Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman - Whalers Village

4.7
3000 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour!

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vipReady2eat
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Great staff and outstanding food!

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DarrenF
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food. mahi mahi and fish and chips. the mai tai were also outstanding. stacey our server was awesome

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vipJennaP
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! It was our anniversary and they gave us free Prosecco and dessert! Would recommend! Definitely try the Mai Thai too.

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vipsmacbuff
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and cocktails but especially loved the great service from Bernadette!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Checked in early but had to wait an extra 20 minutes for our reservation.
Once seated our service was outstanding!
Food was good but some items were very heavy on the salt.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish that there were enough stars to actually describe how much we love this place

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Food came out super quick! Delicious!

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ASKS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was ok. Great location and vibe, very pricey.

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KRAIGB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Service is amazing and the favorites were Poke Tacos, Pumpkin Ravioli and the Kahlua pork and pineapple pizza. One small issue was the order in which we got our apps and meals - all out of whack. But overall a great location and experience.

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RichardM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for my son in law

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LPSLP
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best fish tacos on the island- great sauce! We will be back!

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vipSD32
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Maui. Great food and even better drinks. Must do happy hour

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ScottG
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another amazing meal at Monkeypod! We look forward to hitting this every time we come to Maui, although were just told they will no longer be taking advanced reservations, which is crazy, so this will probably kill it for us moving forward.

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vipFritzie0407
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We made a reservation here at the recommendation of our daughter. We did Happy Hour (4:30 resy). The Mai tais were $10 and the pizzas were $10. Perfection.

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PaulieLog
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Return trip to Monkeypod after a two year break. While the menu seemed more limited, what we did order did not disappoint. Mac nut crusted mahi and NY strip. Both meals were fantastic and cooked as ordered and served hot (something we haven’t had great luck with in this trip). The drinks are overpriced, but that’s expected when your 100’ from the beach watching the sunset. The cocktails were also very good despite the cost. Our server was Katie and she was a pleasure and perfectly attentive. We had ordered wine with our meal and our meals came before the wine. It was as if she were keeping an eye on our table because she delivered the wine within a first bite. One of the downsides here and just about anywhere nice is the fact it is extremely difficult to get in without a reservation or some serious patience (think 1+ hour wait). We luckily made a reservation about 10 days prior to our trip. Looking forward to our return post COVID. Until then, great job Monkeypod!

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vipDani
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Beautiful location oceanfront in the very busy Whalers village. The food was standard Hawaii tourist fare, well prepared and flavorful. Service was prompt, but not well timed as entrees came out and were placed on the table before we were done with our appetizers. All said, we were in and out in less than one hour.

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vipHeatherE
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite of ours!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Touristy but a good time. Buzzing, good service, and tasty drinks. Had quite a few mai tais and tacos.

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NatalieL
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for Happy Hour. Ordered a pizza which was good. We both enjoyed their mai tai very much -best to date.

Great lively atmosphere off the boardwalk in Whalers Village with ocean views.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Monkeypod is always a great meal, but I must admit, tonight’s experience was far from something to brag about. I understand it’s busy and stressful when you’re operating under COVID restrictions. However, regardless of what environment you’re operating in, your hostess is your equivalent of a First Experience Officer. It can make or break a nice meal out. Unfortunately, tonight it was a complete failure. Two of the rudest hostesses you’ll meet on the island. No “Hi”, no “Welcome”, just the friendly “What’s your name?” Follow that up with no eye contact, no “thank you”, just a pleasant “you can wait over there”. 25 minutes after our reservation we finally were texted to queue up in the line, followed by “your table is over here”. Honestly, a disappointing experience for a Peter Merriman establishment.

Overall, the food was delicious, mai tais excellent, and great service from the waiter. However, time to hire the right team members to be your first impression. They’ll ruin even the best night out.

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RLynch
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The mai tais are fancy but not the best we've had. Our server was super friendly and offered good suggestions. Food was good. The open air ambience is fine. Unfortunately this restaurant is really built up in reviews and I think that might be a touch overstated. Not sure I'd return but it was a nice dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi with lemon sauce on the island! Also, probably the nest Mai Tai too and I’m a seasoned Maui visitor. YUM

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vipLynneH
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

While the service was exemplary, the entree was over-salted and the soup overly starchy. Cesar salad was very good. Luckily the waitress knew how to take care of her customers, and provided excellent customer service to solve the problem. The Hawaiian pizza had almost no pineapple and little ham. Not the best meal in paradise. I am only recommending because it is worth another try given the great service.

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Seatactown
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are during happy hour and had great food, a great server and a great price! We had our one year olds daughter with us and our server was so great with accommodating her!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

garbage. worst food on the island
do not bother. go to leilanis

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vipPatriciaG
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Boring food experience I would compare to an Applebees but overpriced. Beautiful views in the very very busy whalers village. Staff was friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Everything was just okay. Not bad, but I probably would choose to go elsewhere next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that place!’

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MichaelG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Mai Tai and fish tacos. Great view outside.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was our 30th wedding anniversary. We traveled here and we were looking forward to coming to the restaurant. Luke was a great manager on duty! He listened to us since we did not have a hostess who was made us feel warm and welcome. I made reservations a month out, she showed us to a table that was right near the hostess stand. It did not feel like a spot to celebrate our special occasion. We requested a different table and the hostess basically told us we would be bumped to a wait list:( But we asked for the manager and Luke took care of us. Mai Tais were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service3