Restaurants

Top Choice Hawaii Regional in Waimea (Kamuela)

Merriman's

Chef-owner Peter Merriman's Waimea namesake has long wowed diners with its creative use of organic, island-grown ingredients. Today there are four sister restaurants anchored by this, the original flagship. It's sti…
Top Choice Burgers in Waimea (Kamuela)

Village Burger

Burger connoisseurs, prepare to be impressed. Big Island beef, veal and lamb burgers are juicy and tender, while vegetarian options (Waipiʻo Valley taro or Hamakua mushroom) are equally scrumptious. All major ingred…
Top Choice Diner in Waimea (Kamuela)

Hawaiian Style Cafe

Think you can eat a lot? If the portions at this local favorite greasy spoon don't satisfy you, we nod our heads in awe (and maybe a little in disgust). Expect enormous portions of loco moco (rice, fried egg and ham…
Top Choice Sushi in Waimea (Kamuela)

Aka Sushi Bar

Ignore the strip-mall setting: this is a gem for reasonably priced or takeout sushi, and a beloved local institution. Nigiri (oblong-shaped sushi) and rolls have a high fish-to-rice ratio, and everything is fresh. B…
Hawaii Regional in Waimea (Kamuela)

Redwater Cafe

Redwater has quickly risen to the top of many lists, propelled in part by the reputation of owner/chef David Abrahams, a 25-year veteran of resort kitchens on the West Coast. The decor is saloon simple, the menu a t…
Barbecue in Waimea (Kamuela)

Fish and the Hog Market Cafe

Barbecue isn't the first food genre folks tend to associate with Hawaii, but this is an island that loves smoked meat. This sit-down restaurant serves ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and other kiawe-smoked meats wit…
Market in Waimea (Kamuela)

Waimea Town Farmers Market

With a circle of vendors around a grassy field, this farmers market has a friendly, cohesive vibe. Find artisan edibles, including handcrafted pasta and sausages, bread freshly baked in a mobile oven, goat diary pro…
Mexican in Waimea (Kamuela)

Big Island Brewhaus & Taqueria

This quality brewpub nails the intersection of booze and belly-busting meals. Owner Thomas Kerns has created more than a dozen memorable beers, including White Mountain Porter, rich with coffee and coconut, and Gold…
Cafe in Waimea (Kamuela)

Lilikoi Cafe

This cheery cafe serves healthy, innovative food such as a breakfast burrito with eggs, tofu and sweet red pepper, and hearty vegetable lasagne. Drink the fresh carrot, apple, beet and ginger 'House Cocktail' ($5.50…
Market in Waimea (Kamuela)

Waimea Homestead Farmers Market

This market, spread out on a grassy field, has a scruffy, local feel. It offers fruits and vegetables, eggs, preserves, flowers, meats, cheeses, tea, coffee, massages and scrumptious breakfasts. Located in front of …