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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (112)special occasion (106)romantic (60)notable wine list (55)neighborhood gem (54)good for groups (27)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (13)hot spot (10)late-night find (3)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior
    HowardVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Merriman's set the standard for service and food. If these people developed more and expanded, they would destroy their competition. Can't be beat. Too bad it's only available in this location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic meal
    Simon
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A fantastic restaurant with innovative use of local products delivered flawlessly by a front and back of house team of people that care passionately about what they do. Our server Jen was a 10 year veteran of Merrimans, and it was a delight to hear her depth of knowledge on the food and see a really first class wait staff in action. Really exquisite meal which has been the highlight of this Hawaii trip- Bravo Merrimans!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local food
    Yummies
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A favorite of ours when we come visit. We love how they use all local ingredients. Atmosphere is nice and wait staff is always friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Ono!
    Minou
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Took my parents and my son, who is a very picky eater. My lobster was sweet and tender, dad and the boy's steaks were well-seasoned, tender, and juicy, and mom loved her macadamia crusted monchong. She requested steamed white rice instead of the black forbidden rice and they were very gracious in accommodating her. Pacing was just right. Desserts were excellent, we split the chocolate one and the creme brûlée. Everything we ate was delicious; we'd be very tempted to order the same things again the next time we're there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hawaiian Style
    Nahenahe
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Brunch was very tasty and the service was pleasant. So pleasant that it included our waitress dancing an impromptu hula for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An amazing restaurant
    Pescatarian
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This was definitely the best dinner we had in Hawaii. Everything is excellent (except the bathrooms!). One of their innovations is the ability to order half-orders of entrees, if you are not very hungry, or half-orders of two things so you don't have to choose.What a great idea. Between our party of five, we had all the fish choices. I loved the ahi, but all were excellent. One of us had the filet mignon and gobbled up every bite. The prices were no higher than many other restaurants in Hawaii of far lower quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Portions NOT WORTH THE PRICE!
    Worththeprice
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    For the total price we spent for lunch, we came out still hungry. The only thing that my party enjoyed was the fish burger. The beet salad was too small and the fish taco was just OK.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently great
    travelerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service was fantastic. Our server, Nikki, helped us with the menu to find choices that had no garlic. She even had the chef modify the vegetable so that it would not have garlic. The food was very good, particularly the mongchong. When we wanted something light for dessert, she offered us fresh Waimea strawberries that were not on the menu. All is all, an outstanding evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Farm to Table at it's Finest!
    TMSki
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Spectacular food served in a warm inviting atmosphere. Service was great. We had the Beet Salad & Quesadilla to start both were exceptional. Entrees we had Meatloaf Sandwich, Grass Fed Burger, Short Ribs, Pork Saifun & Grilled Fish. The dishes were executed well and flavors were spot on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for the special occasion
    rmdrocks
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Merriman's is consistently awesome. My husband had the filet and it was cooked to perfection. I had the 3-course "What's Fresh" and it lived up to its name. I wish I could remember all the ingredients, but we got into lively discussions about the World Cup with our server, a darling young woman from Brazil. Made the event fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Dining Experience
    MemeVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Yet another absolutely wonderful dinner. The food is outstanding. I had the special Uku & Kauai prawns with a house made pappardelle miso infused pasta with a tomato ragout. Amazing! My first course Hirabara Lettuce Salad with Goat Cheese was perfect. Dressed perfectly. My bf had the lamb rib special appetizer and the pork entree. He loved it! The pineapple bread pudding with coconut ice cream is fabulous. A fantastic way to end a meal. Service was good. Attentive and quick. Wine flights are always incredible. Zach Sato is certainly an amazing Chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special restaurant
    drbshulVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Perfectly prepared all locally sourced food(I had the local farm raised lobster) in a very inviting and warm environment. Ask for Dylan(sp), our server was one of a kind-quirky, very knowledgeable, appears to love what he does which makes the experience all the more exciting. A must try and worth the drive from anywhere on the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PamB
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Best meal we have had for a long time. Great sourced ingrediants, cooked well and very interseting combonations...will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't miss it.
    FoodisgoodVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Yes, the space is a little dated. But go there for the food and you will get it. Relaxed Hawaii at its best.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate