Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

Food Truck and Seafood Restaurant$$$$
North Shore, Kahuku
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  • Jorge a.
    "Everyone listen to Jo, go to the shrimp truck for the best seafood."(16 Tips)
    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."(9 Tips)
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  • Alice W.
    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.
    Alice Wan · October 29, 2014
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  • Sarah O.
    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!
    Sarah O · January 29
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  • Juan C.
    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.
    Juan Cogorno · December 28, 2014
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  • Arie C.
    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.
    Arie Choi · January 14, 2013
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  • Danielle F.
    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.
    Danielle F · January 19, 2015
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  • Dee Phunk
    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.
    Dee Phunk · August 24, 2011
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  • Jessica I.
    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!
    Jessica Ip · August 25, 2015
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  • DFB
    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.
    DFB · September 8, 2014
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  • Muriel V.
    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
    Muriel Vega · February 9, 2014
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  • BJ B.
    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
    BJ Birtwell · September 14, 2010
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  • 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
    Barbara Iliopoulos · May 7, 2013
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  • David D.
    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.
    David Diaz · August 13, 2013
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  • Gina
    This place is a tourist trap! The shrimp is not fresh Kahuku shrimp, it's shipped frozen from the mainland. Go to Romeys instead, they are the only place that has fresh Kahuku shrimp.
    Gina · July 12, 2012
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  • Meg F.
    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.
    Meg Farmer · October 7, 2014
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  • Dev
    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!
    Dev · February 28, 2012
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  • Kaitlin T.
    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.
    Kaitlin T · November 30, 2014
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  • Jasmin R.
    Garlic shrimp scampi better than the spicy (tastes like Tabasco). BYOB and sit under the plumeria trees!
    Jasmin Reyes · June 19, 2014
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  • Lori M.
    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.
    Lori Marks-Noble · April 17, 2014
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  • Jorge a.
    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
    Jorge amorim · February 13, 2014
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  • Agatha V.
    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!
    Agatha Viernes · June 17, 2011
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  • Jorge a.
    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..
    Jorge amorim · January 7, 2013
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  • LonnaDyn
    Best shrimp scampi everrrr! If you allergic to shrimp, they got garlic hot dog w/ bun or rice smothered in garlic. Bring wet wipes!
    LonnaDyn · September 7, 2010
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  • Jorge a.
    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
    Jorge amorim · December 4, 2011
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  • drew s.
    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!
    drew smith · March 24, 2011
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  • Hyg
    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.
    Hyg · September 25, 2010
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  • Jenisis
    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!)
    Jenisis · July 13, 2010
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  • R
    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!
    R · October 10, 2012
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  • Valerie L.
    Tried the shrimp scampi dish, it was ok. The garlic was pretty bitter. Mostly hype.
    Valerie Le · January 9, 2015
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  • Luke B.
    The spicy shrimp rocks and lives up to the hype, but I liked the scampi even more. Get garlic on the rice!
    Luke Boe · August 14, 2012
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  • Peter S.
    Overrated. Super unhealthy shrimp in a dumpy setting. Head down the road to Romys for better shrimp and beautiful scenery.
    Peter Scordo · December 4, 2012
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  • Jenee L.
    Love the shrimp scampi and hot sauce on the side. Oh, and for dessert, get fresh-cut pineapples next door.
    Jenee Li · May 30, 2010
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  • Celia L.
    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!
    Celia Lau · May 28, 2013
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  • Logan L.
    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.
    Logan Leasure · February 17, 2011
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  • Carla A.
    Make sure to be hungry! The food is delicious! Some of the BEST shrimp I've ever had!!!
    Carla A · August 26, 2013
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  • Nila P.
    be ready to eat! every bite of the shrimp is worth it, also bring hand wipes, its sticky but good
    Nila Pardini · March 29, 2010
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  • Kelly P.
    The best garlic shrimp I've ever had! Get the scampi...you can skip the Mac salad :)
    Kelly Park-Lee · March 8, 2013
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  • Trish
    Garlic butter scampi. So good. And so much of it. All the locals are there - so it must be the best!
    Trish · March 2, 2015
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  • Jorge a.
    Letting everyone know that Giovanni's will be at the Ho'olaulea festival on kalakaua ave. in Waikiki on September 21, 2013....
    Jorge amorim · August 17, 2013
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  • Shannon C.
    Amazing - love this place. Was here 3 times this trip. People are great and the shrimp scampi is unbelievable
    Shannon Coyne · February 23, 2013
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  • Jo F.
    Forget seafood restaurants in Waikiki. This is the way to go for shrimp in Oahu. Scampi!
    Jo Figueiredo · October 2, 2011
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  • Kyle E.
    Get plenty of napkins! Some of the best "finger-licking-good" food I have ever had.
    Kyle Elrod · July 24, 2013
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  • Pane M.
    Love all the dishes at this place. Make sure you bring napkins because you will get messy.
    Pane Meatoga III · August 30, 2011
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  • Wendy B.
    You can get half plates...but why play around go for the dozen and two scoops. :-)
    Wendy Bauman · September 5, 2010
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  • Irene L.
    get the roasted sweet corn - it's expensive at $3 a piece, but it's SO good!
    Irene Liu · December 24, 2012
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  • Jorge a.
    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.
    Jorge amorim · December 29, 2011
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  • Marcus L.
    This place is totally overrated. The line is super long for the mediocre food which is cooked in unsanitary conditions.
    Marcus L · September 21, 2010
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  • Tiffany H.
    This is THE ORIGINAL HAWAIIAN SHRIMP TRUCK. The rest are copy-cats! So good their original sauce is bottled and sold in stores :)
    Tiffany Hee · July 2, 2011
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  • Jenn W.
    Loved all of the types of shrimp ! Tasty and reasonable prices.
    Jenn Wilson Johnson · April 4, 2015
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  • Neenz F.
    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!
    Neenz Faleafine · December 29, 2012
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  • Jorge a.
    I agree with you Christine Hong, but also get the spicy on the side...
    Jorge amorim · December 25, 2014
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