Seafood Rules the Appetite

Digest Lite Bites

October 15, 2011

Story By: Dining Out Team |

Seafood reigns at Lobster King, where the public can enjoy not only a delicious meal at a great price, but also take home a fresh catch of live lobster, dungeness crab, abalone, fish, clams and more.

  • XO Sauce Lamb ($13.95)
  • Whole Steamed Uhu ($14.95 per pound)
  • Abalone ($80 per pound)
  • Kau Yuk with bean sauce ($11.50)
  • Yun Fang Chen holding Seafood Market's fresh catch (Lobster $10/piece, Large Lobster $12 per pound). Also available is Dungeness Crab ($8.50 per pound).
  • Salt and Pepper Dungeness Crab ($30.95 2 pounds and up)
  • Waitress Kristy Peng with Abalone.
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In response to a growing number of requests from customers, the popular restaurant recently opened Seafood Market next door, where in addition to fresh seafood, you’ll find land chicken, black chicken and a variety of vegetables. The assortment of seafood is shipped in two to three times a week from around the country. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

“We offer the best price in town,” says owner June Kim, noting the abalone is only $5.50 for one piece. “A lot of people asked to buy and take home (to cook themselves), so we thought, why not? And we do wholesale to other restaurants. We also are still expanding the selection, and because of our inventory at Seafood Market, we have a new, bigger menu (at Lobster King).”

Lobster King offers an extensive menu of 173 dishes plus daily specials such as the XO Sauce Lamb for $13.95. Customer favorites include, of course, the live lobster for only $11.99 with the purchase of an entree, the dungeness crab at just $30.95 for 2 pounds and up, Chinese-style whole fish (available are steamed uhu $14.95/pound, seabass $30/pound and kumu $32/pound), Kau Yuk (Braised Pork) with bean sauce $11.50 and live giant abalone $80/pound.

“The lobster can be prepared with butter garlic, ginger and green onion, salt and pepper, black bean sauce, or my favorite is steamed — then you can really taste the lobster meat,” notes Kim. “Also, everybody says we have the best kau yuk. It’s very tender and juicy.

“Also, for a long time, crab was in high season so we didn’t have a lot. But, from this week on, it will be better and we will have more of a supply so customers can enjoy.”

Lobster King also offers a full bar, however, you can bring your own wine for a corkage fee of $10 per table. Takeout orders, catering and set party menus also are available. With so many options, dining at Lobster King can easily turn into a royal feast.

Lobster King

  • Where
    • 1380 S. King St.
    • Honolulu, HI 96814
  • Call
    • (808) 944-8288
  • Hours
    • Open Daily
    • 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
    • (Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)