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The Fish Express

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3-3343 Kuhio Highway, 3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped by The Fish Express on our last day on the island. We had visited the Big Island for a week and had lots of Poke and then spent 1 week on Kauai partaking in Poke as well. The poke at Fish Express, by far, was the best we have come across! The selection was almost overwhelming, so many choices!... More 

Thank Kathleen C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent lunch. However sauces are a little strong and I, for instance, struggled to finish my dish (katsu). Portions are generous and staff very friendly.

Thank juanfeliped
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic variety of poke as well as other choices requires any poke connoisseur to frequent this establishment on a regular basis. Great value too!

Thank JoeKYee
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First meal off the plane, and this was THE way to be welcomed to Hawaii. The soy ahi poke chunks were amazing. They put it over rice and then let you add whatever toppings you want including seaweed salad, ginger, and many more. Lunch for two plus two drinks was $26. Highly recommend this spot.

Thank TimJ14
Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small hole in the wall. No place to sit. But definitely worth going! The spicy ahi Poke bowl was way more than enough for one meal! Will be returning before I leave!

Thank Janelle J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The fish is first class; I had the spicy Ahi Poke (build yourself) bowl and was very happy with all of it. The Ahi is fresh and the spicy version is definitely to my liking (they also have plain, dried, and about any other way you might want it). I included the Kimchee Cucumbers which were awesome, and topped it... More 

1 Thank DSieckman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

We went here twice on our trip. Great food. I ordered the poke bowl, very fresh with fresh and tasty toppings too. My husband had ginger chicken which was great. It was also the most affordable place we went on our trip. The staff was helpful to those not familiar with poke and there was clearly a mix of locals... More 

Thank Reville i
San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

When we asked a local for the best Poke near Lihue, The Fish Express was his recommendation. Make sure to call before you go, they seem to close when they want. Tip, go first thing in the morning, each time we went we were only able to get less than a quarter pound of the Hamachi Poke,which was EXCELLANT!

Thank thegr8_alexander
Dwada, Owner at The Fish Express, responded to this review

First of all thank you so much for stopping by. We appreciate your business. Our hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and closed on Sunday. During the end of our day we mix poke to order, as leftovers are tossed. Close to closing the show case might look like a few pans are missing, but I assure... More 

San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

The Fish Express is always the first stop when we land in Lihue, and the last stop before we leave for the airport. We have been coming here for years and it is still one of the best places for poke on the island. Sometimes we make 3-4 trips during our stay. Also good sushi rolls, and of course fresh... More 

1 Thank LadyTSF
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

My husband and I ate here as soon as we landed in Lihue (right across from the airport). We ate poke all over the island, and kept coming back to Fish Express because there's was a step above all the rest. Finally tried their grill on our last visit, and were not disappointed!!! Get some of the fish items (things... More 

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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, Gluten Free
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
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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 Highway, 3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
  • 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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