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“Food wonderful, service tonight lacking” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Merriman's Poipu

Merriman's Poipu
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Street #G-149, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756 (Koloa)
(808) 742.8385
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Ranked #12 of 29 restaurants in Poipu
Price range: $25 - $100
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Koloa
Cross street: Poipu Road
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Food wonderful, service tonight lacking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

This is our third year here to Merriman's. The food was amazing but service was lacking. We had reservations and were seated 15 minutes late and even then had to ask to be moved, in front of the door which was blowing constantly. We sat at the bar and waited 15 minutes and still were not served before going to our table. The service was lacking we had to ask for our water and bread. Would I go back again, yes after that no if the service does not improve which in fairness we have never had problems with

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English first
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Only so-so”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We ate downstairs at the Gourmet Pizza and Burgers restaurant. Nothing egregious happened, but there were enough problems that I do not recommend eating here. The server had never heard of a "Tanqueray martini." Though ordered on the rocks it came straight up. The martini glass was well short of full, something we noticed at other tables as well.

Our service felt rushed even though there was no one waiting for us to leave. We were there at about 7 pm on a Saturday and even though the restaurant is relativley small there were several empty tables and many empty bar stools.

Menu was limited to about twelve different gourmet pizzas, about six burgers and maybe five salads. The turkey burger was fine. It was piled with sautéed onions, making the whole thing pretty greasy. I needed extra napkins. The portabella mushroom sandwich was good. The shrimp and garlic pizza only got mixed reviews from our group. The beet and blue cheese salad was good. One of us was hoping for more traditional pizza (crust, sauce, cheese, toppings).

I'll also note the restaurant is relatively inexpensive for this area of Hawaii, so in a sense, it was a decent value.

So..limited menu, inexperienced wait staff and short drinks detracted from the experience in this casual restaurant.

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Bern, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fine dining in a breezy setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Merriman's is always a good a idea to spend an evening...great fresh island foods cooked to perfection, pleasing eye and palate alike....
Not cheap but worth every penny!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Exactly what we expected! Fantastic!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Too many people go to these wonderful islands, with judgement in their hearts, for her restaurants! Every restaurant can have hits and misses no matter where you are in the world. At Merrimian's, I did not feel that the experience with the food and staff, it exceeded what I had hoped for! Our world traveled friend made the reservations for our group and while it may feel expensive for the return on investment, we did not feel that way. We had a fantastic meal, great service, wonderful atmosphere, in one of the best places on earth! We will go back to Merriman's!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best meal on the island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

What a wonderful restaurant in Poipu! The service, food, and view are one of a kind. It is the perfect place to watch a lovely Kauai sunset with a glass of wine. The cuisine is farm to table with all local ingredients. We can't wait to go back.

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