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“Nice view; average food”

Sam Choy's Kai Lanai
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Ranked #42 of 296 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: A former Wendy's restaurant completely redone.
Reviewed March 5, 2014

We ate at Sam Choy's twice. It's up on a rise in Kailua Kona and has a pretty good view of the sea. It's also popular, so do make a reservation and be prepared for a parking challenge. Given the prices, however, I expected the food to be better than average...and, frankly, our entrees were just so-so. Service was fine, if a bit harried. Food came hot to the table.

Thank longjch
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Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

We have eaten here several times over the last several years when we visit Hawaii. The food is excellent and the specials are creative. The desserts are always a lovely way to end the meal. I had lamb chops and my wife had pork chops and for dessert we had Haupia ice cream and a perfitterolle (sp) which was filled with coconut whipped cream.
The service was friendly and attentive.

Thank jcnagle850
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

We went in for supper and after just 2 appies, decided that a large meal would now be too much. We saw the 3 fish plate at another table that we were going to order and decided that we couldn't possibly finish it but we did hear the customer say it was very very good. We had calamari and the rib dish, both of which were excellent and a very good portion of each. The calamari was only $8 and the ribs were $12. Hard to beat for the money. Also, the patio looks out over the ocean and there was a beautiful sunset that night. We tried to go back the next night (Friday) but there was a private party going on so we couldn't get in and we left that night at 11 pm to fly home but will certainly be going back next year as we have booked our condo again for next Feb.

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Thank erndarchrkai
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We arrived in Kona late on Friday night and needed to find a place for breakfast on Sat a.m. Sam Choy's was recommended and it was a great recommendation! They have a week-end buffet that is $15.00 which is wonderful. There was a lot of fresh fruit, eggs, bacon and omelets made to order. Top that with a glass of guava juice and it is a great breakfast! We did go back on the last Sunday of the month, but it turned out to be champagne brunch Sunday and the cost was $34.95 so we passed on that one.

Thank Shar0nT
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We just returned from Kona, Hi. where we had the pleasure of dining at Sam Choys' restaurant. The best part of the experience was the view of the setting sun over the ocean. The food was good tasting and the presentation was superb. If there was any problem it would have been from the over zealous waiter that we had.

We found better tasting food at Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill but due to the ambiance of Sam Choy's I would rate these two superb restaurants equal.

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Thank Doug M
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