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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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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Late Night

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
FAVORITE MEAL EVER

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
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Seoul, South Korea
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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81 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Seoul, South Korea
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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17 reviews 17 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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San Antonio, Texas, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Was stationed in Okinawa in the early 90's. Loved all of Sam's restaurants especially SAMs by the Sea. Would love to get that "Green soup" recipe!

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Dayton, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I had the Surfer's Choice: Pan-fried cajun spiced flounder with tropical fruit salsa, island mahi mahi topped with our coconut cream spinach sauce, and char-broiled swordfish with sauce Tar-Tar. The dish was awesome! The cajun spice was very spicy, the Mahi Mahi was grilled to perfection, and the swordfish is the best cooked fish I've had on the island. Even... 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: American, French, Steakhouse

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