Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

4.5
4003 reviews
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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.
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great live music and great happy hour! Cocktails and beer selection are awesome. Food is amazing!
Wonderful and friendly staff, it’s always a great place to visit!

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

Awesome food and thoughtful staff.

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MA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great break from hotel restaurants, great atmosphere, our food was delicious. We cant say enough about the young staff and how great they were with us and our 4 little kids. One lady, who wasn’t even our waiter, came over to give my som an etch a sketch when she sensed a meltdown. We has nice table upstairs which was a little more tranquil than downstairs bar scene. Potstickers were great app, Fish pasta was probably our favorite entree. A little expensive (what isn’t In HI) but well worth it for excellent food and over the top service.

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

We’ve eaten at Monkeypod twice this week during our stay at Ko Olina. There’s great value at the happy hour time frame. Lauren was our server the first night and she’s excellent, so we made reservations again with a special request to be seated in Lauren’s section. We had a second wonderful dining experience and would definitely eat at Monkeypod the next time we visit Ko Olina.

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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull

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SJ
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Monkeypod Kitchen in Ko Olina several times and it seems to get better every time. The staff is super friendly. We were there on Presidents day and the place was very busy. I made reservations earlier in the day for 8:15pm. I showed up at 6:30p to try to get in earlier. They were able to seat my party of 6 by 7p. We ate in the upstairs area where it is open on a beautiful evening. Even as busy as it was the service was awesome. Our server recommended the Seared Ahi that was caught that same day. It was hands down the best piece of fish I have ever eaten. The preparation and the sauce were perfection. Looking forward to returning to Oahu/Ko Olina and Monkeypods!!

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R
Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and our service was exceptional thanks to Tasla. She was outstanding and the grand diferencia. Amazing place for a romantic dinner.

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AD
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our outdoor table was perfect. The service was on-point and within 10 minutes we had our food which was top-notch. This was during prime dinner hours with a 30 minute wait for people without reservations. Our server was quick with refills and very knowledgeable to the intricacies of the menu. I can't wait to get back!

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RR
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat and hang out. Good atmosphere and went back once more.
Strongly recommend.

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DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Come for the Mai Tais and Poke. Unfortunately they were out of so many menu items the evening we went, that our party opted for options that were just ok.

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

always an enjoyable experience, the live music a plus.

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MM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious and lively. It was way too loud and the musician was not a bonus. I wouldn't want go to back to listen to the loud noise. We had a hard time talking to the people we dined with.

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CN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome server in “Stephanie”!!! The time we were there was crowded and noisy. But our server was so good and accommodating that some how the noise level just didn’t matter. It was a great time!! We ‘ll back for happy hour.

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

The draft beer list was fantastic! The wife and I enjoyed the saimin and the salads. Great experience!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Monkey Pod many times. Having just moved back to the island after 3 years hiatus, we thought it was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. The food is always great and the Mai Tais are amazing. Plus Happy Hour 3-5:30 everyday is a major bonus, try and get a seat on the Lanai for the live music.

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

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is spectacular and our service was great. It was very crowded, as expected, but we were served with a lot care and friendliness.

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N
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch and it was delightful. The mai tai was great, the brussel sprouts were fantastic, and loved the saimin. My wife had the pumpkin patch ravioli and loved it. She rated the pina coloda a 10.

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LS
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Greeted warmly by hostess who wished us a happy anniversary. Live music was very nice. Food was delicious. We made it for late night HH. We ordered the ravioli and truffle oil fries for appetizers and the pizza special, which featured pears and arugula. Our server notified us that the Ahi was sold out, but made a recommendation for the macadamia mahi mahi, which turned out to be excellent. We had the banana pie for dessert which is my all time favorite. We will definitely come back again!

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We came here on a recommendation of other traveling friends. Fish and chips, fish tacos, cheeseburger were all awesome. Had a mixed drink, and though overpriced, it was delicious. We had decent to good service from all the support staff, however our server seemed like this might have been her first night on her first job - though she told us she’d been working there a long time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic views, music, service and who can beat the wood fire pizza for $10 at happy hour with drinks. Must try Makawao Avenue or Maui Mule.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Service was good. Music was ok.

