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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (102)
Good for Anniversaries (93)
Good for a Date (91)
Creative Cuisine (89)
Authentic (79)
Good for Birthdays (71)
Healthy (59)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Notable Wine List (53)
Romantic (50)
Organic (47)
Great for Lunch (45)
Handcrafted Cocktails (44)
Seasonal (35)
Casual (32)
Fun (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Good Vegetarian Options (25)
Gluten Free Options (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Business Meals (20)
Cozy (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Tasting Menu (18)
Hot Spot (14)
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Sunday Lunch (12)
People Watching (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Late-night Find (6)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Lunch was wonderful! The ahi poke was the best. So was the Kalua pork saimin. Looked forward for two years to their amazing Mai Tais. Our server Kathryn was a delight. Going back again this trip.

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·Dined 2 days ago

We go just for the roasted potatoes and short ribs

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was absolutely excellent, food was unforgettable. We loved our visit and is one of the most memorable stops on our trip to the big island.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Peter Merriman is the Alice Waters of Hawaii. 30 years ago, he was amongst the first island-based chefs to emphasize local ingredients cooked with multi-cultural influences. Even today, in this town of 10,000, this kitchen produces what's arguably the best food on the island of Hawaii. It isn't always as consistent as it could be, nor are the beef and lamb as local as they could be, but we're always happy to eat there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was excellent! We went for lunch...but we're already going back again tonight for dinner.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 4 days ago

The meal was wonderful...food was very good.

Disappointed,though, that our server seemed distracted. She brought me the wrong entree and fouled up our coffee order! Hmmm, a bad night,maybe? Anyway, it set us off a bit and influenced the evening some.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food, drinks, and desserts were excellent, and the service was great! The drive from Kona was well worth it. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

It was Frank Family vineyard night for us as the most affordable nice chardonnay cost $59 and the cabernet cost $89. Party of 6 had 2 chards and one cab, as 2 of us had the grass fed filet ( 8oz.) and awesome I might add, while one had the leg of lamb and rack of lamb, and the other two macadamia crusted Kampachi and the special fish plus 2 Kauai shrimp.
Everyone was so happy with their entrees and wine, and the salads were amazing too, arugula and goat cheese and the caprese with goat since they were out of mozzarella...all very delectable!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Organic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

This has to be one of the best restaurants on the planet. We have been coming here every time we come to the big island for 21 years and it never disappoints.

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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious Fish. Tacos and Short Ribs! The Chocolate Purse Dessert with Salted Caramel to die for! Great waiter, clean with nice ambience. We'll be back!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

Good experience but definitely very pricey for what you'd get.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I’ve been going to Merriman’s for the past 8 years. This meal was by the best over that time period. A perfectly prepared fish with sauces, macadamia rice and collard greens that mixed perfectly and flavor fully together.

My only piece of advice for the staff is to slow things down a bit. They were very nice and eager but we moved from sitting down to a cocktail, appetizer and main way too quickly. We were done with dinner just over an hour after sitting down and there didn’t seem to be a lineup of people waiting for tables.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 6 days ago

Simply exquisite!
Don’t miss the Ahi entree!
Attentive but not hovering servers with helpful suggestions.
It is too loud in the restaurant. Hard to have a conversation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 7 days ago

I have eaten at Merriman;s for years. It is my go to restaurant for special occasions and every day dining with my clients.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

My wife and I were completely impressed with the excellent service of the staff. Be prepare to drop some money. However it well worth every penny. Would recommend to anyone visiting the big island. It's worth the drive no matter where you are staying

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 10, 2018

It had been several years since we have had the pleasure of dining at Merriman's. Thus time we brought friends. We all reated the evening as a 10. Great food, great service, great experience. Thank you.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Wonderful experience at Merrimans. The quality of the meals, local sourced ingredients, and preparation was second to none on the island. Fantastic meal, all the way around. Steak, fish and poke were great. Expensive, relative to our other 2 favorite places, but we will return to Merrimans in a couple of days because we enjoyed it so much.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Best mushroom soup ever! Kathryn was excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We went to Merrimans while at the Waikoloa Hilton for my daughter's birthday. It was exceptional. Service, food, wine, all perfect. It is a bit pricey however.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Worth the drive as this was the best steak dinner we’ve had in a long time! Excellent service. Jalapeño mashed potatoes were unusual but something I may try to create on my own cause they were so good!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a wonderful lunch here. The restaurant was busy, but we got in right at 12:30, which is when we had our reservation.

