Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai
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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
Everything, from the service to the food, was fantastic
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 !!!
Jessica amazing as always!
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.....
All good food was great but the server was better. Knew what we wanted and was very helpful
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.
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!
A good meal in a noisy setting at much too expensive price.
They think too highly of themselves!
Spectacular food, wine and hospitality, truly special night.
Lobster was ok. Not great.
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
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.
Wonderful meal, great service!
Great food and enjoyable views.
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.
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.
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.
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
Celebrated our anniversary with family. Wonderful dining experience.
We went very early so wasn’t at all busy but the service was excellent. Food was delicious! Setting was perfect. Would definitely recommend.
Excellent dinner but really we go for the donuts.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Place is overhyped and overpriced. Staff has zero energy. Apps were overpriced. We left without ordering dinner.
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
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.
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.
Great evening. Celebrated a birthday. Michael's service and suggestions were superb.
EVERYTHING WAS TOO SALTY---SERVICE WAS GOOD, THE FOOD LOOKED GOOD, BUT WAY OVER-SEASONED---
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!
Great food as usual, but location and Chinese New Years adjacent celebration were a bit much.
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.
Merrimans on Big Island is always good I was not impressed with the food and fish options here in Kauai.