I have been coming to the Big Island for nearly 30 years, but have never tried Merriman's in Waimea. What a mistake on my part! This was truly an exceptional dining experience. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that Merriman's is better than most of the resorts along the West Hawaii coast.
The food was excellent. It was fresh and very well prepared. Nearly all ingredients are from local farms and/or producers. The entree selections offer diners a wide array of options from seafood to beef, poultry and lamb. The starter options (appetizers & soups/salads) were also very good. A hot tip: try the sautéed Kohala mushrooms!
Beyond the superior quality of the food, the service and atmosphere were excellent. Special kudos must go to Hanna. In all of my travels and dining experiences around the world, I have never dealt with a more professional or well prepared waitress/waiter. Hanna was/is without exception, the finest waitress I've ever met. She is truly one of the best! I could not have been more pleased with the service Hanna provided. Her interest, responsiveness and knowledge of the menu was first-rate. In fact, I made a point to complement the restaurant manager after we finished dining about Hanna's service. I told the manager that they should give her a raise! Hot tip #2: If you dine at Merriman's, specifically request to be seated in Hanna's section. You won't regret it!
I strongly recommend Merriman's in Waimea if you are looking for a fine dining experience on Hawaii Island.
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