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Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

4.8
4.8
7145 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 885-6822

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Peter Merriman

  • Catering

    Offering the best of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Please contact us for details!

  • Neighborhood

    Kamuela

  • Cross street

    Highway 19

  • Parking details

    Self park.

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Merriman's Waimea Dinner Prefix

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Following the great feedback from our spring menu, Merriman's Waimea has decided to offer this menu year round! Featuring the best local produce, fish and meat, our prefix menu offers many classic Merriman's dishes and many new inspirations as well! We will also have many nightly specials and a terrific wine flight accompanyment. The menu will be offered for $95 per person. Details can be found on our website www.merrimanshawaii.com. Our a la carte dinner menu will no longer be available. We look forward to seeing you in Waimea!
  • Merriman's Holiday Menu

    $115.00 per person

    Dec 19, 2022 - Jan 6, 2023
    For the 2022 holiday season, Merriman's will be doing an upgraded version of our prefix menu! In addition to the offerings of our Taste of Waimea prefix menu, we will be offering additional courses and more surprises! Just like our regular menu, we will have three terrific courses with a huge variety of local seafood, meat and produce. The price will be $115 per person, or $35 for Keiki. We hope to see you in November! Our menu will be posted on the our website in the next few weeks. Please note, credit cards are only taken online to hold reservations. Cards are not charged at the time of booking. Payment is taken at the restaurant, as normal.
  • Merriman's NYE 2022 Menu

    $125.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    For New Years Eve, 2022, Merriman's will be doing an upgraded version of our prefix menu! In addition to the offerings of our Taste of Waimea prefix menu, we will be offering additional courses and more surprises! Just like our regular menu, we will have three terrific courses with a huge variety of local seafood, meat and produce. The price will be $115 per person, or $35 for Keiki. We hope to ring in the New Year with you! Our menu will be posted on the our website in the next few weeks. Please note, credit cards are only taken online to hold reservations. Cards are not charged at the time of booking. Payment is taken at the restaurant, as normal.

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What 7,145 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Overall

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Food

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Service

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Value

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Innovative

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Neighborhood gem

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Good for special occasions

  • Hawaii / Big Island

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  1. GK

    GregoryK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent attention to detail. Veggies cooked just right, spices and flavors unique and wonderful.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner, from the beginning greeting to the end. Delicious food, generous portions, friendly and attentive service.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best meal I had in 2022!
  4. H

    Hungryman

    Naples

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food offerings and outstanding service from Faye. Also spot-on wine and coffee recommendations from Eric. I understand that the Waimea restaurant is the original Merriman’s location and I would say that it offers a quieter and less “touristy” feel than some of the other Merriman’s around Hawaii. Having said that, all Merriman’s are worth a visit.
  5. D

    Dexter

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have always wanted to experience Merriman’s and oh my goodness, what a great meal! Everyone was very competent, efficient, and friendly and the food was delicious! I am looking forward to coming back. This is now my favorite fine dining establishment in Hawaii.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome in every way.
  7. C

    Clemmie11

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful food and lured wine prixe fix dinner for double birthday celebration. Fish and vegetarian options were wonderful. A spectacular dinner and shout out to Chaubte and our busser who were kind helpful and fun to talk to.
  8. JG

    JGWM

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and the food never disappoints- from the smoked hummus amuse bouche, the grilled bulgigii shrimp, wok charred ahi, macadamia crusted magi Maui/ all delicious!
  9. E

    Emcc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Sean is amazing! And Katey was great and her assistant server were excellent! Such a great experience 👌🏻
  10. T

    Tony

    Tahoe

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing farm to table restaurant!
  11. PL

    PatL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Favorite food destination in Hawaii! However dishes can be a little over salted at times. Love their bruschetta style avocado toast the most!
  12. SC

    ScottC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fish very good, appetizer (prawn with kimchi dressing) and dessert (mousse) too sweet.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My family used to go to Merriman’s whenever we vacationed on the Big Island- I love how their ingredients are always very fresh and local. It had been awhile since I had dined here but I wish they had not moved to a prix fixe menu only. The servers were all very friendly and attentive but I do agree with other reviews that the timing of the dishes was very fast and almost rushed, I feel the restaurant previously had a more relaxed ambience. The portions are also quite large, so if it is prix fixe only it is a lot of food fast! I ordered the beet salad as my mine which I have always liked in the past but felt the tomatoes were a little cold and not as fresh as in the past, not sure if this is due to the winter season? I had the special which was a fish with shrimp- which I loved! The truffle butter was a little heavy on the pasta but the fish and shrimp had great flavor. The chocolate purse is also always great for dessert. We also did the wine pairing- you can choose between red and whites so we ended up doing both so we could share and try all of the wines, I thought the wine pairing was a reasonable price. Their cocktails looked amazing but we decided to hold off on ordering any since we were diving the next day. We did drink a ton of water to help us hydrate for our next-day dives and felt they were great at refilling our water cups! Overall I thought the food was mostly still great but would love the option to order without the prix fixe.
  14. JF

