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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)special occasion (94)neighborhood gem (54)romantic (52)notable wine list (49)good for groups (26)great for lunch (23)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (13)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    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
    • Food
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An amazing find
    ConcertGoer
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    If you enjoy excellent food that is beautifully prepared with excellent service there is nothing more I can add. Trust me; you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstandin experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    we chose Merriman's for our father's birthdaly celebration and everything was more than expected. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service, but...
    belladella
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food and service were both excellent but unfortunately, the dining room is not conducive to having a reasonably quiet conversation at your table. Perhaps this was due to a large party of adults and children in the center of the small venue. With such an upscale and sophisticated menu, we felt it was inappropriate to have young children in the dining room during the dinner hour. Brunch and lunch, on the other hand, would have perfectly fine for young diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cagirl
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    the hamburger was the best I ever had and everyone else thought their dish was fantastic. The desserts were special
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tgs12178
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Exceptional. Great pairing of perfect favors with friendly, flawless service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Big Island Must
    MemlouiseVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Wherever you plan to spend your Big Island vacation, try to dine at Merriman's. This is the finest dining we've found on the Big Island, tucked away in Waimea. Everything is delicious - prepared with exquisite care and detail, making craft of cooking with locally available fish, meats and produce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eathere
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    As usual, the food was tasty as always. It's surprising that the portions are small but they still fill you up. But, on this visit, we had a great service person in Dayna. When my wife's ling hing margarita came, it was disappointing so Dayna insisted that we sent it back with her so that the bartender could re-do it. When she brought it back, it was better but didn't taste as good as other LH Margaritas from other food establishments so again Dayna insisted on taking it back to have it re-done. When she returned back to us the third time, it was better but not what we had expected from a restaurant like Merriman's but we felf that this was probably the best that could be done.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    wayside
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My friends from Japan thought the food was better than the many eateries they have tried in Honolulu. Great local food. Excellent service. A real find fro travelers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our 2nd Visit Wasn't As Memorable
    AFamilyofFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We love to dine at James Beard nominated restaurants. Last summer we dined at Merriman's for the first time. Amazing food, service was spot-on, the dining room was energetic, but not noisy. We returned this week with our entire family, a party of 5. Because of our party's size, we were placed in a small alcove off the main dining room with only 4 other tables. No energy. Our second issue involved the server, who was good at presenting the food options, but his personality was a tad odd. The food was 5-star again, but we didn't experience the same magic. When we are having a great meal, we usually order dessert and an after-dinner drink, we did not this evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My appetizer was great but my entree was average. The service seemed a little unprofessional, like it was our waiter's first night on the job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sadly not good!
    Nomore
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We have been going to Merriman's for over 7 years and look forward to eating there several times each year we visit the Big Island. This year the food was well below par. Steak was tasteless. Fish was dry. Vegetables were over cooked. Needless to say we only ate there once this trip, no need to go back as food was not worth the prices. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food – too noisy!
    KonabobVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have been going to Merriman's since you opened 25 years ago. Clearly There are new and innovative items on the menu that we thoroughly enjoyed. We wish there was something you could do to lower the noise levels when the restaurant is full. The noise level is a nonstop roar – even the wait staff has to yell to tell you specials, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.