Nico's at Pier 38

Seafood Restaurant and New American Restaurant$$$$
Kalihi - Palama, Honolulu
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  • Michael V.
    "Furikake ahi is the best hands down"(10 Tips)
    Keakaokalani P.
    "Try the Furukake Pan Seared Ahi - #ʻono definitely my #goto"(7 Tips)
    Garry T.
    "Poke bowls from the fish market were epic and great fresh selection."(7 Tips)
    Koa R.
    "their loco mocos"(4 Tips)
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  • Tim L.
    Tim LucasSeptember 29, 2016
    Great casual seafood lunch spot, with plenty of locals grabbing lunch here too. There's a bar for drinks, and decent tables with a view of the port. Pan seared ahi was delish 👌
  • melissa s.
    melissa suttonApril 20, 2014
    Ample parking in the nearby lot, free of charge. The Fish & chips is awesome, the seafood pasta was ok but the sauce was very thin, the local plate lunch was great! DO try the deserts they are amazing
  • Austin T.
    Austin TeterOctober 2, 2014
    Amazing seafood, awesome outdoor seating, great drinks, fast service, friendly staff. The freshest of fish, it's located in the same building as the actual market. Seared Ahi Tuna Steak is superb!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Kate B.
    Kate BoykoDecember 15, 2015
    Really good seafood! Green peppercorn swordfish was one of the best fish dishes I tried on Oahu! Bouillabaisse was also quite good - quite a lot of fish and mussels in it!
  • Dylan D.
    Dylan DJanuary 23, 2014
    Delicious fresh fish! Keep an eye out for the special of the day (My kukui nut crusted ahi was amazing). Also, their chocolate chip and peanut butter Reese's cup cookies may make you cry with joy.
  • Charlie P.
    Charlie PenaflorDecember 9, 2011
    Go to POP Fishing and Marine right next door. They sell Nico apparel for kids and adults @ 20% off retail. I love Nico's to death! Ahi/Ono...killer! Their secret: freshness, preparation, and sauce!
  • Hareesh N.
    Hareesh NuthiFebruary 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like shrimps, don't miss garlic pesto shrimps .. Thumbs up .. If you are into fish checkout furikake pan seared ahi cooked to perfection
  • Luis M.
    Luis ManaloDecember 9, 2014
    Despite what the menu says, they serve the pan seared ahi with sides. Mine came with string beans, carrots, and a choice of white or brown rice. And yes, it was delicious!
  • Daisy Z.
    Daisy ZookJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Garlic pesto shrimp is ok. The blackened fish 'which is better. Really tasty. Highly recommend this. The Hoisin BBQ chicken is good too. Lots of chicken at a great price
    Upvoted Dec 4, 2016
  • Juliana C.
    Juliana ChaizeOctober 9, 2012
    On your way to the airport? Stop by for an airplane plate, sauces/dressing on the side and cooked one temp less for travel. Dig in on the plane and be the envy of your seat mates!
  • Miroki T.
    Miroki TongJuly 8, 2013
    The ahi is definitely a signature, but their bouillabaisse is amazing as well! I normally don't like bouillabaisse but it was definitely worth the risk this time! So good!
  • Alexis R.
    Alexis ReevesJune 12, 2013
    Excellent fresh fish. I love the fried ahi tuna belly. You have to get there early for lunch since I think much of the active duty personnel also eat there too!
  • HONOLULU Magazine
    HONOLULU MagazineApril 26, 2012
    The new Nico's is bigger and better! We recommend the poisson cru, a Tahitian version of poke marinated in lime juice and coconut milk. It's so ono! -Dining, April 2012
  • Koa R.
    Koa RobinsonOctober 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't like going to Nico's for lunch because it's too crowded, try going for breakfast. The fish & eggs and fish omelette are both super good, and their loco mocos are the best I've ever had...
  • Zenji 善次 T.
    The seared ahi all the way. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture. Awesome service, awesome food, awesome ambience. Sit by the window. Best place to sit.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny ChingAugust 6, 2015
    Ahi tuna salad or burger (get the burger on a soft bun). Service is super fast even though it was busy!
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TDecember 9, 2014
    Very fresh seafood, and great daily specials. I got the seared ahi in a crab sauce and it was wonderful - huge filet of ahi, too!
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole Barrows1 week ago
    Loved the fish chowder in the bread bowl! The plate lunches are also phenomenal! I highly recommend Nico's if you're in the area.
  • Amy F.
    Amy FavorJuly 28, 2016
    fish n chips was yummy! make sure to get extra sauce if you like tarter sauce. they only give a small cup.
  • Radley K.
    Radley K.July 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chocolate-chip cookies. Don't be fooled by their huge size; they're the perfect texture with lots of decadent chips and chunks of chocolate.
