About Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea

10 Wailea Gateway Place, Unit B-201
Kihei, HI 96753
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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

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: 8088912322

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

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Monkeypod Kitchen - Wailea Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.5

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4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service4

Happy hour from 9 till close!

Dined 3 days ago

Happy hour from 9 till close!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful as ever!

Dined 3 days ago

Took friends that hadn't been before and they fell in love with it too!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5

Better value than at local hotels, even ...

vip
Dined 4 days ago

Better value than at local hotels, even though food costs on The Islands almost double from anywhere else, with exception of airports where prices are greatly inflated as well.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Outstanding

Dined 4 days ago

Can honestly say this was the best meal we've had in the past five years. The fish we had was scrumptious, the service outstanding, and drinks and dessert were perfect. Highly recommend.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

THE BEST MAHI-MAHI AND AHI ON THE ISLAND

Dined 4 days ago

THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL. WE HAVE EATEN AT THIS AND MOST EVERY RESTAURANT ON MAUI AND WAS DELITED TO RE-FIND THIS GEM. THE DISHES WERE PREPARED IN AN IMAGINATIVE AND SAVORY MANNER TO WHERE WE TALKED OF OUR DELIGHT FOR SEVERAL HOURS FOLLOWING OUR FEAST. THANK YOU MONKEY POD. WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN ON OUR NEXT VISIT.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

This was our first visit to Monkeypod. ...

Dined 4 days ago

This was our first visit to Monkeypod. The food was incredible: I had fish of the day served with fern-infused spätzle, lobster, and mushrooms with a mild yellow Thai curry sauce. It was amazing. There will numerous bite-size portions of lobster accompanying the dish. Visually, it was an amazing plate. My spouse had the steak and although initially it was slightly overcooked, it was cheerfully and apologetically exchanged for one cooked to perfection. It was a very busy place, the noise level is high. The food is outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service4

The food was great. Very unique, clean a ...

Dined 5 days ago

The food was great. Very unique, clean and refreshing.

food4
ambience3
service4

Good food but loud and lots of folks on ...

Dined 5 days ago

Good food but loud and lots of folks on their 3rd or 4th Mai Tai.

food5
ambience5
service5

One of my favourite restaurants in all o ...

vip
Dined 5 days ago

One of my favourite restaurants in all of Maui The strawberry cheesecake is brilliant. Had the ahi sandwich which was done perfectly. The drink selection is amazing and in everything there is nothing but quality ingredients. Ate there 2 days in a row!

food4
ambience4
service4

Great service from our servers all 3 vis ...

Dined 6 days ago

Great service from our servers all 3 visits! Food was awesome the first night, came out hot and delicious. 2nd visit included a delicious pizza with lobster and mushrooms, 3 rd visit was a disappointing burger. Stay with the local type dishes fish, salads and their pizza and you won't be disappointed. Save room for pie!

food4
ambience3
service5
value2

Great Night Out!

Dined 6 days ago

Drinks were good and the food was outstanding. A bit on the pricey side, but I guess that's what you pay in Wailea. Grateful for eating outside, inside was noisy and loud, but still a great place to hang out in.

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Monkey Pod is a Wailea treasure!

Dined 6 days ago

We love vacations in Wailea and had heard great things about Monkey Pod! We've had back to back meals at the restaurant....we loved it. First of all,they have designed small welcoming touches to their restaurant, so you feel appreciated.. From the fresh cooling fruit beverage that greets everyone at reception. Although the location is upstairs in a small mall, they have added an original S.E. Asian decor that is subtle and original. There is a distant ocean view that is nice at sunset. The menu is tempting and attractive- although the Mai-tai is highly rated, I thought the wine list was excellent. My husband and I chose two seafood dishes-mine was a featured item- a mild grilled fish seasoned with coconut and curry. It was absolutely fabulous-to the last bite. My husband enjoyed grilled fish tacos that were generous and presented in a handsome way. Everything was beautifully fresh and perfect. We shared a garden fresh Ceasar, Maui onions and white anchovies that was perfect to share and delicious. Last of all, we couldn't resist taking a piece of the coconut cream pie home. What a lovely sweet conclusion'. This review would not be complete without mentioning our waiter Amanda. She was welcoming, professional, and so helpful with our suggestions, This restaurant is not for tourists-it is for everyone who appreciates delicious food and fine restaurants-it is special!!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

A must!

Dined on April 25, 2016

The food is excellent; farm to table/organic. Chef recipes are unique and amazing! Very good craft beers. Very popular so reservations are a must. A little noisy. Wish they could add some sound proof on the walls....or dine outside on the patio. If they offered breakfast, we would be there for all our meals!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Went once for dinner and returned two ti ...

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

Went once for dinner and returned two times for Mai tai's and dessert! The Mai tai really is out of this world. Fish tacos were forgettable but gnocchi was good! I will certainly return next vacation to Maui.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Excellent food, drinks and service! We w ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Excellent food, drinks and service! We were lucky to think ahead and make reservations because there was a huge crowd waiting - obviously a good sign! It was a great evening overall.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Great meal!

Dined on April 24, 2016

Great meal!

food5
ambience5
service5

Anthony was our server. He was wonderful ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Anthony was our server. He was wonderful!!! Ribeye was amazing!!!! Highly recommend this place!!!

food4
ambience4
service5

Noisy inside, but more pleasant outside. ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Noisy inside, but more pleasant outside. Waitress was knowledgeable and pleasant, as well as efficient. I appreciated the emphasis on farm to table. I would recommend this restaurant to others.

food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome food

Dined on April 24, 2016

Awesome food

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful as always!

