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Sam Woo

15333 Culver Dr. - Suite 720, Irvine, CA 92604
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Ranked #32 of 534 restaurants in Irvine
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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74% Recommend
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English first
Irvine, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Tasty dishes, moderately priced. Service is sometimes slow or somewhat iffy ... when it's crowded dishes come in whatever order they are prepared in the kitchen. Fresh (live) fish. Specialize in seafood, but their Hong Kong style (buns, not crepes) Peking duck is delicious.

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Long Beach, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We are regulars here due to the LOVE for this restaurant of one of our family members. I think it is good for their freshness. The menus are separated, the standards and one with more exotic dishes. We all agree the Sizzling Scallops and Shrimp is our favorite. This is a restaurant that does use MSG so be sure to... More

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Went to lunch with co workers during a business visit. Menu had lots to chose from offering each person many options and style of food. Service was OK, seemed very fragmented, with various items arriving without any sequence. Hot tea and drinks were well attended Tables have large "Lazy Susan" in the center to allow for family style dinning. This... More

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Western Hemisphere
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134 reviews 134 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We went on June 30, 2014 in the evening. As many now, there are two Sam Woo Restaurants side to side. One is the Express and the other is a sit down with full service, a more upscale version to be sure. We had the following dishes in no particular order: Fried Shrimp Balls $4.95, as the title says 4... More

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Irvine, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Great food fair price and good service but get there early for dinner as it's very busy If you can't just leave your name at the hostess and walk around at a few of the shops next door The menu is very comprehensive but I like the fish and veggies

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Los Angeles
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Sam Woo is actually consists of 2 restaurants, a BBQ restaurant which accept cash only and a seafood restaurant, which just located next door,isa former dining place. The food in the regular BBQ restaurant is OK, and the food in the seafood restaurant is good, but a little bit pricey. The service in both area are good.

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Santa Ana, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Food was cooked badly (chicken tough), and service was abrupt. A guest and I were both disappointed. Too many other choices in this Center to need to go back.

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Irvine, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We've been dining at Sam Woo's Seafood Restaurant for the last 20 years. The quality of their food is consistently excellent. The menu is filled with whatever you desire, and all the dishes are perfectly prepared. The only problem is that it can be difficult securing a table at busy times of the day/week, so making a reservation is a... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Thank Goodness my brother booked this wonderful place for lunch today. All the mothers are being spoiled at this rather large restaurant. My nephew took us out as his mother, grandmother, mother in-law and his wife were all here. We had a monstrous killer-crab to share between the 10 of us. There were other great tasting dishes being offered for... More

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New Delhi, India
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384 reviews 384 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
247 helpful votes 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We had gone to Sam Woo on a Sunday for dinner. In Irvine it is located in Culver Plaza and is named Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant. Adjacent to it is located the Sam Woo Barbeque Express. We being a group of eight, had made table reservation and as such, we did not have to wait for our table. We had... More

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