Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

Food Truck and Seafood Restaurant$$$$
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  • The seafood at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck is a can't miss
  • Jorge a.
    "Get the Shrimp Scampi Plate w/ the house sauce on the side"(20 Tips)
    travelholic
    "Garlic Shrimp are THE best!"(11 Tips)
    Jorge a.
    "Check out Adam take on the spicy shrimp and remember the island."(10 Tips)
    Kelly P.
    "... can skip the Mac salad :)"(5 Tips)
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  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarJuly 24, 2016
    The wait isn't too bad and the shrimp is worth it. Garlic + lemon butter give a good mix of flavors. Spend a day at the beach and come chow down on this. You will not be disappointed.
  • Jessica I.
    Jessica IpAugust 25, 2015
    Don't miss this place if you're driving through North Shore. Stir fried in butter, lemon and garlic sauce - you'll be licking your fingers for days!
  • Alice W.
    Alice WanOctober 29, 2014
    The shrimp scampi is a must! The hot and spicy is seriously spicy (even for a spicy lover like myself) so make sure you are ready for some tongue burning awesomeness and have some water on the side.
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OJanuary 29, 2016
    Uhm yummmm. Shrimp scampi is where it's at, if you like spicy get the hot sauce on the side. I love spicy but their hot sauce is spicy spicy to the max!
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FJanuary 19, 2015
    One of the best shrimp trucks in the area. Garlic rice is SUPER garlicky. Order to go and sit in your car and eat. The flies can get a little intense. Grab napkins, things get messy.
  • Juan C.
    Juan CogornoDecember 28, 2014
    Shrimp is good. Try to go with another person, one of you can make the line for the shrimp while the other gets corn (which they sell in a stand close by and it's amazing) and get seats.
  • DFB
    DFBSeptember 8, 2014
    The scampi style is most popular. The hot and spicy is super hot and spicy so beware. They do offer half plates which are perfect size.
  • Arie C.
    Arie ChoiJanuary 14, 2013
    Shrimp scampi is great, but on the salty side. The lemon butter shrimp tastes & smells like wet rag, but some people may like the lemon flavor. All shrimp is fresh, good quality, and nicely sized.
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KnoxAugust 26
    So good you'll need to visit a few times to experience the entire menu. Be warned: the spicy shrimp packs a punch but they are life changing! Can't go wrong with the scampi!
  • PureWow
    PureWowSeptember 6, 2016
    Choose from a handful of shrimp dishes, served over a heaping portion of rice. And whatever you do, don’t forget to order the garlic hot dog. Read more
  • Barbara I.
    If you are up on the north shore of Oahu this is a must- prepare to wait a little but the garlic scampi (another word for big prawns) are amazing Read more
  • Gil G.
    Order the Scampi Shrimp and get the Hot Spicy sauce on the side where you control the heat! The Hot and Spicy is great, but some folks will think it's too...
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerOctober 7, 2014
    Took us some time to track it down, but SO worth it. The shrimp are massive, fresh and melt in your mouth. Garlic/lemon shrimp for sure.
  • Lori M.
    Lori Marks-NobleApril 17, 2014
    Best Shrimp ever! Thick and juicy and full of garlic. One plate serves 2 ppl. 12 shrimp and 2 scoops of rice topped with garlic.
  • Jasmin R.
    Jasmin ReyesJune 19, 2014
    Garlic shrimp scampi better than the spicy (tastes like Tabasco). BYOB and sit under the plumeria trees!
  • Staci S.
    Staci StevensSeptember 6, 2016
    The best peel and eat shrimp!! Do garlic and butter over spicy. Ask for hot sauce on side.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TNovember 30, 2014
    Very good garlic shrimp. I do wish they had been de-shelled. Felt like I lost some of the garlic sauce when I pulled off the shells.
  • Dev
    DevFebruary 28, 2012
    I can handle a lot of spice, believe me.... but the spicy shrimp was VERY spicy for me. Be careful. Go with the scampi and enjoy the shrimp!
