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About Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai

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.

2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Street #G-149
Koloa, HI 96756
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Merriman's Fish House: Dinner Daily from 5:30pm-9:00pm (Reservations Recommended)

Cross Street:
Poipu Road

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 742-8385

Website:
http://www.merrimanshawaii.com/fish-house

Entertainment:
Live Music: 6-8pm Monday-Thursday

Catering:
We are able to do group events at the restaurant or off premise. Call us and we will be happy to provide for your function.

Parking Details:
We are located in the Shops at Kukui'ula. As the only upscale mall in Po'ipu they have self parking for guests.

Public Transit:
Kukui'ula Store across the street .

Executive Chef:
Mark Arriola

Private Party Facilities:
We can handle small group functions up to 30 people or the restaurant is available to be bought out for the evening (seats up to 110).

Private Party Contact:
Megan Chalmers: (808) 742-8385

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Feel free to contact Megan via email eventskauai@merrimanshawaii.com for more information on our special event offers.

For any buyout inquiries, please contact Megan Chalmers at (808)742-8385.

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Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (60)
Good for a Date (51)
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Local Ingredients (42)
Romantic (40)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Live Music (29)
Worth the Drive (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Authentic (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Casual (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Healthy (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Seasonal (7)
Fun (6)
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Organic (6)
Waterfront (6)
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Disabled Access (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

The clam, corn, and coconut soup was outstanding, and the lilikoi mousse was wonderful.
But the main course, mahi mahi. had a crust that was salted to a ruinous degree. The guitarist was wildly overamplified with songs that seemed a bad fit for the elegant surroundings. Get rid of him and the salter in the kitchen and it would bw a thumbs up.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was very good. We were not in a hurry but even so the service was very slow. On previous occasions at Merriman’s the service has been excellent. A band was playing downstairs which contributed to the excessive noise level. They need to step up their service etc.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

We have eaten in other Merriman restaurants and in their Poipu location once before and the food was excellent. My ono was so heavily battered that the fish was ruined. The sauce tasted liked McDonald's secret sauce and the salad it was placed on was soggy. This fish meal was $30+. My husband's fish was very small and the tomato based sauce was flavorless - agin $30+. We have had great meals here in the past, but this $100 plus meal was not worth it.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We went there for a family birthday dinner and had a wonderful time. We were greeted with a champagne toast and overall fabulous service. The food was wonderful!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Maybe an off-night for the chef. We’ve been here before and loved it. This time, we waited an appallingly long time, first for our chef salad, then for our entrees. My food ( Mac crusted kampachi) was wonderful, my husbands steak was tough, and ahi, flavorless. Uh-oh, you struck out! The question is...should we return?

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We celebrated a 70th birthday and they treated us royally. The food was great, drinks were great and I highly recommend it. We will definitely return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 4, 2017

corn soup is awesome and poke good. my husband wasn't impressed with his ahi, but the ono tempura is a star. we like this restaurant for special occasions as it is pricey. a secret: if you purchase wine at the wine shop in Koloa, the corkage is waived (at least it was the night we were there). it can be noisy and disturbingly so if you are seated next to entertainment. ask for a table away from it if you want to have a conversation at your table.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Portions were slight considering the cost. Loved the setting.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very overrated, small quantity of overpriced food, and a surcharge for the kitchen help ( I thought that was BS like paying a dealer fee at a car dealership) For the money we should of gone to Ruth Chris Stake House. Try a different restaurant

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

From the adorable hostess two are fabulous waiter Michael. Everything was marvelous. Why did it take me so long to get here?

