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Sam Choy's Kai Lanai

78-6831 Alii Dr Ste 1000, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
+1 808-333-3434
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good29%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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American, Seafood, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
78-6831 Alii Dr Ste 1000, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I first ate at Sam's when his place was still in the industrial area and he catered to locals and working folks. We always followed him where ever he moved because his food, presentation and prices were so good. Now, however, since he sold to...More

Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of choices. Lava Flows and Mai Tais IPAs, Draft Beer, Wine available. Wings, yummy Calamari and pupu platters ( appetizers ). There was Vog ( volcano fog when we there..) but otherwise I’m sure that view would have been great! Great service. Happy Hour...More

Thank SusieSD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool location up on the hill - superfresh food - great fish like blue marlin, ahi tuna and ono - good cocktails - Textgestaltung lava flow

Thank dennys34
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here for a later lunch on a Saturday, and were seated right away. Great view from the patio and server was very attentive. My wife had the mimosa, which is a variation on the usual fare - she said it was quite good. She...More

Thank jackfrost0904
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Open air restaurant with spectacular views up the coast over Kailua-Kona. Tasty pupus on the Happy Hour menu (3-5 pm). We made a very affordable meal of pupus, and ordered one then another then another until we were pleasantly filled. We noted that the lunch...More

Thank KZ1013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff from beginning to end was so attentive. We really enjoyed the view and every delicious mouthful. I hope to return sometime soon!!!

1  Thank Janet K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here for dinner and had a great view and food was good. We had short ribs, pano crusted chicken, filet and fish and chips. All were very good. Waiter, Nathan was very pleasant and helpful.

Thank Ronald R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for dinner. We were early so there was not much people. Waitress was nice and willing to serve. We sat outside so we can enjoy the views. The foods were big plates but delicious!. The price were quite high for this place....More

Thank DrBooska H
Reviewed 9 June 2018

Drove by this a number of times and it was always busy, so we decided to try it on our last night. We sat on the lanai, and it was great to sit in the open air. The vog was thick, and the clouds were...More

1  Thank Julie N
Reviewed 3 June 2018

They were not taking orders from the menu, but a wide range of food was ready to eat. The omelette station prepared a large portion with custom ingredients. My wife and her sister enjoyed multiple trips to feast on Alaskan King Crab

Thank LarryErickson
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18 February 2018|
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Response from Darlene R | Reviewed this property |
They are open 10 am to 9 pm, call to make reservations. The place is busy and the food great.
Harvey B
1 November 2017|
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Response from mikecq001 | Reviewed this property |
Good question. He seems to be Bush with his tv show
11 January 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
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
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-333-3434
  • E-mail
A former Wendy's restaurant completely redone.
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