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"After a bad experience ziplining during the afternoon (Hilo), and driving in a horrific rain, we figured we would at least attempt to have a nice meal before returning to our hotel. What a nice surprise. We will be back there on our next stay on the Big Island. We were seated promptly, greeted wa..."rmly and had a knowledgeable waitress. My wife was in the mood for a filet, while I was in the mood for fish. While my Ono was superb, the filet was one of the best I ever tasted. Most of the meat at Merriman's is big island beef. They had run out of it, but still whoever is their provider and whoever the chef who prepared it... kudo's. Only suggestion is to work on the desert menu. It was the humdrum that everyone else served. Once you have had one macadamia nut pie or creme burlee (?) you have had enough.
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"My husband and I had dinner in early May and it was excellent..Only a twenty minute drive from the hotels on the Kohala Coast and very easy to find. Worth traveling to Waimea just to see the topography which is so different from the coast, The outside of the restaurant is deceptive as it is in a ..."shopping plaza and doesn't look like much, but the interior is comfortable in a simple, charming way.. We split an appetizer of cavatelli pasta with ricotta cheese, asparagus and macadamia pesto- delicious (wish I had some right now!). For my entree, I had a local fish special which was quite good and my husband had lamb which he enjoyed. We had a panacotta dessert, gratis for my birthday which was also tasty. We were too full to try another dessert, but they all looked great. Service was very professional and the ingredients fresh and local. We plan to return again.
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"We recently went for dinner at Merriman's with two other couples to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. While it was very pleasant, I was somewhat disappointed as I had heard it was the best restaurant on Kona and I found it to be over-rated.
I was a bit disappointed with our table as I had l..."et the restaurant know that we were celebrating a special birthday. We were placed right next to the kitchen which was slightly offsetting. The food was very good, but not excellent. The restaurant took a lot of pride in using locally sourced items, which I thought was positive. The staff were pleasant. Everything was good but not out of this world. On a positive note, the staff brought my husband a birthday dessert on a decorated plate, so that was very kind.
I would rate this a very pleasant restaurant. Not sure I would hurry to go back, but it was an enjoyable evening. If you are looking to escape the Kohala coast and see green grass and lusher landscapes then a drive up to Wai...
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