Merriman's

Merrimans Restaurant Waimea Big Island

American Restaurant and New American Restaurant$$$$
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    Enrique C.
    "amazing things Merrimans"(4 Tips)
    RC
    "We loved the mac nut crusted fish and pasta!"(2 Tips)
    John M.
    "Pig and sweet onion quesadilla with kimchi 👌🏼"(2 Tips)
    Nalin M.
    "Get the wok charred ahi and the chocolate purse for desert."(4 Tips)
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  • Damian B.heart icon on user image
    Damian BayonaFebruary 17, 2017
    First rate dining experience on the big island. Food is all local and superb. Waitstaff is friendly and very knowledgeable. Price is high for the island but a steal for the quality and experience.
  • Konstantin K.
    Konstantin KlyaginJanuary 5, 2015
    Get the tuna steak. And fillet mignon. Creme brûlée desert is a must, too. Unbelievably good food. Although the place is somewhat classy, they don't mind shorts and flip-flops. Reserve in advance.
  • Dennis G.heart icon on user image
    Dennis GrahamMay 30, 2022
    Absolutely the best restaurant on the big island. Wonderful food and staff. Take great care and nice celebration of our anniversary.
    Upvoted Dec 26, 2023
  • Peter B.
    Peter BarbounisJanuary 7, 2020
    One of the best dinning experiences on the big island. Located 35 minutes from Waikoloa beach. During high season, I would highly suggest making reservations 3-4 days in advance.
  • Casey A.
    Casey AndersonOctober 31, 2018
    The original Hawaii Regional Cuisine hot spot, fusing island ingredients with flavors of the Pacific Rim. A gourmet meal to be savored and remembered. Service, ambiance, quality... all top notch.
  • Rob R.heart icon on user image
    Rob RayOctober 23, 2022
    Food is amazing, but is somehow overshadowed by the service. They really go out of their way to make everyone feel like family. The food is ridiculous though!
  • Michelle D.heart icon on user image
    Michelle D.February 5, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Not sure what to get for dinner? You can do a "half & half" and try two smaller portions of two entrees. You just can't get the bone in New York or the fresh catch of the day as a halves.
  • Jeff M.heart icon on user image
    Jeff MelnykDecember 21, 2015
    Truly exceptional. Rare to visit a restaurant and want every single item on the menu. Fresh local produce and day caught fish!
  • Todd P.
    Todd ParsonsFebruary 17, 2014
    For a big night out. Call ahead for flower leis and specially prepared desserts. Wine list is stellar. But a whole bean bag of the peaberry coffee they serve. Stuff is nuclear. Enjoy!!
  • Giulia P.heart icon on user image
    Giulia PratiAugust 26, 2015
    The macadamia crusted monchong was delicious as well as the locally sourced filet mignon. Photos of all their original farmers add an authentic feel. We came back two nights in a row!
  • David G.heart icon on user image
    David GoldsteinMay 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food. Good service. One of the better places on the island for food, lunch at least. Friends say lunch is much better than dinner.
  • Matt T.heart icon on user image
    Matt Ta-MinJune 3, 2015
    Fantastic local cuisine. Really great setting. Really well cooked local ingredients. Catch of the day is definitely worth going for.
  • ᴡ E.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ ElliotJune 19, 2015
    If you want to try two entrees, they'll let you order a half portion of each. It's genius. The mahi mahi is alright but not amazing. The seasonal dishes are the way to go
  • Torzin Sheart icon on user image
    Torzin SOctober 15, 2019
    Friendly and attentive staffs, nice and creatively designed food, one of the nicest on the island.
  • Jessalyn P.heart icon on user image
    Jessalyn PinneoFebruary 3, 2019
    Simply wonderful! Fresh, local food deliciously prepared and delightfully presented, with top-notch service.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    Everything is locally-sourced here at this "Hawaiian regional" restaurant. Merriman cooks simply, allowing the robust flavors and beautiful colors to take center stage.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SandarsApril 19, 2011
    Everything is good. Really. You can even tour their farms and pick what you want them to make for you. Chris is a bit high energy for the island but a very knowledgable server.
  • Enrique C.heart icon on user image
    Enrique CruzAugust 26, 2015
    Everything is great. Try the duo of entrees so you can experience a couple of the amazing things Merrimans has to offer.
