Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai

4.5
2355 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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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We had a really disappointing experience at Merriman’s. We arrived on time but had to wait almost 10 min to be seated even though the restaurant was less than half full. Our waiter seemed to be so irritated that we were there, like we were an annoyance to him. My fish was dry and over cooked and the oysters had shells in them. I was so excited to support this farm to table experience, but for the money, I’d chose another restaurant.

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Merriman’s! I was delighted to also learn this is a sister restaurant to moku and monkey pod, which I also love.
Our experience last night was great. This restaurant is in a great location with exceptional views. We had amazing food and got to listen to a great musician.
What I love most about Merriman’s is that it is mostly all local and organic. This is the type of business I want to support!

My favorite items were the Mac nut fish and quesadillas!

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KC
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Merriman's before, but my friend hadn't. Our waiter, Stephen, was excellent: friendly but knowledgeable and professional and made sure each course was delivered quickly. He was obviously familiar with the wine list and made some excellent suggestions. "Soup to nuts" it was an excellent meal.

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SB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was knowledgeable of specials and food items on the menu. He even gave us recommendations, which I appreciated.

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B
Dallas
97 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was fantastic. Attentive but a good amount of attention. Food was fabulous. We would recommend this place to anyone for any occasion

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was great, but the food was disappointing.

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San Diego
68 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Besides two of our party of four getting stomach poisoning, the prices are stratospheric for less than creative food. It seems the wine is marked up higher, maybe 4X rather than about 3X which is more usual. Finally and beyond Merrima's extremely high prices (which usually end with a 9, they practice bait and switch by adding 2% (pus tax) for the kitchen help. That is noted on the menu but in the smallest font.

Hello Merriman pay your employees properly and show the true item prices on the menu.

Auwe!

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GG
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.
Aubrey was GREAT!!!!!!!!
Had a Blast.
Gary G

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RH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance were excellent. I had the Tempura Ono distracting from the mild and tasty ono and shrimp. I suggest you dial back the chili oil a bit.

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C
Edmonton
23 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall best meal i had on Kauai. Justin was amazing. Food was even more! I recommend to everyone! We had 4 different entree and none of them was less than exceptional!

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b
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual
Sunset always impresses at poipu
We always come back here
Our favorite Merrimans

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RM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Merriman's MaiTai is a phenomenal interpretation of this classic cocktail. The service was impeccable, as always. My wife had the fish of the day (pan seared mahi mahi, which was not impressive for flavor or uniqueness). I had the seared Ahi, which was awesome for flavor.

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JP
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice setting to watch sunset but kind of overpriced for what you get.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cat the bartender was amazing! Everything else was mediocre, especially for price. There’s really nothing special about the place.

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k
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant seat in Poipu. Period. Also the relaxing atmosphere makes you want to stay for hours compared to the din and busy-ness of say The Beach House. The special night spot of the island.

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SM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous views, gorgeous food, wonderful service, and a good kids menu.

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G
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good! The No Ka Oi drink was not great! Not enough lime and light on alcohol. Mai tais were good but not as good as the Monkeypod version of the same drink. The quesadilla and tempura fish and shrimp were both terrific! Special frito mixto and fish were also fantastic!

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LP
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary - we really enjoy happy hour here several times every year. Dinner was great and we LOVE Ola’s music - he’s first class!

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DR
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the family style dinner for four. May have been the most money I’ve ever spent for a meal out but was without question the best meal out I’ve ever had! Highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice atmosphere

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r
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and delicious

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The view was spectacular as well as our server Justin. Food is delicious.

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TS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I totally messed up and made my reservations for the wrong Island. We were super bummed because we were celebrating my husbands 40th. They were crazy busy but found a place for us. We had the most amazing dinner with out of this world service! I can’t wait to go back on our next trip! Would highly recommend Merriman’s!!!

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and enjoyed our server (Kared).

