Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

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3778 reviews
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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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Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. The host found our table with a greeting and a smile. Emily took care of our every need including entree selections. The food was amazingly fresh and beautifully prepared without being overly complicated. We shall return.

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Portland
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on the Big Island, bar none. One of three best restaurants in Hawaii.

Merriman’s does everything right: the service, the fresh local ingredients, the preparation, and the presentation. Each of the four of us had different main dishes. My Caesar salad was the best I ever had. My fish with prawns was exceptional, and our friends’ steaks were excellent.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, the tasting menu was one of the best.

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DD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, very nice space, excellent service. Two apps were top notch, as was the cocktail (a type of Manhattan) but I thought there shuld have been more of my entree--$48 for two small/thin lamb chops (and a tiny bit of shoulder) was way too expensive for what it was. Friends had suggested we go for pau hana, and we'll try that next time.

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Seattle
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love Merriman’s- you cant go wrong with anything on the menu Had the steak which was perfectly cooked.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was a bit rich for our taste though we were impressed by the quality . Service was fabulous . Problably not on my return list.

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k
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had to eat and drink at Merriman's-Waimea was outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were wonderful.

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AJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST PASTA EVER. AND THE BREAD. AND THE MUSHROOMS.

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Spring break ‘nice dinner’. Desserts were absolutely amazing—chocolate purse, coconut crepe brûlée and lilikoi mousse were fantastic. Also great were the cocktails. We also each had fish—universally, the Mahi Mahi and kompachi were considered the best (where we also had the wok seared ahi and fresh catch ordered at the table).

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RB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent. The service superb. The cocktails were beyond perfect.

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SS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not as good as in years past. Also, the hostess was rude.

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San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Big Island’s best restaurant; locally sourced foods prepared to amazing taste and aesthetic presentation standards. Fresh seared tuna and Kohala Ranch beef some of my favorites. A great special occasion spot for upscale dining on the big island.

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SV
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Salad was disappointing, had orange, fennel, beets and frisée with too much dressing. In fairness, waitress, who was excellent, asked if there was too much dressing and I told her to let it go. Entree, 1/2 lamb and 1/2 amberjack (?), to die for except rainbow chard did not go well with lamb. My bday, they brought a complementary flourless choc cake that was disappointing but very nice gesture. My fav restaurant in HI, will try again. Also, waitress brought a sample of brocolini chèvre soup but boring and could not taste goat cheese. She was lovely.

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c
Fayetteville
36 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were excellent as always. Noise level can get a bit loud as there are hard floors and walls.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Brought wrong order and when I got the correct order the fish was dry

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food was delicious! We started with the warm goat cheese and arugula, soup of the day (broccolini), then my husband had the filet and I did the split plate of macadamia nut kampanchi and snapper (fish of the day). We finished with the chocolate pocket and glass of port. Our server was very helpful with wine recommendations and overall level of service. Note: we took a Lyft or Uber to the restaurant and got a bit stranded because no cars were around at the end of the night. Thankfully the hostess called us a cab!

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b
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great meal. Had the combo entree lamb and opakapaka. Perfect. Soup continues to be best on the planet. Kudos

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k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While we are blessed to be able to frequently eat at Merriman's, this last meal was even more outstanding. Can't wait to go back.

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LD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service, friendly and efficient staff and excellent food...what could be better?

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t
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was relaxed and very comfortable. Service was outstanding!

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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best at this restaurant. From service to great food Merriman’s always delivers.

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San Antonio
27 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with exceptional food and service. If you are on the Big Island it is worth the stop.

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RV
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Portions are small on the beef fillet entree.
Not so much for the amount of cow, but for what came with it
Overall an excellent meal

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JK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time to Merriman’s. I have to say is one the best places to eat on the Big Island. It’s a great farm table restaurant. Every dish was fantastic. Ask about the 2 half entree deal. You’ll want to try everything. The service was exceptional as well. Very attentive to your needs. When on the. If Island, don’t forget about Merriman’s.

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Best meal we had on the island.

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JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were both amazing! We will be sure to visit again.

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Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, server was very professional. All the staff carried out many duties as they saw was necessary.

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was outstanding! Attentive, so pleasant, very knowledgeable. My fresh fish special was outstanding. From beginning to end, our experience was lovely. We will be back!

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent menu, focusing on sustainability and quality. The wine list and was very good. Service was excellent. They have happy hour and live music on the weekends in a great little patio. We enjoyed our experience so much that we returned to try other items on the menu very soon after, and were not disappointed!

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j
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Over all we had a good meal and our server was outstanding! One of the dishes they’re famous for is the fish with a macadamia nut crust . One person at our table ordered it and it was over cooked and dry. All the other food was perfect. I have been before and I’ll go again. Best food on the island!

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As good as any meal I have ever had in Hawaii. Rivals the best of the mainland

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must if you happen to be in the big island...

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Phoenix
63 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chantel is terrific. Very personable attentive and knowledgeable server. Food amazing as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food. If you’ve been to one of their restaurants then you know.

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MM
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gotta love Merriman’s. We had the filet—-fantastic. The bread/butter brought to the table was also wonderful. Can’t say enough good about Merriman’s—-they ALWAYS deliver!

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with even better staff!

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Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food terrific

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Hawaii
62 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ride to Cool Waimea from Maunalani. Great to make reservations on Open Table!
We enjoyed lunch so much we booked for dinner a few days later. Food delish! Service great!
We will return !

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jim was 5+ stars! Attentive, friendly and knowledgeable- He knew the menu & made perfect recommendations based on what we were looking at and for. The wine selection was great and we enjoyed our night!

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