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About Karai Crab

Karai Crab is a fun and spicy restaurant. Enjoy spectacular seasonings with your favorite seafood. Garlic Butter King Crab, Lemon Grass Shrimp, Miso Sake Clams to name a few. We also offer delectable appetizers and daily specials like Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Fried Catfish, Sweet Potato Fries, and Cioppino. Mild, Medium, Spicy, and Ghost Pepper Spicy...we offer it all!

901 Hausten Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Cajun, Creole / Cajun / Southern

Hours of Operation:
5pm-9pm Daily
Closed on Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Other dates TBA.

Cross Street:
South King Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 952-6990

Website:
http://karaicrab.com/

Catering:
Bring a little taste of Karai Crab your home or office. Let us create a menu that will have your guests thinking you're a culinary master. Let us do the work!

Parking Details:
Valet Parking: $3 with validation. The valet lot is located across the restaurant



Self Parking: Available in the paid Propark lot next to the Willows.

Executive Chef:
Chef Miles Miyamoto

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Karai Crab Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (10)
Special Occasion (10)
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Good for Groups (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Spicy (6)
Cozy (6)
Romantic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great taste, Impressive food, Kind staff, Wonderful experience.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

We were deceived with our initial entrance but was lead outside to a much larger, enjoyable atmosphere. When they say the food is spicy, believe it! We enjoyed it so much, we are planning to return before we leave.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (東京)·Dined on November 26, 2017

美味しかったです。旨辛でこれからハワイに行くたびに行きます。

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The service was awesome! The entire staff was very friendly and prompt. Couldn’t have been happier with our experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Greaf Seafood. Service was not that great. You are not coming here for an elegant dinner. But great seafood. Disappointed with the options for a vegetarian. They indicated that fried tofu was available with the same treatment options but that was not true.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We booked the Karai Crab after looking at reviews. We wanted some good local seafood on a Friday night. We grabbed an Uber which was $9 from the outrigger on the beach , it took about 10minutes. When we arrived I thought oh no ( the outside and inside is very plain) then after being seated and ordering we were blown away !! The food is delicious we had prawns, mussels, snow crab, noodles, mushrooms & broccoli. The servings were huge fresh and so tasty- you choose your own sauce, we had garlic butter and Karai crab special mild - we then walked back to the hotel, it took about 30 minutes. Such a good night !!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It’s a great place for any occasion! Our family and friends love it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

最初は住宅街の中ということもあり、入りづらかったですがいざ中に入ってみると、広々とした中庭が広がっていました。味は非常に美味しかったです。

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

This was a great place for a little date for my spouse and I. The service was spot on, never had to ask for anything. The wait staff was quick and efficient. Not to mention the food was great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We love this restaurant. The food is amazing, the manager, Jon, is one of a kind. We live in Kona, but whenever we get to Honolulu, this is a must for dinner. Do yourself a favor and try it! You won't be sorry!!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Everything tasted wonderful and the food was served fairly quickly! The only thing is I had to flag the servers to catch my attention because we wanted to order more.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is a hidden gem. Great food served with fantastic service and unique style. Definitely have to get the crab for the true experience but the other choices equally as good. Worth a try and a second visit.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Visiting Ohau for first time and thanks to Open Table “discovered” this gem tucked into a neighborhood off the beaten path. Tiny on the inside but has a hidden outdoor pond /garden with seating apparently partly shared with another restaurant . Dining to the sound of water, live music and quiet conversation was a nice treat enhanced by the fun of fresh seafood. My husband had the sampler with shrimp, mussels, clams, sausage,potatoes and corn. My ciopinno was a spicy mixture of shrimp, mussels, fish, and crab. Messy with peeling the shrimp and digging every morsel of crab out of the shell but had a great time. Plenty of drink options including some very inventive and tasty mixed drinks and the surprise soft serve ( free)dessert. Yumm! Great service too!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Healthy, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

とても美味しかったです!!
店員さんのサービスも最高でした!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 8, 2017

A great find for seafood prepared just the way you want it. Tranquil dining setting outdoors with pond and water garden - this will be a must for every visit to Hawaii.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Good for the value, the service was friendly but extremely slow.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was amazing. We'll definitely be back for more!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This is a must eat place i dang near licked my bowl the crab legs were so amazing and I eat out a lot!!! Will def go back again and again!?

