Where to Find the Best Poke on Oahu

COVID UPDATE Aloha! This post was updated in March 2021. However, as we have all learned, things can change overnight, so please check with each restaurant before visiting. We’ve included phone numbers and links to websites below. Mahalo!

Looking for poke (poh-kay) on Oʻahu beyond Waikiki’s top spots? Here are our favorite places for this classic diced raw fish dish, brought to the islands by Polynesian voyagers, and its delicious modern interpretations from around the island:

Alicia’s Market
Photo: Courtesy of Alicia’s Market

Alicia’s Market

Even a fire in 2018 couldn’t stop this family-run business, founded in 1944, from churning out a rainbow’s worth of delicious poke (spicy salmon, smoked tako, wasabi masago ahi, etc.) — they just moved a couple doors down. Ask for a free sample if you can’t figure out what to order — or even if you can! During Covid times, Alicia’s is open at an express location, just a few doors down from the original location Monday through Saturday 10am to 2pm. Closed Sunday. aliciasmarket.com

Photo: Courtesy of Aloha Poke Shop

Aloha Poke Shop

Downtown poke lovers chow down here. The brimming poke bowls boast ahi, salmon and hamachi fresh from the Honolulu fish auction, but you can try a wide variety of tofu versions or just get plenty of greens with your raw ahi in the salad-based Aloha Chop Chop bowl. During Covid times, Aloha Poke Shop is open Monday through Friday 6am to 3pm and is grateful for your business. Closed Saturday and Sunday. alohapoke808.com

The Hibachi
Photo: Courtesy of The Hibachi

The Hibachi

The glass counters at this market are brimming with tasty options for poke (by itself, or with salad or rice in bowls.) But if you count yourself among the some who like it hot, the spicy ahi and spicy clams versions won’t disappoint. During Covid times, The Hibachi is open Sunday through Thursday 11:30am to 5:30pm and Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 6:30pm. thehibachihawaii.net

Photo: Courtesy of Monkeypod Kitchen

Monkeypod Kitchen

Can’t decide between tacos or poke? Hawaiʻi Regional Cuisine cofounder Peter Merriman has the answer at his playful Ko Olina Resort restaurant, serving up ahi (tuna) poke in crunchy won ton shells; his equally yummy sesame ahi poke and tako (octopus) poke are also part of the awesome raw bar mixed plate. During Covid times, Monkeypod is open daily 3:30pm to 9pm. monkeypodkitchen.com

Honolulu poke
Photo: Courtesy of Ono Seafood

Ono Seafood

You could drive right past this cute little hole in the wall, but don’t! It’s just the basics here, but the best of these basics. The house smoked tako (octopus) is a real treat, and there are all kinds of poke to try from. So a grab a few options and find your personal favorite. During Covid times, Ono Seafood is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 6pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Yelp

sushi Oahu
Photo: Courtesy of Poke for the People

Poke for the People

The vision of Poke for the People’s (PFTP) is to spread “culinary aloha” to locals and visitors alike. This small businesss on the North Shore uses high quality fresh ingredients, attention to detail and presentation to create delectable Hawaiian style poke dishes.. During Covid times, Poke for the People is open Monday through Thursday 11am to 3pm and Friday through Sunday 11am to 5pm. pokeforthepeople.com

Poke On Da Run
Photo: Courtesy of Poke On Da Run

Poke on da Run

Parking here can be a bear at peak times, but the poke at this bare bones restaurant is worth the wait. If you’ve got at least one other diner with you, go for the Kamikaze poke nachos — one pound of delicious shoyu or spicy poke on top of crispy wontons. Cash only. During Covid times, check instagram @poke_on_da_run for weekly hours. Open either Tuesday & Thursday or Monday, Wednesday & Friday, depending on the week. Closed on Saturday and Sunday. Instagram

Pupukea Grill
Photo: Courtesy of Pupukea Grill

Pupukea Grill

Across the busy road from the popular snorkeling spot of Shark’s Cove, this blue food truck serves a lot more than just poke. You can’t go wrong with spicy ahi, especially with a side of seasoned quinoa. During Covid times, Pupukea Grill is open Tuesday through Sunday 11am to 4:45pm and would be happy to serve you. Closed Sunday. pupukeagrill.com

sushi Oahu
Photo: Courtesy of The Smoking Boar & The Coconut

The Smoking Boar & The Coconut

One of the newest spots to open on the North Shore, this restaurant converted from an old gas station is serving local style plates and there’s lotsa fish on the menu. There are eight styles of poke to choose from, and be sure to save room for dessert. During Covid times, The Smoking Boar & The Coconut is open Thursdays through Tuesday 11am to 5pm. Closed Wednesday. thesmokingboarthecoconut.com

Best Poke in Central Maui
Photo: Courtesy of Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquor

Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquor

Yep, you read that right — one of Hawaiʻi’s best poke purveyors is actually a chain of family-owned liquor shops that have fresh-made poke bars in the back. The Kailua location is one of five on Oʻahu; click on the link above for the deets on the other sites. During Covid times, Tamura’s is open Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 8pm and Sunday 9:30am to 7pm. tamurasfinewine.com

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