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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

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

Local Ingredients (132)
Worth the Drive (125)
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Fit for Foodies (109)
Good for a Date (97)
Creative Cuisine (96)
Good for Anniversaries (93)
Authentic (77)
Good for Birthdays (64)
Healthy (62)
Neighborhood Gem (60)
Notable Wine List (56)
Great for Lunch (51)
Romantic (47)
Handcrafted Cocktails (43)
Organic (41)
Seasonal (35)
Casual (31)
Fun (25)
Good for Groups (25)
Comfort Food (23)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Business Meals (22)
Gluten Free Options (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Cozy (19)
Tasting Menu (18)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Hot Spot (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
People Watching (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Vegan (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Great Beer (2)
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Scenic View (2)
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 (Denver)·Dined 14 hours ago

Best restaurant that we have eaten on the Big Island this week. 4 out 4 stars in our opinion.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined 3 days ago

Our go to place for great food on the Big Island. Well worth the drive

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic. Very Special Excellent service and food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious farm to table cuisine, outstanding wine list and exemplary service. Without a doubt, the best on the big island!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Anniversary dinner

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

It was wonderful.. We celebrated Valentines Day with lunch.. Great food and service..

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice Valentine's Day lunch. Very busy, but we did not feel rushed.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

We have eaten at Merriman’s Kaua’i many times, and it’s our favorite restaurant on that island. So we had to try it on our first trip to the Big Island. Same great food and impeccable service. A bit out of the way in Waimea, but you won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 4 days ago

Used to be our go to place for dining when visiting the Big Island. Some trips would visit twice in a week. Will have to re-think that based upon last two experienced. To say the least, felt like primary objective of restaurant is to turn tables. If I wanted to get in and out in 45 minutes rather go to Denny’s and not drop $200 on dinner for two.
Our servers tag teamed us. Who ever had a free second swooped in. 3 different servers.
Meal went like this.
1. We were seated and handed menus
2. Within 2-3 minutes Server 1 took drink orders. No problem with that
3. In 5 minutes drinks were served by server 1
4. After two sips, server 2 appeared and asked if we had any questions about the menu. No mention of soup de jour, fresh catch, or any other features. Felt like if we didn’t ask would never know.
5. Skipping details, one other server later, it had been 40 minutes since we entered the restaurant, and we were wrapping up our dinner. Trying to slow the process down, I put my fork down for a moment, and tried to see if we could make it an hour before finishing. Within seconds, while I was still chewing and with food on my plate, a staff member asked if he could take my plate. I had to finish chewing before I could tell him not yet.
6. Dinner plates removed and dessert ordered. Crisp aka mode. Came within the time needed to heat up and slap a scoop of ice cream on top
7. Two bites in, we were asked if we needed anything else, and we said “no” , we were good.
8. In a blink, my check was on the table.

We did tell our server we felt like we were being rushed. She took desert off our check and said it was management policy to bring check before desert was finished

9. With tip, spent $190 and put the door in about 1 hour and 10 minutes, only because we stretched it out.

All told we spent more time in the car going and returning than actually eating there.

Not a good experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Friendly and efficient service. We were seated quickly and greeted by our waitress and received our cocktail and wine. Food outstanding! We shared the special Lobster Pot Pie as appetizer. Entrees were Ahi, fresh and melted in my mouth and the Fish of the Day - AMAZING! Caution a bit of a drive inland so watch the alcohol intake.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We always go to Merrimans when we come to the Big Island. Great food! Great Service!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Really great place if you are in weimea. The food was delicious and not crazy expensive. I had the local filet and it was as tender as the poke we had to start the meal. My wife’s fish of the day was also tender and moist. It is pretty loud inside so bring your energy and have a few cocktails to start!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

As always the food was fresh and beautifully presented and every bite was enjoyed. Our server was delightful! We enjoy returning to Merriman’s whenever we are on the Big Island.

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 (Boise)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was slow. I had to ask for more iced tea, water, and salt and pepper. Tough to get wait staff attention

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Very pleased with the ambiance and friendliness of the staff. I had the fish tacos and they were excellent and very filling.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

I had high hopes for this restaurant based on previous reviews. We planned our entire day around our dinner here and left disappointed. My husband ordered the lobster which was not very sweet nor tasty. I ordered the fresh catch which was coupled with prawns that were overcooked. I sent them back and they were quickly replaced with two more overcooked prawns. Since we were still adjusting to the time difference I did not complain, I merely left so that I could go to bed. Although I can see the potential of this restaurant, it will not be on my list of places when I return. The lettuce for the salad‘s were fresh and the service was excellent, so there’s that.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 7 days ago

I had informed them that it was our Anniversary when making the reservation. Upon our arrival, we were presented with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. The evening continued to be memorable with both the excellent food and service.

