Karai Crab

4.7
637 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Karai Crab is a local-style seafood boil restaurant. We have a fun and spicy menu that uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and we serve it with aloha.

Our seafood combos are always popular, and they can be customized with any of our house-made sauces, and with one of our four spice levels ranging from mild, all the way up to ghost pepper!

If you are looking for something different, try out BuzzFeed’s rated best chicken wings in Hawaii! We also serve lighter fare like our fresh ahi cakes or poke, vegetarian pasta, or specialty items like our cioppino or shrimp and grits. We even have a rotation of house-made desserts daily (if you have room after dinner…)

Join us for a pau hana drink and pupus during happy hour, for dinner with the family, or during our late-night happy hour with friends!

Support Karai Crab during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 637 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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surfer
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food and service were great. We sat by the servers area for water refills and the phone but the manager gave us great service There was an obnoxious white/blond with a young kid was was laughing very loud about every 5 minitutes and that was annoying.
the food was great and even 15% kamaaina price

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cynthial
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was friendly and food was EXCELLENT. Pleasantly surprised and can’t recommend this place enough.

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Caseyt
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The no mess shrimp dipped in the karai sauce was fantastic. All the sauces were amazing. definitely reccommend

PB
PBaker
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The snow crab and king crabs were delicious. Their sauces definitely added some great flavors.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Customer service was great and the food was excellent. Even the pickiest members in the party said the experience and food was exceptional.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was over seasoned, i had to ask for lemon and vinegar. We ordered mostly garlic butter but i didn’t expect it to be pure butter, I thought it would be at least diluted with water. This place is similar to boiling crab in terms of menu but it was way oily and salty. There was no ambiance, it was loud inside, we were seated near another group and we could hear their conversation. We were placed in the corner with zero view. Service though was good, he was very attentive and polite, he answered our questions and we did not feel hurried. We would have ordered dessert if they offered. All in all, i did not give it 5 stars due to the food and ambiance.

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vipreviewer2
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The king crab with the signature sauce on level 2 cayenne spice was spectacular. We enjoyed a second round of those after sharing the nice mix of king crab, clams, shrimp, mussels, and corn. The flavors were great and enjoyed the Hanalei IPA on draft. Don’t be afraid to get in there and break up the crab, they give you everything you need to do it right- bibs and all. The staff was friendly and the restaurant is clean. The location was a short Uber ride about 8 minutes from the main strip where we were staying at Outrigger Waikiki Beach. We will come back next time we visit as we had a blast with this dining experience, something you don’t see in California much, so we loved it. Thanks!

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Deano
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, table was ready when we arrived. Service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Garlic noodle was very good!
Crabs (any kind) were all good as well.
It was fun using tools to break crab legs! :)

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Maxim
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good spice food crab and lobster

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ValerieR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food, love the drinks, service was amazing. Would recommend to everyone.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first time & would definitely come back. Great service overall! Cioppino was on point, wish it comes with starch. Good cocktail, wish they have more selection for kids menu.

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TejoniC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food was too bland for my liking. I ordered the snow crab legs w/ potatoes Nd corn and the corn was totally under done and there was barely any sauce in the bowl. The garlic noodles reminds me of the maruchan top ramen noodles, but even those have more flavor than there noodles and it was more expensive then what I got a Ruth Chris !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unreal good. Best seafood from coast to coast. Expensive but waaay worth it.

MB
MariaB
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Awesome Customer Service! Will definitely dine in again in the future. Mahalo Karai Crab for taking great care of us on my birthday!

MR
MommyRaptor
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The servers are really cool and helpful here. I found the service to be outstanding.

The food itself was a little too expensive and salty. We enjoyed the heat of the spices though.

My daughter loved the non-alcoholic spritzers.

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ChristinaR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great! the crab was great but another great entre was the shrimp!!! it was cooked so perfectly and it went well with the karai special sauce. I wish we went with spicy because I think that would have elevated it even more, and I don't even like spicy lol. The server was so sweet! not to mention we spilled water all over the table lol and she kept her great attitude about it, we felt so bad ghaa.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service; good portions

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WillH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. A little pricey but not excessively.

MI
MarquesI
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place, great food, Service was outstanding. I would happily go there again. My father was celebrating his birthday and everything was great. The honey shrimp, of the chain!!

DZ
DeeZ
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Generous portions, all the sauces we ordered were fantastic!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food wasn’t good. I think maybe I just went at a wrong time maybe. The food was terribly dry and cold. So the $200 I spent definitely not worth the experience. Of the 14 places I have tried so far this is definitely on the bottom end

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had yet in Oahu and worth every penny!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome...King crab legs and Dungeness crab clusters with two different sauces, garlic noodles, miso clams, catfish and a few others! Attentive, helpful and friendly service. It was a hot day so it was nice being in a nice, cool place. Will be going back soon!

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vipecec
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Have been here twice it's an unassuming spot with really good food. I will be back a few more times for sure.

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SchroederS
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. We really enjoyed Karai Crab.

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LloydF
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is good, but pricey considering the ocean is not far. The service is good, but for those prices the place needs a lot more ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The best thing we ate was the catfish. The corn was dry with no flavor. The king crab and garlic butter sauce was good. The fried rice is a big NO. Wouldn’t eat here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

All the food was cold and overpriced for what it actually was. We would’ve liked a better description on the menu and the items to make sure we’ll like it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Definitely could distribute the sauce better... 5 dollars for extra sauce that’s barely enough to cover food

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Alicia
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have to try the crab combo, a seafood assortment in a huge bowl, it does get messy though. You can choose your sauce for the crab combo. Oh and the garlic fried was delicious! The staff was on point and very friendly.

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Jgib
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Staff was very attentive and the food was fresh. Highly recommend.

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LyndsayV
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such delicious food!!! I lived in Louisiana for 5 years and this is some of the BEST cajun seasoning and perfectly cooked seafood I've ever had!! 12/10 will be going back for more. Also great service, the staff was amazing.

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PeiYuC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is super good. Crab is at reasonable price and sauce is tasty. Meso clam is incredible. Service is fast and the store is clean. I really enjoy the dinner!

JD
JanetD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tasty food. Everything was great; we especially liked the chicken wings as an appetizer. The crab was amazing. Well worth the drive over from Waikiki!

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vipChadB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seafood was good but most dishes don't come with sides. Was not aware of that. For the price paid dishes should come with at least one side. Otherwise the shrimp was very good , you are able to pick your sauce and spice level, really good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is yummy! The decor is so cute and the staff was very friendly, kind and grateful (they thanked us every time we gushed over how good the food was). Very chill atmosphere. Eat with bibs and gloves. So fun, so delicious. I would definitely go back. Such a great find in Waikiki. Like someone else said in their review, the only time we came up for air was to drink our cocktails. Mahalo!

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FilibertoG
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredibly delicious and quick. Staff were very attentive and answered all of our questions. They also made sure our glasses were filled at all times.

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ArianG
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The overall accountability of the manager running the shift lead to poor service communication with waiters

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You can order delivery directly from Karai Crab using the Order Online button. Karai Crab also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 952-6990.

Karai Crab is rated 4.7 stars by 637 OpenTable diners.

Karai Crab does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/karai-crab-honolulu-hi/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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