Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
Noisy from the outside, food is overly elaborate in preparation and pricy.
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).
Well balanced, creative, preparation!
Fresh, high quality fish and vegetables!
Excellent, attentive, but not overbearing service!
Need to have options for their coffee such as almond milk, soy milk in addition to plain milk and cream
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.
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.
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.
Not cheap but well with it! Great service wonderful environment. Food was good.
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.
Delicious dinner and very attentive staff! We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will definitely go back! Mahi and shrimp were yummy!
Enjoyed food,drinks, and great service from Camille.
Loved the steak and coconut crusted fish, vegetable sides also were excellently prepared with delicious sauces. Highly recommend this restaurant!
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.
Great view, great food. Thanks Jared for excellent service
We spend four months per year in the Poipu area. This is our go to place, and we’ve tried them all.
Meal and service were great. Prices a tad high, but relevant for Hawaii. Actually coming back tonight.
Tasty, fresh, perfectly prepared food.
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.
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!
We did not like the way the fish entrees were prepared, and the four entrees arrived cold at our table.
Excellent food though portions are on the small side. Noise level was very high.
Fantastic meal and amazing staff!!! We had the specials and loved them all. Locally sourced food just adds to the amazing product!
Beautiful restaurant, casual with great menu. Food was excellent, especially the appetizer special, Ono fish prepared like calamari.
Must try the MaiTai and the chocolate purse!
Outstanding, as usual!
Best meal we had on Kauai. Best service by Steven, too. Just great!!
Excellent seafood special, Mai tai is the best. Pricey, but to be expected.
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.
Accommodated us last minute with a fantastic sunset view for our anniversary.
Outstanding views, good service, food was below expectations.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We celebrated New Year’s Eve with our teenagers st Merriman’s. It was delicious!