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Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

4.8
4.8
6482 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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Booked 55 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 Mon–Thu 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!

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Hot Soup, Chef Made$10.00

    • kalua Pig & Sweet Onion Quesadilla$14.00

      aged cheddar, house-made kim chee, mango chili sauce

      • Crudo of the Day$21.00

        catch of the day, smashed avocado, fresh citrus, cilantro, hawaiian chili, sweet onion, cucumber

        • Pacific White Shrimp, Sautéed$21.00

          bulgogi spiced - with spinach, local cabbage slaw

          Dirt Farm Salads

          no aquaponics, all earth grown for the true hawaii terroir

          • Caesar, Peter's Original$15.00

            hirabara farms baby romaine, fried green tomato croutons

            • Lettuce From Hirabara Farm$13.00

              fennel, cucumber, radish, sweet onion, waimea tomato, arugula, cilantro fresh squeezed lime & extra virgin olive oil

              • Add Hawaii Island Chevre$16.00

            Merriman's Classic

            • Ahi – Wok Charred, Merriman's Original$43.00

              won bok cabbage slaw, wasabi soy sauce

              • Lamb From Kahua Ranch, Butcher's Cut$51.00

                waimea vegetable, jalapeno whipped potatoes, mint chimichurri

                • New York Steak - Bone-in, Prime Usda Grade$61.00

                  16oz corn-fed beef, szechuan peppercorn rub, mashed potatoes, herb butter

                  Seasonal Hawaii Regional Cuisine

                  • Waipio Taro Enchiladas$33.00

                    spiced enchilada sauce, waimea vegetable, aged cheddar, garden cilantro

                    • Fresh Catch, Macadamia Nut Crusted$45.00

                      hl farms broccolini, hamakua mushroom miso reduction

                      • Fresh Fish, Day Boat Caught$49.00

                        nightly presentation, seasonal local ingredients

                        • Grilled Octopus and Pacific White Shrimp$43.00

                          preserved tomatoes, tuscan white beans, spinach, citrus butter

                          • Kua Aina Beef Tenderloin$63.00

                            jalapeño whipped potatoes, waimea vegetable, herb butter

                            Sweet Stuff

                            with suggested beverage pairings

                            • Lilikoi Mousse$12.00

                              macadamia nut shortbread cookies

                              • Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes$29.00
                            • Coconut Crème Brulee$13.00

                              macadamia nut shortbread cookies

                              • Waialua Molten Chocolate Purse$14.00

                                red alaea Hawaiian salted caramel sauce with vanilla ice cream

                                • Fonseca, Vintage Porto$19.00

                              Sides

                              • Mushrooms From Hamakua, Pan Roasted$12.00

                                • Misoyaki Broccolini From Hl Farms$8.00

                                  • Jalapeño Whipped Potatoes$8.00

                                    • Potatoes, Roasted with Parmesan$8.00

                                      • Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits$8.00

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                                        Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                        What 6,482 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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

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                                        1. AH

                                          AnneH

                                          San Francisco

                                          11 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          11 reviews

                                          Dined today

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food, ambiance and service ALWAYS!!!!

                                        2. CB

                                          CorkyB

                                          Portland

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined today

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          No better place for dinner on the big island. Outstanding! Service beyond compare. Wish it wasn’t so loud but you can’t have everything I suppose.

                                        3. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Houston

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful meal and service! Will definitely be back.

                                        4. RM

                                          RobertM

                                          Las Vegas

                                          7 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          The service is the star here. Our food was good overall however my ribeye that I ordered medium rare was medium well. We did enjoy everything else and the Mai Tai is superb! Worth the trip.

                                        5. DL

                                          DebL

                                          San Diego

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Really great food & service. Homey atmosphere. Will go again!

                                        6. MB

                                          MatthewB

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Every visit is a new gem, we love the whole Merriman's experience in Waimea.

                                        7. DS

                                          DianeS

                                          New York Area

                                          12 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Fantastic! All around!

                                        8. AS

                                          AmberS

                                          Seattle

                                          2 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful way to end our time on the big island, Fresh Ono was “ONO” delicious!

                                        9. PD

                                          PatDeb

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We had a late afternoon lunch on a weekday. Ordered the special burger and the eggplant sandwich. Both were excellent - fresh and delicious! The lilikoi mousse was a light and refreshing dessert! Make reservations. You won’t be disappointed!

