Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman - Whalers Village

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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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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4.6
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Indiana
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overpriced - even for Maui

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Happy Hour!!

K
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service. We loved the Hawaiian singer.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The live music was so loud I could barely here the person sitting directly next to me. I felt the food was more expensive than the value of it. Me and my boyfriend actually decided to split an app and find somewhere else to eat dinner. Underwhelming.

d
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday - service was amazing!!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Excellent food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Experience was not as expected, food is good but service is clunky and needs addressed.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my husband. Everything was great!

h
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was a birthday celebration. The service was good, food is your average up skilled Hawaiian Bar and Grill, nothing to write home about. If you are trying to have a conversation, this is not a place for you. I will say their Mai Tai was very yummy.

OT
New England
413 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Two words- Happy Hour! Great food at great prices. We go to Monkey Pod at least once when we are fortunate to visit Oahu or Maui. Mai Tai not quite as good as we recall, but food was the standout.

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Happy Hour in Kaanapali!

J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

too loud. I would recommend the restaurant, but would also include my comment about the noise level.

OT
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was not worth the cost paid per meal.
$25 for fish and greasy fries

TN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best mai tai’s that we had in Maui. Everyone loved the food too!

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Fin was the BEST. Great Happy hour!

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and Ono food!!

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and music

C
Portland
43 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant in Maui! Everything is fabulous and beautifully presented. Ahi tacos, fish tacos, seared ahi, and New York steak- all delicious and winners on the menu. I love to have the recipe for the Jalapeño mashed potatoes - they are beyond amazing. Oh - best mai tai - love the foam.

CL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all the way around food drinks and view outstanding coming back tonight!

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Went at 7:15 tons of noise and seating is virtually on top of each other. The food was the shining star, as it should be, not much else would make me want to go back.

L
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

The Mai Tae was great and the live music was fantastic but the food was not good. Fish and chips, fries were cold and the fish was very thick with pinko and little fish. My husbands hamburger was very salty and not good tasting. 🙁

B
Boise
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Monkeypod! Service was friendly and excellent on both visits and food was exceptional! Atmosphere is a bit upscale/beachy-comfortable. Enjoyed live music both times we visited!

VB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was ok, pizza crust was a bit too crunchy for our liking. What we didn’t like was that we weren’t told that there will be extra charge($7:50 in total) to swap the meat on pizza with veggies. Would have been nicer if we were informed when ordering...

DM
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This location does. It compare the the location at Wailea. The food is need work. It is not prepared with any care.

R
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Even though we had reservations, when we arrived about 10 minutes early we had to wait until about 7:20-7:25. I'm sure the reservation helped shorten the wait.
Ashley our server was great. She help make the evening very enjoyable.
The food was good, not great.
Overall impression was Monkeypod is a good place to mingle with the Maui visiting crowds.

TL
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The location in Lahaina is much nicer and the service at this location was terrible. Hard to believe they are the same restaurant. I asked for the noodles for my kids and the waitress had no clue what I was talking about-come to find out it’s even printed in the menu that noodles for kids are free. We ordered something during the happy hour and then when the bill came the waitress explained that the item was one of the Happy Hour exceptions. The food was okay the dessert was amazing as always but I really wish we would have had a better experience.

g
Phoenix
121 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best Mai Tai in Maui great ambience and location and if you want excellent service ask to be seat with Fin she was awesome and very attentive. The food good, great value and best drinks in the area . They use local rum (Kula) and organic passion fruit .

DK
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come for the ravioli and no ka oi cocktail

DM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yearly visit to Hawaii

DL
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall, we found Monkeypod to be average for the Kaanapali area. Our Open Table reservation got us a prime table overlooking Whaler’s Village and the ocean (in the distance). We then waited 10 minutes for a service person to acknowledge us and take a drink order. Ten minutes later, we had our beverages. The waiter emphasized the local sourced product, but I am not sure that is so different from other restaurants in the area. We shared fish tacos, a salad and banana cream pie. All were OK, the fish tacos are not as good as some of their local competitors to be honest. Service continued to be spotty throughout our dinner. Overall, we found it meh. Average for the area, including value for money.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went for Thanksgiving dinner and they had a turkey dinner but we opted for other food which of course was still delicious!!

MP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is always amazing. Our server on Thanksgiving was incredibly nice and entertaining. Wonderful way to spend the holiday!

V
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A fantastic spot with a great sunset
great food and service

l
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Monkeypod!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good can’t wait to go back on next vacation.

D
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place and unique menu.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great happy hour. Great service. Will go back whenever we are on Maui!

CP
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too noisy and very warm to enjoy dinner. Over priced dinner . Not the placed to be if you want a quiet dinner or be able to hear or talk with friends and family

SH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The mai tai was excellent. The charge for the coke was high and the food was above average yet prices higher than other meals at other comparable restaurants.