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimFebruary 13, 2014
    We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the experience at the shrimp truck Muriel v. I will forward this review to the owner. Giovanni's Shrimp Truck Jorge
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkAugust 24, 2011
    After you try the delicious food (not one bad item on the menu), you may want to tag the shrimp truck or the pick-up truck in the parking lot. No marker? Kahuku Superette right next door sells them.
  • BJ B.
    BJ BirtwellSeptember 14, 2010
    The scampi is the best. If u can stomach the spicy, do it...just expect not to be able to taste anything for a day or two. ;) the best shrimp on the island fo sho
  • Agatha V.
    Agatha ViernesJune 17, 2011
    Get the scampish with garlic on your rice and hot sauce for dipping! I'd recommend draining the oil from the plate b4 digging in. Bon appetite!
  • Luke B.
    Luke BoeAugust 14, 2012
    The spicy shrimp rocks and lives up to the hype, but I liked the scampi even more. Get garlic on the rice!
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon CoyneFebruary 23, 2013
    Amazing - love this place. Was here 3 times this trip. People are great and the shrimp scampi is unbelievable
  • Carla A.
    Carla AAugust 26, 2013
    Make sure to be hungry! The food is delicious! Some of the BEST shrimp I've ever had!!!
  • Jenn W.
    Jenn Wilson JohnsonApril 4, 2015
    Loved all of the types of shrimp ! Tasty and reasonable prices.
  • Trish
    TrishMarch 2, 2015
    Garlic butter scampi. So good. And so much of it. All the locals are there - so it must be the best!
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimOctober 12, 2014
    Happy you enjoyed the scampi Veronica... Next time have the hot sauce on the side to kick it up a notch.....
  • Kelly P.
    Kelly Park-LeeMarch 8, 2013
    The best garlic shrimp I've ever had! Get the scampi...you can skip the Mac salad :)
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimDecember 4, 2011
    Giovanni's was featured on The Travel Channel's Man v Food Oahu Episode! We are so proud and we hope you enjoy!! http://www.travelchannel.com Oahu Man vs Food Nation www.travelchannel.com
  • David D.
    David DiazAugust 13, 2013
    Didn't care for the chilli spicy shrimp. Garlic shrimp was good. Has romy's the day before. Hard to say whose was better but I liked the excessive burnt garlic at romy's.
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimAugust 17, 2013
    Thank you giving us a chance and happy you enjoyed the scampi.... Hope to see you again in the future David D.
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimApril 22, 2014
    Happy you enjoyed and it filled you up Lori... Enjoy the island and hope to see you again in the future...
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle ElrodJuly 24, 2013
    Get plenty of napkins! Some of the best "finger-licking-good" food I have ever had.
  • Irene L.
    Irene LiuDecember 24, 2012
    get the roasted sweet corn - it's expensive at $3 a piece, but it's SO good!
  • LonnaDyn
    LonnaDynSeptember 7, 2010
    Best shrimp scampi everrrr! If you allergic to shrimp, they got garlic hot dog w/ bun or rice smothered in garlic. Bring wet wipes!
  • Neenz F.
    Neenz FaleafineDecember 29, 2012
    Strategize! One person stands in line to order, another person scopes out a table, and yet another person to order a few cobs of BBQ!
  • Logan L.
    Logan LeasureFebruary 17, 2011
    The hot and spicy shrimp will make your mouth BURN. The flavor is great but make sure you have lots of water on hand to drink.
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LeJanuary 9, 2015
    The shrimp scampi is really buttery and garlicky
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimJanuary 7, 2013
    Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the shrimp Gina, but our shrimp is freas as well.. Hope you will give us another chance in the future..
  • Hyg
    HygSeptember 25, 2010
    Ate the shrimp scampi even if I was allergic to shrimp and i think it's great! Ate them barehanded and it was more fun eating it.
  • drew s.
    drew smithMarch 24, 2011
    only worth a stop if you're a shrimp fanatic. personally I don't think it's worth the price. however, the hot sauce is killer great!
  • Celia L.
