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Sam Woo

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15333 Culver Dr Ste 720, Irvine, CA 92604-7128
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When I want some dishes from childhood, I come here. Tonight I'm having Pork with Taro Roots. It's traditionally a hot pot dish but Sam gets it right every time b

Thank Ken L
Athens, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, it is important to note that this is a restaurant and not a hotel. It tends to cater to large parties and weddings. If you go for dinner, you will end up in one of the corridor seats. The tables are large but the bench style chairs are a bit uncomfortable. The back of the bench is perpendicular to... More 

Thank Harring10
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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It seems liking finding good Chinese food in the US outside of major cities is impossible, but this place was pretty good. And amazingly they actually offer good wine by the glass to drink which is even mote difficult to find. The ambiance was fun, the staff solid, the huge live seafood displays entertaining for the kids. I will go... More 

Thank Comeonno
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sam Woo Irvine serves great food real hot and consistently well cooked. We have tried many dishes on the menu. Each one of these is with a special taste. This weekend we tried white fish in black bean sauce, jumbo shrimps in schechwan style, stir fried green beans, chicken wraps, Hot and sour chicken soup etc. The service is extraordinary... More 

Thank Kris K
Pasadena, California
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164 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here with a group of 8 people for lunch. Many of our party were visiting here from China. We ordered the following: Peking duck, Stir fried crab, seafood hotpot, fish and chicken fried rice, shrimp shu mai, pork shu mai, egg rolls, spinach, tripe, barbecue pork, chicken and turkey, spare ribs, green beans and something made out of... More 

Thank JohnB00007
Irvine, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

I take my family to this restaurant monthly. Exciting dishes and fun times. We love the moo shu pork and won ton soup to start. other great apps, but we love these. Very good soups. We always mix it up with entrees. There are so many great ones that we don't like to repeat. Always get a shrimp dish. Love... More 

Thank Noah W
San Diego, CA
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Ordered take out food that was delicious. When they found out I was staying at a hotel they nicely packed plates and utensils for us. Try the shrimp fried rice and pork chops! Can't wait to go back nest time I am in Irvine.

Thank jgharrington
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

So you say you like Chinese food, well here's the test. First, food is authentic, service is typical Chinese (it's about the taste and value not service) and yes you will get the duck with the head on the plate. If you say you like Chinese food and only go to PF Chang's or Panda Express, I'm sorry but I... More 

Thank Emmett L
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16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

We flew in from Michigan to see friends and family, we had a banquet for 9 people. The feast was great, but always had room for improvements. The first dish of cold-cut was flat, too much tendon in braised beef.The lettus wrap and seafood soup were great.Lobster was kind of hard to consume, the steamed fish was exceptional fresh, the... More 

Thank Richard C
Irvine, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Sam Woo in Culver Drive, Irvine has two restaurants side by side. The less expensive one ONLY accepts CASH (old school Chinese business). I have been there several times (fortunately I had enough cash in wallet) and the service was "rushed" and unfriendly. The last time there they took about 10 minutes to bring my change after I reminded them... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15333 Culver Dr Ste 720, Irvine, CA 92604-7128
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: 949-262-0688

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?