Savage Shrimp

Phone (808) 742-9611
4 stars from 3 reviews
Address 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St, Koloa, HI 96756
Savage Shrimp is open for lunch and dinner and mainly focuses on shrimp plates. It's hugely popular.

Features
• Food Types: Hawaiian / Plate Lunch • Food Types: Seafood
• Payment: $ - Cheap - Under $15 • Payment: $$ - Average - $15 to $30
• Meals: Dinner • Meals: Lunch
• Service Type: Counter / Quick • Style: Casual
• Style: Family Friendly • Offers: Open Air / Outdoor Seating

Matt Anderson's Take
Savage Shrimp is your classic tale of boy starts shrimp truck, boy turns shrimp truck into a brick and mortar restaurant. Okay, so it's not really a classic tale but that's what happened here. And maybe it wasn't a boy since it was all women running the show when we went.

Either way, this place is really popular judging by the oodles of online reviews, the amount of customers who come here, and the writing on the walls. I mean that last one literally, as you can write your name, comments, or whatever on the walls which are fully covered. I'm still trying to figure out how one person wrote on the ceiling.

You'll find Savage Shrimp at the Kukui'ula Village Shopping Center and you'd better like shrimp if you are eating here. Personally, I'm not a huge shrimp fan so I found a single non-shrimp item on the menu which was the Pork Tacos and ran with it.

For $10.95 I received two tacos (double corn tortillas on each) that had some Kalua pork in them and then what appeared to be 68 pounds of cabbage on top along with some sauce, a slice of pineapple, a slice of avocado, and a side of salsa. They were big tacos but were 75% shredded cabbage. Too much is better than not enough but it was a bit much and made them very difficult to eat. I would have much preferred the same amount of ingredients spread over three tacos.

As for taste? Delicious. Not the best I've had but far better than average. I'd order them again in a second. The price is probably a tiny bit high but I left full so I was happy. A soda was a reasonable $1.50 only to find out that every single soda in the machine was empty except Sprite. Lame.

The ladies running this place are super friendly and nice and you can tell they truly want you to have a good time and great meal and they seem genuinely happy to serve you. While this used to be a cash only restaurant they do accept credit cards now which is a good thing.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
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Savage Shrimp specializes in scampi style shrimp plates. Being a huge fan of Romy's Kahuku Shrimp Truck on Oahu, I have very high shrimp standards. Savage Shrimp is very good but still, falls short of my high shrimp bar.

Savage Shrimp is located at the Kukui'ula Village Shopping Center which is where the tourist from Poipu frequent. There are a couple of tables outside, and a few tables inside. The walls are covered with graffiti from visitors writing their names or a few comments. It is very similar to the graffiti on the Giovanni's Shrimp Truck in Kahuku. I am personally put off by all the scribbling on the walls. I think it makes the place look dingy.

I ordered the garlic shrimp plate served with a scoop of rice. It was good, But not spectacular. They were sautéed nicely, but I wasn't blown away by it. And I wanted to be. I wish it was more flavorful. The shrimp were just ok. Perhaps if they had a ponzu dipping sauce in addition to the soy sauce it would be tastier. Don't get me wrong – Savage Shrimp is good. I just wanted to be blown away and wasn't.
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Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11148
Likes Received: 26
When we see a 4 star overall rating average over hundreds of reviews we can't but think something special is going on here.

Many people just love the shrimp here. We're finding tons and tons of review on the excellent food and fast and friendly service.

Only a small percentage of complaints overall with most just thinking the shrimp were average.
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