    Celia LauMay 28, 2013
    Expect a 1 hour+ wait. But get a corn on the cob at Woody's nearby and some shoyu poke from Kuhuku Superette while you wait!
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimDecember 25, 2014
    I agree with you Christine Hong, but also get the spicy on the side...
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimJanuary 7, 2013
    I agree Melanie O... The scampi is my fav. as well... See you soon.
  • Veronica B.
    Veronica BelmontSeptember 26, 2014
    We had the shrimp scampi! It was awesome.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HongDecember 12, 2014
    The scampi is the way to go. Full of delicious garliciness!
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimMay 19, 2013
    Always leave your mark when you eat at the shrimp truck... Good advise Jenisis....
  • Jo F.
    Jo FigueiredoOctober 2, 2011
    Forget seafood restaurants in Waikiki. This is the way to go for shrimp in Oahu. Scampi!
  • Lord funkomatic A.
    The place is great for watching reruns of the golden girls in sweat pants..... And eating shrimp.
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimNovember 24, 2013
    LOL...... Lord funkomatic.... I'm glad you enjoyed the shrimp and good thing that show can still be found on tv......
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimDecember 29, 2011
    Giovanni's Shrimp truck was on the travel network's man vs food. Check out Adam take on the spicy shrimp and remember the island.
  • Pane M.
    Pane Meatoga IIIAugust 30, 2011
    Love all the dishes at this place. Make sure you bring napkins because you will get messy.
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimApril 3, 2016
    Happy you enjoyed it Craig Ruks... Take care and hope to see you again in the future...
  • Francisco B.
    Francisco BuellaDecember 6, 2011
    The shrimp is good but don't sleep on the hot dog and garlic rice... Delicious!
  • Vicky L.
    Vicky LOctober 14, 2011
    #1, ask for extra garlic sauce and #3, pour left over lemon butter over the rice!!
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimJanuary 7, 2013
    great advice on being careful Dev... The hot sauce is to hot for me... You are a brave man.. take care
  • Jenisis
    JenisisJuly 13, 2010
    Don't forget to tag your name on the infamous white truck! (My name by the driver's side window on the upper right hand corner!)
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimAugust 17, 2013
    Thank you for the great review Kyle E... Enjoy the island and hope to see you again...
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HeeJuly 2, 2011
    This is THE ORIGINAL HAWAIIAN SHRIMP TRUCK. The rest are copy-cats! So good their original sauce is bottled and sold in stores :)
  • Valerie L.
    Valerie LeJanuary 9, 2015
    Tried the shrimp scampi dish, it was ok. The garlic was pretty bitter. Mostly hype.
  • Jaileez C.
    Jaileez CamposJuly 3, 2013
    YUMMMMMMY!!!!! One of the best scrimp scampis. Pretty pricey for a good truck.
  • Brent
    BrentMay 11, 2012
    Definitely get the free side of hot sauce. Great kick!
  • Erik
    ErikOctober 10, 2013
    Napkins (plural) are a must here Foote the ono shrimps
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimOctober 12, 2014
    Happy you found us and that you enjoyed it Meg Farmer... Hope to see you again....
  • Courtney P.
    Courtney P. KranzkeJuly 24, 2012
    Get a couple of Longboard Lagers at the local market to enjoy with your Shrimp Scampi!
  • Muriel V.
    Muriel VegaFebruary 9, 2014
    It wasn't very good. Small chewy shrimp. The flavor just wasn't there. Got the scampi + they were oily. Don't believe the hype. Try Blue Water Shrimp Truck on the other side of the North Shore instead
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimApril 3, 2016
    Thank you Sarah for the review and happy you enjoyed the spicy shrimp... Take care
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimOctober 12, 2014
    Glad you liked the mac salad Jessie.. What about the shrimp? talk to you soon..
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)July 30, 2016
    So ono, and only minutes from my family home! There's no where like Kahuku! =)
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimOctober 24, 2013
    Great advice Erik... It can get messy, but it's so goodddd.....
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimJanuary 7, 2013
    Great advice Sunny... That's why the cats are so happy at the shrimp truck...
