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Sam Choy's Kai Lanai

78-6831 Alii Dr Ste 1000, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
+1 808-333-3434
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good29%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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American, Seafood, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
78-6831 Alii Dr Ste 1000, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The view over the ocean is brilliant, the food nice and service very friendly. Tip: Lava Flow, an amazing cocktail. The only downside: there’s a specific lunch (until 3 pm ) and diner card, thus we did not exactly get what we wanted, but the...More

Thank ChrisSuLu
Reviewed yesterday

Service pleasant, food good, setting spectacular! We came for lunch and then again for breakfast. Fish and chips made my husband happy! I liked the teriyaki plate at lunch ad the pancakes at breakfast.

Thank ladyduckmom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had not been to Sam Choy's in quite a while, so we decided to try happy hour. It was great, wonderful breeze and ocean views and very tasty seared ahi salad and chardonnay. They have recently undergone a lot of management and staff changes...More

Thank Kimberly C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Greeter: I think said one word to us when led to our table; when we asked for a different table that was open with a view, it was like a bother to go to that table. Server: Service could be much better. Waiter didn't tell...More

Thank RonZeee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been going to Sam Choi's since he had the small breakfast and lunch place near the airport. His latest is up the hill from where we stayed. We had lunch and went to the Happy Hour 3 times during the 7 days we were...More

Thank shi0sam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love the lunches menu, good service, very tasty food and wonderful view to enjoy. I love the “Noodle Mania” and get it almost every time.

Thank sumarent
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful restaurant! The VIEW, food and cocktails were great. Even with all the good restaurants available on the island, we found ourselves returning here again and again. It was refreshing to get away from the busy, crowded main Kona downtown restaurants. We would definitely recommend...More

Thank pb52_11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I gotta admit that I gave Sam Choy's a one-star (poor) review back in October 2017. They were having a lot of management and staff problems and frankly it was terrible. It was sad because Sam Choy's was our go-to spot in the Kona area....More

Thank gahoppe
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great place to grab a bite to eat, the food is good and reasonably priced. Good drinks and a laid back atmosphere. Definitely worth checking out!

Thank biker12460
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Yes. it is a place with average food. Maybe you get a nice view when you stop by at sunset. We had noodles (Saimen) and some other dishes. They were ok nothing to be praised about, and I think foods are overpriced. Service was ok....More

Thank Lukeoh
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February 17, 2018|
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Response from Darlene R | Reviewed this property |
They are open 10 am to 9 pm, call to make reservations. The place is busy and the food great.
Harvey B
November 1, 2017|
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Response from mikecq001 | Reviewed this property |
Good question. He seems to be Bush with his tv show
January 11, 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78-6831 Alii Dr Ste 1000, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-333-3434
  • E-mail
A former Wendy's restaurant completely redone.
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