  • hawaiiblog
    hawaiiblogJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This place really fills up. Go before 11:30 for best chance at finding an open table. I love the Furikake Ahi and the Deep Fried Ahi Belly and usually the catch of the day.
  • Mia F.
    Mia FerrerJuly 8, 2015
    The ahi poke is fresh and delicious. The steamed clams dish is amazing. And the fish and chips is perfect. Lightly battered and moist.
  • Yolanda R.
    Yolanda ReedSeptember 9, 2015
    Fish and Chips is 😋 delicious! In the fish market pick up some of the Spicy Crab Poke to take home! You'll 💘 Love it!
  • Jay R.
    Jay R.September 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Furikakeahi is sooo good! Come early to get a table by the water. Friday's they have live music & Hawaiian plates :)
  • Pocho N.
    Pocho NievesJune 28, 2014
    Pretty kick back chilled atmosphere. Nice live music with option of patio for dining. Will come back for sure!
  • Kahuna Matata
    Kahuna MatataSeptember 10, 2011
    Change never tasted so good!! Commit to the #HIEatLocal Challenge at www.KanuHawaii.org!! Also, get biodegradable to-go boxes on request! Lots of local & sustainable offerings! Yes: Guy Fieri ate here
  • Juliana C.
    Juliana ChaizeMarch 30, 2015
    Try breakfast for a change. Great made to order fried rice and the fish and eggs is awesome!!
  • Wil E.
    Wil E.July 29, 2012
    For intense flavor, try the Furikaki Pan Seared Ahi, which is coated in homemade ginger-garlic cilantro sauce.
  • Gary D.
    Gary DamaschiJuly 28, 2016
    Everything is great. Only non recommend is the burger, font like all the extras in it. Just want beef.
  • Tasha M.
    Tasha MajorOctober 15, 2011
    I always get the catch of the day and am never disappointed! Try going for a later lunch to skip the rush.
  • Ned L.
    Ned LeMugOctober 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Kilauea Fire Hawaiian Style hot sauce on your fries!
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah ViningMay 22, 2012
    Try the Opah With Scallops Mousse Over Mixed Greens - Ordered the special, wow! Delicious.
  • Keith R.
    Keith RigsbyFebruary 10, 2013
    The seared ahi was better than any steak you have ever placed in your mouth. Holy cow!
  • Juliana C.
    Juliana ChaizeOctober 9, 2012
    Is there a big line for lunch? Step off and head over to the bar, sit and be served. Enjoy the view and let Shelly take care of you.
  • Pete M.
    Pete MitchellFebruary 8, 2015
    Cheap Happy Hour, low key, and relax environment. Great food, reasonably priced!
  • Karen C.
    Karen ChenJune 10, 2013
    Furikake pan seared ahi is a must for seafood lovers and first timers!
  • Juliana C.
    Juliana ChaizeOctober 9, 2012
    Picking up friends at the airport? First stop Nico's! Just 10 minutes away, give your guests a fresh fish fix and a view to boot!
  • Clay C.
    Clay ChastainAugust 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    By far the best fish and chips I've ever had. I love their pizzas too.
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanMarch 8, 2016
    Poke bowls from the fish market were epic and great fresh selection.
  • Jim G.
    Jim GoudreauOctober 9, 2015
    Poke. All the fish was so fresh, seasoned nicely and cooked to perfection.
  • Badette M.
    Badette Marcaida-TiburcioOctober 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Furikake Ahi is a must! For dessert, get the passion mango cheesecake!
  • L.A. G.
    L.A. GrabonNovember 3, 2015
    so far...everything; done both lunch & dinner visiting the kids. Would like to go back again...
  • Debora D.
    Debora DriscollJuly 20, 2013
    perfect early dinner to wait out traffic. bouillabaisse was delicious & the view & company were excellent!!
  • John W.
    John WheelerDecember 28, 2011
    Not sure why they labeled this French restaurant. It's mostly plate lunches and seafood. Very delicious.
  • Garry
    GarryJune 17, 2016
    Poke, swordfish, seared Ahi all delicious
  • Ray K.
    Ray KFebruary 25, 2012
    Save money by ordering the left over fish parts! The flippers and gills are the most swallowable!
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamAugust 16, 2010
    You know that saying, patience is a virtue? Expect to test that saying when you lunch here. It's busy as hell on most days, but the food is worth the wait.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerDecember 24, 2014
    We stopped for lunch after visiting Pearl Harbor and we're not disappointed. Ahi tuna was a top choice.
  • Ryuichiro H.
    Ryuichiro HattoriAugust 31, 2015
    Nico's Steamed Cram, Sea food pasta and Furikake Ahi are all very nice !!
  • Marco M.
    Marco MMarch 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I will recommend you to taste the swordfish which is globally ok. You should come for a Friday lunch to benefit from a live concert.
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