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Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

4.6
4.6
5443 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman is a place where foodies, beer lovers, and families escape the stresses of their day to day lives by enjoying an ice cold beer and a great meal while surrounded by people who consider them honored guests and friends.

Our restaurants are founded upon a passion for craft and we are dedicated to mastering the craft of food, drink, and merrymaking…with Aloha! Our menu features fresh island fish, hand tossed pizzas from our kiawe wood burning oven, and homemade pies made from scratch.

Thirty-six craft beers served at twenty-nine degrees are on tap, representing the coldest beer and best selection of microbrews on the island. Our culinary cocktails feature unique ingredients such as acai spirit, coconut water, and Kula lavender. Our passion for craft also extends to our diverse wine list, which emphasizes sustainability, drinkability and fun.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 68 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaiian, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 3:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 380-4086

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Peter Merriman / Jose Gonzalez-Maya

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for your interest in hosting your large party/event at Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman in Ko Olina! We ask that you complete our Group Reservation Request form, which is available in the Group Menu section of our website. Once we receive your form our event coordinator will be in touch with you shortly. We are able to accommodate parties in our indoor dining area and upstairs open air dining area. We can also accommodate large parties interested in buying out the entire restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Tiffany Lee: (808) 380-7746

  • Neighborhood

    Kapolei

  • Cross street

    Ali'inui

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Entertainment

    We feature live entertainment three times daily, every day of the week. Our lunch set is from 12:30pm - 2:30pm, our happy hour set is from 3:30pm - 5:30pm and our dinner set is 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Our artists embody the spirit of Aloha and feature music from contemporary Hawaiian to light rock.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,443 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Contemporary American

  • Oahu

    Contemporary American

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  1. L

    Liliana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Go for the ambiance, not the food, which we thought was pretty mediocre. The cream pies are good though.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Hawaiian inspired dishes with ingredients that are all locally sourced and made in house. The location is an easy walk from Aulani and the service was top notch.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food. Poke was great!
  4. E

    foodEater

    Atlanta

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten here the past three nights for a reason. Only reason we took off a star was it’s pricey. Recommend chicken wings, pot stickers, macadamia fish, seafood special and banana pie.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Jazmine was spectacular and made us feel so welcomed and special. The ambiance is fantastic, lively and tropical, can’t be beat! Food was spectacular, we got both of the days specials plus lots of apps, will definitely go back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there at the tail-end of dinner, and even though the place was packed, we still had no trouble conversing! Delicious drinks and food! Fantastic staff (shoutout to Taylor for fire recommendations and service)! And beautiful restaurant. Definitely recommend!
  7. HI

    HIRO

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    食事はそれほど高いわけではなく、店員のサービスはよいです。 メニューはもう少し多くてもよい感じはします。 メリマンズより良いです。
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food…..super service.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from our waitress. The food and drinks were on point. We were thankful to be seated upstairs where it wasn’t as noisy as the ground floor. Everything was perfect for our date night birthday celebration.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    店員さんは親切で料理もおいしかったです! オープンエアなので暑過ぎず寒過ぎず気持ちの良い夜でした
  12. A

    Amanda

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pumpkin raviolis were fabulous! Great service! We will be back.
  13. FL

    FrankL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservation for happy hour. Discounted drinks and 1/2 off on selected appetizers. Do the Mai Tai, Hawaiian pizza, and the pumpkin raviolis. Server was very friendly and the live music was great! Highly recommended place to eat!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    With limited dining options outside of the resorts, Monkeypod is always busy but that doesn’t mean it a good. Pricing is fairly competitive compared to the resorts but the food is hit or miss with emphasis on the miss. Roasted wings were so “roasted” they became chicken jerky. Burger was cooked perfectly but tasted like a whole lot of nothing. Even a McDonald’s burgers has more flavor than this. Upgraded fries which are truffle oil and park, total waste of money, they came out cold, soggy, and unseasoned (see the trend here) This place is known to me as bland flavorless food at resort prices, think the flavor profile of catering food where they have to subdue to flavors to appeal to everyone. If I diddnt have credits to use here I would never return. Too bad they don’t care because this place is a money maker due to lack of competition.
  15. SR

