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65-1227 Opelo Rd, Opelo Plaza, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
(808) 885-6822
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Ranked #1 of 59 restaurants in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $75
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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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83% Recommend
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English first
San Diego, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We dined here last week. The drinks were great, the food was well prepared and the service and presentation were great. The prices were a little steep relative to what you would pay on the mainland but I guess that is what you should expect. One caveat I will make is that don't expect to have your mind blown by... More

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Waimea, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Surprisingly, for this charming restaurant we have had several bad experiences here. One evening we were there and I ordered the "slow roasted" pork steaks...they were so tough I could've strapped them on my feet and walked around the island and there'd still be meat left!! Another time, we ordered a dish with asparagus - they forgot the asparagus! Also... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This was our second time to the island and we had to go to Merriman's again. Food was amazing and they have a nice selection of wine. We recommend their Mai Tai and the Mongchong fish dinner. Make reservations!

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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

My husband and I love Merriman's, the service, atmosphere, food and drinks are noteworthy and day-making.. We looked forward to eating dinner there since the last time we were in Hawaii, and we were lucky enough to eat at the original Merriman's on this trip. A must do while here

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Vancouver, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We went there with a large group. The person taking care of our table was incredible. She (Hanna) never wrote anything down and did not miss anything. The food was great. Most of us enjoyed the Monchong the best, but all was about perfect. There meats are great as well. We had two vegetarians in our group and the easily... More

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We had dinner here after our ziplining trip near Akaka Falls. The most delicious meal we had on this trip. We had their ahi poke, monchong fish, mahi mahi, lamb chops, local beef, salads, chocolate molten purse and creme brulee. All done to perfection and it's obvious the kitchen staff took care in their presentations. Fresh salad, fragrant poke, nicely... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

The best meal we had on any of the islands. The food was excellent; it was well-prepared with attention to detail and nice innovative touches. I had steak which was still juicy and tender despite my preference for well-done beef. The side dishes were similarly good - the corn with pesto tasted like it was right off the cob with... More

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Vancouver, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We came here for our honeymoon. The service was great and the food was delicious. We were given a lovely complimentary dessert to celebrate our recent marriage. It was the most delicious lilikoi mousse with amazing macadamia nut shortbread cookies.

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Great fresh food created with love and attention. White linnen etc. Not for after beach with sand still in your hair. best dining on island. Like it? Try the one in northern Maui....wow!

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Stopped at the Kings Shops location for a quick bite and a cold beer. Very friendly staff with indoor or outdoor dining. Would try again for dinner.

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