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L
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were so looking forward to our last meal in Kauai as we had chosen Merrimans. However , we were disappointed. Granted, the service was excellent (problems were dealt with cheerfully and in a timely manner.) Here is why: The dinners are overpriced. WE had the opportunity to compare the menu with all of our other dinners and found its menu too limited . Our fish, unfortunately, was not fresh tasting and we had to send it back for another menu item. $37 for a piece of fish and green beans was ridiculously high. Remember this is all ala carte. We had better tasting ahi at Da Crack! The ono/shrimp combo was superb, but we really did not want tempura. Since the menu, according to the manager, rarely changes, why would you want to return to the same exact menu? Comparatively speaking, Keoke's in paradise is our preferred fish place - or Breineckie's - or Beach House. But not Merriman's. It's a shame. We loved the Merriman's elsewhere in Hawaii.

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SB
Charleston
35 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted with a view of the sea and the farm-land - which is fitting, considering the restaurant's theme of local, fresh food from the land and sea. The white linen tablecloths and the excellent singer added to the ambiance. We each started with the strawberrry Arugula salad and the fresh catch of the day - which was the Onaga (Red Tail Snapper). My girlfriend closed the meal with the coconut cream brulee. The restauarant was somewhat pricey (even by Kauai standards) but the food was excellent! Eric, our server and the staff assisting him also did an excellent job. The one odd thing is that the restaurant adds a 2 percent "kitchen surcharge" that goes to the kitchen staff. I found this to be odd. Why not just build the 2 percent in the price? The meal as described was about $144 before tax and gratuity.

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c
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to experience Merimans

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MN
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great crew, our service from Jessica was the best! #1 in our book!

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Perth / WA
170 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the mai tai - best I’ve had - fish special was great as well - overall really good dinner

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Denver
81 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have enjoyed going to Merriman’s the last two times we’ve come to Kauai. The food is fresh, innovative, and just enough . Our dinners were beautiful and served with professionalism and hospitality. I had the half filet mignon and half kalapaka , which was perfect. My husband had the kalapaka and lobster. The half and half option is a great way to sample a couple options. Our server was friendly and efficient. The table had a nice view of the sunset . I’d recommend getting a reservation to make sure you have a time you want. Even though there are many restaurants in Poipu, Merriman’s is a must-do in My Kauai plans.

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PV
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shared meal for 4 was awesome! Would recommend because everything was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff, great food, fun atmosphere. Love music every night. Singer was great with kids.

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Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The staff was very out of sorts, felt like they were rushing us out of there, it was overpriced, the food was subpar, and when we had questions on our bill, the manager was very rude. I will never go back.

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J
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I visited Merriman’s during our trip to Poipu and had a delightful meal.
We shared the special appetizer, my wife had the fish special and I had the steak special with half a lobster. The food was very good and cooked t perfection. Our server was fantastic, very attentive and funny. We would definitely go back next time we are in Poipu.

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MH
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Fresh farm to market food. Amazing catch of the day fresh fish menu items.

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N
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Merriman's was fine for our party of three. If I wasn't comparing it to other expensive restaurants in Hawaii I'd give it more than three stars. But compared with others, including Merriman's on Maui, there were too many things that weren't great. Here are a few: in a classic move to get us out the door, our bill came seconds after our desserts. The bill had an unannounced 2% kitchen service fee. The tomato on the $17 salad was simply not good ("don't feel rushed"). The Rhone by the glass was below average. The seafood in the seafood pasta, except for the shrimp, was low quality. The special appetizer (fried fish) was soggy. All that said, our server was nice, the ambiance was good, my snapper was good, and we had a very nice evening. But compared with the competition, not recommended.

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K
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful restaurant, with fabulous staff, and a commitment to local ingredients. Aubrey was our server, she knew the menu inside and out, and was so charming. The food was beautiful: we had seared ahi and the lobster. The special starter of the day was “french gnocchi”, amaziing.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the hostess to the waitress to the food A+

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