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“Excellent View, Accommodating Staff and Wonderful food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sam Choy's Kai Lanai

Sam Choy's Kai Lanai
78-6831 Alii Drive, Suite 1000, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
808-333-3434
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Ranked #50 of 209 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: A former Wendy's restaurant completely redone.
Portland, Oregon
1 review
“Excellent View, Accommodating Staff and Wonderful food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We decided to go to Sam Choy's for dinner to celebrate my Grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary! Everything from when we first walked in, to when we left was AMAZING! Our waiter Jason was amazing, He was very accommodating to our family, he took the time to take a family picture for us and made sure everything was perfect for this special occasion!. The restaurant was very accommodating with having children who have food allergies. The restaurant had Gluten Free Menu. All I can say about this place is WOW! Not only was our waiter amazing but the whole staff was wonderful as well!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“So good we went twice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Fantastic food at a great value. So good we went back twice in one week. Nice wine selection, fabulous views and great food

Visited January 2014
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Tinley Park, Illinois
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149 reviews 149 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“What's not to like about Sam Choy's?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The food here never disappoints. I had a fish plate, grilled ono, and it was delicious. The side salad was very good with the house dressing. We were there at sunset and the setting is so beautiful. The servings are large so one should not go home hungry. I was disappointed to learn they are no longer open for breakfast as we liked coming there for breakfast, too. The service was average. We had to ask 4 times for lemon for the water.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sedona, Arizona
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Fish and Chips served here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

It is tradition to come here for the fish and chips. While the fish and coleslaw are great, the chips taste like frozen french fries. This entree is only served for lunch and happy hour. Priced at $15.00 we still continue to come for the views and ambiance along with the good fish.

Visited January 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“Poor service, decent food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We went to Sam Choy's twice this week. The first time was for happy hour and were pleasantly surprised by the good food and mixed drinks. While it is a little pricier than other places for happy hour it was worth the extra money. This encouraged us to try them for dinner, which was very disappointing. We ordered a cocktail and wine to start with a poke appetizer. We ordered our entree at the same time. The waiter brought the wrong wine to start. The cocktail was good and we waited for the correct wine. Less than 1 minute after we were served the poke appetizer our entrees were served. The waiter offered to take it back and leave it under the warming lights but that didn't sound very appetizing. After we finished our appetizer one table companion asked for another cocktail, while the rest of us went on with our wine. The waiter totally blanked and forgot to bring the cocktail. Our entrees were now cold and it turned out over cooked and dry to begin with.It's hard to screw up braised ribs and potatoes but they did.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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