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Merriman's Kauai

4.6
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2726 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2726 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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grmbonz
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Taco's Tuesday was amazingly delicious. Loved the atmosphere.

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vipHappyAnniversary
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

At least our third time back since they recently reopened. We went for the seafood Raw Bar and loved it! The meal for three adults came to less than $100 before the tip, since their prices have been lowered on many of the food items. There is also a 25 % discount on their extensive wine list. Best ceviche ever and fantastic B.C. oysters! Huge prawns are served in their shrimp cocktail and excellent sashimi-grade ahi in the poke and fish tacos. If you like fresh seafood, definitely give them a try Friday through Monday for the Raw Bar.

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neighbor
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent food. friendly staff. overall exceptionally pleasant dining experience.

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vipKahuna
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Had high expectations because of the Merrimans name and past experiences. But sorry to say service was slow and inattentive. Food was so so. Martini was watered down, left too long in the shaker. Grilled veggie dish was tiny and tasteless. The experience was less than expected.

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vipPatty
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Considering covid constraints, Merrimans is doing a great job.

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CaseyR
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Thursday was fabulous. Had an outstanding view and despite the difficulties of the Covid-19, Merrimans has not lost its touch for service and quality.

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vipHappyAnniversary
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

This was our 2nd post-reopening visit in less than a week. It was half-priced lobster night and we were curious. We chose to be seated at an out-of-the-way table because of the noise, brought water and then forgotten for over 20 minutes. We had to flag down a runner to get menus and the wine list. The owner was very apologetic and the service was fine after that. The 1.5# lobster and sides was $38 (usually $70) and delicious. The wine (PennerAsh viognier) was discounted 25%, as it was happy hour, and the house-made ice cream sandwich was outstanding - large enough to satisfy the 3 of us.

We’ll definitely be back, on a different night, for their raw bar seafood special. I’m sure the service will be back up to their usual high standards.

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NancyW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pop-up restaurant is a very different place now, much more informal, cheaper prices, smaller menu but still delish. And still the great outdoor dining experience with ocean views. Go to Merriman's!!

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MorrisH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The chef seems to have fallen love with chili flakes and red pepper flakes as they were everywhere. One had difficulty find menu items that were not spicy. The staff was diffident about us and failed to ask about any dessert or more wine. The server brought a Lillikoi mousse that complementary and good. Not sure I want to go back a place so expensive that serves inedible food. FYI I eat spicy foods but felt the spice was out of line for this palce.

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vipNVA1
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Best location feels like dining in treehouse looking out over tropical wonderland. Food and service excellent. Pricy make it your special dinner.

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vipJustin
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, amazing food, beautiful sunset!

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CeciliaD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. We were seated at the time of our reservation and the
service by our waiter, Michael, was outstanding. He provided a special dessert treat for us
as we were celebrating my birthday. Merriman's Fish House is great value for the
money and we will definitely return

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vipSharynandJohn
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and tastes. The birthday treat was outstanding.

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Goldfinger49
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was prepared exquisitely. Mai-Tai's were some of the best we've had since we arrived on Kauai. The wait staff provided excellent service and were very attentive. Our view of the evening sunset topped off a wonderful dining experience. Look forward to dining there again in the future.

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NickD
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the staff was friendly and helpful.

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RichardS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location and view! Amazing wine list! Delicious! Highly recommend.

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KaraL
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was not good and it was expensive. Willing to pay more for good food, but food was pretty bad!

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vipNewtoLakewood
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Kauai and celebrating our anniversary. After a disappointing experience at Red Salt we opted to have our anniversary dinner at Merriman’s Fish House. Our reservation was for 7:45 so at the tail end of prime time. The staff was very accommodating when we ask for a different table out of the main still busy main dining. They seated us in a cozy spot and our server, Brendon provided pleasant, attentive and excellent service. My husband had the tempura dish which he said was the culinary highlight of our trip. I had a fresh fish prepared with a nice light sauce and delicious green beans.

Most impressive it was end of day but the staff was as fresh as if it were the start of their day.

