On a random day, my Fiance tells me he had lunch at Harbor Restaurant 38.
Then proceeded to go on and on raving about it.
But my burning question was, "You went... WITHOUT me?"
He felt a bit guilty so he brought me this time around. ;)
My Fiance was actually craving their Brisket Sandwich. But it turns out, it's a special item (only featured when the chef wants to). So he picked their Ruben Sandwich instead.
I'm generally not a fan of the Ruben,
but my Fiance's sandwich looked really mouth-watering and he insisted I take a bite.
WOW is all I can say.
I would highly recommend. It's a whole lot of awesome!
I mean, how can it not?
There's Swiss cheese, Sauerkraut AND Bacon.
Their chips were really tasty too.
We also liked their Grilled Octopus appetizer.
The octopus was quite tender.
The arugula, lemon, red onion, cilantro, and garlic is light, yet embraces you like a warm summer.
I was quite excited to see they had squid pasta on their menu.
Was I blown away?
Taste-wise, it was delicious!
Every bite was full of melty cheese, garlic and capers.
And they don't scrimp on the garlic either!!!
The shrimps were seasoned in a cajun-like herb mix
(reminiscent of Chef Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish Magic seasoning),
then grilled. It was really tasty just by itself too.
I was anticipating the squid ink noodles to be silky soft.
However, the texture was firmer and more done to Al dente so
if that's not how you usually like your pasta, you might consider ordering something else.
There's actually a lot of seating in their waiting area by the host stand.
If you don't plan to drive to Pier 38/ Nico's Fishmarket / Uncle's Fish Market & Grill--
this area can be accessed via Lea Lea Trolley. The stop is right downstairs (outside of Nico's)
Surrounding Area (Photos)
Their staff were super friendly (from the hostess, server, to management).
Their solid and fresh seafood dishes and comfortable ambiance will warrant more visits in the future.
Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38
1129 North Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Happy Hour- 3p-6p
Available online (Open Table).
Harbor 38 Restaurant Website.