- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
Lobster & Crab Cakes
ok kings farm local greens, salsa verde
Tempura Fish & Chips
house fries, tartar sauce, charred lemon
Ahi Fish Tacos
three fish tacos, pico de gallo, crushed avocado, cilantro lime cabbage slaw, corn tortillas
Final dinner in Kauai was beautiful...I wish was for dinner to later tonight a sun set.
We had the Caesar salad, the beet salad and the lamb chops. All were excellent. The wine list was adequate. The waiter was not very personable.
Fresh, delicious food prepared and presented very nicely!
Great place. Waitress was excellent.
SOOOO good and a must do when in Kauai or any of their other locations!
We had our 34th wedding anniversary dinner at Merriman’s. Service and food were both excellent. We started with a free taste of Prosecco, ceviche and crab & lobster cakes, followed by Mac nut-crusted monchong and prime rib. Finished off with a gratis mousse. It’s not cheap, it’s a bit noisy, but the food, the service and the sunset view are worth it.
This was our first dining experience at the Kauai Merriman’s after having several dinners at the Maui and big island locations that were 5-star across the board.
While the food was exceptional, the service was pretty dismal. I’d be hard pressed to count the number of times that the waiter said he would bring something (wine menu, a drink, the check) to the table only to come back 10 minutes later looking confused and then remembering he was going to bring us something. Sure, I don’t like hovering staff, and a short delay and forgetting something once is understandable, but something was definitely wrong here.
I still gave the dinner 4-stars despite the service, because the food made up for a lot. Plus, the live music was terrific.
Food was really good - I got the Mac nut crusted fish and my
Husband got one of the burgers. Cocktail (mule) was really good. Good live music. A bit over priced as the view isn’t what I thought it would be but the food was good. Felt super rushed, spent maybe 40 min here total.
A very good meal, very good service. A very pleasant night out.
We ordered Poke, Crab Cakes, Fish Tacos, Garlic truffle fries and their creme brûlée ~ all were good. The drinks were very good. Ambiance was ok, expected more.
Exceptional from start to finish from the food to the service. Merriman's was our best meal/dinner on our trip!
VISIT: end of April 2021
RESERVATIONS: highly recommended all throughout Kauai, to guarantee a seat and that you're not waiting too long (some of our dinners took up to 1 hour and 45 minutes with reservations - not at Merriman's though!) Reserve through Open Table
WHAT WE ORDERED: Merriman's Mai Tais, Truffle Fries, Fresh Catch Special (Ono), Lamb Chop, Lilikoi Mousse
WHAT WE WOULD ORDER AGAIN: all of it!
STAFF: 5 stars
SPECIALS: check their site for their daily specials (the couple next to us asked about the next day's specials and decided to come back the next day!)
HAPPY HOUR: 4-5pm DAILY
We were seated promptly for our reservation. We ordered drinks, appetizers, entrees and got a nice dessert as it was our anniversary celebration! This whole meal took about 60 minutes, which baffled us as our entire week on the island had lunches and dinners sometimes running up to 1 hour and 45 minutes, even with reservations. All the food was prompt and absolutely delicious (see my pics) AND my water always filled and I drink at least 30 oz each meal 😁 SUPER shout out to all the waitstaff, not just our waiter, Justin, as everyone else assisted in our 5 star experience - always making sure plates were cleaned (especially since it was very windy on the balcony - which the staff noted was rare) it helped to not have our menus and the bag from the Truffle Fries not flying around us. Extra kudos to the hostess stand as well as they were the only restaurant that even acknowledged our anniversary celebration (Open Table asks if you are celebrating something special).
Thank you again, Merriman's, you will be HIGHLY recommended by us and in all my reviews!
Great location, quick service, wonderful food and drinks
Good live music and nice views out across the bay. But it otherwise reminded us of a Rainforest Cafe. If that's your kind of place to go then you will probably love this restaurant.
Post Covid reopening. - menu was limited. Food was okay - not spectacular. Slightly disappointed because the last time I ate at Merriman’s in Maui - it was a fantastic.
Wonderful setting not complimented with engaging service. Food was timely, but added ono to a salad was incredibly over cooked. Strip was outstanding. We were exited to try the lobster and crab cake appetizer, but we’re a bit surprised at the order delivered two cakes for $22.
Would not return.
We ate at Merriman's twice during our recent stay on Kauai. Very good food, cocktails, service and a BEAUTIFUL view! Highly recommend!