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The BEST restaurant food we had in Kauai. Excellent in every way. Delicious.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

All was amazing from the appetizers, drinks,dinner,waitress and ambience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We had a very nice meal at Merriman's. I had the seafood linguini which had a real nice tomato sauce and plenty of various types of fish. I cleaned the bowl using the great bread they provide. My wife had their signature mahi dish and she was very pleased with the way it was prepared and the flavor was delicious. The wait staff was terrific and very attentive. On the way out we were presented with cookies to take home. Grab more if you can - they are fantastic. Enjoy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We had a quiet table away from the music so it was easy to chat over our meal. The elevator to this second floor restaurant open in the lobby so it is very ADA accessible. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about items on the menu. Food was outstanding and includes a nice selection of seafood and meat. The coconut creme brulee was done to perfection, and enough to share after a filling meal. While the prices are high, it is worth the cost, especially if one is celebrating an occasion or just wants a special meal while on vacation.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Disappointed in fish dinner. Fish dry, rice gooey, and Kael ?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We celebrrated a big birthday of my wfe, and Merrian"s made it a tastefully elegant eveing. Ask for Justin to serve you. Thank you!

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 (Montana)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We go because they have one of the best craft beer selections. But then they told us they were out. ..of all 20 kinds? They still had Coors light tho. Yummy.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our server, Camille, made every little thing special, and Jerri Lynn was very accommodating and also made us feel extra special!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service and wonderful live entertainment. A real gem.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Casual, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, People Watching
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Tried to make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner, but it was sold out. Went the next night. We got there at opening time, but there were many people already seated. Parking is scarce, so go early. We had a great table with a full view of the sunset. Our waiter, Brandon, was very personable and attentive, and the rest of the staff was great. We had the ahi poke appetizer which was a little spicy, but delish. Friends had the steak and lobster, and the ono tempura with Kauai shrimp. Both were good. I had the island catch which was mahi-mahi. It was tasty, but a little over cooked. Was Tough to chew and swallow. Glad I got a chance to try this restaurant. Probably wouldn’t go back, though. Kauai has too many great restaurants to eat at, so once is enough for me,

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very enjoyable Thanksgiving meal. Nice atmosphere and excellent food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 24, 2017

VERY disappointed. I have dined at Merriman's in Maui for many years and always had a wonderful experience. This was not the case at the Kauia location. I will return to the Maui one but never again to the Kauai one.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Just finished the Thanksgiving dinner. This pre-fixe menu reflects the best of Merriman's we came to love and have been missing of late: fresh, local, authentic, creative. We will be back for Christmas!

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Meal was somewhat rushed. Got first two courses at the same time and prior to getting my cocktail. No silverware with our main course. Warm coffee. Waitress was very nice and tried to compensate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We arrived on time and were taken to a table at the back of the restaurant. When asked, they moved us 1 table forward. They refused to seat us at the table that was closer to the window, saying "certain tables are reserved for certain people". Since this is an ocean view restaurant and we made reservations 3 weeks in advance, I was curious who would get that table. It sat empty for the entire 1.5 hrs we were there. (As did other tables).Then they rushed the meal. We had just started our 1st course when the second course was delivered, etc. This was a Thanksgiving price fix menu, and the food was good, but service not so much. We've come here before and enjoyed it. Hopefully this was an anomaly...?

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Peter Merriman claims to be" local" but their menu doesn't reflect that- except for the fish. The beef on the menu is not local but yet we produce fabulous beef on Kauai, Maui and Big Island. I was served a mainland orange muddled in my drink (and told they couldn't get local oranges yet), but I was there with a friend who just picked over 500 lbs of oranges off her trees. Our meal was over-priced. The server forgot the appetizer. I requested a table (weeks in advance) on the lanai but was seated inside by a window. I won't go back.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This is by far our favorite restaurant on Kauai. We always come twice during our vacation. Fresh salads, awesome creative fish dishes and the malasadas are out of this world. Service is also always on point. Go to Merrimans and you won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Beautiful atmosphere but the food was average at best and very pricey.
I had the macadamia crusted mahi mahi and it was very salty and dry. I love extra salt so this gives you an idea.
We ordered an arugula salad for $15 to share and it was so small not even enough for one.
I’d go there for a drink and maybe an appetizer at sunset but otherwise won’t go back.
Service was very good

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The servers and food were excellent. Ambiance - view was excellent.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

