Karai Crab

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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!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helpful attentive waitstaff

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Fesiliohana
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mahalo to the Karai Crab crew for helping me make my mom's birthday great!!! Awesome, friendly service, awesome food, fast turn around, awesome value for what we ordered and even better, a happy birthday song!!! Lol...Mahalo for a great time ...we will for sure be back again!!

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vipRobiS
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and our server, Arlene, knowledgeable and personable.
The Manager on duty, Garrett, was very pleasant and answered our questions. We also
saw him sweeping the floor after customers left -- to keep the restaurant looking neat.

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BryceP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always outstanding...the food and service is GREAT!

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SavannahM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I bring all my friends here when they visit! So good and always great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I’ve messaged the restaurant directly about this and haven’t heard anything as yet.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The experience at Karai is ALWAYS amazing!! Hands down the BEST seafood restaurant on Oahu! I just love all Karai has to offer!
Great staff as well especially Unk!! 😉😉😉😉

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JarettandDez
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing CRAB EAT place ever!
Better than Cajun King and Kickin Cajun
The proportion of food for price is priced fairly
Very generous portions
The taste and flavors are impeccable
Plus great wait staff and management

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SheldonT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at Karai Crab was extremely helpful and sincere. The wait help provided her honest feedback and insights on what to order since this was our first visit. The night we ate at Karai Crab was extra special because it was our wedding anniversary therefore the service we experienced just made it extra special. We will definitely return.

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vipMsEnPlace
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious crab and shrimp with many sauce options and a very personable waitress who made sure we understood our range of choices. Ambiance a little spartan, but we will definitely visit the next time we are in Honolulu.

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vipChristineV
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great service!

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BlaireC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love it, we are regulars now and are there once a week... It’s worth the time to go there if you are visiting... my favorite dishes are the garlic noodles, and the no mess shrimp with Cayenne spice and Karai special sauce... fantastic...

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SavannahM
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints and the customer service is great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I dined here on Valentine’s Day. It was awesome. We ordered oyster shooters and snow crab karai combo. Staff was wonderful and attentive. They even gave us chocolate treats from Bit of Brown Sugar. Parking was $3 with validation if you park in the Interstate Building structure. Otherwise, there’s a few street parking right outside. Would totally come back again :)

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CarrieF
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We absolutely love Karai Crab. They are not afraid to try new things, and their regular items keep us coming back for more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary dinner and Karai crab far exceeded our expectations! This is hands down the BEST seafood/crab joint on island - I even like it better than places I’ve gone to in the mainland. Seafood is super fresh - and the karai special sauce is TO DIE FOR! We had the snow crab & no-mess shrimp (another thing I loved because we didn’t have to peel!) and also the fried catfish w/ fries & a bowl of the seafood gumbo - everything was DELICIOUS! The portions of food are also very generous so you’ll definitely leave full!! I definitely will be returning, hopefully soon!

Definitely make reservations as it does get very crowded at dinner time, esp on the weekend.

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BlaireC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, amazing food ... so delicious... the only thing I would love would be to have the lights a bit softer or dimmer... but we will be back again and again

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vip2eatornot2eat
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We just had starters to share but they were all delicious. We had the garlic noodles, the chicken wings which were the best I’d ever had and the shrimp and grits which were surprisingly good. Being from the South, we were skeptical that a place in Hawaii could pull it off but they did!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Crab loved the casual setting

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Anderson
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking a descent seafood place to celebrate my birthday i found karai crab random at the internet upon ariving in the area we are entertained right away the place is very clean with a good ambience the bathrooms where very clean which is a plus the waiter was very knowledgable with the menu since we are first timers he had explain to us very well their best sellers and recommended foods that we might wanna try my son enjoyed their kids menu crispy chicken for starter we had clam shooters that was really good with their inhouse made sauce we ordered their special karai crab and seafood pasta which is good for 2 person overall the food is ONO i highly reccomend for people who are craving for seafood Karai Crab is the place to go.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Pretty good, the value wasn’t as good as our first time there.

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LaniP
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening from start to finish! Food was quick and hot. Staff was Amazing thru out our visit.

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KristinaE
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had a great dinner here. Overall would recommend, with one exception. We went there specifically for The Kraken, and they said they weren't serving it. When we asked why they said because they didn't know how to serve it yet, which in my opinion isn't a great reason to not serve what would probably be a pricey menu item. But other than that the food was good and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience it was my first time there!

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JefferyH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place. Off the beaten path. Easy to get to. Good food. Amazing pecan tarts. They are a must.

AW
AdriiWF
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service fun for the whole family, definitely try the miso clams.

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good and smart service, very fresh seafood. Perhaps a new good hideout for Japanese visitors, a little bit far from the center of the city.

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GarretG
Fargo
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. Will be returning.

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vipRoger
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The wings were great. We loved the snow crab in butter garlic sauce so much we ordered a second round. The second serving unfortunately was not as hot in temperature as the first. Otherwise recommend this place.

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awesome
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place for some amazing seafood. The staff was great! An the service was nice an quick

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MaryV
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Foods are amazing. Great taste. I love the new restaurant location and designs. The only thing I had a problem with was that they forgot to out in my crab orders. I did order it through a different waiter and there must have been a communication issue. By the time they figured it all out everyone was done eating and decided not to wait anymore.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, super busy and noisy, but well worth it!!

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eatinout
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GET SOMETHING WITH DUNGENESS CRAB THERE GREAT. Wife loved her meal as well

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JanH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Christmas Day for a crab dinner and Karai delivered. It is basically everything you're looking for in a crab boil restaurant. Their special seasoning was delicious. We got the snow crab combo to share between two people. Of course the crab was great but we also really loved the shrimp. The happy hour menu is also great. We'll be back.

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LocalOnoOrNot
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience1

Great except the Ahi Fishcake! It tasted and felt like We both ate Raw Ground Beef but Crab was Ono!

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vipCarolT
Hawaii
29 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and great food!

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JoshuaK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great seafood, good price

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BryceP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing better than their GREAT FOOD is their OUTSTANDING Service!

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GREGS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was ok but not special - sometimes a bit bland, sometimes too salty - for the prices, I would have expected a step up in the taste quality profile. The service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crew over at Karai Crab never disappoint. The food and service is amazing. My wife and I have dinner at the restaurant every time we visit Oahu. There are a lot of new items and flavours since moving to their new location. Can’t wait till our next visit out to try more of them.

FAQs

Karai Crab offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 952-6990.

Karai Crab is rated 4.5 stars by 470 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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