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Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

4.8
4.8
7342 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 87 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Merriman's Waimea Dinner Prefix

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Following the great feedback from our spring menu, Merriman's Waimea has decided to offer this menu year round! Featuring the best local produce, fish and meat, our prefix menu offers many classic Merriman's dishes and many new inspirations as well! We will also have many nightly specials and a terrific wine flight accompanyment. The menu will be offered for $95 per person. Details can be found on our website www.merrimanshawaii.com. Our a la carte dinner menu will no longer be available. We look forward to seeing you in Waimea!

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What 7,342 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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 Value

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Innovative

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Healthy

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Neighborhood gem

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Good for special occasions

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Most Booked

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  1. PL

    PaulL

    Portland

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Great service and very tasty food again. The bad news is that my wife got sick from gluten and was up all night. We were told that the entree was GF , but apparently there was cross contamination. We have dined with you a fair amount of times and there was never a issue. Disappointing
  2. MW

    MichaelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We would recommend Merriman's Waimea to friends,family any anyone who enjoys fresh food with distinctly unique preparations. Our favorite is the Merri man foam Mai tai.
  3. LA

    LABNapa

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They never disappoint!
  4. BI

    BigIslandPR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was very good. The service excellent. The ambiance is okay, informal, a little noisy. And while I do not mind waiting for my reservation, until a table is available, it would be nice if they provided somewhere for patrons to sit (mother is 88). Still, all in all we would definitely return. 👍
  5. G

    Gigi

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner. From the staff to the food everything was fantastic. The hostesses were so welcoming and our waiter Howard was really great! He was so helpful and knowledgeable with the menu. It was a great nite.
  6. VS

    VSH1

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent, but food was ordinary and overpriced
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary luncheon. It is always delightful and delicious and never miss a chance to dine when we visit the Big Island at least once a year!
  8. MM

    MarkM

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  9. CP

    ChrisP

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Great food and service. Very pricey and noisy. Fixed price menu of $95 plus $18 to $25 for drinks per person.
  10. S

    Sunsetsandybeaches

    Orange County

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this experience but will be glad to get back to the regular menu vs the price fix version.
  11. SM

    ScottM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service were great. This is our favorite restaraunt when we come to the island and have great food and service everytime.
  12. DS

    DarrellS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal with excellent service
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Portion was very small. I went for the brunch. I had the catch of the day. The fish was extremely salty. For the price I would expect a little more food.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice dinner, love eating at Merrimans every one is so friendly and the food was great
  15. AM

    AlohaMike

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue. Great food. Outstanding service on our repeat visit.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Great food. Would have liked to take more time for dinner for the price. But overall fantastic place. Very orderly, reservations were fully booked for night. So 1 1/4 hours we were out. Not rushed, but they were on a schedule.
  17. BC

    BarbyC

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service . Will go back again!! Lunch is our favorite!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal on the island Worth the drive
  19. BB

    BarbaraB

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was not as good as previous visits. Kind of pedestrian.
  20. B

    Bean

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our dinner was outstanding. What a tremendous experience on all levels.
  21. MA

    MaryA

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, excellent food, service and ambiance! Best restaurant on the island!
  22. A

    Arby

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious lunch treat. Couldn’t swing it everyday but what a special time we had. Dinner not possible as booked out 2 months!!
  23. AJ

    AJCraft

    Portland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food! We will be back every time we are on the Big Island. Absolutely the best meal!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience with delicious food, wine and cocktails. Wait staff attentive and responsive.
  25. TP

    ThomasP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Although our dinner was generally quite good, the fish (two people in our group ordered the catch-of-the-day) was overcooked and the salty sauce was overpowering. Merriman's is pricey and packed (aka loud) but it's considered to be a must while in Waimea.
  26. EM

    EMM1213

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was perfect. Immediately the hostess made us feel right at home. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and explained every dish to us. Food and drinks were outstanding.
  27. MT

    MattT

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing. We have been to the one on Maui many times, and it was great to see the original.
  28. MD

    McDiner

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The excellence of the food and service compensated reasonably for the excessively noisy venue
  29. c

    chopy

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Customers for 20 plus years, Guy Suzuki our first and best ever waiter, still/ always one of best food experiences anywhere , always go 3-4 times in our 6 week stays, we’ll worth the drive, no secret though- crowded hard to get in
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and service. Meal was well worth the price.
  31. AB

    ABues

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service. Knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive staff. Incredibly tasty and balanced dishes - no leftovers. :)
  32. p

    pkemp

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent as always but much busier than on past visits. Our wait staff had a hard time providing they excellent service that we have experienced in the past.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is wonderful food. We are never disappointed. When we are on the Big Island Merrimans is a must. We will be there a second time during our stay.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful evening well off the tourist area. Exceptional, attentive service. Everything from the appetizers to dessert was delicious. I started with the shrimp appetizer, my husband had the kalua quesadilla. We both dad the duo special which included smaller portions of the beef tenderloin and the macadamia crusted fish. Dessert was bread pudding for me and mousse for my husband. Definitely recommend!
  35. KC

    KCCandE

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, creative prix fixe menu. Enough variety for all. Well prepared fresh ingredients. Attentive service.
  36. RB

    RobertB

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here several times. It never disappoints.
  37. TV

    TeresaV

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dining experience from the options on the fixed price menu to the exquisite taste of every flavor in each course to the attentive and professional service, this restaurant gets a 5+ rating. I did the wine paring which were all perfect and different for me and my husband ordered a bottle of his favorite wine, which we were able to take the left over back to the hotel with us. We loved this restaurant and highly recommend!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Cooked to perfection and presented with great skill. The service was top notch, totally professional.
  39. F

    Fmfm

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Food good as always//service attentive..BUT their was a double table of 10 drunk people celebrating a birthday who were loud and boisterous. had their been another empty table we would have requested to be moved. Despite our comment to the server..no one from the staff approached the 10 top table to ask them respect others in the restaurant. ..who dont wish to celebrate their friends birthday.
  40. MR

    MaryR

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, wonderful service, and we captured a wee bit of the gorgeous sunset between the building and trees!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

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 7342 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 87 times today
Experiences are available.
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–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • 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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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