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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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62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone I have talked to on this island agreed this is a great place for lunch. Some of the best fish. Ahi Tuna, poke, whatever style you want. Excellent lobster salad. And some great smoked tuna. Rice is a good side. There is no seating. It's a grab and go kind of thing. It's worth the stop. Quick in and... More 

Thank townby
New Orleans, Louisiana
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415 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 538 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fish Express is a take-out joint, but mama mia, whatta joint! If you love fish, don't miss this place. You get your choice of fresh fish sandwiches, daily specials, a vast array of poke bowls, Chinese platters, bento boxes, and beer-battered fish fry. The slabs of fresh Hawaiian ahi and other fish leave you in no doubt as to the... More 

Thank Vincent M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Lots of prepared items in glass case plus a menu. When we visited they had one fresh fish with several options for preparation. We chose Macadamua Nut Crusted. It was fantastic. To-go type place - not licensed for sit down dining. Food was fresh and delicious.

Thank Ali S
Yorkton, Canada
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Fish Express a couple of times, with long periods in between. Their staff has been friendly, even though the pace has been fierce and lots of food going out the door. Dishes are well prepared, ample portions, and very tasty. It is one place that lots of young people rely upon for a fast and excellent... More 

1 Thank Norm G
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place knocks it out. You will see that when you see the crowd lined up for lunch. Great plates, especially the Cajun Ono. Reasonable prices too.

Thank drock3029
Madison, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fish Express is your typical fish market with very good poke bowls, which you can add all your favorite toppings to. It's 10 minutes from the Lihue Airport.

Thank Blake R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited three places for Lunch Plates, L&L; Fish Market; and Fish Express. By far, Fish Express was the very best. A couple of our plates the fish was slightly undercooked, but forgiveable seeing as we also eat sushi. The place is small and the staff are friendly. Lots of goodies to choose from. Great eays if you wanna keep... More 

1 Thank Sariah B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's your basic, go-to fish market, but with an excellent selection of pok'e that no one else comes even close to. We first visited Fish Express 15 years ago, and loved it, and started sharing the secret with our friends as they visited Kauai. When in Eureka, CA, you get your fish at Mr. Fish; when in Kauai, you get... More 

Thank Aletta S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my last Kauai lunch. I got one of the poke varieties, and it was just okay. The service was fast, at least.

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

Aloha, first thank you for stopping by as we appreciate your business. I apologize for your negative experience. We have a variety of poke and allow customers to sample each one if they wish. This allows you to make a choice that you would enjoy. Unlike 99% of fish venders on Kauai, who use previously frozen, Philippine or Indonesian caught... More 

Odessa, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at the airport hungry - so I checked TA and we decided to drive to 'The Fish Express'. Easy to find, parking available, perfect. We went inside, enjoyed the display of different Poke. We opted for Ahi-Poke, spicy Ahi-Poke and Lobster-Poke (which ins real is crawfish-poke), added some rice, ginger, seaweed salat and a soft-drink, all US$ 32.... 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, Hawaiian, Fusion
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, Child-friendly, Kids, 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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