Koloa Fish Market

Koloa Fish Market - Local Favorite for Fish & Poke
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Koloa Fish Market has been a local favorite for more than 25 years. Serving filets of fresh-caught fish for home and entrees to go, this is a seafood cafe that’s not to be missed.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Koloa Fish Market has been serving locals and tourists alike for over 25 years. A happening seafood cafe, they can give you both lunch for now and a raw fillet for dinner later.

The prepared foods at Koloa Fish Market are all served to-go, and they’re available during the lunch hour. Get the Calamari Bento, Lau Lau Plate, or Fish Plate if that’s your thing, but the locals all know to skip those lunch specials for the Poke.  

Poke is a Hawaiian staple. The term means to “slice,” and the meal is a large salad of sliced raw foods. Typical poke includes items such as rice, avocado, tomato, and raw fish, but Koloa Fish Market has taken this concept in creative directions. Korean Style Poke, Maui Onion Seaweed Poke, and Shoyu (soy sauce) Poke are just some of the variations.

Several desserts and bakes goods complement the Poke. Sweet Potato Haupia and Mango Bread are two local sweets to try, but there are also the standards like Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

When you pick up lunch here, bring a cooler so you can also get some fish for later. The offerings change daily depending on what’s brought in off the boat, and they’re truly off the boat. Not only is the fish never frozen, but it’s frequently been out of the water for only a few hours.

Hawaii is home to many unique foods. Come to Koloa Fish Market for some of the best takes on Poke and other common dishes. You’ll see what the locals come here for both their mid-day meal and fish to cook at home.

A few of our menu favorites at Koloa Fish Market include:

Poke Bowl
Can’t decide with poke variation to get? Get a medium or large bowl, and you can choose two or three types along with sides.

Koren Style Poke
A traditional poke from across the ocean, Korean Style Poke is the main type that people know. Try this to familiarize yourself with the meal, and come back to the market a second time for a less common variation.

Ono (Fish Pate)
Have a filet of the fresh catch, and pair it with caper butter, teriyaki sauce, wasabi cream or teri miso (Hawaiian barbecue). Order the Fish Plate, or ask for Ono if you want to sound like someone in the know.

Mango Bread
Sweetbread paired with sweet fruit. Mango Bread is a dessert that you’ll rarely find on the mainland, and you’ll wonder why it’s not more common after taking a bite.

Recommended Fish
Cook a fish yourself to save on some delicious seafood. Ask the staff what’s fresh and good, and get their recommendation on how to best prepare it. They’ll know whether your filet or steak is best seared, barbecued or cooked some other way.

Insider Tip:
Is there a long line out the door? Get lunch here anyway — the staff provides excellent service but also know how to move people along. You’re wait will be short.