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Sam Woo

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15333 Culver Dr. - Suite 720, Irvine, CA 92604
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Pasadena, California
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162 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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 

1 Thank Bluesmanjt
San Jose, California
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775 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 494 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

We, a group of eight, friends & spouses, have been patronizing Sam Woo for many years. We had gone for a weekday dinner. We found the place was not over crowded as in the weekends. As usual, we were warmly greeted and shown to our reserved table. We collectively ordered for our favorite dishes. All of us had an enjoyable... More 

1 Thank Traveler-O-World
Taguig City, Philippines
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89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

There was a queue for Saturday lunch, which is usually a good indicator of yummy food. Spent the 30 minute queue shopping in the Asian grocery next door. Their hakaw had very thick skin, but delicious shrimp filling. Their peking duck was very tasty, but served as a roasting entree, rather than sliced thin with thin pancakes as an appetizer.... More 

1 Thank Maddie A
Clayton, California
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529 reviews
334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

We really enjoyed our weekday lunch here; the restaurant is clean and modern, the food selection is broad and diverse, and the service was excellent. We ordered a variety of dim sum and ala carte dishes and all were very good to excellent. Especially nice was the Peking Duck, the large pork dumplings, and the fish with black bean sauce.... More 

1 Thank Dale W
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429 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Came here for dinner with friends. Were told that this is the best in Irvine so I was expecting an excellent meal. We dined at the restaurant section and not the BBQ Express which are right next door to each other. Nice ambiance with classical music playing in the background, rare for a traditional Chinese restaurant. Service was actually outstanding... 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. - Suite 720, Irvine, CA 92604
  • 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?