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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

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (109)
Creative Cuisine (100)
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Good for a Date (97)
Authentic (83)
Good for Birthdays (74)
Healthy (62)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Notable Wine List (56)
Romantic (53)
Organic (50)
Great for Lunch (48)
Handcrafted Cocktails (47)
Casual (34)
Seasonal (34)
Fun (29)
Good for Groups (26)
Good Vegetarian Options (26)
Gluten Free Options (25)
Business Meals (22)
Comfort Food (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Tasting Menu (18)
Cozy (17)
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Kid-friendly (13)
People Watching (13)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Vegan (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Tapas (4)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

A truly wonderful experience. Our meals were delicious & perfectly prepared. Our server, Daniel, was outstanding! It’s About an hour drive from Kailua & somewhat pricy, but it was well worth every mile & $!

Tags: Organic, Romantic, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant is world class. We were able to get delicious farm to table food as well as excellent wines by the glass (almost never happens!) at very reasonable prices. It is a real gem in beautiful Waimea, Hawaii.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

High quality food and service for all the times we visited. And, that 's over 15 years.

Jeff & Karen

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 3 days ago

Merriman’s Waimea was the perfect experience for our last night on the Big Island. The fresh fish was the opaka paka and it was fabulous! They have a wonderful twist on the bread pudding- a must if you appreciate bread pudding. Enjoy!

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

A special dining experience for our last vacation night on the Big Island. All aspects of experience delightful. Thanks!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

My favorite restaurant in all of Hawaii. Charming sophisticated, but not ostentatious dining room. Well worth the 1/2 hour drive from Kona resorts. I visit the Big Island once a year and make sure I visit Merriman's twice each visit. I have never had a meal there that was not outstanding. Fresh, local ingredients. Fish or meat dishes are both fantastic. Excellent wine list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

We spend a lot of time on the Big Island and we’d heard it was the best food here. We would agree with that but the noise level made it very uncomfortable, likely more uncomfortable than we’ve ever experienced . We are not normally bothered by noise. Our 11 year old said it was like a Seahawks game. Service was excellent and quick thankfully, but they clearly do not care about the noise issue, even when we mentioned it at the end. They cram about 3 times the people they should in a small space and it works for them. They fill it and they make money.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

The last time I went to Merriman’s was in 2006. They updated the look of the restaurant and made it capable of seating more people. This is great for getting a table more easily; however, the noise level increased significantly. The increased volume is my only complaint and I would recommend adding tapestries or something along the walls to dampen the sound. The food and service were amazing. I wish I had time for a second dinner here before my trip ends, but I’m sure I’ll be back next year!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a very lovely dinner here. Highly recommend the Mai Tai. Delicious!! Fish and shrimp very slightly over cooked.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Such a wonderful place!!!! Perfect atmosphere, healthy and fun!! Went for lunch!

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 6 days ago

Went here on the last night of our week on the Big Island. It was my favorite dinner of the trip. Got the fish special which was fantastic. The appetizer and cocktails were great too. Ambiance was lovely, and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

As always, wonderful food. The seared ahi is absolutely outstanding, can’t be beat. Hope to return this vacation, Daniel was our server and rook great care of us!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 7 days ago

We enjoyed opakapaka again and it was terrific. Ginger martini a little sweet but till good. Chocolate purse a fabulous dessert!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

This is the place for good food and friendly service. Better dining is limited on the Big Island so don’t pass on this one. Great steak and local fresh fish with local farm veggies, nice wine selection too.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We drove 2 hours just for the opaka paka and ahi.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We visit the island each winter and always make the trek to Waimea for lunch. Just love this restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 15, 2018

We go just for the roasted potatoes and short ribs

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful food, service & atmosphere.
Great selection for a nice Sunday lunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

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

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

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 on January 10, 2018

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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 (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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