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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 16
    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
Consistently Very Good

Sam Woo is an institution. You can always count on ultra fresh seafood-and a wide variety. Ditto for the veggies. Nothing is pre-cooked or frozen. The prep time is always worth the wait and the service is quick, but at the same time, unhurried. My wife and I flew in to Irvine and met an old friend... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Fredric18
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Hawaii
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206 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 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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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Aliso Viejo, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The food is the best in Irvine. Their dim sum is the best by far. Ribs are awesome and the staff is fast and attentive. A+++

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San Jose, California
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

good food, service is not great but acceptable. some mama and papa eatery serve similar quality dishes but offer more reasonable price.

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Santa Ana, California
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The wait times can be a little long during lunch, but well worth it. The food here is impeccable and they give you plenty of it. I usually go with co-workers and I always get the House Special chicken and recommend the Beef French Style. They also have tanks of fish and other seafood in the back of the restaurant.... More 

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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Sam Woo is an institution. You can always count on ultra fresh seafood-and a wide variety. Ditto for the veggies. Nothing is pre-cooked or frozen. The prep time is always worth the wait and the service is quick, but at the same time, unhurried. My wife and I flew in to Irvine and met an old friend for a multi-course... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Large restaurant. Food impeccable and delightful. Staff helpful. Able to deal with our fairly large group effortlessly. Able to meet varied requests, too, from vegetarian to omnivore. Highly recommended.

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Irvine, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Nobody else can match Sam Woo in terms of Cantonese foods, not only in Irvine but also other locations in Southern California. My favorites are ChowFun with Fish Filet; beef brisket noodle soups; BBQ pork and roast pork; soil sauce chicken; ad infinitum. And the service is fast, first class, food is reasonable priced. The important thing is you need... More 

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Irvine, CA
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We have been going to Sam Woo for years and have never had a bad meal. Crab, lobster, giant elephant clam (when in season) are all fresh out of the tank. You get a choice of how it is prepared and the waiter will give you recommendations.

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Laguna Beach, California
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195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Went with family, about 16 of us at 2 tables. Had the duck 3 ways which was a duck soup, one with a bao bun and by itself with hoisin sauce. It was great. Had the salt and pepper crab which was messy to eat but worth it. The seafood with noodles had shrimp, fish and scallops, also a great... More 

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Additional Information about Sam Woo

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

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?