me coming back. The outdoor dining is lovely and the service is always wonderful.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the food! The best
I love the food! The best Sushi on the island of Hawaii. Have the 'Original' MaiTai, not the Monstera MaiTai.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent! Very inexpected.
Excellent sushi and sashimi. We will definitely return as it is a find! So unexpected. We put ourselves in the hands of the chef and we are so glad we did. we had an excellent waiter-very knowledgeable.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food - but kids want more
We dined on a recommendation from friends. Our kids love sushi and they eat plenty when we dine at our favorite places closer to home which have very good food at reasonable prices. However, Monsterra sushi pricing was in a different league, and it was tough to restrain the kids from running up a giant tab. Frankly, the "kids meals" were not of interest to our girls as they want sushi. The food and service was good, but it wasn't as much fun saying no when the kids want more but we've already racked up a decent sized bill. They left a little hungry, but we were saved by a big dessert elsewhere.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth the trip to Big Island
Ate here twice this visit. Fantastic food; Norio is an exceptional sushi chef. Eating on the terrace is quietest place. Diverse menu with every dish outstanding.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terrific place. Loved everything
Terrific place. Loved everything we had. Service excellent. Best sushi on the Big Island or anywhere outside of Tokyo we think. Eating at Monstera Noodles & Sushi is a must on your next trip.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic food; restaurant
Fantastic food; restaurant is among the very best of the very best Japanese restaurants in the USA. Norio is a master sushi chef and the quality of the food and presentation are outstanding! The restaurant noise level inside can be very noisy, however, eating on the
terrace is very quiet. Sitting at the sushi bar is a special treat when Norio is presiding. Also, you can order omakase at the sushi bar or at the table. You might want to set a price level if you are budget conscious. In addition to sushi there are many other dishes on the menu which are also very tasty. If the specially prepared sea bass is available it is truly wonderful.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Monstera @ MaunaLani Centre
Great place! We'll be back... Again & again, and with friends.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredible Sushi & Service
On a club trip for work with my wife and had heard good things from many people at the hotel to try on our free night. The food was outstanding, by far the best meal we had on the island. We stuck with all local fish and it was superb. Our server Robert finished off the great experience with his knowledge and presentation of each dish, as well as Sake recommendations. Definitely worth every penny!
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Asian cuisine
Since Monstera is known as a Japanese restaurant, we were expecting small portions. However, our perfectly cooked food was in generous portions that allowed sharing. The dumplings were crisp and delicious. The Korean spare ribs were actually a luscious marinated sliced steak with accompanying rice and vegetables. The Monstera chilled udon noodles were perfect for a warm day and were generously garnished with chicken slices, boiled egg, tomato wedges, bamboo shoots, and wasabi. The service was impeccable.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of the best places for sushi in Kona. Easy to get a seat. Great menu. Reasonably priced. Try the baked Papaya!!
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. We had just arrived in Hawaii and like to eat only at non-franchise establishments. The server was fantastic and had perfect recommendations. We were greeted upon arrival and acknowledge when we left. Will definitely return!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
best in kona
for a very well priced restaurant, you won't find better food in Kona. We could eat here 5 out of 7 nights of our stay. We have been coming here since they opened and the food is consistently quality, the service tops, and it's always busy so recommend a reservation. The Tuna roll with crunches, the agadashi tofu, and the banana tempura desert - thank god there are no calories in Kona! :) You must try this restaurant!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service, food & ambiance was great!
From the time we arrived and the hostess greeted us, it was awesome service throughout. Our server Robert was very polite, informative and prompt. He was quick to service his tables but at the same time we didn't feel rushed or hurried. From the sushi to tofu and noodles everything was very tasty and well presented. I lived in Tokyo Japan for 3 years and I can honestly say that the food was authentic and comparable to dining in Japan. All in all I was very pleased and would definetly recommend to others.
Job well done!!!! Thank you!!!
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
An amazing sushi dinner on
An amazing sushi dinner on the Island...not sure if there is any better.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Convenient in mana lani area
Easy and reasonable to include monstera,as well as ruth chris steakhouse in your plans if staying in mana lani or waikola area.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never a disappointment here. Food and service always first rate. Excellent quality fish used.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been there the last 3 trips to the Big Island. Love it! The sushi is fresh and fabulous. It's not cheap but then again, what is cheap in Waikoloa that is quality? Am very much looking forward to the next visit!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
High marks across the board.have been here 3times now.great food and very professional staff.classy,but relaxing atmosphere.i had fun watching the sushi chefs do their craft.And the menu is very diverse....worth the 50minute drive...
