Monstera Noodles & Sushi

4.3
656 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Japanese

Restaurants you may also likeView all

About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (last seating)
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(808) 887-2711
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Master Sushi Chef Norio Yamamoto
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Kaniku Drive
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 656 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
3.8
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

値段は高く、味も私好みでは無い。

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

Report
Helpful
KI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

For the price the restaurant was not anything spectacular and I expected more. Quality of the food was fine but nothing very special about it. I've definitely had better sushi

Report
Helpful
LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner!

Report
Helpful
MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roger took great care of us. He brought us miso soup, tempura and edemame to get started, then we each ordered our own entree's and they all hit the spot. Service was fast and the food was great.

Report
Helpful
PU
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the Yaki Soba noodles and it was delicious! I would definitely order it again!

Report
Helpful
JP
London
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very nice find close to the Fairmont Orchid and not far from the Marriott. Food was fresh, creative and tasty. Good options for non-seafood if people preferred that. Pauly was an excellent server, very attentive and making everyone feel welcome. Mahalo to the team there for a very enjoyable evening. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Report
Helpful
TK
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very tasty. Our server was very helpful in our dinner selection and made us feel very comfortable. Service was great!

Report
Helpful
G
Sydney / NSW
57 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Great food as usual but found that the food came all together, very quickly & we couldn't enjoy it. Next time we will just order the appetizers then slowly order the next courses. Fabulous food & Cocktails !

Report
Helpful
SG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Monstera and come every time we vacation on the Big Island. Epic sushi and rolls. Great service and a family friendly vibe. Wine and beer list is stocked with a well curate selection n.

Report
Helpful
m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!!

Report
Helpful
CK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meal, even teens enjoyed it.

Report
Helpful
DI
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is really nice. Sushi choices are great, delicious! They can also cater to larger groups, saw an 8 top family there. They also do take out, that seems like its popular. Would recommend eating here, it's a great date night choice!

Report
Helpful
OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, excellent sushi and other entrees, and superb staff of friendly servers.

Report
Helpful
T
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sashimi and service at sushi bar. Also wonderful unfiltered saki that cant be found at other local sushi bars. Six stars!!!

Report
Helpful
MA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great noodles and sushi was awesome.

Report
Helpful
JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Mediocre food, overpriced, bad location - avoud

Report
Helpful
FD
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delightful taste experience! We make sure to visit when we go to the big island and are never let down.

Report
Helpful
b
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Monsterra is reliable sushi / noodle shop with friendly staff and good.. if not stellar.. food.

Report
Helpful
JK
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Monstera and it was a great way to celebrate our anniversary. The food was delicious and the portions were great for a couple sharing. The recommendations by the waiters Scottie and Paul were outstanding. We cannot name any ONE thing which was our favorite because the butterfish, the hamachi, the spider roll, the sake, the banana desert...everything was amazing! We will recommend the place to our friends and family.

Report
Helpful
c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Indifferent service. Food came out in the wrong order. OK - not great.

Report
Helpful
J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful decor, staff was very friendly and attentive, food was amazing, We will be back

Report
Helpful
CA
New England
55 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Staff is not welcoming and service slow. Food is not any better than local takeout restaurants and twice as expensive. We will not go back.

Report
Helpful
R
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner!

Report
Helpful
n
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Baked papaya and teriyaki chicken great

Report
Helpful
A
Key West
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food. We arrived at 7:15 and earlier reservations hadn’t left so we had quite a wait. But we sat outside and it was very pleasant.

Report
Helpful
KB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service.
We always look forward to eating at Monstera.

Report
Helpful
C
Des Moines
29 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

It didn’t help that our waiter knew close to nothing about a complicated sushi menu. Not being experts, we finally got an order in. Only two thirds of it arrived. The rest we had to ask for and by the time it came, we were ready to leave. The food was good, but not great and also expensive. The experience was awful.

Report
Helpful
SR
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Outstanding food - VERY fresh and well-prepared. Braised beef was delicious and literally tender enough to eat with chopsticks.

Report
Helpful
OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Food was mediocre, at best. The restaurant was nearly empty yet they sat us next to the door. When we asked to move they said the other tables were reserved (they weren’t- at least not for any party who came to the mostly empty restaurant). By the end of the meal, we had to track down the waitress for our check after she went MIA for 30 minutes. Even for tourist trap sushi this place was not up to standards.

Report
Helpful
b
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It had been a while since we had eaten there and were craving noodles :) the food is always good there and the staff is friendly.

I was surprised the place was not crowded considering every other restaurant is packed at the coast because of Spring Break.

Report
Helpful
OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Had a reservation, we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table to be ready. Service was slow. Seemed to only have two servers for the whole place. Presentation of plates was just okay, not as beautiful as in the past. We had to wait a long time for waitress to ask us if we wanted a dessert. I did not give as big of a tip as usual due to the low level of service.

Report
Helpful
OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Date’s food came out 25 minutes before mine. Staff also got my order wrong, but I was too hungry to send it back and wait again. It’s a shame that service was so poor, food was pretty good.

Report
Helpful
CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoy the menu. Never even got to sushi items as intended.
Will have to return.

Report
Helpful
ES
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

What a find. The food was delicious and our server was friendly and helpful in suggesting items. We will definitely go back when we return to the Big Island.

Report
Helpful
DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We winter on the Big Island and this year found ourselves toggling back and forth between A-Bay Grill (Waikoloa Beach) and Monstera (Mauna Lani) according to mood. Monstera is a bit more pricey but the Asian Fusion selections are excellent - Opakapaka Sashimi for exanple. A-Bay is even more casual (think sports bar with outdoor patio) but their pupus and entrees are also great. In neither case can you go wrong.

Report
Helpful
DB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decent food, smaller portions, a bit pricey. Easy access, lots of parking

Report
Helpful
FS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paulie was our server and advised us well of the specials, which were amazing ! Fish is fresh and delicious, the people kind and expeditious. 👍👍 or in Hawaiian 🤙🤙

Report
Helpful
T
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We have been long time fans and guests of Monstera since Norio opened the place. Their tuna tataki is always exceptional and something we look forward to enjoying. Often Paul is our waiter and he is awesome.

However, last night could not have been more disappointing. They were not crowded and the service (although NOT Paul was awful)! The food orders were forgotten and not sent in, drink orders took a very long time and the short rib was tough! We had no one check on our food and my husband had to go to the wait station for a knife in order to cut the short rib. This service and food was not the standard of the past.

If we choose to ever go again, I hope they work out these glitches that never happened when Norio was there and Paul was our waiter.

Report
Helpful
RB
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Temperature in dining room was freezing cold. Come prepared!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
17