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimOctober 12, 2014
    Thanks for coming to see us Moca and happy you enjoyed it... Take care
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimAugust 17, 2013
    Letting everyone know that Giovanni's will be at the Ho'olaulea festival on kalakaua ave. in Waikiki on September 21, 2013....
  • Jenee L.
    Jenee LiMay 30, 2010
    Love the shrimp scampi and hot sauce on the side. Oh, and for dessert, get fresh-cut pineapples next door.
  • Buttercup D.
    Buttercup DDecember 27, 2010
    The North Shore's shrimp "food truck", and it's been around much longer than the trendy food trucks in LA!
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimApril 3, 2016
    Great advice Jessica IP.... Garlic is the best...LOL Take care.
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimApril 6, 2014
    Happy you enjoyed it Paul. Next time have some hot sauce on the side...
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimJanuary 6, 2013
    That is my favorite as well Luke.... Hope to see you again in the future.
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimOctober 12, 2014
    Thank you for letting future customers know what we offer DFB... I hope you enjoyed the experience... Take care...
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimMay 12, 2013
    Very brave Everyday...... You must really like hot food..
  • Badette M.
    Fresh scampi at it's very best! Worth the trip!
  • Choak O.
    Choak O'ConnellDecember 5, 2011
    Get the scampi with side hot sauce. Best of both worlds :)
  • OahuAJ
    OahuAJSeptember 10, 2011
    The shimp is from Indonesia,then shipped to Los Angeles,then Hawai'i ... eat at a local shrimp truck.. Mo bettah
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimJanuary 7, 2013
    Always get the hot sauce on the side just in case Brent.....
  • R
    ROctober 10, 2012
    Meh, if busy try one of the other shrimp vans, I'm sure they are all the same if not faster service. Take wet towels too as messy stuff!
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimMay 12, 2013
    You must really like spicy food Everything..
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimMay 12, 2013
    Thank you for the recommendation Barbara I.. Happy you enjoyed it...
  • Nila P.
    Nila PardiniMarch 29, 2010
    be ready to eat! every bite of the shrimp is worth it, also bring hand wipes, its sticky but good
  • Nate L.
    Scampi is the way to go. Mac salad is average.
  • Wendy B.
    Wendy BaumanSeptember 5, 2010
    You can get half plates...but why play around go for the dozen and two scoops. :-)
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimMarch 17, 2012
    I hear you Dev.. It's no joke. Enjoy the scampi with hot sauce on the side
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimFebruary 4, 2013
    I will talk to the chef about the amount of salt in the scampi Arie... Take care
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimJune 29, 2014
    Sounds like a great day in paradise Jasmin.. Happy you enjoyed it..
  • Jay T.
    Jay TorresDecember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Unfortunately the secret is out and everyone knows about Giovanni's.
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimJuly 13, 2013
    Thank you Bernadette M. for letting everyone know... Hope you enjoyed the shrimp..
  • Doreen M.
    Doreen McLaffertyNovember 14, 2014
    The best shrimp scampi ever!!! Must try!!!!
  • Jorge a.
    Jorge amorimDecember 20, 2011
    I agree with you Francisco, the hot dog is awesome...
  • Ed
    EdMarch 17, 2013
    Check in on yelp and get a free soda!
  • Maja M.
    Maja MilicevicDecember 25, 2011
    So worth it - one of the top shrimp places anywhere
  • Patrícia T.
    Patrícia TavaresDecember 23, 2014
    Dica: peça o 1° com alho, é divino!!! O 2° com pimenta é impossível comer(too hot), o 3° com limão é gostosinho!!🍤
  • Taka 1.
    Taka 13gOctober 11, 2015
    ビチョビチョのライスガーリックエビはうまいがハエが大挙訪れてきます。エビガーリックという間違えようのない材料の割に味はたいして美味しくないので、名物なんでシェアで頼むのがオススメ。
  • Patrícia T.
    Patrícia TavaresDecember 23, 2014
    O local é estranho mas vale a pena!!
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