Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

4.3
4933 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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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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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Out of several things.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

$43 for Mahi mahi (which was good), was served with plain brown rice and steamed bak choy. Not worth the price for bland sides.

Music is sporadic (local music one moment, then alt rock, rap, pop, etc)

Show up 15-30 minutes before your reservation during peak meal times, parking is horrendous.

We waited 15 minutes past the reservation time for a table.

Lobster deviled eggs are tasty, but not worth $19 for a few scraps of lobster on 2 eggs.

Would go to Merriman’s again, but not Monkeypod

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MrsF
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Father’s Day and had a wonderful meal and drinks! Had a great time!

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BrandyR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Even with a reservation has to wait 20 minutes.

Pizza has barely any sauce

Not really worth the money

The environment is Very nice

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Father’s Day lunch

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SueG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming to Monkeypod!! Food is delicious, service always great, and ambiance makes you feel like you’re on vacation even when you live here!

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RussellB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great, great atmosphere, very limited menu. Okay food.
Everyone is different!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting and great food. No ocean view thou.

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AndyN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party enjoyed being seated on the upper level of dining room.

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BarbaraB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a wonderful surprise. I'd stopped in before Mother's Day after a day's sail for a less formal bite to eat. However, Mother's Day was well planned, parking wasn't too bad, we had an excellent table location with a full view of the area and music drifted up from the first floor. We arrived a bit early as we were worried about parking but they were able to seat us right away. It was just a little pricey, e.g. waitress said the Mother's day special was filet and lobster tail but in actuality, it was half a lobster tail and a very small one at that. However, taste was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We got seated a few minutes after our reservation time which was no big deal but we sat at our table and watched other tables get acknowledged before we did. Thankfully we were able to get a waitress’s attention. We got our first round of drinks and my husband didn’t care for his. After finally getting the waitress’s attention we ordered a different drink for my husband. I had not quite finished my first and was going to drink the one my husband ordered originally. I finished my first and had to ask where my husband’s drink was. She said it would be right out. I finished my drink, I tried to drink slowly. It was Mother’s Day and we both had to drink along! I have no complaints about the food but I go to a restaurant for the experience as well as the food!

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MelissaA
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, service was amazing. Felt a little rushed, not by server but from atmosphere. Was there for Mother’s Day and there was no ambience.

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MonkeyPodFan
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great ambiance, our server was spot on and very gracious.

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jeff
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great location. Food is average. Hardly any vegan options. Great for tourists, nothing really fancy. Decent prices. Would go back again but more for ambiance, not too excited for the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

David the server was fantastic! Made Mother’s Day truly special. We sat outside and flies were definitely a big deal. Almost swarming as soon as we got our food. Inside tables a lot better. Overall, great service and quality of food

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice time had by my family for Mother’s Day. Social distancing protocols were well exercised well and the wait staff was excellent. The food was well prepared and came out in a timely manner. Over all it was a really nice experience and I would dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Mother’s Day lunch! The food was delicious, the service was top notch and the table location on the second floor was ideal for my 85 year old Mom because it was close to the elevator.

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orangepeels12
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff and food staff great.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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Makahoa
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and food. Would have liked lamb on the menu for Easter.
Will definitely return when out Westside.

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vipPeggyG
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great! The Pumpkin Patch Ravioli appetizer is always a hit! Plantation ice tea is tasty too. Strawberry pie was delicious! Outside chairs are uncomfortable though. I wish they were more comfy.

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Anonymous
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ko olina area is beautiful- restaurant had live music and surrounded by beautiful greenery. The drinks were so-so, food- just average- nothing amazing, very limited parking (drove around 20 min just searching for a spot), waited an additional 20 min despite having a lunch reservation- staff friendly by understaffed so not very attentive- room for improvement for sure. Location makes their review!

