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Review of Nico's Pier 38

Nico's Pier 38
Ranked #42 of 2,453 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Hawaiian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Takeout
Description: Located at Pier 38 in Honolulu, by day, Nico's offers harbor views and fast food seafood in open air dining room or outdoor lanai. At night, Nico's is a full service restaurant with harbor light views, a full bar and the freshest seafood in town. There is a fish market within that offers sashimi platters, a poke bar and fresh Hawaiian food daily.
Reviewed 26 November 2013

We came here for a weekday lunch. It was pretty busy but while we were looking over the menu boards the bar tender came over and invited us to sit at the only open seats at her bar and told us we could order from there much easier. She took our order and picked up our food instead of us returning to the counter several times, which was very nice. The food was great and fitting for the price. The bar had an open view of the pier and let in a nice breeze.

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

While locals everywhere seem eager to share their best eateries, it may be a curse in the end. Once consistent quality often changes with the influx of new customers, larger crowds, the push to expand the restaurant and kitchens, etc.

In Nico's case, exposure on the Food Network seems to have been a double-edged sword. Former "regulars" mutter that they don't seem to be important anymore since there are so many tourists who go to Nico's now, just because they saw it on TV. When a restaurant caters to customers who are just passing through, the quality and consistency of food tends to become uneven. On Sunday last, the Furikake Ahi was only a bit over average. Maybe it was because it was Sunday night and no fresh fish was available on Sunday. The edamame was adequate, but not special. My nephew said that the seafood pasta was "good". Maybe the kitchen was having an off night and I'll give it another go some other time. Service was nothing special. But, the most irritating part of our meal at Nico's was watching (and listening to) really loud groups of tourists rumble in with their luggage in tow. Really? Luggage was being stored in the entrance behind the hostess' counter. Wow. Tacky! I know it's on a working pier, ...but really? It seemed much less like a local, friendly restaurant now and more like just another restaurant catering to tourists.

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Thank TitaNui
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

Had dinner there two nights in a roll in both cases with out of town guests. The first night several of us ordered a fresh fish dish stuffed with crab meat and enjoyed it. When back the second night with another group of out of town guest, however they offered the same fish prepared differently. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment for all that ordered it. Additionally, the second night guests wished to try the Hawaiian menu but unfortunately they only served it during lunch.

Hence "consistency" is a concern, which Jimmy I hope you will have your son-in-law consider more closely. As all great eateries must have a few of consistent signature dishes.

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Thank DaPheonix
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Went on a Friday evening with family for our last meal before taking the red-eye home. What a memorable experience. The atmosphere was very fun and casual. Live music kicked in and took it to the next level. Very enjoyable.

Service was great, and very attentive. Our server did have to repeat herself a few times, as she was rather soft spoken and the open area bar in the center leads to it being rather noisy. Everything was timely however, and met our expectations.

The food, was excellent. First off, if you're going to a restaurant where the focus is fresh seafood, ORDER SEAFOOD! The Furikake Pan Seared Ahi was served simply over a bed of rice with veggies on the side, but was AMAZING. Steamed garlic clams were very tasty and plentiful. Fish & Chips and the Seafood Pasta were both excellent as well. The daily special was Mahi Mahi, which they were unfortunately out of.

If you must go with a non-seafood item, the baby back ribs were also very good. The portion was definitely not lacking as well. There were 2 pizzas ordered at our table, and they looked good as well, albeit nothing special. They had a porterhouse steak on the daily special list that sounded appealing, but was spendy.

The dessert menu was larger than the dinner menu it seemed, with cakes and pies being the largest varietal. I went with the chocolate creme brulee, which I found to be an excellent choice.

Overall, I fully intend to visit Nico's again when I return to Hawaii next summer. Definitely on an evening when there is live music on the schedule.

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Thank codeyf
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

I expected better food for the price that they are charging. I could taste the freshness from the vegetables, but fish that I ordered (Ahi & Opah) should've been fresher & tastier.

Thank LikoA
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