  • Syndee M.heart icon on user image
    Syndee MFebruary 22, 2014
    Outstanding! Waiter recommendations were right on the money! Will be back...maybe tomorrow!
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonSeptember 7, 2013
    Some of the best food on the island. One of the must see restaurants. Haven't had a bad thing on the menu
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    RCJanuary 26, 2017
    Do the tasting and let the chef do the work. We loved the mac nut crusted fish and pasta!
  • Charles H.
    Charles HudsonJuly 6, 2019
    If you have a group of four, definitely get the share menu. It's great!
  • Adam F.
    Adam FoxJune 30, 2013
    Hamakua mushrooms are amazing! You can get two half portions of any two entrees - a great way to experience more of the menu.
  • Andrew G.heart icon on user image
    Andrew GaldiMay 17, 2021
    Outstanding service, amazing food, and great wine selection! Can’t go wrong!
  • Dan D.
    Dan DarcyJanuary 9, 2013
    Get the ahi trio for apps, mixed plate for dinner and the coconut creme brûlée. Boom.
  • Erica B.heart icon on user image
    Erica BurnettDecember 28, 2014
    Excellent food. Great service. Save room for pineapple bread pudding.
  • Chad S.heart icon on user image
    Chad SeegerAugust 19, 2021
    Been here 5+ times
    Consistently one of the best dining experiences on the island.
  • Sophia Y.
    Sophia YenApril 13, 2013
    Never miss an opportunity to eat here. Yum!!! Fish Mac nut encrusted and ahi. Dessert and salad
  • Normen K.heart icon on user image
    Normen KarlDecember 14, 2013
    Lamb was excellent! Scampis are great as well!!
  • John M.
    John Melas-KyriaziAugust 5, 2015
    Pig and sweet onion quesadilla with kimchi 👌🏼
  • Tom C.heart icon on user image
    Tom CarterAugust 24, 2015
    Lots of fresh fish and meat cuts. The day boat was fantastic.
  • Craig V.heart icon on user image
    Craig VillamorDecember 2, 2023
    Get here after 7 if you don’t like dining with lots of toddlers.
  • Richard G.
    Richard GongNovember 23, 2014
    Dinner for eight on our way to the airport saying farewell to karis, tj, and eddie as they return to the mainland.
  • Anna D.
    Anna DackiewiczNovember 2, 2015
    Really good food, nice service. Small dishes though.
  • Nick Y.
    Nick YNovember 27, 2010
    Their appetizer sampler is the best way to go, you get to try all the carefully designed dishes at the same time!
  • Alison
    AlisonJune 29, 2012
    Yummy food with a focus on locally grown and seasonal ingredients. Pricey.
  • Alice D.
    Alice DaerDecember 28, 2017
    They have a very nice kids’ menu, for those who might have keiki in tow.
  • Carol P.
    Carol PorterJuly 2, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Merri Happy Hour Friday-Saturday-Sunday 2-5 pm in the garden!
  • Bijan S.
    Bijan SabetDecember 13, 2020
    get the ceviche
  • Robert B.
    Robert BelnapAugust 9, 2011
    Great food for everyone. They grow their own green and herbs. Read more
  • Tabitha M.
    Tabitha MoeOctober 20, 2010
    Try anything with the heirloom beets they are amazing. Better than anything I've had in recent memory.
  • Jacqueline K.
    Jacqueline Kress Jr.September 4, 2012
    Had an amazing dinner if you are ever in Waimea you must eat at Merriman's
  • Rafael L.
    Rafael LorenzoJuly 3, 2013
    ... Q. is it dark chocolate? ... A. it is amazing chocolate! ... delicioso
  • Nalin M.
    Nalin MittalSeptember 1, 2011
    Get the wok charred ahi and the chocolate purse for desert.
  • Chad B.heart icon on user image
    Chad BlakeFebruary 19, 2018
    Cheeseburger was very good!
  • Christina M.heart icon on user image
    Ahi tuna, pig and onion quesadilla
  • Seishi 青.
    Seishi 青史August 14, 2012
    Pete's coconut creme brûlée !!! Is amazing!!!
  • HawaiiLife
    HawaiiLifeDecember 28, 2011
    Stroll through their lovely organic garden on a sunny day.
  • Bryan H.heart icon on user image
    Bryan HardmanMarch 17, 2018
    Amazing fish tacos.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CooperNovember 27, 2011
    Beat wine list on the island
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