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Merriman's – Waimea – Big Island

4.8
4.8
7105 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 55 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!
  • November Holiday Menu

    $115.00 per person

    Nov 21 - Nov 27, 2022
    For the week of Thanksgiving, 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 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.

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What 7,105 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

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    Best Overall

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  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Service

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Value

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Fit for Foodies

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Healthy

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Great for Lunch

  • Hawaii / Big Island

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  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Notable Wine List

  • Hawaii / Big Island

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  1. B

    Bugaboo

    San Francisco

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  2. GC

    GrahamC100

    Seattle

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  3. KM

    KayM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly & professional service. Delicious fine cuisine, portions are generous.
  4. TM

    TobysMom

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Merriman's to celebrate our 26th Anniversary and Thanksgiving and we had an absolutely wonderful time! The food was amazingly good and the service was great. Wow! We will definitely be back the next time we visit the Big Island. All the staff were friendly, efficient and professional. My husband and I frequent 5 star restaurants and we have to say that this is one of the best restaurants we have ever been to! The food was very creative and fresh. Every dish from appetizers to dessert was so amazingly good. We loved it so much that we even bought his cookbook. And we love the story behind Merriman's success. A beautiful, inspiring story about the trials and tribulations of owning your own restaurant. We will definitely be back and we highly recommend this restaurant to everyone who visits the Big Island.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best place to eat on Big Island…on Maui (my kids vote Monkeypod for best there. Same peeps, different place…bring the wings to Merrimans’s too, lol). Food, service, ambiance, Mai Tai. Perfection all around. 💛🖤
  6. R

    Rich

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Do Not Miss treat. Our favorite place on the Big Island
  7. TP

    ThomasP

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving Day dinner at Merriman's was, as usual, excellent. Our server, Lilinoe, was friendly and attentive. We have eaten here over the past 18 years that we lived on the Big Island and have never been disppointed.
  8. I

    Intrepid828

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing dining experience! Thanks so much Team Merriman for a great Thanksgiving meal.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving at Merrimans was very good. They made a great turkey and the best part was they gave out turkey sandwiches at the end for the next day. Thank you for that
  10. DN

    DiscerningNotPicky

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    I hope you take this review seriously, much as I am sure you think (perhaps correctly) it doesn’t matter to your business. I and my family have eaten at Merriman’s multiple times, both in Kapalua and Waimea. But the Waimea location has always been our favorite — though we haven’t been here for four years. The last meal we ate there was very memorable — great service and great food. Someone had worked hard on the various dishes and the wait staff cared about us having a good experience. This recent experience was very disappointing. The three course price fix itself is disappointing — a lazy way out for a restaurant like yours. Just an example of sacrificing the dining experience for an easier business model. But to see how all of the components were re-used for each dish was pretty shocking. No individual dish was a real composed product, it was like someone scooped a bunch of components from a cafeteria line and slapped it on a plate. One of the things we ordered was the beet salad, which purportedly came with arugula. Instead, it was served with mixed greens. The dressing also bore no resemblance to what the menu set forth. Have some pride, man! I had the kim-chi twice, because it was scooped onto two plates as a purported compliment. Not very flavorful — I’ve had better out of a jar. The fish was very overcooked. We ordered the filet, medium rare. It arrived rare. We sent it back, and it returned 3-4 minutes later — hotter, but not cooked better. How is two minutes on the grill going to fix that? All the food tasted pre-cooked. Honestly, it really was like eating at a cafeteria where all the food was made hours earlier and is sitting on a steam tray. You should eat your own food. You would be disappointed, too. You have turned your restaurant that you claimed to be a place to honor local farmers into a factory that tastes like it came from Host Marriott. I guess you have moved on in your life to other ventures. Diners should move on, too.

    Merriman's – Waimea – Big IslandResponded 3 days agoAloha DiscerningNotPicky, Happy Thanksgiving to you! Mahalo for taking the time to write this review. We'd love to connect with you directly regarding your concerns. Our GM will send you a private message through OpenTable. Mahalo!

  11. ES

    ErnestS

    London

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was gourmet from Burger to fish tacos. Really excellent wine selection from a small very selective list. We had a sparkling rose from the Loire and a wonderful Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills near Santa Barbara. We have dined at Merriman’s many times and have never been disappointed. The service from Peggy and Makina (SP) was efficient, knowledgeable and very friendly. It made us feel like we were in their own home.
  12. LG

    LindaG

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a res at 1 and arrived early…busy time and Peggy was so gracious and welcoming as always..even under pressure. We got a nice table. Waitress Mahina was excellent and lovely. Your floor manager also so attentive and gracious and thanked us several times for coming in. As regulars and locals we appreciated their care and aloha. Linda and David Gross
  13. S

    Sandy55

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding service! Great tasting food. Lovely ambience. Did not have to shout to communicate. Had a very nice time. Will definitely return.
  14. RT

