Merriman's Kauai

4.5
2989 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 2989 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipChris
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service1ambience3

What a letdown. Had the ono special (dry, overcooked), two in my party had the bone in NY and was very bland and the char taste was overpowering we asked for salt to make it palatable. The lamb chops however was better than average. I gave our waiter about 5 min in the beginning to see if his demeanor would improve otherwise we were a few minutes away from walking out. I kiddingly said “hang in there you are almost done” and he then switched gear (attitude) to make it more tolerable for us all. The place is in a busy shopping center and as always full of tourists and probably at the end of the day (our reservation was 8pm) every employee has had it… if the the food was exceptional I would have tolerated minor misses but it wasn’t.

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RobinW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined at Merriman’s in Maui and loved it so that was our comparison. My dinner salad was excellent - very fresh but my husband’s lamb dinner was just lamb with a few minced veggies underneath. It needed a starch and we didn’t realize that we should order a side dish as well. Also, the wines were overpriced and the choice for bourbon was limited. The restaurant was pretty and service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, excellent service and amazing view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our waiter was not pleasant or friendly. Our food was extremely small portions and extremely expensive prices. We had to get food somewhere else after because my husband was still hungry. I was very disappointed.

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CJay
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was bad. Food was priced way too high for limited menu, bad service and items not available (cheeseburger on a kids menu).

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vipanonymous
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall , we thought foods were heavy on salt.
Anyone watching salt intake should ask for low sodium when ordering.

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Charthouser
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary while on Kauai and decided to mark the occasion by taking our family out to dinner along with us at Merrimans restaurant in The Kukuiula Shopping Village.

Everything from start to finish was absolutely outstanding!
First of all, our server Bobby was attentive, professional, and committed to providing us with a memorable evening.

All of us decided to have the freshly caught Opah and everyone agreed that this may have been the best tasting fish dinner that we’ve ever had while on Kauai.

Add to this, fresh baked buttermilk biscuits as an appetizer and Merrimans special ice cream sandwich for dessert and you have all the makings of a wonderful dining experience.

Thank You Merrimans for a fantastic anniversary meal and a memorable anniversary dining experience!

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JedS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We miss the offerings from the cafe (pizza and burgers) but the food was great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks 🍹 (Mai Tai is amazing), and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Great ambiance and food. Our waiter was subpar unfortunately. He was very attentive to other tables except ours… not sure why 🤷🏻‍♀️ It would have been 5 stars if our waiter at the very least checked in on us or cared to bring our food.

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TracyH
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our meal was great, and the service excellent. We always book at least one reservation at Merriman's when we come to Kauai!

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vipPattyM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We arrived right on time and had to wait awhile to be seated. But we had a table with a great view. Food was delicious. Great flavors

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vipJRM22
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and so is the view! The team is working extra hard right now and you can tell!!!! Go support this business!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

They gave me a free dessert for my birthday which was so thoughtful and our server was very nice and friendly

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vipMikeS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and nice views if you get a table facing the ocean. Food was good, but not great. Menu was probably limited due to COVID. Pricey for what you got in terms of the meal, but a nice place overall that I would recommend trying if you are in Kauai.

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vipMaileQ
Las Vegas
80 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Merrimans crew hit it out of the park once again. Mac nut crusted kampachi was perfectly done, lobster/crab cakes were amazing, and the kalua pork quesadilla is always a favorite. I don't usually eat dessert, but the white chocolate malasadas were amazing. Everything was fantastic and we had so many of the staff working together to make our evening memorable. Mahalo nui!

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AdamR
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was awesome. Loved the bread appetizers. Mai tais we’re strong umamami burger was great

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StephanieL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent a lovely date night at Merriman’s and we’re blown away by the food, service, and views. The Mai Tai is not to be missed — same with the lilikoi mousse for dessert. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Not sure what happened to this restaurant. Used to be white tablecloth and a fine dining place. We barely saw our server. The food was just below average. No ambience. People were in sweatpants and bathing suits. It was dark and the bales were set up very oddly. I don’t think I will be returning quite a disappointment. I’m wondering if Covid had a very big impact on this restaurant that used to be very good and one of the best on the island

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Claire
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great
Food drinks and ambiance

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vipGreatITALIAN
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was very good. There were two of us dining. One person ordered lamb & it was excellent but the burger ordered by the 2nd person was over cooked and the fries were over salted.
I contribute the burger to a flood that was happening in the kitchen while we dined.

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Katia
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We’ve been visiting Merriman’s restaurants since 2012 on the Big Island our first visit, been to Kauai, Maui as well..
We loved the food and service was good considering COVID times and everyone being overwhelmed… the lobster and crab cakes were excelled ,so was bone-in steak , salads caesar and Garden were very fresh as expected! Got truffle fries and mashed potatoes and biscuits were amazing Loved the chocolate “purse” dessert .Probably the best place to eat on the very quiet island !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mai tai around. And they were very kind in giving us a nice table and glasses of Champaign for our honeymoon. Enjoyed the meal and our server was great

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WishIWasHere
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, still our favorite meal on Kauai, hands down! From the appetizers, to our entrees and dessert (oh my, the Mac crusted Kampachi fresh fish dish with mushroom, macadamia and wild rice with amazing sauce, and frizzled greens...if it wouldn't have appeared disgustingly rude, the plate would have been licked clean by myself OR my husband, and the finale of the 'chocolate purse' for dessert), everything was perfect, including the stellar service by Bobby.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Food was great. View was terrific.

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vipRafaelP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice servers and excellent food!

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Lily
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Too few menu options

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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PaulH
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ahi was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Our waiter only checked in a few times and we kept asking for water. But the food again was amazing!

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TaraH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We realize it is covid times still and service is slow due to understaffing but disappointed there was no communication. We were celebrating our anniversary and no special measures taken. We sat for 18 minutes before anyone came by with water or asked for a drink. Once we ordered a drink it took another 15 minutes before it arrived. Food was ok. Lamb chops over cooked. Waiter finally redeemed himself with witty banter but overall not what we expected from a usually fabulous place to eat.

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vipNonna7
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Waitress slow and uncaring. Slow bringing cocktails - it was warm. Ordered bread …biscuits…they were cold. We normally really enjoy this restaurant guess their night was really off but as expensive as it is should be on point always.

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vipKrisH
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible meal at Merriman's! They handled our allergies so well and they were extra careful. The food was delicious and service was excellent. And the view from the restaurant is hard to beat!

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gran
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent service. Seated on reservation time. View table. Fun family dinner! Will go back.

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vipbayareagirl
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is not the merriemans we remember. In past dining it had an upscale creative menu. This just wasn’t on the at par. It was good, just not the experience we remembered. Maybe post covid has changed things up.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but good

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Justin was a great server, food and drinks were next level!

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vip3702
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Great table with wonderful view. Our waiter was perfect

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 2989 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.