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Merriman's

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65-1227 Opelo Rd, Opelo Plaza, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743 (Highway 19)
18088856822
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10:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Highly Rated

We stopped at Merriman's on our way to Kona. It is a very attractive building, and the staff was superb, maybe a wee bit too friendly for us. Because of the friendly, talkative staff, it seemed to take too long to be served, or to get our bill. Perhaps we were in too much of a hurry to hit the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Brisbane
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Looking forward to this for weeks and had planned a night's stay in Waimea especially. Had been keen to have local beef but unfortunately they had run out of any local meat so went the fish option. Fish was cooked to perfection but unfortunately the mash it came with was cold and cheesy and marinated baby tomatoes were simply drowned... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We stopped at Merriman's on our way to Kona. It is a very attractive building, and the staff was superb, maybe a wee bit too friendly for us. Because of the friendly, talkative staff, it seemed to take too long to be served, or to get our bill. Perhaps we were in too much of a hurry to hit the... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Being fortunate enough to live in Hawaii for the last 22 years, when it comes to celebration dinners, it usually comes down to 'been there done that'. We live in Hilo, 1 hour south of Waimea and have visited in years past, but it had been a long time. WE decided to drive up for a birthday dinner and are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Probably one of the best places I have ever eaten. Amazing use of local ingredients to create mouth-watering dishes. The Monchong was particularly fantastic as was the Hawaii beef. Don't forget to save room for the chocolate purse dessert...my wife is still talking about it! Great staff. Worth the drive. Our second visit and it still doesn't disappoint! Highly highly... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

After some major disappointments in our dinning experience on the big island, we decided to go there for lunch after my children's surf lessons in Kona. It was a good 30 mile drive. But we all agreed it was worth it. The Hawaiian shrimps were delicious. Make sure you add a small steak to make your own surf and turf!... More 

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Waimea, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Merriman's is fine dining and after having both lunch and dinners there, I can highly recommend to anyone who is looking for fresh, local and creatively prepared cuisine for their vacation experience or to celebrate a special occasion. A bit pricey but worth the money spent for the excellent service, delicious food and ambiance.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We celebrated our wedding anniversary dinner at Merriman's while vacationing in Hawaii. We have fond memories of dining at this restaurant many times in the past and had really been looking forward to having our special dinner here. But, we left with very mixed feelings about ever returning again. We had a reservation, but we were seated at what may... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The service here and the food here was excellent! We had the lobster and steak and the monchong and loved it! For dessert we had the chocolate purse. We're still talking about how delicious it was. We will be back!

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Basel, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

What a great steak!! We went to Merrimans for dinner. It is recommendable to do a reservation for a table. The menu varies from fish to meat and offers great local dishes. We ordered the combined fish and meat. The fish (fresh catch) was great. The steak (a filet mignon) was perfect! Further, the staff was very nice. We can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

It's been years since we went, but this was the first place that I ever ordered lobster off the menu. It was fabulous. I remember this being a big splurge for us at the time, but worth it. I would definitely go back.

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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: 18088856822

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 75
  • Cuisine: International, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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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