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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

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (105)
Good for Anniversaries (96)
Good for a Date (94)
Creative Cuisine (89)
Authentic (79)
Good for Birthdays (79)
Romantic (57)
Neighborhood Gem (55)
Healthy (54)
Notable Wine List (51)
Organic (45)
Handcrafted Cocktails (42)
Great for Lunch (38)
Casual (36)
Seasonal (35)
Business Meals (25)
Good for Groups (25)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Fun (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (24)
Comfort Food (21)
Cozy (19)
Gluten Free Options (19)
Hot Spot (18)
Tasting Menu (18)
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Great for Brunch (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
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Happy Hour (6)
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Disabled Access (4)
Tapas (4)
Live Music (4)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

Have had lunch at Merriman’s on the Big Island a couple of times in the past few years when visiting. Food, service, ambiance, all good; but, relies on the name rather than offering a creative and diverse menu and great service. As such, you’ll be getting a “good” dining experience; but, paying for what should be a “great” experience - overall 3 stars - good; but, nothing special.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

We have been to Merriman's before and have always enjoyed the food and the creativity and use of locally grown fresh vegetables. We remembered the restaurant being a little more rustic from our last visit 13 years ago, but we enjoyed the upgrade.

It was a challenge finding parking which we thought was peculiar.

Nevertheless, we had a lovely meal and enjoyed some relaxed family time .

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

ExceptIonal food in an elegant but still relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Creating be dishes with an emphasis on local ingredients. Probably the best food on the island. It’s a “don’t miss” when on the big island.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Always an excellent meal! We’ve never been disappointed in all the years we’ve been going there. Merriman’s is a must when visiting the big island. The ahi poke, fresh mah Chong, Kauai prawns and liliko mousse were better than excellent.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

Server was nice but needs to learn more of their wine menu, does not know that they're selling rose by the glass and so on... lol
Food are locally produced & they're fresh yet the portion was a lil less. The goat cheese strawberry salad definitely needs 3x the amount of strawberry in the serving. The greens was too sour & more strawberry/sweetness balances it, they only put 1 sliced strawberry on it :) . Nice and cool spot. The bus was fast & good though, ambiance was okay.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

I’ve been to Merriman’s before and loved the food and service, that’s why I went back to celebrate my birthday. This time was different. Food was still good, however service was not!!! Not going back.

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

The food here is always excellent, and the service is impeccable. Highly recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We saved Merriman's for our last day on the Island, only wish we had gone there first. What a lovely location, great food and fantastic service. We'll go there first next time. Both of our meals were outstanding and the service was very nice, she was attentive and took care of all our needs.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Familiar waiter.
Nice selection of wines.
We each ordered daily special menu items.
Wait staff has nice attention to detail service.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Been to every merrimans in Hawaii and every time it’s my best meal of our trip. They do drinks better than anyone (the mai Tia’s are so freaking good) and the food is absolutely wonderful. The cost of the food is 100% worth it because they do everything the right way. Thanks!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We had been told to make sure we ate there before our vacation ended. What a great way to end it. The drive was a little out of our way but so glad we did it. From beginning to the end it was perfect. Can't wait to try the Merriman's on Kauai now !

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Merriman’s never disappoints! Great food , top notch service and a sense of community combine to make a great experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Every time we come to the Island of Hawaii (Big Island) we come to Merriman's at least once, this time it will be twice (we have reservations for the night before we go home). Some of the best food on all the islands!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Merriman's is the best restaurant on the Big Island, period. Our waiter, Jim, was excellent; he recommended a great Pinot Noir that went well with the lamb chops as well as the well prepared monchong. The cesar salad had a slice of fried green tomato instead of croutons, great add. We were there on 12/6/17, my wife's birthday and they brought a chocolate decadence desert with a candle for her. I could write more, but it is the best.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Fabulous Hawaiian seafood and wonderfully service. Everyone -- maitre d', wait staff , manager -- was friendly, professional and attentive without being intrusive and everything we ordered was outstanding. A great experience overall.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 6, 2017

American's serves an outstanding meal! The ahi is to die for!

