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

We love Monkeypod. Wow. Every time has been a delight. Thank you so much.

B
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A bit loud inside. Great food, great Mai Tai’s but our server was less attentive to us (old people) and more attentive to the two tables with young ladies. He appeared to be annoyed with us.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was wonderful & food excellent.

TH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service. Really good happy hour deals.

s
New Mexico
94 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot near the ocean. Hip vibe. The mai mai sis were fabulous

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

Had a beautiful birthday dinner sunset side.

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

Very delicious food, great service
Nice atmosphere . Had the fish tacos

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

French fries limp, fish not too fresh, noisy experience, too costly for quality of food. Very hot inside. Waiters should wear shorts since do hot.

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

Excellent!

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B
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Check in experience not good. I when I was checking in for my reservation I was told I had already checked in. I said I hadn’t and after three different hostess conversations and then they finally realized they checked in the wrong party prior to my arrival. They should have realized prior and without an attitude. However. After we were seated service by Ashley was great. Food was good. Recommend the gnocchi. A little too loud for conversation but great musician was playing.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Where to begin? Was really looking forward to dinner at Monkeypod during our anniversary trip to Maui. We had 7pm reservation through Open Table, arrived about 15 minutes early and checked in. We were informed that table were being cleared and given a pager. After waiting an inordinate amount of time while patrons who arrived after us were seated, we enquired as to status of our table to be informed that reservation had been cancelled (I later realized that I’d received OpenTable message ten minutes after we checked in indicating that RESTAURANT had cancelled our reservation.

At this point we were informed that our requested ocean front table was unavailable resulting in further wait. Unfortunately. things did not improve after we were seated. Service was extremely poor and slow. Coffees was served with grounds, etc.

There are many wonderful restaurants in Maui to waste time and money at mediocre places such as this.

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

Hostess staff was TERRIBLE. We had reservations and waited 30 minutes then after giving our pager back, approx. 10 other groups got sat before us who got there AFTER us!
Waitress was wonderful as were food and drinks

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

Food a bit overpriced for portioning of specials of the night. Very pricey with little fish portion

JK
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time here and we were very pleased with everything. Nice casual alternative with a beautiful open air dining room. The food is very good and the fresh ingredients add to the overall quality.

M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We asked for a table to watch the sunset, and they gave us just what we asked for. Outstanding view! Very nice server, but the main courses were served while we were still enjoying our appetizer. We asked to have them taken away until we were ready. We weren’t lingering either - it felt like all the food arrived within 5 minutes of placing our order. Food was otherwise good

BB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very disappointed don't serve Chimay tripel anymore. Don't really care for any of the other beers on tap.

CW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately they don't cater to persons having food allergies, so my dinner was just ok. It was extremely loud, and made it very difficult to carry on a conversation. The service was fine, but the rest of the experience did not justify the price of the bill. We're not picky customers, but this place just didn't make any impression. Would absolutely go to Hula Grill over Monkeypod any day.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and wedding anniversary. Our waiter made it an amazing experience. We told the receptionist that we were celebrating a special occasion and she gave us an ocean view table and we got to watch the sunset. I would highly recommend this restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly wonderful 21st birthday dinner! The food and drinks are outstanding! And the service and ambiance matches it. Would highly recommend!

FA
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single person I spoke with yesterday recommended this restaurant. Luckily for us, I listened and have nothing but great things to say. I highly recommend their fresh fish selection.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tim the General Manger makes your dinning experience excellent
You generally feel so welcomed and the food is delicious!

Marina are waitress was amazing and made sure we had everything we wanted thank you for a wonderful evening

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to get a table on the perimeter so we saw a beautiful sunset. Drinks were fun and different, the wonton appetizer delicious. I got a salad and flatbread. Again, the dishes were creative and tasty. My husband had the seared Ahi entree and loved it. Our service was friendly, and despite being busy, we were not rushed. Great dinner.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and we really enjoyed the food and ambience! Would recommend and go back again

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service and food were disappointing Noise level was outrageous- wait staff were having to use raised voices just to give the specials. Appetizers were good but the main dishes were not up to par. Fish tacos were bland and encrusted fish special was all crust and no fish. Incredibly overpriced.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service! And the pie was amazing.

OT
Cancun
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food

OT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High prices!!! Great service

s
Los Angeles
326 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mai tai terrific w passion fruit foam. Excellent fish tacos

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DP
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful location in Lahaina, or server was 5 star, food was very good and fresh. Price was a little on the high side

SL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, fun atmosphere. Our server Terry made our meal extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best gnocchi ever!!!! Greg was extremely helpful with our questions about menu options and was attentive without being disruptive throughout our dining experience.

We’ll be back, and will recommend Monkeypod to all of our Maui-bound friends

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celia our waitress was the best! The noodle soup was very flavorful.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

50th wedding anniversary

MP
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went here for Happy hour and just made it with 5 minutes to spare. Drinks were ok and food was just average. Felt like the food was delivered and heated up in a microwave. Not the best place in the area

CG
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Outstanding, unusual, Mai Tais. However, food was average and getting to Whaler’s Village and parking is just not worth it. There is far better food and ambience in the Kapalaua area.

m
San Diego
75 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose Monkeypod because of the Merrimans connection AND I liked it better! Easier to get a reservation (yay Opentable!) , less snobby, awesome service and attention to detail. The mahi-mahi with lemon beurre blanc was delicious. Loved the No Ka Oi cocktail too.

J
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Pizza was fabulous. Open restaurant was very hot and noisy.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Did not live up to the hype - Dry fish and absent service - go to Hula Grill

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

Birthday! Free cheesecake!

DE
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during happy hour from 3:00 to 5:30, $10.00 pizzas and 1/2 price appetizers. Also $5.00 off specialty drinks. Very, very good. We will go back.

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