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Honolulu and Oahu Restaurants

Nico's at Pier 38

Updated 01/17/2014

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Nico's at Pier 38. Lyon-born chef Nico Chaiz's harborside restaurant is steps from the Honolulu Fish Auction, which explains his "line to plate" concept—super-fresh fish at a reasonable price. The signature dish is an ahi steak crusted in furikake (a Japanese mix of toasted nori and sesame seeds) and pan-seared, but he lets his French flag fly with a steak frites and bouillabaisse, too. At lunch—when the place serves local-style plate lunches—you'll

rub shoulders with a mix of rough-hewn dock workers, fishermen, office drones, and cops. Come dinner a younger crowd arrives for beers on tap and cocktails. Try to get a table on the outside lanai. And if you're staying in a place with a kitchen, there's also a fish market selling fresh seafood, as well as prepared foods such as poke, soups, and stews; it's open 6:30 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday, and 10 to 4 on Sunday. 1133 N. Nimitz Hwy., Pier 38, Iwilei, Honolulu, HI, 96817. 808/540–1377. Reservations not accepted.

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1133 N. Nimitz Hwy., Pier 38, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96817, USA

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Reservations not accepted

Updated 01/17/2014


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Apr 28, 2007

Best Seafood at reasonable price.

Nico's has great seafood at a fair price. The location is superb once you find Pier 38. We think it is a winner for the family. Looks like mostly locals are the smartest ones in town.

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