My husband and I just moved to the area and saw this place as we scouted around town, promised ourselves to come back later that day for dinner. Glad we did!
Food was not only great, inexpensive and plentiful enough to take lots home for the next day's lunch (he got chicken adobo combo, I did pork, both came with amazing pancit and delicious lumpia), the ambience was perfection, especially if you have ever been to the Philippines, you will feel like you reached back to that place of warm hospitality, charming folks and that distinctive Philippines feel.
So much heart put into the food and the place, absolutely the most friendly restaurant owners ever but not overwhelmingly so and clearly with real sincerity (we had long enlightening talk with the man about life today in the Philippines plus learned the restaurant is named for young daughter Samantha, who we saw), deep glasses of wine, relaxing and happy time, so much more than just a meal.
Nothing was missing, they even had a capiz lamp! Food doesn't come out super quick but that was fine with us, was a pleasure to sit and chat and have wine and anticipate.
Owners really seem to get that people don't just come out to fill their bellies. We were there on a super busy night and huge group came and ordered like 10 combos but Filipina owner Lida took it in stride when a staffer worried about accommodating the crowds and she calmly told the person, "It will be fine, they are enjoying themselves talking and having drinks."
If you have ever been to a restaurant where it felt like no one cared at all that out of all the places you could have gone and spent your money and time, you chose their place, you will appreciate Samantha's. All restaurants should study how this place does what they do.
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