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"The food was outstanding having character that was unparalleled by other establishments. The wine list is to die for. The service was outstanding. The only negative was the disconnect between the ambiance and the building. We would have preferred a more rustic setting given the history of the villag..."e.
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"A must-stop place for craft beer lovers--and the food is pretty darn good, too!
Stopped here after a day trip from Kona to Hawi. The beers are outstanding and are all made on premises. The Big Island is quickly becoming a craft beer mecca.
The Mexican specialties are all made fresh and they ..."pride themselves on being organic. Very small inside but there is outdoor patio seating as well.
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"We've eaten here twice now, 2 years apart, and the experience has been very consistent.
If you're staying on the Kona coast, there are dozens of beachside resort restaurants that are all serving more or less similar menus, so Merriman's, although a bit of a hike and demanding a rental car, is w..."orth the detour. No view here, modest decor, but good locally sourced food, good service, and the best dining experience we've found on the Big Island.
I particularly love their option to do two half-portion entrees as a single meal, its a great way to try two things and not worry about what you may be missing out on. More restaurants should adopt this!
The wine list is very good as well. I've noticed certain wines are over-represented in this area, probably some good/aggressive sales folk, but Merriman's has some different options and is less heavy on a few big California producers. The markup is higher than I'd like, but in-line or better than comparable Hawaiian places (around...
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