    SarahR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    I had a couple recommendations for the Monkeypod in Maui but was in Oahu so went to the one in Ko’Olina. I’m a bit of a foodie and liked the farm-to-table organic nature, but the food was pretty blah. It needed more flavor, and oddly, I couldn’t taste the primary flavors highlighted in the menu descriptions: couldn’t taste the Thai basil in the coconut drink with the Thai basil, couldn’t taste the ginger in the ginger and mushroom potstickers, the poke tacos needed the shoya sauce, it seemed like bare ahi cubes, and the garlic truffle fries were over salted (and I’m a salt lover) and I did not taste the garlic nor truffle flavors. I joked to my husband that maybe I had an instant case of Covid (I didn’t, tasted plenty of things before and after).
  16. CS

    CynthiaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was so attentive to our needs, answered all our inquiries, and delivered free pie slice for our anniversary. Food was flavorful and portions just right. We requested a quiet table and were happy with its location. Presentation was lovely. Don't miss this wonderful restaurant!
  17. CH

    CHERYLS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the fish tacos and husband had the ahi. Both were excellent. We each finished the meal with pie. Yum!
  18. S

    Smansy

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Was unable to see what all the hype is about for this restaurant. The menu options seem limited and is just slightly above bar food. I ended up getting the fish and chips. 3 small pieces of fish with bottom of the basket fries. Would have gotten a drink but they were $16. My husband had fish tacos. The corn shells were not cooked at all. The service was good and the live singer was really good. I don’t mind paying for good food and drinks. But, it seemed as though the restaurant was/is capitalizing off the customer base in Ko Olina/The Disney Resort. So many better options on the island.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything soooooo fabulous!!! 👏👏👏
  20. DG

    DebrahG

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alicia was our server again, She is just Fabulous!!! Definitely added to the enjoyment of our visit!!!! The band that was playing last nite was wonderful! Hopefully we will be back again sometime in the future Will definitely recommend your restaurant to our friends!!!
  21. k

    kathrynm

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    On vacation, went to Monkey Pod. It is a Merryman restaurant so we thought food would be good. The food was just ok. Like you could eat it but nothing special. The drinks were great. JAZZ was our server, she was amazing!!! So full of energy, so sweet, so funny, so smart! She made the entire evening! Lucky to have her!!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food for our family of 5. They gave us complimentary noodles for the kids which was a really nice touch.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The corn chowder was awesome! We also enjoyed the mai tai, lobster deviled eggs, pork pizza and pies. Service was good. Will definitely return.
  24. JW

    JamieW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The place was nice but the food was disappointing. The lobster deviled eggs were so salty I couldn't eat them. I ordered a rib eye for my meal and it was also so salty it was difficult to enjoy. On top of that I ordered it med-rare and it was cooked med-well. The fish and chips were dry and thin, the fries were a dark and soggy and even the kids burger was so bad neither of my kids would eat it. The mai tai was good though and so was the chocolate cake (despite being a little bitter for my taste) Based on reviews I was expecting a great experience but I ended up leaving disappointed instead. The server did take a few items off the bill and as much as I appreciated that I'd have preferred to have gotten good food instead of a refund.
  25. V

    Vicki

    Las Vegas

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were taken to a sunny table so asked for a different one we found but were told there was no waiter for that table. We took another one that eventually found the sun too. The table we wanted was filled ten minutes after we got there so I guess a waiter magically appeared for them. Our server was very good and attentive to our needs. The menu is not large enough. It was tough to find something good to eat; we ended up splitting a salad and pizza. We visit Ko Olina every year and enjoy coming to the Monkey Pod for dinner and the entertainment. The two guys who played last night were very good.
  26. A

