Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

4.6
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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.
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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Sadly...the server or the kitchen lost my son’s Keiki pizza order. After 70 minutes it still had not arrived. We spoke about this with the server and an additional server, and after an additional 25min it arrived. I had to tell them that we were not paying for it. The safest part (beyond my 7 yo son being hungry, is that the staff was unapologetic. And, my poke tacos had zero flavor.

M
Hawaii
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Food tasted amazing, waitress was friendly, and all around great experience.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary
Best Mai Tai EVER

DA
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food a bit bland given the ingredients they had to use

MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I wanted to like it. But the fish was like rubber. It could have bounced off the floor.

JB
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Monkeypod Kitchen on our last evening in Oahu after a week at the Four Seasons next door. What a breath of fresh air. Our waitress was fabulous, food was delicious and the manager, Tom, ran an excellent operation the evening we were there. There was a slight miscue in the kitchen and our dinner took longer than normal to come out. However, upon realizing what had happened, both our waitress and Tom immediately took action and took care of the situation, going above and beyond to ensure we were completely satisfied and left the restaurant happy. The Four Seasons left us with much to be desired after a week in their restaurants (both service and quality-wise) and I have to say the staff at Monkeypod Kitchen outshined The Four Seasons 10x over. We are visiting from Beverly Hills and are well accustomed to high prices and the service to go along with it. However, Monkeypod Kitchen is quite reasonably priced, very well run and treats their customers as if they are paying 5-star prices and deserve 5-star service. Food is absolutely wonderful. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

C
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience2

I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while now and decided to do a Valentine’s Day dinner. We were seated at a table in direct sunlight so we were sweating while dressed up. I ordered the burger medium rare and it came super well done with the bun partially burnt. It was dry and the portion was also really small and not worth the price. It didn’t come with fries either unless you paid extra which I thought was even more of a ripoff. Other members of my party ordered the fish and chips and they didn’t give many pieces of fish for the price they charged. The taste of the food was t that great either. I was very disappointed. The only bright spot was our server and the speed at which our food arrived at our table considering the occasion. I wouldn’t recommend this place unless you like being ripped off.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the waiter was accommodating for our 3 yr old.

A
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambience and mood of Monkeypod is great! Fine dining Hawaiian style with unique food and drink. Not a bad seat in the house. We had a great time dining here twice on our recent Oahu vacation.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Music was too loud

RS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and an awesome experience! From the moment we checked in and greeted nicely. Waited a few minuets for my table as it was Valentine’s Day so a bit busy and understandable. Service Food Atmosphere all great...I’ll be back!🤙🏽💯

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The one on Maui is our favorite. This one is equally as good. Great food and great mai tais.

JM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food and good service. Resort prices, because it’s a resort.

CR
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had fun with my wife and friends. First time sitting upstairs!

f
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibrant and lively, good service, food tasted great although pricey. Good to make reservations beforehand.

NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good but disappointed no happy hour on Valentine's Day

e
Kansas City
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Great expectations, low reality. The “bread machine” was broken, so no bread items at all. No pizza, no sandwiches, no good. And they ran out of two or three other menu items to boot. What was once a restaurant with a great experience was this time a great disappointment.

FM
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love the Maui location so we drove all the way from WAIKIKI to this location. The vibe and atmosphere of this restaurant are great and so is the food. My only complaint is that they were not able to give us bread because they were low on the dough and my fish taco shells fell apart as soon as i picked them up.

PS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food—all fresh. A bit on the pricey side.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

とても美味しかったです。

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SJ
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Our server, Robert, was fantastic! He was very friendly, explained the menu beautifully, and was attentive on each round through our area of his section. The setting was as lovely as ever, and the music was great. We were not as impressed with the food, which was a HUGE surprise, because we normally love it! Something seemed a little off (Deviled Eggs, Wings, Fish the wings were delicious; the fish and chips tasted off putting; and the mahi-mahi was good. Both of us had upset stomachs and associated movements within one hour of leaving the restaurant. All in all, we love the place and will go back. I think we just hit it on an off night.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

We heard rave reviews about Monkeypod, but the Cocktails were watered down . The tonic in my gin and tonic was flat and the gin was negligible. We sent our drinks back, and just drank water .
The food was good, but not GREAT, like I had heard. If the manager had made an effort to replace our drinks, it would’ve been a much better experience.

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service felt rushed but the food was tasty. We were asked for the food order within minutes of sitting down, before we even heard about specials or asked for drinks. When I asked about specials, the band was playing and the sun was directly in my eyes due to the table location, and I couldn’t hear a thing. Food was very good, especially the pot stickers, chicken wings, and the corn chowder. The fish special entree (fish filet and lobster cake) felt overpriced compared to the rest of the menu.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was recommended to us by our hotel concierges with just a short walk from the hotel. The waiter was friendly, and eager to please. The food was delicious and came out quickly but there was no rush to leave. We enjoyed the corn chowder, burger, gnocchi and banana/chocolate cream pie. Definitely keep room for the pie!! We enjoyed the chocolate pie the next morning for breakfast.

KB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except it was way too noisy! Our server was particularly awesome.

JK
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service was great

d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SOMEWHAT LIMITED MENU BUT EVERYTHING WE TRIED WAS DELICIOUS

L
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience1

We have dined many times before, but this time we were disappointed. The service that Bobbie provided was not customer friendly at all. Never told us specials, rushed us to order ( before drinks were even delivered) them never checked back until more than half done with dinner ~ upon observing the server orders were treated differently

p
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Location is everything, and since Monkeypod is front and center to Alani, 4 Seasons, Marriott Vacation Club, and other condos in Ko Olina, I think it rides on a reputation that hasn’t kept up. We are fine with not dining there again.

SU
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice place away from the hustle & bustle of Waikiki, to enjoy appetizers with some live music. The 1/2 price appetizer menu in the early afternoon is a pretty good deal!

MD
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Manager help with my credit card was outstanding. Food continues to be amazing.

ST
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a nice experience. The waiter was very knowledgeable, courteous and helpful in answering our questions. The food was good. The only drawback was that it was an outdoor patio and the covering was not good for rainy weather. It was a cold evening so our food got cold fast.

A
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Monkeypod. It is my husband and my go to date place. Keep up the great work and quality!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome service. The truffle fries you just can’t go wrong with. The ambiance was nice just a tad loud because of how busy it is. One of our favorite places to go. Especially during happy hour!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom night out

GK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour, early, had apps, all great, waitress from RI was super!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Our entrees were not good. There was a mixture of ingredients that seemed to just be piled on each other. And none of the flavors blended with the other.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We originally were seated outside, with 2 of our 4 members under an overhanging umbrella. Since it has been spitting in and off (currently off), we asked what would happen if it rained since we weren’t all protected. The reply was “we can find you other seats.” Sure enough, we hadn’t even ordered and it started drizzling. True to their working, they moved us inside and under cover near the bar. Thank you, thank you!

LF
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

hard to hear the musician but liked having lunch time entertainment