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Me and my husband had multiple people tell us we had to try merrimans. Next to last day we drove up in the evening for a late dinner. It did not disappoint. Fresh bread, cocktails and wine were quick to arrive. Waiter sold us on 2 specials salmon with prawns, romanescu and polenta and the lamb 2 ways. Both were delicious and we had a small shared dessert of pineapple and strawberry crumble with ice cream. Fabulous dinner to end our trip. Thank you.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Best meal I've had all year - and that's saying a lot for a foodie who travels the world! Their signature Negroni might be the most exquisite cocktail I've ever had. And the locally sourced fresh food was top-notch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Tapas, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Best on the island. Kampachi the best fish ever. Excellent service and ambience. Freshest produce possible.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My absolute favorite on the Big Island. Service and food is consistently the best you will find.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Romantic, Healthy, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Fantastic meal.... service was impeccable .... can not wait to visit again .... ahi was perfect!!! Grass fed filet was like butter .... the trio dessert platter were all phenomenal.... we ordered the chocolate purse... bread pudding and pineapple and strawberry crisp.... the staff was not only excellent but show so much pride in their restaurant

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great fresh food, exemplary service, good value. We’ve been coming to this restaurant every trip to the Big Island for the last 12 years. Never disappointed. Always a key agenda for our vacation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a lovely evening. They offered a shawl to keep me warm as there was an unexpected rain storm. Food was flavorful and prices were fair for the quality.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing food and excellent service make this restaurant truly enjoyable. The mahi mahi dish is an incredible dish, and they offer the opportunity to have small versions of two dishes for a reasonable price. The focus on local food and sustainability is also a plus.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Best restaurant on the Big Island. Strong wine list, great food and excellent service.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We arrived somewhat earlier than our reservation and greeted by a friendly host who got us a table immediately despite being too early. The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable although he kept referring to me as ‘young lady.’ This was somewhat off putting as I am not of an age that would be considered young, so it had somewhat of a condescending feel to it. It would be well to consider that older people do not enjoy being referred to as ‘dear,’ ‘honey,’ etc. just because they have a bit more experience in the world. Treat us as you would anyone else and skip the labels, please.
The food was excellent as well as our wine choice and cocktails before dinner.
Thank you for another enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Merriman's menu, food prep and service has been outstanding since my first visit over 20 years ago. It is a must on every trip to the Big Island.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

I definitely recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. Most local foods were very fresh and nice. I knew why my many local friends comment on the atmosphere, the foods and of course, the service.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Best meal I have had in a very long time. Can’t wait to make another trip to Hawaii just so that I can eat here again. Our server Emiko was fantastic!

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Best place on the Big Island to consistently have a great meal for a fair price. This is where I take visitors from the main land who have discriminating taste. Once again it was perfet.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

They have been doing local farm to table before it was popular. Deliciously fresh. Hawaiian flair in every dish & cocktail. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Our first time here was over 20 yrs ago on our wedding night. Every time we come back, it is consistently delicious & worth the trip from the mainland. Merrimans keeps us coming back to the Big Island to relax & celebrate the flavor of this island.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Worth the drive from our Kohala Coast resort. Everything was well prepared except the Mahi Mahi which was slightly over cooked and on the dry side. However, everything else was very tasty. Service was outstanding. We would definitely return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food. Amazing service.. great cocktails menu.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We come here 2-3 times per year and it is usually good but all 4 of us found the food disappointing this time. Past meals have been excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2017

One of the best meals we have had on the islands a real gem. The kona kapachi and filet was outstanding. The pineapple macadamia nut bread pudding was a delicious way to end the meal. Our service was fantastic. This is a must visit when in Hawaii. Thanks

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Definitely will return. Excellent food.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

All 4 of us had a delicious dinner at Merriman’s, always do.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Overall an excellent experience. We’ve been to this restaurant and the Merrimans on Kauai and Maui. We started with tomatoes with blue cheese and crunchy capers. Very tasty. My partner and I both did the meal with one fish and one meat. My partner had pink snapper (opakapaka) which was incredibly delicious and a filet which was cooked nicely but a little tough. I had ahi and lamb. The ahi was great and the leg of lamb a little tough and not as flavorful as I has hoped. We had a pineapple and strawberry crisp which was pretty tasty.
Bottom line: stick to the fresh produce and fish.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Have been going for Thanksgiving dinner for several years now. Merriman's is a high end restaurant and the food is excellent and service top notch. It is expensive make no mistake. When the bill arrived there was a statement say there is a 2 percent kitchen staff surcharge. This was not stated on the evenings menu... I do not have an issue tipping well, but this just upset me... and the note about the surcharge was followed by a statement of 'Do the right thing'.
I would suggest the doing the right thing would be to pay your staff properly in the first place and not to charge your customers a 'surcharge' to do this. Frankly it is not about the money but the method. Will there be a 'plate and napkin' surcharge next. It was very poor form and badly executed.
The pity of this is, this is one of my favorite places to eat on the Big Island... but now they have lost a customer.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

One of the best Thanksgiving dinners I have ever had. Food was fresh and fabulous, the service was impeccable. They know what to do with food here and they do it very well. They even sent diners home with Turkey sandwiches ; nice touch and very good as well. Next time I am on Hawaii Island, I will return to Merriman's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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