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“The best yet” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Merriman's

Merriman's
65-1227 Opelo Rd, Opelo Plaza, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
(808) 885-6822
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Ranked #1 of 65 Restaurants in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $75
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
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!
Kamuela HI
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“The best yet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I've had dozens of good dinners at Merriman's over the last ten years but last night's was exceptional. We started with the pork belly appetizer which was all that pork fat should be--unctuous, melting, intensely flavored. For the main, I had lamb: two chops, tender and perfectly medium rare, over rustic kabocha pumpkin pappardelle, with chard, mushrooms and pan juices. It was divine. With a bottle of Oregon Domaine Droughin pinot, the dinner was perfect.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Great Falls, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Wonderful, Fresh Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Definetly worth the drive. Food was wonderful and fresh. Children's menu as good as adult's. Staff enthusiastic and pleasant. While interior is neutrally decorated, the restaurant had the buzz of everyone enjoying themselves. Almost like food therapy!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pittsburgh PA
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430 helpful votes 430 helpful votes
“Worth the drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Approximately 35 min drive from the hotel but so worth the drive. We made reservations online for 7:30pm Saturday night, we were greeted and seated immediately. Very quaint ambience, reminds me of Postcards in Hanalei, Kauai. After a long day in the sun, we stuck to soda for drinks and boy did we miss not having wine after seeing everyone else enjoying...and the extensive wine list. The house made honey wheat bread is served HOT and yummy. Started with a Caesar salad and spinach salad, both plentiful and delicious dressings. We both had the Mixed Plate Trio, which was Ahi, Mahi and filet, all prepared as they would be if you had a full portion with veggie or starch and a side of the Hamakua mushrooms. For dessert we had the chocolate purse w/ vanilla bean ice cream and a dish of vanilla ice cream w/ salted Carmel sauce. The bill was $157 plus tip. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Everything was cooked perfectly and the service was top notch. Nice music played in the background and there is plenty of parking. The only negative is the acoustics...very noisy, makes for less romantic dinner.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Connecticut
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78 reviews 78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Terrific Food Great Waiter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We ate here twice on our recent visit to Hawaii. The ono is out of this world. Jim the waiter was terrific. Yes, it is a little pricey, but the food is great. You should make a reservation! The food descriptions delivered by the waiter are incredible. Get the chocolate purse for dessert.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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wausau, wisconsin
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“fresh terrific food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Not only is the food creative fun and tasty...but the service was impeccable. They made us feel welcome and special despite a full house. Wish they were in our town because we would become regulars.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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