Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman - Ko Olina

92-1048 Olani St, Kapolei
(808) 380-4086

Recent Reviews

Janett O'Neill

Always a good choice . Excellent service , evening live entertainment

Holly Blackerby Mitchell

Great food and great service!


So this place does not disappoint drinks are great food is great service outstanding. Very friendly welcoming and relaxed no rush the true meaning of hospitality outstanding job


This restaurant has a lot of potential. It’s got live music and a cool vibe. Food is not great and certainly could use improvement to the menu and value for the money spent. We waited 45 minutes for a table for 2 at 8PM on a Thursday night. We both ordered the fish tacos as they were recommended by our server. For $25 each plate we were very disappointed. We received 3 small tacos. No side. No chips or salsa. Nothing, just the tacos. They were bland and had a tad of spice (heat) but that was all. We got our check and left hungry so we walked to the ABC store next door for additional food. Definitely not worth the $50 and we wished we would have gone elsewhere. I would not recommend their food but have heard their drinks are good.

Ernesto Eugenio

Friendly staff. Great food and drinks.


MonkeyPod is not currently accepting reservations. It is first come, first serve. Waited over 30 minutes and only seats available were at the bar. Our bartender was fabulous and made us feel welcome but the food was definitely average and tasted like fast food. We have been there is prior years and really enjoyed the meal but not this time around.


incredible food, service, portions, and prices. the servers, bartenders, and everybody are fabulous. their happy hour is a big saving with major discounts. get there early to snag a seat. food is delicious. skip roys, minas, or any of the expensive and pretentiousness of the hotel chains with overly salty and greasy food. monkeypod is a healthy and happy atmosphere and people.

Jason P.

Loved Monkeypod! The atmosphere here can be best described as fun. It's right across the street from all the resorts in Ko'Olina, so easy walking distance for even the kiddos. Their cocktails were fantastic! Try the No Ka 'Oi... "it's the best" (that's literally the translation). Food was delicious, from the pumpkin patch raviolis to their Kailua pork and pineapple pizza. They even had free Mac n cheese for kids under 3! Service was great! As soon as beverages were getting low, the servers were already asking if we wanted another. And the drinks came before we could even finish the previous drinks! My only complaint was the wait. Since they didn't take reservations, we got there close to 6:30p but had to wait an hour and a half to be seated. But once we were in, everything was a smooth as can be, just like the Na Ka 'Oi!

Miriam P.

The Mai Tai was absolutely delicious!!! The margarita pizza was a hard pass. The Kalua pinapple pizza was so flavorful! Would recommend that one over the margarita. The fries were my favorite! Also got a kale salad that was the best! Dressing was ginger and has golden raisins I would definitely order that again.

Andy M.

Very busy but worth the wait. The pizzas are good as well as the salads and tacos. Service is very friendly and attentive Good food and selections Must finish off with their desert pies. We had the banana cream pie and it was delicious.

Barb A.

Our party of 8 arrived Saturday night to Monkeypod Kitchen. They were very busy and told us it would be an hour. We decided to wait and were so glad about our decision. They had a table ready for us much sooner than an hour (THANKS!). We ordered Monkeypod Mai Tais. They were very good, not as sweet as a regular Mai Tai. We also ordered the Wood Roasted Chicken Wings. They were hot and crispy, yum! I really liked the bit of spice on the wings. The sauce was also very good. We did try to order the Lobster Deviled Eggs, but unfortunately they ran out. Each of us ordered different meals. The Macadamia nut crusted mahi-mahi was so delicious! The bok choy also had good flavor. The brown rice was very bland, didn't really have any flavor. But the fish was awesome! Other notable dishes was the jalapeño mashed potatoes....awesome! And the Seared Ahi Steak, yum! The fried fish was very crispy. And the fish sandwich was good. Save room for dessert....the strawberry cream pie was sooooo good! It was very light and was delectable!!!


Ordered tacos and pizza for pick up one night and it was really good. Tried to get dinner reservations another night but was too busy. I would go back again though.

Nykee Lindsey

Food was very good. Happy hour was great. Busy and a fairly long wait but if you get there right when happy hour starts it’s not too bad. My only advice if you have kids is to make them aware you want the free pasta for the little kids, otherwise they assume they’re not under 2 and bring out the full size. Luckily the waitress took it off the bill but just a heads up to make them aware when ordering. Other than that, delicious.

Josie Herrin

Quite good. Had Seared Ahi, Ahi itself was okay, Jalapeno mashed potatoes were AMAZING. No Kai oi drink was very good but not a lot of liquid for $15 haha.


Wonderful atmosphere and family dining. Close to the major Ko Olina resorts. Appetizers are very tasty. We enjoyed the lobster deviled eggs. Kids pizza is the same size as the adults. All are about 12-14” and can feed two people easily. Fish tacos were amazing with a little heat with the sauce. Do not forget about desert. Strawberry pie is a must have. Think cheesecake but a little lighter and airy. Enjoy! Covid protocols apply and no reservations currently.

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Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman - Ko Olina

92-1048 Olani St, Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 380-4086