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About Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina

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.

92-1048 Olani Street
Kapolei, HI 96707
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Hawaiian, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:


Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm

Lunch: Daily 11:00am-4:30pm

Dinner: Daily 4:30pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Ali'inui

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 380-4086

Website:
http://www.monkeypodkitchen.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Peter Merriman / Jose Gonzalez-Maya

Additional:
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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Monkeypod Kitchen - Ko Olina Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.5

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4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (79)
Great for Outdoor Dining (76)
Casual (68)
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Happy Hour (57)
Local Ingredients (57)
Good for a Date (54)
Special Occasion (54)
Fun (48)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Good for Groups (41)
Handcrafted Cocktails (41)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Worth the Drive (39)
Kid-friendly (38)
Bar Seating (37)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Great for Lunch (35)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Great Beer (31)
People Watching (31)
Comfort Food (30)
Hot Spot (29)
Healthy (25)
Authentic (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Organic (23)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Great for Brunch (17)
Cozy (15)
Quick Bite (15)
Romantic (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Business Meals (13)
Late-night Find (12)
Scenic View (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Tapas (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Seasonal (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Spicy (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We love it at Monkey Pod. The food is delicious and the happy hour is a great deal although the prices recently went up. I love the corn chowder and truffle fries. I get those every time I come. I was disappointed because we were there celebrating a birthday and I made sure to write it on the special comments section when making the reservation. We usually receive a complimentary dessert when we a celebrating a special occasion. The server didn’t mention anything about it so I reminded him that we were celebrating a birthday. He said he would bring us a pie but it never came. We did receive one complimentary pie because a couple beers we ordered didn’t show up until we were finished eating. But the birthday boy didn’t get anything. Disappointing.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

Good fresh and crisp food. Nothing too heavy or over seasonsed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Our server, Elysa, was excellent.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We were very disappointed in this restaurant. Very over priced. Nothing interesting on the menu. Everything was expensive. I ordered the fish taco. They unknowingly came with a “garnish” of whole jalapeño slices. It was dark and I did not see it and nearly burned my mouth off. They re-made them, leaving off the garnish, and did not charge us the $24 for 3 small soft tacos that came with no tortilla chips or any accompaniment. My husband ordered an expensive fish sandwich that had just a small piece of fish. And again, no sides unless you wanted to pay even more. Pretty ridiculous that they wouldn’t throw a few fries on the plate at no charge. We had to have a snack when we got home as we were still hungry. Major disappointment. Will never go back and do not recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great place great food excellent service - we visited 4 times during our stay. Great happy hour and the food that we ordered was excellent with fantastic flavors - salad great, chowder great, saimin was the best, pizzas good. Heartily recommend this place.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Food was good, atmosphere was great! Great place for all occasions and food for everyone. Highly recommend the Monkeypod Kitchen.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great dining experience. We were kinda late getting to the reservation but they seated us no problem. The table was kind of cramped but we had 10 people. Service was really quick. Definitely going to return.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Awesome Ahi! One of the best Tuna meals I have had. It was cooked perfectly, served with a spicy sauce and sweet onions, with a side of jalepeno mashed potatoes. I would go back again just to have that meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great singer today but not very good pizza and poke tacos.... missing something....

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Loved it great night! Live music was wonderful. Excellent food and service.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good entertainment from the Hawaiian Ed Sheeran!!!!!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great, enjoyed my time

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

何度も行きたくなるお店
コスパ最高

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

a few order snafu's for our group but the food itself was great

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great everything!

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always great as usual

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We have eaten at Monkey Pod severl times. My husband likes the pizza. Unfortunately, the pizza was delivered cold. It was sent back and in a very short amount of time a new personal size pizza was presented. The pizza was hot but the tomatoes tossed on top were very cold. My fish dish was hot and enjoyable. We ordered a piece of coconut pie to share. It was excellent and comped by the wait staff to make up for the bad pizza. We will return. Don't be in a hurry.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

What a lovely evening at MonkeyPod! We were seated on the patio, where "Big John" performed live music. Cocktails were tasty (I tried a "First Impression"). Three of us had cheeseburgers (yum!), one had a fish sandwich (yum again!), and quinoa salad (again!). Service was friendly. A hopping place, with the Disney resort just up the road - make reservations.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food great service great live one man band

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant on the island. The food, the staff, the atmosphere- it’s all great. My husband and I visit at least once a week (sometimes more) and we are never disappointed. The service is impeccable, the food is delicious, and the staff is warm and friendly. If you’re in KoOlina, you must stop in here.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Organic, Happy Hour, Casual, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our server was attentive, informative and kind. He was available to answer questions.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

First time eating at the brunch, it was GREAT!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was fantastic

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food !

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This use to be my favorite place to eat on the Waianae Coast. I have been here many times over the years. In the last year, I feel it has slowly gone down hill. The pizza was served flavorless and cold. The servers are flamboyant and almost bothersome. It will be awhile before I visit again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A little too loud for us

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Nice restaurant but I recommend a reservation. I saw lots of walk ins that had to wait. Good service but are eager to turn the table so I felt rushed and the waitress took my husbands plate when he wasn’t even finished. This was while my son and I were still eating. That bugs me, they should wait until everyone is done. The place itself is very nice with the tiki torches and outdoor seating. Perfect spot if you’re on a vacation and want something fun and hip.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had to wait a little for our reservation. The service was excellent - never had to wait for anything in our party of 6. The live music (Thursday night) was very good, and we liked it, but if you wanted a quiet date, this would have been too loud. The food was very good and on point for what we wanted, and the pies for dessert were excellent.

We would highly recommend Monkeypod to anyone looking for a fun night out with good food

Tags: Happy Hour, Organic, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was outstanding, locally sourced. We had dinner and the next mirning my 12 year old said "can we eat at Monkeypod again, it was great!"

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The only problem I have with open table reservations is that the available tables for these reservations always seem to be the very worst table in the place. I’m dishing out good money at dinner so treat me right.

Tags: Casual
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food and service

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Delicious local food. Great service. Went twice in one week. Save room for pie!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Delicious food and our server Stephanie (from Seattle!) was first class! A meal is always made that much better with wonderful & super friendly service ! We loved the squash ravioli appetizer (amazing), the gnocchi and the Ahi tuna. Everything was delicious and it’s a wonderful atmosphere. Modern and cool but not stuffy. I was worried because I looked like a hot mess coming back from the beach but once we were in there I realized people were dressed from super casual on up.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Since I have never been there I did not know what to expect. Parking is not the best as stalls are quite small and tight to maneuver. But the restaurant is quaint, clean and reasonably priced. The lunch menu was limited but enough to get a good feel of the chef's wares. I did like the non-hamburger menu and instead inserted with alternate protein items. Everything looked fresh and appealing. It was a nice way to spend a quiet Christmas afternoon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Took waitress 12 minutes to greet us and when she finally did, she asked if we wanted drinks when we clearly had a round I front of us. Soup took 20 minutes and our meal consisting of a burger, mash potatoes and side of green beans took anther 45 minutes! Seriously terrible. Medium burger was well done cold as well as the mash a d green beans. At least we could watch our waitress chatting up the hosts at the front while we waited what seemed like forever for our food. Waitress was incompetent, slow, and inattentive.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My San Francisco daughter and I had Christmas Eve Dinner--we remembered the prime rib from LAST year Christmas Day and wanted to have it again! Actually, I wanted it again--she had ordered the fish and while outstanding, was envious of others at our table who ALL opted for the prime rib. So this year, we BOTH had the prime rib.

It was terrific and the piece of prime rib was perfect and substantial. MPK sets a standard with live music, something we value, and which adds to the evening. They were very busy but we never felt rushed.

Other than somewhere between the table and parking lot I lost a tiny origami crane earring that was a gift, it was a perfect evening!

Thanks MPK!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Healthy, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We tried something new and decided to dine out on Christmas Eve as a family. Now it will be a new tradition! Monkeypod never disappoints and the night before Christmas was no exception. Something on the menu for everyone. Our waiter was amazing. My younger daughter wanted something that was not on the dinner menu (a pulled pork sandwich that is on the lunch menu). He detailed what ingredients were no longer available but was positive he could get a sandwich she would like. My vegetarian daughter found many items to choose from. My husband and I shared one another's entrees (fish & chips and the Chef special: prime rib) and had a great "surf and turf" that way. My younger daughter's sandwich came out and she was more than pleased. Great beer and wine selections and creative cocktails too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Healthy, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Casual, Disabled Access
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

One of the best EVER! The service, food and atmosphere are always top notch. I have never been disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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