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Cuisine: Hawaiian, Polynesian, Regional
Price Range: $$$
Peter Merriman, whom many regard as the man who helped put Hawaii's regional cuisine on the world map, owns and operates this eponymous restaurant just outside Waimea. His award-winning dishes... Read More
Peter Merriman, whom many regard as the man who helped put Hawaii's regional cuisine on the world map, owns and operates this eponymous restaurant just outside Waimea. His award-winning dishes continue to reveal imagination and an understanding of local ingredients that amazes and tantalizes even the most discerning diners. Featured items include ponzu-marinated mahi mahi with shiitake mushrooms and hearts of palm, roasted natural chicken with vegetable ragout, and "Kansas City Cut" New York steak platter. A uniquely Hawaiian dining experience that you shouldn't pass up. Reservations are a must, especially during peak seasons, and don't be afraid to dress up a bit for fun.
- Best for Romantic Dining Because: Merriman's is the state's most popular high end restaurant that utilized as much locally grown ingredients.
- Best for Farm to Table, Kohala Coast's Best Restaurants Because: Merriman's utilizes the abundance of the Big Island by serving locally grown vegetables and meats.
- Best for Hawaiian Because: Merriman's puts a gourmet twist on many classic Hawaiian dishes.