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Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island, Kamuela, HI

Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

4.9
4.9
9070 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–1:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 885-6822
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Peter Merriman
  • Catering
    Offering the best of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Please contact us for details!
  • Neighborhood
    Kamuela
  • Cross street
    Highway 19
  • Parking details
    Self park.
  • Additional
    BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 9,070 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Overall

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Food

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Service

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Ambiance

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Value

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Great for brunch

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Innovative

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Healthy

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Neighborhood gem

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Great for fine wines

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Good for special occasions

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Most Booked

9,070 Reviews
  1. StephenC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing farm to table experience. Food is unique and well-prepared. I would recommend it to anyone. Worth the drive.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was outstanding, we are repeat customers and always have a great experience at Marriman’s. Had the tomatoe salad that was a seasonal speciality, it was fantastic. Main lobster was the best I have had at a restaurant.

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  3. JenniferS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The most amazing dinner. Don’t miss this fabulous restaurant. A must!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a MUST GO. Please add this to your list of things to do on the Big Island. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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  5. sandysmom

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Each visit to Kona we look forward to driving up the mountain for lunch at Merriman's. This is the first time I was disappointed in the food. Fortunately my husband had a delicious mahi-mahi to make up for my dry, oversalted ahi in the fish tacos. The lilikoi mouse for dessert was delectable. My husband also thoroughly enjoyed his Merriman's mai-tai. Given the many, many years we have enjoyed meals at Merriman's, I regard the disappointing fish tacos as a one-off that should not discourage you from enjoying lunch at Merriman's. Please go!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was exceptional! Worth the 30 min drive from Manua Lani where we’re staying. We had Jocelyn as a waitress and she recommended the best menu options. We left full and happy. 10/10 recommend.

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  7. roberT

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Merriman’s never lets you down. Always good. Wait persons always on top of it. Shame on you if you go to Waimea and don’t eat at Merriman’s.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We always enjoy our time at Merriman‘s. The food is fresh and local. The service is kind and attentive and  Merriman always knows how to cook the fresh local fish perfectly!

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  9. JoleneO

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Merriman's is our favorite restaurant on the island! Consistently amazing food, drinks and service. Their mai tai with the lilikoi foam is the best ever! For brunch the Kalua pork hash, eggs benedict, and banana bread are incredible! We love you Merriman's!

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  10. BoilerMan

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and ambience were wonderful. Always a must visit when on the big island. Thank you Howard!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Third time at this Merrimans. Never disappoints, exquisite food , great service and atmosphere.

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  12. Joel

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredibly friendly. Delicious food. My favorite restaurant on the big island. Love Waimea. Very chill local town. Also much cooler than resort area.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing dining experience. Will have to go back for dinner.

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  14. Angela

    Pittsburgh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food - everything was stellar. Cute and cozy restaurant.

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  15. DanielW

    New York City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a wonderful evening of excellent food, service, and drinks in a comfortable and welcoming restaurant. Everything from the opening cocktail to the wonderful beet salad and entrees were amazing. This is a high quality farm to table operation!

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  16. JeMa

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I wish I could give you more stars!!! This will be a MUST STOP every time I visit. We booked a couple of weeks in advance and in the 11th hour they accommodated 2 more guests (new friends we met on this trip). Kirth and the team were incredible. Welcoming, personable, knowledgable, and attentive, made us feel like we were the only table in the restaurant. With so many delicious items on the menu, how do you possibly choose? Easy...Kirth made excellent recommendations -- tomato salad, catch of the day, the lamb --all SOOO good. We even celebrated with a variety of desserts. There could not have been a better way to celebrate our last night on the Big Island. Peter Merriman, thank you for this restaurant, this food, these people and this wonderful experience.

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  17. PatAllbee

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Merriman’s is a great place for a celebratory meal. The service and the food are reliably good. The staff (especially Jay) makes you feel very cared for

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    AMAZING, we loved everything we got here. The catch of the day is typically not something I go for, but it was one of the best meals i’ve had in a long time. The cucumber salad was inventive and incredible and the poke was so fresh and delicious. 10/10 would 100% go here every day if I could!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great time was had by all ! We left happy, knowing we would return again!