    Alaskalady

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the sweet potatoes Ravioli, corn chowder, and potstickers. There were all delicious. We topped it off with the banana cream pie which was also wonderful.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love me some Monkeypod Kitchen grinds!! Yummy for my tummy!! Excellent service too!!
  28. DG

    DebrahG

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Alicia was our Server & she was wonderful. Looking forward to dining at Monkeypod again tomorrow. Hopefully Alicia will be available to help us!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I used to ❤️ Monkey Pod but returning today for Happy Hour was different. Our server was nice... the food was over priced and serving size small... we were charged for extra sauce but never informed it would be an extra charge... dang! Y'all need money that bad
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined here for our 21st Anniversary. Food, atmosphere, service was outstanding. Monkey pod Mai Tai’s were so amazing as well.
  31. HF

    HawaiiFam

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good dining experience here. We sat in the lower section near the live music, highly recommend it! The Kauai Shrimp Hamakua potstickers were delicious. Drinks were. Served cold and tasted most excellent! Service top notch.
  32. NR

    NapaResident

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Happy hour is a good value and nice experience.
  33. CF

    CregF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We make MP one of our must do every time we visit Ko Olina. Usually more than once!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hostess accommodated my request for table on the side vs in middle of the patio by servers station.
  35. KS

    KSLF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gorgeous restaurant!! Feels like a fun, authentic Hawaiian experience with fantastic food. The coco corn chowder and banana cream pie are especially delicious. There was lovely live music, and my waiter was great. Food is reasonably priced as well. Highly recommend!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    Made a reservation but the bar was fairly open and loads of empty tables. Arrived 5 minutes before reservation and table wasn’t ready (it was 4:15). Sun was brightly shining and hot this day, so we asked for a table inside or out of the sun - only to be seated in a table directly in the sun. It was unbearable & frustrating considering all of the open tables in the shade. We ended up slamming our cocktails fast and taking our food to eat at our condo down the street. There was nothing keeping us there, had they respected our request to sit out of the sun we would have ordered many more drinks and tried more than appetizers. With all of the delicious food options in Kapolei- mostly which are void of all the a88hole tourists, we probably won’t be back to Monkeypod even though it’s within stumbling distance to home.
  37. F

    Food4fun

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Waiter was very inattentive. He seemed nice in the beginning, but then failed to bring our drinks that were ordered (we waited 20 min for just 3 beers!) We had to ask another waiter to check in our drinks and they brought it to us right away. The next time we saw our waiter was when he wanted to take our food order. Poor service by this person!!! This was our 3rd visit in 3 years and the food is still just mediocre. Would rather drive into Kapolei for much better service and food. This restaurant chain is over rated! Sorry to say we will not return (3rd time was NOT a charm!) and will not recommend.
  38. S

    Swimmom24

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with excellent service. Our party of four tried the fresh fish sandwich, fish tacos, wings, as well as truffle fries. All were delicious. We did order a piece of chocolate cream pie. As some other reviews stated, it was okay for $11. Skip the pie and order one of their delicious Mai Tais😉
  39. BW

    BrettW

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Portions were small. Server was mediocre. Not impressed
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Anniversary

FAQs

Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina is rated 4.6 stars by 5443 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 68 times today
Google Map for Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

92-1048 Olani Street, Kapolei, HI 96707

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ali'inui

  • Neighborhood

    Kapolei

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 3:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaiian, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter Merriman / Jose Gonzalez-Maya

  • Entertainment

    We feature live entertainment three times daily, every day of the week. Our lunch set is from 12:30pm - 2:30pm, our happy hour set is from 3:30pm - 5:30pm and our dinner set is 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Our artists embody the spirit of Aloha and feature music from contemporary Hawaiian to light rock.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 380-4086

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for your interest in hosting your large party/event at Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman in Ko Olina! We ask that you complete our Group Reservation Request form, which is available in the Group Menu section of our website. Once we receive your form our event coordinator will be in touch with you shortly. We are able to accommodate parties in our indoor dining area and upstairs open air dining area. We can also accommodate large parties interested in buying out the entire restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Tiffany Lee: (808) 380-7746

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