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Merriman's

65-1227 Opelo Rd, Opelo Plaza, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
(808) 885-6822
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Ranked #2 of 62 restaurants in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $75
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Highway 19
Description: 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 soon forget. We look forward to serving you!
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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Great experience. The strong points are: Creativity and mix of flavors Use of local products Excellent meal I did not go to Ulu however Merriman's is defenately in the top 2. Service may be a little fast if you go late (20:00)

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We had a delicious dinner here. The outside of the restaurant looked very underated, but inside it was very nicely done and not at all snobby.

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Tampa FL
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

On the Big Island to celebrate the opportunity to marry my partner in a legal marriage as my home state of Florida is still struggling with equal rights. We made our reservation for five and was asked if we were celebrating anything, which I stated that we are two couples that were married on Monday and were seeking a special... More

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

As a former resident and innkeeper on the Big Island, I can say with confidence that Merriman's is the best food on the island. Consistently delicious and always professional, I never hesitate to book dinners here with guests who are well traveled and rather persnickety about their meals and wine. Merriman's maintains a high standard, and price tag, but I've... More

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Thornhill, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This restaurant stands out of all my experiences. They utilize all of the local food resources within reach and bring to you the very best. From local seafood to utilized the macadamia nut in crusts for their fish or risotto. The service, atmosphere and food all EXCEEDED my expectations. I highly recommend visiting them for dinner. They will not disappoint!

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Dallas, TX
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188 reviews 188 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

this place isn't anything special and really isn't worth the money. If you do eat here, sit outside because it's way LOUD inside, too loud in my opinion as you can't even hear what someone across the table is saying to you. Fish tacos were good but there were only 2 and I can get more fish from a fish... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I wish I could be there now! We had the filet, macadamia crusted Monchong, and the poke and cavetelli. There was nothing wrong and nothing left on our plates. I think we liked the Monchong the best, plus it would be difficult to replicate at home, I've never had fish as tender as this and the macadamia crust gave the... More

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Boston
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband, son and I first ate at Merriman's in Maui two years ago, and the food was so wonderful we knew we had to try the Merriman's in Waimea while on our visit to the Big Island this summer. It did not disappoint-- in fact, it was so good we ate there twice in one week. The food is... More

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Reno, Nevada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We (four of us) were seated right by the kitchen, there was too much noise and too much action around us. The food and drinks were good, one of the better restaurants on the Big Island.

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Bow, NH
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We almost missed coming to Merriman's, because it is in Waimea, not on the water (or anywhere near the water), and when on an island, we much prefer to dine on the water when we can. While very highly rated, we just hadn't focused on restaurants outside of the Kona-Kailua area. That said, this restaurant cannot be missed. If you... More

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