This restaurant added safety precaution details

This includes info about cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing, and usage of personal protective equipment. Learn more.

Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

4.8
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
4624 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 4624 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
MD
MDBeck
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When it comes to dining out options on The Big Island, Merriman’s reputation and quality still maintains high standards.
The food is beautiful and delicious. Their safety protocols made me very glad that I chose them for my dining out experience.

BJ
BillJ
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to have Merrimans open. Every safety precaution observed. We have had lunch twice and dinner twice. The prix fixe is excellent on Sundays and we had a fantastic prime rib on Thursday. We can recommend and we will be back soon.

o
vipotto
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Please contact me to discuss. Thank you.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time coming to eat here. The staff is always amazing and the food was so good !!!

R
Richard
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

You can always count on an exceptional meal. - Fresh, organic, local and expertly prepared. - I feel that going to Merriman's to eat is a real treat!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Fabulous Fresh Local food goes without saying. Service impeccable. Best Mai Tai I have ever had in my entire life.

DG
DarrinG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and friendly service. The food is simple, but is prepared very well using high quality local ingredients.

IS
IreneS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third experience dining at Merrimans. It was outstanding. Warm staff. Spaced tables. Clean. Delicious cuisine sensitively prepared. The winner of our dinner was the Asian baby spare ribs. Tangy, Spicy, tender.
Well, all their deserts are a rocket to flavor heaven.

S
Sarahhh
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Merriman's. We drive 2 hours each way to visit our favorite restaurant and are always impressed. They have done a fabulous job making us feel comfortable with COVID restrictions. There was a lot of room, air flow and safety. The food is always delicious. Always happy!

H
vipHere2stay
Hawaii
37 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely presentation, plentiful and very flavorful. The ribs were outstanding. The best most tender and not overpowered by sauce that we have had on the island in a long time. Cudos to Merrimans. Hope they keep it up even after reservations increase.

c
vipcherylm
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding innovative food - mostly fresh and local
Super nice staff

JI
vipJeanneI
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My celebratory dinner after having just completed a 14 day quarantine. Our meals were stunningly delicious. Service was, as always, exemplary.

WM
WayneM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I visited to celebrate our one year anniversary of living on the Big Island. This was our first time eating in a restaurant since COVID and we felt extremely safe - temperature checks, masks, servers wearing masks and gloves and all tables socially distanced. The food was top quality, the wine selection was large and the service was exceptional.

H
vipHappy
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prime Rib special on Thursday nights is a wonderful meal and deal!

S
Sylviar
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Waimea and one of my favorites on the island. They use mostly local ingredients and everything is so fresh. The mai tais have a delicious lillikoi foam and the burger is delicious. This time we tried the lobster/steak special and it was divine, along with a new ono ceviche. We’ve been here at least 20 times and have never been disappointed.

N
Nene
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value and quality of food. We love merrimans.

M
vipMartymaz
San Francisco
148 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They get it all right. Every time. Best value at lunch. Sunday night price fixed meal is special value as well.

P
vipPatrick
Hawaii
39 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Before the pandemic, Merriman's was one of the islands best fine-dining restaurants. Sadly, Merriman's now does not have the ambience of a fine-dining restaurant. Specifically, Merriman's no longer serves hot bread to their customers, the silverware is wrapped in paper napkins, replacing cloth napkins and the servers are prohibited from dispensing pepper using pepper grinders. When asked about the changes, the management says that these changes were necessary because of the pandemic. As a comparison, other fine-dining Big Island restaurants still use cloth napkins, serve hot bread and use pepper grinders, even during this pandemic. These restaurants have been able to preserve their fine-dining atmosphere and still ensure safety during this pandemic.

NH
NelsonH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit since Merriman's reopened, now with social distancing. The food was as good as always - which is delicious, and attractively presented. The service was fine, friendly and well informed if a bit slow given how few tables there were with Covid restrictions. I assume this was driven by kitchen preparation rather than the server. The noise level was much lower than before when there were many more tables. It was nice to be able to hear my dinner partner easily! In normal times, the room could use some noise dampening, though I always have enjoyed my meals there. All in all a very pleasant experience.

S
vipSpoiledprince
Hawaii
56 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch with a friend. Very limited menu, but still plenty of choices. I miss the smashed potatoes though

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely luncheon after avoiding all restaurants for so many months. The seating was great with tables far from
one other and we sat next to an open window with lots of air flow. I noticed when the occupants of the closest table
left, the staff was over there wiping everything down with diligence. I ordered the Caesar salad, lobster and lilikoi
mousse desert. Everything was delicious and it was a big treat being served in such a fastidious establishment.
It was a very enjoyable afternoon. Merriman’s fare was scrumptious, as always.

