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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
+1 808-245-9918
10:00 - 17:00
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Portland, Oregon
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118 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

got even better! now they have poke bowls! and the smoked fish is so good, have them slice it for you. very affordable too, see all the locals here- good sign. everything is so good, the toppings for a poke bowl are amazing...parking is limited, ask for samples, opens at 10 am...good to bring on a plane - so close... More 

Thank rosar779
Koh Samui
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was the best fresh fish we had while on the island. Our only regret is that we didnt eat there more than twice. The price is super reasonable and the amount of food is perfect. We enjoyed all of their Ahi tuna dishes and wish we could cook them at home

Thank austen k
Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we picked up our rental car we asked the guy who brought the car around where to go for lunch. Without hesitation he said "Fish Express, but you have to bring me back a bowl." We liked it so much we came back another time during our 8 day stay even though we were based in Princeville, bought lunch... More 

Thank Frank S
Charleston, South Carolina
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our trip to kauai we drove through Lihue 15 times and only stopped to eat on our last day. So glad we made the stop! I had the spicy ahi and crab poke bowl. You can also add "toppings" like Kimchee and seaweed salad. My partner got wasabi swordfish and it was so good! Also very very affordable. I... More 

Thank Danielle M
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Poki bowls are good here. poki is fresh. expensive though.. They charge even for furikake.. Mix bag on this review.. excellent food but really charging for furikake? kinda chinsy. the poki bowls are not cheap, not that much poki in the bowl either.. I downgraded my review to average based on the overpriced and nickel and diming for furikake...

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

First, thank you for stopping by and giving us the opportunity to serve you. We are one of maybe 2 establishments that use fresh caught Hawaiian tuna for our poke and fish selections. We do not use frozen Indonesian or Philippine tuna cubes like the rest of the poke vendors here on Kauai. We are committed to offer the highest... More 

Schenectady, New York
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110 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here three time during out stay to buy fresh fish and loved it. Swordfish Steaks for less than I can get at home. We grilled the fish at our resort and it was wonderful.. Healthy eats.

Thank Brian K
Seattle Wa
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I liked their special of the day. The fish was fresh and amazing. I had the ahi in thai chile sauce. It came with choice of starch and salad. They were large portions. My husband had the Chinese plate. It had chicken, shrimp and porkribs with vegy and rice. He had it for lunch and finished it for dinner. I... More 

Thank travelerfunSeattleWa
Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this place. It's always busy. The store is friendly and efficient (they have to be with as many customers that move through the line). The many varieties of poke are always fresh and delicious. Parking can be tough but everyone is laid back so there's rarely horn honking or tempers (main landers). Get there early for the spam musubi.

Thank JesterB23
Port Charlotte, Florida
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great fresh fish, fish dishes, poke. Lots more. Very popular place for good reason. If I ever go back to Lihue I will go here as soon as I get off the plane. No indoor seating. Only take out. They also have native Hawaiian dishes but be forewarned, the kailua pork is addictive.

Thank Ed W
San Francisco, California
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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

I've been to the island a couple of times and always make a point to come here. The fish has always been fresh and a wide variety of poke offered. I noticed they also offer fried chicken and other cooked items, but the poke is a must.

Thank areyes123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 11
Seafood, Hawaiian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
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, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, 3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
  • 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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