Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai

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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
Chef-Owner Peter Merriman has brought his unique style of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine served in a casual yet elegant setting of Old Hawaii Plantation. A pioneer in the "Farm to Table" concept, Peter serves only the freshest products, at least 90% of which are locally grown or caught, using only sustainable methods. His international menu items are prepared in a manner that highlights the natural flavors of these fresh, local foods. Located in Poipu, we feature both mauka (mountain) and makai (ocean) views as well as sunset veiws over the Kukui'ula resort. The aloha-friendly staff, with a food and beverage knowledge second to none, will ensure that you have an extraordinary dining experience.

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Mon 8:30PM - 8:30PM 8:45PM - 8:45PM
Wed 8:30PM - 8:30PM 8:45PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 8:30PM 8:45PM - 8:45PM

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TS
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is always consistently good. Service is the best on the island. It is a pleasurable experience in a quiet relaxing environment.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Nice restaurant. Our server was great! The food tasted delicious. Two out of four of us had bad stomachs issues after eating there. It’s too pricey to be dealing with GI issues after the fact. They must need to clean the kitchen or keep food more fresh. We will look elsewhere for other dinner issues.

KP
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Other than being hot, everything was on point. They can’t control the weather but they made sure to accommodate all in every way they could. First time for having Kampachi, and it was fantastic. Thinking about going back just for this.....

MB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

They have a vegetarian entree which is really nice to have for a seafood restaurant. We usually don’t go to seafood restaurants because I struggle to find something to eat. But here it was perfect and they even offered to make it vegan if I would like.

s
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful scenery looking towards the western mountains at sunset. Great menu offering with local flair. Special place.

c
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were at Merriman's while celebrating two family birthdays. Great food, great service. I had the fresh fish of the day, a few people in the group had a steak special that they said was great. Desserts were delicious! The only downside, we were in Kauai during an extremely hot week, and our beautiful table was sweltering. We ate and left quickly, because it was too hot to linger...

RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

wonderful local fish, perfectly prepared to highlight the fresh seasonal ingredients. The view is great and the staff welcoming and friendly.

F
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance, service and food

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

ハワイ、マウイに続いて、カウアイ店に行きました。
期待していた分、感動はなく、また行きたいとは思いません。お客さんもまばらだし、コスパではないです。

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T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here to celebrate our honeymoon and treat ourselves to a nice dinner. The food, light live music and drinks were everything we were looking for. Great location from our hotel we stayed in on the south shore. Everyone here was welcoming and the food was amazing. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice dinner while they are here.

BC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The fish and steak entrees were excellent. The drinks were maybe a B plus. The setting was casual and comfortable. The prices were on the high side.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious. Great atmosphere

DG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Came here for dinner, we usually come here for lunch on our arrival to the island. We have been here once before (for dinner) so we decided to try it out once more. Sadly our overall experience was mediocre. Service was poor, food came out cold and flavorless. Not sure we will return for dinner. So far lunches have been great!

KS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great date night with delicious food and drinks!

SS
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

My wife and I go Meriman's when we visit our favorite Island, Kauai, which is every year for over 10 years now. Never been disappointed. We brought some friends to Kauai for their first time and we took them to Meriman's. Service was its normal excellence, food for the most part was very good to excellent. My one issue was the menu. I understand clearly Meriman's leads more to Hawaiian sea food. But the menu seemed to have less choices of seafood in general, along with not having more meat, vegetarian or chicken choices. It seems the menu has lost a lot of its imagination.

H
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Merriman’s. Food was great. My husband got a signature fish dish with a macadamias crust. I wasn’t that hungry and I got the crab and lobster cake appetizer and brown rice. The dessert of mini pastries and caramel sauce was wonderful. Sunset is beautiful from the restaurant.

