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Breakfast, Lunch
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Asian
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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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All reviews saimin noodles bbq beef char siu chow fun soup ono cheeseburger kim chee banana pancakes pastry dry mein lived up to its reputation during peak great locals simple food comfort food
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

January 2021, and things were starting to open up on Maui. This was only one of two places where we sat down to eat a meal inside. Like other reviewers I'd highly recommend both the dry noodles and the saimin. Tables were spread out inside...for social distancing, and the service was fantastic.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 27, 2020

Sam Sato's embodies the simple food that feeds the soul. It is popular with locals and tourists alike. It is one of those places where you step back a little bit in time. Unfortunately with Covid you lose that feel. We've come here a couple...of times and, so far, have always been able to park in their lot. We really enjoy their dry noodles but also got their teriyaki beef and a cheeseburger. their food is simple, humble and homey. Their dry noodles are comfort food. This is what everyone that visits Maui should try at least once. It may not be to their liking but it is authentic Hawaiian! I look forward to returning and enjoying their offerings.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed March 19, 2020

For a restaurant, Sam Sato’s is located in an unusual looking place; the place is located in a residential neighborhood, and the building they are located in also looks more residential than a commercial place. The building complex also houses other businesses. It is a...small place, but then again they had a line of people waiting for seating, so it must be a popular place. We were lucky to get parking space in the business parking lot. The place is like a classic Diner place. In spite of being busy, the waitress was very friendly and patiently helped with our order selections. Two dishes stood out – The Chicken Katsu and the Banana Pancake. The chicken was crisp in spite of being covered with white sauce, and the pancake was fluffy. Sam Sato’s is a great place for comfort meals.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed March 14, 2020

After we visited Iao Valley, our navigator told us Sam Sato's was not far, and it got us there despite the out-of-the-way location. It probably was obvious that we were tourists, but Tiffany, our server, gave us a warm welcome and did a great job...explaining the menu to me. I chose dry noodles, which were saltier than what I usually eat, but, oh my goodness, I loved the flavors and texture. Maddy had chow fun and a side of kim chee, and she enjoyed those, along with a couple of the little pastries. We were simply happy to be there, enjoying all the people around us.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 6, 2020

Hadn’t been back to Sam Sato’s in 19 years but they didn’t disappoint us. Food and service was every bit as good as it was years ago that we ate here. The dry noodle and chicken skewers are the best. Very reasonable prices too.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

This is an old local hangout. "It is a good place to go for noodles." I have lived here for decades and never tried it until this past Wednesday. I was thouroughly underimpressed. The wait time does not justify our mundane experience. Service is good...and our server was courteous though obviously stressed and very rushed. The menu is limited and we tried two of the most ordered items, as we were told. We had to get our own canned beverage from the stand up fridge by the service window. I have always heard that this is a great place to go. I don't agree.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 17, 2020 via mobile

Went here for lunch while house sitting for relatives in Wailuku. Very busy place for lunch. Dry noodles were great. BBQ beef stick was even better. Desserts were dry and not very good. Fun place to visit but not sure I would drive there if...staying on another side of the island.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 8, 2019 via mobile

My friends told me that you can’t visit Maui without trying Sam Sato’s restaurant. They were right. Unfortunately they were so busy we decided to take out. Their bbq sticks are to die for. So juicy and tasty. They are known for their dry mein...which is like fried noodles only les oily. Very delicious. There is a constant stream of people flowing into this restaurant, locals and tourist. Next time you visit Maui you must stop by and try this place.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 4, 2019

Recommended by island locals, this hole in the wall in the industrial area of Wailuku (12 minutes from Kahului) was the bomb. Known for its dried noodle, sourced from a local natto/noodle in Paia, it lived up to its reputation, firm and chewy as its...name implies, and tasty with char siu garnish and a soup based dipping sauce. The closest resemblance would be the king of fried saimin on Oahu, Mililani Restaurant. Not-so-famous, but equally ono were the cheeseburger and manju. The cheeseburger was all about the meaty and juicy handmade patty, perfect combo with the dried noodle. Then ending with their handmaid manju, a bit drier and firm than the nearby Home Made bakery, which is more flaky and buttery; a scone to croissant analogy; both worthy omiage. Very crowded during peak lunchtime, but manageable during other hours. If the parking lot of a dozen or so stalls is full, you know the restaurant will also be full. The processing of customers was efficient with the speedy staff and use of high tech iPads, but the waitresses did have time to talk story during the lull times. A definite place to go to experience unique local Maui food.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 11, 2019 via mobile

Ate here almost every day for four days (it was worth it to drive back and forth from Lahaina). I was initially worried at first because my younger daughter is very particular about noodles in general, but she loved the saimin (Hawaiian style noodles in...soup) and drymin (same as Saimin except soup is on the side). On our last day in Maui we ate here for breakfast and ordered drymin to-go, which we were able to take through the TSA check point so that we could have a delicious lunch in the plane.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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mahdtii
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Response from poirot8345 | Reviewed this property |
No. This is a very simple restaurant without varied menu options for the discerning customer.
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Yes they did this week Sept 2018.
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