Merriman's Kauai

4.6
3291 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 3291 people are saying
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vipVicki
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our time was wonderful! We were greeted with a big smile and Aloha. Shown to our window table and served water and given menus. Ashlyn was full of life and such a amazing server.
Two had a delicious ahi special, one had the scallops both dishes included two prawns and one order of the local lamb. Each of us were delighted with our meals which we paired with a grenache wine.

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JDANIEL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Wife ordered a steak had to have it well done because she is pregnant and they brought out a burnt piece of steak where she couldn’t even cut the thing and when she did it was so charred that it cut the inside of her mouth. When she told the waiter he kind of just stared at us like we idiots but didn’t offer anything in exchange to my wife therefore we will never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Alex was very nice

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Handled my gluten and dairy free needs with ease. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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vipSammy
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ending to our Kauai vacation! Mac nut crusted fish delicious - thank you, Justin, for your recommendation!

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vipKathyS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent, loved the crab-cakes, beet salad, and quesadillas. The Mai-tai was delicious with the special honey recipe! Great outdoor setting. Would highly recommend!

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vipHaleyM
New England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On holiday went out to dinner here. Everything was great!! Would go back again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience3

An enjoyable meal,, but missed the mark on several points. Service was very basic and server was just going through the motions. We felt rushed as well (they were not busy).

Finally, the petty 4% kitchen staff surcharge was extremely tacky!!! When I’m paying over $40 for an entree and over $20 for an appetizer, adding the surcharge is just a profit grab by the owner and in poor taste.

It’s for these reasons I would NOT make the effort to return. There are too many other good places to eat Poipu.

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vipBillB
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was great, loved the sous chef, Justice. Magi mahi and lilikoi desert were delicious.

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RobertB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner, great service and would be a lovely view, but night had come. Will return

BK
BobbyK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh imaginative cuisine fairly priced; Exceptional attentive and friendly service

BO
vipBOB4FOOD
New England
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, but high-priced and not much on each plate

JD
vipJDIII
Orange County
83 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening with outstanding food and service. Our server was prompt, friendly and non- intrusive, and from appetizer to desert all four courses were delicious. Cocktails were tasty as usual. Will return on our next visit to the Island in May. Mahalo

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vipastridek
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great crudo!

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LindaA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was excellent but our waiter was very slow, inefficient and inept. 30 minutes for our initial drink order to arrive. We ordered a salad to share and I ordered the crab and lobster cakes as my entree. My spouse ordered fish without sauce. My dinner was brought out as an appetizer and it sat getting cold as we waited for his fish, which arrived covered in sauce. The bottle of Italian Chardonnay was good, but wine list was very pricey. Waiter did offer to replace fish entree but by that time we were too battle weary. Shame, the food was good but entire experience marred by such poor service. I worked in a number of high end restaurants in college and at these price points the service should be excellent as well as the food.

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DouglasW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter and helper were outstanding
Best MaiTai and food on Kauai

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mai Tai in Kauai, IMO. It’s not too sweet! The diver scallops and shrimp plate is excellent and filling without being heavy. A lovely open air concept dining room. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Kauai and I would recommend this to anyone visiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The food was terrific but the service was not great considering the place was half full.

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vipJimG
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing special Makai (Ono) dish with Kale, white beans, vegetable and shrimp was great. Black truffle fries to split amongst three of us were awesome. Salad with goat cheese very good. Will definitely be back next time in Kauai

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall1food1service2ambience3

No vegan options although we were told there were
Our waitress knew we were vegan and delivered us food with cheese. We Ended with Poot not fresh salad. Hummus with 5% Taro and 4 Falafel.

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vipRoseguy
Sacramento
97 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Merriman's is located upstairs, open-air with a nice Hawaiian vibe. Two of four in our party enjoyed their fish entrees. In my opinion, the filets arrived undercooked and the quality fair, not matching the reputation of the restaurant. The server was pleasant but lacked knowledge of their wine list. If you are ordering fish, go. Skip the steak. Order a wine you know.

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vipPatrickW
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal on the island hands down.

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SteveA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful evening! Both the food and the service were outstanding.

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vipTerrilm
Palm Springs
101 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and location. Food all excellent..Did not love the falafel....But the steaks and fish were amazing and the pineapple dessert is worth is for sure!!!

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Sally
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Merryman’s was extremely expensive and the loud singer was intolerable! She was sweet and had a nice voice, but we were not in a concert hall. Music in a nice restaurant should be “background music” not so loud that you can’t hear your dinner partner speak. I spoke with the hostess about this problem. She just looked at me s though I were an idiot. No “ I am sorry etc.”. We had dined here some years ago. It is not as it once was!
Sally Porter

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vipDoug
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic meal! Great service and ambiance. Very expensive, but if you want a special night it is highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My brother said the filet mignon was the best meal he’s ever had! Mahi Mahi macadamia nut crusted dish was delicious. The vegetables were spicy with that dish. Pineapple bread pudding was a perfect dessert.

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vipscribdafoodie
Denver
106 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was good but we had some issues with service at the beginning - took 15 minutes to order a drink. The food was good but I'd say the food at The Beach House is better.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed macadamia encrusted mahi mahi and crab cakes stuff with lobster. Nice quiet table in a corner with a view of the ocean.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Lovely restaurant and waiter Bobby was fantastic!

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Mark63
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and drinks-perfect table and a view of the best sunset I have ever seen!

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KathyK
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptionally good. Poke, crabcake appetizer, garden salad, seared ono. All wonderful. Service was perfect. Amazing sunset through large open windows. Relaxed elegant atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Smoked taro hummus and lobster crab cakes to start. Filet mignon was cooked perfectly. Lilikoi mousse and malasada desserts were heavenly. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu

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Marty
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork kimchi quesadilla was one of the best dishes I have ever enjoyed!

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staciae
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and great food. Reserve early if during holidays,

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Make your reservations early. I'm talking 1 to 2 weeks out. All we could get was an 8:15 res. and they were out of scallops and steak by that time. The 2 reasons we were going there. Had to get the crusted Mahi Mahi which is a good alternative, but would have been my third choice. It was flavorful, but did not blow me away. I understand times are tough right now with getting supplies and employees, but with our experience, I wish I would have known ahead of time. I mean where else were we going to go at 8:30 at night, with no reservations anywhere else. They did have gluten free options, which helped, but still 3 stars.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Not sure why we were seated at a table in the back corner behind the bar when there were plenty of open tables in the front and central part of the dining room. The live music was set up next to us shorty after we were seated. No one else was that close to the music. A very weird experience. I'm not much of a complainer but in retrospect should have asked to be reseated away from the musician. I made my reservation through open table and wondered if that impacted us. Or the fact that my friend was dressed more casually. Would it have made a difference if I had booked directly with Merrimans? Food was great and servers were attentive. Would go back but not to be seated in the back corner!!

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TroyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food and service. The view of the plantation is amazing and the ingredients are top notch. I have never had a better Mai tai in my life (fresh pineapple from local farms). Would highly recommend the chocolate purse dessert and crudo.

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Kristen
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing open air dining room, delicious food, great ambience. Our server Ashlyn took stellar care of us and made us feel like family.

LK
LindaK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect special occasion evening. The food was superb, and the service was top notch. Live music was an added bonus.

FAQs

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 3291 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.