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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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89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (64)
Scenic View (48)
Good for a Date (44)
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Romantic (43)
Local Ingredients (37)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Live Music (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Authentic (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Casual (18)
Healthy (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Business Meals (11)
Cozy (9)
Fun (8)
Organic (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Waterfront (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

The service and food was outstanding ,

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Celebrating our vacation in Kaua‘i.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing as usual. Our favorite dining experience in Kauai.

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vip
 (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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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The visit would have been perfect except we were seated at a table outside on the second level near garbage enclosure. Additionally, employees from the restaurant took their breaks below us and the smell of cigarettes permiated the air.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

A very nice location and the food and service are top notch

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Jared was superb..............professional, personable and Pleasureable

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The atmosphere and service was fantastic, but the food was not worth the price. It was a nice experience, but I don't think we will be going back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Server never asked us for drink order before food order. Steak came med rare instead of medium and had to send back. Had to track down server to pay bill and we were nearly last ones there. Will not return. Not at $50/dinner.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Music
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We have eaten at Merrimans several times on the Big Island, and always had exceptional experience. We made a reservation here with friends who we had told all about it. We were disappointed in the service, and that the fish of the day was already gone at 7:00.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The meals we had were sub-standard for this restaurant. I have eaten here numerous times while on Kauai, and this dinner was not even close to why I recommended this restaurant in the past to my friends and family.

Specialty Fish on the Menu - Way too salty and dry. Could not taste the fish inside the macadamia crust.

Malasadas - doughy inside as though they were undercooked. Not light and creamy as usual.

2% upcharge for background staff. Explanation was to reward staff in the back preparing our meals and cleaning the dishes. Also was told it was a way to honor these folks without raising dinner prices. Are you kidding me? You just raised my whole dinner bill by 2% and the 2% appeared hidden on the bill.

There are way too many restaurants on the Island for me to frequent. I am pretty unforgiving when it comes to spending this kind of money on a dinner. It was not even close to being acceptable!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our dining experience was incredible. Our waiter Michael was amazing in his recommendations and care for us during our meal. The food was delicious- the seafood linguine and mahi magi special were amazing. Merriman's is not to be missed!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

This location is trying to live off the reputation of the Maui store. The food was substandard and the service was snooty to say the least. The bartender was unfriendly and condescending. Won’t be back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great restaurant, very romantic with a great sunset. Everything but one dish we had was delicious. However, both my wife and myself thought that while it is touted as the fanciest restaurant on the Island, Eating House 1849 was better. The staff was great, and very attentive. There was a mess up on my main dish, and while the staff did not hand it superbly right of the bat, but they more than made it up in the end. I am sure you will have a great time, but not a place we are planing to return to with so many great options on the Island.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent service, food, ambiance. Four friends shared the tasting menu and had a fabulous evening!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This is a beautiful restaurant with breathtaking views. We arrived a little early so we could have a drink at the bar. The bartender was not friendly and seemed to have other things to do. A waiter then came to bar with a specific drink request that neither the bartender or the waiter recognized. They both laughed and appeared to make fun of this person for their silly request. When we were seated we had this same waiter. She was not friendly or engaging. The food is excellent and the view is amazing. This was the only place we ate where we experienced unfriendly service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We really enjoyed Merriman's - the food was great; loved the fish options. We loved our server (local Kauai resident) who was very attentive. He made good suggestions and gave us just enough space to breathe but meet our every needs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Unfortunately a disappointment

We were on our honeymoon . They knew it was our honeymoon.
We were seated in a back corner of the open air porch which sorta put us in a remote section. That was okay, however the cigarette smoke from the kitchen staff below wafted up making the ambiance a little challenged.

