These days, you can find good poke bowls anywhere in the United States. However, there’s something extra special about being able to enjoy great poke in Hawaii. Maybe it’s your ability to enjoy your meal on a beautiful beach. Maybe it’s the fact that the seafood ingredients can be locally sourced from the islands. Or maybe it’s just the fact that many of these poke bowls are prepared by some of the best chefs in the business. Whatever the reason, we’ve decided to help you out by providing a list of some of the best places to find amazing poke in Hawaii.
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226 Lewers St. Ste L106 | Waikiki/ ilovepokebar.com
Poke Bar is one eating establishment where the staff believes food should be prepared fast, delicious — and fresh. You won’t find your run-of-the-mill poke bowls here. Where traditional poke bowls are simply raw diced fish tossed with rice, vegetables, and sauces, Poke Bar puts its own spin on the recipe by offering you a base of rice, noodles, or greens along with your choice of fish, mix-ins, sauces, sides, and toppings. The result is a custom-made order that’s healthy and delicious.
So, what kind of fish can you expect with your poke bowls here? Try some fresh tuna, albacore, or salmon, seasoned with the perfect amount of spice. You can also choose to add shrimp, tofu, scallops, or octopus to your meal for an extra amazing flavor. Mix-ins continue to add to your dish by offering you flavorful choices like kale, green onion, corn, jalapeno, pineapple, and more. If you have a taste for poke bowls, you’ll be able to enjoy all sorts of excellent flavors here.
“We were craving seafood on our trip here and found this place that was fast, casual, and within walking distance and it was fabulous! The workers were extremely friendly and gave great recommendations. The fish was super fresh and they had tons of toppings to choose from.” — Yelp Review
267 Mokauea St. | Kalihi/ aliciasmarket.com
Alicia’s Market regularly experiments with new poke recipes that use the finest seafood ingredients. Customer favorites include the spicy scallop, clam and mussel, and smoke tako (octopus). Other specials include the spicy ahi, sweet onion shoyu ahi, and white crab.
Of course, it’s not only the poke bowls that draw customers to this market. Alicia’s Market also offers a traditional Chinese meat shop complete with hanging roast pigs, chickens, roast beef, and turkey tails. You’ll be able to enjoy savory char siu ribs with delicious Asian vegetables. If you want a menu that lets you enjoy a wide range of Asian delights, Alicia’s Market has what you need.
“In terms of options, you can get poke, plate lunch meats, or a combo. It’s not often that you can get that kind of combo! I haven’t seen the option anywhere else.” — Yelp Review
2332 Young St. | Mo’ili’ili/ yamasfishmarket.com
If you want to try genuine Hawaiian cuisine, come into Yama’s Fish Market. The owners here don’t just stop with high quality sashimi and poke bowls. You’ll also be able to order traditional Hawaiian meals like the lau lau, kalua pig, shoyu chicken, and ahi poke patties. Need some vegetables to go with all that fresh fish and meat? Yama’s offers fresh green salads with Japanese somen noodles, chicken, and pasta. You can even order Hawaiian desserts like kulolo pudding and Haupia coconut pudding.
“Yama’s has always been my go-to place whenever I am craving Hawaiian food. The selection of hot and cold dishes suits me. The quality is always top notch.” — Yelp Review
3496 Waialae Ave | Honolulu/ tamurasfinewine.com
Not all great poke bowls are served in restaurants or local poke stands. Tamura’s Fine Wines & Liquors specializes in offering one of Hawaii’s largest varieties of premium wines, liquors and cigars — but they also provide some of the best poke bowls you’ve ever tasted. Try Tamura’s special tako (octopus) poke or the island fresh ahi with spicy shoyu. Or order the spicy king crab, always a favorite. Plus, considering Tamura’s is famous for its fine selection of liquors and wines, you can enjoy your poke bowls with some of the greatest alcoholic beverages on the island!
“Absolutely did not expect this unassuming liquor store to have INCREDIBLE poke, but boyyy come to Tamura’s for poke as convenient as Times, but way more options and WAY better quality!” — Yelp Review
1286 Kalani St. Ste 101 | Kalihi/ youngsfishmarket.com
Originally a fish market that opened in 1951, Young’s Fish Market expanded to include Chinese vegetables, Hawaiian dishes — and amazing poke bowls. Today, the restaurant has won awards for its food in everything from “Honolulu Magazine” to “The Honolulu Star Bulletin.” And it’s easy to see why. The menu offers a wide range of delectable dishes, including the Kalua pig, Laulau plate, and char siu pork.
And once you get to the seafood section, you’ll find multiple poke dishes, including ahi shoyu, ahi limu, and tako shoyu — all made with some of the finest and freshest seafood ingredients. Be sure to save some room though. Young’s Fish Market also offers small and large portions of Hawaii’s traditional haupia and kulolo pudding.
“It’s a wonderful local fish market specializing in fresh caught seafood and ‘poke ‘n stuff’ to please even the most discriminating palates.” — Yelp Review
1210 Dillingham Blvd. | Kalihi/ ahiandvegetable.com
Ahi & Vegetable allows their diners to customize their own orders using their high-quality seafood ingredients. From bento boxes to sashimi platters to poke bowls, you’ll be able to order precisely the meal you want at any time. And when you see the creations born from your orders, you’ll know the chefs are genuine seafood specialists. Treat your friends to a gorgeous sashimi plate, ahi bowl, unagi bowl, or sushi order. Even a normally simple order like the teriyaki chicken bowl is gorgeously prepared. Come taste why Hawaii really is the best place to enjoy fresh seafood prepared by people who know island cuisine.
“Really nice service here!!! They even gave a free app when we sat down! Great sashimi combo options and poke options.” — Yelp Review
1016 Maunakea St. | Chinatown/ domocafehawaii.com
Located in Chinatown, Domo Café offers family style sushi, sashimi, and poke bowl meals. Whether you’re in the mood for a simple but flavorful bento lunch or a deluxe sushi platter that will please your eyes and your tastebuds, Domo’s chefs are ready to prepare you a gorgeous meal. And when it comes to poke bowls, you’ll dine like a true gourmet on fresh garlic mayo salmon, prepared Japanese Aburi style; the refreshing California Ahi Poke Bowl with crab salad, sliced cucumbers, and avocado; and the fresh spicy Ahi Bowl with Kabayaki sauce. Those who like their seafood dinners on the fancy side will not be disappointed.
“I got the Domo Special poke bowl and best believe it tasted as amazing as it looks! Great pieces of ahi, salmon, Hamachi, and the avocado is perfectly soft and ripe!” — Yelp Review
3506 Waialae Ave Ste B | Honolulu/ sushiyahawaii.com
Sushi and poke often go hand in hand, and that’s definitely the case at Sushiya, where you can enjoy red dragon rolls and California hand rolls along with their signature Spicy Crunchy Poke Bowl. Other classic dishes include the shoyu ahi poke bowl, spicy salmon poke bowl and Hawaiian style ahi poke bowl. The sushi menu is just as extensive, offering many different varieties of maki roll sushi, nigiri, and gunkan. If you consider yourself a sushi connoisseur (or just a lover of fine Japanese cuisine), Sushiya will easily please your palate.
“I think the sushi and poke here is awesome. They have a great spicy, crunchy roll and their chicken teriyaki bowl is really, really good. It’s some of the best and most convenient poke/sushi around.” — Yelp Review