Merriman's - Poipu
Merriman's - Poipu

Merriman's - Poipu

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.merrimanshawaii.com/
  • Phone: 8087428385
  • Hours of Operation:
    Fish House: Dinner Daily from 5:30pm-9:00pm (Reservations Recommended)



    Gourmet Pizzas & Burgers: Lunch/Dinner Daily from 11am-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Arriola
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are able to do group events at the restaurant or off premise. Call us and we will be happy to provide for your function.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can handle small group functions up to 30 people or the restaurant is available to be bought out for the evening seats up to 110.
  • Private Party Contact: Kristina Colburn 8087428385
  • Entertainment: Merriman's Gourmet Pizza & Burgers : Every Wednesdays 6-8pm
    Merriman's Fish House: Every Friday 6-8pm
  • Special Events: Feel free to contact Kristina via email kristina@merrimanshawaii.com for more information on our special event offers.

    For any buyout inquiries, please contact Danielle Kuck at 808-446-8043

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Poipu Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located in the Shops at Kukui'ula. As the only upscale mall in Po'ipu they have self parking for guests.
A word from Merriman's - Poipu
Chef-Owner Peter Merriman has brought his unique style of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine served in a casual yet elegant setting of Old Hawaii Plantation. A pioneer in the "Farm to Table" concept, Peter serves only the freshest products, at least 90% of which are locally grown or caught, using only sustainable methods. His international menu items are prepared in a manner that highlights the natural flavors of these fresh, local foods. Located in Poipu, we feature both mauka (mountain) and makai (ocean) views as well as sunset veiws over the Kukui'ula resort. The aloha-friendly staff, with a food and beverage knowledge second to none, will ensure that you have an extraordinary dining experience.
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Merriman's - Poipu reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (77)special occasion (67)romantic (62)fit for foodies (59)notable wine list (43)great for outdoor dining (34)neighborhood gem (28)good for groups (17)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • A Tasty Experience
    MichaelB
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had the ahi poke was fantastic and better than the lobster ceviche. The kale and butter lettuce salad was refreshing and spot on. The New York Bone-in steak had great char flavor, cooked to perfection with the sides of beets, garlic mashed potatoes, and garlic broccoli bringing everything together with pungent tastes. My wife and I split everything listed and we brought home enough of the entree for a small lunch the next day... which was great again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Hawaiian dining
    Lives4MaineVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great surprise, we usually enjoy the bar downstairs, but for a special anniversary celebration with friends we ate upstairs. Lots of TLC by the servers, the food was delicious. Pricey, but what dining on Kauai isn't? I would pass on the Mai Tai next time ~ Will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overcooked fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    For the price you pay you would expect a food to be delicious and mouth watering, it wan't not, my supposedly "seared" fish was very overcooked.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful 30th anniversary dinner
    livingthelife
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our original choice for our special dinner booted us for a wedding, so we chose Merrimans instead, and we couldn't be happier about it. The food was wonderful. And the sunset view was amazing. Our appetizers were the clams and a beet salad. I splurged on lobster, my husband tried a duo of fish, seared ahi and opah. Th seared ahi was unbelievably good, I would go back again just for that. We had a beautiful brut rose cremant d'alsace which paired wonderfully throughout the meal. It was the most expensive meal we had, but it was well worth it. The Pakula coffee that finished the meal was dynamite. All in all a memorable night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This is a great new place that we explored at the recommendations of friends - it held up to everything they said! Great food, wonderful ambiance and a romantic dinner for our Anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening
    LoveKauai
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    What a perfect place to spend our last evening in Kauai. The only disappointment was that the purple Molokai sweet potatoes were taken off the regular menu and we missed the special menu they were on the night before. Didn't notice the malasadas on the dessert menu last year, but were to full to try them this year. Will need to plan better next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a special dinner
    EleeleGirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My partner knew Merriman's from Waimea and we chose Merriman's Poipu for a special dinner when we visited Kauai. We picked our time to be seated before Sunset and had a fabulous view of the Sunset and got great photos of the view. Service was outstanding and responsive. My vegetarian entree was great and just the right amount of food. My partner order a lamb plate: roast and chops. One was a little tough; both were tasty. The location is very well done and a place very much worth a visit. There is a good vibe to the whole place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dacashvt
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent food! Prices aren't too bad, especially for Hawaii, considering the quality and portions. The chocolate purse is delicious and I'm hard to impress with dessert. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    aztravelguy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Love this restaurant!!! The food is always fabulous as well as the service. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very expensive
    Ashley
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Ordered two drinks, orderves and got free bread 70 dollers plus the tip food was ok
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and view
    Merrimans