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  20. JohnnyGuitar

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was one of if not THE best I have ever had. Exceptional and excellent!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and service was very good. Definitely recommend!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As a frequent visitor of the Big Island, I've been wanting to try Merriman's, and it did not disappoint!! The food was so fresh and delicious; a must-try on the Big Island!

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  23. KarenC

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a wonderful experience at this restaurant 30 years ago and again this week, it’s a timeless establishment that shouldn’t be missed!

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  24. Lisa

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kim was great as our server, however the food was exceptionally slow. all in all it was good. 

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A wonderful meal from the premier restaurant in Waimea, HI. The waitress knew everything about every available entree and sides, and provided excellent recommendations on the wine selection. Merriman's is always a bit (or more) noisy, but that's because everyone is fully enjoying a great meal with friends and relatives. It's a unique experience, and well worth it!

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  26. FormerTucsonite

    New Mexico

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Any visit to Hawaii means a visit to Merriman’s—our favorites are Waimea and Kapalua. Among the best restaurants anywhere hands down.

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  27. Memo

    San Francisco

    175 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Merriman's and always dine at this restaurant when we're on the Big Island. I think we've been eating here for some 30 years! The food is always excellent and the service is always top notch.

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  28. RobertM

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can always depend on Merriman’s for good food and excellent service…and they will accommodate special dietary requests.

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  29. lipsmacker

    Los Angeles

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch! Everything was delicious and our server, Sky, was amazing!

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  30. EricM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gabby took such great care of me as a solo diner. She steered me soooo well throughout my dinner decision-making process. The rest of the staff was also super friendly, stopping by to say hello. Manager Eric made me also feel right at home on an important day for me that I wanted to celebrate at Merriman's during my vacation to the big island. Note: Leftovers were definitely brought home... Their house mai tai is a super fun riff that has lilikoi foam on the top. I really enjoyed that! Cucumber Melon Salad and Octopus "Escargot" were an excellent starting combination. I dream about cleaning that Octopus dish with all of their super tasty bread. Their lamb was beautifully cooked and seasoned. I wouldn't hesitate ordering it again. Their mushroom pot pie was absolutely divine. I did not mind overeating, ensuring I cleaned that up right then and there. The lilikoi mousse was simply perfect. It touched upon every note I'd ever want in a dessert. I also got the bread pudding, had a few bites then brought home for consuming later (also amazing). Lastly, they brought a small chocolate torte to celebrate my important day as a treat. Just go. It's pricey, yes, but I really felt that the value was there. And the staff are truly wonderful. The perfect dining experience. You deserve that!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meals were excellent! What a wonderful experience.

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  32. Irenecp

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We are locals and regulars. Mother’s Day dinner was very nice! Service was outstanding! Only wished Merrimans would have created a unique Mother’s Day menu vs their “standard seasonal”. It would have been lovely to have eaten “out of the box”.

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  33. Terry

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Mothers day brunch. Everything was perfect Service food and atmosphere.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had an enjoyable late night dinner with my fiancée on Sunday to celebrate our engagement while visiting Kona! Kirk provided exceptional service and was very attentive. I loved the unique history that he touched on with Merriman’s leading the way in farm-to-table! Will definitely recommend and return if visiting the Big Island in the future.

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  35. Alfdds

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome dinner and an incredible waiter Kirth who made our evening extra special. Thank you

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Staff is friendly and professional a lot of Aloha Spirit.

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  37. KandD

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding dinner experience in every way. The staff goes out of their way to make everything right - true aloha spirit. Delicious food with local farm and sea menu options, and an amazing wine list. Our favorite restaurant anywhere!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was perfect, as usual. Service was outstanding.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aloha nui Merriman's for a wonderful evening and making things so special for our celebration. I so enjoyed the vegan accommodations and excellent service as always. Ellie is awesome and attentive :)

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  40. Wren

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Merriman’s never fails to disappoint. Impeccable service, outstanding food, laid back atmosphere.

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FAQs

Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island is rated 4.9 stars by 9070 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today
Google Map for Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

65-1227 Opelo Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Highway 19
  • Neighborhood
    Kamuela
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–1:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Self park.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Peter Merriman
  • Additional
    BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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