Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai

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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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WG
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything, from the service to the food, was fantastic

P
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. A birthday celebration for our 45 year old son and his family including Two children ages 13 and 11. Great food and a most enjoyable evening !!!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica amazing as always!

KO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The waiter was great and our patio seats had a great view of the sunset, but the food was marginal. The octopus ala escargot was mealy, and my mahi mahi was overcooked. The polenta and watercress sauce was tasteless. Sigh.....

GI
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good food was great but the server was better. Knew what we wanted and was very helpful

S
Dallas
49 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The hostess was very welcoming, and we were seated right away. Aubrie, our waitress greeted us immediately upon being seated. We ordered our appetizers and entrees and she assured us they would be paced correctly.
My husband ordered the oysters and he said they were okay. I ordered the Shrimp Bisque - it was as thin as water. (Of all the bisque I have ever had - I have never had it that consistency.) We shared the Goat Cheese (Chevre), strawberry and arugula salad. That was a mistake to share! The goat cheese was an ample portion - almost golf ball size, fried perfectly in a light crust- yum! However, there were only 6 whole strawberries sliced in half and only 4 slices of onions - and the Arugula was more like a garnish instead of a salad.
My husband ordered the seafood linguine and he said it was good. When the runner brought it, my husband asked where he should put his shells as there was no bowl brought to discard them. He asked should he just put them on the table, and the runner said yeah. The runner that brought my food - Tempura Ono and Shrimp - picked my fork up with his hand by the prong!! My dish was okay - but the greasiest tempura I had ever had.
Overall, I was quite disappointed and will not be going back.

SS
Denver
49 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner and service! We made a reservation for Valentine's Day, and had a terrific meal of mahi mahi and beef tenderloin. Definitely the best meal of our week in Kauai, and we loved the open air, breezy feeling!

R
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

A good meal in a noisy setting at much too expensive price.
They think too highly of themselves!

MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food, wine and hospitality, truly special night.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lobster was ok. Not great.

MP
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall Would have given 4.5
Not right on the water in an outdoor mall location
Service was excellent
Fresh fish entrees were delicious as was the
Lilikoi pudding

AF
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started out at the bar for Happy Hour and had great coconut shrimp and poke. Dinner had local fish, local salad greens and crab lobster cakes. We chose Merrimans because it’s Farm to Table. Had table with view over a field with ocean in the distance at sunset.

R
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal, great service!

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and enjoyable views.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Evening started poorly - hostess was in a long phone call when we arrived and did not acknowledge us for several minutes, scowling the entire time. Food was incredible but waiter was very inattentive. Had to flag a helper for wine with our entrees. A large business group was a few tables away so they detracted from the atmosphere-not restaurant’s fault.

OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 5:30pm reservation and were seated at a very nice table on the outer area of the room where we were able to watch the sun set. Our waiter was very friendly and professional. He explained the menu very well. We enjoyed a very nice bottle of red wine along with some very nicely prepared fish dishes. We have dined here numerous times in past trips to Kauai and will return again. Great food, great atmosphere and great service.

K
Sacramento
51 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible once again. Pony up and try the tasting menu. It is everything Merriman's in known for. Jarrod took fabulous care of us. A wonderful evening.

K
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had the lobster and steak. Even though it was pricey it was cooked perfect and enjoyed it a lot Husband had ahi and lobster and was great too

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary with family. Wonderful dining experience.

CL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went very early so wasn’t at all busy but the service was excellent. Food was delicious! Setting was perfect. Would definitely recommend.

TK
Anchorage
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner but really we go for the donuts.

W
Phoenix
46 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We have eaten at Merrimans numerous times over the years. This time it was not up to standards.
Our waiter was unfriendly as was the manager. Both seemed to be uninterested in conversing with their guests. The food was okay but nothing outstanding. My tempura fish was over cooked and dry. It was served with overcooked and wilted corn on the cob. Beet salad was good. Their food does not equal the cost.

TK
Anchorage
22 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went way overboard and tried multiple things. All the apps we had were great. Our meals were perfect and the service from our waiter was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Atmosphere and food was absolutely amazing! Waiter on the other hand was absolutely non attentive and down right in our opinion very disrespectful to us! Music was amazing and would go back but if we had the same waiter would wait for someone else to serve us.

MS
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With Merriman’s reputation we expected it to be great. And it was! We had a reservation and were promptly seated by friendly hostess Zia. Our server, Brenden, took very good care of us throughout the evening making sure we had everything we needed on a timely basis. The manager on duty also came by to make sure we had a great experience overall.

To start things off, the hamachi and Maui onion appetizer (aioli has great kick!) was the table favorite. The bone-in NY won the entree votes with the Mac & Cheese sweeping the votes for the side. Too full for dessert so will have to save that vote for another time.

In short...this staff, from front of the house to back, knows what it’s doing. Make sure it’s on your Poipu “must go” list. Cheers!

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Place is overhyped and overpriced. Staff has zero energy. Apps were overpriced. We left without ordering dinner.

OT
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love Merriman’s in Kauai and on big island. Food and service always great!! Menu was even better here than on the big island. Great place to spend an evening

LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Anniversary

SK
Milwaukee
39 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We visit Merriman's at least once every year when we are in Kauai. The fresh fish dishes are always good as are the sides. Wine list is decent and there are plenty of Island drinks to tempt you. We sat close to the music last night and it was pleasant and not too loud. Ask for a window table when making your reservation. I've always gotten it. Our server, Jessica was energetic and helpful, but didn't hover. Perfect.

CM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed a relaxing, elegant dining experience on 1/27/2020. The service was attentive, the atmosphere was airy—very Hawaiian. The fish special was a little better than okay, since the fish was slightly overcooked and thin on macadamia nut crust. The Battered Kauai shrimp/ono with very spicy dipping sauce was good. We’d return.

R
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Celebrated a birthday. Michael's service and suggestions were superb.

CH
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

EVERYTHING WAS TOO SALTY---SERVICE WAS GOOD, THE FOOD LOOKED GOOD, BUT WAY OVER-SEASONED---

TW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved everything about Merriman's. It was our third visit during our vacation in Kauai. Definitely our favorite restaurant! Hope they open one on the Mainland!

B
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food as usual, but location and Chinese New Years adjacent celebration were a bit much.

TJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was my second visit to Merrimans. The atmosphere is great, live music was really nice-not obtrusive. Service was great, Justin was helpful and attentive, but not hovering. I ordered the Tempura Ono and Shrimp, mostly for sentimental reasons, which I will not get in to. The dish was a bit under seasoned, and I feel that the ono became dry as it continued to “cook” from the residual heat from the deep fry. Also, the ear of corn seemed out of place... my misinterpretation, I presumed that the Kauai corn would have been transformed into some sort of side dish, not a small ear of corn placed on my plate. My husband ordered the Mahi-mahi special. I’m not usually a Mahi-mahi fan; however, after one taste I was incredibly envious!! All things considered, (i.e., my bad choices 😬) I will definitely return and recommend Merrimans.

T
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Merrimans on Big Island is always good I was not impressed with the food and fish options here in Kauai.