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“So good we went twice”

Sam Choy's Kai Lanai
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Ranked #38 of 290 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: A former Wendy's restaurant completely redone.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“So good we went twice”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

Fantastic food at a great value. So good we went back twice in one week. Nice wine selection, fabulous views and great food

Visited January 2014
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Tinley Park, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
308 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“What's not to like about Sam Choy's?”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

The food here never disappoints. I had a fish plate, grilled ono, and it was delicious. The side salad was very good with the house dressing. We were there at sunset and the setting is so beautiful. The servings are large so one should not go home hungry. I was disappointed to learn they are no longer open for breakfast as we liked coming there for breakfast, too. The service was average. We had to ask 4 times for lemon for the water.

  • Visited January 2014
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Brooksville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
260 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Fish and Chips served here”
Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

It is tradition to come here for the fish and chips. While the fish and coleslaw are great, the chips taste like frozen french fries. This entree is only served for lunch and happy hour. Priced at $15.00 we still continue to come for the views and ambiance along with the good fish.

Visited January 2014
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Poor service, decent food”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

We went to Sam Choy's twice this week. The first time was for happy hour and were pleasantly surprised by the good food and mixed drinks. While it is a little pricier than other places for happy hour it was worth the extra money. This encouraged us to try them for dinner, which was very disappointing. We ordered a cocktail and wine to start with a poke appetizer. We ordered our entree at the same time. The waiter brought the wrong wine to start. The cocktail was good and we waited for the correct wine. Less than 1 minute after we were served the poke appetizer our entrees were served. The waiter offered to take it back and leave it under the warming lights but that didn't sound very appetizing. After we finished our appetizer one table companion asked for another cocktail, while the rest of us went on with our wine. The waiter totally blanked and forgot to bring the cocktail. Our entrees were now cold and it turned out over cooked and dry to begin with.It's hard to screw up braised ribs and potatoes but they did.

  • Visited January 2014
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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Reliable good experiences.”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

We are fortunate enough to have visited the island a few times in recent years. This place is relatively easy to find and to park by so it is kind of visitor friendly that way. More importantly, the views are tremendous and the food and drink are good. It does have a bit of a "chain feel" but that isn't all bad. They can put through quite a few people who are mostly satisfied.

  • Visited January 2014
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