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Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

Eat like a Local

By: Nicole Nguyen

When you think of the North Shore of Oahu, two things come to mind – high surf and breathtaking beaches. But what you might not know that the North Shore is also famous for its shrimp trucks. One of the oldest and most

popular ones is Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck and it has served as a North Shore tradition for two decades. Fortunately for you, it’s a very convenient stop for lunch or dinner while touring this side of the island.

There are actually two Giovanni locations - one in Haleiwa and another in Kahuku (both on the North Shore). Customers can choose to take out or dine at each location; you will find several benches and tents set up in front of the trucks.          

At first glance, the trucks look somewhat vandalized. But upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that they’re actually covered with signatures, drawings, and messages from all their customers. Giovanni’s is a huge hit for tourists and locals alike!


Giovanni's Shrimp Truck


Giovanni’s menu is very basic and simple; it only consists of 4 items.      

  • Shrimp Scampi (their signature dish) – marinated in olive oil, chunks of garlic, and lemon butter.
  • The “No Refunds” Hot and Spicy Shrimp – consider yourself warned in advance if you can’t handle it. 
  • Lemon/Butter Shrimp – sautéed in a lemon butter sauce to soak in the juicy flavor.
  • Garlic Hot Dog – hot dog smothered in scampi sauce.


Giovanni's Shrimp Scampi


Each plate comes with about half a pound of shrimp in the shell, a lemon wedge, and two scoops of rice topped with their signature scampi sauce.  And trust us. Once you taste this sauce, you’ll be hunting down every last drop on your plate, including sucking on shells! But if you feel daring enough and want to spice things up, you can also ask for a side of their special hot sauce. And don’t forget to get a fistful of napkins because you’re going to need it. 


Giovanni's Garlic Hot Dog


Keep in mind that Giovanni’s Shrimp Trucks close early.  The best time to stop in is right after you finish exploring the North Shore.  So the next time you’re visiting the island of Oahu, be sure to check out Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck after your beach session.  You won’t regret it.  


Good for Groups: Yes
Take-out: Yes
Attire: Casual
Kid-friendly: Yes


Haleiwa Location:

66-472 Kamehameha Hwy

Haleiwa, HI 96712

(808) 293-1839


Mon-Sun 10:30am – 5pm


Kahuku Location:

56-505 Kamehameha Hwy

Kahuku, HI 96731

(808) 293-1839


Mon-Sun 10:30am – 6:30pm



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