New Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant & Fish Market Open for Business!

January 23rd, 2012
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Yes, it's a rare Monday post, but this one is for good reason. It combines several of my loves in one!

  • Fresh Poke - check!
  • Ono Kine Grindz - check!
  • AND... a "New" Restaurant announcement - check!

I put "new" in quotes because Nico's Pier 38's owner Nicolas Chaize is no stranger to the restaurant biz. His original restaurant has been in business for almost 8 years. Now, located practically across the street diagonally, his new restaurant is three times the size and even includes a fresh fish market! Can't get any fresher fish than that!

The soft launch was last week Thursday (01/19/12) and already on Friday (01/20/12), without any advertising or fanfare, the new Nico's was PACKED. Here are some scenes from that day...

Outside the new Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant & Fish Market location
Outside the new Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant & Fish Market location

The line inside the new Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant
The line inside the new Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant

The crowd inside the new Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant
The crowd inside the new Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant

The bar at the new Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant
The bar at the new Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant

Now with new dinner hours (5pm-9pm), I can see this bar - with a beautiful view overlooking the ocean - getting a lot of action.

Furikake Pan Seared Ahi from the new Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant
Furikake Pan Seared Ahi from the new Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant

Inside the new Nico's Pier 38 Fish Market
Inside the new Nico's Pier 38 Fish Market

HUGE! They even have bottled drinks, coffee, bait, and a small selection of market type products (e.g. sugar, SPAM, sauces, chips, noodles, etc.)

The whole fish selection at the new Nico's Pier 38 Fish Market
The whole fish selection at the new Nico's Pier 38 Fish Market

Since the restaurant and fish market are practically located on the pier, the fish is as fresh as you can get! (Read my poke article covering the United Fishing Agency Honolulu Fish Auction at Pier 38).

The fresh poke selection at the new Nico's Pier 38 Fish Market
The fresh poke selection at the new Nico's Pier 38 Fish Market

Nico's Pier 38
1133 N. Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 540-1377
Restaurant Hours:
Daily 10am-4.30pm (lunch)
Daily 5pm-9pm (dinner)
Fish Market Hours:
Mon-Sat: 6.30am-8pm
Sun: 10am-8pm

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13 Responses to “New Nico's Pier 38 Restaurant & Fish Market Open for Business!”

  1. Ed Oshiro:

    Thank you for the heads up on the new Pier 38. I'll be going there soon.


  2. kamaaina808:

    Niiiice! I'm vegetarian, but can see why people would go for Nico's - fresh is good. :)

    Wanna ono cookie? I'll put a sticker on my ride if u come to Kailua town. :D


  3. Paco:

    Looks awesome! Never been to Nico's yet, but will trying out soon! We're a fan of Uncel's, but nice to have another choice in the area!


  4. Coconut Willy:

    Nico's!


  5. carokun:

    Yummy it's been years since my last furikake ahi. But I've been eating a lot of KJ's furikake chicken in between :)


  6. HiloPackFan:

    Definitely going there tonight. My wife loves a delicious seared ahi and the one pictured above looks so ono!! Plus she is going back to Euorpe for awhile so I have to make sure she tries this one before she leaves.


  7. Chicken Grease:

    The furukake pan seared ahi looks great!


  8. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.Ed Oshiro:
    Thank you for the heads up on the new Pier 38. I'll be going there soon.

    Anytime Big Ed! Let me know how you like it!

    * 2.kamaaina808:
    Niiiice! I'm vegetarian, but can see why people would go for Nico's - fresh is good.

    Wanna ono cookie? I'll put a sticker on my ride if u come to Kailua town.

    Wait what? You own one cookie store in Kailua? I stay on one diet, but I'll sample! :)

    * 3.Paco:
    Looks awesome! Never been to Nico's yet, but will trying out soon! We're a fan of Uncel's, but nice to have another choice in the area!

    Yup, Nico's was a little further down before but was small. This new location is HUGE! Let me know how you like it Pacman!

    * 4.Coconut Willy:
    Nico's!

    FTW!

    * 5.carokun:
    Yummy it's been years since my last furikake ahi. But I've been eating a lot of KJ's furikake chicken in between

    You live out dat side? I usually get that too when I go out that way. The sauce they put on it is winnahz!

    * 6.HiloPackFan:
    Definitely going there tonight. My wife loves a delicious seared ahi and the one pictured above looks so ono!! Plus she is going back to Euorpe for awhile so I have to make sure she tries this one before she leaves.

    Most def! Make sure to ask for it rare. Mmm mmm mmm! Let me know how you guys like it tonight. And welcome to the blog! :) Shoots!

    * 7.Chicken Grease:
    The furukake pan seared ahi looks great!

    Was pretty onoz Ceeg.


  9. kamaaina808:

    @WWE "Wait what? You own one cookie store in Kailua? I stay on one diet, but I'll sample! "

    Haha nonono, brah! Only cookie store here was Wally Amos & he's high-tailed it outta hea. I have my fav place for ono cookies, though - diet or not. ;)


  10. carokun:

    Hi Ed,

    My parents live on that side, I go to brush the doggies' teeth. :)

    KJ's chicken is yummy! Even the president ordered it (fried chicken) when he was here!


  11. rayboyjr:

    ... hey Ed ... I nevah know you wen post dis on Monday, li dat ...

    ... you know, I always go past that area of Nimitz ... but I've never been to any of the restaurants there ... only across the street where Sensually Yours is at ... and I don't remember any of the names of the shops there ... only Sensually Yours ... how strange is that? ... or how telling is that about the state of my mind ... sad, eh? ...

    ... anyway, Nico's look nice ... but more like a Food Court kinda thing ... like there's supposed to be many food places there ...


  12. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.kamaaina808:
    Haha nonono, brah! Only cookie store here was Wally Amos & he's high-tailed it outta hea. I have my fav place for ono cookies, though - diet or not. ;)

    Shoots! We go! ;)

    * 2.carokun:
    KJ's chicken is yummy! Even the president ordered it (fried chicken) when he was here!

    Oooh, I didn't know that. He goes all ova yeah? :P

    * 3.rayboyjr:
    ... hey Ed ... I nevah know you wen post dis on Monday, li dat ...

    ... you know, I always go past that area of Nimitz ... but I've never been to any of the restaurants there ... only across the street where Sensually Yours is at ... and I don't remember any of the names of the shops there ... only Sensually Yours ... how strange is that? ... or how telling is that about the state of my mind ... sad, eh? ...

    ... anyway, Nico's look nice ... but more like a Food Court kinda thing ... like there's supposed to be many food places there ...

    It kinda did have that vibe a little but only had one restaurant. HUUUUUGE! Or as Donald Trump would say. YUUUUUGE! :P

    P.S. Sensually Yours... What dat? 8)


  13. World Wide Ed:

    Sorry peeps, gotta close this one again cause of the crazy spammers! :(