Merriman's Fish House - Poipu, Kauai

4.6
2421 reviews
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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

What 2421 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food with a relaxed atmosphere. Would recommend!

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MK
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Merriman is our favorite restaurant on kauai. We love the food, the service is great, excellent wine list! You should not miss Merrimans on any trip to kauai!

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Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Beautiful sunset, friendly staff and amazing food. My only recommendation is to put screens on the exterior porch; termites swarmed the outside porch after sunset and forced us to relocate inside for our dinner.

Overall very happy!

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MN
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing along with the service. Live music playing in the background with an excellent view of the landscape and sunset made for a memorable evening.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

It was just okay. Nothing special

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MM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a wonderful place with excellent food. Great open air ambience. Highly recommend.

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Puerto Vallarta
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the best service while dining here! The food was delicious! Fresh fish with delicious macadamia nut brown rice and Ahi Calamari appetizer. There was a solo singer playing live Hawaiian music. The atmosphere is really nice with views from the big picture windows of the ocean. Loved the experience and will be back!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious! Ribeye done perfectly and the fish special was also. Have the civiche. It will nor disappoint.

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JS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Merriman’s with our family for our 30th anniversary. They did a wonderful job of serving and celebrating with us! I’d highly recommend Merriman’s!

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and high quality local dishes and with live band too.

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f
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner with a beautiful view. Server had an attitude but bus boy was great.Crab lobster cake was great as was beer battered Ono n shrimp!

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A
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Table perfect. Manager very accommodating. Server professional. Food delicious

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our best dinner on the island! The food wasn't crazily overpriced and it tasted delicious. Of course we got all fish, and it didn't disappoint. Our waiter Eli was super friendly and stopped by the appropriate amount. He even gave us a bunch of tips for places to go and things to do on the island. The ambiance was nice and quiet with simple and good live music. This is the place you have been looking for. Next time I am in Kauai I will definitely be coming back to Merriman's.

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DW
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and we we loved Merriman’s Fish House. Food was excellent and love the lobster crab cakes appetizers. The food melts in your mouth. A must stop.

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KK
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, food and drinks. A memorable experience. Also live music that was excellent.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

pretentious un remarkable underwhelming over priced.

waiter was stretched.

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LF
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing food!!!! The oysters, the lobster, the ahi tuna...outstanding. Prices are fair, and we loved the option of having two entree half portions for $49. Highly recommended!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was very good. Our waiter, Jared, was excellent - described the menu items well. Super nice and professional T same time. Nice ambience. Beautiful open air dining room. Best macadamia nut crusted fish! Amazing lobster crab cakes and Kauai shrimp!
We’re from California near San Francisco and Napa where we have unbelievable restaurants. They have nothing on Merriman’s.

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Left hungry and wanting. You would think at $100 at person you would be blown away. Not so much. Won't go back.

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HM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing! The food, the view of the sunset, the live music, the service, all fantastic!

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M
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The view was outstanding along with the ambiance. Music, food and service spectacular.

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JS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food was just okay, service was good until the end when we couldn’t get our server to come back to the table to pay. We could see him talking with another table for at least fifteen minutes and it appeared that they were friends of his.

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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and delicious locally-sourced food. What else could you ask for? We tried several starters and our large party had a variety of main entrees--all were delightful. I love that the chefs and cooks know the farmers and fishermen who deliver their ingredients. Go!

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MC
Hong Kong
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect as always, our favorite restaurant on the island

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AB
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

While the food was excellent the service was spectacular. Our server is the consummate professional and a lovely person.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner was fantastic and so was the service. The only thing that was bothersome were the bugs that were attracted to the light in the restaurant. Thankfully our dinner was over by the time we were swatting some away.

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C
Central Coast
84 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Exceptional food, in a different league from most Poipu kitchens. Sophisticated saucing, creative mix of well blended ingredients, and the rare chef who does not overcook fish. Attentive service including from the manager, keeping standards high. Pricey, like the better hotels

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you Justin for recommending the Lilikoi mousse. Even though we said we had no more room for dessert, It was to die for! Everything and everyone was great.

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KP
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing! The staff was wonderful! The view was beautiful! We loved every minute of our dining experience at Merriman's.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and cocktails are the best on the island

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BK
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible along with great service very professional and helpful with the menu thanks for a great night

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food- cannot express that enough. Everything was delicious and you could tell the staff cares about service. A little pricey but understandably so.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Too expensive for mediocre food. Caesar salad came directly from the fridge (unacceptable) and the 'fried green tomato' was completely flavorless. Waiter was pushy - felt like we were talking to a used car salesman. Took forever to get dessert and the check. Would not go back.

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Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

There was a very loud table next to us that were enjoying a lot of alcohol which made it difficult for my husband and I to carry on a conversation.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We’ve eaten at merrimans on Maui, which was outstanding. Merriman’s on Kauai was just okay. The fish was very good. The coconut soup was excellent. The green beans were tough, picked too late. But our waiter was rude and dismissive. Our special family dinner left us wondering what we had done to deserve such a terrible, hostile attitude. Would not recommend this restaurant.

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AV
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great place to visit on Kauai - the best restaurant in town!

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T
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic!! I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and it was perfect. There was live music, the ambiance was great, drinks and food were even better!! I will recommend this place to anyone.

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MB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary at Merriman's. I started with the house Mai Tai, which the waiter had made less sweet at my request; the lilikoi cream on top was lovely. The restaurant was out of housemade creme of coconut so my husband settled for the pineapple and rosemary virgin drink rather than the lime/coconut drink. We shared a starter of lobster and crab cakes, which were outstanding--large pieces of seafood and no filler. The Caesar salad with fried green tomatoes was very good though the dressing could have been better dispersed throughout the romaine leaves. A crusty deep-fried ball of goat cheese was nice with the strawberry and arugula salad. My jumbo Kona lobster was nicely cooked and loosened from the shell and the claw meat removed and put within the shell as well. The special of uku was very nice though I didn't taste the chevre in the goat cheese and potato cakes on the plate. The accompanying greens were a little too salty for my taste but very good. We shared the chocolate purse of a deep chocolate filling encased in crisp phyllo dough with ice cream. Our meal was accompanied by glasses of Flowers Chardonnay. I have to mention that we were very disappointed not to have anyone congratulate us on the occasion though I had mentioned it was our anniversary when reserving; and the next table, which was celebrating a birthday, received a complimentary dessert.

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