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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 #3 of 62 restaurants in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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La jolla
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went for dinner expecting a lot. Food was fresh and appetizing but not blow you away. Expensive. Quiet

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Bobland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Driving through Waimea and decided to find out why so many rate this restaurant so highly. Was treated to great service, ambiance and food! Kona lobster the very best! Kalua pork quesadillas quite tasty. The chocolate packet to die for! The restaurant was packed, but the service was excellent. A tribute to personnel selection, staffing, motivation, and training. The restaurant... More

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Make no mistake, Merriman's is pretty much in a class by itself in Waimea (Kamuela), but be prepared to spend a minimum of $65 to $75 per person if you want a salad and drink---and with desert, tip and tax you're easily looking at $350 to $375 for a party of four. I know, since we recently dined there on... More

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Sacramento, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We were passing through Waimea on our way back from the waterfalls and decided to lunch at Merriman's. We thought the food and price was great! They offered fresh fish and also a variety of other dishes for people who aren't a fan of seafood. The art on the walls was also very nice.

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Pasadena, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Making the drive up to Waimea is totally worth it for this place! The menu is great, the wine choices fabu and a full bar! The waiters are very professional and attentive. I wish we had this restaurant in California! But I get to look forward to it at least once a year when we go to Hawaii! A++++

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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112 reviews 112 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Merriman's was recommended by the concierge at the Waikoloa Marriott Beach Resort since we told her that we were driving around the island throughout the week. She said that we wouldn't regret stopping in Merriman's if we had the chance. She was right! The food was very nicely presented and all four meals + desert were tasty. Service was also... More

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Castro Valley, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our dinner at Merriman's was the best we had on the big island of Hawaii. You have to drive a while from the resort areas, but it is well worth the trip. The ingredients are fresh, local, and delicious. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and go the extra mile for an incredible experience. For example, because it was our anniversary,... More

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Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you love fresh, local ingredients put together in regional cuisine, you will love Merriman's. My husband enjoyed fish tacos with a combination of monchong, ahi, mahimahi, and ono while I enjoyed a chicken BLT made with island-raised chicken. The extensive wine list has something for everyone. Even though it's an hour from our condo at Keahou, it's worth the... More

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127 reviews 127 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We ate here one night while staying at the Marriott. The service was slow but its Hawaii so excusable. We ordered the fish sandwich. It came and I thought she misheard and split the entree for me and my wife. Unfortuantely she had not. It was a half of a sandwich. It tasted good but there just wasn't enough and... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Another big hit for us at Merriman's this past week. From hostess, to wait staff, to bar person, we cannot say enough about the professionalism and aloha exuded by these folks. Once in the door you are made to feel welcomed and able to dine on the pleasures of the chef. I had a delicious sirloin steak paired with outstanding... More

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