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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.
Kohala Coast, HI 96743
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (last seating)
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Master Sushi Chef Norio Yamamoto
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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