Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island
Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.merrimanshawaii.com/
  • Phone: 8088856822x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm;
    PLEASE NOTE MERRIMAN'S - WAIMEA - BIG ISLAND ARE CURRENTLY NOT SERVING LUNCH ON WEEKENDS
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Peter Merriman
  • Dress Code: Resort Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Offering the best of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Please contact us for details!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 19
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self park.
A word from Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island
Located in the heart of the Big Islands farm community is Peter Merriman's original restaurant; Merriman's Waimea. Chef/Owner Peter Merriman is one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and uses 90% or more of local produce, fish and beef. All dishes are handcrafted to highlight the natural flavors of each menu item. Our award winning wine list has selections for all to enjoy. Merriman's knowledgeable and friendly staff will guide you through a culinary experience you will not forget. We look forward to serving you!
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Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (108)special occasion (101)neighborhood gem (58)romantic (53)notable wine list (50)good for groups (30)great for lunch (23)hot spot (17)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (10)scenic view (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Our table at a window looking out onto the herb garden and listening to the water fountain was like an appetizer. Loved the fact that we could open the window and feel the cool breeze too. Our waiter was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    DallasJVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    After eating at mediocre hotel restaurants, Merriman's was a wonderful find. It is a bit of a drive but well worth it. Dinner was amazing, ingredients were fresh, local and well used to create amazing flavorful dishes. The special surf and turf appetizer was amazing. The fresh fish and monching were delicious. The bread pudding was a cross between pineapple upside down cake and a cobbler- so good. Like other reviewers, we are sorry we didn't find this sooner on our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great dining experience
    RandB
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Batting 1.000, 4 for 4..... Another incredible evening. My wife had the chili prawn appetizer and leg of lamb. I had the Ahi poke and pink snapper. paired with a bottle of Darioush Cabernet..... and pampered by Dylan. We could not have had a better evening Five stars+
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • N8MD
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    One of the best meals I've ever had. Incredible service. I can't speak highly enough of my evening there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always go here when we are in Kona
    HKLCVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We don't go to the Big Island very often, but if we are ever in Kona, we make the 40-minute trek to Waimea to eat here. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Hawaii. They started farm to table dining before the term was invented. The quality of the food was outstanding, and the service was very good for how busy they were. My only complaint was that food was a little slow coming out, but then again, I didn't realize we picked the weekend of the Ironman to visit:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everything was fantastic! We will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good service
    ANguyen07
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was great and I loved my waiter. He was very knowledgable of everything on the menu and kept me and my friend entertained throughout our meal as he described how each dish was prepared. All around friendly and great place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed results
    gone2eat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Service was excellent, wife ordered lamb which was great. I had ahi tuna and it was served with a very bland Wasabi which did nothing to enhance the meal. As a result, my meal was disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Headshrinker
    Headshrinker
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great food and great service. Went beyond the call of duty to help my wife who had a problem and assisted in taking her to the hospital. Nothing to do with the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Stop
    probblum
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My Wife is a vegan while I am not. Merriman's always has interesting choices for vegan/vegetarian diets for all the courses served. But to be honest, my Wife was happiest when she asked if the Chef had any ideas for her. For the meat eater; the fresh fish special was exceptional, and exactly what I was looking for having just arrived in Hawaii. Try not to fill up on the wonderful fresh bread. The cocktails from the bar are inventive so don't be shy; the wine list is extensive. Merriman's is not inexpensive but well worth it if you value this type of restaurant. Collect the car, drop the top, and enjoy the winding drive up the mountain to Waimea. Enjoy the atmosphere of a fine local restaurant, you will truly be in Hawaii.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mahalo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We love Merrimans Waimea and go at least twice a year for our birthdays. We are never disappointed and our last experience was no exception. Amazing locally sourced food and the most professional waitstaff on the island, who also exude aloha through their fine dining demeanor. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Our waitress, Emi, was beyond helpful and gave us perfect service. She deserves a raise!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OenophileVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was excellent, most the food was outstanding. The filet was so-so, very tender, but not much flavor and slightly over cooked from what O ordered. Did the duo plate so the filet was half the portion and cooked too long for that small of a piece.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A must when on the Big Island
    cleoanddeo
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Merriman's is outstanding...period! The food, the service, the wine selection, they have it all. My only regret is that my husband and I have been going to the Big Island for many years and this was our first time to dine at Merriman's. What a mistake that was. But the good news is we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    ricks
