Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman - Whalers Village

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Hawaii Regional Cuisine

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Our chef driven concept is lead by the classically trained, award winning chef, Peter Merriman. Peter is a culinary pioneer and one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. He has always been inspired by the people and products around him and this spirit has lead the movement to look at food in Hawaii in a new light. Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman embraces this passion! Each item on the menu demonstrates our commitment to craft and showcases high quality, socially conscious ingredients, creative preparations, and perfect execution. Our dedication to craft also extends to our beverage program. Our 36 beers on tap are the coldest on Maui and are all handcrafted. You can also enjoy one of our culinary cocktails, made with fresh ingredients and lots of Aloha. At Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, you can enjoy Peter's Hawaii Regional Cuisine in a fun, casual environment and come to know what it means to be "Lucky Live Hawaii"! We can't wait to see you at Monkeypod Kitchen.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the music too.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server; Matthew was great. Food was delicious!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely great food and service!!! I’ve been to many, many places that claim to have the best mai tai but they’re all too sweet and have stuff come from pre mixed bottles, but they make there mai Taos w all natural ingredients n top it w a passion fruit foam that cuts the sweet n it’s a perfect blend! And I loved that happy hour is throughout the whole restaurant for those, like us who have kids can also enjoy it.

Our only complaint is it’s definitely warm inside, even though it’s all open...the hot air gets stuck even w the big fan. But once u get acclimated to the warm temps, everything else is great!! :)

KN
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My rib eye special was perfectly prepared and, sorry Trader Vics, but there is a new Mai Tai champion of the world. Memorable meal all the way around.

RA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bernadette was a Great server.
Even though we were an hour late, due to traffic, we still got seated within 10 minutes!

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!!!!

B
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant, good food. Only issue is we had requested ocean view. Told us we would have to wait 45-60min. And when they sat us, there were tables that were ocean side that were not occupied.

C
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Recommend “IF” you like crowds and noise. I didn’t enjoy the ambiance at all. Too noisy, crowded and we couldn’t hear each other talk. Just not my scene.

Drinks were just OK, a bit small for the price. The food was very good, but expensive.

The on,y eepimg me from returning is the crowd and noise. Not my style.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated an engagement and had the family style meal. Fabulous!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pork tacos are the best!!

T
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Just okay. 30 plus draft beers helps make it okay.

W
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food & dessert were good. Our server was sweet, but noise level was bad & it was really, really hot & uncomfortable .

SA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monkeypod Kitchen is a must try! It was delicious with a unique menu. I highly recommend the gnocchi. It was fabulous!! Of course the mai tai never disappoints!!

R
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Competent waiter. Nice atmosphere.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing meal and service, Bridget was incredible and never made us feel rushed she had everything perfectly paced. Food was great too. But honestly, if service was not good we probably could have found faults with the food but between the perfect sunset and awesome service from Bridget, everything was 5 star.

OT
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service. Very good, inventive fresh food. We’ll be back.

RW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

No waiting with reservations, great view of the beach,
Very nice wattres, fast t service and great food

n
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

We love monkeypod! Service was not good last night. We have been here a bunch of times, even ate here on Thanksgiving a few years ago. Very disappointed!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork tacos were delicious.

JD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, superior service and beautiful setting.
We had potstickers , ravioli and a beet salad. The mai tais were amazing!!

TD
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice causal dining by the beach

s
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Before we went to Maui for the first time, several friends suggested Monkeypod and they were not wrong! We had a surprisingly sophisticated meal in their casual beachfront setting, all for a good price. The inventive menu had something for everyone, all in comforting portions and at fair prices (for Hawaii). Everything was tasty, but the charred Brussels sprouts were a real standout. Great smokey flavor. They are SO busy there always, especially for dinner, ESPECIALLY on a weekend. It wasn't hard to get a table, but it was kinda hard to have any kind of normal attentiveness from the waitstaff. Understandable, but still, for the price, folks should be checking in to refill water on the regular at least — especially when it's hot! Even when we asked for a couple of things (catsup, salt), no one ever returned. We'd still go back for sure. The food is worth it.

B
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Reception needs some work as they are the 1st impression the customer experiences
A number of girls standing at the hostess desk but you dont know who to follow. The pass off should be friendly and helpful.
That said, our waitress made up for this!
Food - great.....try the tacos and finish with the strawberry pie
Waitress - awesome
Music - perfect

MO
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Best Mai Tais on the island. Diverse menu that appeals to all.

LP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Expected more cause of all the hype I heard. Easily one of the more expensive meals and drinks we had during the week and nothing any more special than some of the similar restaurants like Hula Grill. Made a reservation long in advance but didn’t get the table we requested. Service very slow and ran out of the dish I wanted and it was only 5:30 pm on a Wednesday. Not going to do a repeat.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our best dinner for our vacation. look forward to returning next year.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mai Tai in Maui

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S
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Last night of our vacation. Came to share a pizza and have our favorite cocktails. Had the shrimp pizza. Wonderful. The Mai Tai and No Ka Oi were superb. Unfortunately the service wasn’t great. Didn’t see our server much. Ran out of water numerous times. We had eaten here 3 other times and service was great. Not sure what was up with Justin.

MB
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I was so looking forward to eat the bulgogi tacos, they were just ok and the tortilla should have been toasted, it was soggy and the taco was hard to eat.

JG
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I eat very plain food. The menu was nice but had a lot of sauce on the entrees. I ordered my food without anything and it was good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The service was good but they brought all our dishes at once!

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christina provided the Best Service we have had on the Island! The Mai Tai is a must have! We definitely plan to go back.

BW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good lunch with good food and great service.

SH
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monkeypod was amazing! They gave us champagne because we were on our honeymoon. The food was amazing, service was fantastic, live music and atmosphere was great. We can’t wait to go back!

JK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Had a 6:45 reservation but not seated until 7:15...pretty lame. Our table leaned far to one side. Potstickers were extremely spicy...not mentioned on menu. $14 for a mixed green salad and very small...disappointing. Then we waited well OVER 30 minutes for a gnocci main course to come out. And they were nothing more than under-seasoned, drenched-in-oil mashed potato balls. Terrible. You'd get thrown out of Italy if you ever served that drek. 20 minutes after i finished my drink the waiter finally asked if i wanted another drink, but by then i was done with dinner. The waiter offered a slice of kona coffee cream pie to make up for all this...only to come back later to say they didn't have any. And then, they tack a 2% charge on for the kitchen? If you are charging $18 for 6 chicken wings, you should not be padding the bill another 2% for the kitchen...which did a poor job in delivering our food in a timely manner. Waiter lacked any enthusiasm. This is not rocket science. I've been a chef, I've waited tables, I've washed dishes. Not complicated. Really wanted to like this place, but won't go back. No way.

1
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Have been to Hawaii three times and have always found great experiences in anny Peter Merriman restaurant. You tried the original monkey pod last time and this one is a totally different and yet wonderful experience again. You can't go wrong here!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was or second time back!! It was amazing...food, drinks, service, atmosphere spot on...even the kiddos asked to come back...that says alot!!

CA
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was beyond excellent!! We ordered an appetizer, entree and dessert and finished our dinner within 30 minutes. Food was tasty as well!

J
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Mai Tai and food. Best meal we had on our Hawaiian vacation

VC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything we had!!! Mai tai is an absolute must!!!

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