Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

4.8
5491 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Located in the heart of the Big Islands farm community is Peter Merriman's original restaurant; Merriman's Waimea. Chef/Owner Peter Merriman is one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and uses 90% or more of local produce, fish and beef. All dishes are handcrafted to highlight the natural flavors of each menu item. Our award winning wine list has selections for all to enjoy. Merriman's knowledgeable and friendly staff will guide you through a culinary experience you will not forget. We look forward to serving you!

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
What 5491 people are saying
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vipPBLocal
Central Coast
44 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch. Fish (opa) was cooked perfectly. Potatoes and veggies seasoned and roasted to perfection.

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RichardG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Katherine our server was outstanding. Great wine list. My tenderloin was a
disappointment- small and tough, I do better on my BBQ.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday date

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff was over the top friendly with great service. Our waiter was Megan and she was super efficient. Jay wad a great host and representative for the restaurant.

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vipCP121
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, best service!

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vipSusanV
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

overall excellent!

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ReevaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a superb restaurant in every sense of the word. It is the epitome of fine dining

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vipCindyI
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fay was an excellent server. Very attentive.

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Diverdown
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What do you say about Merriman’s that no one hasn’t already heard? How about that you are treated like Ohana the minute you walk in. Every meal is like a gift from a dear friend. Everyone who works there has a special something about them that makes you want to come again and again. But the food is indeed the star. You cannot go wrong with any choice on the menu, so be bold and try something new! Best to everyone and we will be coming back soon.

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AnnS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb was fabulous
As well as both fish dishes

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Blessed
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband Bob and I had a fabulous birthday dinner here. The menu was thoughtfully delicious. Great choice and pairing of natural ingredients. My lamb chops were delicious. Not gamey at all. My husband had the catch of the day and remarked how good it was. Tasty and simple ingredients are what you expect from Merriman’s and our dining experience over the years has been delightful, consistent and delicious. It never disappoints. We continue to return each year like little salmon on the river!

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vipRobO
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You expect the best when you go to Merriman’s and again it lived up to our expectations. Food and service was outstanding. Annette was wonderful and her recommendations for all of our courses were awesome!

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deborahw
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent fresh food, farm to table friendly service. delicious food.

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vipMichael
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant on the Big Island! Service and food is outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite places to dine on the Big Island. The food is always impeccable as is the service. This is a must try experience if you get a chance!

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HaleyM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My favorite meal of the trip. The pumpkin soup was so incredible. The Mac nut crusted fish was incredible. The ginger ale! Yum!

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DebH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting for a lunch celebration.
Friendly and helpful service. Great food! Look forward to returning for dinner on our next trip. Mahalo!

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luv2dineatsummithouse
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merriman's has been a family favorite in Waimea (Kamuela) for many years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was outstanding and our server Emiko was fantastic as always!

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vipRonG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at this Merriman’s location for more than 25 years and always return whenever on the Big Island. Thank you Peter and to tour staff for all the memories and experiences.

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Gabee
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!! I strongly recommend!

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vipAmyC
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, fresh, local food! Wonderful service and very inventive food, we loved our experience. Everything we ordered was delicious, we especially loved the kalua pig and sweet onion quesadilla and macadamia crusted fresh catch. The mai tai was excellent and they have a nice wine list as well

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been coming to Merriman's since the late 1980s. Always a treat and a MUST visit with each annual visit. Macadamia nut-encrusted mahi-mahi and the chocolate silk purse are best ever dishes. Service and servers always well-trained, accommodating and professional

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vipgshirt85
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not bad not good. just average at above average prices. Only restaurant I have attended that adds a 4% mandatory charge for the kitchen staff. The 4% is taxed by Hawaii and I guess is expected to be included in factoring the waiter's tip.

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WayneE
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food is the best. Waiter was very attentive. It ia always a good restaurant.

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vipDariusz71
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, sublime service and fanatic atmosphere! We will be back!

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PatrickM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without question, the best dining experience on the island. Expertly hand crafted cocktails, fresh, local produce and perfectly composed dishes. Amazing. I will always be back.

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vipHIfoodie
Hawaii
220 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's a reason Merriman's is considered fine dining. The service is exceptional and the food is outstanding. We both had the fresh fish, mahi-mahi (my favorite - so hard to go wrong), but Merriman's preparation is exceptional. I had the serving with shrimp, which were sweet and crunchy - so fresh! The mahi serving was on the smaller side, but with the 2 shrimps - it was a nice meal. My husband had the macadamia nut crusted - perfect preparation and very generous serving. Also, so glad that i could order the tomato salad with fried capers - my favorite! It wasn't on the menu, which scared me as that's my 1st thought when i made reservations at Merriman's, but they prepared for me. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the ambience was terrific, but it was Annette’s service that made our experience so wonderful and memorable! She very attentive and knowledgeable, the perfect mix of professional and friendly! We were celebrating our Babymoon and she knew all the right touches to take our special occasion to the next level. Thank you so much Annette!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. We hope to return again soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first date night since March of 2020. It did not disappoint! The service was top-notch, and the food was the best we have had on this island (kona). We had the NY Strip and Ahi wok. Both had so much rich flavor. The steak was cooked perfectly. We will definitely be coming back on our next visit.

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TammyB
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!
Mac nut crusted mahi mahi was excellent!
And the filet was like butter!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Merriman’s always has great food. We prefer the ambiance and setting of the Maui restaurant, however

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TakoFace
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was overpriced. The taste of the New York steak was overpowered by the flavoring.

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Buff
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Fay, was outstanding
Food was awesome
Overall, we would highly recommend

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DaisyCC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I could mention just the highlights but everything was wonderful. The cocktails were impressive and the ginger ale was so delicious. The food and service were exceptional. And I felt it was a great value for what I got. Will definitely go again and make reservations well in advance next time. We got lucky with a last minute lunch reservation.

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RyanS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We prefer it for dinner. Lunch was just okay.

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Thetabop
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Merriman’s was recommended when we took a trip to Waimea, so we booked a table. The staff was super friendly and the food was fantastic. We really like the local source approach and they have created some very fine dishes. We will return someday.

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BarbL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merriman's Waimea is one of my favorite restaurants in the world, as always, the service and food was exceptional.

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robinr
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The farm to table is nice. Everything seems a little dated in terms of restaurants now a days including plating, food options and presentation. Could do a revamp. We splurged on all our dinners on vaycay and this was least memorable. That all being said I understand that in time of Covid everything is lackluster.

FAQs

Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 885-6822.

Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island is rated 4.8 stars by 5491 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.