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Sam Choy's Kai Lanai

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78-6831 Alii Dr Ste 1000, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
+1 808-333-3434
10:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 21:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited Sam Choys twice on our stay. Both times the staff were fantastic and very helpful. The food was also amazing and great value. The view is awesome and would definitely recommend :)

Thank AllyceMarie
Aurora, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was told by the car service who dropped me off at my hotel that this restaurant was one of the best in the area and they didn't disappoint. The food was quite good and the service was wonderful! It was easy to get a table with a acceptable view at lunch however we drove by at the dinner hour... More 

Thank Canadiansmiles2
Saint Peters, Missouri
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to Sam Choy's as it had been recommended by a friend. It has a wonderful view of the ocean and that would be the only positive part of our meal. We ordered a beer to drink while reviewing the menu. That came 15 minutes later and was warm. We went ahead and ordered. The Cesar Salad had more... More 

Thank Bernie22363376
Sebastopol, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This ended up being our go-to restaurant when we stayed at the Sheraton Kona: Terrific outdoor seating with a panoramic hilltop ocean view. We always got a great seat, and the prices are as good as you'll find on the island -- at least if you want good food and a good view in the open air. TIP: The breakfast... More 

Thank Shelly A
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Yay, another restaurant that carries Mac Pie!!! We watched the sunset and it was gorgeous!!! I wish I took a picture, but I was too busy eating LOL!!!

Thank 2bfrosty
Seattle, Washington
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80 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went here for dinner the first night we came to Kona, and the views at sunset were lovely. Sitting out on the patio with well made drinks, nice horsdurves, great service, excellent dinner menu. Calamari was very tender, short ribs & mashed were great, someone had the ribeye steak and said it was perfect. They have great salads too.... More 

Thank NorthWestWind
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I were told by several people to dine at Sam Choy's. We happened to stumble upon it accidently and decided to have an early dinner there, that included the sunset. It was our best night out in Kona. The server and bartender were very friendly. The food and fish were cooked to tender tasty perfection! And the... More 

Thank Tina C
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worst service and meal of our entire stay in Hawaii. Food was bland, overpriced and poorly served. Made a 3 o'clock reservation for Valentine's Day. When we go there they told us they could seat us, but had stopped serving until 5. But we were welcome to sit and drink. No pups;s or apptizers that day. Menu was limited to... More 

Thank offwego20014
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a disappointment This place has really gone downhill. So sad to see. Poor, poor service. Awful. Do not go.

Thank Carolyn P
Honolulu, Hawaii
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Big Island today and had lunch this afternoon with my uncle. The restaurant is an open-air type with no air-condition (they have ceiling fans). Fortunately it was an overcast day with a nice breeze. The hostess was friendly and seated us in a nice corner table with a view of the ocean. Menu selections were great featuring many... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Seafood, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78-6831 Alii Dr Ste 1000, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-333-3434
A former Wendy's restaurant completely redone.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?