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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food, fresh ingredients. I wish we live in theBig Island so I can dine here more often. Definitely will recommend to anyone visiting the Big Island.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

Our lunch at Merriman's was by far the best meal we have had on the island. The food was delicious, beautifully presented, reasonably priced considering how expensive food is in Hawaii. I had the homemade ginger ale and it was terrific for lunch. The service was exceptionally good. We would definitely go back if we ever return to the island and appreciate the recommendation from friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I've been here close to 30 times over the last 10 years... Is still the best food I've ever eaten. Something about the local lava grown fare. Never had a bad or mediocre meal here.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant on the Big Island! Our dinner was amazing, the staff is outstanding and we were welcomed at the front door by the nicest host.
Our meal was completed with their famous coconut creme brûlée! If haven’t dined here it is a must.
Thank you Merrimans for a lovely evening!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Merriman’s is always a must when we’re on the Big Island! Wonderful food and hospitality combined.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Fantastic, attentive service, wonderful food, and amazing wine list. One of the best meals I’ve had anywhere!

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service & food were outstanding!! My brother’s birthday was the night we went, but he was back in Texas, so I had them do a “happy birthday” writing on our dessert. Omg! They exceeded my expectations! They stenciled out with, what looked like, shaved chocolate “Hau’oli Lā Hānau” (happy birthday in Hawaiian language)
Both dinner & dessert entrees were too beautiful to eat! ❤️ If I’m ever in Hawaii again, I will definitely be returning for dinner!
Would upload pictures of our experience but the files are too big 😭

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent meal at lunch time. We focused on menu items that fully utilized locally sourced ingredients - especially vegetables. We all started with the soup of the day which was a tomato bisque. It was not vegetarian but they told us this prior to ordering. It was delicious with a slight kick to it. I then had the garden salad that was all from local growers. The vegetables had amazing flavor. It is hard to find good produce in the grocery stores here so it was nice to have such delicious veg. I decided to add the Mahi Mahi for some protein and it was perfectly, and simply cooked. There are plenty of meat options for the carnivores as well. It is relatively expensive but then what isn't on the Big Island? Well worth the cost for a nice meal out and we will go back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Magnificent!! We selected the “tasting menu” for four and it was one of our top five dinners that we have ever experienced. Outstanding flavor, wonderful variety , excellent service and generous portions. Truly a gourmet “farm to table” dinner. This will be at the top of our list when we return to Hawaii.

Bravo!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Every time I visit this restaurant I find that the food is innovative, fresh and delicious. I think that this is consistently the best restaurant on the Big Island, and I have tried many others, both fancy and simple places.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Merriman's does not disappoint. Service is impeccable & food presentation & flavor can't be beat. In this case...you really do get what you pay for. The Ahi Poke app was delicious as was the tomato bisque soup, although very salty. Salads were very nice. Entrees delicious, Wok Ahi, a generous portion and the Red Snapper with prawns. The jalapeno sauce was outstanding. Shared a very small Chocolate dessert that was excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 7, 2018

It is our very favorite place on the big Island. Everything about Merrimen's is first class. It is a very pampered evening.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Awesome all the way around! We went twice while vacationing in Hawaii.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We drove from the Kona Coast to Waimea in large part to experience Merriman’s based on a friend’s recommendation. The restaurant did not disappoint. From the moment we were seated, every detail was perfect. Our server graciously and patiently answered all our questions and helped us make our selections, which were beautifully presented and delicious. We especially enjoyed the Chocolate Purse dessert and the Kona coffee. We will be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Dinner was as delicious as it was beautiful. Our waiter, Racey, and the service staff were friendly and had excellent recommendations. It was another wonderful meal. Thank you.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Very good salad and I asked for the fish to be cooked a certain way . The fish came out exactly to my liking and staff was accommodating .

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

even if you are not in the waimea area, going to Merriman's is worth every mile of the drive. Consistently great dining....just go there!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The opakapaka was outstanding. We had not been to Merriman's for 14 years but it is still an excellent restaurant - the best dinner we had on the Big Island..

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Sterling service, great ambiance, and top - notch, inventive food continue to keep Merrimans at the top of the list of all restaurants on the Big Island. Lots of little touchs add up to a superb dining experience, worth the drive from Kailua Kona, or anywhere on the Island.
We had an excellent kimchi flavored shrimp appetizer, and fish and steak entrees, both very nice. The highlite though was the chocolate in pastry dessert. Fabulous quality chocolate, in a filo-like pastry "bag", accompanied by a vanilla bean ice cream. Wanted a second helping, but my wife suggested otherwise.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicious and creative menu with emphasis on local ingredients. Well worth your time!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Small portions of vegetables. Disappointed in dessert-miniscule size of ice cream. Friendly atmosphere, but would have appreciated better service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved everything about it.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We have been to Merriman's Many times. It is always a great dining experience. All I can say is that everything is as expected and anticipated.
Hope to be back soon

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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