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The Fish Express

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3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, 3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1041
+1 808-245-9918
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not only can you buy take ou meals but can also buy fresh local fish caught that day to take home and prepare yourself. Much better than buying fish at the grocery store.

Thank delidog
Chicago, Illinois
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245 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a treat to find fast food that is so fresh. I had the shrimp scampi that was prepared to order. It came piping hot and was delicious. What a great value as this meal would have been more than twice the cost in an eat-in establishment.

Thank Don C
New York City, New York
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We knew we had a drive to Princeville and after landing at Lihue I wanted Poke for the drive up - knowing we would stop at a beach on the way up. Saw it on Yelp - and confirmed the recommendation with the person at the rental car desk at the airport. They had some fish caught that day and... More 

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Berkeley, California
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290 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I go to Kauai each year, and have been going for many years. Over that period of time, one of the unfortunate trends has been the progressive decrease in the number of fish markets around the island. Fish Express has been in business for quite some time, and we have gone there frequently, most often to buy... More 

Thank Andreas G
Chandler, AZ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lot of varieties here to choose from. No seating so plan on take-out. Service was ok. Pricing for the island average.

Thank Chandler-AzTraveler
San Luis Obispo County, California
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The only place I buy fish when we spend our winters on Kauai. Their fish never smells fishy. If fish smells fishy it should be on its way to the garbage. They also sell local plate lunches and other local food by the weight. This is a take out restaurant-deli sort of place.

Thank sloluka
rochester, mn
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by here prior to flying out from the airport. We were sure glad we did - great food, very fresh fish and probably one of the more memorable meals we had in Hawaii. This place was very popular, and for good reason. A few tips...1) parking is difficult, so be patient. 2) ask for samples of poke. 3)... More 

Thank senye
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone I have talked to on this island agreed this is a great place for lunch. Some of the best fish. Ahi Tuna, poke, whatever style you want. Excellent lobster salad. And some great smoked tuna. Rice is a good side. There is no seating. It's a grab and go kind of thing. It's worth the stop. Quick in and... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 572 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Fish Express is a take-out joint, but mama mia, whatta joint! If you love fish, don't miss this place. You get your choice of fresh fish sandwiches, daily specials, a vast array of poke bowls, Chinese platters, bento boxes, and beer-battered fish fry. The slabs of fresh Hawaiian ahi and other fish leave you in no doubt as to the... More 

Thank Vincent M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

Lots of prepared items in glass case plus a menu. When we visited they had one fresh fish with several options for preparation. We chose Macadamua Nut Crusted. It was fantastic. To-go type place - not licensed for sit down dining. Food was fresh and delicious.

Thank Ali S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $11
Seafood, Hawaiian, Fusion
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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: +1 808-245-9918
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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