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Karai Crab

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901 Hausten St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826-3037
+1 808-952-6990
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Let me just say...This quaint location packs a subtle punch. The splendid de or and outside seating present a very nice ambience for diving into some crab. I found that Karai seasoning and cayenne heat were adequate for my wife and I. We nibbled on some snow crab and added the Karai combo: mussels, clams, sausage, corn, potatoes. Awesome meal... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love our seafood, and this place doesn't disappoint. Amazing flavours and huge servings! Service is friendly and 5 star! We had the king crab and combo and sides for $80 for 2 people The seating is beautiful in a garden with ponds out the back, romantic and so peaceful. Next time we visit from Australia this place will be... More 

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Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

Amazing food! It's off the beaten track but a quick Uber ride from all hotels. The staff was very helpful. We had the garlic noodles- awesome! Then we had no mess shrimp and king crab. We love spicy food but couldn't go past cayenne. Messy, and fun. I highly recommend this for an adventure in eating great seafood.

Thank Boomer0
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4 reviews
Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

Don't let the quaint restaurant front fool you. This restaurant is much larger than it looks and the kalamari and crab legs were among the best I've ever had. Our server, Kaylee, was very friendly and knowledgeable. Jon was very inviting and brought us free Hawaiian food to taste since this was our first time visiting. The Kailua Pig was... More 

Thank Michele L
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Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

What a gem!!! We found it on Trip. When we first got there it looked like a mom and pop place. It was but with a zing. The food was out of this world and the service was great. We had crab shrimp clams bowel special with Kanya spice. So so good it your going to Honolulu it's a must.

Thank Julie S
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2017

We each had a huge bowl of crab legs, which tasted amazing and was very filling. You can pick your own spiciness level, and it is definitely spicy! Very messy, so definitely use the bibs. I recommend asking for a table outside, as it's beautiful out back, which I think they share with a hotel restaurant next door.

Thank Matthew C
Acworth, Georgia
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Reviewed January 2, 2017

Off the beaten path, this restaurant is well worth it. It looks like it is in a neighborhood. It is next to The Willows and has valet parking across the street. When you walk in, it looks like a little cafe...not much to look at. Where we were seated was amazing. We were taken care of quickly and John, the... More 

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Odessa, Ukraine
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Reviewed December 19, 2016

went there because of the high TA rating, were expecting food similar to 'Hot N Juicy Crawfish'. The restaurant itself isn't easy to find but offers convenient parking. We entered and were guided outside to our table. Got a bad smell because of the old chairs they're using, so they changed. We ordered the garlic noodles which came a bit... More 

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Texas City, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2016

Got a cab at night to the address, and it looked sketchy. Sign out front said to go next door to The Willows. There was NO ONE at either place, and it was a dark undesirable looking road! Still, we took the risk and paid the cab, and went in. A front desk person asked if we had a reservation,... More 

1 Thank jacklmg
Sunset Beach, Hawaii
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Reviewed November 1, 2016

This crab is SOOO good...they serve all kinds from Snow crab, to Alaskan King crab, with these amazing butters, from garlic, to Ghost pepper butter, and some in between. The flavor of the crab and sauce they make is really wonderful. They have side dishes that are so so, but their house salad has very fresh vegetables and we enjoyed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $30
Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 901 Hausten St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826-3037
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-952-6990
Karai Crab is a fun and spicy seafood restaurant. Located next to the historic Willows Restaurant in Moiliili, 5 to 10 minutes away from Waikiki. Menu offerings include Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, Clams, Fried Catfish, Cioppino, and much more! Bold flavors in all sauces created by Executive Chef, Miles Miyamoto will have you asking for more! Karai Crab offers a kid-friendly menu as well as Take Out. See you at Karai!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?