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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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food

4.2

service

4.0

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3.6

value

3.7

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90% would recommend it to a friend

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Kid-friendly (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Fun (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
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Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Business Meals (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (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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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Perhaps we had a bad night b/c others rated this place highly. We found it very disappointing. Miso soup almost inedible - broth was thick, dark and over salted ; gyoza over cooked; soba salad was pedestrian; spicy tuna hand roll and spider roll both mediocre.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Do not use the online menu for pricing. I'm restaurant was about $10 per entree more. Kids menu items are the smallest we've seen on the island. Food was only ok.

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

The food is always fantastic and consistent. Wait staff is very friendly, but not always efficient. Great location and ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (München)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Gute asiatische Küche. Frisch zubereitet und perfekt auf den Punkt gegart. Für Urlauber zu empfehlen die der Hotelküche entfliehen möchten und gerne asiatisch essen.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I will first talk about the food and restaurant itself. Fantastic. The local selection of seafood is great and their imported cuts are outstanding as well. They have a great array of value with the price as well. The cocktails are super tasty, expensive, but not by Hawaii standards. The overall vibe of the restaurant is fine. We were there late on a quiet Thursday night, so we may have missed the energy.

We made this our last dinner on the island for our honeymoon and were underwhelmed with the staff's appreciation for that. The hostess was warm and excited for us, but from there most employees seemed like they were ready to wrap things up (or just ask if we wanted to buy more things) rather than make our night any more special. It wasn't bad service at all, but when I state ahead of time that significance of the dinner, it would be nice to hear that from the chef more than 5 minutes before we left.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

I had dinner with my daughter and wife. We found very fresh ingredients, well prepared and a gentle and precise service.
Highly recommended!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Delicious generously cut Sushi! Great service! Overall fantastic.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Favorite restaurant on the Big Island. Always excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Quite good. One of our favorite places to go on the big island. But incredibly overpriced for what it is. They can get the price because there is nothing else around of their caliber and the tourists keep coming.

So overall we enjoyed it but we're blown away by the expense.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Tasty, surprising, beautiful sushi and dishes! Plentiful choices for non-sushi eaters too. Plan to eat small plates style to sample more delights. Staff is welcoming, knowledgeable, and professional with a sense of humor. One of our favorites on the Kohala Coast.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was great, our waiter was great... the hostess was ok. Not great, and not the worse but was a little odd and off putting... again not too bad but off

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Service was good. Food was overpriced and adequate. It was also very loud.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I've been there many times, but didn't know it was on the Open Table list before this.

The food is very good and authentic Japanese food. I took my two grown daughters and they were very impressed!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Casual, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 5, 2017

After order the Blue Fin Trio it took over 30 to minutes to get it and it wasn't that busy. Then our last order of sushi sat on the counter for at least 10 minutes before it was brought to us.
The kids meal for $12 was very small

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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Sitting at the Sushi bar was the perfect experience for someone who loves to see their food created before their eyes!

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Excellent food and great cocktails. Good service in a pleasant atmosphere

Tags: Healthy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Wonderful fresh food! Seafood Papaya appetizer was amazing!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 10, 2017

This is our favorite Japanese restaurant on the Kona/Kohala coast!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 10, 2017

We have been several times over the past few years and the food and service have always been fantastic- never miss going there when we travel to the Big Island

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We were very disappointed, we read really great reviews before deciding to go there and we completely underwhelmed with the service as well as the quality of the food. We ordered two appetizers and it too about 25 minutes for the first one to arrive and about 40-45 minutes for the second one. Our server completely ignored us and we had to track another server down to find out what was going on. When it finally arrived it was overlooked like it had been sitting so they stuck it back in the fryer to warm up. Anyways no recommendation from us! We also though it was overpriced for what you get and have had way better Japanese in other restaurants.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Thanks once again Monstera! Wonderful food. Excellent service

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I don't know why anyone would eat here when Sensei is less than 10 minutes away. Poor service, fishy sushi and bland noodles. By far the worst meal we've had in Hawaii. The only good things were the edamame and Chi Chi cocktail. We won't dine here again.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Always Awesome! The food is a perfect break from the local Hawaiian. Everything is very fresh. The service is great. Take the shuttle from the Orchid or The Mauna Lani.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great food, the freshest sushi around. Unique preparations, not to be missed.
I love the sake selection too.
Never rushed, friendly service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 5, 2017

On every visit to the Big Island we make sure we include one dinner at Monstera. Both the food and service are consistently fabulous. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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