Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

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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!
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WG
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Simply outstanding staff.
Greeted warmly by a hostess who looked glad to see us.
Wonderful server who also seemed glad that we were there.
She had superb knowledge of the menu.
Home run meal every single time.
That's why we always return.

LF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Our waiter was disinterested and spoiled the experience for me.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merrimans is always a special place. Great food, lovely atmosphere and vibe.

B
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and atmosphere as always. Our favorite restaurant on the big island. Period.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Several really nice choices on the menu. We ended up with four entrees which were all good - the lamb and the chicken were excellent. The fish of the day was a bit overdone. Remarkably good desserts as well.
Will eat there again.

JN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This had to have been the best meal I’ve ever had. The chef cooked the lamb and fish to perfection. The entire staff was warm and welcoming, top notch service that should be an example to restaurants everywhere. I love that if you cannot decide between two main dishes you can get both in half servings so you don’t miss the amazing food. I know the next time I’m able to go to the Big Island, Merriman’s will without a doubt will be a place I visit again.

b
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have gone every year since 1996, do I need to say more?

HO
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming restaurant in the heart of Waimea with excellent service, knowledgeable staff, and amazing food!

MB
New England
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Had the Kampuchi, didnt care for the way it was prepared at all. Mushroom & macadamia nut flavors together were not pleasing and didnt enhance fish. Couscous salad was good but billed as Israeli and it was the smaller grain couscous. Also had the pork and onion quesadilla which was just ok. Beetmojito cocktail was good. Love the concept of fresh local foods but it has to taste good.

RW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best prepared and tasty food I have had for a while, anywhere. A must if you want to eat at one of the best restaurants on the big island. We will be back, in fact, our next stay on the big island will be spending it in the Waimea area.

j
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host, who might have been the owner, makes you feel like you are dining at their house. Excellent food combined with excellent service made for a great evening. The food quality is exceptional and dishes are creative. Overall, I highly recommend.

B
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quintessential Hawaiian Regional Cuisine....90% + regionally sourced except their steaks are corn-fed from Chicago Stockyards as this type of beef is more marbled and tasty compared to local grass-fed Parker Ranch meat. Wok charred Ahi is a classic.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, perfect in every way

O
Sacramento
101 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always anticipated never disappointed. Ahi entre was perfect. Well executed with interesting supporting sauce and pieces of ginger with chopped cabbage to offset the aggressive sauce; steak was equally well prepared as requested and attentive staff was informative and present as needed . Always see Merriman’s as the test case for fine dining on Big Island. Return guaranteed

H
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merrimans never fails to deliver. The thought and expertise that goes into every dish from salad to entree to desert is outstanding. I have been to two other Merrimans and have never been disappointed and never expect to be from professionally run restaurants such as Peter Merrimans.

JK
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service and the food is my favorite of any restaurant in any of the 50 US states. Never disappointed. Always exceeds my high, high expectations. Treat yourself whenever you find yourself on the Big Island of Hawaii.

J
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was very nice and well informed about the food. Our waitress was able to give us an in depth description of the dishes we asked about. I ordered the New York Steak with bone. The steak was amazing, the mashed potatoes were good, I do wish it had come with a veggie though. Other than that everything else was great! I would definitely recommend this restaurant. My date had a combination plate, the food was all delicious but the portions on his plate was a little smaller than expected.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had an experience here that hasnt been AMAZING. There are always great specials, in addition to their amazing regular menu. The MAI TAI is the best on the island! It's a most-visited, you wont be disappointed!

M
San Francisco
135 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dependably five stars.

A
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place on the island. We always enjoy

RR
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been away from Hawaii for 13 years, and wanted to return to Merriman's for old times' sake. I can honestly say it was way better than I remembered it! So good, in fact, that we returned the next night.

We loved the option to get half portions of two entrees. It allowed us to try all the seafood entrees offered that night, and the lamb as well. Everything we had was near perfect. The sauces are to die for!

The wine list included excellent approachable choices. Our waitress was incredibly professional, yet very friendly, and the entire service was choreographed among support staff perfectly.

In short, can't say enough good about Merriman's. They continue to offer an outstanding dining experience after all these years.

K
Palm Springs
119 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to return to dine at Merriman’s when we are on the Big Island. We’ve been coming here for over 15 years and never miss a chance to dine when we can. Another great meal with wonderful service, quality food and a great bottle of wine. One of my very favorite restaurants in the world.

N
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous meal! We had great service and the ambiance is sophisticated yet cozy. We had a wonderful time celebrating 2 birthdays!

g
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Incredible food and great service but the noise level was very unpleasant and needs to be monitored
Why do fine dining rooms put up with bar room behavior ?
There must be a solution. It wrecks the experience especially when you’re paying $200+ dinners for two

c
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You simply cannot beat Merriman’s- the freshest fish perfectly prepared, excellent steaks that melt in your mouth, local veggies and salads, decent wine prices, homemade freshly baked breads, superb service and so lovely inside. Just the best on the island.

R
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous fresh Salad! Our server was very personable and accommodating.... he deserves 5 stars!

c
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You simply can’t beat it- the very best of high quality ingredients and superb execution

IC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

The Caesar salads is very small and is not a lunch salad. It is a side salad. The fried green tomatoes that were substituted for croutons were good.

CB
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

receptionist was a bit slow.
ahi poke was good as was the caesar salad
Fish taco and fish burger were good.

d
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

GS
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food was delicious. Decor was very cool. Server was super friendly. Would definitely go again.

M
San Francisco
135 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These folks get it right every time. Sophisticated attentive service, complex flavors balanced beautifully, so as to not overpower you’re palate. Simply subtle delights in every bite. If I’m driving the 35 minutes from Kona to Waimea, it’s almost always about dining at Merriman’s.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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GT
Hawaii
52 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Quite delicious like all Merriman's restaurants. We appreciated the fact the wine list included reasonably priced bottles to go with the excellent food.

PA
Tahoe
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I always go to Merrimans. Love the original Waimea location.

Love the fresh vegetables.

UN
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent services and quality food.

k
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jim was amazing. We got seats close to the kitchen which was fun. Clam appetizer to die for if you like garlic.From the moment we sat down the attention to our table was astounding. 2 of the four of us ordered specials. delish! Top notch spot

CC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Merriman’s restaurant in Waimea is hands down our favorite restaurant on island.

OT
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious, service excellent, we make sure to visit every time we are on the Big island, worth a drive from wherever you are staying

ID
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have enjoyed Merrimans since they opened and food-wise, it never disappoints. It is pricey and really, without atmosphere, but the food and service are great. Our party dined on clams, lamb, mahi mahi and a new item on the menu, taro enchilada. Delicious!