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Merriman's Kauai

4.7
4.7
3808 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 742-8385

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dominic Garcia

  • Private party contact

    eventskauai@merrimanshawaii.com: (808) 742-8385

  • Neighborhood

    Koloa

  • Cross street

    Poipu Road

  • Parking details

    We are located in the Shops at Kukuiula. Self parking available.

  • Public transit

    Kukuiula Store across the street.

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Daily from 6pm-9pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Thanksgiving Pre Fixe Menu

    $95.00 per person

    Nov 24, 2022 only
    Join us at Merriman's Kauai for our 3 course pre fixe Thanksgiving Holiday Menu. Menus will be available to view early November at www.merrimanshawaii.com. We are currently accepting reservations for parties of 10 or less. We will hold your table for you 15 minutes past your reservation time, if you are running late please call ahead of your arrival. We ask that you limit your experience with us to 2 hours as a courtesy to other reservations. Should your plans change we ask that you cancel your reservation no later than 48 hours prior. Reservations canceled within 48 hours of your reservation time will be subject to a $25 per person cancelation fee.

What 3,808 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Kauai

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    Best Value

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    Fit for Foodies

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  1. C

    Chris

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was delightful and perfect in every way. The food was outstanding as well as the service. The ambience was just what we were hoping for. We would definitely recommend it.
  2. B

    Brezhie

    Portland

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and an extremely knowledgeable and friendly server
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food & service! Jennifer was awesome, our server!
  4. y

    yogarn

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoy recommendations from servers. Our server was spot on with her suggestions. We started off with the Ahi Aguachili, also had the Caesar salad with fried green tomato croutons. As a main course, we had the Makai and the Mac nut encrusted local fish. Everything was delicious and fresh. For dessert we had a passion fruit mousse. The Mai Tai was excellent. There was live music which was so entertaining and pleasant. We had a wonderful dining experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mai tais are amazing! Food was fantastic! A must do if you can!
  6. TS

    ThomasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, Great service. Will definitely going back!!
  7. CS

    CherylS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We were excited to try this restaurant as we love the Merriman’s on Maui. We made reservations a month in advance and when we got to the restaurant we weren’t greeted with much enthusiasm at all. Our waiter let us know they were out of rice, the white fish I wanted to order and the beer my husband wanted to order. We were disappointed because we had to wait to eat until 8:30 pm because that was the only reservation available. I didn’t know that the restaurant actually starts to close down at 8:30 pm. We thought about leaving but we wouldn’t have had time to go yo another place to eat. The food was good but overall I wouldn’t recommend it. Very pricey for what you get , if you’re lucky enough to actually be able to order what’s on the menu.
  8. BG

    BillG

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Corner table at sunset. What could be better? Service was excellent food was excellent overall experience was awesome for our last night in Hawaii.
  9. AB

    AllenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Took us right away to our table. Our server Bobby was excellent.
  10. JK

    JodiK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was awesome and the food was the best we had in Kauai
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beat ahi in my life, steak was good
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    After a rough start with someone seated with our reservation and unaccommodating hosts regarding bar requests, our server Eric turned things around for the dining experience. The food was great and after the initial rough patch the service was as well.
  13. LI

    LettyI

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seafood was fresh and well prepared. The staff was attentive, friendly and professional. We were celebrating a birthday and wedding anniversary. Everyone from the hostess to the waitstaff congratulated us. The menus headers said happy birthday and happy anniversary. A subtle, but very nice touch. It was a wonderful evening.
  14. d

    douglass

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We forgot the name of the waitress, but she was great!
  15. SB

    SavannahB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best dinner my fiancé and I ate our whole trip to Kauai! We sampled as many of the fine dining restaurants we could on our trip, and this one was hands down the best. I would recommend to anyone traveling to Kauai! Everything was so fresh, impeccably prepared, and beautifully plated. The service was exceptional as well!
  16. m

    markl

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    The first time we visited Merrimans was on the big island calm and it was outstanding in all aspects. However, the Poipu Merrymans was very much a disappointment. The food itself was inconsistent with some dishes being very good and others below average. For example the steak fillet and potatoes were not very flavorful and the fish was just a bit dry. The truffle fries and salads were very good. Our server was well below average unfortunately. She just didn’t seem on it, when she would come by to check on us sometimes she would just look over the table and then turn around before we could say anything and walk off, and we often needed things. The cocktails were just OK. So if you take this inconsistent food and match it up with premium plus pricing poor service, the result is three stars. The ambience however was nothing short of outstanding as we had a table right on the rail and were able to watch the sunset. In summary, when you spend $350, before tip for a party of four we expected top-notch service and outstanding food.
  17. A

