Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

4.8
4843 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4843 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.9
service
4.6
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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linh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food. Absolutely the best service on the island. Used open table to book, within 15 minutes recieved call from restaurant asking about any special request or celebrations.

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Scott
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our best experience on the big island. One of the best restaurants in the world!

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RodgerM
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday brunch with visiting family. Very enjoyable for all. A must have is the chocolate molten purse for dessert. Delicious!

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TracyC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent. Been there for 5 years. Recommended great dishes and drinks. Best meal we had on our entire trip.

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RituD
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, worth the drive from anywhere on the island, excellent service, food and value

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vipCharlesC
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit of a drive from Kona or Hilo, but worth it. The service was outstanding. Our staff person was helpful, informative, and friendly. The food was better than expected, and the ambience was lovely. Would go again.

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MattD
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another wonderful meal at Merriman's in Waimea. The fish of the day is always special!

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WayneB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, however, our waitress was phenomenal! Loved the food and dining experience.

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vipFOODCRIT
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great recipes, food, & service!

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vipDiningwithmom
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We still talked about Merriman’s 3 years after our first visit. This trip we made sure to enjoy it twice! Great service. Flawless food. I’d highly recommend to anyone and everyone. The Kona Kampachi and the Ahi...wow.

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RituD
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful brunch!! Great food, service and setting, worth the drive !!!

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LisaL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merriman’s is one of our favorite restaurants ... we return every time we return to the Big Island!

The staff/service, delicious food and ambiance are superb!

Mahalo!

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vipErin
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. Great service (thanks, Natalee!), a charming, minimalistic setting and unbelieveable food. Try the macnut crusted kampachi and the lilikoi mousse -- fantastic!

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal, delightful atmosphere, a little spendy.

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Joule
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a fabulous evening with our family of 4 and enjoyed every second. The kids menu was full of great choices as was the adult menu. The service was top notch from the second we walked in to our server. Easily our favorite meal on the big island.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

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ShanaN
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our wedding dinner here. Food was outstanding. Service was excellent. They even gave us a congratulations dessert. 11/10. Would recommend.

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David
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This would have been a just ok meal, if it were half the price. My food was good, although the presentation needed work - too much sauce on each dish, smothering the flavor of the seafood. My girlfriend had the vegetarian enchiladas, which were terrible. I was reminded of a microwaveable frozen dinner. And the two wines by the glass we had were bad, we didn’t even finish them. I wouldn’t go back or recommend this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable meal. Top to bottom, food, ambiance, service. All amazing. A special experience.

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GORDONR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and loved it. We want to try each item on the menu. It will take us a few time!

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vipBobbyT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in the front doors, the service was amazing. Now we know why so many people recommended this place to us. The food, desserts and drinks were so great that we cant wait to go back on our next trip.

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vipGaryH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, delicious food! Creative options and great service.

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JackieG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, great service and good Covid protocols!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food and drinks were overpriced for what we received. Nothing really memorable or creative. Ambiance and service good.

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PaulO
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time for brunch! Planning on doing this more! Service was great, food, as with dinners was very well presented and delicious!

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NonaJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was top-notch, from the doorway and all the way back out. Food was awesome, with our favorite tomato-fennel bisque. The avocado toast could use some rethinking on the bread (or maybe needed more time to toast more).
Will be back as usual,
Nona

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so great to see the flagship Merrimans restaurant. From the decor to the food to the service everything was enjoyable and authentic. Our meal was delicious from start to finish. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway da best. No big island trip is complete without dinner at Merriman

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance despite Covid restrictions.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb and macadamia crusted fish were amazing! Cocktails were great as well!

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Noni96743
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was great to be able to eat indoors! So rare since Covid started. Fox was ok. Still pretty pricey. It was nice with the Covid seating. Less people made for faster better service and quieter surroundings. Very limited menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner after our sunset horseback ride at Paniolo Stables Adventures. Our dinner was so good and we enjoyed the overall experience. We had the amazing ceviche for an app, then we each had a 1
1/2 pound lobster that was melt in your mouth yummy! Such a great meal after our fun horse experience

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DeborahL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess Katherine is outstanding and so personable. The use of local ingredients and how the flavors are pulled together is one of the best we’ve experienced on the island

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DarleenP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, as always. Recommend local tomato and arugula salad and that night’s special- mahi mahi and shrimp.

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MaddensQueen
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was phenomenal. The service was superb, the staff was so friendly, social & professional. The ambiance was exquisite. The food, presentation & taste was excellent. They were flexible and charactered to our gluten & diary free diet. My husband & I absolutely loved the entire experience.

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vipbanzaimakai
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again an amazing meal.. Thursday night special was prime rib.. perfectly cooked steak and great wine...

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Server was not the best, but she tried.

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vipSnorks
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. Wonderful flavors, impeccable service, relaxing meal

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vipSnorks
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is an opportunity to enjoy different creations from the Merrimack kitchen. Their benedict was excellent and was customized to my liking. We will be returning for my birthday dinner

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vipMarkS
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great lunch place. Dinner menu is less attractive and too expensive

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 4843 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.