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food was outstanding. The service was good; our waiter was very knowledgeble about the food and the preparation. There were two negatives: (1) the supposedly "medium" steak was too red for my wife, who likes here meat well cooked (maybe she should have asked for well-done), (2) we were seated at a table in a little nook at the back of the restaurant, next to the wait station. To be fair, we didn't complain about either one of these things - I'm sure they could have been rectified had we said something. Otherwise, this was an excellent dining experience - well worth the 45 minute drive. Strongly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Must-Go Restaurant
    Artie808VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Merriman's - Waimea definitely is a place to go to enjoy a nice meal. The quality of the food and the preparation is consistent. It has become a must-go whenever I visit Kona.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eathere
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was not as good as previous visits. Everything else was okay. Disappointing to say the least. We had the Floritene (?) Benedict and sad to say, we 've tasted better at other restaurants not as highly regarded as Merriman's. Also, the brunch/lunch menu selections are not as good as the regular lunch menu (this was our first brunch luncheon). We'll probably come back and give Merriman's one more try and hopefully we won't be disappointed again because this is our "go-to" place that we bring our visiting guests to the Big Island.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    jrsandiegoVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Amazing food and service! Outstanding and a must if you want to enjoy amazing farm to table food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dinner on the island
    Surfandturf
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went here for our last night of our honeymoon and the entire experience was incredible. Best dinner we had between Oahu, Maui, and the big island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip brunch
    krislarsVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have had excellent dinners at Merriman's, but brunch was a big disappointment. The menu was neither breakfast nor lunch, and completely uninspired. Worse, the simple egg benedicts were not well executed. The ham was tough and tasteless, and the potatoes were undercooked in the middle. The service was uneven and spotty. Different tables were given different information about the specials and only one of our two drink orders was filled. Much better daylight food abounds on the Big Island; skip brunch here.
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  • Awesome always
    BigIsleFoodie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We've been fans of Merriman's for many many years now. Recent dinner was to entertain friends visiting from Los Angeles. This was their first time at Merriman's (second visit to Bis Island) and they were extremely impressed by the food, service and ambiance at Merriman's. They were very glad to we took them to eat there and said it was one of their best dining experiences EVER. We love Merriman's because the preparations are consistent: always top notch execution. Cannot say enough about this place. I'm so glad they are here---so many restaurants come and go on this island but Merriman's has managed to become an institution known for excellence. It's such a joy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner against a wall...
    2ducks
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We made reservations at Merriman's weeks in advance and were greatly looking forward to the experience. There was a place on the reservation form to write in special requests. I asked for a dessert. They didn't have it, but there was no response to the form either... Why ask for requests if you only plan to ignore them? When we arrived, we were placed at a table far away from the main room for four against a wall without a window view. We could've complained, but that is not our style. The server was nice, but the food was good but not worth the $$$$. We were not there to eat cheaply, we bought wine with our dinners, and 2 desserts as well, but the quality did not match the price. Next time we will drive to Kona.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Big Island Restaurant
    Charlie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Merriman's in Waimea, HI is always a must event for us whenever we visit the Big Island. You can't pick anything but a great entree' and the service is always top shelf.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant we found
    appreciativediner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Big Island is full of ordinary restaurants that serve acceptable, but far from excellent, food. The norm is what you would expect from a large chain that caters to shopping center diners. Merriman's is different. It is really good. The atmosphere is superb, the menu is varied and sophisticated, the wine list is excellent, and the food is absolutely outstanding. Prices are not out of line, and you get real value here. This restaurant could hold its own in any major city. This was the best restaurant we found, by a wide margin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Diamond in the Rough
    Maninblack
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    In what one might call a drive through town in Waimea is Merriman's. Our experience there was near perfect. Every dish we had was delicious, the waitress was bubbly and fun. I asked the internet for the best restaurant on the big island and I was not disappointed in the slightest. I would caution any visitors that your mileage may vary. With so many day's catch, or locally sourced items, and so many 'chef's preparation' selections it gives the kitchen great freedom to cook up whatever they feel like. Your dish that day could be less than perfect. But with so many 5 star ratings it would seem that is not something you should fear.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dacashvt
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Good food, but not as impressive as the Poipu location. Last time, we went for lunch and I think that's more worth it. I can't remember the name of the drink I got, but it had lavender in it and it was way too sweet. Drinks can be hit or miss. The actual restaurant could use a bit of a facelift as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lori
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food, in combination with price was extremely disappointing considering all the rave reviews I have read on this place. The there is no imagination to the menu, which I thought was supposed it highlight a locally grown, farm to table concept. My fish taco was one of the driest, least tasty ones I have ever had at $16 for 2 tacos. $2 happy hour per taco at other establishments were far better! I couldn't believe my eyes when 2 mini pieces of a lime and lemon "wedge" came as a condiment on the plate. Each piece was no larger than my thumb nail...what a joke!!! Very disappointing!!! Wait staff on the other hand was friendly so no complaints there.
