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Sam Woo

15333 Culver Dr. - Suite 720, Irvine, CA 92604
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Ranked #35 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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English first
Huntington Beach, California, United States
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86 reviews 86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Three Sam Woo restaurants attached together. Take out, BBQ Express and Seafood. The Seafood restaurant is the fancier one, whcih I'll review here.Everything is VERY tasty. Make sure you ask for no MSG. Wor WonTon Soup is simply the best around. Large shrimp and won tons in a tasty broth with vegetables. Sizzling Shrimp and Scallops is a favorite of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Food is very good, price is good too, but service is so so, but what do you expect in a Chinese restaurant .

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Anaheim, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This restaurant offers several 10 course banquet menus. Our group was in a private room with three tables. One table was used as the holding area for food to be served. Conversations were easily heard across the table. The food was good but not exceptional. Today, the sauce chicken was just “O.K.” The fish was hard and might have been... More

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Irvine, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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