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French taste, Hawaiian style. That's how it works for Lyon-born Nicolas “Nico” Chaize turned “local-boy” and award winning Nico's at Pier 38 Restaurant & Fish Market. Chef Nico spent several years working at some of the best eateries in Hawaii, learning the local tastes and refining his fine dining culinary skills. The result is Nico's at Pier 38, where the specialty is gourmet food in a “plate lunch” delivery.
In 2004, the original Nico's at Pier 38 seated 80 people under a green awning in a carved out corner of the POP Fishing & Marine building located in the heart of the Pier 38 Honolulu Fishing Village. Soon word got out about the fresh fish and flavors coming from this lunch hot spot popular with locals, tourists, office and dock workers alike. In 2012 a new Nico's was built – a 160-seat open-air restaurant complete with full bar and fish market, open 7 days a week.
Over the years, Nico's at Pier 38 has been a consistent recipient of Honolulu Magazine's Hale 'Aina awards - including the Gold Award for Best Seafood, also Honolulu StarAdvertiser's Oahu's Best Restaurants, and has been featured on the Food Network's popular show, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. Recently, Chef Nico was selected by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie to represent Hawaii at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off held in New Orleans.