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Nico's At Pier 38

1129 N. Nimitz Hwy. across from Nimitz Business Center, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
+1 808-540-1377
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Ranked #91 of 1,886 restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Fish & Chips
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Description: Located at Pier 38 in Honolulu, by day, Nico's offers harbor views and fast food seafood in open air dining room or outdoor lanai. At night, Nico's is a full service restaurant with harbor light views, a full bar and the freshest seafood in town. There is a fish market within that offers sashimi platters, a poke bar and fresh hawaiian food daily.
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79% Recommend
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English first
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I don't often give poor reviews but we were really underwhelmed by the food here. Absolutely nothing special, and not really that cheap. Stuck deep in the marina not even any great views on the patio.

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Salinas, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This was the first stop when I landed. I wanted poke and my Island friend immediately decided we should eat at Nico's. What an excellent choice. I ordered the poke sampler. 5 different types, all wonderful, arrived with the types making a flower shape. I am a poke addict but live on the mainland so it is a treat to... More

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Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

We went here for breakfast.....food was excellent but service lacked attention to detail and was extremely slow for food to be delivered. After talking to locals we learned that this is a much better place to visit for pupus and the entertainment. The store/fish market attached to Nico's has a neat variety of items plus all the fish selections made... More

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Juliana C, General Manager at Nico's At Pier 38, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. In truth, you are right about service during breakfast. We are not known as a breakfast joint and so we have not grown into our potential yet. Our main focus is to provide fresh fish and cuisine at a great value during lunch and fine cuisine and full service at night. During breakfast our patrons... More

Gig Harbor Washington
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We were in the area so decided to give this place a try for a late lunch on a Friday afternoon. It was absolutely enjoyable. You do have to go to a counter to order you food, get your own drinks from the dispenser and your meal is delivered on stryro plates, but that is the only negative thing I... More

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Juliana C, General Manager at Nico's At Pier 38, responded to this review

Mahalo for your kind words. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time. We have Ramon Camarillo and friends for Friday kanikapila and music Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday (Bossa nova) nights. Please see our entertainment calendar on the website for details. For your peace of mind, the styrofoam products we use are CFC free, green and... More

Honolulu, Hawaii
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52 reviews 52 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Nice setting, love to sit outside when it is not a hot day. The bartenders are very friendly and helpful - nice to talk to them about new food items.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This place is excellent, we've made it tradition to come here straight from the airport. The fish is extremely fresh. We also had breakfast and everything was tasty. For dinner they sometimes have a live band playing. This is one of the best places to eat at.

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Minneapolis, MN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This place was recommended by a couple of locals and they were definitely right is suggesting this. We had the sword fish and it was delicious. This was a easy stop after coming from Maui and is near the airport.

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Met our son here for a light and early dinner before catching the plane back to Maui. Sat outside overlooking the water. Son had the Poke sampler platter...all were tasty(I tried a couple of the types). Wife & I split the Margarita pizza and the Calamari. I usually judge a restaurant by the calamari as it is easy to overcook... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Finally took my wife out to lunch today after our morning appointment. Crowd was manageable and no lines. After ordering a Fish n Chips, Grilled Ahi on baguette with arugula, and drink, bill totaled almost $28. Hawaiian music was beautifully performed by three local musicians and was a nice touch to the atmosphere, not too loud and you can easily... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

open area with tables very tightly clustered around bar. Not a place for normal conversation. Pass byer's have difficult time navigating around talbes/chairs. Food was good but portions lean. For a seafood restaurant, the selection is highly limited. Worst of all, they don't serve DECAF Coffee!!!

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