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About 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.

68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive, Suite 111
Kohala Coast, HI 96743
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (last seating)

Cross Street:
Kaniku Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 887-2711

Website:
http://www.monsterasushi.com/

Executive Chef:
Master Sushi Chef Norio Yamamoto

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Monstera Noodles & Sushi Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.8

ambience

3.6

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Good sushi. Good tempura. Decent udon in weak broth, but with some soy sauce and togarishi pepper it was fine. Skip the more elaborate entrees, get the sushi, and you’ll be fine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We were very disappointed. Food was just so so. Sushi was not good and way overpriced. Service was not friendly.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Expensive but worth it
Best sushi I had well worth the price
Excellent waiter

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The restaurant was smaller than expected, which we appreciated. Neighboring conversations were not intrusive. Wait staff was prompt in taking our order, but we never felt hurried. The appetizers and main entre arrived in a well timed way. We were asked twice I believe by the staff regarding the food. It felt like a true inquiry on how the meal was going, without a constant bothersome checking back. The drinks were made right, the food tasty. A nice evening meal.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The portions are very small. The food is very ordinary, yet expensive. I would not recommend it or go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I'm not a sushi snob but it was generally underwhelming. As an example, the tempura shrimp in one of the rolls was cold, showing it was assembled and put in the fridge.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Just a bit above average in my opinion

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Resort restaurant with some good, some bad. I’d recommend the udon noodles and the nigiri sushi was acceptable. In contrast, the miso butterfish was gelatinous, overly salty and way overpriced at $21.00 for an appetizer portion. Gyoza was chewy and shishito peppers were late harvest and quite spicy. We had nothing to drink but water and the bill for 4 people was $190.00.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Poor value for the money. Noodles were mediocre (probably frozen udon noodles and broth), Kabocha (burnt and bitter) and chicken were both OVER cooked. Very disappointed and will not return to this restaurant.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

I've gone to Monstera multiple times within the last few years and it has definitely become my favorite restaurant on the Big Island. However, this was the first time I Dined at Monstera with such a large party which made me a little concerned due to the slightly louder nature of big parties. Although we were a party of 8 the staff was very energetic, friendly, and patient. The food is always delicious and they have something for everyone to enjoy. They truly made dinner an unforgettable experience and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. The food is great, the atmosphere is great, and the staff is great!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Don’t be in a hurry to dine here. Haven’t been here since we were on the Big Island last year. Food (when it eventually came out) was good not great like We remembered. Even the steamed rice seemed over cooked. Server was nice but obviously overwhelmed. We sat for over 20 minutes before we were even acknowledged or offered a beverage. It was busy but not packed. Obviously kitchen was very backed up. Didn’t receive any food until almost 45 minutes after arriving. Not sure what has happened in the past year but don’t think we will be returning anytime soon.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The poke was incredibly salty. The rolls were just ok, not much fish in the spicy tuna roll. Not tasty. Expensive. Not good value. Service was bad. Kids noodles soup took longer than the adult meals. Will not go back. Will not recommend.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Perhaps Monstera was having an “off” night, but this was the worst meal we ate on the island. We were a party of six, and had to wait over 40 minutes for sparkling water, two cocktails and a beer. The server could not remember any part of our order and frequently came by the table with a dish that we hadn’t ordered. By the end of the night, we had waited over 90 minutes for our food (with each appetizer and each entree coming out at different times), and two meals never arrived. Three people from our party had to talk with the staff and we finally got one of the meals to go as it was nearing 10pm. The sushi was mediocre, at best—rubbery and fishy, at worst. They have a bit of a captive audience with few choices in the Mauna Lani resort area, but go elsewhere instead; we would not recommend this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Terrible terrible terrible service....
Two hours waiting for the drinks and the kids food....
Altough the manager gave us some complimentaries because of that

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful flavors. Be sure to make reservations!

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Vacation Dinner. We will return. Nice place.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Not a large dining area and several large parties taxed their abilities so the servers were a little slow. The kitchen was on it though! Once orders were taken the food came quickly and was very good. I really enjoyed the Yaki Udon and my party liked the Korean chicken.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great food! Great service!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food, really poor service!
We will give it another chance and hope to get a better waitperson!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Good variety of dishes besides sushi.
Service from the bar was excellent!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Visit Monstera when on Island. Has been good. This time service cold and erratic. Miso lukewarm. Worst sushi rolls ever. Touch them and they fall apart. One flavored well, the other no flavor. A trainee in kitchen? One of those nights when all wrong. A wasted not inexpensive night out.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

For starters, we had the miso butterfly fish and the tuna tataki, both of which were quite tasty. We also had some yummy spicy tuna rolls and a few pieces of high quality tuna sushi, followed by some nice vanilla ice cream. We enjoyed the food here, although the atmosphere is nothing to write home about.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

service was terrible. had to ask for drinks many times. food to each diner came out at different times. had to ask for extra silverware more than twice.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Superb, our new fave! Authentic preparation and flavors. Would want to eat there every night of my vacay.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great find (thanks Yelp). There was some kind of Open Table snafu, but the woman running the floor handled everything very well. Food was great. We did get the tempura banana at the end -- highly recommend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Sushi bar was delicious and fun! Order the specials and miso cod! Yummy yum!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Yum! Went for a dinner more reasonably priced than those at our resort. Perfect!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The sushi was very good. The wait staff was excellent. I had a “fried Chicken” dish and it was ultra salty. My wife really enjoyed the shrimp salad

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Way too expensive considering the super basic noodle stirfry was almost $30 and sushi was fishy and so so quality also expensive. They need to renovate, it looks like a fast-food in and out joint, not fine dining Japanese. I spend the same at Norios at the Fairmont and there is no comparison, way better quality. Sorry Monstera.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Monstera is always an excellent choice for dinner at the Mauna Lani Resort! Fresh, inventive sushi, great cocktails and a bunch of other food options not raw-fished based. Laid back atmosphere and wonderful service. We love dining here!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Healthy
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food and the service was excellent! Very nice ambiance, nice music. You can actually have a conversation. Everything was just so great. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were staying at the Mauna Lani and this was a close 15 minute walk. No wait and much better sushi the Sensei. The meals had a much better presentation. We agreed the quality of the fish was just as good. Fun drink menu and excellent desserts. Overall, nice find and not busy.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Awesome quality of the food! Good sushi. Tuna Tataki probably one of the best I've ever had!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Service was great. Explained the menu very thoroughly. I decided to change my order after he took it, and he changed it without any problems. We ordered sushi, a roll, and the yaki udon.
All were delicious. I could understand why the yaki udon was favored among the staff. Ambiance was a typical sushi bar that could be found anywhere, and, unfortunately, there is not much of a view of the outdoors. Do not let that hinder your decision though. Would recommend, and would go again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Casual, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Our favorite sushi restaurant on the big island. Tuna tataki is the best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food and service not the same since Norio left. Same menu but not cooked or served with the same love and care. Don't come looking for fine Japanese food - it's too sweet for that - and you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

A most enjoyable experience of great food and exceptional staff.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Not worth the price

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

I hadn't been here since January but the standards of excellence have not changed in service, food quality and overall wonderful experience by a professional friendly staff who treat everyone well. It is my go to sushi noodle place on The Big Island.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Such a disappointment after hearing so many good things about it. I guess I expected something more upscale and it's everyday dining. Food was good enough but no atmosphere.

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