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About Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

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!

65-1227 Opelo Rd
Kamuela, HI 96743
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Happy Hour: Saturday - Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Highway 19

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 885-6822

Website:
http://www.merrimanshawaii.com/

Catering:
Offering the best of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Please contact us for details!

Parking Details:
Self park.

Executive Chef:
Peter Merriman

Additional:
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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4.8

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4.6

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4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (60)
Organic (50)
Healthy (50)
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Great for Lunch (40)
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Tasting Menu (26)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 17 hours ago

Steak was just ok

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary. There were 6 of us - we were all delighted with the food and the service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Organic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

Merriman's is a wonderful dining experience if you want to feel special!
Food is delicious - especially the salads and the lamb. The side dishes are delectable - can order a meal without a side of hamakua mushrooms :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

went there for a birthday dinner for wife with friends. Food amazing. Service attentive. Three of the four of us did the split servings of entries.
Don’t pass it up!

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Merriman’s is one of Hawaii’s great restaurants. We told our friends that the food would be outstanding and it was. My wife had a delicious and very fresh kale lettuce salad. I loved my cavatelli appetizer and macadamia crusted hamachi.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

All dishes were excellent. Tour de France wine selection was excellent as well. We'll come back for sure.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great service. Great food for lunch option - good value. Accepted Ohana Vacation rewards card for free dessert with order of two entrees. Fine appetizers, prompt service even for busy lunch time at 12:15-12:30. Great french press coffee for 4 cups+, tasting of the Hardens coffee advertised in front. Recommend for lunch. Easy to reserve on OpenTable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Organic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Everyone and everything was lovely!

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·Dined 7 days ago

The food and service were excellent! Definitely will have to visit again soon!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

Honeymoon! Best food so far. Wine flight was amazing and so was my Mahi Mahi. I want to go back.

The Kraft’s!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Every item we ordered from appetizer, soup to salad, filet to fish and dessert was 5 star all the way.

Thanks to Merrimans to the shout out for my daughter and new sons marriage...nice touch!!

See you in Maui next time❤️

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Celebrated our 36 anniversary with our friends, treated like rock stars and made our Hawaii vacation. Food exceeded our expections and being farmers ourselves, recognized the freshness of the food. Definitely will go back on each visit to island.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

What a beautiful restaurant for any occasion and very good for a special occasion! We went for our 30th anniversary dinner. The staff could not have been more attentive but in the proper degree. Food was amazing as well.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food and service were incredible! Highly recommend this place, unforgettable!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service always great. Food always great. Our “go to” spot. Went down for soup and decided to stay and eat dinner :)

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Was as good as we heard. One of the best places to eat on BI.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food and great service. We enjoyed our evening at Merriman’s. The food was excellent, portions were satisfactory, and the desserts were amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our dining experience was fabulous! From start to finish... each entree was perfect. We really appreciate the 'Swarm Service" with five it sometimes feels like a wait for each person to receive there dish. I personally appreciate the continued effort to offer a superior dining experience. We will continue to bring family and friends for all occasions.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing food, service, and all around experience. If you have four or more people, the tasting menu is worth the splurge!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service here is fabulous. My child has numerous food allergies, the staff went out of their way to provide him with a delicious meal!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food here is fantastic! We ate here on the third night of our vacation and liked it so much we came back on the last night of five nights. Service was excellent. Creative menu using local fresh ingredients. The pineapple macadamia nut bread pudding was heavenly. This is well worth the drive to Waimea.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome food and service as always

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a 5:30 PM reservation with our four year old granddaughter. The service was “lightning” fast. Almost unbelievable. We were served in less than 10 minutes after we ordered which was perfect with a young child. My wife’s seared ahi was excellent. However, my lamb was both good and bad. Half of the lamb portion was braised and very tasty but the sliced portion was over cooked and tough. The chocolate purse desert was outstanding as always. The meal was very expensive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Sparkling gem of a Restaraunt. Friendly, prompt service. Delicious ceasar salad with fried green tomatoes as garnish. Taro enchiladas. Mojito made with beets “mobeeto” and a virgin Mai Tai. Lilikoi mousse, coconut creme brûlée for dessert. Service was wonderful. Cozy interior. Everyone looked like they were having fun. We went with our three kids and they have a lot of choice on the kids menu. They whipped up a kids bow tie pasta with mushrooms for my son that was yummy. Sauces were exquisite and not heavy or greasy. Mongchong was perfectly cooked.
A total delight!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Truly great dinning experience. Great restaurant and great people.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

One of the absolute best meals we’ve ever shared. Sara our server was lovely and attentive. The food, all farm to table was amazing. Not only was the food comforting but surprising as well. Who would have though a fried caper could be life changing!?! The staff was also generous with their stories and with preparations. I won’t spoil their secrets here but can’t wait to try them at home. As for all you fine readers, you need to go...now, I mean it. Go now if you have the chance.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Never disappoints. I go every time I am in Hawaii. Love the original one in Waimea. Vegetables are so flavorful and fresh. Prime ingredients served creatively but not too over-the-top. It's just delightful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I'm almost didn't go due to few negative reviews here but I'm glad I've decided to have my our opinion. The food was great with perfect fusion between Asian, American and local affairs, with garden fresh ingredients and some local wines and artisanal coffee to try. Service was quite on par with the food too, may be a little slow, but very attentive overall. Just go here - it probably will be the best meal you had on Hawaii.

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 (London)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was delicious and service exceptional. Amazing place!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Simply the best restaurant on the Big Island. Fresh, local, creative, and always great. Merriman's sets the standard for everyone else.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always a great experience

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Our hotel staff recommended this restaurant. We were very disappointed. First the service - it was slower than slow. We watched 4 other tables come in AFTER we finally ordered and all 4 got their food before we did - and we only had hamburgers. As for the food - it was slightly warm and lacked flavor. Would not recommend.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Merriman’s was recommended by my friends who live in Oahu. We felt it was one our most special dining delights while visiting the Big Island and well worth the drive to Waimea! I will definitely recommend it to all of my friends!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service was terrible, food was overpriced and cold.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Disappointed in table back at kitchen very noisy and crowded with wait staff . Family came from mainland for birthday celebration and it definitely wasn't what I built it up to be.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

ハワイで最高の食事です。
美味しくて、ワイキキほど高くなく、店員さんのサービスも素敵です。

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We went for our first anniversary and they had a welcome prosecco for us and a fabulous desert. Our service and meal could not have been better. Easily our favorite meal during a week on the big island!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Merriman's is my all time favorite dining place for over 2 decades. This time I'm so happy to get Peter Merriman's cookbook with the inspiring story of his collaborative journey of authentic local sourced cuisine & stewardship of Hawaii (the farmers, ranchers, fishermen & all others involved)

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vegan, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nothing like Merrimans on Maui! Very very disappointing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Love this place, the decor, the food and the service was all impeccable. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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