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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: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 39
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  • 21
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  • 9
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  • 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
Huge Chinese banquet

Probably not as good for non-Chinese who don't read Chinese, but the food is good, and you won't ever go hungry. Hong-Kong Style, mostly. Parking is miserable, ambiance is "classic chinese restaurant". Service was unctuous but we were with people who go there often.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 25, 2015
retired_old_jj
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Redmond, Washington
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Laguna Hills, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I don't cook that much or should I say, I hardly cook at all so my family always eats out or order from the restaurant. One if the chine places we go this Sam woo. Every time we go there, I order the Peking Duck. I have been to China and I like their Peking duck here than what we... More 

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Thank Lsonacol
Irvine, California
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91 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First you have to know we are not Chinese but love the food. This establishment is about a mile and a half from our home. So we had been there several years ago and the food was interesting but not consistent. In late last year the food is again good but will it be consistent? More later for now give... More 

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Thank James S
Irvine, California
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I heard so many good things about Sam Woo and now wish I just never went in the first place as my expectations kinda ruined my visit. The food was just not to my liking and I love all Pacific Rim and Asian foods. Maybe it's because I just never visited over there and this food might be more authentic... More 

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Thank Douglas C
Redmond, Washington
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236 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Probably not as good for non-Chinese who don't read Chinese, but the food is good, and you won't ever go hungry. Hong-Kong Style, mostly. Parking is miserable, ambiance is "classic chinese restaurant". Service was unctuous but we were with people who go there often.

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Thank retired_old_jj
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246 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Went with my husband for lunch. Authentic Chinese restaurant with large tables to accommodate families up to 10, even for walk in guest. Most tables have lazy Susans. For lunch the choice is 7.95 or 9.95, or separate pricing on dim sum. Menus also have pictures which help. Many of the diners there are in fact Chinese, to me a... More 

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Thank Priscilla G
Lexington, KY
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102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

This moderately sized chinese restaurant is family run, authentic chinese and loud. But the choices and the freshness of the food is wonderful. As with most chinese restaurants, family style is the way to go. We started with the Wonton Wor soup, filled with meat, fish and shrimp and easily fed 5. The seafood fried rice was very tasty, the... More 

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Thank Otodoc
Jackson, Tennessee
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

If you order out, do not go to this place. They are rude and keep you waiting forever for your food. Food was OK but not worth the attitude of the hostess and the wait.

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Thank 249sh
Newport Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

You might have greasy foods... but that is ok, because that is what I come here for. I do not come here because I am gluten free or watching my weight because I gained 5 pounds in the last 3 weeks. I come here because you have delicious dim sum... that is it.

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Thank Kianna F
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We like the restaurant for a special occasion but usually go next door to their take-out area where the portions are very large and the prices very reasonable. To see the place filled with Asian customers is a recommendation in itself.

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Thank Denise G
Newport Beach
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Solid Chinese fare. Good service. Reasonable prices and nice ambiance. The meal sizes was adequate, not huge. Nothing was outstanding but everything was very good.

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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, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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