Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai

4.6
2281 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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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Poipu to celebrate my birthday. We found Merrimen’s and both had an amazing experience. The food was fresh and fantastic. I had some of the best greens, shrimp and lilikoi dessert I’ve ever had. Service was excellent too. We will absolutely be back!

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an unbelievable dining experience my wife and I had here on our honeymoon. We never felt rushed (despite a late reservation) and they stayed open for us to enjoy a special night. The food was spectacular (highly recommend the lobster) and the service was out of this world. 6 out of 5 stars. Thank you Merriman’s!!!

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b
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

2012 excellent, 2015 ok. This year-2019- was disappointing. The menu selections were fairly limited, especially as they bill themselves as a seafood restaurant. The waiter had limited knowledge of the wines. My dish,the catch of the day-Mahi Maki was very good but I wasn’t digging the amount of hot spice in the rainbow chard. My wife had ono and shrimp. The Ono was better at the Olympic Cafe in Kappa-somewhat more expensive as well. And the sauce it was served with was way to spicy-the after burn was unpleasant and eliminated any flavor.
Won’t be back.

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CE
New England
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is expensive but you get what you pay for—delicious food and great service. The New York strip was as flavorful as any in the best steakhouse and the lobster was perfectly cooked. Best mai tais on the island as well.

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ER
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for 7:45 and were seated 10 minutes late. (There was a Chinese New Year celebration at the shopping center which could have cause a delay in seating) The ambiance was excellent. We were able to have a pleasant conversation at the table. Food was great. (Drinks, Bread, Appetizer, Steak and Fish dish selections) Service was slow, we had a delay with our bread and appetizers. Main meal was prompt. After dinner coffee took a while and they were out of certain teas. We will come again. Overall experience was positive. The evening we selected seemed busy due to the special event outside, parking was difficult and Valet area was full.

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VL
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Noisy from the outside, food is overly elaborate in preparation and pricy.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happened to be there on Chinese New Year so the square was louder and busier than usual. Fabulous Mai Tais and food was really good (we both had the catch of the day).

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DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Well balanced, creative, preparation!
Fresh, high quality fish and vegetables!
Excellent, attentive, but not overbearing service!

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BB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Need to have options for their coffee such as almond milk, soy milk in addition to plain milk and cream

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S
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation dinner. Fabulous seafood linguini. The lobster crab cakes were the best we’ve ever had. The warm goat cheese salad was also so tasty! Presentation was picturesque! Our waitress was prompt and very kind.

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C
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by the Concierge at the hotel. A very good choice. Wait staff was very attentive, but not obtrusive. Food was great. We went there our first night in Poipu, and made sure we came back one more time before we left for home. We had different fish each time. Outstanding.

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P
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, locally sourced menu. Attentive but not obtrusive wait staff made the evening special. The Wok charred Ahi was fabulous! My wife had the fish special, a butter glazed Mahi that gave a new meaning to delicious. Would recommended for special occasions, it is a little pricey, but I think worth it for the service and food quality. Dessert, the white chocolate filled Malasadas, that’s all I have say.

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BA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not cheap but well with it! Great service wonderful environment. Food was good.

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r
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Although we were seated right away, we did not receive any attention for almost 30 minutes and it was not really very busy. We finally got the attention of a bus boy who must have said something to the manager. The manager came to our table before we ever saw our waiter. The waiter seemed perturbed after this point and just seemed to want us out of there ASAP. His attention was focused on a much larger party with a much larger bill attached. This was quite a let down since we generally eat at this restaurant whenever we are in town.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner and very attentive staff! We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will definitely go back! Mahi and shrimp were yummy!

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DA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed food,drinks, and great service from Camille.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the steak and coconut crusted fish, vegetable sides also were excellently prepared with delicious sauces. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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DM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose the option of having the family style meal for our table of 4. The food was delicious, beautifully prepared, and came to the table hot. Our main server, Jessica, was great - as were all the other servers who helped with our meal.

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JF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, great food. Thanks Jared for excellent service

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SM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spend four months per year in the Poipu area. This is our go to place, and we’ve tried them all.

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DG
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal and service were great. Prices a tad high, but relevant for Hawaii. Actually coming back tonight.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty, fresh, perfectly prepared food.

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JR
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal from the welcome to the outstanding service by Steven. Food was top flight from the strawberry goat cheese salad to the fresh fish and clever cocktails. Planning a second visit already.

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great - three apps and two mains were plenty for three people. Nice veggies with every item, and the no Ka oi martini was magical!

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D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We did not like the way the fish entrees were prepared, and the four entrees arrived cold at our table.

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c
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food though portions are on the small side. Noise level was very high.

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SF
Nashville
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal and amazing staff!!! We had the specials and loved them all. Locally sourced food just adds to the amazing product!

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ME
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, casual with great menu. Food was excellent, especially the appetizer special, Ono fish prepared like calamari.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try the MaiTai and the chocolate purse!

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as usual!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had on Kauai. Best service by Steven, too. Just great!!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood special, Mai tai is the best. Pricey, but to be expected.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had requested one of two specific tables for four and arrived on time to find they had both been given to other parties. We were given a table set for five that was too large for easy conversation among four people. Not good.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Accommodated us last minute with a fantastic sunset view for our anniversary.

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s
South Dakota
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Outstanding views, good service, food was below expectations.

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OF
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We have visited Kauai for the past 22 years & love the wonderful restaurants the island has to offer - especially in Poipu. Merriman’s is not one of them. Our family dined there last night. We ordered 3 different seafood dishes. I ordered the mahi-mahi which arrived barely cooked, not flaky at all - raw. I brought it to the attention of our server, who agreed that it was way undercooked. He took the fish & said it would be replaced. We waited, & waited. We waited so long that my husband & daughter completely finished their meals, had their plates removed & I still had no meal! My meal finally came, & while the mahi was now prepared better (flaky), it arrived in a pool of oil & was by far the worst mahi-mahi I have ever had in Kauai. As I ate my meal alone, our server told us that my meal would be comped. When we got our check, we were actually charged for 2 orders of mahi-mahi - & comped for one! When we brought it to the attention to our server, he apologized - again - & removed it from our check. The manager never came to our table. We were very disappointed by this entire experience. In 22 years I have never written a bad review of a restaurant in Poipu but felt compelled to do so after our experience last night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 10 of us and we all really enjoyed our meal! Our 12 days and 3 different island it was one of my favorites!

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We got the seafood special of Mahi Mahi and shrimp and it was probably our best dinner in Kauai. Paired with a nice wine; our server was excellent. Would pass on the arugula and goat cheese salad next time.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our EIGHTH New Year’s Eve at Merriman’s and we’ve made our reservation for 2019 already. This is a special tradition for us, since we’re not exactly young anymore, have been married for only eight years and live in Canada for most of the year.

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U
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated New Year’s Eve with our teenagers st Merriman’s. It was delicious!

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