Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai

4.5
2252 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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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as usual!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Atlanta
1 review
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, all around.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. The mahi mahi was very good and the ahi was cooked perfectly. The dessert was over-the-top Delicious. Enjoy!

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Portland
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Not very impressed with Merriman’s Fish House - the tuna and lobster were over cooked at cold.... there are better restaurants, with better value, in the area

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Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our server Jessica.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Overrated and expensive. Save your money and go to Jo2 instead!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed about this Kauai Merriman‘s- is definetly not the quality in food ((for us fish), in preparation and taste of all diner courses we usaually know from our Meeriman‘s like in Maui or Big Island.

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Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food and amazing service

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible and very disappointing on Christmas! Dinner was more than $100/person and the waiter was inattentive. We literally had to flag down other servers for help! Will NEVER go back or recommend to anyone. There are just too many other options.

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JE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not the same experience we had last year. Rigid on menu. Kids menu not appropriate for kids. Chef seems obsessed with making things too spicy. Need better understanding of consumer needs.

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CB
Puerto Vallarta
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Christmas pre-fixe dinner. Truly wonderful with enough options for everyone. At $70 for appetizer, main and dessert it was reasonable for the quality. Nice ambiance and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas dinner at Merrimans was a wonderful holiday treat. The food and service were fantastic. The views were amazing! A definite must when in Kauai!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas eve dinner with preset menu - the food was great, came fast and cooked very well. Service was very friendly. The menu was a bit pricey but given this was Christmas eve dinner, it was a really enjoyable experience.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This seems to be an over rated place. Food quality and taste was below average. Service was good and people were nice but chef probably was a novice.

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Anchorage
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never thought I would find a beef filet that would replace my favorite from Bakersfield or Valdez but now I have. It was tender and perfectly prepared. Thank you very much. We will have to return to Kauai just for your steaks.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fish restaurant.

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San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had skipped Merriman’s last year on our trip to Kauai and were so pleased with how much better everything was. We split a chocolate purse for dessert and it was to die for !

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Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Every time we visit Kauai we look forward to our evening at Merriman's Fish House. As usual it did not disappoint. Excellent service, great atmosphere and outstanding food. They have a great wine list too. The live music (solo guitarist) is a nice addition without being too loud.

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JU
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This is a fine looking restaurant. We greatly enjoyed the 3C soup: clam, corn, and coconut. Our problem was with the main course, the "special", which was at a menu high $49. It was mahimahi with 3 large shrimp. The shrimp were very good; the fish, with its totally bland sauce, was tasteless and thus highly disappointing---much as last December, in our last visit to Merriman's, we had found our featured fish far too salty. This is a lovely restaurant but must pay greater attention to basics.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous experience! The food was delicious, the ambiance was festive and the staff was exceptionally attentive. The wine list was excellent and reasonably priced and food was from local farmers. We had been to the Kauai location in the Poipu/Koloa area, which was just okay. It was a pleasure to dine at the Waimea location - we felt so special as well taken care of.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just returned from Merriman's in Kauai and we had an outstanding dinner for our last night on the island. The bartender was great as she made terrific Old Fashions. The dinner was perfect and the service suburb. We look forward to coming back in 2019.

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JM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was delicious. Service was excellent. Nice wine list.
Overall, great meal

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d
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service

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San Joaquin
25 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restuarant on Kauai. We always eat here at least twice while visiting every year.

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AH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great setting, beautiful sunset in the back with increasingly ocean view. Staff was very nice and courteous. Food was great. Pricey but worth it in my opinion.

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RH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and our waiter took the time to explain all the fish preparations even though he was very busy

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Merriman's Fish House is regarded as one of the best local restaurants. As a resident of Kauai, I will confirm that it is one of the best, but compared to restaurants around the world it comes up short. It's still very nice, if you're willing to spend heaps and get average to slightly better than average food. For this particular visit, the beans were unedible because they were too old and tough. Overall, we paid $180 for something that should have cost half that, but the restaurant is in a tourist area and they charge through the nose for that. Welcome to Hawaii tourism!

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Overpriced. Lovely setting. Between the two of us We had one good soup, one simple garden salad (lettuce, a couple of slices of radish and tomatoes), two tiny crab/lobster cakes and four over- cooked shrimp, (the last two dishes were appetizers), and two house special mai tais. Total cost $93.00. Would not go back.

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KG
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were disappointed in our food for the most part. We've eaten here before and enjoyed it but this time the food was only fair - fish overcooked, steak not top rate. When we pay this much we expect the food to be superb. Service was fine - it was all about the food and our disappointment with it.

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