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Which is the best fish restaurant on Oahu?

Besides Sasabune, which I would rather not spring for because I am dining with a bunch of relatives and I'm paying.

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  1. Maybe you are looking for "really good" and not "the best", especially with the caveat on cost.

    Even if you are paying I guess Nicos is a little too "downscale." How about Sam Choy's on Nimitz. Some of his stuff is over rated, but I have always enjoyed his fish preparations. One thing my friends and I enjoy doing is ordering several dishes as appetizers, and by sharing them we all get more of a variety. Is it "the best", probably not, but I've always found it a good value for the dollar, and certainly in the "better" category.

    Looking forward to what others have to say.

    9 Replies
    1. re: KaimukiMan

      Downscale doesn't bother me/us. I'm planning to take them to Elenas for Filipino. But isn't Nicos hard to get into? It is small, or they don't take reservations, or something. What is the problem with getting in?

      1. re: Joebob

        The eating area is a lanai outside, and to order you line up at the counter. Up until about 1:30 or so it is very busy. From then till closing (5?) it is actually a nice place to sit near the water, look at the fishing boats, nice breeze coming down out of Nuuanu and Kalihi valleys... but there won't be waiters or waitresses or busboys.

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          I don't mind bussing when the food is worth it.

          1. re: Joebob

            cool. if you would feel comfortable taking them to say kakaako kitchen for the same meal then maybe nico's would be the right choice. can't believe no one else is putting their two cents in.

            http://www.nicospier38.com/aboutus.html

            Oh yeah, it says on their website they do private parties and catering as well.

            1. re: KaimukiMan

              I second Nico's always love to eat there - I'm on the mainland with no internet capability where I'm staying ;-( hence, my lack of contributions lately. I myself
              am eating at Chin's this afternoon over here where they post the airline manifests
              of the day and origin of all seafood as well.

              BTW if alcohol is not a factor then you should be also satisfied with the limited
              selection of beer and wines Nico's offers.

          2. re: KaimukiMan

            I don't know if anything has changed... but we had dinner at Nico's back in October and it was full table service... humming but not particularly busy... and when there isn't a line up to the counter... it doesn't seem any more downscale than Sam Choy's.

            Its a fair option... although its not that cheap compared to what I have seen in Hawaii.

            EDIT: Scratch that... I am referring to Uncle's not Nico's

            1. re: Eat_Nopal

              what did you think of uncles?

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                Food is generally fresh & tasty... its not my type of joint... they offer big portions and charge for it (the Ahi "ceviche" appetizer at $16 or so is a perfect example)... I prefer smaller plates with lower price tags... and/or progressive menus etc., but the seafood has always been fresh, the fish & chips I remember being among the upper 25% I've had etc.,

                1. re: Eat_Nopal

                  While doing Nico's, we looked at Uncle's (on the way to the community restrooms) and it looked good. Have not had the opportunity to try it though. I've only seen a couple of reviews, and these were highly polarized, so it's tough to really know.

                  I'm with you on smaller plates, but that is not what many still seek. I want flavors, and cannot recall a restaurant that I have left from hungry - at least not in the past 20 years.

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