Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Uncle's Fish Market & Grill

Uncle's
Pier 38
Yelp Reviews



Trying to leverage the popularity of Nico's, Uncle's is a new-ish (opened June '07) fresh fish restaurant down in the 'little fishing village' on Pier 38. When you drive into Pier 38, you hit Uncle's way before Nico's, and there's lots of parking across the street (in a dirt lot). Uncle's looks like something you would find in Waikiki - very kitchsy Hawaiiana - wooden tables, hula skirts, flowers, and fishing videos playing on the tv screens - but the crowd was very local on a Wednesday at lunch.

Given that it's a lunch time place, Uncle's is not really prepared for quick business, weekday lunches. The line is long (only 1 or 2 cashiers), and the wait for your food is longer. Like Nico's, you order, pay, and then wait for your number to be called to pick up your food. So don't be expecting a quick lunch.



Many have enjoyed the food (i.e. the honolulu advertiser and star bulletin), but we rated the atmosphere higher than the actual meals. The fish in the tacos was overcooked, the ahi in the ahi salad sandwich tasted like tuna out of a can, and the french fries were quite generic and a little soggy. The opah in the fresh fish sandwich was nicely cooked and flaky, but perhaps a little bland. Meals ranged from $7.50 to $15.00.

Half sandwich (with the tuna we didn't like) and clam chowder (ok, with chalupa hot sauce in it)

Broiled opah sandwich (bland)

Fish burger (with green onions and oyster sauce)

Soft tacos (seriously...is that a supermarket tortilla they served it on?)

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Reid said...

I felt that the food here was overpriced for what it was. Some of it was tasty, but nothing to really write home about.

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