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Kenl
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience1

The music played on Valentine's Day was terrible! Everyone around us was in agreement. It was eclectic and definitely NOT dinner music. I'm pretty open to all kinds of music, but it was a very peculiar mix between New Age and Foreign Techno and a couple old school Hawaiian tracks thrown in. Just a very strange and eccentric collection of music, which, when brought to the attention of our waitress, we were told that the owner's wife made the playlist. Wut the heck? Music was annoyingly loud, too, especially annoying because it was a strange playlist. Couldn't wait to get out of there. Service was very good and food was good too. Change the music and you got a 5-star bar and grill/restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day

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vipColleenB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding. Really enjoyed the kale salad & Saimin. Plus Ahi was really good - they ran out of mashed potatoes but our server made it right. Sad that there was no coconut cream pie, but was a really nice meal.

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SchroederS
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lilikoi Mai Tai is still the best on the island. The food was good, and the service was prompt. The downside was the wait. We had a reservation and still waited 30 minutes to be seated. DISSAPPOINTED about the Banana Pie no longer being on the menu. Bring it back!

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Angel
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was very good and Tom, the waiter provided an excellent service. We had a great time at the Monkey Pod Kitchen.

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JoshD
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff did a great job in following CDC guidelines especially on a busy Valentine's Day. Granted there were a lot of customers because of the hotels opening up, the staff did an excellent job in making sure everyone was seated as close to a timely manner that they could.

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vipMarcelaJ
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Best in Ko Olina

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!!
Our favorite go to place to celebrate all our special occasions

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JackY
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice Valentin treat. The special Lobster, shrimp pasta was delicious and bringing back the lobster spread egg was appreciated. Thanks!

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Unknown
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My ‘Ohana and I had a great Valentine’s dinner. The staff gave us such a great seat for our children. Despite it being very busy, our waitress was very quick with our orders and swooped in to check on us at such perfect timing. Food was on point as usual, and the drinks are always so delicious. (Mai tai w/ Lilikoi foam.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They only take reservations on special days but you wait in line like everyone else and people without reservations are seated before you. Should have a seperate line for those with reservations or don't bother. In fact if we had known online reservations were only on that day we would have visited earlier and perhaps multiple times. We thought Covid limited them to reservations only and they were fully booked all week except the two times on V day. Great place and food. A bit too pricey but atmosphere makes up for it.

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Alex808
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. The atmosphere and service is great.

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SueG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Monkeypod!! Delicious food, amazing environment, excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day was perfect, we had to wait some extra time to check in due to the crowd but food was great and that Mai Tai was amazing.

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vipSarahS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome

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vipDunedindiner
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

First Merriman’s operated restaurant in which we were disappointed. Not bad, but seemingly limited menu. Most expensive meal we had in 12 night in Hawaii, and would rank as our least favorite.

Seek out their location on Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai for better views and higher end meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were visiting Hawaii for New Years. There weren't many restaurant options to book due to COVID restrictions. We checked in with the host 10 minutes before our reservation, we didn't get sat for almost 45 minutes. What's the point of having a reservation if you aren't going to seat us at our reservation time? When we finally got sat, nothing on the menu sounded appealing or even looked appealing. It took the server 15 minutes to greet us. Then she disappeared. We ordered pizza and Macadamia nut Mahi Mahi. The pizza dough is blah, no taste. The Macadamia Nut Mahi Mahi was so oily. It was dripping in oil (gross!) My partner had one bite and we were done. When we finally got the server to come around, we asked for our bill. She was really sweet. She said she doesn't feel comfortable charging us for something we didn't eat. We told her, we don't want anything free & we weren't fond of the food and we don't mind paying. We went back and forth, and eventually she said she will bring out the bill. But she doesn't bring out the bill, she brings out the manager. The manager said he couldn't charge us for the food and he wanted to make things right. We left the server a $60 tip because it's not that we didn't want to pay, we just didn't like the food.

Overall the food was a total fail. The server and manager were really kind, but it took 45 minutes after our reservation to get sat. It took the server another 10-15 minutes to greet us and we didn't see the server after our food was brought out until we asked another server for assistance. We left a $60 tip because we didn't want anything for free. We understand a lot of businesses have been impacted by the pandemic and the last thing we want to is to get something for free. I wish I could leave a better review but it was a very disappointing especially after seeing all the great reviews of this place.

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Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina is rated 4.3 stars by 4933 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.