All of the food here was amazing, including the broccolini soup with white cheddar cheese. I had the halua pork saimin noodles and my husband had the cheeseburger and an order of the Yukon gold potatoes. He also ordered the bread pudding, which our waiter told us upon asking him if it was good, that if we didn't like it, he would eat it. Good enough recommendation for us! There are very few times when everything that you order is good, but this restaurant is the exception. Wish we could go back for dinner!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was delicious and our server, Alyssa, was top notch. We had the kahlua pork quesadilla, the goat cheese salad and the arugula salad. The pork was wonderfully smoky and lean, and the salad greens were incredibly fresh. For dessert, we had the bread pudding which was closely akin to a pineapple upside cake. Amazing!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food quality lived up to the reputation. Wonderful, casual space that was not cramped, and welcoming for serious foodies and those who also have children. The menu was diverse and the ingredients all generated by the chef/owner. Lunch was a great value, and perfect if you have kids. Overall, the family was happy with our decision to take time from amazing weather in Mauna Lani to have our best meal of the trip.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Merriman's in Waimea is one of the best restaurants. The service is spot on. The daily fish specials never disappoint. The only "complaints" we had with this visit were that the noise level was quite high. It's very hard to hold a conversation without feeling like you have to raise your voice. It's always been a busy and energetic restaurant but on the night we dined the noise level seemed at an all time high and was quite deafening at times. Also, our favorite side dish the upcountry corn was not available at this time. There is so much variety on this menu and there is something to please the meat, seafood, and vegetarian appetites. Save room for dessert. The coconut creme brulee is amazing.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always the best choice on the Big Island. Whenever we come to Hawaii for vacation, we book several dates in advance. Their holiday pre-fixe meals are wonderful. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Can’t imagine a visit without a couple of meals at Merriman’s. John and the team there are fantastic!!!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

We had a great experience. Jessica, our server, was excellent. She was friendly, effective, and knowledgeable. Our only concern during the meal was that one in our party had rice that wasn't as hot as he would have liked it. Jessica was very prompt in bringing sufficiently hot rice to replace it. Our only hesitation in recommending Merriman's in Waimea is that we might be making it even more popular than it is and so more difficult to get a table next time we'd like to eat there.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, People Watching, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Merriman’s is by FAR the best restaurant on the island. There is no comparison. The food is outstanding and the service impeccable. Next time we are eating there every night.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Vegan
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Amazing dinner and incredible service! We all had a great time and I look forward to going back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years eve set menu was delicious dinner.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This place never disappoints. Something for everyone. Thanks for the great meal.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Organic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was superb. Great combination of flavorings. Service excellent as well

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Merriman’s never disappoints! Love to dine here when visiting the big island. Service and food are top notch, but it comes at a hefty price. Lilikoi mousse is my wife’s favorite dessert. We noticed that they began sprinkling chocolate on the top and serving small and fewer shortbread cookies with it, both disappointed her because it was already perfect.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent catch of the day....snapper. Cooked perfectly. Tasty salads with good variety of local ingredients. Wines offered were varied and very good. Would have like to see an Australian white from Margaret River.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was excellent. Food was okay. Fish and pork sandwich was way more bun then fish/pork. The best thing we had was the pork quesadilla and spring green salad.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The restaurant was comfortable. Okinawa Soba was really delicious!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was excellent and so many choices . It was hard to decide. My husband and I split the excellent poke and I had salad nicoise . My husband had the grilled fish . I had the chocolate purse and hubbie had coconut cream brûlée. So many great choices on the menu. We drove there just for lunch from Kona and so worth it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Quality of the food and menu are best on the island. Service was outstanding. Pace of meal was right on the money...waits were reasonable. Dining room is high end but busy and a bit crowded. That all said, we are going back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Merrimans has consistently provided an outstanding experience; from food, ambience, and service. I’ve always have been wowed!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Simply delicious!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We visited this restaurant in Maui a few months ago and FELL IN LOVE with everything so we were looking forward visiting the same restaurant on the big island. The food was really good as was the service. The only draw back which was big for me was it was so noisy because it is not the same layout of course as it is in Maui ,hard to have conversations unless you sit outside.

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