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“Simple location w/ yummy food. Worth the drive! ” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
Ranked #9 of 88 Restaurants in Haleiwa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Seafood, Fast Food, Hawaiian
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: THE ORIGINAL SHRIMP TRUCK SINCE 1993
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Simple location w/ yummy food. Worth the drive! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

The food that comes from this graffiti ridden truck is simple and SO delicious. We had the scampi. As long as you love garlic, you will love this dish. They have some other dishes for those that prefer spicy food as well. The surrounding area has other food vendors that serve yummy goods also. A definite two thumbs up to Giovannis : )

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gioshrimp, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Simple has always been good with us... Thank you for the two thumbs up and for the recommendation to future customers... Enjoy the island and hope to see you again in the future..

Jorge Amorim
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
808-293-1839
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Magdeburg, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Shrimps without fancy cutlery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014

Don't expect to be seated by a waitress and surely don't expect a fancy lunch out. But expect a unique experience and fun while digging your fingers in rice and shrimps. I liked the atmosphere of eating my shrimps nearby an old truck and enjoying being outdoor. If you want to you can also buy a shrimp truck t-shirt as a souvenir.

  • Visited September 2013
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gioshrimp, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Unique experience is exactly what we want our customers to have... It makes us happy you enjoyed the location and the shrimp as well... Have a great time in paradise and hope to see you again in the future..

Jorge Amorim
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
808-293-1839
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Messy, finger licking, hole-in-the-wall fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

We stopped while doing the Kamehameha
Hwy and I'm glad we did. It's a hole in the wall graffitied up food truck next to a covered picnic area and other stands selling grilled corn, cold coconuts, etc. $13 a plate for a large helping of rice and peel-on shrimp. I ordered scampi and my husband ordered hot and spicy. The scampi was nice and garlicky and a squeeze of lemon put it over the top. I enjoyed making a big mess sucking the shells and scooping mouthfuls of hot rice and shrimp. THE HOT AND SPICY IS NO JOKE. I'm from New Mexico and I like spicy but I'm glad I stayed with scampi. It was really good and flavorful but my husband (who likes things extra hot) said that the spiciness built and it was super hot by the end. The extra spice also kind of acted to cook the hot and spicy a bit more so it ended up slightly overcooked. All in all it was a good eat.

Visited June 2014
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gioshrimp, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
We are happy you enjoyed the experience at the shrimp truck and for the great review... Thank you for the great review and the best places are the hole in the wall type I believe.... Enjoy the island and hope to see you again in the future...

Jorge Amorim
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
808-293-1839
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Vaughan, Canada
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“Best Shrimp, hands down”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

Read in a few guide books about Giovanni's Shrimp Truck and decided to try when I am at the North Shore. Saw other trucks on the way but decided to wait for the "real deal". And I was not disappointed: the choices are limited - but this is a truck, not a sit in restaurant. The food was served quickly and it was great. shrimps are unpeeled but you find that peeling them is part of the fun! This is a must stop when you get to the north shore of Oahu

  • Visited May 2014
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gioshrimp, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
Thank you for giving us a chance and happy you enjoyed the experience... It makes us happy when we meet people's expectations and thank you for the recommendation to future customers... Enjoy the island and hope to see you again in the future...


Jorge Amorim
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Worth the drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

We hadn't been here in several years and are so glad we made it back! The shrimp scampi is the best, as always. If you love shrimp and love garlic- this is great. They have now installed a patio and sink nearby. I don't recall that they were here five years ago, but it sure makes life easier, because pealing shrimp us messy!

There are several other venders around the shrimp truck. They looked interesting, but were closing as we arrived.

The road to the North Shore has gotten even more crowded than in the past, but it is worth the drive to have a plate of shrimp!

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gioshrimp, Guest Relations Manager at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
Thank you for coming back to see us and happy you enjoyed the scampi again... We have mad a few changes to the place over the years and will continue to improve the location... Enjoy the island and hope to see you again sooner next time...

Jorge Amorim
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
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