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“Come for the view enjoy the Pupus”

Sam Choy's Kai Lanai
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Ranked #70 of 302 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Price range: US$30 - US$30
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: A former Wendy's restaurant completely redone.
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The view is spectacular, but the Pupus are a nice surprise great value and taste. If you are lucky enough to come on a day they are serving the "meat Loaf" special it's really worth trying!

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Thank JC C
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Ate lunch at Sam choys after seeing the good reviews. We had a beautiful view of the ocean and the service was great. However the food was rather average for the prices, I ordered the fish and chips which was way too overcooked and hard, it felt like it had been frozen for a long time and if not for the wonderful aioli, would have been very dry. My family ordered an ahi which was good and a fish plate type thing where you choose 2 sides, honestly the fish was very average.

Overall great view, good service but average to poor food. I'm not sure if it's just the constant stream of tourists but it felt like a once good restaurant was just slipping in quality.

Thank Neil M
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Watching the sun set from this restaurant is amazing, and the entire restaurant is open to the west, so most tables have a good view. We arrived at 6:20 and got the last parking space.

The macadamia crusted calamari was "ok." For dinner, my wife ordered the catch of the day, which was fine. I ordered the lamb which was a mistake. Two of the three chops were rare and the third was overcooked. The server took it back and I switched to the catch of the day.

This is a great place to go for cocktails at the bar, watch the sunset, and head some place else for dinner.

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Thank Lew D
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Such a great restaurant. Food is delicious and our server Robert was terrific. It was his second day on the job and he was very professional. Highly recommend Sam Choy's.

Thank dvailkonahi
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

We came here for dinner our second day in Kona and really enjoyed it. Great location away from the crowds (up near the Kailua shopping center). I had the ono lau-lau and my wife had the short ribs. The others in our party had scampi. Our food was really good, as was the "Sunset" cocktail. Definitely a restaurant to try when in the area!

Thank DeHypnotist
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