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Date
Sat, 5/26
Time
7:00 PM

Karai Crab

4.6
349 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Spicy
Karai Crab is a fun & spicy seafood restaurant, right next to the Willows. We have Dungeness, Snow and King Crab legs. Wonderful seasonings like our Karai Special, Garlic Butter, and Tropical Hawaiian to name a few and four different spice levels to choose from if you can handle it. Please call for reservations, reservations are highly recommended. We do accept walk ins when tables are available, there may be cancellations or no shows. We have outdoor and indoor seating, please make that clear when making your reservation, it is also on a first come first serve basis, our outdoor seating is very limited and some tables are not available due to bad weather. Our hours of operation are 5pm - 9pm, but last seating is at 8pm, last call for the kitchen and bar is at 8:30pm and we close the restaurant at 9pm. See you soon!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Cajun, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
5pm-9pm Daily Last seating is at 8pm
Closed on Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Other dates TBA.
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Phone number
(808) 952-6990
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Miles Miyamoto
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South King Street
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 349 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Karai Crab is always on pointe! The food is always perfectly cooked and delicious. We've gone to many "crab/seafood" places that put the seafood in plastic bag and a bucket. Karai crab serves in bowls so the seafood doesn't overcook while steaming in a bag! I gave one star less on service because it took almost 20 minutes for our appetizers to come out and then the food started coming out all at once. But the servers are ALWAYS friendly and personable. And for Mother's Day, I got to choose any dessert off the buffet! Nice to end the meal with something sweet!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

住宅街にあり、中庭の席で食事をいただきました。
オーダーはカライクラブとガーリックヌードル、フランスパンで、夫婦でシェアしました。
とても美味しかったです。
お店のスタッフも感じがよくて、また行きたいです。

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The food was amazing and the price was very reasonable for the large and generous portions. We got the combo with garlic butter and it was delicious! The staff was very attentive and outgoing! We will return!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Wonderful little restaurant that was a very nice departure from hotels and chains. The crab is very good, the style is very casual (you are given a bib, a claw cracker and a pair of scissors - that and your hands is all you need to disassemble your crab legs), and the service is friendly and attentive. Do make reservations and sit outdoors; the gardens are lovely and add to the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

I was a little let down by the great reviews when we entered the restarant. The inside seating area was pretty small and nothing special. I was ple asantly surprised when we went outside and was transported to a Japanese garden. The food was awesome and so was the staff. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

If you like crab this is the place for you! My husband had king crab leg and the waiter sort of encouraged me to have the snow crab. I'm sure glad I did. It was a huge portion and delicious. Really! And, the garlic noodles were yummy. It was really fun and we surely will go back.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We were lucky to get reservations on the same day because sometimes you just want to eat crab NOW. I took my two little ones who like their keiki meals (catfish and fries, chicken wings and rice) which they always eat all to get the ice cream soft serve for dessert. I ordered the King Crab in yummy karai sauce and a side of mushrooms but this time I forgot to order garlic butter shrooms, they were still good. Crab legs were chunky fat and delish. Finger lickin' good. Love going early! Super fast, friendly service from the guy who is always there anticipating water refills before you get a chance to ask for it! Free parking early-what's not to love?!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

One of the managers was just absolutely greatly ie customer service. He seat us as quickly as he could the. At the end of the evening he brought out some free desert for my sister in law who was visiting. Food is always awesome!!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Overall the food was great. Only thing that was not up to par was the cornbread. It was dry and bland. Otherwise it was a great place. Would never guess what hides behind the front area. Get a table outside it is nice.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This restaurant is a hands-on seafood eating experience. Food very good and be prepared to wear protective apron to stop the food from splashing on you.

Aim to eat at the back which is beautifully set out in oriental style.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Fun restaurant with really great service! The food was okay.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We got the crab and shrimp bucket with the karai special seasoning, which was delicious. The crab was great the shrimp were over cooked. I would return but only get the crab.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Everything was on Point and service was very good. Waiter came by to check on us multiple times thru out the dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The service was questionable. A drink was missed and when finally received it was warm. Excuses were that the tap was broken and that they were really busy although there were more empty tables than full tables. It took 40mins to receive the drink. The server didn’t know the menu well. All of our questions were answered as a guess. The server was unable to split the bill as he told us he didn’t remember what we all ordered.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was tasty and the service friendly. Will come back with my family.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent food and service. Outdoor seating was “ok”, considering it was raining.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a wonderful time, our server was delightful and helpful. The manager was also very involved as well.
Great place
We will be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The best seafood in town! Beautiful restaurant. Wonderful service!!!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great spicy crab and shrimp in a casual, informal setting. The jalapeño bacon cornbread side was especially good. Lots of roasted corn in it.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

What a treat for our whole party! Bountiful crab and shellfish, and tasty sides. John was welcoming and the staff very attentive. Our favorite on the island.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The entire experience was great. The scenery was beautiful and the service we received was beyond exceptional.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Best place for king crab on Ohau. The Katie Special seasoning is a must.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We were glad to have tried Karai Crab as it was very highly rated. The crab was spicy and delicious, and we were very pleasantly surprised at how good the garlic noodles were. I can eat that over and over... thanks!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very good service and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Upon reading the reviews of outstanding customer service and great food, thought we should check out what we've been missing. A Valentine's Day dinner was planned with a reservation made. Arriving 30 minutes before reservation, we were greeted with courtesy and was seated immediately. The food was absolutely delicious. The portions were huge so we had some to bring home. The management/staff came around to see how things were going. The manager came out wishing us a Happy Valentine's Day and gave us a small gift. This was indeed a perfect night out, being treated with the utmost courtesy and enjoying a fabulous meal. I would recommend Karai Crab to anyone and will definitely return soon.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Karai Crab was great fun. The menu is limited but everything was really delicious. Part of the fun was eating shellfish with our fingers...wearing a bib but still making a mess. Service was excellent. The ambiance was basic.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

I celebrated in Hawaii for my Birthday. I lucked up and found this restaurant and made a reservation. The people were pleasant and attentive. The host even recognized it was my birthday, but I think my man had something to do with that. We sat outside by the water and it was amazing. The food, the water and the people that was visiting from all parts of the world. I was in heaven!
Heads on ordering: Get the snow crab or King crab legs. The dungeness they bring you a Whole crab and you have to break it apart yourself.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Good as always!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Amazing food. Great waiter

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Crab with Karai sauce. Chicken. Noodles. Heaven.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

ここは店員さんもフレンドリーで居心地がよく、蟹や海老好きにはたまらない豪快かつ美味しい料理で大満足でした。
ハワイに来たらまた是非行きたいですが、あまり流行ると困るので知人などには隠しておきます(笑)

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Free ice cream from Willows after! Service was a little slow to get seated, but food was great and they did check in frequently once we were seated.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Eating here was the bomb, will definitely come back

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Karai Crab is a hidden gem with great food and friendly, attentive service.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Highly recommend! I love Karai Crab. We've been going to Karai Crab since we arrived to Hawaii in 2016 and the service and food is always top notch. We go a little more than once a quarter and the food and service is always great. Absolutely one of the best seafood places in Honolulu. I highly recommend this great place. It's also kid friendly.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was Ono! Definitely will go back to eat we had the combo with Kong Crab

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

This place is absolutely amazing!!! Great food, staff, and atmosphere! Sit outside and order the karai blend!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Wow. I was amazed and proud of myself to bring my girl friend to this restaurant. Try to get yourself outside seatings if it’s not too hot(I went for dinner so it wasn’t hot) The foods were good servers were friendly. I would definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Awesome value, friendly service and incredible crab 🙌

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