Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman

12 recent ratings
$$ • Hawaiian Restaurant, Bar
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Cider, Tacos
80% of 10 votes say it's celiac friendly
92-1048 Olani Street
Ko Olina, HI 96707

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Celiac

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Extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff with a good amount of gluten free menu options. Appetizer selection is limited but the salads, fresh catch, and other entrees can mostly be made gluten free. Excellent drinks!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Very little gluten free options other than having bunless burgers. I had wings as a starter and fish tacos as a main. Was okay overall but won’t return. *** Waiter was highly knowledgeable about gluten and took my celiac disease very seriously

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 1 month ago read full review

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I am giving MonkeyPod 3 stars because I did t get sick. They lost two stars because I had extremely limited options. My appetizer (aka my meal) was $18. It was chicken wings with no sauce. They were small and I didn’t think they were that great. I left hungry.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Updated 1 month ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Cider
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Tacos

Categories

  • Bar
  • Dinner
  • Hawaiian
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

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Lobster deviled eggs, gluten free
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Not celiac

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Server had no clue. Got a tiny piece of Mahi-mahi grilled and OLD (ice cream scoop) of rice 🤮 Not worth the visit or the $$$

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

Updated 2 months ago read full review

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Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Food is very tasty here but not a lot of celaic safe options. We got the chicken wings and I got the fish tacos. Server was very knowledgeable about celiac and ensured kitchen knew about no cross contact. No problems eating here but limited options for celiac folks.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I also have a dairy allergy so choices were limited. I had the fish tacos with a few modifications and they were fabulous. I would go again for the fish tacos knowing that is basically my only option. They did have an allergen binder which I used to check choices.

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

Updated 5 months ago read full review

Celiac

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In terms of safety, I would recommend this place. I got the wings and a Mai Tai here. I did not think the food was worth the price. They were also fairly limited in gluten free options. I heard a lot of great reviews for monkey pod but I may have just ordered the wrong food item. May be a better spot to come for just the Mai Tai with Lilikoi foam during happy hour than a full meal.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Updated 7 months ago read full review

Not celiac

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They don't have GF stuff marked on the menu (seems commonplace in Hawaii) but I called and they first asked if I needed Celiac-friendly options or if I was GF by choice. The Celiac options were: wings which I had and they were really tasty, fish tacos which I also had and they were yum, steak, seared ahi steak, the sandwiches and burgers could be made without the bread or bun, and there were 1 or 2 more options. They said the fries weren't battered but were fried in a shared fryer so not safe for Celiac. I'm not Celiac and tend to do ok with shared fryer fries so I tried some and they were delicious--the garlic truffle fries. Yummmm. Not really any noticeable adverse reactions after eating here. The Mai Tais are awesome.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 9 months ago read full review

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4 out of 5 purely because there’s not very much selection. The manager was super knowledgeable. Precautions for cross-contamination were taken as well. Overall very good experience.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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This is a must if you are staying in Ko Olina! I was so impressed with how friendly and knowledgeable the staff was about gluten free. I had the chicken wings, lobster deviled eggs, and fish tacos and they were all phenomenal. Cocktails are yummy, too. I felt extremely safe and did not get sick. I wish this was a chain on the mainland!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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We ate here twice on our trip & both times our servers were very knowledgeable. They made chicken tacos for our daughter on corn tortillas with avocado from the children’s menu & she loved them so much she got them both times! They even had a gluten free & dairy free pineapple sorbet that she could have for dessert.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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When I always come here I always get the wings and the fish tacos and they are so delicious

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Excellent service and knowledge— even pointed out that the special had soy sauce in a marinade but could be substituted.

You can order about 1/3 to 1/2 the menu with only minor subs. Very accommodating staff.

Gelato and sorbet are safe too!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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No gluten free menu but ordered a salad and mentioned gluten free. The waitress immediately pointed out the dressing had wheat and gave me a suggestion for an alternative. Most places don’t have such well trained staff. The food was delicious. FYI - restaurant is across the street from what this map shows.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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No gluten free menu Some items were safe but not much variety No gluten free bread No gluten free pizza

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Loved it! They don't have a gluten free menu, but both the manager and the waitress were very knowledgeable about celiac and which items we could and couldn't get. The food was amazing but the drinks really stole the show!

