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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
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: 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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Visitor rating
  • 522
    Excellent
  • 133
    Very good
  • 66
    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
Excellent dining

Merriman's has been rated the best restaurant on the Big Island for 17 years. It's located in Waimea, on top of the island and away from the coastal resorts but it is definitely worth the drive. They feature gourmet farm to table Hawaiian food. We ate there two times during our week in Hawaii... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
olenodak
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Georgetown, Texas
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Georgetown, Texas
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Merriman's has been rated the best restaurant on the Big Island for 17 years. It's located in Waimea, on top of the island and away from the coastal resorts but it is definitely worth the drive. They feature gourmet farm to table Hawaiian food. We ate there two times during our week in Hawaii. Once for weekend brunch and once... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a post-wedding dinner at Merriman's 13 Feb 15 and I was pleasantly surprised. I was visiting from Ohio and had not looked it up beforehand but trusted my new sister-in-law with the reservation. The outside of the restaurant looked ordinary but the meals and service were absolutely wonderful. My sister in law & I had the 3 course meal... More 

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is a most unlikely location for a gourmet restaurant and especially for such a good one. This restaurant has never disappointed with its selections and the service is also wonderful. It would be a shame to visit the Big Island and miss out on a visit here.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Had lunch here, again. The food is always great and very fresh. Fresh salad fixins right outside the door. Dinner is wonderful also! The restaurant is classic and nice Hawaiian.

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Kamuela, Hawaii
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Fish tacos for lunch and it's affordable high-end cuisine! Tropical iced tea is refreshing and unlimited refills. Friendly professional service with local ingredients always used. Can't go wrong eating here. Dinner is a different experience with white table cloths and higher prices. But do treat yourself!

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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112 reviews 112 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Merriman’s Waimea is a local family friendly restaurant that features great service and Hawaiian regional cooking. The restaurant had one large room with lots of tables, nothing fancy, but welcoming. We had the “Spicy Fish Taco” and the “Kalua Pork and Cabbage” and we were very pleased with the food. Our server made us feel right at home and had... More 

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Kona, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Waitress was great, food was good, it was overpriced for a lunch sandwich. We have found at least two other restaurants in Waimea, that the food is better at a more reasonable price.

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Waimea, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very busy at dinner, so get reservations. Lunch is a far better value. Service is hit or miss. Lastly, don't oder the final espresso...they don't know how to make it

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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband and I were on the Big Island for a little over 3 weeks and our lunch at Merman's was the very best meal the entire trip. A former colleague who visits the Big Island frequently kept insisting that we make this destination dining and he was absolutely right. Our waiter could not have been more helpful in walking... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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59 reviews 59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We have traveled around the world and can honestly say that our meal at Merriman's was one of the best we have ever had. The food was outstanding -- not only locally sourced, but prepared in ways that were innovative and delicious. We enjoyed a smoked fish appetizer - a special that was not on the menu -- followed by... 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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