Chef Peter Merriman has a handful of eateries across the Hawaiian Islands, and the flagship Merriman’s in Waimea has been a local favorite for more than 20 years. The focus here is on local ingredients and regional flavor. It’s a pricier night out, but there’s a solid selection of sharable side plates and award-winning entrees, with a wallet-friendly Monday lunch special on shrimp tacos and Mai Tais.
Gorging on local delicacies is just about the most exciting aspect of travel. This is true, quite literally, everywhere on the planet, and Hawaii is no exception. There are plenty of incredible things to do on the Big Island, and sampling local food and drink are very much in the business part of the discussion. Of course, by business, we mean pleasure, and there are few more pleasurable experiences in Hawaii than this food in these places.
Dining out on the Big Island is also surprisingly affordable. Hawaiian culture is famously convivial, which leads to as many casual walk-ups as fine-dining establishments with no drop in quality between the two. When you add the growing roster of local craft beers to the mix, you’ve got a culinary experience the rival of any on the planet. These are the best restaurants on the Big Island.