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and cocktails were superb... farm to table. We all agreed it was our best meal on the island.
Fish fresh (Ahi Tuna & Macadamia Crusted Fish ) served to perfection. We all raved about the Poke, Lobster Mac & Cheese and Coconut Creme Brûlée. Highly recommend this restaurant, but a little bit expensive - but no different in pricing than any of the other restaurants on the island!

C
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

DISAPPOINTING!! We had very different experience than previous Merriman’s visits. They have really slipped. The service was awful. The service was extremely slow and did not flow well, even though the restaurant was not busy. It took 30 minutes to get cocktails from the time we ordered. Then the server brought appetizers and salads at the same time. One appetizer had to be sent back because it was burnt. We received only 3 bread rolls with 4 people dining and had to ask for more. We then had a long wait for our main course. Our server was never around, he disappeared after serving each course. This is not what I expect from a restaurant with Merriman’s reputation and prices. I don’t expect we will return and our recommendations to friends and fellow vacationers will not be kind.

NN
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are local and always enjoy Merriman's. You know you with always have the best, freshest and most creative from the culinary staff. The food is where Merriman's shine. Thank you! We'll be back.

M
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Merriman’s is an excellent place for fresh fish that is elegantly prepared. Everything tasted fabulous, and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend for a dinner choice that is both fanciful and great tasting.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food was very delicious! Our server was very attentive and made our honeymoon experience special.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Great fresh fish

r
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and very good service. They acknowledged our 50th anniversary and brought out a beautiful dessert for us to share. A wonderful experience!

M
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

25th Anniversary

d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful, expensive restaurant in a great setting. Service was great and the cuisine is inventive, Exclusive and top notch.

S
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service great meal and a special birthday dessert. This was a lovely place to dine we would recommend it to others.

PL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I crave the tempura ono and shrimp. It has a spicy kick in the sauce. SO delicious. It's the only thing I ever order, but dining mates have enjoyed their dishes as well. Beautiful view and live music.

j
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Attentive staff. Great seafood. Maybe it's my age, but I've got more appreciation for lounge singers, and they had a great guy on our night. Try the tako (squid) prepared with escargot treatment. Delish! Succulent shrimp added to the catch of the day.

AD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So good! The broccoli is an amazing side. Ginger poke is delicious. Pan seared tuna is amazing

N
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love eating here every time we are in town!

KB
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Food is good. Very pricey. Service just ok. Didn’t fill iced tea until meal nearly finished. For a fancy restaurant there was nothing special about the service.

AB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Open Table did not communicate our reservations to Merriman's Koloa/Poipu in a timely fashion. The on-line menu is much larger than the actual menu at Merriman's - a disappointment. Service was good and we appreciated the host seating us as kama'aina even though the reservation was not available. Food and drinks are good, the waitstaff attentive. The kama'aina discount Thursdays in August is attractive. We may not go back again due to the limited menu (one of us has food intolerances) and prices. There are other good restaurants in Poipu.

JH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Merriman's was perfect for a night of conversation, outstanding drinks, and a delightful dinner.

They were very attentive in service, I felt no need to chase anyone down to take my order or refill my water/drink.

A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Second time in this restaurant, the food is very good, this time we were disappointed by the service.
Overall stil a good experience

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with sunset ocean view!

LA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Limited menu and fish was not the best. With high prices need the best recipes and best catch.

KB
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Merriman's Fish House in Poipu, Kauai never disappoints. Great food and service is always excellent. When we visited last week...it was an extremely warm & humid evening & we were seated in the rear corner along the porch windows. Unfortunately, the air was very still and there was not the usual breeze that the main dining room experiences with it's cross ventilation. That was the only down side to our visit & not one that the staff could control. Our server, Jared was outstanding. We will return to Merriman's the next visit to Kauai!!

g
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Garlic in everything

OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I said I would not recommend Merrimen's because the prices are way too high. It seems like price gouging to me. We were initially seated in the direct late afternoon sun which was hot but when we asked to be changed, the staff did so without question.

A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The fish of the day was outstanding

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