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Review of Monkeypod Kitchen

Monkeypod Kitchen
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Ranked #4 of 137 Restaurants in Kapolei
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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 cream pies made from scratch. Thirty-six craft beers are on tap, each served at an optimal twenty-nine degrees. 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. Come join us at our communal table, with friends old and new, and learn what it's like to share our "Lucky Live Hawaii" story.
Leesburg, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Wonderful food and atmosphere! Reasonable prices if you go at happy hour and order the "special" items (pizza, apps) on the menu.

Visited July 2014
Thank Figee17
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Windermere, Florida, United States
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2014

When we come to Ko Olina our favorite place to eat is Monkeypod Kitchen. It is our family's favorite place to eat in Ko Olina. Make a reservation through Opentable so you can get seated quickly otherwise you may have to wait awhile for a table. Fresh ingredients and imaginative dishes make this a great place to eat.

Here are our family's favorite dishes:

Appetizers - We love the Pumpkin Patch Ravioli and the Garlic Truffle Oil Fries.

Salad - MA'O Farm Organic Kale. Super crunchy and tasty, even if you aren't much of a kale fan...

Pizza - Ask for their specials. We once had a Thai Watermelon pizza that was probably the best pizza we have ever had. We LOVED it! The butternut squash pizza is great too.

Burgers - Pete's Classic Burger and the Pulled Pork Sandwich are both delicious.

Fish - Fresh Caught Fish Tacos and the Organic Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi are both winners. Each time we have had them we love them.

Vegetarian - Our daughter is vegetarian and her favorite vegetarian dishes are the Pumpkin Patch Ravioli, Butternut Squash Pizza and the Dry Mein.

Dessert - SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT! You have to save room for dessert. Their cream pies are the best. We love the banana cream pie and the strawberry cream pie. Both are delicious.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Shawna H
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Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Really enjoyed this dinner”
Reviewed July 15, 2014

I really enjoyed dinner at monkeypod. I live in honolulu and was skeptical that any restaurant at the west side resort area ko olina would be anything beyond "ok"
I was pleasantly surprised by the food, ambiance,the whole experience. I am a fan of peter merriman and have dined at his signature restaurant several times on the big island. Monkeypod is large, bustling, yet very friendly. I liked being seated in the open air upstairs level. They had a music duo playing downstairs and they were really good too. Our food was excellent. You must have the pumpkin ravioli...we shared it as one of our appetizers and we all wanted more. The truffle fries were great too as a share item. I had fish tacos for my dinner but even better was the daily fish which was onaga that evening. It was excellent. They have a nice kids menu also.mall the staff was so friendly and knowledgeable and we felt relaxed even thought the restaurant was buzzy with people. I would go again. It was definitely a lot of visitors, but also local folks dining there too.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank hongo
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Clovis, California
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The best restaurant in Ko Olina”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

We ate here several times and this is a spot that should not be missed. You can walk, so it makes a nice evening stroll along with a perfect place to eat. They have live music nightly. Their menu was pleasing for most pallets. We loved the lobster pizza and the pumpkin raviolis!

Visited June 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Level 6 Contributor
544 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“A nice place to eat and relax”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Monkeypod is off the property in a very small shopping center. Food and service were very good. Prices were also reasonable. It seems a "hip" joint, but we did see families with children. There is an outdoor eating patio which is very pleasant.

Visited April 2014
Thank William P
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