A legendary 5 star eatery on the scenic Kapalua Bay, Merriman's has become synonymous with gourmet dining and cocktails. Time your evening dinner reservations for the sunset view, and enjoy a most memorable environment to share a meal with your loved ones. The staff is exceptionally attentive and the emphasis is placed on every detail of your meal experience. Live musical entertainment is common, and the menus change seasonally to accommodate fresh foods harvested locally.
At a Glance:
Cuisine: Pacific Rim/American/Hawaiian
Location: Kapalua, Maui
Hours: 7 days 4:30 10:00 pm
Environment/Dcor: Situated on the point above the Kapalua Bay, the view is superb and lots of care has been made in designing the chic modern dcor around it.
A most memorable date location, especially great for special occasions.
Coining the term "Hawaii Regional Cuisine" chef Peter Merriman has been creating inspired gourmet food with the focus on local, for over 25 years. He now has restaurants on multiple islands. Ingredients for the dishes here are sourced as locally and organically as possible. You can taste this in the food, just as we living in or visiting Hawaii can feel in the daily quality of life. Taste combinations in Merriman's food hide little known ingredients that burst flavors surprisingly into the foods. Don't come here looking to stuff yourself with huge portions, the food is less about mass and more about flavors and slow enjoyment of your activated palette.
"The Point" at Merriman's is a casual walk up, no reservations option for those simply wanting some light faire, or a cocktail with the view. This area is subject to weather related closures so best to call ahead and check if they are open if making the trip. Both "the Point" and "Merriman's" have a dress code, shirts and shoes required. Though you will see that "dressing up" for dining in Hawaii is as simple as an "aloha shirt" or floral printed sundress.
For cocktails the Merriman's Mai Tai is one of the best Mai Tais on Maui. We also like the "No Ka Oi" cocktail, which means "best" in Hawaiian. You must hear the specials before deciding on your meal choice. There are no bad choices to be had but we found the "Pupu's Taster" to be over-hyped and priced, versus any of the individual choices on the appetizer's menu.
Though you will be tempted to order appetizers and entrees, choices from either portion of the menu may be sufficient as a meal due to the richness of the food. Light faire off the appetizers menu mixed with cocktails can be very filling and a little less expensive. The staff is very cordial to slow eating and so you might order in layers, eating what comes then deciding on the next course.
1 Bay Club Place
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Though listed as Lahaina, Merriman's is actually a 10 to 15 minute drive North of Lahaina town. Take Honoapiilani Highway aka HI-route 30 North and look for Kapalua signs. Turn left onto "Kapalua Drive" and follow for 0.7 miles to stop sign, turn left onto Bay Drive. Proceed 1 mile looking for "Merriman's Kapalua" sign on right.
Parking is valet style, or if you would like to visit the beach before hand and not deal with the valet, there is convenient free parking at the "shoreline access" parking area adjacent to the restaurant parking. (The next lot South)