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Sam Woo

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15333 Culver Dr. - Suite 720, Irvine, CA 92604
949-262-0688
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Annual visit while on vacation

The portions are huge...you either share your meal or you have quite a bit of take home food. The prices are very reasonable and the food is excellent. The wait staff is pleasant and attentive to the needs of the dining. I strongly recommend this restaurant if you want to try Chinese cuisine.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Alan B
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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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Manila
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249 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Typical US Chinese fare. Quick service, noisy ambience but for some reason American Chinese restaurant cannot taste the way it should.

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It's been a while since we were at Sam Woo BBQ last. They have re-decorated the restaurant and expanded their menu. We got the Beef Chow Fun, Singapore Noodles, Shrimp Chow Mein, and Won Ton Soup. The Singapore Noodle did not have too much of the curry flavor it's supposed to have. The Chow Fun was so greasy (yes, it's... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been eating at Sam Woo, Irvine, CA for over15 years and as far as I'm concerned you will never find a better Chinese restaurant anywhere! The food is beyond excellent and the service falls in the same category. When Mable, was promoted to manager both food and service skyrocketed. She knows the business and takes pride in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

My family has been going to Sam Woo BBQ for longer than I can remember; they know the managers and all of the wait staff. It is good and authentic Cantonese, and a very good value. There are three sections: there is a takeout section with stir-fried dishes and roast meats, a lower-end section section with typical Cantonese standards, and... More 

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The portions are huge...you either share your meal or you have quite a bit of take home food. The prices are very reasonable and the food is excellent. The wait staff is pleasant and attentive to the needs of the dining. I strongly recommend this restaurant if you want to try Chinese cuisine.

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Laguna Hills, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Every dish is good...love the live shrimps, fish and don't forget crab and lobsters. So delicious and reasonably priced.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

They have a cash only section, a credit card section and a take-out section. We've tried the cash-only and take-out sections. Typical Cantonese food in the cash-only portion and without the MSG. Lots of variety at the take-out counter. What I really appreciated was that the food was not chop suey style but real Chinese food. Something to be expected... More 

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Mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

You might need to make a reservation to avoid long waiting specially during week-ends, as this joint is very popular. You may order any food right from dim-sum and be assured to get a quality Chinese food. I love their shrimp fried rice the most.

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Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is the place to go when you want quick but authentic cantonese style chinese food. My favorites are the bbq platter combo to share and the noodles with gravy... my favorite!

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I gave it a 3-star as the combination of food & service. The food are actually very good. But the operation is kind of behind the time. It takes cash only. I live in the area further down south, so I would like to take more traditional food home when I get to that shopping mall; but if I don't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15333 Culver Dr. - Suite 720, Irvine, CA 92604
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: 949-262-0688

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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