We ordered a lobster cake appetizer. We then ordered our entrees. Waiter was a bit absent. Then our entrees arrived. At that point, we asked about the appetizer. He indicated it had been forgotten We told him not a problem, we did not want the appetizer at this point. Waiter said okay and he would provide us dessert free of charge. My New York Strip steak was a bit tough and over cooked in some areas and raw in other areas. New York Strip was the only steak they had. I wish they had gone to the Coscto on the Island and served their filet mignons. The appetizer then showed up. We thought that was odd. The appetizer was so salty it was inedible. The meal is going downhill from here. Dessert finally arrives and I think it was fine definitely not memorable. Bill arrives and fortunately appetizer was not charged however we were charged for the dessert even though waiter was to not charge for it. Discussed it with waiter and he became snarky at that point. He grudgingly had it adjusted off. Then it simply got awkward and I was trying how much of an obligatory tip I was going to leave. Overall a bad experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Lovely setting....good food & Service.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The entrees: NY Steak and the Special (2 kinds of fish and Big Island lobster). I found one small sliver of lobster, many scales in the sauce and the taste was bland. Steak very thin, tough and not much taste. Not too sure about that chef.
The Draft Brown Maui Ale was killer.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Outstanding meal the food was top quality. Cocktails were good. We split the ahi poke but it wasn’t enough for two as it was skimpy on ahi. We both had the special opakapaka entree with two shrimp, it was exceptional. Food here is expensive but worth it. We’ll be back again.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Awesome service, delicious food! We had a great time and will definitely be back for more.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food great service!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We always try to go to Merriman's restaurant when on Kauai. It's within walking distance of
Our condo and really like it for lunch, also!

Tags: Live Music, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very well done meal with fresh fish and local ingredients. The Mai Tai cocktail was excellent as was the clam pupu. We always make a point to eat at a Merriman's when we visit any of the islamds

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Awesome Macadamia crusted kampachi. Awesome pineapple bread pudding and lilikoi mousse and malasadas. The shared dinner is a great value and great food. you may need to add a little salt to the salad

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Th family dinner for 4 or more is terrific and a great value @ $69. The poke is great, the kalua pork quesadillas great and the Macadamia Crusted Kampachi the best ever. Tomato avocodo "salad" needed salt, nothing special but good. Same for the seared ahi- rather pedestrian and under flavored. The steak needed more chimichuri sauce. meal ended with a bang-- the pineapple bread pudding (if you don't get a dried out corner piece) and the white chocolate filled malasadas (superfresh, hot, yummy, sugar dusted doughnut holes) are huge winners. Went back a 2nd night to have this. went back 2 other nights as a couple and ordered a la carte. Skip the Ono and prawn tempura-- the batter was too heavy, not really tempura.
LOTS of amazing dishes here... check it out!

Tags: Live Music, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Boring, bland food. .disappointed with the food and the service. Started off well, but declined as it went.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Amazing food! Live music with great ambience. Our service was superb-Justin was great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Merriman's was awesome!! Don't let the fact that it's in a "Strip Mall" of sorts fool you. This is the real deal. We were offered complimentary champagne since it was our honeymoon, very thoughtful, upon arrival. Service was awesome and the view was very unique. Toward the side you can see the beautiful Kauai countryside and if you sit toward the back of the restaurant by the water, you'll have an amazing view of the sunset (when making Reservation, I would specify that you want to be near the back of the restaurant over looking the water) and make it early enough so that you're there for the time the sun starts to set. Great menu full of fresh flavors and ingredients. Clean restrooms and they had a great acoustic singer near the bar, too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Casual, Organic, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Most notable was the service. Our waiter made an exception and provided a meal not exactly from the menu as it had been recommended to me. Most exceptional was the lobster and en hilada, and the Godiva chocolate martini. A wonderful birthday dinner. There was a very large group taking up 3 tables so it was a little noisy, but not that bad.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Merriman’s always delivers! Wonderful fresh fish dishes with amazing local catches and ingredients. Fabulous views, live music, gentle breezes, make for a wonderful setting. The wine list is phenomenal but unnecessarily pricy. The white chocolate filled malasadas are a wonderful finish to a fine meal. Overall, a great dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Hostess staff not very aware. Seated us at a table which was by a kitchen door in a virtual wind tunnel. When asked to move they did accommodate but seemed perturbed. Another attempt to seat another party at exact table resulted in same outcome. No table should even be located at that spot. Food good, wait staff attentive. Food should have been paced better. Not really that impressed. I was expecting a lot more.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Everything was fine, however when we ordered their special (Uku), the fish came out over cooked. It was quickly corrected and it was very good.

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vip
 (Central Texas)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Birthday dinner. We were taken care of by the lovely Shardey. She’s exceptional as is the food. We enjoyed two specials. Uku and prawns. Absolutely superb.

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Last night in Kauai so wanted a special dinner. Have eaten at their other locations on the Big Island & Maui. From memory this was the best. Had a great lobster dinner. Didn't have to wait long for the meal to come. The server, whose name escapes me, was great. Not an inexpensive evening but for us it was worth it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent fresh fish and wine.

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