They don't have a dedicated fryer but they do have dedicated preparation areas for their gluten free guests.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My daughter, 15, has Celiac and the waitress was very knowledgeable. She had macadamia encrusted fish for the first time and devoured it!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Such a rude group. Arrived and they won’t even let you take the allergen menu to the table... what we ordered ended up not being available.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Had fries and wings. Normally don't have cross contamination problem so unsure if it would cause a problem. But food was good and service was good.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Ordered the wings, was guaranteed that there would be no cross contamination. I guess that there wasn’t a dedicated fryer, that or they really are just that incompetent. Threw up on the way back to the hotel. Called them a little later and was left on hold... until it just hung up. Just plain unprofessional

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Let me start off by saying that there are very limited options for gluten free. Given this I went with what seemed like the safest option, steak. The waiter reassured me that many precautions are taken to avoid cross contamination, this must have been a lie. Before even leaving the restaurant I had thrown up. Upon telling the waiter this, he first said he would get the manager. He returns saying that the food was prepared normally so there is no way that it was their fault I got sick. He then went on to say that I must have been sick before coming in. I have been diagnosed with celiac disease for 19 years, I think I kno the difference. When going out to eat getting sick is always in the cards, mistakes happen. However, I have never seen a restaurant handle this situation so poorly. I wish I could give less stars.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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No gluten free menu... limited options, food wasn’t good at all, and not worth the price.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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So glad I tried this place, I wasn’t going to based on some of the reviews. However one of the locals from the island highly recommended it so I gave it a try. Amazing food! They do not have a gluten free menu however our server asked if our party had any allergies. He said they can modify most of the menu to be GF. I had the fish tacos and lobster deviled eggs, absolute delicious! Everything was so fresh. Give this place a try you will not be disappointed!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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First - there is NO GF menu!!!!! The reservation page will link you to the MonkeyPod in a different island, so don't use that. The music was soooo loud we couldn't hear the staff or each other. We had to ask about each dish and the waiter didn't know much. Even the manager said " I think it's ok" ?!? Half of the dinners came out 10 mins apart from the rest. The portions were ridiculously small for the expense. Our waiter was MIA and left our drinks empty often. We were told "I'm sorry " repeatedly, by waiter and manager. Finally, were very detailed as to our issues, the manager said again he was sorry and left. They did reduce our final bill, more than half. I would not recommend, for even a gluten sensitive and definitely not celiac.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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No GF menu but communication is key and depends on the server. Got the burger without the bun - excellent; one of the best burgers in a long time of ordering without a bun. Have not been back yet to see if we just got lucky that night.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I put not celiac friendly, but it could be depending on the communication with your server and kitchen. my server was very experienced and said she'd worked with them since they opened years ago.

nothing on the menu is marked gluten free but my server knew some and was happy to ask or double check with the kitchen. fish tacos are the main recommendation but I wasn't in the mood. I had rosemary wings, jalapeño mashed potatoes, and lobster deviled eggs. I also had a smoothie. dessert was ice cream and gluten free chocolate cake or brownie not sure which

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Our waiter wasn't interested in helping us understand celiac safe options for our 5 year old. The options we were presented were fish tacos and a salad. After the fact the waiter remembered a kids plate with chicken and pesto that "probably didn't have gluten in it". No thank you. The best we could do was order brown rice and fruit for her. She eats A LOT of rice, and wouldn't eat the rice they brought. The non GF family was satisfied but not overly impressed with their dinners.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Wow, what a great place to eat and safe! I had the Lobster Devil Eggs, Turkey Burger with the jalapeño Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Fruit with vanilla Gelato. Highly recommend!

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Our waiter James was amazing and went right to the chef to see what I could eat. The chef made me Red Snapper to die for!!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Great deviled egg appetizer. Got fish tacos - fantastic. Waiter was great helping me navigate the menu!

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Avoid this place. Waiter didn't want to be bothered by celiac request. 'Only thing we have is fish tacos for celiacs' Don't bother.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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I love love love Monkey Pod food but there is some guess work in figuring out what is gluten free. You have to ask your server to find out and I am a fan of being able to read the ingredients so that can be frustrating. But the food they do make is incredible!

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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No GF menu but our server was very knowledgeable. Fish Tacos were great! Not to mention their organic/grass fed options for the rest if my family!

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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No gluten free menu, but server read gluten free options from her notes. She did not seem very knowledgeable about the options. GF options are fairly limited - fish tacos, burgers without buns, one salad dressing. Food was expensive and not particularly impressive.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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I had a pleasant experience here. There isn't a huge variety for the GF menu, but I tried the fish tacos, and they were excellent. I ordered at the bar, and the waiter/bartender was very knowledgeable, so I was able to enjoy an entire entree and a margarita with no reaction (digestive or dermatitis herpetiformis). I have already recommended that my best friend, who is also GF, give it a try.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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Tried to tell me gnocchi was gf. With some further investigation with the chef, the server realized they were wrong. Only a few items are gf.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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Staff is very knowledgable about the many options. Most of the menu can be done gf. Lots of fish options

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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