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Ishihara Market

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9894 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
+1 808-338-1751
06:00 - 20:00
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Sun 06:00 - 19:00
Mon - Thu 06:00 - 19:30
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 20:00
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68 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place was suggested to us as a place to get food to go and eat while viewing the canyon. We got the shrimp poke which was nicely spicy and shrimp burgers which were very good. The server was very helpful in helping us make our choice, she did not hurry us at all and plied us with some tasty... More 

Thank arwrtawel
Calgary, Canada
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190 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to stop for picnic lunch to bring up to Waimea Canyon. The lobster poke is amazing! Other to go options also.

Thank J H
Lethbridge, Canada
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64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Poke? What's that? It's authentic Hawaiian food, the equivalent of sushi but it's Hawaiian. Made from the freshest of fish or other sea creatures like squid or octopus. The market is only minutes away from a fishing boat. It was my first time to try Poke and it was tasty and delicious. I sampled the traditional flavoured tuna and then... More 

Thank KLH1956
Mansfield, Massachusetts
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped and grabbed delicious, fresh-made ahi poke for lunch. Very friendly staff. Pre-made sandwiches also very good to bring on hiking trips.

Thank Greg318
Bethesda, Maryland
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245 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Part of the territory of being married to my wife is that when we are in Italy we are on the constant hunt for the best gelato, and when we are in Hawaii we are on the constant hunt for the best poke. You can get the best poke here at Ishihara. And unlike the rest of the sleepy locals... More 

Thank GeraldWW2
New Orleans, Louisiana
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442 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 577 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Ishihara has been an institution in Waimea for over 80 years. And they're not resting on their laurels: they still dish out great poke. I went there with my brother; and ordered a half pound of original ahi poke, and another half-pound of mussel poke. The two of them combined were under $10. Bit of a line at the back... More 

1 Thank Vincent M
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Ishihara Market was everything and more and kept us well fed during our stay in Waimea. We loved the fresh poke (my favorite was Kimchi Sea Snails) and the availability of so many locally produced items like Kauai grown grass fed beef and pork. We cooked an entire 5-course Xmas eve meal for our family with all local, fresh ingredients... More 

1 Thank Christina N
Madison, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We stopped by Ishihara after driving up to Waimea Canyon. We opted for a half pound of ahi tuna each and got rice balls on the side. The fish was fresh and delicious, which we ate at picnic tables outside while discovering Waimea.

Thank Blake R
Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This market was recommended by our snorkel guide as one of the best places to eat on the island. Our group tried several different pokes and the seaweed salad and enjoyed them all. It was also the least expensive place we ate which was a bonus. However, the jury is still out on the non-seafood items as the chicken teriyaki... More 

Thank JenSchuf
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Stopped in here twice to pick up lunch. It is a supermarket with a great Hawaiian deli. Several hot lunch plates from teriyaki chicken to corned beef and cabbage. Specials change daily. Pre-made sushi and a lots of cold options like seaweed salad, about a dozen different types of poke and fresh seafood. An overall fun experience and very reasonable... 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
Hawaiian, Asian, Delicatessen, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:30
06:00 - 19:30
06:00 - 19:30
06:00 - 19:30
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9894 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Waimea
  • Phone Number: +1 808-338-1751

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?