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The Fish Express

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Seafood, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, Asian, Fusion
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3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, 3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1041
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Santa Monica, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here on our way to the airport to leave. I really wish we found this place at the beginning of our vacation. The food is extremely fresh and the prices are very reasonable. The staff is friendly and helpful. There is no seating so I recommend going to the neighborhood park about three blocks away. The park has... More 

Thank David S
Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Poke is the greatest food creation ever! Amazing fresh fish comes together with toppings like vegetables, sauces and rice! If you want to create your own bowl I would suggest The Fish Express. Thy have endless options for your poke bowl at this walk up counter restaurant. The price is determined by how many scoops of fish you get and... More 

Thank ldauer1415
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Poke bowls were excellent!! We also tried the daily special, of fresh basil & garlic Ono, and were very impressed. While our lunch tab came to $26, we tried a little bit of this and that, which included two entrees, rice, sides, and two beverages. We would definitely recommend, and like to swing back by this little joint again before... More 

Thank Jonathan D M
Honolulu, Hawaii
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149 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this place by chance and it happens to be a great place. I tried the lobster poke and spicy poke. The only thing missing was a place to eat it. A few picnic tables would be great, just a recommendation.

Thank kshelby123
Dwada, Owner at The Fish Express, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by and for your positive review. We appreciate your business and your comments. As you might have noticed we have just 10 parking stalls and need to rotate it in the quickest manageable amount of time. Having picnic tables on premises would tie these stalls for up to an hour. This would bring our business to... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While staying at the Marriott, we asked our cocktail waitress where the locals go for poke. She pointed us to The Fish Express...and I'm glad she did! It was incredible & had us coming back for more (we went twice in four days). When we walked in, we were the only tourists in the place, which we knew was a... More 

Thank Keke_Marie
Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to experience the Japanese/Hawaii worker's lunch (Bento style), you can get them here. Many locals shop here for lunch and dinner. If you want grilled items, you need to get there before 3:00 p.m. The large Futomaki is under $4.00 and Bento boxes are about $5.97 each. The bento box comes with a variety of items including... More 

Thank hiromi_weir
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58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate at the Fish Express the last time we were here and were not disappointed so we ate there again. Actually for the 9 days on the island, we ate/purchased food to take out and eat nearby 3 times for lunch. The main dishes are normally $10.95, but the food is really good and the portions are quite filling.... More 

Thank Ron D
San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First off, remember that Hawai'i is expensive. Period. So here you're paying $18.99/pound, which is what u're paying on the mainland. But once you sort of get over it, you realize that the poke bowl here is really good !!! Go for the 3 scoops and mix it with whatever else they recommend you, like lobster. That was really good!!... More 

Thank IK_SF_World_Traveler
Kapaa, Hawaii
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a quick grab and a MUST! The fish is fresh, they have several plate lunches and a great menu to go. The prices are good, they are quick and friendly (if you are too) even when there is a line :=) I don't eat much fish anymore but I used to come here twice a week for a... More 

Thank Isabella S
Portland, Oregon
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place on the island to buy fresh fish if you want to take it and prepare it yourself. We bought a large Opah fillet and took it back to our condo to grill. Delicious and freshly caught. The staff was very helpful in explaining how to cook the fish as well. Highly recommended!

Thank Chris H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $11
Seafood, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, Asian, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, 3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1041
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: 18082459918
Hawaiian plate lunches Ginger fried chicken and shrimp. Fresh fish lunches between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fresh and frozen full service counter. We pride ourselves as being one of very few on Kauai serving fresh Hawaiian fish. Specialty Poke Bowl Stop. Poke bowls with self service poke bowl toppings bar.

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