    Altigua

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic. Our server Sarah was excellent. Great food choices, wine list, & cocktails. Will always come back!! Mahalo.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    We were so excited for this very big dinner splurge we booked after our helicopter tour of Kaua’i. Unfortunately very disappointed. Absolutely the lowest rating I’ve ever given any restaurant, not to mention one with the high price point. The two stars is for our waiter. The positives: nice location with open air atmosphere so hope you can catch a breeze. Also, the cute little salt container on the tables was delicious salt for your food. You’ll need it. The wine was good. Our favorites from this restaurant were the Cesar salad and Parmesan French fries. We got there at opening and before we could order the restaurant was out of a white fish option so replaced with ahi tuna instead. Those are not the same type of fish, nor should they be cooked the same way. Also, the island restaurants brag endlessly that their fish is fresh daily so how do you run out at opening? Hubby had a basic filet and I had the duo (filet and fish) as I can generally tolerate a more cooked ahi tuna. I didn’t even finish the tuna, because it was cooked like the white fish (seared in a Parmesan crust and then baked). The kitchen should have changed the cooking method for the seafood option when they ran out of white fish. The menu options were limited which should have been our first clue to leave. The filets were bland and small. The portions were small. The crab cakes appetizer at a whopping $24 was TWO very small crab cakes (two bites tops). Our tab with tip was ~$250 and the worst meal we’ve had on vacation, maybe ever. We left still hungry and picked up snacks at the Living Foods store in the area and quite frankly regretted we just didn’t eat at that restaurant in the first place. We also regretted not just paying the wine and appetizers bill when the waiter said they were out of white fish, which cut the limited menu even further, and left. Lesson learned. There are plenty of other good restaurants in the area, don’t choose this one.
  19. s

    suds4sue

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been to Merriman's on different islands multiple times. We love it! Our server Eric was terrific, the food was outstanding and my favorite cocktail of all time, No ka oi, still stands the test of time! Thanks!
  20. CM

    CariM

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Merriman’s. The servers were lovely and the food was delicious. I recommend the kalua pork quesadilla as a starter and the filet mignon entree. The mai tai topped with a lilikoi foam and watermelon slider mocktail are two great drink choices.
  21. J

    Jack

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and service great but the prices are very high now.
  22. DD

    DannyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food! Wonderful service! Our server was personable, attentive and funny!! Can’t wait to go back
  23. LC

    LindaC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a enjoyable dinner, Sarah, our server was terrific
  24. MQ

    MaileQ

    Las Vegas

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite places on the island. Crab cakes, beet salad, pork quesadillas are excellent staples. And of course, Mai Tais!🍹 Great live local music as well 🎶 Mahalo to Ashlyn for all the fun and perfect Aloha! 🌺
  25. d

    donh

    Houston

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and atmosphere
  26. DP

    DeaPea

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully prepared foods. Best meal all week! Staff was amazing and open air window setting were just gorgeous.
  27. K

    Kauai

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven't been to Merriman's since before the pandemic and it was okay back then. This time it was exceptional, especially the the lady that served us, who was just attentive enough. Food was great and the portions were a little bigger than I expected. We had been going to Roy's next door but we will have to make an effort to visit this place again and with friends next time.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every dish we ordered! Great staff and beautiful view! A winner.
  29. M

    Mrsbd

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great. Atmosphere good. Food good But nothing spectacular. It was an ok evening. No real regrets. And glad we gave it a try.
  30. DW

    DeniseW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Susan is a fabulous waitress! Thank you for a wonderful experience
  31. AZ

    AnnaZ

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. It’s well priced compared to the rest of the island and the overall experience Is phenomenal. They make a point to take it to the next level
  32. CO

    ChrisO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious food and a great view of the ocean and the mountains. Highly recommended.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Anniversary celebration
  34. DG

    DavidG

    Portland

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Poipu and the best MaiThai of Kawaii
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was mediocre for the price point. There was a “kitchen service charge” added to the bill. The server informed us that this was essentially a gratuity for the chef an kitchen staff. I would go elsewhere in the future.
  36. N

    Nariew

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bartender was amazing and our server was great!
  37. ND

    NDTransplant

    Fargo

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lilikoi mousse is light and delicious! Perfect after a big meal!
  38. PD

    PeteD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Menu selection for fish was Ahi and Ahi. Biscuits were minuscule. Won’t return.
  39. JM

    JonM

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been eating here for 10 years and absolutely love it! The service and quality is of the BEST on the island. There is no “chain” feel here; super personalized service for any occasion. We love you guys!
  40. BS

    BSCC

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The service was excellent, but the food needs improving.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Merriman's Kauai offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 742-8385.

Merriman's Kauai is rated 4.7 stars by 3808 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Merriman's Kauai

2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Street #G-149, Koloa, HI 96756

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Poipu Road

  • Neighborhood

    Koloa

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    We are located in the Shops at Kukuiula. Self parking available.

  • Public transit

    Kukuiula Store across the street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dominic Garcia

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Daily from 6pm-9pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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