                                        10. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          A great experience as always! The best restaurant on the island with the

                                        11. TC

                                          TaviC

                                          Portland

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Absolutely amazing as always, best restaurant on the Island!

                                        12. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Everything about our experience was outstanding! We dine at Merriman’s every time we visit Hawaii and it always exceeds our expectations. I wish we had one in Southern California. So good!

                                        13. AW

                                          AngieW

                                          San Francisco

                                          17 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          17 reviews

                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This is an outstanding place for an outstanding meal! Highly recommended.

                                        14. K

                                          Kathryn

                                          Denver

                                          2 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                          overall4food3service4ambience5

                                          Went for lunch on a weekday. Had guests in town. Lived here 20 years and I’ve been to Merrimans many many times. Lunch menu was severely limited. Craft cocktails And wine list was very limited. Over priced and dry fish. Understaffed and rushed us for a $250 bill. Stick with the restaurants on the resort side until they get their stuff together Again.

                                        15. l

                                          llw54

                                          Sacramento

                                          276 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          276 reviews

                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                          This was our second visit and I ordered the same thing as I did previously, the grilled shrimp Greek salad. It did not seem quite as good as it had before. The shrimp were very tough but flavorful. The dish did not come out with the Calabrian chili peppers and I had to request that they be brought out. The accompanying bread was burned on one side. I am hoping this was just an off day and definitely will go back and try it again. My husband’s burger last time was wonderful. This time it was cooked medium instead of medium rare. Again, we are hoping it was just an off day because we love this restaurant

                                        16. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Los Angeles

                                          28 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          28 reviews

                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great dining! Glad to be back dining at Merrimans! Still tops in entree preparation and consistency!

                                        17. BA

                                          BrianA

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Delicious - a treat! Everything was carefully planned out!

                                        18. TL

                                          TimL

                                          Phoenix

                                          48 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          48 reviews

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Chante is an asset for this location. Very kind and provides service at the tables over and above others..

                                        19. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dallas

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          An amazing fine dining experience! Our server Kathryn was top notch. She helped understood the menu to help us modify for our dietary restrictions. They went above and beyond to give us a fantastic experience.

                                        20. PS

                                          PeterS

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall3food4service2ambience5

                                          Server forgot to order our entrees for lunch which made for a long lunch hour, we understand that this happens once in a while, however better communication between the server, manager and us would have helped the outcome, only after we where finished and paid do the manage arrive at the table and apologized for the long wait

                                        21. L

                                          Laura

                                          Detroit

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We love Merriman's on any island - our last visit was to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and they made it very special.

                                        22. KZ

                                          KrisZ

                                          Hawaii

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Food was excellent . Lamb chops and tenderloin cooked perfectly . Poke appetizer also fresh and beautifully prepared . This was our second time to Merrimans and will certainly come again . Servers were attentive and very friendly

                                        23. p

                                          pkemp

                                          Dallas

                                          3 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined 7 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          From the cocktails to the dessert Merriman’s is always simply superb!

                                        24. RE

                                          RichE

                                          Tampa

                                          8 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined 7 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Best fish (kampachi) my wife has had in years, and my filet had great flavor. Will definitely go back. Service was outstanding.

                                        25. DB

                                          DeborahB

                                          Hawaii

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 7 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Delicious lunch! Mai tais not to be missed. Friendly staff

                                        26. e

                                          emily

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 7 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Service was great. Food was amazing Best Eggs Benedict, I have ever had!!!

                                        27. EE

                                          EncinitasE

                                          San Diego

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 7 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing service and even better food. We never miss Merrimans when we are on the Big Island.

                                        28. HI

                                          HIfoodie

                                          Hawaii

                                          229 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          229 reviews

                                          Dined on May 15, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                          I appreciate the pre-fixe menu allowing such an iconic restaurant as Merriman's Waimea to stay open. Such wonderful support of local farmers, ranchers and fishermen. When ordering fish, stick with the macadamia nut crusted fish as it was excellent! However, the "day boat" was disappointing as the fish and shrimp were over-cooked and dry. With a pre-fixe menu, we expected the meals to be the usual exceptional food Merriman's is known for. The beet salad was delicious, but I still miss the tomato, fried caper salad - a salad that truly highlighted the exceptional tomato's only found in Kamuela and a salad not to be found at any other restaurant.

