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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 96766-1041
+1 808-245-9918
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Lexington, VA
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71 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fantastic plate lunch to go! I had the blackened fresh Ono with brown rice and local greens. Amazing. And an amazing value at $10.50! You'll easily pay 2 to 3X this at other reataurants for dinner in Maui or Kuaui. My husband had the fried chicken and ge wasn't nearly as happy (but hey, he ordered fried chicken at a... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Fish Express was really good. The different kinds of Poke was exceptional, they customized your bowl right in front of you. They also had dried ahi, both regular and peppered. Really good find.

Thank RT-HB
Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cooked food was just okay. Would not recommend for cooked food. However, if you like poke bowls, my friends and family loved it.

Thank cintran
Scotia, New York
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for a quick bite at a local joint and were very impressed. The fish was fresh and there were tons of options. The prices rarely went over $14. Definitely recommend for a taste of the culture on a budget.

Thank cicigr
Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

good fish, great prices; it's just a walk up counter, fish market, but lots of fish choices for lunch or dinner

Thank Clint A
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first stop in Kauai and it was just what we needed. I had the fried fish tacos and my wife had the grilled fish pesto wrap. Both were ample portions, there was plenty of fish in each meal. The service was quick and everything was fresh! And they take amex cc! We didn't even have time to... More 

Thank Adam H
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of choices for lunch. Great place to stop and get a plate lunch and some drinks then go find a nice spot on the beach and have lunch. picnic tables are everywhere so why not use to them.

Thank hawaiitalula
Lansing, Michigan
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60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered 7 amazing dishes for a total of just under $75. The food was better than most sit down restaurants & the service was great. I asked to be surprised on the food & the counter person ordered for me & everything was delicious. We took the food down to the beach to eat. Easy in & easy out at... More 

Thank RahimP_1977
Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sort of a freestanding hole-in-the-wall takeout fish place. Fresh is available to buy for cooking at home but the backbone is prepared fish. Poke, sushi, and bento look good--though the bento was at room temperature. Lotsa stuff was fried (like the fish tacos) rather than grilled. Large portions. Tare better fish tacos on the south shore, but not close. In... More 

Thank Son_of_the_Midwest
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

After eating sooo much of food fish on the islands we've wanted to grab some before flying to the next islands. We were the last customers of the day and ordered the poke bowls. Big portion and I like the concept were you could choose side orders from the 'salad bar' yourself. But unfortunately, the fish quality was not good... More 

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

First of all, thank you so much for stopping by. We appreciate your business. We at The Fish Express are one of just maybe 2 places on Kauai that use fresh Hawaiian caught fish. All others use previously frozen product from the Philippines or Indonesia. Costco uses fresh Marshall Island caught fish. The vast majority of the public have been... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$11
Seafood, Fast food, Asian, Hawaiian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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 96766-1041
  • 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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