Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea

4.6
6224 reviews
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Contemporary American
Our chef driven concept is lead by the classically trained, award winning chef, Peter Merriman. Peter is a culinary pioneer and one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. He has always been inspired by the people and products around him and this spirit has lead the movement to look at food in Hawaii in a new light. Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman embraces this passion! Each item on the menu demonstrates our commitment to craft and showcases high quality, socially conscious ingredients, creative preparations, and perfect execution. Our dedication to craft also extends to our beverage program. Our 36 beers on tap are the coldest on Maui and are all handcrafted. You can also enjoy one of our culinary cocktails, made with fresh ingredients and lots of Aloha. At Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, you can enjoy Peter's Hawaii Regional Cuisine in a fun, casual environment and come to know what it means to be "Lucky Live Hawaii"! We can't wait to see you at Monkeypod Kitchen
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KB
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

This is probably the 6th or 7th time I’ve eaten here. The first 3 times I thought the food was excellent. Subsequent visits, not so much. About 3 years ago we had dinner here and waited an extended amount of time for our reservation. We finally agreed to sit at the bar to have dinner. While we were waiting for our dessert I noticed out of the corner of my eye something moving on the floor. I looked down and saw a rat running under the barstools. I asked to speak to the manager to let him know what I had seen. He seemed very nonplussed and told me that I was in Maui and all the restaurants had rats. That was 3 years ago and I haven’t been back until tonight. My daughter wanted to try it again. And although I did not see any rats tonight I was really disappointed. We had the pumpkin ravioli which was good, not great. It was lukewarm. We ordered fish tacos and the proletariat pizza which was supposed to have a lobster topping but there was only a couple of small shreds of lobster and a bunch of soggy mushrooms. The tacos were without much flavor but the Cholula helped. We finished off the meal with their renowned banana cream pie which was quite good. Overall, between the noise and very mediocre food we won’t be returning.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great spot, food and ambiance!

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TT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience! Three of us started with their famous Monkeypod Mai Tai's. The best we've ever had! Two had the margarita which they also loved! Designated driver had ice tea. We owe him big time for taking one for the team! Lol. Drinks do make your lips numb and feel extra happy! Next course was appetizers. We had pork potstickers and garlic and truffle oil French fries. Delicious! For our main course we had bulgogi pork tacos, Kalua pork & pineapple pizza, and fish tacos. The flavor combination of meals were excellent! We then finished with a slice of coconut pie and Kona coffee and chocolate pie that 6 of us shared. Overall the meal was very delicious! Service was excellent as well. We're going to make reservations for another visit before we leave.

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C
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always welcoming and spot on and the cocktails are balanced and tasty. One of my fave spots on Maui!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lobster pasta was absolutely amazing!! The inside seemed very loud but the patio was perfect. Highly recommend!!

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Morgan at the bar was amazing!!

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TP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great time there at Monkeypod. With a great atmosphere, fun food and drinks, it was just what we needed after having been in a couple stuffier albeit nice steak dinner houses the couple nights before. it's a fun place to be and hang out while in Wailea.

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Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service!

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WW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from a knowledgeable staff. Great local ingredients.

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C
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Happy Hour. Food and Bev prices are reasonable then.

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RK
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and the food was phenomenal as always. The specialty drinks we highly recommend.

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k
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our visit to Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea was great! We arrived just a few minutes early to our reservation and was seated within 5 minutes of checking in. Our waiter was extremely prompt in greeting us and getting us started with waters. He explained the happy hour menu and got us started with our drinks. He was very attentive and made sure he checked up on us often. I wish I could remember his name, he was an awesome waiter and wish I could recommend him to others. This wasn’t our first time eating here so the food tasted great as always and drinks were amazing. Our favorite is the No Ka Oi!

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JS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We made reservations and they gave us a buzzer to let us know when our table was cleared off. So using Open table had no effect on getting a table at an allotted time. We waited a while until We realized they forgot about us. Everyone who was there before and after got a table except us. More than 20 people arrived after us. My fiancé checked at the front desk and sure enough we were not down for a table. They sat us down right away. We made the best of it because it really is a nice spot. Trendy. Close to where we were staying. We had two nice servers Shay our 1st server on a previous trip. Tracey our 2nd time around. The Gnoochi, Mai Tais and Mai Tai shots were good. They also provide live entertainment. Overall this was a good experience except that the front desk forgot to seat us, but we were able to turn it around.

