Merriman's Kauai

4.6
2886 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 2886 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Mediocre, expensive, and really uninspired food. I loved Merriman's Waimea, but the Kauai version had a good view and not much else. Might be nice for drinks and dessert, but the food was overcooked, not tasty, and hugely overpriced. We won't be back and can't honestly recommend this place to others. The service was good, and it's a shame that such excellent servers were not matched by the dinner.

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DavidB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

We have been to Merriman’s Poipu before and have enjoyed the ambiance, service and live music but this was bot their night. Our server was barely present and it really colored the evening.

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DavidK
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, staff was polite, and the service was timely. bathrooms need upgraded.

JD
vipJDIII
Orange County
76 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

25th visit, and again did not disappoint with the food, drinks, and service. Always a special treat. Thanks to the Chiefs and Servers/Bartender that makes this possible. Would be nice if they could fix/replace the ceiling fans on the Lanai as late afternoon /sunset it gets a bit sweltering. And feel free to turn off the poor choice in music and let the dining experience speak for itself. We could almost hear the nice live music from the bar area, but it was drowned out by the strange loud music from the speaker above our lanai table. A couple of Management fixes would have made this the perfect dinner!

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vipStephanieC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service fresh catch was fantastic and perfectly cooked! Ambiance was top notch and service was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Merriman’s was amazing. It was our 10 year anniversary and the food and service were stellar. The staff really made the whole experience extra special. We will definitely be coming back next time we’re in town.

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vipKevinO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I've dined here six or seven times over the years and have had more hits than misses. This time, however, was a total miss. The fish was bland and our server was a nice person who is in the wrong line of work.

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SteveS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We make it a tradition to have a meal at any Merryman’s when we visit one of the Hawaiian islands. Just had a wonderful meal at their Kauai restaurant and we very pleased.

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vipMandM
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience2

This one is not up to par. We have been so many times to Maui and Kona locations and really great! This one not so much. The server was confused, brought the wrong dish, and was training someone. Menu was unusually limited, and not as tasty as others. $25.00 corking fee for Kauai also seems a bit much! They need to add to the menu, and have the chef add more selections!

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vipKatk
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, superb service and one of our favorites!

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JennP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed eating here. The Mai Tai’s are amazing .. best I have ever had! Food was delicious. We will definitely be back!

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vipKarenSFbayarea
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant on the island- never disappoints!!

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vipKGolfer
Denver
76 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really like this restaurant a lot...the location is awesome and the open-air dining is great. They do a terrific job on the menu and wine list, too. The servers are very personable - all good!!

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Dinner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Final dinner in Kauai was beautiful...I wish was for dinner to later tonight a sun set.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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kendal
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fresh, delicious food prepared and presented very nicely!

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BruceT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Waitress was excellent.

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Julie
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We LOVED Merriman's in Kauai the last time we ate there which was THREE times in Feb. 2020!
We just returned home from eating at Merriman's Kauai again and we tried it three different evenings this trip too ( not much was open in the surrounding area) however we did not enjoy this restaurant the same. The hostess was VERY unfriendly and extremely unaccommodating to the point of being rude. The menu seems much smaller now and the servings smaller in size as well, yet prices high. They need to bring back more variety of menu choices for me to return again.
Our son and his wife also went there one night alone themselves and agreed with my opinion.
The famous Mai Tai drink there was delicious however even that seems to have changed some?

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KristenB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SOOOO good and a must do when in Kauai or any of their other locations!

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bluerangersfan
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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RogerD
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was great, people were friendly and attentive. The location is amazing and the view memorable. The food was marginal. The fish was bland and overcooked.

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vipCraig
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

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.

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Anne
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place. They always welcome us and know our preferences. Great food, fabulous views and lovely music.

JM
JennM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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.

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Hugh
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very good meal, very good service. A very pleasant night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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gourmandsexpedition
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, quick service, wonderful food and drinks

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vipTouristHatingTourist
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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vipGilD
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

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BW74
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

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vipCathyF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Merriman's twice during our recent stay on Kauai. Very good food, cocktails, service and a BEAUTIFUL view! Highly recommend!

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DeborahH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipScottL
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merryman’s is one of our favorite restaurants!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

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.

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Napu
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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j9ofHMB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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PatJ
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Let ved the live music! Wish it lasted longer!

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 2886 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.