LD
LavaDogs808
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merriman's Waimea is our favorite restaurant to go for special occasions, and this was our SECOND time there in a couple weeks. We love the setting, the food, and the service. From beginning to end, it's top notch. Two of us had the Kahua lamb, which came with a pasta and locally-grown mushrooms. It was absolutely delicious. The third person in our party had the soup of the day and Kauai shrimp, and she kept commenting how amazing they tasted. Mahalo Merriman's. And due to COVID, they are taking extra precautions, which I appreciate...Hand sanitizer and taking temperatures at the door. The tables are nicely spaced out. I felt safe the entire time.

M
vipMartymaz
San Francisco
148 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mahalo so much for providing for us a memorable experience. We were celebrating my birthday and the service was attentive, personable and actually predictive in that our server brought us things before we even asked. It was amazing. The food was delicious, perfectly prepared and every course and item on the plate was a taste sensation. You nailed it in every possible way. The table spacing, sanitation and mask wearing had us feeling very safe. Thank you thank you!

A
vipAimee
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. Love the service. Love the Merriman staff. And love the Place!

ME
MarkE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We highly recommend this restaurant.

DW
DesireeW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always feel special and well cared for when dining at Merriman's. The host, our server and the manager expressed "Happy Birthday" to me during our dining experience. And in addition to the fabulous meal, I received a scrumptious piece of chocolate mousse for a birthday dessert! I was in heaven!

P
vipPatrick
Hawaii
39 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday, my wife and I had another outstanding evening at Merriman's. We both enjoyed perfectly cooked steak and lobster dinners. The new executive chef is both creative and accurate in his food preparation and is one of Hawaii's best.

PB
vipPBLocal
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fish (kampachi) taco lunch with sweet potato fries. Friendly, attentive service.

BA
BayAreaTransplants
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thur Ribeye special was amazing. We all had it. Each got the cook on the meat we wanted rare to Med well. Mashed creamy potatoes and horseradish sauce just added to the home comfort meal. The ribeye melted in your mouth. And of course the chocolate deserts with the Beaujolais red wine special was perfect end to meal.

Only thing could have made it better was the homemade bread which we i day and there is not enough volume to do. We will be patience. See you again on another Thur for sure!!!

g
garyc
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are gratefull for the restaurant to be open. Thanks

KM
KahauM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Start to finish!

P
vipPatrick
Hawaii
39 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last Saturday, my wife and I had another wonderful dinner at Merriman's to celebrate my wife's birthday. The cocktails, food and service were again outstanding. Merriman's certainly is one of the best restaurants on the Big Island!

k
kurtistowny
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always! Love making the trip across the island to our favorite restaurant! Mahalo nunui!

HK
HiilaniK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff .... extra help with ordering and making Recommendations

ID
IslandDiner
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

In terms of flavors, Merriman’s never disappoints. Everything was truly delicious. That said, wow, it is expensive. Average entree $49. We were celebrating a birthday and were served a complimentary dessert which was a nice touch. Service was attentive and professional but of course everyone uber-cautious amid COVID concerns. Dining room stripped of most of its tables with the result that we certainly felt safe from arrival to departure. Merriman’s is a wonderful special occasion dinner option but lunch is probably a better value for your dollar.

D
Drinkable
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service ,food and drink. Your special shrimp with the white sauce was
great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An iconic must-visit restaurant on the Big Island. All local and crafted masterfully. Thank you for a fabulous time!

c
vipcoliwobbles
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is great that Merriman's Waimea has been able to reopen. Very proper COVID-19 compliance even to the point of wearing a mask while ordering. Went for lunch and had the off menu daily fish special. It as as good as we remembered. A special treat was 25% off a bottle of wine. Excellent coffee and desert.

d
dianam
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We were excited to see that Merriman's Restaurant in Waimea was reopened and made a reservation for a friends birthday dinner celebration. Unfortunately, the menu is limited, and most every entree had broccolini as the vegetable? The waitress told us that bread was no longer being served and proceeded to crumple the menus we had just looked at in her hands. The caesar salad was mediocre and I ordered the fish special which was tasty, but nothing special. I should have stayed home and cooked myself! Merriman's is lacking in the WOW factor at this point! Tables were socially distanced.

P
vipPatrick
Hawaii
39 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merriman's is certainly one of the best Big Island fine-dining restaurants. The food, beverages and service are exceptional. Merriman's new executive chef is a true culinary master!

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 4624 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.