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Reviewed March 1, 2024

We booked a table before we left for vacation, upon arriving we learned that Sam’s is closing for good on the 26th. Having said that, as far as we are concerned, this is indeed a loss for the area. My crusted fish with mashed potatoes...and asparagus was excellent. My lady had the Kauai Shrimp app as a meal, which was very tasty. Their brie and blue cheese grilled sandwich [app] is very unique, filling, and delicious. Good cocktail. Service was spot on too.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 6, 2024

We had been to this restaurant many years ago (under different ownership) and really liked it. This time not so much! Had to sit at the bar since we didn't have a reservation. The bartender had a bit of an attitude and used her unwashed...fingers to garnish drinks and cut fruit as well as handling money, credit cards, and clearing our plates. The prices were high even for Kapaa. We would not go back - although we did hear it was closing so may be better if under new ownership in the future.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 31, 2024

The deal here is the view, open windows/wall to the shoreline, with palms and great rolling waves on breakwater. We popped in early, ~4:30, already full and needed reservations, definitely book ahead, but suddenly a table opened and we got it. I had crusted Ono...with mash and asparagus, my wife eggplant parmesan and spaghetti. The fish was nice, maybe more well done than I like, but still tasty, the potatoes were almost runny, but tasted fine, the asparagus was way too few, but that is normal. My wife liked her eggplant, and I ate her spaghetti, strongly flavored tomato sauce which tasted pretty good to me but maybe a bit much with her dish. The Waitress was very good, trying to get things right.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 24, 2024 via mobile

We went to this restaurant on the advice of a friend. We arrived without reservations at 4:00 and there was a line to be seated. Eventually we got a table for two with an excellent, upclose view of the ocean. Beef sliders were good. Parmesan...crusted fresh mahi was excellent. The server told us it has been sold to a new owner and will be closing in Feb, 2024 so go before it closes if you get a chance.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 22, 2024 via mobile

Everything it’s cracked up to be. Perfect seaside location, delicious fish & seafood, great drinks and desserts! Top notch service. Zeitgeist music for a those of us in our 60’s and youngins who enjoy the same.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 12, 2024 via mobile

What an awesome dining experience in every way! Tasty food from pupus to entrees. She had the most amazing grill cheese sandwich ever! I had seared Ahi with grilled local veggies and pilaf. Sam continues to satisfy her patrons with it all.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 1, 2024

Loved the location for the views and vibe. Open glass windows facing the ocean. It is a popular place so try and make reservations if you can. the food was good, chicekn on risotto, fresh fish with green onion mashed potatoes and the sausage appetizer...with mustard was the best. It is on the way from the North Shore (Hanalei area to Poipu) to the South Shore so in all likelihood most people will go past the place.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 4, 2023 via mobile

Decided to go there for dinner one evening and we did not have reservations. It is a small place with fantastic views and we thought we would just sit at the bar. When we arrived, the bar was full, too; however, they said we could...sit in the little lounge area where there was low sofa benches and a coffee table. This worked just fine for us. We had a wonderful server who was very helpful and personable. We had great drinks and delicious fish. We tried to make reservations for another night before we flew home, but unfortunately, they were fully booked. Definitely make reservations for this local gem!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 22, 2023 via mobile

Food, Drinks were excellent. Very reasonable price. Highly recommend. Our waitress, Kalli, was very attentive and friendly. She gave great recommendations.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 14, 2023 via mobile

View was spectacular, unobstructed Panasonic view of the coast and water horizon. Excellent service, very friendly and quick, but not rushed at all. Food and drinks were very good.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 1, 2023 via mobile

Loved the food, loved the drinks, and loved the atmosphere. Casual, comfortable, and a friendly staff. I had the Parmesan crusted island fish, and my husband had the seared ahi steak. We shared a yummy dessert - mini coconut macaroons.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 14, 2023

Would not return. Food was overpriced and mediocre. Cocktails poor. The Mai Tai was lousy. Find another place.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed September 11, 2023

Excellent food, drinks, service and ambiance with the best sunset views. Parking is tight-carpool when you can! Prices were extremely reasonable for the quality and the area.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 10, 2023

If you visiting for a week, plan ahead and make reservations if you want dinner before dark. We enjoyed the fish in a relaxing atmosphere with a great view.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed September 3, 2023

Great ambiance and location! The bar is really lively. Mai tai was okay but the spicy margarita was delicious. Poke nachos were the best! Would go back for sure!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Sam's Ocean View is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5