When in Wailea do as the Waileans do, visit Nick’s Fishmarket Maui for Happy Hour. Located at the Fairmont Kea Lani (Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa ocean front resort) Nick’s (as the locals call it) boasts breathtaking sunset views, friendly staff, an award-winning wine cellar and delicious food!
Settle into a seat at the bar (insider tip: sit facing the outside of the restaurant for those perfect sunset views) and order a Nick’s Mai Tai. At $6 this popular cocktail doesn’t leave you feeling like you compromised quality for value. In addition to specialty drinks, Nick’s serves up local brews from Big Island and Maui starting at $5 and wines by the glass starting at $7.
Now, on to the food! We ordered a few dishes to make sure we experienced most of the happy hour menu. And with a very affordable price tag, we didn’t blink an eye. By far, the Calamari Fritte was cooked to perfection. You can’t help but to moan (quietly) as you savor the chewy interior and crispy (not overly fried) exterior which is drizzled with a Chipotle Aioli. A flavorful Wasabi Cocktail Sauce was a nice alternative to the traditional dipping sauce. Bravo to the chef for mastering and putting a nice twist on this Italian classic.
Incorporating traditional Hawaiian specialties, Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea also serves Kalua Pig Pot Stickers on the happy hour menu. This $7 dish is the perfect blend of sweet and savory with caramelized Maui pineapple curry and cabbage slaw. Salad lovers will swoon over the Maui Wowie, Nick’s version of a chopped salad made with Maui Onions, romaine, tomatoes, tiger shrimp, avocado, feta, pepperoncini and olives in a caper vinaigrette. The accommodating wait staff will even split it for parties of two. This is the most “expensive” dish at $11 and a medley of the best Mediterranean flavors. We also recommend the Oyster Shooters if your palette is adventurous or you’re on a date 😉
We hope your mouths are watering and you’ve made a note to add Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea to your list of Maui restaurants.
Happy Hour at Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea happens seven days a week (yes, you read that correctly) from 5-7pm at the bar/lounge area. Dinner is also available from 5:30-9:45pm nightly. Reservations are recommended, call 808-879-7224.