Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

4.8
5782 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!

Experiences

  • Merriman's Waimea 2021 Holiday Menu

    $95.00 per person

    Dec 20 - Dec 23, 2021

    For the holiday season, Merriman's Waimea will be offering a terrific, pre fixe menu ($95 per person/ $32 or keiki 12 and under). Featuring three incredible courses, the pre fixe menu will have many great options, with many of the classics. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available, as well as excellent accommodations for any with dietary restrictions. We are excited to offer this menu from the 20th of December until the 2nd of January (excluding December 24, 25 and 31st, when we will run our 2021 Christmas Menu). Please visit our website (https://www.merrimanshawaii.com/waimea/) for details on the menu. We can't wait to see you for the holidays in Waimea!
  • Merrimans Waimea 2021 Holiday Menu

    $95.00 per person

    Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2021

    For the holiday season, Merriman's Waimea will be offering a terrific, pre fixe menu ($95 per person/ $32 or keiki 12 and under). Featuring three incredible courses, the pre fixe menu will have many great options, with many of the classics. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available, as well as excellent accommodations for any with dietary restrictions. We are excited to offer this menu from the 20th of December until the 2nd of January (excluding December 24, 25 and 31st, when we will run our 2021 Christmas Menu). Please visit our website (https://www.merrimanshawaii.com/waimea/) for details on the menu. We can't wait to see you for the holidays in Waimea!
  • Merriman's 2021 Christmas Menu

    $125.00 per person

    Dec 24 - Dec 25, 2021

    For the holiday season, Merriman's Waimea will be offering a terrific, pre fixe menu ($125 per person/ $32 or keiki 12 and under). Featuring three incredible courses, the pre fixe menu will have many great options, with many of the classics. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available, as well as excellent accommodations for any with dietary restrictions. We are excited to offer this menu on the 24th, 25th and 31st of December. Please visit our website (https://www.merrimanshawaii.com/waimea/) for details on the menu. We can't wait to see you for the holidays in Waimea!
  • Merriman's 2021 Christmas Menu

    $125.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    For the holiday season, Merriman's Waimea will be offering a terrific, pre fixe menu ($125 per person/ $32 or keiki 12 and under). Featuring three incredible courses, the pre fixe menu will have many great options, with many of the classics. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available, as well as excellent accommodations for any with dietary restrictions. We are excited to offer this menu on the 24th, 25th and 31st of December. Please visit our website (https://www.merrimanshawaii.com/waimea/) for details on the menu. We can't wait to see you for the holidays in Waimea!
  • Merriman's Waimea 2021 Holiday Menu

    $95.00 per person

    Jan 1 - Jan 2, 2022

    For the holiday season, Merriman's Waimea will be offering a terrific, pre fixe menu ($95 per person/ $32 or keiki 12 and under). Featuring three incredible courses, the pre fixe menu will have many great options, with many of the classics. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available, as well as excellent accommodations for any with dietary restrictions. We are excited to offer this menu from the 20th of December until the 2nd of January (excluding December 24, 25 and 31st, when we will run our 2021 Christmas Menu). Please visit our website (https://www.merrimanshawaii.com/waimea/) for details on the menu. We can't wait to see you for the holidays in Waimea!

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 5782 people are saying
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LisaandShawn
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our fifth visits, we try and get in at least once per trip. Definitely make a reservation in advance. This is a dining experience. The wait staff are very professional and attentive. My wife’s 50th birthday, we had a hiccup on the reservation which was resolved. The menu is not overly deep, but the food is incredibly fresh and well presented. This is a first rate meal as always a great experience.
Netty was our server and you couldn’t ask for a better person.

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DItalia
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We have been to Merrimans before. The service was a bit slower than last time. Quesadilla appetizer was delicious. We also shared the Caesar salad with fried green tomatoes. That was also delicious. I had the macadamia nut crusted fish of the day which was prepared with a mushroom gravy. My husband also had the fish of the day and he did not think it was great. We would still go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess greeted us and immediately offered drinks and a place to wait, since we were early. She seated us in a timely manner and we were met by our server.
The service and the meal was wonderful!

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Chucki
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Meal and Service were first class, we were seated in a corner that while quiet compared to the rest of the restaurant there was a lack of any ambiance or personality.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place. So much so that we decided to book another reservation during our trip to the big island!

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vipstevel
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! Food is top notch, delicious and sustainably sourced. Servers are great and personable. We come here every time we visit!

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vipMichael1646
Salt Lake City
105 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant and the service is the best. We come to the Big Island every year for our anniversary and always go to Merriman's where we are treated like family. We will go back for dinner the night before we go back home.

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DebraB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

GP
vipGPhillip
St. Louis
67 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mai Tai. But also great food and service. Loved our dinner.

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frannie50
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The main course fishes were excellent. It's hard to find mongchong and this was fabulous. The ahi main was also delicious!

We also had the salad with goat cheese which was fine but not outstanding.
The tomato bisque was very intense but I usually expect a bisque to be somewhat creamy.

The liliquoi mousse was light and quite good.

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NancyL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellent service!! Really enjoyed the macadamia nut monchong and biscuits!
Thanks for always being consistently delicious!