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Japanese in Hawaii
Chef Norio is simply the best. After his many years with Fairmont he opened his own restaurant and it is truly great! Everything he cooks is delicious. A must-stop when visiting the Big Island and for locals it is a couple times a month at least.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
HIDDEN GEM IN SHOPPING CENTER
We found this place on Yelp and the reviews were, for the most part, very good. It is located close to our hotel in a shopping strip which has some chain restaurants which I would avoid. We thought it was a good choice since we did not want to drive to Kona which is about 30 minutes away. We made a reservation through Open Table and are glad that we did because the restaurant fills up quickly. I am not a sushi fan but the spicy sushi here was first class. The shrimp appetizer was different but very tasty. They have items other than sushi so don't worry. Service was attentive without being annoying. Try the desserts. Very different but very tasty. I would sit inside because it was a hot night the evening we went.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always A Great Experience
This spot is always a hit with locals and visitors alike. Consistent reliable fresh sushi and friendly very good service.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for all tastes
I love quality sushi and Monstera has it. My family hates seafood and they loved the menu at Monstera.
The chicken and pork dishes were first class and they had noodle items I had never tried before and I eat a lot of Japanese at home. The waiter was very friendly and helpful with menu selections.
They have a full bar, sakes, the usual tropical drinks plus their own special drinks and beers. And teas.
Casual but not still first class. You won't be disappointed. This is our second or third year going.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you live sushi eat here
Fresh, delicious sushi prepared in so mAny different ways at there is something for everyone. They also have noodles and tempura. The fish is generous and flavorful. Casual yet very nice ambience. Good service and you feel very welcomed. Don't be distracted that it is in a shopping center. This is the best sushi in Kohala coast.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious, prepared in true Japanese cushion style. Our waiter and all the staff were not only extremely welcoming, but highly professional as well.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place has really great sushi! Their rolls are really good and all the fish is so fresh.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Monstera: Great Sushi!
We have several favorite sushi restaurants in the Bay Area, and have learned to expect really fresh fish. Monstera on Hawaii provided even fresher sushi than we're used to getting. Mouth watering. Perfecto!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful staff, made the
Wonderful staff, made the entire dining experience the very best. The food was very good and tasty. Had take away the first time, and food exceeded expectations - returned a couple of nights later to dine-in!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seeing where to dine and based on the cost, my dad and I decided to try here. We did see ads in the local papers, so we thought it must be a place to go. We went for dinner and made reservations on Open Table for 6, but last minute changed to 6:30. We came at our changed time and fist impression of the hostess was horrible. There was another party there waiting closer to the podium, and the other hostess who didn't see us previously didnt bother to ask who was hede first. So rude! Other than that, waitress was great, and so was the food. Go there hungry, it wirth your money!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ohana get together
We had seven of us, including two children, ages 13 and 8. While these Island kids have a very eclectic taste in food, I believe there was something for everyone who likes great sushi/sashimi. We love to order many types of dishes and went through quite a bit of the menu. Everything we tried was very good with a couple of really terrific plates. Very good saki also. We will definitely return.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service were impeccable, it was a delightful surprise. The Asian fusion mixtures were the best tasting dishes I've had in a long time. I would definitely return.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love, love, love this place!
We absolutely love this restaurant, from the great food to the very attentive service. Everything was just right. We liked it so much that we returned just a few nights after our first visit. Don't miss this place!
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the place for sushi
Fish couldn't be more fresh. Old standards like the rainbow roll were great. Inventive dishes lik the Tuna tataki were fabulous. I also appreciate the opportunity for hot dishes like the kobacha squash.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Sushi on the Big Island!
A+++. We tried several things the waiter recommended this time and it was excellent. Monstera is a must stop every time we are on the Big Island.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big Island Noodles
Great dinner, recommended by none other than John Jordan. We thought everything they brought us was excellent, especially the Kauai Shrimp...awesome!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was terrific! Good selections for children. Service was awesome.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great sushi, very friendly staff
If you are in the Kohala area I would recommend visiting Monstera at the Mauna Lani Resort shops - the sushi was great and the service wonderful.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our favorite restaurant
This was our favorite restaurant while on our trip. The sushi was incredibly fresh and the Korean dishes (fried chicken chili appetizer) was delicious! I would definitely recommend!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love sushi. Classic sushi. Thin slices of fish over rice held in a cylinder of seaweed. Some rolls are wonderful too. I love to sit at the bar and talk with the sushi chefs. I love when other people at the bar share stories. The entire experience is what sushi is about, for me. That's Monstera.
Just enough innovation to be fun. All the classic parts, intact.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the food!
Really enjoyed the food at Monstera. It was the only restaurant we went to twice during our stay in Hawaii. Our server Robert did a great job guiding us through the menu and we were not disappointed. There wasn't any particular standout item on the menu...whatever we ordered was great!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sushi & Sashimi oh my!
Norio provides the freshest locally sourced ingredients, beautiful prepared and presented. We highly recommend this to anyone who loves Japanese cuisine, as well as people new to it.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM