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Sam Woo

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15333 Culver Dr Ste 720, Irvine, CA 92604-7128
+1 949-262-0688
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have eaten here dozens of times and never have been disappointed. Timing is everything, so plan your visits between peak hours. We drive from south county (SC), as there is no much available in quality Chinese food from Laguna to San Clemente. This is a cash only establishment.

Thank petelapuh
Chicago, Illinois
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113 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Came here with spouse for dim sum. They have two seating areas. One is fine dining oriented with table cloths and the other is more typical of a Chinese restaurant with a Chinese deli on the side. While the variety of dim sum may not be as extensive as some others the quality of the dim sum is very good... More 

Thank KelloggTraveler
Irvine, California
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As background: I'm Caucasian and my family and extended family is all Asian. So I went there with people who know about this type of food more so than I do. The place is always crowded and I can figure out why: the chicken we ordered was full of bones, the fish was full of small fish bones and according... More 

Thank Rene R
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Sam Woo is the place to go to if you want Chinese food. There's plenty of meat-based and vegetable dishes to choose from. My favorites are: French-Style Beef, Crispy Chow Mein with veggies and Egg White Seafood Fried Rice. Their duck is really good too. They have an awesome selection of Dim Sum as well. If you have a large... More 

Thank Iryn S
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Have been dining here for years. Love their dim sum. Especially their shrimp dumplings ( ha gau) and steamed pork buns. Their noodle dishes and fried rice also very yummy. Service can be a bit disjointed at times but definitely great food for great value.

1 Thank Rada G
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104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

I ordered the kung pao chicken extra spicy and it was pretty bland. Egg drop soup was not served hot. Service was painfully slow. It took 25 minutes to get the check and pay. Will not be back

Thank Sally L
Laguna Beach, California
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Decent place located in Irvine area next to the 99 Ranch market, it's convenience to eat & do some grocery shopping. Parking can be hectic special on the weekend The restaurant have 3 parts (1.Seafood formal, Casual dining & the other BBQ take out express) 1.The dining room is nicely decorated. Linen table cloth and napkins. They have several tanks... More 

Thank KNT5
Irvine, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

If you want REAL Chinese food and enjoy the upscale open atmosphere of a family restaurant, you MUST eat at Sam Woo's. It is the "go to" place for the local community in Irvine/Tustin. You can pick FRESH fish swimming in tanks... "Oh I want that one there..." But the best is getting shrimp. They bring a bag of LIVE... More 

Thank Thomas P
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Came with someone who kept wanting us to taste this great food. We went at lunch and everyone left disappointed with their dishes, but me. I had the fish with bean sauce, yum. Everything else was unflavorful. Fish in Maggie sauce...odd sauce and not enough. Roasted duck was bland with a side sauce that was OK. Kung Pao chicken was... More 

Thank Maegan P
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114 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

We have gotten on the habit of ordering food to go of late. The food is always very good, but I have witnessed a number of times where the staff was rude to customers. I have seen this more so when getting orders to go, so perhaps the dining room is the way to go here. I do find the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Seafood, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups
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: +1 949-262-0688

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