Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

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4153 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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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monkeypod is always a must when we vacation. The service, food, live music and signature mai tais are awesome.

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AW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent — here’s why: Came here at a friends suggestion. Loved the pork tacos, great flavor and plentiful. My daughter gobbled up the fish and chips, which were lightly battered, tasty, fresh. We shared banana cream pie for desert. Yum! Service was friendly and attentive. Staff is very well trained and seemed to actually be enjoying themselves. I highly recommend!

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Dallas
96 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Server was attentive and knowledgeable. Great place to go

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I had Easter Dinner at MPK. I LOVE that on the holidays they have a special meal, in addition to their regular menu. I do not have family on the island so I value the opportunity to have a special holiday meal...we "dressed up" (at least for island wear) and I got my Easter Sunday pearls out!

The lamb shank was excellent and a huge size; it made for a meal the next day at home. It was nice to have excellent lamb as a meal. The sides were excellent as well. I just would not do that at home for just me or just me and one other person. Thank you, Monkey Pod Kitchen!

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JR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely go during happy hour, where the appetizers are half off and pizzas are $10. Otherwise, it’s pricey. Quality of the food is great but not a place to go to on a regular basis unless on happy hour time.

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K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch quiche!!! Great attentive Service! Mahalo! Pineapple Mimosa and Bloody Mary were great!

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

Made a reservation through Open Table, arrived 15 minutes early for the reservation, waited 30 minutes.
We’d have been seated just as fast without a reservation.
Good service from the wait staff, good, not great food from the kitchen. For example, fish and chips, excellent fish, but soggy fries.
Excellent coconut cream pie
They add 2% to the bill for the kitchen staff, maybe they could add 2% for looking in the mirror twice.
It’s basically the only “sit down” restaurant outside of the resort eateries.

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

Service was excellent and my dinner beer (Hefeweizen)was very cold and delicious.
Second time coming here and the food was unexciting. Pot stickers were bland and the two sauces served with them seemed to be a last minute decision. One tasted like cocktail sauce and sriracha, the other a thin mixture of mustard and horseradish. Ordered chicken wings and it came with a bowl of green “wasabi” sauce, again very thin consistency, that I presumed was for dipping.
The Opah and prawn special of the night was nothing special. Fish and prawns were average, but once again the sauces, which covered the entire meal were difficult to eat. Tasted like a cross between butter and hollandaise.

I’ll stop by for a cold delicious drink here and there since I live in Ko Olina, but for now I’m not interested in eating the food here after my two experiences were unfortunately disappointing.

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

Excellent atmosphere, live music, great food!

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OC
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Monkeypod to celebrate our anniversary. The staff greeted us with two glasses of champagne followed by a wonderful dinner. The NY Steak was outstanding and my wife went with the over the top burger.
The service was great and the ambience very hip. I definitely would recommend the Monkeypod!

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RF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and music. Whenever we’re in Ko Olina we make sure to eat at the Monkeypod!!!

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JV
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and our server was amazing. Enjoyed eating here would highly recommend eating here.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Server tried to rush us to order food before he delivered our drinks. We ordered two of their signature drinks that we finally got 25 minutes later. They were not busy at all. We should have ordered food if we had any idea it would take so long to get anything. Almost an hour and one drink later we ordered food. Our meals came out pretty quick but our waiter disappeared for good. Two other people brought our $80.00 bottle of wine and the food. Finally the server brought the check, then took forever to bring my credit card back. The stood there to shoot the breeze. I have a lot of experience with island time, but this was disappointing.

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J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Ahi Tuna and my favorite draft beer. What more do you need?

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BG
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we were there for happy hour and got a pizza and pod sticks app and a couple of drinks, great experience.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour. Loved the food and music

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Sarah was awesome. The overall experience was exceptional.

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DP
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. We ate dinner outside on the patio. Live music was wonderful, but a bit loud as we were there with 2 other couples and it was difficult to chat with the music. Server was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and the food was really good. Drinks too :) We sat at the bar upstairs later that night and the bartender there was very friendly and also knowledgeable of drink selection and made recommendations.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and helpful

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Monkeypod is an OK choice, but certainly there are other restaurants nearby that are better.

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GD
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best happy hour menu on the island!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved happy hour: Cocktails were spectacular! Monkeypod has a really fun family-friendly ambience with nice views upstairs. We ate there three times in one week.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Welcomed and seated in short amount of time. Wait staff was prompt and helpful. Great place.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great BBQ chicken pizza and the best Mai Tai’s ever!

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TB
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, we loved it!!

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RF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, a go to place when we visit Ko Olina Hawaii!!!

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

Went there 4/6 nights in Hawaii. Absolutely awesome and much better than hotel food.

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Monkey pod was recommended to us. The food was good but pricey. Did not care for the mai tai at all. Not a place I would feel I had to go to again on my next visit to Hawaii.

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SC
St. Louis
27 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Our second visit!

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JA
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food and service. Got several appetizers and a salad for two to share. It was all terrific. Love the ravioli, potstickers and salad with beets. Paired with a few glasses of wine and live music and we were happy campers. It was a great way to unwind after a long day of travel. I’ll definitely return on a future visit.

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Tokyo
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time had by all! Service was phenomenal!! Food was pretty good...

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New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good place considering location with limited choices.live music was great, food was good, service not awesome. But if you want to get away from Disney restaurants it’s a good choice, but nowhere near what is available at Four Seasons.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice way to celebrate anniversary- they made it very special

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poke Tacos are by far the best item on the menu. The quality of the fish is amazing and it is a must visit place for Ko Olina or any of the other monkey pod locations!!!

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RM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food, a great array of drinks to choose from, and a friendly and inviting staff and atmosphere.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Pizza was good. Fish and chips as well as pork tacos were great. Fish tacos and fish sandwich were sooo dry. Server never filled our drinks and manager was the only person who actually checked in us to see how things were going. Drive somewhere else!

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NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We have been to Monkey Pod multiple times in the last 7 years (last time 2 years ago). Each time we have been happy with our food choices and price. However, this time we found the food very bland and extremely overpriced. Out of three seafood options, none of them were anything to rave about. My youngest daughter’s fish and chips had the most flavor. I wouldn’t recommend Monkey Pod to anyone, nor do we have plans to return. Truly unfortunate!

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Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and meal. We had a great table by the live musician - Big John. He was great! Perfect ambiance for this birthday dinner celebration!

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Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Just really not worth the hype. Service was mediocre at this price point. Food was good, but not great.

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s
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, casual and family-friendly atmosphere. It’s right across the street from Aulani and so it’s a nice alternative to the pricier options at the resort. Best place to sit is the second floor covered patio.

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