The coconut, sweet corn, and clam soup was barely average, and if there were clams, I did not encounter any.
The warm goat cheese & arugula salad was very skimpy in proportion.
The kampachi seafood dish was tasty and excellent!
Live music was provided by a guitarist, and was pleasant.
The predominant patronage seemed to be families with children, many of which were toddlers or even babies.
While we enjoyed the seafood main dish, and do not regret eating there, I do not foresee repeat visits.
Absolutely the best meal we’ve had on the island. And service was outstanding.
Ambience is great but the food was average at best. Ordered Seared Ahi with Cabbage Slaw. Ahi was over seared and burned black with bitter taste. Had to cut the seared part off to make it edible. Cabbage Slaw was basically shredded cabbage with few pieces of bean sprouts and no dressing whatsoever.
Not worth the price.
This was our second time to Merrimans, having been here in 2016. Our meals were both delicious but there was no welcome feeling from either the host or our server. It was a very impersonal experience and when dining somewhere special on vacation, and spending a decent amount for entrees ($40+ range), they should provide a more memorable dinner.
Last time we were here, we also enjoyed it, but for some reason it didn't stand out. I realized it must have been that same vibe.
The overall experience was good. There were a couple of negatives. First, we were not seated until 30 minutes after our reservation time. There was no effort made during that time to offer us the opportunity to order drinks or appetizers. Also, the restaurant was extremely loud.
On positive notes, our server, Linc, was wonderful. Also, the wine list was extensive and the tasting menu was amazing.
Having looked at reviews, we asked for a quiet table out on the lanai. We were pleasantly surprised that staff read our request in Open Table and seated us the quietest, most romantic table with sunset views. Link, the server, and the helpers were most professional. Service was fast, food was absolutely delicious. Wine was perfect. Expensive by Hawaii standards, but well worth it for special occasions.
We'd call this "Casual fine dining" at it's finest. The very best staff. All the waiters wore ties, were extremely attentive, professional and courteous--but personable and friendly, keeping it from feeling stuffy and pretentious. It had a very relaxed island vibe and it's reflected in the menu and ambience. The food was heavenly and reasonable for the way it's pepared and presented. The one tiny exception was the "add on to any entree-lobster". It was melt-in- your-mouth perfection but it was a bit frugal and sloppy looking. Still, it tasted very good.
The bread basket was very flavorful. The suprise complimentary dessert was perfect. Best restaurant merlot I've tasted in a year. So glad I asked for the waiter's suggestion and he advised the Kampachi entree. It was spot on.
We saw the most beautiful sunset! Our food was delicious and the service was amazing. We will definitely be back!
Food was good - dirty martinis not up to par / lovely setting / sommelier on staff - excellent!!
Our Server, Jakob was wonderful, the food really good. Go you won’t be disappointed oh and get dessert it’s magnificent!