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HONOLULU, HI (March 13, 2020) – Nico’s Pier 38, known for its incredible dining experiences featuring fresh local fish, recently won “Best Poke” in the Hawaii Food Reviews 2020 People’s Choice Awards. With more than 48,000 Instagram followers, Hawaii Food Reviews is one of Hawaii’s most popular food and drink sites.

“We thank everyone who loves our poke and voted us the best in Hawaii,” said Chef Nico Chaize. “Our variety of auction fresh, raw poke has been a local favorite for years, whether you enjoy it from the comfort of our restaurant or at home with your friends and family.”

“Our followers know where to find the best poke and it’s at Nico’s,” according to Hawaii Food Reviews. “We have loved Nico’s Pier 38 for years — the people have spoken!”

Popular selections include Fresh Ahi (Tuna), Fresh Aku (Skip Jack Tuna), Fresh Au (Marlin) and more. The local fish is as fresh as possible, as Chaize is a regular face at the Honolulu Fish Auction, operated by the United Fishing Agency, a short walk from his restaurant on the pier. He and his team hunt for the best fish to serve customers, caught from Hawaii’s sustainable fisheries. That careful selection process leads to only the best fish for his creations, including award-winning poke.

“It’s the best seafood at affordable prices, at all our restaurants,” said Chaize, who also co-owns Nico’s Upstairs and Nico’s Kailua. “We are grateful that our locally sourced fish comes from a managed fishery, allowing us to support sustainability while serving fresh food daily.”

Nico’s Pier 38 began as a pioneering, tiny plate lunch place serving auction fresh fish at a great price and local island favorites with Nico’s international flair. It has grown to more than four times its original size. The restaurant now buys more fish than any other restaurant, which allows it to still offer fresh fish at reasonable prices.

The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and fantastic live entertainment, along with a full bar, outdoor lanai, and a fish market with fresh fish, poke and bowls, Hawaiian food and Nico’s Pier 38 special dressings.

Nico’s is also a multiple Hale Aina Award recipient (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012), in addition to winning this year’s “Best Poke” in Hawaii Food Reviews’ People’s Choice Awards. Nico’s has also been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, the Los Angeles Times (“On Oahu, 20 places for great meals for less than $20”),  and New York Times (“36 Hours in Honolulu”).


About Nico’s Pier 38
Nico’s Pier 38 is Honolulu’s premier fish restaurant. Launched in 2004, it features fresh fish line-caught by Hawaii’s local fleet, hand-picked daily by Nico Chaize and expert fish buyers. Food served is locally grown and sourced whenever possible.
Started by two local fishermen and French born chef/owner Nico Chaize, the restaurant was designed to showcase Hawaii’s fishing industry. Nico’s lends its support to our world class and stringently managed, local fishery, bringing you closer to our boats, our fishermen and our unique Honolulu auction where the premium fish that they buy and serve come from. See and follow @nicospier38.

Nico Chaize

Nico’s Pier 38 award-winning poke, made fresh daily


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