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65-1227 Opelo Rd, Opelo Plaza, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743 (Highway 19)
(808) 885-6822
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Today
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located in the heart of the Big Islands farm community is Peter Merriman's...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 535
    Excellent
  • 139
    Very good
  • 68
    Average
  • 31
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Unique Hawaiian Dining Experience

We left the teenagers home with a frozen pizza and my husband and I drove the 25 minutes from Mauna Lani to Merriman's. It was a nice experience. I appreciate the local flavor, both on the plate and with our waiter who was quirky and a tad bit overly enthusiastic, but that just made it more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
GlassAli
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Harbor Springs, Michigan
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Harbor Springs, Michigan
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We left the teenagers home with a frozen pizza and my husband and I drove the 25 minutes from Mauna Lani to Merriman's. It was a nice experience. I appreciate the local flavor, both on the plate and with our waiter who was quirky and a tad bit overly enthusiastic, but that just made it more memorable. Our salads were... More 

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Liverpool, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful meal at Merrimans! The macadamia crusted Monchong was absolutely amazing!! Lamb chops,pork and mahi mahi entrees were all wonderfully prepared. The ahi poke was the best we've tasted and we have enjoyed many versions in Hawaii! Thankfully,despite being uncertain as to whether we could do justice to dessert,we shared the chocolate purse and we were so... More 

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Average food, eccentric wait staff. I had heard wonderful things about Merrimans and how it was worth the trip. Not sure. The food was average, very disappointing. Had Ahi numerous times on the visit and this was definitely not the best. The lobster was also disppointing -tough. The chocolate dessert purse was good but not what I had heard it... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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185 reviews 185 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We went for a birthday dinner and the entire experience was excellent. For a table of 6 we had to choose 530 or 830....so we went with the earlier option as our teenagers would have died before an 830 dinner. Many of us had the specials for appetizers and entrees - and everything really is outstanding, from the pacing, to... More 

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Cincinnati
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133 reviews 133 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A very nice, popular restaurant in Waimea. The servers were warm, friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. My husband and I both ordered the special that evening of grilled skipjack and prawns. The fish, a 4 oz portion, was thin and slightly overcooked, but the prawns were delicious. The vegetable accompaniments were perfectly cooked and seasoned, but for $45, I wish they... More 

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We didn't realize that Merriman's has been around for 26 years until we saw the review on their wall. We have been here multiple times over the past almost 10 years, and it is ALWAYS terrific. Imaginative, interesting, and delicious food, this is by far the class restaurant of the Big Island.

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Canton, Ohio
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was one of the best meals we have had anywhere. Our server, Ben, was very knowledgable about the food, where it came from, and gave us great advice on what wine to pair with our meals. He was very helpful and we appreciated knowing where everything came from. The food was FRESH and so very, very good. I had... More 

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hilo
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59 reviews 59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We stopped for lunch at around 12:30PM. You need to get there before 1:00 because they close at 1:30PM to get ready for the evening service. We were seated immediately although we did not have reservations, and the restaurant was bustling. Wait staff was dressed in Palaka print... an old "uniform" of the Hawaiian cowboys of the area, the Paniolo.... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This place has it all going on. The staff is warm and friendly and genuinely connects with their customers. They know the food they are serving and they serve it with elegance and grace. We found the preparations really delicious. The food was cooked perfectly and the gorgeous ingredients shined through. Frankly if we had just had dinner we would... More 

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Every time we visit the Big Island Merriman's is on our dinner list. Tuesday night was another wonderful experience and this restaurant never seems to lose a step. Always enjoy the crisp "Botanist" cocktail after a "hard" day snorkeling, swimming and hiking. Also there's an Extensive wine list with lots of stellar wineries to choose from. Lamb entrées were top... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 65-1227 Opelo Rd, Opelo Plaza, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
    (Highway 19)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Waimea
  • Phone Number: (808) 885-6822

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 75

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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