Of the handful of unique local places to eat in Wiamanalo, Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack is one of the best. You can find it just a little off the main road (Kalanianaole or Highway 72) but be careful because if you’re not paying attention you could drive right by it.
Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack has a pretty large menu that serves both breakfast and lunch plates. Their shrimp plates are on the lower end of the price spectrum. You get 7 pieces for $8.75. For some perspective, I went to Tita’s Grill in Kahuku and their shrimp plate was $13 for 8 shrimp. So in essence that one extra shrimp costs you $4.25 in a basic price comparison. Does that mean that both dishes are the same quality? No, but it does give you an idea of the value for your dollar eating at Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack.
All the prices are pretty reasonable, ranging from just $4.75 for the hamburgers up to $11.25 for the fresh Ono. The combo plates or double size orders range from $14.00 up to $17.50 for the Ono with garlic shrimp or steak.
I have only visited Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack on a couple of occasions and with every visit I have had, the service was very friendly and the food was very good. I have tried their Ahi Fuikake and their 7 piece garlic shrimp combo plate with Kalbi beef. The other choices accompanying this 7 piece garlic shrimp plate are Teriyaki Chiken, BBQ Pulled Pork, Roast Pork or Kalua Pork.
The shrimp at Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack were cooked perfectly. When you bit into them, they were very plump and had a nice texture. The only slight issue I had was, there seemed to be a mildly vinegary taste in the garlic sauce. I don’t know how else to describe it. I tend to prefer my garlic shrimp to be on the savory side, without any sort of twist on it. That being said, the shrimp was very good. The vinegary taste was only on the very bottom of the plate so it did not ruin the meal by any means. This may have just been an aberration.
The real highlight for me was the Kalbi beef. It was cut into little perfectly cooked tender strips that were very easy to eat. They weren’t too fatty like a few others I have had on the island. Cutting them this way gave the meat more surface area, allowing the seasoning to really coat the meat well. I felt this method made the kalbi beef taste even better than if it was served as large pieces or thicker strips of meat.
This plate also comes with a small salad consisting of lettuce, some slivers of carrot and purple cabbage. It was your typical salad you’d find served at most places. Nothing extraordinary, just a nice little salad.
Overall, I really like the food and the service at Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack. The staff is always friendly. There’s usually not a very long wait for your food and the prices are very reasonable. Their portions are also decently sized. Another nice bonus, they also provide both indoor and outdoor seating. The view may not be spectacular but it’s always nice to have the option of eating inside or out.
The reviews for Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack are also very good. Only 3 reviews on Yelp out of 118 gave Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack a 1 or 2 star rating. So basically, only 2.5% of those who have eaten there didn’t enjoy the food or service. Whereas, 86% rated their experience at Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack with a 4 or 5 star rating. This is a very good track record for any business.
If you are looking to stop by Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack, their hours are 8:00am to 8:00pm, seven days a week.
Here are some photos from my visit to Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack
Map to Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack