Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

4.5
3756 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Hawaiian, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily 11:00am-3:30pm

Dinner: Daily 3:30pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(808) 380-4086
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Peter Merriman / Jose Gonzalez-Maya
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Cross street
Ali'inui
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Entertainment
We feature live entertainment twice daily Monday through Thursday from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM during our Happy Hour and again from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM during sunset. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we have live music three times daily 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM for Lunch, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM during our Happy Hour, and again from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM during sunset. Our artists embody the spirit of Aloha and feature music from contemporary Hawaiian to light rock.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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KK
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Always love the live music and comfortable outdoor dining area - and of course the mai tais!

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

Ran out of some entrees early in evening. Too much salt on everything!

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

This is the second year I have chosen to go to Monkey Pod for my birthday. We live on Molokai and getting there can be nuts (inter island travel) but it is so worth it.

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

The food is delicious. The service was great - fast, helpful, and attentive. The chairs/cushions/floor were dirty. I had to switch out my chair twice due to food stains/liquid stains on the cushions which made the "first impression" a little ick. It had me checking glasses, cutlery, and plates for cleanliness as well. Due to high foot traffic and that many families bring their children there, I imagine it's hard to keep the place "immaculate", but maybe they need new solutions for chairs so you don't have to sit on someone else's previous meal. The desserts are super delicious. It's worth the time and money to go.

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HK
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, but in Ko'olina on far West side of Oahu.

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

Amazing food and atmosphere! And the service was great!!

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YF
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Unfortunately we had a poor experience this time. From the start there was confusion about available seating, first of all we were told outside, then we were ‘sent’ upstairs. Having taken our seats one of them was soaking wet (we don’t know what it was)!!! But pants need to go to dry clean as s result!! Come on Monkey Pod get your act together!!

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

I took my wife here for her birthday dinner!

Great food, ambience and customer service!

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CC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Whitney was awesome. Food was great and we had 3 four year olds. Thanks!

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JH
Hawaii
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monkeypod Happy Hour is the best deal in Koʻolina! For groups for Happy Hour itʻs good to arrive early or better to have a reservation, but they are REALLY accommodating of a large group. We had 12+ and they put us in a corner of the patio and had no problem with separate checks. I reserved and called ahead to tell them we would be a bit "fluid." We started at 3:30, which is a less busy time. left about 6/6:30, when it starts to get busy but they didnʻt rush us out at all. It was a lovely place to have a goodbye soiree for a colleague. The music that day was good -- good music, not too loud or full of beat box (which it is sometimes). Great to give local musicians a stage, though. Note that there is also a late-night Happy Hour, after 9:30 I think. There are great deals on pupu and beer/wine/select cocktails. Outside of Happy Hour, Monkeypod is a little expensive but the food is really good, esp. the pizzas. There is always a pizza of the day and these are often pretty interesting creations!

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

The Seared Ahi sandwich is outstanding and would have given the restaurant an overall 5 stars however there are cleanliness issues with lots of doves walking on empty tables and excessive flies.

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Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun time here. Love sitting outside and being with family.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time back within a week. Must get the Mai Tai! The grilled Ahi is perfection paired with the jalapeño mashed potatoes! Wish there were more dessert options, but the pie was on point. I could eat a bowl of the top layer of vanilla whipped cream! Delicious!

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SQ
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We find the prices high for the food offered. Noise is pretty loud with music and children crying and no sound buffer. The cheeseburger was OK, but the roll too bready. Salad was large enough to share, but would appreciate the burger being served with something, whether fries or a salad. Price is pretty hefty for just a burger ($14.95). Waiter was friendly and prompt.

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Monkeypod. They have excellent pizza specials. This time they had a corn pizza. We have had watermelon, baked potato and butternut squash pizza. As a bonus they give a discount during happy hour!

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TO
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place. We make it a point always to visit when in Hawaii. The happy hour is fantastic! Make sure to have a mai tai!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

窓側の席であればなお良かったが、料理はとても美味しかった。

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WH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love their happy hour specials and live music! Amazing food - the mushroom pizza and pumpkin ravioli is to die for.

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ML
Tahoe
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had delicious cocktails, great service and a beautiful sunset. Dinner was tasty and it was wonderful of the chef to accommodate our dietary needs. The musician was good, too!

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Tampa
42 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very busy restaurant with lots of young families with children. Food was fine and wait staff were good. Not a relaxing atmosphere.

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L
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I always live going to Monkey Pod, but this time we had an issue. We all ordered our food fine, but when our food started coming out... 10 min went by and my husbands food never came... so we asked and what seemed like 5 min went by the waitress comes out and said there was a mix up in n the kitchen, it will be out soon. 10 min later, got the food, it was rushed and thus not cooked the way it should have been making it hard to eat. Waitress offered to c ok compensate never did. Just sad!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we entered, to the time we were seated and taken cared of, Monkeypod staff made us feel welcomed and appreciated. For many of my friends, it was their first time dining in — they told me they enjoyed everything and would definitely return soon and recommend the place to their friends/family. The atmosphere with live music, energy, quality and presentation of the food/drinks were vibrant and outstanding, service was excellent. Our server, Michael, made sure we were taken cared of from beginning to end. Thanks for everything.

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SH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good dinner. Very kid friendly and fast. The fish was very fresh and the drinks were delicious.

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Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation requests were met and on time. Love coming here! A go to for my husband and I to get away for a date night!

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A
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Why are there so many good reviews of this place? Food not good, service not good. We ordered the butternut ravioli..the best thing there, only came as an appetizer, if I ever went back this would be the only thing I would order. Also got the truffle garlic fries, stale and lacking garlic; gnocchi with sausage, was alright if you like your food dripping in oil; the burger ordered medium rare, but came medium well to well done; and fish tacos, which lacked taste and was dripping water..good thing they were on the taco holder thing. Drinks..only drank water but could not get a refill. Only plus side was the food came fairly quickly. Next time I go to ko’olina..i’m Sticking to Roy’s

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. The service was incredible. Great food, great staff equals a great experience.

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C
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and service were good. The experience was marred by three very loud and intoxicated men at the next table.

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JL
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch or dinner. We have been here a number of times and have never been disappointed. This time we ordered the pizza and the ahi tacos and broccoli. The service was great. The outside seating is the best unless it is a hot day.
Some previous diner has removed the plastic cover from the tabasco and it poured on to my pizza. (I really like tabasco) When the waiter saw this he ordered another pizza without even thinking about this. Liked the quick reaction.

We like this restaurant so much we drove here twice from Waikiki where we were staying on this trip. Never disappointed.

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PL
Anchorage
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Dispointed there wasn’t a live music as advertised my daughters noodles barely had marina sauce over it. The ribeye and fish in chips were okay not the greatest just tacos next door has better quality food.

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K
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and drinks. Definitely feels like a chain restaurant compared to a local gem. I still would recommend this place to eat!

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AB
Anchorage
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant came suggested to us based on someone we met at the resort nearby. We were told "go for the happy hour and the AMAZING Mai Tais with extra lilikoi foam. Shortly thereafter a friend heard we were in the area of the Monkeypod Kitchen and we were told the EXACT same thing; so we had to try it. So glad we did! The Mai Tais were amazing and EVERY bite of food was done perfectly. Happy hour was the way to go for sure. It was a great way to ring in our 50th birthdays in the 50th state!

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RM
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a nice table on the railing on the second floor, per our request. The special was opa with black rice, which three of our party enjoyed. The other person had fish and chips which she enjoyed as well. Our waiter, Chris, was excellent.

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JB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Wow - I totally get that this is a resort area and that everything is over-priced, which is pretty much a given. This restaurant however, takes that concept to a whole new level, by offering burgers and fish sandwiches that are served on a bun slightly larger than one "slider" at any other restaurant. The fish sandwich is 20 bucks and the hamburger 15 bucks, which by resort standards wouldn't be so bad if they were a decent portion and came with something else - anything really, but they come with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! You have the option of getting some truffle fries for your table for 10 bucks - really?! A small side salad of greens would be a nice component which would cost the restaurant like 30 cents per plate, but NO, you cannot even add a side salad for a charge, you have to order an entree salad for 15 to 20 bucks - they really have "Value engineered" their menu to death to insure corporate profits - it is the most aggressively greedy restaurant format I think I have ever seen. With all that said, the microscopic portions of food that we ate, were quite delicious - you just might want to stop for a light bite or small meal before you get here, so you can still pay your mortgage when you leave!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue, great ambiance with the upstairs patio and enjoyable live music at the perfect volume. The 2 issues were price (but everything is expensive in this area) and the fact that our reservation was not honored until 20 minutes after the reserved time. They were also out of the hazy NEIPA beer I went there for but that happens all the time. These issues are notable but not a reason to avoid the spot. I recommend this venue to anyone and all ages.

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BT
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dining alfresco. We arrived during the happy hour & were seated at outside table with a great view of the entertainment - which was fantastic. A duo with incredible voices received applause from all the patrons after every selection.

Most apps are 1/2 price & the pizzas are $10. We ordered Wood-roasted chicken wings, Fries w/whole grain mustard aioli & Wild Mushroom - Truffle Oil Pizza.
Our order came fairly quick even though they were busy.
The fries & the pizza were delicious. The chicken wings not as much. DH ordered a lemonade which was somewhat weak. So the fact that the refills were not free didn’t matter.

If you’re staying at any of the Ko’olina resorts this is walkable. Parking is free but not a lot of spaces.

Overall this a great place to dine & we will be back.

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SQ
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is expensive, but ambiance is excellent with live music. Some patrons are pretty crass, but that’s expected in a resort area. Service was excellent overall.

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FC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wAitress Shaleen was excellent!! Food decent, a bit pricey but we were there for happy hour so it was a better deal

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NM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the seafood special of the night served with black rice. Was gluten free and absolutely delicious!!

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GA
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely my favorite spot in Ko Olina, if not all of Hawaii!

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