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About Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea

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

10 Wailea Gateway Place, Unit B-201
Kihei, HI 96753
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Hawaiian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Wailea Ike Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 891-2322

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

Entertainment:
We feature nightly entertainment from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Our artists embody the spirit of Aloha and feature music from contemporary Hawaiian to light rock.

Parking Details:
Large public lot with ample parking.

Executive Chef:
Peter Merriman / Cory Waite

Private Party Facilities:
We have two outdoor dining areas that are available for private parties. Both dining areas overlook the ocean and can offer spectacular views of the sunset. We are also able to accommodate very large parties that are interested in buying out the entire restaurant.

Private Party Contact:
General Manager: (808) 891-2322

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (113)
Casual (109)
Handcrafted Cocktails (109)
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Live Music (99)
Happy Hour (98)
Fun (96)
Great for Outdoor Dining (89)
Good for a Date (88)
Fit for Foodies (87)
Creative Cuisine (80)
Hot Spot (80)
Neighborhood Gem (77)
Special Occasion (75)
Vibrant Bar Scene (71)
Bar Seating (68)
Good for Birthdays (59)
Good for Groups (58)
Great for Lunch (58)
Kid-friendly (58)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Worth the Drive (54)
Great Beer (54)
Authentic (45)
People Watching (42)
Healthy (35)
Scenic View (31)
Comfort Food (30)
Romantic (30)
Organic (29)
Cozy (22)
Tapas (22)
Late-night Find (20)
Business Meals (18)
Seasonal (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Tasting Menu (16)
Quick Bite (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Great for Brunch (8)
Spicy (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Vegan (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Waterfront (5)
Live Sports (4)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined a day ago

Our wait staff Chelsea was very very good, very courteous, prompt and good conversation,
Food was also very good, a little loud for us but expected

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 2 days ago

We had an excellent lunch here today. The best meal on Maui, all week. The Menu is genius. Fresh and delicious. The Ahi Tuna Melt was incredible. The Pork and Pineapple Pizza was so tasty... the Jalapeño peppers made it unique . Our server was Natalie. Let’s just say her ability to serve a table was spot on. Friendly, very knowledgeable and professional. Everything and everyone here is at the top of their game. Thank You, Monkeypod!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Our waiter was very helpful and accommodating. The pizza was good, but the cheese was too pungent for our taste. The noodle dish I got was delicious and I highly recommend. My husbands pasta with lobster and fish was ok. We were too full for dessert but have had the pie on a previous visit and it is tasty!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 days ago

Great place in Maui. Noisy and hard to wait as it’s very crowded but worth it. Ask for outside.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Not a good start when we had to wait nearly 40 minutes after a 5:45 reservation when told the wait might be 10 minutes.
Noise level very high inside but even difficult to have a reasonable conversation outside.
Our server was enthusiastic, if not over bearing.
We did not order the fanciest entrees. The pizza was very good although a bit too oily. The fish and chips were... fish and chips, but a more creative take would have been expected from a restaurant that has such a good reputation.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Food very good ..table beside us wayyyy too noisy!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 3 days ago

One of our favorite places in Maui. Great food and atmosphere - live music was good and the mai tais are great

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent happy hour and servixe during same. Good local sourced food and musician playing.

Tags: Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Casual, Tapas, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

Had to wait for a table although we had a reservation. Food arrived at the table before our drinks did. Was here a few years ago and the food and service has definitely gone down hill.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food at a great price. Cocktails were excellent. It was a bit loud. They need to turn down the live music and maybe think about some acoustic treatment to quiet things down. It was hard to have a conversation. Service was a little slow, but it was a holiday weekend. Will be back soon!

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 (Anchorage)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place for Dinner, servers were wonderful. Make a reservation to limit your wait time. Nice sunset.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days ago

In Wailea for conference, was recommended by a friend for dinner, and it was a very nice recommendation. Great experience, food was fabulous, would highly recommend MonkeyPod to my friends visiting the area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed our visit to Monkeypod in Wielea. We had chicken wings, ceasar salad, and pork/pineapple pizza. The wings were a little too spicy for me, but the pizza was great! (No jalapenos). That food and drinks was $70.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Fanatastic food locally sourced and great service. The mahi mahi tempura fish and chips were to die for. Topping the meal off was the strawberry and coconut pie which I have to honestly say were the best pies I’ve ever had in my life.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Anchorage)·Dined 6 days ago

Happy hour is fun and good food for reasonable price.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

AMAZING - every morsel of food was absolutely delicious , and the famous Mai Thai is worth the hype ... we had the lobster deviled eggs and (baked?) chicken wings to start, I can’t say enough how delicious the eggs were ... I had the fish tacos as my meal, a little spicy (which I like personally) our server did ask if I wanted the jalapeño peppers that are served with them on top ... hubby had the fish and chips ... We are here for a week and definitely going to try and make it back once more .... honestly I could eat there daily and be happy .. haha

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and great atmosphere! First time there and so very impressed!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

It's noisy, but worth it to experience a new Merriman's restaurant. Do your very best to make room in your calendar for Monkeypod Kitchen when you're on Maui next. It's fun and festive and everything we had - Sublime. Not to miss - Lobster deviled eggs, the Kauai Shrimp & Hamakua Mushroom Potstickers and Kiawe Grilled Ahi marinated in sesame Maui onion sauce. Unbelievable. The best grilled Ahi I think we've ever had. Enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a great meal. The inside of the restaurant was exceedingly noisy, but we were luckily seated outside. Beautiful weather and much quieter. A bit of an early glitch on service, as we waited for 10 minutes to put in a Sri k order even though we were greeted and asked if we were ready (waitress asked, we said yes and she must nitbhave heard us because she walked away) but spot on after that. Disappointed they were out of the special at only 8:00 at night but the food we got was spot on.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Request outside seating. It gets pretty loud inside on a busy night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Mediocre food but good cocktails. Service was decent. Very noisy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Disappointing given all the high reviews. Two things were very good two not so good. The mai tai’s and the pizza were great. Loved the signature foam on the mai tai. We had the Kailua Pork and Pineapple pizza. Ordered it with the plan of having one piece and taking it to go so as not to ruin our appetite for salad and entrees. The salad and entree’s were not very good. We had the arugula salad and the fish special. The salad sounded so good in the description but it was bland, the arugula was very tough, and it was missing the cilantro. Ate less then half of it. The fish was supposed to be light and mild. It was light but had a distinctly fishy taste. I can’t recall what it was served with it was so unmemorable. We finished the pizza.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

Food and service was amazing! A lIttle noisy for me but it was worth it!!

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 (Detroit)·Dined 7 days ago

This is a great place and fresh inventive food. The ahi sandwich and the fish tacos are great. They make their own pizza crust. Nice wine list and the outside patio is delightful, with an ocean view. Merriman's on any island is the place to go and this is a fun addition to the flock.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very loud, 1 meal okay although steak was fatty, other two felt like production line food. Service not great, waitress disinterested. Won’t be back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was our 3rd time here. The mushroom pizza was awesome, the noodle bowl with pork was good but I was disappointed in my margarita pizza this time. Was still good overall.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Monkeypod was a must-stop spot in Maui. I dreamed of eating those chicken wings again that are spiced perfectly with a mint cilantro dip. As this was our fifth time there, we knew the menu well, and were excited for superior food. The chicken wings were "overdone" and not as crispy as usual. The food was not as wonderful as we remembered, but nevertheless, they do a great job. I know they opened up another restaurant, so hopefully attention to quality is not decreasing because of their expansion. We will most likely go back, but may look for other new spots.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Friendly yet professional service with delightful food.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Maui Maui was dry. Tough fish to cook well. Atmosphere and pies were excellent.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Have eaten at Monkeypod many times. Generally we have a decent experience but not at all this time. Server kept trying to up-sell food to us and acted irritated when we did not take her unsolicited suggestions. Food for each of the 4 of us was mediocre at best. In 37 years of coming to Maui this was one of our least pleasant restaurant experiences.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and waited about 10 minutes past our reservation but looking around, it was only because everyone that was seated was having such a great time so you can’t get upset with that. The Mai Tai was the best mai tai I’ve ever had. Even if you don’t like mai tais you’d be missing out if you didn’t try one of these. The service was impeccable, Natalie was very attentive and very sweet. We went with our 4 year old and had no problems. It was a good mix of fun and families. I had a salad and the hubby ordered the steak. Both were really great, nothing to complain about. Saving the best for last.... the strawberry pie. Just like the mai tais the pie is a must have. It really did live up to all the hype. Overall, I would go back just to have two Mai Tais and a piece of strawberry pie.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 10, 2018

My husband and i thought this was a sushi restaurant. It was an attractive place and it was packed. When we were handed the menus, much to our dismay, we realized this was a hamburger/pizza place. The extensive wine list didn’t reflect a pizza joint. So we ordered the most expensive items on the menu, ahi tuna and rib eye. We wound up spending $150 in this hamburger/pizza place. My tuna was as dry as card board and my husband’s rib eye was almost in edible. It was the poorest cut of meat. It was obviously crowed because it was very cheap compared to other restaurants in the area.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Everyone was so friendly & helpful. Our meals were delicious & the coconut pie- unforgettable as is the mai tai.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Good food. Great service.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Very loud. Food is average and happy hour pricing makes it palatable. Merrimans quality is spiraling.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Had the lobster deviled eggs appetizer, the fried fish & fries, and the strawberry pie dessert. Fantastic!

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

A lot of fun to have great food and cocktails. They also have an awesome beer selection and the overall menu is priced very well for a top end Wailea restaurant. We go every single year!

Tags: Great Beer, Hot Spot
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Best mai tais-potstickers were amazing! Service was exceptional from the entire staff. Would definitely recommend and return.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was pretty good, but the steaks were too charred on the outside. We ordered one medium and one medium rare and the outside was a very hard, solid black mass that was difficult to cut through and they were overcooked inside. The waiter apologized and offered us a complimentary dessert, which we accepted and it was amazing (the strawberry cheesecake- do yourself a favor and order it!). It was almost enough to make us completely forget about the sub-par steak. The jalapeno mashed potatoes are absolutely wonderful and overall I'd definitely give them another chance. For a smaller menu and fairly high price, you'd expect them to nail it more on the steaks. They were fairly busy and had a wait (thankfully we had a reservation and were given a seat as soon as we checked in), so that could be a contributing factor, but it was still disappointing.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Went here with my hubby not knowing what to expect. We enjoyed our time there and the food was great. However, there was a loud lady sitting not far away who put a pamper on our dining experience. We realize this was not the fault of the restaurant. However, it did take away from our time there. The beautiful sunset did help us appreciate the evening more.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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