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Honolulu + Kailua


Nico’s is the place for fresh seafood — hand-picked early every morning from the Honolulu Fish Auction next door. 


The little fish market attached to the restaurant serves some of the best poke on the island. They also smoke their own fish in house if you’re in the mood to try Swordfish, Marlin, Salmon Belly and more. But if you’re not craving seafood, they’ve still got all the island favorites (like Chicken Katsu and Loco Moco).


They buy more fish than other restaurant on the island and pride themselves on still offering it at a reasonable price, just like when they first opened. 


Nico’s was started by 2 local fisherman and a young French born chef. They’ve been serving fishermen and longshoremen since day 1,  starting off as a small plate lunch takeout counter. Now they’re in a bigger space, with a fine dining spot upstairs [temporarily CLOSED], a second location in Kailua, and a food truck that they launched during the pandemic. 

Covid Specific

  • Limited dine-in, take-out, and curbside pickup at both locations.

  • Nicos Upstairs, their fine dining restaurant, is Temporarily CLOSED.



Nico's Pier 38

Fish Market

Fish Market


Pier 38: Order for pickup

Kailua: Order for pickup

Location 1: Nico's Pier 38

1129 North Nimitz Hwy

Honolulu, Hawaii 96817


Restaurant: 808-540-1377

  • Breakfast (Mon - Sat)  ▭  6:30am - 10am

  • Lunch (Mon - Sun)  ▭  10am - 4pm

  • Pupu (Mon - Sun)  ▭  4pm - 5pm

  • Dinner (Mon - Thurs)  ▭  5pm - 8pm

  • Dinner (Fri - Sun)  ▭  5pm - 9pm


Fish Market: 808-983-1263

  • Mon - Sat  ▭  6:30am - 5pm (FYI: Their poke counter doesn’t open until 9am)

  • Sun  ▭  10am - 4pm


Nico’s Upstairs [Temporarily CLOSED]

Location 2: Nico's Kailua

970 North Kalaheo Avenue

Kailua, Hawaii 96734



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  • Mondays  ▭  CLOSED

  • Lunch (Tues - Sat)  ▭ 10:30am - 4pm

  • Pupu (Tues - Sat) ▭  4pm - 5pm

  • Pupu (Sun)  ▭  3pm - 5pm

  • Dinner (Tues - Thurs)  ▭  5pm - 8pm

  • Dinner (Fri - Sat)  ▭  5pm - 9pm

  • Dinner (Sun)  ▭  4pm - 8pm


Location 3: Nico’s Pier 38 Food Truck

Check their Instagram to find out where they’re going to be and what’s on the menu. 


  • Mon - Fri  ▭  11am - 1:30pm


Nico’s Pier 38

  • Breakfast: ~$5 - $14

  • Lunch: ~$10 - $16

  • Dinner: ~$14 - $30


Fish Market

  • Poke: Market Price


Food Truck

  • Meals: ~$12 - $15



  • Local Joe — 4 min drive

  • Hana Tea — 5 min drive

  • Arvo Cafe — 7 min drive

  • Waikiki Beach — 15 min drive


  • Cinnamon's  —  7 min drive

  • Kailua Beach Park  —  8 min drive

  • Nalu Health Bar & Cafe  —  12 min drive

Fresh seafood from the morning fish auction next door, without a big price tag. Some of the best poke around. Added a food truck during the pandemic.

Nico's Pier 38


Close up of poke with a harbor in the background, from Nico's Pier 38 in Oahu, Hawaii

Good to know





  • Lots of Free Parking.

  • Outdoor seating available.



  • Poke (from the fish market)

  • Catch of the Day (Chef’s Choice) 

  • Daily Plate of the Day (Chef’s Choice)

  • Smoked fish: they smoke it in-house

  • Pier 38 Fish Burger. This one was featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. 

  • Furikake Pan Seared Ahi is very popular

  • Poke Nachos

  • Sangria Fiore

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  • No reservations at either location.



  • No reservations so it’s first come, first serve. (Nico’s upstairs took reservations, but they’re temporarily CLOSED.)



  • The original Nico’s (in the original location, before they moved into their current, bigger one) was featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives

  • Between their Pier 38 and their Kailua location, they use about 1500 pounds of fish a day. 

  • Nico’s Pier 38 opened in 2004. They launched their Kailua location in 2017. Then Jan of 2021, during the middle of the pandemic, they launched Nico’s Food Truck to generate more income, with Nico’s Upstairs being temporarily closed. 

Last Updated 5 / 11 / 21

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