Dined on April 24, 2016

A must if you are coming to Maui! Great food, great people, great place!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Must Visit if You're In Kihei or Wailea

Dined on April 22, 2016

MonkeyPod has a great atmosphere with a beautiful view (for now - it looks like some construction is going up which may block the sunset!). Reservations are an excellent idea. Service is great, patio is awesome, and the food is delish!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Great menu, delicious preps.

Dined on April 22, 2016

Great menu, delicious preps.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Good Happy Hour, Service

Dined on April 22, 2016

We enjoyed our visit to Monkeypod during their Happy Hour. The truffle fries were a hit along with the pumpkin ravioli. We also enjoyed their margherita and proletariot pizzas, especially at the happy hour price of $9 each. Ingredients tasted fresh. Would avoid the lobster deviled eggs in the future, they weren't bad but also weren't anything special. In the past, we've tried the raw bar and would not recommend that either. We also tried a dark chocolate, caramel cream pie that was very tasty. Not too sweet or heavy in a good way. It was a nice way to end the meal. The kids got mac-and-cheese, complimentary for 3 and under. Lastly, our service was superb. Was not intrusive, yet always stepped in right before we ever needed to flag him down. Note, it's pricey but Happy Hour appetizers+pizzas made it a decent value.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
food3
ambience2
service3

A lot of hype. It's very good food but n ...

vip
Dined on April 21, 2016

A lot of hype. It's very good food but not exceptional compared to other places in Wailea area and there are no views.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great service, friendly waiters who had ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

Great service, friendly waiters who had good food recommendations and kept the drinks flowing.

food5
ambience3
service5

Great food and reasonably priced. Would ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

Great food and reasonably priced. Would recommend.

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Fine dining at affordable price

Dined on April 20, 2016

Our family of five visited twice in three days whilst on holiday. Whilst the entrees are pricey the burgers and pizzas are very reasonably priced and are absolutely delicious. Pete's classic burger and the Margherita pizza were favourites. The place is busy, vibrant and noisy. The live music was great without being obtrusive. Would definitely visit again.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience3
service5

The macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi was ...

Dined on April 20, 2016

The macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi was incredible. Highly recommend the oven roasted Brussel sprouts.

food4
ambience4
service4

Very solid choice for Maui. The best Mai ...

vip
Dined on April 19, 2016

Very solid choice for Maui. The best MainTai for sure.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Great Dining Spot

Dined on April 18, 2016

Fun spot in Wailea to grab a bite to eat. The Mai Tai was awesome. Favorite dish was the mahi mahi. Loved it.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Loved it!!!

Dined on April 18, 2016

The food was incredible and the live music was the perfect touch. I would definitely go back!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always good food & service; seated in an ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

Always good food & service; seated in an area so conversation was possible; friends were new to restaurant..very complimentary.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Everything is so fresh and delicious, I ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

Everything is so fresh and delicious, I highly recommend the passion fruit wheat beer! Icy cold and delicious!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Go for the Mai Tai, stay for the food.

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

The restaurant location is deceiving, situated just off a main road in a small strip mall location, so we really didn't know what to expect. We had heard that they did good Mai Tais so wanted to give them a try. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and were pleasantly surprised that there was great live music while we had our lunch. We ordered our Mai Tais and were not disappointed! Tasty and potent. We started with a raw bar mixed plate that consisted of sesame ahi poke, organic waihe'e macadamia nuts coconut ceviche & octopus (take) poke. So fresh and great flavours. Each bite was very well balanced and really gave us three completely different tastes which was perfect. For our main course, we knew that we wanted to order something from the wood oven as the smell was amazing as we walked into the space. We selected pizzas that were made with their own crust and local organic ingredients. They really were outstanding. We left feeling completely satisfied and then three days later, came back for more. Thank you for a great meal and we look forward to our next trip to Maui...one more Mai Tai please.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

Great atmosphere - happy hour is great fun

Dined on April 16, 2016

We were on holiday in Wailea and a friend mentioned Monkeypox, saying it was good value. It was within walking distance so we booked to eat early to include happy hour. The Mai Tais are fantastic and I also tried other cocktails. Our server was friendly and helpful, and, after waiting a few minutes, we were seated on the patio looking at the sunset. The food was well-presented and very tasty. We recommended to another friend who has since visited. Good vice, good for groups and families, great cocktails.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service5

One of our favourite places to eat in Ma ...

Dined on April 15, 2016

One of our favourite places to eat in Maui. Casual, upbeat atmosphere with awesome live music and great happy hour specials on food & beer. Mai Tai's also the best I've had on Maui. Have eaten here 3 times during our stay for lunch & dinner. Would definitely recommend.

food5
ambience5
service5

Best Mai Tai on Maui! Had the chefs seaf ...

Dined on April 15, 2016

Best Mai Tai on Maui! Had the chefs seafood creation and it was very flavourful! Recommend outside seating as it is noisy inside but great atmosphere!!

food2
ambience3
service3
value1

Food was mediocre. First round of fish t ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

Food was mediocre. First round of fish tacos were soggy so we asked for new one. Second round wasn't soggy, but did not have any flavour. Much better fish tacos elsewhere. We also had the curry seafood stew. Flavours were great, but the list of ingredients did not state there was mushrooms and onions; neither of which my husband will eat. We had a gift card for the place so it was ok. I wouldn't have been happy if spending my own money for an overpriced meal.

food5
ambience4
service4

The mixologist (bartenders) are real goo ...

vip
Dined on April 14, 2016

The mixologist (bartenders) are real good at their jobs!

food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and drinks and service. Excee ...

Dined on April 13, 2016

Great food and drinks and service. Exceeded expectations!

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