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LE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Don’t go on a date and they sit you in the bar area! The language from the other guests was not appreciated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relatively priced. Specialty drinks are over priced as usual. The food was awesome. Had the seafood special and it was so good, worth the $46.

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GB
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

My wife’s lobster came out rubbery and cold. After we sent it back, they brought her less lobster. We have a 7:45 reservation, but weren’t seated until 8.

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Hawaii
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Never imagined a Valentines Day dinner at a great restaurant would have been so sour. The food and service was fine. BUT WOW, there was an overly obnoxious group with 2 small kids that were cursing like crazy, drunk, and loud. One diner engaged the man about the issue and was basically laughed at. We complained to the manager and she went over to say something and was basically laughed at....when is enough, enough.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great dining option outside of the resorts. Kids menu was very limited. Overall experience was great. Having reservations is recommended on a busy weekend, we did and waited 20 minutes. I saw others mention a 1.5 hour wait upon walking in. Had the fish tacos that everyone raved about on yelp and wasn’t all that impressed..they were very fresh but was sort of bland. The kids enjoyed their mini burgers but the patty was very thick and they had a hard time eating it as the bun would just fall apart. Cocktails were interesting and tasty.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love MonkeyPods! The steaks are amazing. The ribeye is my go-to meal. The jalapeno mashed potatoes are ono-licous (I recommend doubling up on them). It's a little in the pricey side, but worth it!

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PD
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. And got lucky with some good live music.

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JY
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our favorite go to place. Evening dinner special was great. Fish and chip? Fries were terrible. Enjoyed the evening, however.

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JN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good. It is pricey, but everything in Hawaii is. Love the pumpkin ravioli appetizer.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pricey overall but so is most ot HI, enjoyed dinner had the Tuna was exceptional, spouse had pizza enjoyed it as well.

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AB
St. Louis
97 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We always eat at Monkeypod several times when we visit Ko Olina. We normally do an early reservation and take advantage of the happy hour prices. Tonight we were surprised to learn that they were not honoring the happy hour because it was Valentines Day. The server explained that they “couldn’t keep up” with the orders if they honored happy hour on such a busy night. I kind of doubt that explanation, but still did our normal order and paid the full price. Not a big deal, but further reason why I stay away from restaurants on holidays like Valentines Day and New Years Eve.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful farm to table dinner. Local musicians for live music. Highly recommend.

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P
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice menu. We both had the burger entree. Taste was quite good, but the burger patty completely fell apart for both of us when we tried to pick up the burger. Thus, it became a fork and knife eating method. Noise level is quite loud, but I think they have designed it to be that way.

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MN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I have been a loyal patron of Monkeypod Kitchen for years, but sadly the quality and quantity of food has gone down. We went for an early Valentines Day lunch and the hostess insisted that we wait outside another 8 minutes in the cool and blustery weather until 11 am. When they were ready to seat customers, no one came out and said “ please come in and thank you for waiting”. Our server was very nice and efficient. I ordered the fresh fish mahi-mahi sandwich. It tasted a little fishy and the bun was no more than 2 inches in diameter for $ 21.95. My husband ordered the corn chowder with kale...it was $ 10.95 for a shallow bowl and didn’t have the consistency or chowder...it was runny. We also ordered a full order of the garlic truffle oil fries which is a must at this restaurant, but they were soggy. Definitely not what we expected since we were the first reservation of the day. Don’t think we’ll be coming back to this restaurant any time soon...so disappointed.

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JM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Ahi Tuna I’ve ever had!! Everything was delicious!

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BG
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We are here on vacation and visited on a recommendation. This was our second visit and we may make another.

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DA
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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AF
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We visit pretty often and always enjoy their food and service but this time wasn’t. Foods are good as usual but service wasn’t. It’s my co-workers app birthday dinner so very disappointed. I talked to the manager before we left. He was really nice but our server was awful.

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