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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (81)
Great for Outdoor Dining (77)
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Happy Hour (63)
Local Ingredients (61)
Good for a Date (57)
Fun (50)
Creative Cuisine (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (45)
Good for Groups (43)
Special Occasion (42)
Kid-friendly (41)
Great Beer (39)
Bar Seating (38)
Worth the Drive (38)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Great for Lunch (35)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Comfort Food (33)
People Watching (30)
Hot Spot (27)
Healthy (25)
Authentic (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Organic (20)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Cozy (17)
Late-night Find (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Romantic (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Seasonal (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Business Meals (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Scenic View (10)
Tapas (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Notable Wine List (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

Albeit on the spendy side — it’s located in a resort, what can you do — their food is delish, their alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (omg, the cold brew bomber...to die for!) are creative and inspired, and the service is great. Add fantastic local music — a Westside win all around.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined 6 days ago

Meals were good but the fish and chips were soggy and lacking flavor.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

So good we went two nights in a row! The strawberry pie is a must!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great Beer, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Fun, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Very nice restaurant. Priced well, food was excellent, service was tremendous.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Got off to a rough start...but the manager quickly made up for the lack of service by buying the first round of drinks. After that, the food and live music helped complete the evening on a positive note.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Kids menu is poor, the free cheesy noodles for under 3’s in awful.
Half of our order was served cold and generally overpriced!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My date ordered the crusted macadamia mahi-mahi, and I ordered the fish and chips. Both items were delicious. There are many options for beer choices and cocktails beyond imagination. We shared a slice of coconut pie that was one of the best coconut pie we have ever had. The service is very good and they do have a happy hour with local entertainment. I will definitely return to this place and highly recommend it. BTW, prices are very reasonable 😊

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We have been here many times. It is always good and the live music is always good.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We loved the food and ambiance

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Although it is a Merriman restaurant, it does not offer the quality of Merriman's on the neighbor islands. It's a nicely appointed, resort-type, open, noisy restaurant where the food is good but not special. The fish & chips used very nice mahi-mahi but its tempura style batter was plain and pretty tasteless. Boarders Restaurant in Haleiwa has a far superior fish & chips and dipping sauce. The wild mushroom pizza was ok but not memorable. It's clean, service was good, accommodates kids well and provides good food if you're not expecting anything special. Its half off special on Prosecco at $22 a bottle was nice.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Service and food was great!!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was delicious and portions were perfect. The live music was awesome, and just the right volume.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Sever was slow at best. The restaurant just open and it wasn't busy and yet the server next to never checked on us. The tables were wore out and the linen napkins where shop rags that you buy from Costco as rags. They left lint all over our clothes.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The staff where very welcoming, I just loved this place. The live ban was also awesome

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Perfect Thanksgiving meal and drinks. Server was excellent and timely in all aspects.
Will return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Well, the Monkeypod did it again. Super Thanksgiving meal. May be the best turkey I’ve ever eaten, plus all of the sides were delicious. Great touch with the sandwich to go! Our 3rd year in a row for this meal. Samantha our waitress was also a highlight, she was bubbly and fun and very attentive. Thanks for a great time!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving dinner. Reservations for 2 were for 2:30 pm. Arrived early but were seated immediately. Good menu. Excellent handcrafted drinks, local beer, full bar. Wide ranging menu using locally sourced products. Service was excellent...wait staff courteous, knowledgable, able to make recommendations when we were undecided about drinks. Ordered the traditional Thanksgiving meal - free range turkey, Yukon gold and sweet mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing. Came with pumpkin pie that was the best I've had. And they topped it off by sending us home with 2 turkey sandwiches for a meal later. Overall a wonderful experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Organic, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We’ve dined at Monkeypod many times before. It’s convenient and there’s a reasonably decent menu.

But the place is so dreadfully noisy now, what with patrons and even worse blaring music, that there is no possibility of conversation at table.

