Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman - Whalers Village

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2151 reviews
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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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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our waiter, Craig! Everything he suggested was spot on!! The mango pie was the best I’ve ever had!!!

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

Limited menu selections, I would like to see more chicken selections not the same old burger fanfare.

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

I was very disappointed with the noise level and the intense heat in the restaurant. We were a group of seven and we couldn’t stop perspiring. When paying $$$ for dinner, you would expect an indoor dining experience to have some air. It was oppressive. I, unfortunately, will not be back.

Go to a place that has more outdoor seating and if eating indoors, make sure there is circulation.

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

We took advantage of some of the happy hour prices and that helped with the overall cost and value. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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

Fantastic food, awesome waitress and accommodating to food requests. Book early to guarantee a time!

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Average at best for the price. They advertised live music from 7-8pm but did not have live music. Food was ok... service was just ok.

C
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best happy hour in Maui!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant from start to finish. Located along the water in Whalers Village with beautiful views ( if you go prior to sunset you can enjoy the view a lot more). It had a great selection of foods-many of which were reasonably priced. They are well known for their mai tai drinks-and I could totally see why... so delish! Our server Shannon was awesome and really went out of her way to please us and make it a wonderful dining experience. Food was super farm fresh and scrumptious! In the end-the highlight was a complimentary delicious dessert in celebration of our anniversary (courtesy of our server). We trekked from Wailea to Lahaina to try the newer Monkeypod spot ( even though we had one less than 1mile from our hotel). So glad we did cuz it was a memorable experience ( special thanks to Shannon:)

NM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at Monkeypod. Our table was at the edge of the patio, so we could see the water and smell the plumeria. Great ambiance! I ate fish tacos every day during our stay in Maui and these might have been the best. The fish was tender and juicy, not dry. The mai tai was excellent as well. My husband had the fish and chips which was just as good.

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

Nice restaurant with good food and superfriendly staff. Other restaurants are closer to the sea, with better view.

MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super!!!! The food and the views are great

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sooooo... we were in Maui for 7 days and went to Monkeypod 4 times, if that tells you anything. How many mai tais does that equal? I have no idea! We have never had a bad meal at Monkeypod and I seriously DREAM of those mai tais with that heavenly lilikoi foam. And then when you think you can’t possibly put one more thing in your stomach.... PIE. Just say “YES” to the pie.

OT
Hawaii
381 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Monkeypod Kitchen has a terrific ocean setting, but offers limited & pricey options for lunch. Although the food was tasty, it seemed a bit expensive to pay more than $100 for a cheeseburger, hamburger, and fish sandwich with two soft drinks.
The waitress was friendly & attentive, and we enjoyed the oceanfront setting, but will likely not return to Monkeypod Kitchen for anything but happy hour when prices are more reasonable.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome. Fish was super fresh and properly prepared - not dry. Delicious mango cream pie for dessert! Tasted like fluffy cheesecake.

TN
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and delicious! We were so happy we made reservations by Open Table because the wait was out the door and we got right in!

RB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our service was excellent. The Ukulele player was very enjoyable.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was great
Noise level was loud
Server was ok

SM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, Mai Tais and live music.

LO
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Monkeypod and so glad it's on Ka'anapali!!! Worth driving to Wailea but ghb lad I don't have to now :)

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner experience in Ka’anapali. Plenty of space between tables, very tasty food, great service. We had an excellent table and the view is amazing. Well done. Going back again tonight as it was so good.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! The pizza is amazing and the Mai Tai’s are quite the treat! We could not have asked for a better waitress.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner! Hooked us up with a free slice of pie. Staff was great, definitely a great spot!

d
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic and ticks all of the boxes. Awesome menu and excellent service. I've already recommended it to several people.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We made our reservation a day in advanced with good promises that this is the spot to go too. Although the food was wonderful the service was not up to par. We were here on our honeymoon and had simply requested a nice table preferably in a quieter or nicer location. There was plenty of good seating at the time so we didn’t think our request was too much. Seems to me our hostess took more effort in seating those without reservations in a nicer area than us but regardless we still had a good meal.

F
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Ahi poke tacos were out of the world

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diverse menu, solid food, reasonable prices, friendly service and an energetic modern space. Unlike some other popular places, Monkeypod does not overbook reservations, so if you have a reservation, they will be honored and if you’re early for your reservation or don’t have one, they will try to accommodate you.

CR
Sacramento
57 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another awesome experience at Monkeypod. Great food, ambiance and service. Mai Tais are to die for!!!

M
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Service !!! Food was Awesome !!! Excellent Bar !!! Will Definitely Come Back !!!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food and service but the restaurant is so incredibly HOT that we really couldn’t enjoy ourselves. We rushed through our meal and took part of it to go due to how uncomfortable we were.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish tacos and banana cream pie is delicious! Service was excellent.

RO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Kirsten was super friendly and was on top of her game. She was gonna do the table switch to a night crew but I wanted her to get our tip. She deserved it! Even after I closed out with Kirsten, I opened another tab with Matt since the reggae band was awesome. And he was very good, too. Overall, great experience.

SL
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Delicious! Service was great! It's definitely a place you must go to while in Maui!!!

AK
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Restaurant was wonderful and food was wonderful. Our server, Angel, was horrible. Terribly rude personality, unengaging, rarely checked on us, etc. had to go to the bar to get our own drinks at one point. Everyone else appeared to be wonderful and we were with friends so the company was good. I would go back but I hope to never get her as a server again

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Monkeypod continues to be a favorite of ours in Maui. Location and ambience is great. Food is even better -- really quite unparalleled in Maui at this price level. Great for families.

However, be aware -- while they've made some progress in dampening the noise, it is still a very loud restaurant. Do not expect to carry on a conversation with anyone at your table beyond the person in front or to the side of you.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Food was greasy...... We were so disappointed!!!!!

f
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very popular place, highly recommend reservations, great food, reasonable pricing for the area.

CA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mai tai is a must!

SB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

The food is just okay but the staff and location is great!

BB
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mai Tai’s great food wonderful service - and a great location in Kaanapali

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