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Although the waiter said the dungeness crabs were live, the crab we received had meat that was mushy. We've eaten many live dungeness crabs, and this one was either not live or was ultra-overcooked. I suspect the former but can't say for sure. We didn't want to make a scene but $48 for a mushy crab is bordering on criminal.

Service was good though and the self serve mango/vanilla softserve dessert was a fun treat. Those don't however make up for the shortcomings of the food and we don't plan to come back.

Tags: Spicy
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 (London)·Dined on October 21, 2017

What a gem this place is! We were in Honolulu for a few days at the end of our holiday and wanted something a bit more casual than the numerous smart and expensive restaurants available. On arrival it looked a bit like a fast food place (which we were prepared for) but suddenly they took us outside where there was a beautiful water fall and river feature and some amazing seating as their restaurant sister is just next door. Now the food: fresh and plentiful! Fun choosing your fish, then your seasoning and then the level of heat ;-) Beautifully cooked and seasoned! The staff are super friendly and accommodating - one of the few places we felt they actually deserved their recommended 15-20% tip! Miss this place at your peril!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My favorite restaurant on Oahu for a casual yummy meal! The service and food is outstanding. Definitely have the Karai Special seasoning-so delish! It’s a simple menu that is packed with goodies, and the ending to the meal is always very “sweet”! Good folks making good food!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Koby is amazing. We even paid him a visit this morning at his other job, where he gave us a great deal on a rental car! Crab was also great, overall a fun experience.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Celebrated my birthday here and the staff was amazing. My husband has many food sensitivities and the staff was more than willing to help us so that we could enjoy ourselves. Food tasted delicious!!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything was great. The waiter wasn't the best. It was our first time. He seemed like he was in a rush, looking at his watch when taking our order. But everything else was great.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Karai special seasoning was amazing! The waiter was very nice!

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

This place was awesome. Wonderful food and great prices.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We sat outside next to the water. This really made for a pleasant dining experience. Inside dining isn't as cozy as outside on the veranda. The wait staff was very attentive. Enjoyed the complimentary tasty freeze. I wold definitely return.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Raum Hamburg)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Just go there you won’t regret it

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We're in Hawaii for our honeymoon since our original trip to PR was cancelled due to hurricane Irma. We enjoyed ourself. Food and staff were great!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

今回2回目の利用です。お店の中より外の方が断然雰囲気もよいですよ!食事の後のソフトクリームは忘れずに。(無料、セルフ)

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Everything was spicy and delicious. Loved the cayenne, habenero and the ghost pepper with the karai sauce and garlic butter. Just Didn't care too much for the tropical seasoning.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I wish we had asked to be seated in the 'outdoor' seating. I didn't realize it was so casual and small, but my husband liked the food alot. The service was pleasant, and there was so much food for the money. It would have been nice to have a little more atmosphere, and to not share with the Willows, but we will be back. A very good value and nice, local place.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 11, 2017

It was my mom's birthday and I wanted to take somewhere she haven't been and enjoy her seafood because she loves seafood. I've been here for about I think 5-6 times already and Karai Crab didn't disappoint! We ordered 2 batches of king crab in garlic butter sauce, snow crab in lemon pepper sauce, karai combo in karai special sauce, chicken wings, sweet potato fries and bread, and it was all excellent! The shellfish are all on point. The only thing I would have wished they did is to give a piece of cake or pie or ice cream with a candle for the celebrant to wish on and blow, just gives that birthday celebration feel. But other than that, it's awesome, our server is very nice too and did his best to cater to us.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Read all the positive reviews on yelp and trip adviser. I can't add too much more it's a very good value especially for Honolulu

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Good value and family friendly. John the manager was awesome

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Service was incredible and super friendly. The food was superb!!! The outdoor seating was phenomenal. Very impressed and will be back soon.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 6, 2017

美味しくて美味しくて、食べ過ぎて、もうしばらく良いやって、、次の日にはまた食べたくなりました(^^)
次回のハワイ旅行でまたお世話になります^ ^

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We love crab and most all seafood, but this place also has terrific steamed broccoli, mushrooms & garlic noodles! We got together with friends from out of town and they loved it too. We'll all be back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We ordered a mild sauce. The manager offered us to taste a stronger, spicier sauce, from a bowl on the side.... we did not expect to be billed for tasting his sauce !

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always great

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