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vipJoshM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we've had on Kauai, bar none. Every course consisted of individually interesting components, combined in innovative and delicious ways. Highly recommend.

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vipShawn
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to Merriman’s with another couple. We are upstairs which is more upscale than the lounge downstairs. They had live music which added to the overall pleasant ambiance.

Our server was excellent- no complaints there at all. The meal (apps, salad, mains & dessert) were fine, but not outstanding which impacted the overall value ratio.

Overall, this is a good restaurant, just a little pricey compared to other options on the island. There are better choices for less, as well as better options for similar prices on island.

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vipDrjay
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This was a wonderful restaurant and the food was amazing for the most part. Only one issue with my husbands fish being undercooked. All in all we were happy and would go back again.

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vipNVA1
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful view . Best Mai Tai . The Mahi mahi was perfect taste,and visual presentation.Service very good. Well versed on menu quick to answer all questions. Expensive but is your splurge night this is the place.

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vipBetsyH
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful dinner at Merrimans. Waitstaff was incredible and food was delicious. When they ran out of our desired dessert, we were given an excellent alternative, on the house!

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BlueHammer
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Been before, always good

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vipFOODCRIT
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first dining experience of Merriman's Fish House on Kauia. Having eaten at Merriman's on the Big Island and the MonkeyPod on Maui over several years, we had a high expectation of Merriman's Fish House. Our dining experience consisted of great service and food. The real disappointment was the result of our table being somewhat close to the very loud singer. We had a party of four, and we could barely hear each other until she finally left. Fortunately, she left before our dinner was served.

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WineAndFoodGuy
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a return trip for us and it didn't disappoint. The food was outstanding, the service from all the staff including our waiter Eric was outstanding without being over attentive. We were celebrating a special occasion and were met with a glass of bubbly and received a special dessert. We will most definitely return on our next trip to Kauai. Highest recommendation!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like their service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food and amazing views

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service by Steven our waiter. Great experience and will be back and will recommend.

SG
vipShandraG
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful sunset view but set in a mall situation. The live music was a nice addition! The food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Thanks —bartender could have been more attentive.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb dining experience.

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NancyP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had eaten at the Waimea Meerimans and it is wonderful; the Kauai location is just as good; great food, awesome staff, wonderful ambience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday perfect - perfect welcome, perfect champagne welcome, perfect enter, perfect birthday gift dessert and perfect service

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PeterL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience3

I went in solo for dinner. The waiter was either stoned or just didn’t want to work with me because he thought there wouldn’t be enough tip in it for him. Could have been either. I ordered the special for the evening. Food was average, cold and totally overpriced. $85 for fish and a glass of wine. I will not go back or recommend the restaurant for anyone else.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious.

PK
vipPaulaK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate here twice because the Mai Tais are so delicious! Ceviche and also the octopus escargot was amazing. Had dinner too and must have the Kahlua pig quesadilla and Macademia Kamachi were out of sight! Lobster Mac n cheese gotta have it! Exceptional service and beautiful restaurant with nice music and ambiance. Can’t wait to come back here😊💜

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CynthiaH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us went to celebrate an anniversary. Ordered the special menu for four persons and it was outstanding. Started with a Prosecco toast and a lobster and avocado on cucumber amuse bouche, followed by four appetizers - pork quesadillas, shrimp, tomatoes with avocado and cucumber and Caesar salad, dinner with macadamia crusted fish, grass fed steak, ahi tuna, mashed potatoes , and spicy broccoli. Three desserts followed, including a specially prepared custard for our anniversary. The specific menu items for four may change but the overall value was delicious and terrific. Service was exceptional, the wait staff very attentive. The GM stopped by our table to see how we were doing. Be sure to order the mai tai, served with mango foam!

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alancar
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food. Server was attentive but also allowed us to enjoy our cocktail without rushing our order. Had live music in the deck area. Liked that they were able to locally source some of the ingredients.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was a great value and everyone at our table enjoyed every dish that was served. Service was stellar and we would not hesitate recommending Merriman’s Fish House.

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 2726 OpenTable diners.

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