Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai

4.6
2450 reviews
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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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Mon 8:30PM - 8:30PM 8:45PM - 8:45PM
Wed 8:30PM - 8:30PM 8:45PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 8:30PM 8:45PM - 8:45PM

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

My wife has a shell fish allergy. Our server Aubrey did not tell us there were prawns on the plate. Mistakes happen. The issue, our server insisted she told us. Frankly having to battle with the server ruined our experience. Merriman management was very attentive, a new delicious dinner was made, and comped.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sent my husband's parents to Merriman's to celebrate their anniversary. From start to finish, the process of setting up our credit card with the restaurant and making the reservation went smoothly. His parents were very impressed with the service, food, and entire experience. We love Merriman's and will definitely return when back on island!!

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T
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was average, flavor was not exceptional. Sunset was in our face. Service we good

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Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

top quality food amazing service the Som on staff was incredibly friendly and led us to a great bottle of wine. didn’t feel i was sold on something more expensive actually it was the opposite. will return i want to hit the one in Maui as well it had an incredible view

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1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Rick the manager sat us in the best table in the restaurant, a quiet back corner table where we could see the sunset perfectly. The lobster was outstanding and the fish of the day was super fresh. I will definitely be going back and referring others to go!

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JY
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was one great satisfying meal! Definitely recommendable.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent kampachi and steak.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious - both the seafood and the taro vegetarian enchilada. The service was spectacular! Even the rosemary bread and butter with red Sea salt was delicious! The lilikoi mousse dessert, again delicious! Wanted to go back here for the food and service but didn't have time. The ambiance was nice, good views in the distance and the restaurant was on the second floor with far reaching views, set up very cute and quaint.

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! The food was well prepared and presented. They also accommodated our diet with making adjustments and substitutions. One of our favorite places on Kauai

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RL
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merriman’s was the absolute best dinner we had in Kauai. The service was excellent and they really spoiled us knowing it was our honeymoon. The food was so fresh and full of flavor. it may be my new favorite restaurant of all time!

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

When we arrived it was quite hot with direct sun on our faces. We were not comfortable or relaxed. Another table asked for the shades to be lowered but there was a bit of a battle over if they should be up or down. The oysters were ok and the lobster was good. The drinks were excellent. overall an ok experience compared to other dining locations on kauai

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GW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tables too close together so conversation was impossible

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S
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner and great live music.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

7/5/2019
Great experience!

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CB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here is always amazing, whether you eat upstairs or downstairs!

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PY
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Merriman’s was a great dining experience!

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was very long. It took 1 1/2 hours to get our food. Some dishes were good but others were subpar like the jalapeño mash potatoes. Not really worth it for the price

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. We celebrated our 20th Anniversary and had a fabulous experience. The food was fantastic, as were the handmade cocktails. Sunset was gorgeous and our server, Jared, even took time to get a few photos of us during the sunset. Live music was a perfect compliment as well, not too loud with a very talented acoustic guitar player/singer.

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all around!

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite dining experiences ever. it is expensive, but the quality is top notch, the staff is amazing and the ambience is perfect!!! Went back two straight nights while in town.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious seafood & wonderful scenery. Service was great as well. We’ve been to several Merriman’s before & this lived up to expectations.

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ST
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved the wonderful service, the terrific food, and a great table looking out on to the beautiful Kauai sunset. However, there was a band, which I am told is there everynight, downstairs but outside and was so loud nd disturbing, it was hard to talk with each other. It was a shame to see such a great, romantic restaurant disturbed by the loud sound of the band.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It can get pretty warm, so take that into consideration.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal meal, service, cocktails/mocktails, and wine list. Loved my kanpachi dish, as well as kahlua pork appetizer, goat cheese salad, kids dishes and my husband keeps talking about the seafood linguini. We will be back!

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M
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

After reading some of the very negative reviews we entered this place with trepidation. It had been recommended by our hotel and also there were many good reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp. once we arrived we found the place was fine. Service (Aubrie) was fantastic. the food was good there were some hit and miss dishes the desserts were fantastic and the restaurant itself is just beautiful and a great location. like the other reviewers I agree that the prices are high for the level of food that is provided. But you're on vacation in Kauai and that's kind of expected. The wine list was excellent with many offerings by the glass. Our appetizers were delicious. we got the ahi poke and the goat cheese arugula salad. Overall we thought it was a great experience and we would come back. There's just some dishes that we would avoid next time, but of the dishes we had the macadamia nut crusted fish was the best. This is consistent with other reviews we've read about this place.

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TH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great server & the food was absolutely delicious!

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EB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great ambiance and terrific service. Merriman’s is top notch!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As an employee of the Merriman’s restaurant group, I expected to have an amazing dining experience and I was not let down! Everything was wonderful—from our server Michael, to the food and amazing cocktails. The location was stunning and the setting was very peaceful. The manager, Rick, came over and greeted us warmly and gave us a little sample of some delicious creme de cassis! If you ever find yourself in Kauai, go to Merriman’s!!!!!!!

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JD
Hawaii
69 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bought the kids (in their 30's) when they flew in from the mainland and dinner was a hit. Justin our server did a great job, after we spent the first half hour in the nice happy hour bar with Pupus. We keep coming back when we want consistently delicious fine dining, our go to spot for the special menu on New Year's eve. Keep coming back to the bar for happy hour, and appreciate the occasional Kamahina discount specials since we recently retired, and need to what our budget more closely. Great for any special occasion especially when we aren't up to cooking. Visitors to Kauai or the South Shore should put this on their list if they want excellent food and service, and great wine & bar. Just wouldn't list it as a "cheap place to eat", and the quality of their specials make it hard to go for the less expense menu items. Go and enjoy, but if you are budget conscious save up and try not to get uptight about the pricing, it is Hawaii after all... Mahalo.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food with a relaxed atmosphere. Would recommend!

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MK
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merriman is our favorite restaurant on kauai. We love the food, the service is great, excellent wine list! You should not miss Merrimans on any trip to kauai!

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EC
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Beautiful sunset, friendly staff and amazing food. My only recommendation is to put screens on the exterior porch; termites swarmed the outside porch after sunset and forced us to relocate inside for our dinner.

Overall very happy!

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MN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing along with the service. Live music playing in the background with an excellent view of the landscape and sunset made for a memorable evening.

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s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

It was just okay. Nothing special

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MM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place with excellent food. Great open air ambience. Highly recommend.

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Puerto Vallarta
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best service while dining here! The food was delicious! Fresh fish with delicious macadamia nut brown rice and Ahi Calamari appetizer. There was a solo singer playing live Hawaiian music. The atmosphere is really nice with views from the big picture windows of the ocean. Loved the experience and will be back!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Ribeye done perfectly and the fish special was also. Have the civiche. It will nor disappoint.

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JS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Merriman’s with our family for our 30th anniversary. They did a wonderful job of serving and celebrating with us! I’d highly recommend Merriman’s!

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and high quality local dishes and with live band too.

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f
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner with a beautiful view. Server had an attitude but bus boy was great.Crab lobster cake was great as was beer battered Ono n shrimp!

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