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“Good sushi” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Monstera

Monstera
68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive, KOHALA COAST (not Waimea), Shops at Mauna Lani, Upper Level No. 111, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
(808) 887-2711
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Ranked #8 of 65 Restaurants in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Kaniku Drive
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Good sushi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The sushi was delicious. My only drawback was that I asked for a spoon for my miso soup and was lectured about how it was traditional to slurp it out of the bowl. This may well be true. I have eaten miso soup many times and have never had it served with out a spoon or ladle. The way this message was delivered was condescending, not kind or educational and it took a little of the shine off the evening for me. The food was good.

Visited June 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Simi Valley, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic sushi bar!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We enjoyed a great, no-rush sushi experience, served by Norio himself. Service was friendly, but sushi rules here...very fresh & inventive rolls/choices. We must have tried 8 different items & were pleased with them all (& we do lots of sushi in So. Calif.) Little less expensive than in the area hotels, but much more authentic. Many hotel shuttles will drive you/pick you up too, but worth the drive to the Mauna Lani shops either way. We'll be back!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great Asian Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We had a great dinner here. The food is prepared with great care and attention particularly the sashimi and sushi. Lovely to sit in the outdoor area above the centre.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Friendly Service; Inconsistent Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We went here for dinner recently and, while the service was very friendly and welcoming, I was disappointed with the food. My husband's teriyaki chicken was flavorful and good, but my sushi roll was mediocre -- the rice was on the dry side and it was loosely rolled. Perhaps the non-sushi items would be a better choice here.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Markham, Ontario
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great service but average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Came here for a quick dinner upon our arrival on the Big Island. Our server was very friendly. Atmosphere was nice. Food was nothing out of the ordinary. It was good but nothing stood out. Dinner before tax and tip for 2 adults and 2 kids (ordering off the kids' menu) was $58.

Visited July 2013
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