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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to enjoy a wonderful dinner with a great view then you need to eat here. A tip, be there to see the sunset. The food is a bit pricy but all the food tastes great.

Thank Bigreddog4
Medford, Oregon
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95 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I feel the need to share my poor experience with Sam Choy's, mainly because I had high expectations for a nice Hawaiian vacation meal and was left utterly disappointed. The one positive...the view is amazing. Go there for a drink at sunset...a glass of wine or or a beer...because even our mixed drinks were watered down. The service was slow... More 

Thank bolts4life22
West Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our dinner was a little strange- 3 types of fish with mushroom soup type sauce made me feel a little sick. Wouldn't recommend it unless you stick to edamame and a drink. It would be best to go here for apples and watch the sunset..then head somewhere else for dinner. The edamame and our salads were great..

Thank Jo-Anne W
West Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ordered the Fish Trio, my wife went for the catch of the day, hebi, a short billed swordfish. We liked all three of the fish pieces in my dish, but the hebi did not appeal to either of us in its flavour. The sides were good, the service was good. A nice dining experience, but a higher end one.... More 

Thank CedricGnome
Burlingame, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure what the reputation is due to. The view is great. But the food is mediocre and the service slow. We went twice, to be sure.

Thank Greg S
Pebble Beach, California
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined with another couple on Nov 9th at around 2pm. It had been a couple of years since last visiting and we were all looking forward to a great experience. The food was somewhat acceptable but the server really could care less about taking care of our group properly. This was probably the most apathetic server we have ever... More 

Thank stillwatercove
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On every visit to the Big Island we try to have dinner at Sam Choys. Lovely views from either inside or outside dining. They always have a special and a good variety of local fresh fish. Sunsets here can be quite spectacular. We will be back next time on Kona area.

Thank mtnflower1994
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a restaurant that is typically Hawaiian.... Spectacular view, great service, just mediocre food. Having lived in Hawaii for nearly four years, I feel comfortable making this generalization. This is a common occurrence in the islands. These restaurants are trading on their views and location and not as focused on the food. The people at this restaurant couldn't have... More 

Thank Mari Anne G
Maple Ridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a view! 3-5pm happy hour. Service is great with a very good menu for happy hour. Only tables for two on the rail, but just inside still has a great view. The live music is excellent as well. Go for happy hour, stay for sunset.

Thank OldCarGuy66Plymouth
Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good Food and service. We were pleasantly surprised with the view. Miles and miles of the ocean as the sun set. Mahalo, Leo & Marie

Thank LeoAndMarie

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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Romantic, Groups, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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