We canceled our reservation for next week.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I was really impressed with the amazing quality and service. I met Bill, the owner, on his flight on Hawaiian Air. He spoke with a couple flight attendants invited us to visit his restaurants. I chose MonkeyPod and it was amazing!!
Absolutemy amazing. We brought my husbands mother, visiting from Texas, who celebrated her 75th birthday. (The Mac-nut Mahi was incredible!). But the hand-made gnocchi was out of this planet! I can't wait to have that again. Never thought much of it till I tried this version. Simply outstanding dish with the freshest ingredients.
Thank you, Bill, for introducing me to such a phenomenal product and good eats. Amazing place. Truly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Amazing service and food! I requested a table with a view for my visiting parents through the reservation I made on Open Table, and I got just that!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Organic
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

My VIP dinner was made exceptional by Karina and friends! Her attention to detail was incredible . Mai Tai's were delivered immediately and then began the amazing appetizers , salad and main dishes! Gnocchis, fish tacos and more. The creme pies are a must! Thank you Karina and Monkeypod staff for your professional fun and genuine caring of your guests!

Look for Karina when you visit!

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Fun, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent service by Krystal.

Excellent music by Jeff and alden.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Had a nice dinner at Monkeypod last night. Great farm to table restaurant.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food is outstanding. We went 3 times in a week while on vacation. The food every time was absolutely incredible. The jalapeño mash potatoes were a hit and the hand cut fries were outstanding. The pineapple cider was also my fav

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Live Music, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Staff was so sweet and the food was great. Tourist prices but what can you do.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was very slow to arrive. Wrong drinks were delivered then server argued with us telling us that the cider he delivered was actually beer... Have had a good experience in the past so I'm just writing this off as a one-off bad server.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 20, 2017

お料理はとても美味しかったです。デザートが甘すぎたこととコーヒーが薄かったことで、星マイナス1点。お店の雰囲気、サービスはとても心地よく、来年も伺います。

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Overall good experience - I have been here many times before and always had a great time. Today was a bit off though. Went there for Sunday brunch date and it was nice except for the fact we couldn’t have a decent conversation due to the loud music over the speakers. We felt rushed because they brought the check right after they cleared our plates.

Tags: Organic, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great restaurant with lively ambiance and excellent food. We’ll definitely return.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Waitress was awesome and food was delicious!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Seriously the Best Mai Tai's EVER and the lobster devil eggs are to die for

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Not a great place to eat. Or we had a really bad server and a bad chef that night. We were comped our appetizer because it came out after our meal. The waiter didn’t visit the table often. Just not a good place to eat. Take they drive and find a better place off resort.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Monkeypod Ko`olina is really the best deal in the resort area, esp. for happy hour (which occurs both in the late afternoon and late night). Great for families staying at Aulani. Happy Hour menu is an AWESOME deal. Pumpkin ravioli are my very fave, but also shrimp potstickers, lobster deviled eggs, etc. Note - corn chowder is spicy. Friends love it (not me with wimpy tongue). Not a place to "grab a Bud" -- only craft beers served here, great variety. Interesting cocktails -- mai tai with lilikoi foam, for example, not super sweet. Sorry - not a big cocktail person.
It can be a little loud but it's all open so it's OK.
I took family visiting from out of town and they were still raving about it the next day.
It's my go-to place in Ko`olina. I work kind of nearby, so we've also done Pau Hana here, and it's always fun and easy.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Tapas, Happy Hour, People Watching, Great Beer, Live Music, Casual, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our server wa

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

I am a resident of Honolulu and bring my family here whenever they visit from the mainland. The experience has always been above our expectations. The atmosphere is relaxed, the food is great, the service is superb, the drink selection is wonderful and there is very little wait for your food/drink orders to arrive at the table. We had an exceptionally wonderful female waithelp take care of our food/drink needs. She knew the food and drink menu so well and was very precise in describing the dishes as well as suggesting some faves. She also refilled our drinks (i.e., water and iced tea) without asking. It is worth the drive; and, we will definitely return again and again.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Ambiance OK, service good, food served cold and uninspiring. Not what it was several years ago.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Our favorite when we stay local! The Ahi dinner is “over the top” and pie are “amazing”

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Excellent service by Brandon.

Fabulous music by Jeff and Alden.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Not as good as usual :-(
Will try again

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Glad to have the Open Table reservation because we were seated before our scheduled time unlike our other visit when we had to wait 15 minutes without any reservation. This place gets busy because of its resort location. From 3-5:30pm the apps & most pizzas are 1/2 price. The potstickers & wild mushrooms pizza ate great.

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