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  • fantastic
    opaboy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    food was wonderful, service was great. beyond words. enjoyable, & music was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Very disappointing! This was a birthday celebration and I ordered the whole lobster. It came with mashed potatoes (bland) creamed Kale (bland) and asparagus (bland but ok) The lobster was small, and it was under done, stringy and rubbery at the same time. I struggled through half of the tail meat, and sent the other half back to be cooked some more. And there were no apologies from the waitress. There were minimal options for my vegetarian wife. She paid $8.00 for about 8 cut up bland asparagus' and another $8.00 for a very small portion of bland spinach. There was no vegetarian soup. The only soup was cream of mushroom ($9.00 for a cup). For some reason, it was made with chicken stock!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding, As Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food and service are always top-notch. The Kalua Pig Quesadilla is a perennial favorite appetizer. My wife had the flawless seared ahi, and I did a lobster/pork special combo that was out of this world. The staff is extremely well-versed in the complicated preparations coming out of the kitchen, and makes informed recommendations after a thoughtful Q&A as to our tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Merriman's location
    pkklinto
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Have been to all of Peter Merriman's restaurants except for the location in Maui, but this is his best by far. Not in a touristy location, but it's a gem. Everything from parking to dessert was amazing. Staff was very informative & well trained. Will definitely make it a point to eat here again. Never disappointed with a Peter Merriman restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant on Big Island !
    Noodles1959
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went to Merriman's on the last day of our vacation. It was a perfect dinner to have on the very last day. The stuffs were very friendly and food was excellent as always. The only negative thing was that we were placed at the table for really four people despite the fact that we were a party of five. So it was quite tight and there were not much space once we had all foods and many glasses on the table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and great service
    OanaVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This place is always busy at dinner time so reservations are a must. This was our second visit this year and I think I enjoyed the food more this time than the last time. The appetizer was the ravioli and it was delicious, the wine was good and our entree was very good. The server was very attentive and we were made to feel special. It was a great evening out on our last night of vacation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent excellence
    Aloha
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The freshest locally grown salad ingredients, great sauces, unusual combinations, yummy desserts. This place has been great for 25 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The best food I have ever had...enough said. If you are looking for locally sourced, authentic Hawaiian food, there is no better place on the island.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Willy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Merriman's never disappoints! The food, service and wine list are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Dining Worth The Drive!
    BPK2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    40 miles from Kailua Kona is Weimea, the location of Merriman's, a fine dining establishment that offers superb service in a relaxed atmosphere to complement an awesome menu and wine list. Truly a hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Amazing
    NothereVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Still Amazing after 25 years. Great Food, Wonderful Service a gem made possible by those who work there.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing
    Lucky
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was incredible. Best dinner we had I the big island. We would highly recommend . A little pricey but worth it
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Ingredients
    Artie808VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The resturant is well known for its use of the local ingredients. Most of the restaurants in Hawaii is over salted their food, but my friend and I finally experienced well prepared cuisines with the right balance of flavors and ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lipsmaxin
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We ate there twice last week while on the Kona coast and found, once again, the food was delicious and perfectly done and the service pleasant and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.