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Sam's by the Sea Awaseten

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1-41-15 Awase, Okinawa 904-2172, Okinawa Prefecture
+81 98-937-3421
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
An Okinawa Institution

My husband was so excited to take me to Sam's, since the last time he had been there was many years ago, when he was a young Marine. The décor probably hasn't changed much, and there was a lot of great pics and memorabilia, which was pretty cool. We went on a date night and the place packed. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Twentynine Palms, California
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Yokosuka, Japan
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Back in 2011, my wife and I went here and it was a great experience overall. Four years later, however, in March of 2015, it was awful. The food and ambiance were still very good, but the service was terrible. The young servers were unprofessional, non-hospitable, and ignored us most of the time. First, it took them almost 10 minutes... More 

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Twentynine Palms, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband was so excited to take me to Sam's, since the last time he had been there was many years ago, when he was a young Marine. The décor probably hasn't changed much, and there was a lot of great pics and memorabilia, which was pretty cool. We went on a date night and the place packed. We found... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Loved the atmosphere...Peal Harbor, South Pacific era décor. Lots of black and white pics of old movie stars, military days gone by... Interesting items to look at on every wall and available spot. Service and staff were spectacular. Keep your glass from certain drinks on menu. GIANT menu with lots of selections...something that everyone will just love. I ordered a... More 

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Sun City, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Our first visit to Sam's By the Sea was the week following our wedding in 1975. It has become a family tradition to have a meal at Sam's whenever we are visiting our Okinawa relatives. Sam's has a great vibe, friendly and helpful staff, quick service, and tasty food. Though not an inexpensive restaurant, it is always a memorable event.

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Okinawa-shi, Okinawa, Japan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Don't know why this place is #1... The food isn't that great. The steak was really chewy and the seafood wasn't fresh. There are other much better hibachi restaurants.

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San Antonio, Texas
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55 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Sam's is great place for family to go out for a top notch meal. The restaurant is decorated in a nautical way, with pictures and music from the movie South Pacific. The servers, in sailor outfits, are very friendly and accomodating. The mixed drinks are very good, and I like that you get to keep the glass! (Select drinks only...mine... More 

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Sagamihara, Japan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The cocktail sauce for the shrimp cocktail was amazing and the crab-stuffed cod was quite good. But the steak, ahhhh, the steak. This was the best steak I've had in many years. Perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. The corn pudding was a bit sweet for my taste but the others in our group enjoyed it. You just can't go wrong... More 

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100 reviews 100 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A little pricey but well worth the trip. My family really enjoyed eating here. The service, food, and atmosphere was great. Would like to return one day!!

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Rota, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Everything is great here! I spent around 5000 yen but one of my drinks came with souvenir cup and cost 1000 yen. Would love to go again.

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omaha NE
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The food here was okay..definitely not the best steak I've had, but for what you can get off-base its not bad. The food is on the pricey side with a single person looking to spend about 5000 yen for a decent meal. I usually spent 6000-7000 yen just to get full..the portion sizes are meant for baby squirrels and children...if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1-41-15 Awase, Okinawa 904-2172, Okinawa Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kyushu-Okinawa  >  Okinawa Prefecture  >  Okinawa
  • Phone Number: +81 98-937-3421

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 25
  • Cuisine: French, American, Steakhouse

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?