                                        29. DA

                                          DanielA

                                          Hawaii

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          As always Merriman’s was a delight to enjoy. Love the menu’s great food and wonderful service.

                                        30. CE

                                          ChrisE

                                          Minneapolis

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great service and relaxed atmosphere made for a very pleasurable dining experience. Definitely will go back.

                                        31. RS

                                          RalphS

                                          Los Angeles

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Delicious fresh food with a plenty of choices. The service was over and beyond!

                                        32. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Phoenix

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The best meal of my life! We had an amazing experience.

                                        33. G

                                          Gator

                                          Washington DC

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on May 13, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Omg cannot recommend enough. ORDER THE MAI TAI. It's the best you'll ever have. I think I was misled about the views (read mountainside dining somewhere but the views are nothing to write home about). However the food was DIVINE. No complaints at all. 10/10 would go back. Service was sooooo phenomenal. Not too crowded or loud. I loved everything. My partner loved everything.

                                        34. L

                                          Linda

                                          Sacramento

                                          8 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on May 13, 2022

                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                          My husband could not stop talking about the perfection of his grass fed steak.

                                        35. D

                                          Delicious

                                          Detroit

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We drove especially to Merriman's for our friend's anniversary and our wedding dinner, and we were absolutely amazed. To start, the service was absolutely amazing. I felt like I was long-lost friends with our server. The food, oh my, the food. We got the mushroom bisque, and I cannot stop raving about it. I am still talking about it 10 days later. My friends ordered the Pork Saimin w/ Togarashi Spice and the Caesar Salad, and they absolutely gushed about it! My wife and I ordered the Cath of the Day and the Fish Taco's and wow, just wow. The fish on the tacos was as large as the slice of avocado. To finish off I enjoyed a french press of the house blend coffee, and that was so smooth, I could have drank it all day. We all had an absolutely amazing experience, and I can't wait to come back again when we visit the Islands.

                                        36. GA

                                          GeorgeA

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          So wonderful, from staff to food to ambiance! Very welcoming and the mushroom soup and ginger martini are to die for! We loved everything and God willing, we’ll be back again someday! Mahalo! San Antonio, Tx

                                        37. CA

                                          ChristopherA

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          We went to Merriman's for lunch in May of 2022 after hearing recommendations from other guests on the Circle Island Tour. Dinner fills up far in advance, but lunch reservations were easy to secure, and are absolutely worth it. We were seated immediately. I ordered a rice ale, she a Mai Tai. For appetizers, we split an order of quesadillas. This was a mistake. We each should have ordered our own because they were delicious. For dinner, I chose the catch of the day (Ono), and she got fish tacos. For dessert, I ordered the coconut crème brûlée, and she the crunchy Kongo bar. I liked that mine was more wide and shallow, as I'm there for the brûlée more than the crème. We were very satisfied with everything, including the service. Portions are slightly on the smaller side, so it's still healthy to share an appetizer, get your own entree, and share a dessert (which edged towards shareable sizes). We enjoyed ourselves so much we came back the following day for lunch to bring my foodie father. We learned from past mistakes and each got our own quesadillas to start. For entrees, there were two orders of pork saiman, and one fish sandwich. While the saiman were flavorful, we both thought it would have made a better meal for dinner time, and had wished we tried something else for an entree. I'm a sucker for crème brûlée and of course ordered it again because it was so good the first time around. If I had time to come back, I would happily get another order of the quesadillas and crème brûlée, and try a new entree.

                                        38. CA

                                          CatherineA

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Best food we’ve had on the Big Island. Superb, fresh, best lamb ever.

                                        39. BC

                                          BobC

                                          Hawaii

                                          18 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          18 reviews

                                          Dined on May 11, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We never miss eating here when we are on island. No one does it better.

                                        40. WR

                                          WaimeaRes

                                          Hawaii

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 11, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Our server, Kamana’o, was great, very personable. We really appreciated being able to enjoy a leisurely lunch without being hustled out the door. That experience is worth paying for.

                                        Safety precautions

                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                          • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                          • 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
                                        • Screening

                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                          • 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 6482 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                        Booked 55 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 Mon–Thu 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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