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65-1227 Opelo Rd, Opelo Plaza, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8401
+1 808-885-6822
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good17%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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International, American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
65-1227 Opelo Rd, Opelo Plaza, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8401
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hands down the best food we've had on the Big Island after 2+ weeks of trying various restaurants. My rating would be a 5 if it were not for slow (but friendly) service. It's very expensive (welcome to Hawaii) my steak entree being $58 and...More

Thank hankbauer
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want great food then eat here. Great cocktails, amazing steak, good fish, local ingredients. A little pricey, but completely worth the cost.

Thank Rendell J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been dining at Merriman's since 1991. Our dinner last night was simply one of the best meals ever. Chef's Jose and Lotree just made every aspect of this meal perfect. The salad had the perfect amount of dressing and the opakapaka was cooked...More

Thank Mindy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff and the quality of the food were impeccable. It was well worth the drive and recommend everyone who wants a good meal make the time for this restaurant.

Thank anka4gray
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good food, very good service. Atmosphere? Not so much. Not the most convenient place to get to if you are anywhere on the Kona Coast but well worth the drive up the hill. Once you go, you will go back. They close between lunch...More

Thank Daniel L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Party of 6 visited for dinner on Saturday night at 7:30. We were celebrating our kids college graduation. It was so loud for the first hour we literally could not hear each other. The local tomato salad was ok, the caesar salad was ok. For...More

Thank Motherofthreeboys
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We liked our meal at Merriman's, but it was pricey compared with our other dinners on Kona. The portion sizes were small compared with other nearby restaurants, which is not necessarily bad unless you're very hungry. There was nothing wrong with our visit to Merriman's;...More

Thank cjn60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch there and will return before we leave The Big Island. Best meal we have eaten in the islands. All local foods, except the liquor. Salads, meats, deserts, and coffee fantastic. I had pork which was as good as I have ever eaten. Save...More

Thank nutknacker26
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of Peter Merriman's upscale restaurants. There aren't many tables, so reservations are a must. The service is excellent as is the food. The ahi poke is delicious, the goat cheese salad is wonderful and the steak is awesome. Of course, you can...More

Thank pharvey841
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driving through Waimea and heard Merriman's was the best restaurant on the Big Island. Casual, light filled interior. Very friendly staff, although hit or miss on knowledge. There was a very knowledgeable woman who guided us through the extensive wine list, convincing us to try...More

Thank Galsteph
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Can we bring in our own bottle of wine and does anyone know what the corkage fee is? Thanks.
22 December 2016|
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Response from Miki G | Reviewed this property |
Yes we brought our own wine but I do not recall the corkage fee. They have an excellent wine list as well. Much better than most island restaurants.
Is there a dress code - can I wear shorts, flip flops and a nice shirt or do I need to wear pants and filp flops?
21 October 2016|
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Response from LoisonMaui | Reviewed this property |
This restaurant is a fine dining establishment. I think you would feel more comfortable wearing slacks and a nice shirt. It isn't really a shorts and flip flops type of place.
Are kids allowed at this restaurant?
13 October 2015|
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Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
Yes Children are allowed...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$75
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 13:00
17:30 - 21:00
10:00 - 13:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
10:00 - 13:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
10:00 - 13:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
10:00 - 13:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
10:00 - 13:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
10:00 - 13:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65-1227 Opelo Rd, Opelo Plaza, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8401
    (Highway 19)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Waimea
  • Phone Number: +1 808-885-6822
  • E-mail
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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