GC
vipGrahamC100
Seattle
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very simple: Best food on the Big Island.

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vipallenb
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t top this wonderful dining experience. Best on the
Island!

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ConstanceV
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Only disappointment was I showed host food on my chair when he seated us which he just wiped off with his hand and said it’s ok now. It was rice I think. Sat in different chair instead but really? Not acceptable. Food and wait staff excellent.

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jeanetteo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tenderloin special sandwich tender tasty. Fish tacos fresh. Crème brûlée excellent. Pressed coffee great. Don’t get regular coffee tasted burned from hours in pot

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LynneS
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a lovely lunch of kailua pork quesadilla and Caesar salad.

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PoojaJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

If you are vegetarian, save your money! The food was below average and don’t think we will return.

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vipomarj
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love the farm to table and local produce aspect of the restaurant. Service was excellent too.

MG
vipMatthewG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this restaurant primarily because we planned to be driving by and did not realize what a great restaurant it truly is. On our trip so far we have dined at 12 really nice restaurants across 3 islands and this restaurant is about tied for number 1. Food was incredible and service was excellent. It’s a very popular place so book early. It can be chilly even inside so bring some warm clothes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go! Just go! Remarkable food and excellent service!

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FrankP
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Homemade buttermilk biscuits are not to be missed. Charred ahi tuna never disappoints. NY steak cooked to perfection. Bruschetta loaded with local tomatoes was delicious and should not be missed. Ono, mahi-mahi and lamb chop entrees- all cooked to perfection. Our server Fay was super attentive, accommodating and very responsive. Don’t pass up the opportunity to dine at Merriman’s when visiting The Big Island.

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TomA
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent as always. My main dish was a bit small but delicious.

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vipJen772
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merriman’s never disappoints! The service, the ingredients, the presentation are all just unbeatable. It’s an exceptional experience. I am relaxed and well cared for from the moment I set foot in the door. Truly a special place.

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BillZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner on the island! Amazing service, thoughtfully crafted menu, fantastic execution, and a perfect experience.

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Nass
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Tried it for lunch. Terrible experience! Never again! 1 hour to get our food! Zero customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 50th anniversary and our waitress was just getting married. A nice juxtaposition with a delicious meal.

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KakaakoDMTO808
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fresh catch of the day, Ono, was moist and flavorful. Potatoes with parmesan was also very good as was the grilled veggie of the day, zucchini.

The young man who was the host (forgot to ask his name, he had a splint on his arm) was extremely customer-oriented, pleasant, professional and accommodating (we arrived about 45 mins. early for our rez due to being unsure of our timing after meeting with clients in Kona, and he generously accommodated us. We were especially grateful as we had my 90 YO FIL with us). We look forward to our next visit to Merriman's Waimea!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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Diverdown
Hawaii
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great lunch at Merriman’s. Fresh, fast, flavorful and delicious every time. Thanks for doing what you do and we will see you again soon.

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HalP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional.
Elizabeth, the hostess, went out of her way to accommodate us since we were early.
Tom, our Server, was attentive and informative with just the right amount of humor and personal touch.
Caesar Salad with Fried Green Tomatoes … the best! Don’t pass up on this.
Ahi Tuna entree was prepared to perfection. Delicious.
Mai Tai … best on the Big Island!
Can’t wait to dine there again soon.
Always top of our dining list.
You won’t be sorry.
Thanks Merriman’s.

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David
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! Enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner and dinner on 11/29/2021

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Merrimans and come here most every time we are on the Big Island!

KR
KeeiResident
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

No better food to be found on this island. Top notch service. Comfortable and inviting. It can be a little cold if sat next to a window as they can not be shut. Everything served is amazing. Make reservations now if you're even kind of thinking about it. You will not be disappointed l

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RegJ
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the whole dining experience at Merriman's - it certainly lived up to its reputation! The food and service was excellent - truly a unique dining experience and great value for money.

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vipNancy
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding snd the staff were great. We had an amazing experience snd consider this the best meal we had on the island.

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Shigazawa
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation - Simply excellent. Mahalo!

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MaryF
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visit Merriman's every time we are on the Big Island. We consider it a treat and look forward to having at least one meal there on every visit. The service at this visit was outstanding. We were made to feel comfortable and all of our needs were met. I have a couple of comments about the food, though. We shared an appetizer of Abalone Rockefeller. It was okay, but because abalone has such a mild flavor, the preparation overpowered the taste of the abalone and it became more of a texture than a taste. Also, it was served on a bed of salt and if any of that salt got onto the bite, it was overpoweringly salty. We also ordered beer to keep the alcohol consumption to a minimum for the long drive in the dark back to Kona and unfortunately, as we prefer very cold beer, what we were served verged on lukewarm. Otherwise, the food was very good; I had the wok seared ahi and it was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The Caesar salad was very good with the fried green tomato croutons and the dessert of the chocolate purse with vanilla ice cream was beyond wonderful. We certainly will visit again and appreciate all of the hard work and talent put into the experience to make our visit memorable.

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vipEmmmmmm
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and service was impeccable. We went there for my birthday and had a blast.

DR
vipDaneR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic choice for Thanksgiving on the Big Island and they definitely lived up to their reputation!

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 5782 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.