Karai Crab

4.7
785 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!

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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 785 people are saying
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SelinaH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 1st time visiting this establishment. I did enjoy the food, and those cookies, ( both chocolate chips and lemon cookies) are very good. I recommend getting both.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Chicago and this is the only restaurant reservation we made for our trip based on the reviews. It did not disappoint! We shared the Kona Crab with the Karai seasoning and shrimp garlic fried rice. The crab was so fresh, sweet and the spices complimented the taste perfectly. The fried rice was excellent and tons of garlic. Only regret was not bringing mints and having to wear our masks afterwards. Our server was very attentive, welcoming and polite. We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful night with delicious food and great service. Got the Kraken and all left with full stomachs!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. It’s a little bit expensive but overall a good experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was not great as we expected.

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vipPauoaRes
Hawaii
40 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted crab and boy, did we get crab: dungeness legs. Also got some chioppino-like stew, garlic shrimp, a couple of orders of garlic noodles, cajun broccoli, garlic mushrooms, and surprised to see ricotta lemon cookies which were also terrific

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very sad with new location, but food delicious

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moniquel
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fabulous , especially the shrimp and calamari

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

This place is absolutely amazing!!!!! The service and food were out of this world! If your here visiting this place is a must!!!!

MR
MelissaR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Customer Service was good! Friendly staff I liked how they all worked together.

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KristineM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

King Crab legs were great. Garlic noodles amazing. Definitely will come back when I’m Oahu again.

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ShelleyE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO SO SO good, crab is $$$ but what are you gonna do?

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dustie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fine establishment and friendly staff. Online price for King Crab was 1/3 less than menu price 10/31/21. Cheese bread was cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! Will definitely be back!

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Gabby
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary. Everything was great!!!
If you’re up for a challenge, get the ghost pepper level spice.

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EmeriF
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here on our first day visiting Honolulu and let me tell you - the food was AMAZING. We got the garlic noodles, king crab legs, and garlic bread. Get the karai flavored sauce it is delicious and one of the best tasting I’ve had. Just the right spicy level too. Our server John was excellent and recommended great things. Must try it in the area!

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JosieM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Highly recommend. Ate here or first night in Hawaii.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and the staff was so friendly and helpful. The fried chicken skins are amazing, the garlic shrimp is full of flavors, lobster was delicious, mushrooms are very light and tasty, cheese bread was yummy, and the king crab combo with the spicy sauce was the icing on top. Came in hungry, left uncomfortably full...but that’s my fault because everything tasted so great! Will definitely be back during another trip!

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vipBennyN
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Quick, attentive and friendly. Food selection is wide, and tastes amazing. We keep going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was exceptional. Friendly and helpful.
Love it

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LynnB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! Will definitely go back while we are still in town!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

30th anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous as well as the service! A must go when in Oahu

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Outsider480
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were great! Very kind and helpful. Everyone mage us feel welcome and were so kind in helping my husband and I celebrate our anniversary!

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MichaelV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting our daughter on island and just loved everything about Karai Crab. Can’t wait to visit again!! I even bought a shirt…

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best crab experience

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our nephew there to thank him. Upon arrival, checked our vaccination status and seated immediately. Service was quick and attentive. Food was absolutely delicious. Exactly what you would expect!

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SonoraS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dining experience I’ve had on island by far! Food was outstanding and the service was so friendly. Will definitely be back again!

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JadineN
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at our favorite place. Excellent service and cleanliness. We’ll be back soon!

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vipKelliL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service. Ordered the snow crab legs… expected better in a Hawaii.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My FAVE spot!!!

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StevenH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific time at Karai Crab! Cannot wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Oahu for our Honeymoon; was looking for a solid seafood spot that had a big variety of our favs: shrimp, mussels, clams, lobster, crab, fresh fish, etc. Googled a couple of more upscale spots (Nico’s on Pier 38, Chart House, etc.) but none of the menus seemed to have the “full” variety we were looking for. Then we found Karai Crab. Best seafood (dare I say) in all of O’ahu!!

I used to work at a Joe’s Crab Shack as my first Serving gig, so I have a good knowledge on different types of crab, pricing, available flavors, and how the quality of the food is supposed to be. Everything exceeded our expectations!! It was my wife’s first crab boil, and she couldn’t have been more elated or impressed. Portion sizes are very hearty, and we came hungry (my wife and I split one Dungeness Crab Combo Pot with the works (Karai sauce of course)), and we almost couldn’t finish it!! Definitely no room for dessert. And the chill, 80s through early 2000s R&B playlist was the icing on the cake. I was singing and jamming through my entire meal!!

Seriously worth every penny!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Service was excellent and food came Out super fast. We really enjoyed ourselves. Parking was a little tricky so watch the video on their website

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LarissaC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The garlic noodles are a must try. We also had the King Crab, Dungeness and Snow Crab in garlic butter and it was delicious. The mussels and sausage in the combo was amazing. Slightly overpriced compared to market price but still worth it in the end.

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vipHowardH
Hawaii
40 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very tasty - very nice blend of spices in the sauces. Portions were small for the price. We requested parking validation, which they advertise and said they gave us did not work in the machine.

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JayM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly Recommend this place! One of the best meals I've had in years!!

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CaraL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was top notch. Our food was really good with the exception of my catfish. Did not taste anything like catfish more like a whit fish simular to tilapia.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing . Never had crabs this good .We thoroughly enjoyed the meal——like they say ‘finger-licking “
We will be back !!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome. Everything was delicious. Very nice people
Highly recommend.

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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 785 OpenTable diners.

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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