    JudithF

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit Merriman's every time we visit the Big Island. And it is always excellent.
  15. JC

    JackieC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Enjoyed our lunch, booked for a birthday party. However we weren’t informed at the time of booking that bringing our own birthday cake would incur an extra charge of $5.00 per person at the table. Surprising and disappointing. Where’s the aloha?
  16. DM

    DanM

    Portland

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Courses came out to fast. Needed a break between courses. Noise level too high
  17. M

    Michael1646

    Las Vegas

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Merriman"s! We come to the Big Island every year for our anniversary and have dinner here. The menu has changed a little, but the food and service is still wonderful.
  18. AP

    AmberP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing on all levels. I definitely recommend if you’re traveling to the Island.
  19. p

    peggyf

    Jackson Hole

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Don't appreciate the move to a pre fix menu. Ono was overcooked, a shame! Shrimp and ahi poke were excellent. Very noisy couldn't hear waitress or each other without elevating our voices. Given the menu and noise, we will not be going back.
  20. M

    Margaret

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love going here for lunch. It is an easier time and more casual and comfortable than the more hectic dinner period.
  21. K

    Kristy

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was superb but the real showstopper was the food. It was the best meal we’ve had in decades! It was beyond exceptional!!! We will go again next time we visit the island !
  22. F

    Flash

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Even better now than before. Fabulous experience
  23. RC

    RhondaC

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food was outstanding.
  24. L

    Lavalava

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The lunch was amazing, and our waitperson, Mahina, was friendly and capable. My only quarrel is that the men’s toilet lacked any grab bars making it difficult for people with mobility issues. Hope that is fixed for our next vacation. But that did not detract from the wonderful meal that we thoroughly enjoyed.
  25. CJ

    ChloeJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience! You can't go wrong with the menu and the wonderful staff!
  26. KT

    KaraT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly, welcoming staff. They recognized our honeymoon with champagne and a dessert. Tasty, healthy food and the drinks looked and tasted great.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always go to Merriman’s and look forward to the Pork Saimin. It is da best!!
  28. A

    Alan

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Prie Fixe menu only, it's really good but also really expensive. Recommended for perhaps a special night on the island.
  29. C

    Casey

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Merriman's Waimea is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. It's a little speedy, but worth every penny. The prix fixe menu is $95 and you can add a wine pairing with your meal. I really appreciate the service at Merriman's Waimea and highly recommend everything there!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was amazing as always, and Jim, our waiter, was knowledgeable and made the dining experience fun.
  31. BJ

    BillJ

    Hawaii

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy Merriman's. Excellent Food, wine list and service. Highly recommend.
  32. KM

    KimM

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We previously, several years ago, had an excellent lunch at Merriman’s and this time was a special birthday occasion that included our two sons and daughter in law. The wait staff were very pleasant and professional. The fixed menu choices worked out well for all of us. We all had cocktails to start and two of us had a spectacular Manhattan, the best I’ve had. The starters, entrees and a shared desert all were wonderful. And my wife was presented with a delicious birthday desert as well. All in all a wonderful experience for all of us. The only thing that was slightly annoying was what I considered to be unnecessary background music in a place that was very busy and noisy
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is an amazing experience with fresh ingredients, great services
  34. DC

    DannyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The filet with the reduction sauce was amazing. The mai tai drinks were so flavorful. Katherine was awesome as our server.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience
  36. K

    Kraller

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Interesting fresh choices. the creme brûlée was the star of the meal.
  37. B

    Bugaboo

    San Francisco

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We went for lunch to do our yearly birthday celebrations for the year. We ordered our food and got our drinks and starters right away, but our main entrees took over 1 hour to get... as if they missed our order. When we did finally get our entrees, they were delicious. The server did apologize and gave us free desserts for the delay in our meals. So we don't really know why the meals were delayed and taking so long, but we were compensated nicely with the desserts, it all worked out in the long run... luckily we were not in a rush to go anywhere else. We would still come back next time when on the Big Island and try again. The food was fabulous and the server was great.
  38. GC

    GrahamC100

    Seattle

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous lunch after the Saturday Market. Mushroom soup was one of the best I've had. The fish tacos are my wife's favorite anywhere on the islands. And are friends (1st time for them) said it was the best shrimp they've ever had. Quality ingredients plus outstanding service equals a fabulous experience.
  39. KM

    KayM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly & professional service. Delicious fine cuisine, portions are generous.
  40. E

    Elise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dine at Merriman's every time we visit the Big Island and it never disappoints. From the moment we are greeted, we feel the love. Thank you for always treating us like Ohana. We cannot wait to return!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

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 7145 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

65-1227 Opelo Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Highway 19

  • Neighborhood

    Kamuela

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Self park.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter Merriman

  • Additional

    BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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