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The dinner was delicious, drinks great and watched the sunset from our table. Not a bad seat anywhere in the house.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    MiceVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Not as good as Merriman's in Maui....ambience is very different
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not an eating crowd
    santarosatouristsVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Too many noisy babies. Really just about ruined our perfectly good meal. They need a policy to handle this. It's unbelievable Merrimans would let a screaming toddler take over the place. Finally, the people got their meal packed up to go and left, but too late for us. The food and presentation was wonderful, but we might as well been at McDonald's.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • peffer1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Durong a recent stay in Kauai we dined here two times, the first night and the last. Each dinner was exceptional. Portions are generous aand allowed is to share each thing we ordered.the clam appetizer was put of this world. The service was friendly and spot on. We would have eaten there again if we had extended our stay
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must for food lovers !
    AGVillage
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Exquisite taste & textures. Surprisingly delightful since the views alone are worth visiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our best dine in Hawaii
    Redeirider
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great food and very nice options "of the day". We had already been in Maui, at same level!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to eat here every night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Everyone from the chef to the wait staff cares about the good served at this establishment. The freshest of the fresh ingredients prepared in unique ways to perfection. Even the cocktails were something to write home about. Was hoping to revisit this spot after the first meal, but now having regrets for not making that happen. Guess it means I'll just have to go on another vacation soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but pricey
    SunnyDays
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a really nice meal here. Every table except 2 had families with children, mostly large groups. Just keep that in mind if you're looking for a romantic dinner for 2, might not be the right place. Good service, though not exceptional. Food was excellent, my salad made with island butter lettuce was one of the best salads I've had- I think the secret was in the dressing. Fresh fish, lobster, all good. I ventured out and tried the taro balls, and confirmed that mashed taro is not my thing. Desserts were scrumptious, we tried several. Room stayed cool with open windows and ceiling fans. One downside is the expense; I think Merriman's is overpriced for the big family atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food in Kukuiula
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    One of the few of choices on the island after 9pm. Merriman's is consistently good across all of his resturants and does a good job with the local fish e.g. Monchong
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • JazMana
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food was amazing! We got the Kobe beef and Uku specials respectively. Steak was out of this world, melt in your mouth, delicious! The uku sat in a brown butter bath that tied the entire dish together.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • onolicious food-fantastic service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Outstanding, friendly service! Choke aloha and totally professional waitstaff! Mahalo nui to Jared! Food was onolicious and arrived very quickly! Definitely one of my favorite special occasion spots on island!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent--bestfood on the island!!
    lil1sdr
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My husband and I went to this place two years ago--it was fabulous then as it was this week. Its hard to find good food on the island that isn't just fried food and burgers. Knowing where the food comes from--even better. Organic, locally grown--although you are in kaui its surprising there are so few restaurants that actually cater to foodies. This place delivers on many levels! My husband loves fish that isn't tuna and there were multiple options. I am a vegetarian--there were many options for me too..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and wait staff
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Merrimans clearly uses as many Hawaiian items as possible. Given the lusciousness of the local produce, fish, and livestock, this is a really good thing! There is a great deal of imagination and skill in the kitchen--we will never tire of the incredible variety of Hawaiian fresh fish, but it was fun to have it prepared so creatively. Everything we ordered was perfectly cooked and presented. Wait staff is incredibly skilled and very personable. Also, one person in our party forgot a valuable personal item in the restaurant and they tracked us down to let us know before he realized it was missing. If only we could live in Hawaii and go to Merrimans every week!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal on the Poipu/Kauai
    Biewel
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Tried various "better" places on the Poipu side. Outstanding service and food. Nice setting overlooking greenery and ocean. Not enough room to write a detailed review but definitively best place on the Poipu side. Went to Red Salt as well and while we enjoyed it on a previous visit it fell way short this time. Menu at Merriman's is innovative, not over loaded with choices, well executed, very well selected wine list, service very attentive. Some of the seating could be some what improved but nothing major!! Well worth the money!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect All Around
    rarelygetsout
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My wife and I chose Merriman's for our 15th anniversary dinner, and could not be happier. The appetizer; lobster ceviche was amazing, which led us into main courses of seared ahi and macdemia crusted monchong. Our waiter, Jared was about as friendly and professional as could be. To end the evening, we had the chocolate martini-very good and truly the show stopper was the chocolate purse with mac nut ice cream. We agreed it was one of the best dinners we had ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has come in to its own
