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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, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 14
    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
Good place for fresh Chinese Seafood

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Dunhams
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Irvine, CA
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111 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Boulder, Colorado
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
243 reviews 243 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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Los Angeles, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This place offers great food and service. We went on March 31 and the place was empty because of the new menu with an increase of $1 per meal, now up to $8-10 per full lunch. Our you kidding me, $1 and you would go someplace else with worse food and service plus the fancy place to eat.

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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The servers for the private/VIP rooms are very attentive and friendly (maybe bc my boss is a really big tipper, but we had a great experience here nonetheless.) We ordered a lot of their specialty dishes like the lobster, calms, etc., plus the king crab and a few bottles of wine. The server brought the live king crab to our... More 

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California, USA
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604 reviews 604 reviews
336 restaurant reviews
280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

lots of lunch specials $7 and up and dim sum dishes. the place is always packed. for example my personal favorite Walnut shrimp with soup, rice, tea, orange slices and fortune cookie and great service for only $8.95 can't get anything like that in other restaurants in Irvine. try also their BBQ express. recommended MeuterMedia

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Newport Beach, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We were at Sam woo's in Irvine for a birthday luncheon with about 30 people so we had a chance to test many of the offerings. The spring rolls and wonton soup were okay. The Din Tai Fung Taiwanese restaurant in South Coast Plaza has an outstanding mixed wonton soup which is my favorite. Sam Woo's was no where near... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Sam Woo is one of our most favorite asian restaurants in Irvine. We love the Dim Sum at lunch and a great variety of vegetable options also. Though it is recommended to make a reservation it is a Huge place and you can come and wait in the beautiful lobby and soon would be eating their great food. Sometimes you... More 

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Irvine, California
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236 reviews 236 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Still very good BBQ pork over steamed rice. Nice remodel of both sides of restaurants. Still cash only on the causal side.

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?