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t
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My beer was served warm. I asked for another and she said she chilled it (the same one) for me. The dinner special was a big seller. The fish was a bit smaller than normal, but may have just been the presentation. However the onions were WAY too strong and overpowered the dish every time I took a bite. So I pushed them to the side of the dish. It also was drenched in the burre blanc sauce. Almost like a soup... Needless to say was terrible.

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R
Detroit
61 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Maui annually and always eat at Monkeypod. Many of our friends have been introduced to Monkeypod through us.
The good and service is consistently great!!

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KT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the deviled eggs with lobster, and shrimp wontons for apps, both delicious! We each got a famous MaiTai and they lived up to the hype! Dinner was also very good, my husband got fish and I had a pizza. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and would definitely go back!

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F
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe. Late evening dinner for us. Loved the music and the energy of the restaurant! Will go again. Lāhainā location is larger with Ocean view which I loved! Almost the same menu at both locations!

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OB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I’ve been to MPK several times, and have never had a dish that wasn’t delicious. Tip: Always ask about the day’s fish special. If it appeals, order it!

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Monkeypod! EXCELLENT service, great happy hour prices, delicious food and great experience. One of our favorite meals on the island!

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y
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the meal/experience. We arrived in time for happy hour, so we could enjoy an extra pupu and drink before dinner. The rib eye was cooked to perfection, as well as the opakapaka and mahi. Great service from Judd and staff. We will definitely be back. Mahalo

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WP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding waiter, great service, good food! Would recommend for lunch

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, really nice food, experience and the cocktails!

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great mix of food, excellent service, buzzy ambiance. Truly a gem in the area.

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MG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great Mai Tais. Fries were surprisingly good. Bulgogi tacos were very good. Service was good. Brussel sprouts were so-so. Seared ahi was disappointing (super salty).

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KH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicole our server was great!!! The food was amazing and the ambiance was perfect. We will be back for those dumplings and strawberry cream pie

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KD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and view

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DW
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour food and drinks and live music everyday.

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CS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Thank you for a wonderful time!
Everything was delicious and the
service was excellent!
We will be back on Friday same group
same time. See you then!

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KR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and dinner. Our server was so great too!

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JS
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience. A must for any one staying in Wailea

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DV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Trop bruyant et trop familial ou ambiance bar de sport... pénible pour avoir une conversation.

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. Horrible noise level inside. This was a Monday evening so I would assume it may be a higher noise level during the weekend.

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AT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our first time to the Monkeypod in Maui (we have been to the one in Kapolei on Oahu last year). Aside from the lively ambience, we were disappointed overall in our experience here. Service was slow and food was unremarkable for the price. There are so many restaurants to try on Maui... we won't bother coming back to this one.

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i
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic unique delicious food, friendly, efficient service

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the lively Monkeypod Kitchen! Great happy hour, complete with music. The honey lilikoi foam on top of the Mai Tai's make them hands down, the BEST Mai Tai's ever (and they pack a punch too)! Love their pizza's and pumpkin raviolis. Coco Corn Chowder is also delicious. Their staff is wonderful and always makes you feel welcome. Be sure to save room for their incredible cream pies! They're rich, so you will probably want to share. Make your reservations early, because happy hour and dinner is usually always packed and there is a wait. You can always try to get a first-come-first-serve seat at the bar. Word is out, that the Monkeypod Kitchen is the place to be!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, food was delicious, the Mai Tai was as great as everyone says it is. Told the waiter we were on vacation celebrating an anniversary and we got a complimentary pie that was amazing. Highly recommend!

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B
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! One of the best places to dine in all of Hawaii. Awesome music by local players.

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OT
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Essen war ok, es war aber so laut im Restaurant, dass man sich gegenübersitzend anschreien musste, um sich zu verstehen.

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a
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is great. Service was great. We waited to be seated outside. Inside is very loud. We always return there when we are I’m Maui.

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RG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service people. A bit too noisy for a wedding anniversary celebration

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