    Katy44921VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Locally sourced, organic, amazingly high quality food with elegant flavor all fused together. Highly recommend!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST MEAL IN KAUI!
    MrsRVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My husband and I with our 2 kids absolutely enjoyed our meals in this restaurant. The wait staff are very attentive and nonintrusive. I would say that we had the best Poke in all the Hawaiian islands ( having visited Maui, Oahu, Kona and Kaui)! My husband ordered the t bone steak and it was one of the best steaks I've ever eaten!! Truly a gem for foodies and the place is kid friendly too. Definitely, on our list to visit next time we are back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner of the honeymoon!
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a great night at Merriman's Poipu. The service was great, and the food was even better.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    downtownseaVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was good and well-presented. The waiter was young and arrogant but oh well. The setting was beautiful. But the prices really weren't justified by the portion size and the types of food. Yes, it was good food, but even for a special occasion night (which it was for us), I think we could have done better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JHi@MM
    JeHiVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Food was great. Followed the special recommendation (fish from same day catch). Friendly and competent service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must dine!
    Partyof2
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My wife and I truly had an amazing experience at Merriman's. The service was incredible, the food was out of this world, and the view could not be beat. Was the perfect location for some before and after shopping at the local spots! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best fish we had in Poipu!
    VikingKingVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Fish was cooked perfectly. Also the bread is wonderful! Cocktails were good but too sweet however. Tables with ocean view out on balcony were more romantic and felt like a different restaurant. Empty at 9.30 PM (like most places in Poipu) so reserve before 8.00PM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monchong and malasadas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Merriman's is by far the best meal you can get on the island! Kui, our waiter, offered sublime service. The food runners delivered plates with delicate precision while reciting everything on the plate. The view includes both the ocean and mountains. But then there is the food. The fish is so fresh, the presentation so lovely you hate to take the first bite. I was convinced that I wanted the monchong, but after hearing the daily special...Hawaiian Sea Bass crusted with Dungeness crab and parmesan, served with two jumbo Hawaiian prawns, seafood risotto cakes and chili-spiced broccoli...I opted for the special. It was so good. Expensive, but worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food.....always
    beareVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    It's Merrimans, you almost don't need to say any more. Fantastic food and service. My favorite is the Ono. I make a point to dine here every time I come to Kaua'i.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pilateslady
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Excellent fresh local food! Beautiful atmosphere, great service! A must if you're visiting Kauai!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    What a great fiind! We loved the pupu tasting platter and thought it was a good idea to have a Duo Plate for the entree --- that is, two half servings of different fish preparations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Merriman's Poipu
    KauaiLover
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This is a must do for anyone visiting or living permanently on Kauai -- especially the South Shore. The food is excellent and the service even better. As is the case in many upscale restaurants -- especially in Hawaii -- the wine is very much overpriced, but the selection is excellent. The ambience is quite romantic with views of the ocean and magnificent sunsets. If there is any potential drawback it would be the sometimes noise created by the enthusiastic screaming of young uncontrolled children cavorting on the adjacent grassy area below and between Merriman's and the next structure. All things considered though, this is one of the premiere choices on Kauai for dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would absolutely eat here again
    Mdsrhanna
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was my husbands and I's second time dining here, and I look forward to the next time we are able. We had the same server both times (Jarrod) and he is wonderful! Very attentive! We only eat here for special occasions as it can be pretty pricey but we thoroughly enjoy it everytime we do!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food at merrimans is always spectacular. Great view and even better service. Tiare our server was great recommend her if can get her. Everyone was super friendly and very attentive at the table from water refills to replacing silverware between meals. Manager on duty came around to see how things were which is always a plus when your face to face with management. Definitely would recommend merrimans and will be back next time in kauai. Can't wait for the Oahu shop to open. Thanks again for a wonderful night.
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  • Perfect dining experience!
    ErnieEddie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Merrimans! We were vacationing on Kauai for our honeymoon and they offered us a beautiful booth for 2 and complimentary prosecco to start. Our server was excellent! The sampler appetizer is a must and for entrees the ahi and the mahi mahi were superb. So fresh and paired with seasonal, unique sides and sauces. We only wish we had left room for dessert! When we return to Kauai, we will be sure to return to this fantastic establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.