Merriman's Kauai

4.5
2934 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 2934 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSteveJ
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Waiter was almost non communicative. Maybe he didn’t like people or was shy.

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LindsayS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a lovely time at Merrimans. The food was absolutely delicious. Our only complaint is that our water glasses kept being empty, however we were drinking them rather quickly. Overall, a great experience. Thanks!

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RachelR
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food wasn't that great, but the drinks and service were excellent.

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Lori
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant overlooking the ocean and Mountain View’s. Service was excellent and food was tasteful and filling. Ordered the Bone-in New York Strip cooked exactly as ordered.

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CatherineC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Considering they are opening back up we gave them a huge pass . Food service very slow fish and chips excellent fish tacos ok steak fail biscuit excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding with beautiful breeze and view.

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JeffC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional and beyond expectations. The ono was fresh and cooked perfectly. Usually you find most places overcook the Hawaiian fishes.

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vipJackAMG
Hawaii
93 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are big Merrimans fans. Each one has its own flavor - and vibe. This one was more low key - with many old favorites on the menu

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We had a reservation for weeks and was sat right by the bar area, no view except the backs of people at the bar. When I brought this up to the hostess, she didn’t care, said that was the only table available, even though the reservation has been made weeks prior. The manager came over at just the point we were about to leave and said she would find something for us. She did, after about 10 minutes. We ordered the catch of the day and the ahi. Both were adequate, but lacked true flavor. The service was decent, but the noise level was higher than I exported. Overall it was an ok dinner, but not worth the same price for other restuarants in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were excellent and attentive. Food was delicious and the menu had an option for everyone.

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MiriamC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for our first anniversary and boy did they go above and beyond! I think we ended up at the best table in the place- they have a beautiful view btw- and they happened to have a live musician that night! Everyone on staff was masked and tables were separated enough to not make me feel like I was too close to other customers. Food was also amazing- we had the poke, mac nut crusted fish, steak, and the lilikoi mousse dessert and I'd suggest them all...I only wish we had gone back so I could try more of their desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical! Merriman’s is the gold standard for amazing food and service. This location isn’t quite as formal or fancy as the location on the Big Island, but is still quite nice and just as beautiful with breathtaking views. Great spot for a special occasion or Aloha dinner (last night of your trip). Order the chocolate purse!

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sfeb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and great service. They Kindly wished us a happy anniversary with a yummy passion fruit dessert! These little touches make for a memorable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The meals we had were so extremely salty that they were practically inedible.
The music volume level was very loud and made any conversation difficult. This is a smaller room with socially distanced tables bouncing the sound around. Very disturbing.
Our waiter was excellent but couldn’t take care of the food and noise issues.
We have eaten here many times in the past and was always one of our favorite restaurants while on the island. Not sure what the future will bring for this place.

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NoriF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The food was just okay. Fish and chips were mushy. Caesar salad nothing special. Biscuits saltless.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

19th wedding anniversary

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LyndaK
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jared our server was awesome! He made our special day a priority. Food was also amazing, service was amazing, booking online was easy. Book now a we were lucky to get in.

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vipNick
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have had a ton of Mahi in my life. The Mac Nut Mahi was the BEST I’ve ever had. Well done.

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vipJerdawg1030
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by for a late dinner & just after we sat down, it stared pouring out! Its open air, second story dining area didn't protect us well from the rain, but it didn't dampen our spirits. We pressed on. It didn't last long. Our server Alex was clearly a seasoned server - witty, fast on her feet, frequently checking on us - She was good!
Our cocktails were good & appetizers were really good! The tomato-coconut soup was AMAZING! Our table got a variety of dinner entrees, all of which were really good! The lamb, the macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi, the seared ahi - everything was delicious!
We loved the plantation style architecture & decor! A beautiful dinner out!

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vipNonna7
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a friends birthday. It was a wonderful evening. Good food good company good service

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BarbaraB
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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vipJess
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It took a while for our server to greet us and then he felt a little distant and wasn't the most welcoming. The food was delicious though.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, cocktails, service and view! Truly the best spot on Kauai!

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vipSusanE
Atlanta
74 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Mac Nut Fish was excellent! Service was excellent. Would recommend to fix fan on back deck as it was a bit warm. Recommend a fake owl for patio as well to keep birds from landing above people's heads.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere!

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PoojaK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food - burger was amazing. Service was quick and friendly, would definitely return and recommend to friends/family!

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LydiaA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful dinner and great service from Ashlynn.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dinner of our trip to Kauai!! The staff was amazing! We were greeted with smiles walking up the stairs. Alex, our server, was AMAZING! She helped make our dinner perfect!

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent with a beautiful view. Lobster and crab cakes were delicious.

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vipAndreaJ
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was excellent and we greatly enjoyed the champagne to celebrate our anniversary!

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vipOpenTable Diner
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from Eric! Gorgeous table to celebrate our anniversary while on Kauai.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!
Service was excellent!

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vipMaxwell
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had reservations for dinner as it was our last night in Kauai. We always loved Merriman’s, but this time we were truly disappointed. The hostess escorted us to a booth next to the bar which made us uncomfortable considering the COVID situation. After waiting over 10 minutes for a server to acknowledge us, I went to the hostess to complain that guests seated after us had already been served. She went to the kitchen and finally a server came to our table with water. He took our drink order which again was slow in arriving. We ordered a salad to share which was okay. My husband ordered fish & chips and I had the mahi-mahi. Neither entree was anything special. In the past, the quality and service at Merriman’s has always been stellar. We declined dessert, because we didn’t feel like it was worth ordering given our experience tonight.

I hope the restaurant takes note of the poor service and quality of the food has evolved to since reopening. Hopefully they will improve once the island has returned to some normalcy. I don’t recommend dining here anytime soon.

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vipBrad
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Excellent service. Fast also. Already made 2nd reaervation

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mai tais and ono were awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view of the sunset and even better food and service! We had the daily ceviche which was ono. Super fresh and flavorful! We also had the fresh catch - ono with grilled shrimp, carrots and roasted potatoes with a tarragon butter. My husband had the Caesar salad and pork quesadillas. My daughter loved the Keiki chicken tenders and fries. Everything was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Had early reservations, 4:45. Waitress was excellent, food was good. We gave up our table in consideration and moved over to the bar area where there was a phenomenal Hawaiian guitarist playing and singing wonderful Hawaiian music. It is now 5:45 so still early and the hostess asked what we were doing...we said enjoying the music. She escorted us from a table we were at saying they had a party coming at 6:00. Ok, so two bar seats were available and she kindly blamed the manager stating that we could only sit outside the restaurant to finish the wine we had at dinner. I really like Merrimen’s but that was very short sighted of them. You apparently are worthwhile to them right up to the time you pay your bill and give up your table in consideration. Bad move on their behalf and it left a bad taste in my proverbial mouth...hence this review. Sorry guys, just being honest.

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PauHana
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food here is way overpriced for its quality. Typical mediocre restaurant in a touristy area.

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vipband
Sacramento
77 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and beautiful views. We enjoyed the menu which was less “fine dining” than previously. The Ahi was cooked (very rare) to perfection. Everyone working here was friendly and very service oriented. We would go back but they are booked the rest of this trip.

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vipJillG
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Merriman’s Kauai is our go to every year! It has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. We knew with the new protocols it would be a slightly different experience but the views were still outstanding at sunset and the food was spectacular as always. The service however was subpar with the water server being very polite, friendly and helpful and the actual server who was inattentive, didn’t sell the menu or speak much. We are hopeful our next visit will be back to what we’ve experienced for many years.

FAQs

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

Merriman's Kauai is rated 4.5 stars by 2934 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.