    RobertT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite restaurant on the Big Island.
  15. NJ

    NormanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Pricy but worth it. Fresh local sourced meats and ingredients. Highly recommend.
  16. JB

    JohnB

    Denver

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to Merriman’s for many years whenever we are on the Big Island or Maui and looking forward to trying the new Honolulu restaurant next week. The food, service and ambiance are always five stars!
  17. P

    Patk

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant on the island. We always make sure to reserve one dinner here on our vacations.
  18. G

    Geoffrey

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place rules. Staff is extraordinary and the food is superb. Go.
  19. DG

    DrewG

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing and memorable meal. Many friends told us to visit Merriman's while we were on the Big Island and they steered us in the right direction. It was a great way to celebrate both a birthday and honeymoon.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every time we visit the big island we have to visit Merrimans. Excellent experience. Loud party near us was a bit distracting, but food and service was excellent as always.
  21. E

    Eugenea

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Still the best food on the island! Very tasty, enough variety, nice presentation. The service was perfect: friendly but not intrusive. Chef and staff added some extra touches for our special occasion birthday dinner. Only quibble is boring decor, earnest but bland. Bring back the big palm trees! And how about some fairy lights?!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was just okay - we waited over 30 minutes for our lunch/brunch on Sunday. We had very high expectations but were disappointed with the food. Bun with the fish sandwich was way too firm and big. Pork hash was good enough. Service was friendly though. Ambience is nice.
  23. AP

    AliceP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good. A favorite! Chose a brunch and lunch item. Both great.
  24. TS

    TerenceS

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience !
  26. SL

    SallyL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic with lots of attention to our needs and interests. Each drink, starter and entree was a lovely presentation. The ambience was lively and friendly and a perfect setting for our get-together. The desserts (mousse and bread pudding) were taken to-go. They were not appealing and tasted stale, especially the bread pudding. In addition, no sauce or ice cream was provided for the bread pudding.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ben and I had a lovely time! The food was amazing and the service is wonderful. Can’t wait to come again in December!
  28. NM

    NevaM

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been eating a special meal at Merriman’s every year when we come to the island. It never disappoints- it is consistently great.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good we had to come back! We were lucky enough to enjoy Merriman’s twice on our vacation
  30. RG

    RuthG13

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Merriman's!
  31. KK

    KearaK

    Atlanta

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous date night!! Delicious food and fabulous service.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at Merrimans! Server was attentive and congratulated us on our honeymoon. Mai tais were excellent as always, and the food superb.
  33. TC

    TaviC

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant on the Big Island! Recommend to anybody looking for the best farm to table experience.
  34. KT

    KTcalGal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was fabulous! I highly recommend Merriman’s! It was a highlight for our anniversary.
  35. R

    Rev11

    Northern MI

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience on the Big Island! Our server, Nettie, was the best- so gracious, enthusiastic and knowledgeable of the menu and paired the perfect wine with my entree. Not normally a huge fan of the price fixe menu, but there was a good variety of high quality options. Loved the poke, pork quesadilla and that night’s special- Kona prawns served on the most incredible polenta! The lilikoi mousse pairs perfect with the chocolate purse- get both!!
  36. ML

    MonicaL

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great melt in your mouth food! Have to come here every time I come to the big island! Love this place and great service! Kim and Peggy are the Best!
  37. J

    Jones

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal! Everything was superb! From the burger to the mai tai to the greek salad and the waitstaff too! YUM!
  38. DS

    DaddyShu

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A top 5 meal ever! I’ve been to several Michelin Star restaurants and Merriman’s ranks right up there with the best of the best. The food was exquisite, and the service was top notch. The wine list includes most of the top tier wines in every category. If you visit the Big Island, Merriman’s is a must!
  39. LM

    LisaMV

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The pandemic kept us away from the Big Island for too long. When we finally got to return, Merriman's was second only to the beach as a "must visit". It's the best restaurant on the island. Forget all those resort hotel restaurants with lovely views, astronomical prices, and mediocre food. Merriman's has moved to a prix fixe menu for dinners, but it includes many choices and all the favorites. The salads and vegetables are from local farms, incredibly fresh and flavorful. My partner's fish (kampachi) was locally caught and super fresh. I had the lamb two ways - a big portion of roasted leg and stewed shoulder with yummy gravy atop mild jalapeno mashed potatoes. For dessert, we indulged in the chocolate purses we'd been dreaming about for the past 3 years. Our server was professional and friendly. The only downside to this place is that it's very noisy. You won't have a profound conversation hear, but you will absolutely satisfy your taste buds.
  40. JV

    JulieV

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are wonderful! The unique dishes with local flavors and ingredients and the attentive service make it a truly special dinner and experience.

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 7105 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 55 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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