Dinner was a wonderful surprise. We made reservations here due to name recognition only, but now I wish there was a Merriman's in San Diego. We enjoyed ahi poke and the fresh catch ceviche for apps. Both were good, but the ceviche was the best we've ever experienced - anywhere. For entrees, we shared the seared ahi with jalapeno mashed, which was wonderful, but the macadamia-crusted ono with mac nut brown rice was something we can't get out of our heads. That ono "broke da mouth" as our boat captain told us the next day. Can't wait to return - just to eat here!
Great service and great food!!
Merryman’s is one of our favorite restaurants!!
We had the ceviche and fresh raw oysters for starters. They were delicious. I had the lamb chops for my entree which was superb. The char on the outside and medium rare temperature on the inside was perfect. We finished with the chocolate purse dessert. Wow!! Our server Jarrod (like the jeweler as he put it) was a delight. All-in-all a lovely evening.
We are returning Kama'aina and I had my birthday here several years ago, so I thought I would have it again. My party of 8 and I were not disappointed. Jolie, our server, and her crew of bussers did a terrific job. We tried the deep fried avocado tacos, poke, tempura fish and chips, and fish tacos - all ONO! Always fun to sit outside on the big mango table, too.
Our party of 6 had a wonderful time. Our food was outstanding, especially my Kalua pork quesadillas and their drinks are great. The service though was a little lacking. Everyone was friendly but we had to ask a couple time for people in our group's food. Despite this, we love Merriman's and will alway go there when we're on Kauai!
Visit Merriman’s whenever we are in Kauai. Great food, beautiful view of the surrounding hills and ocean in the distance. Mahalo to our server, Aubrey who was super nice and attentive. We went for the Happy Hour this visit and absolutely loved trying our all the appetizers, making a meal out of tapas!!! One of my Kauai favorites!
Food was outstanding! Let ved the live music! Wish it lasted longer!
Delicious food, wonderful servers, and great atmosphere.
Unfortunately the food and service just missed the mark. I would say if it wasn’t COVID I’d rate this restaurant much lower. The Ono was very over cooked. I’m glad the island is opening back up and hope things get back to normal soon.
I ate at Merriman's on Oahu and was blown-away, was expecting the same from the flagship location but didn't quite get it. However - still wonderful service, a nice place for a special meal, and I know things at all Kauai restaurants are still in flux due to covid staff shortages.
Absolutely yummy. Very well prepared and excellent quality. Good wine too! Everything we saw is semi/mostly outside on a lovely deck with nice views. Beautiful sunset.
Merriman’s, previously our favorite, was a huge disappointment this time around. Limited dinner selections than before. Appears they moved the informal menu from the previous bar and grill downstairs to the dinner house. Where are the filets, lobsters, shrimp, etc? When I asked our server, she said it is too expensive. We were rushed - completed our dinner service within one hour 65 minutes. Sign at the table stating a limit on dinner service is a huge turn off! Food runners were excellent and friendly. Waitress - not the same experience. I had to pour my own wine! Our table had a spectacular sunset view so we give this high marks.
Amazing view. Food was great as well. Fish was amazing. The menu used to be bigger which I liked however they did just open back up after shut downs so that probably had something to do with it. Overall amazing!
Atmosphere was good, view was spectacular! Live music! Food was pretty disappointing after all I heard about it
Happy hour is awesome! Maitai was great. Our server Jarrod was very attentive
Crab cakes are amazing. All food prepared very well. Very pricey place, even though it's Kauai it seems more casual for the upscale pricing. Micah the bartender was great.
Food was top notch. Salad was gorgeous homegrown greens and herbs and the dressing was delicate and delicious. For me that is a sign of a restaurant chef actually being on site! Fish special was beautiful and substantial, the crab/lobster cakes subtle and so good. In a shopping center, but with views of an open field, sunset and light breeze flowing through the open shuttered plantation building, it’s a nice ambiance. Longtime servers happy to be back—just the right amount of interaction but not trying to become our best friends. Given how few high-end restaurants have availability since they’re following table separation rules, definitely grab a reservation before you arrive on island. Bar seating was open.
Outstanding. Tried all the places in Kukuiula Mall and Merriman's was by far the best. The ceviche, grilled fish sandwich (catch of the day served hot and seasoned), crab cakes, salads, homemade biscuits (OMG - so good) were all great. Delicious desserts as well. Impeccable service - couldn't recommend more.
Everything was amazing! Our table was perfect, our server was fantastic, the food and portions were spot on for the money and super tasty!
Always amazing food and service.
Very grateful that they were open during these very stressful times.
We had a fantastic dinner! Food was great and Jared is simply the best server. Extremely attentive, fun and knowledgeable.
Both oysters & Lobster meal were excellent, will go back again!
The fish was okay. But good view for sunset
Merriman's Kauai offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 742-8385.
Merriman's Kauai is rated 4.6 stars by 2870 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.