My family and I went here for dinner because we are huge fans of Merrimans in Kapalua. We had a nice, yummy dinner with great service. Just as we were eating our dessert, the Hawaiian music playing on the sound system changed to a R-rated foul comedy routine. For the next several minutes, my 9 and 10 year olds heard "Mother F*&king N*&er" this and Mother F*&king N-word" that. I was sure someone would stop this immediately, but I had to flag down a server (twice) to point out that the channel had changed to something inappropriate. The manager came by to apologize saying she changed it as soon as she heard what was going on (which was not nearly quick enough), but by now my husband and I were mortified, our meal (and night!) was ruined, and my children learned some colorful new language. The manager did nothing to compensate us which was disheartening. I would not return to this restaurant because even though I'm sure it was an isolated incident, the manager did nothing to show her remorse. What a horrible experience to what could have been a lovely night!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

After having a truly awful meal at the Beach House (the so-called fresh fish of the day was so overcooked and chewy I had to spit it out), what a refreshing and wonderful meal we had at the Fish House!!! Nice Hawaiian music, open air without being outside, fantastic service!! We will go back to the Fish House every time we visit Kauai!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The service and food was outstanding ,

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I must say we had a very interesting experience at Merriman's. My 85 year old mom was visiting us from Oahu so we decided to have a pre-Thanksgiving celebration. Merrimans kindly offered a kama'aina special so we thought we'd take advantage of it being a part of 12.
I made a reservation via Open Table 2 days prior but was able to make it only for a party of 6. I called Merrimans twice to increase the party size to 12 and even sent an email but could not reach anyone. Because I was unable to make a booking for more than 6 on line nor reach anyone via phone or email at Merrimans, another family member made a 2nd reservation for 6 on Open Table for the same day. In the notes of the 2nd reservation, he noted that we would like to combine our tables for the 5:30p seating. Later that day, a gentleman from Merrrimans called me back & confirmed our combined reservations for 12.
When we arrived at Merrimans, manager Gerri-Lynn said she had reservations for us but it was for a party of 18. We explained to her that it was only for 12. She became upset & insisted that it was for a party of 18 even after we tried to explain it was only for 12. She had me walk over to the front of the restaurant where the Ipad was located while the rest of our party stood around & showed me the 2nd reservation notes that stated only that they were joining our table. (Nowhere did it mention 18 people. ) This turned into a very uncomfortable experience for all of us. By then the rest of our party trickled in & we all ended up standing around while this manager insisted that we had made a reservation for 18. What should have been a simple fix turned into a very bad first impression for all of us.
Mahalo to our server Jared & assistance Alex who were awesome. Many of us are also in the hospitality business & this treatment was uncalled for & should never have happened. "You never have a second chance to make a good first impression."

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Celebrating our vacation in Kaua‘i.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Poor seating, had told at booking was a special occasion ( had booked a week in advance), reply told seating is on a first come first choice. Merriman's had previously been fine dining but very casual now, can even where a ball cap and dine.....oh so classy...not. The food was OK but not what had previously experienced at the Maui location and out of some choices of regular menu items.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing as usual. Our favorite dining experience in Kauai.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Merriman's Fish House in Poipu is a must when you are Kauai. We did the tasting menu since we had a party of 5... the food, service and view was outstanding! With the tastings, you get plenty of food to share and you leave there very satisfied. It's a great way to try a lot of their dishes (tapas like). Every dish was so delicious... but nothing beats their malasadas with salted caramel sauce! Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Organic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Level down comparing to their restaurant on Big Island or Maui. Slow service, unpolished food flavors, host didn't even try to accommodate our reschedule request.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had such a great night at Merrimans! The food was great and the live music was even better! We will definitely be back when we return to Kauai!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Mix up over servers so we waited a long time to have a waiter appear. Once that was resolved Service was prompt and friendly. Food was average. Views and architecture were excellent. Staff offered to provide free deserts for the initial mix up.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View
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