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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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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good29%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
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

My wife and I first dined with Sam when he was the Chef in the kitchen of his place in the industrial park near Costco. This was definitely a local place then. There was no liquor license and the diners brought their own in coolers...More

Thank Roger C
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Servers are GREAT The front desk hostess are NOT GREAT The chicken wings are GREAT THE coconut lemonade is GREAT THE FRESH FISH IS FRESH - THIS IS GREAT The first day I went they could blend a mixed drink, the second day the...More

Thank Coug8491
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The food was pretty good. Our server was friendly, but it took us forever to get greeted. Given that we were on our way to do a late night dive, we weren’t in fancy attire and it was very evident that the staff looked down...More

Thank SenatorSquirrel
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wonderful happy hour and bar food. Very friendly staff and gorgeous views. We’ll definitely go back again.

Thank JimM1146
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once THE place in town for special occasion dining, with a jaw dropping view. But Sam Choy’s has seen better days. We joined friends for a few drinks and pupus early on a Friday evening and found the restaurant nearly empty. The Happy Hour menu...More

Thank islandgal51
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first lunch on the Big Island was a WINNER. You must try the wasabi dressing on your fresh salad. The fish club was a yummy change to a turkey club.

Thank janeandnealk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We usually stop here for after work drinks and a great view but last night we had dinner for the first time in a while. The service is always first class but the meal was excellent on all fronts. Three couples and we all ordered...More

Thank Melful
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On this Sunday afternoon, the restaurant was not very busy. The server was friendly and attentive. The food was flavorful.

Thank 624MikeP624
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard pretty good reviews on this restaurant; however, our experience was not very good at all. To set the tone, there was limited serving staff, and which became all to apparent, limited chefs in the kitchen. We were served our beverages fairly quickly,...More

Thank RNoonan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were so looking forward to going to Sammy Choy's. The mai tais and pina colandas were great. The calamari was wonderful and the edename was good. The view was spectacular. However, the staff was not that friendly. Certainly not the Hawaiian spirit. I don’t...More

Thank Christine C
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February 17, 2018|
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Response from DarleneR579 | 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
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
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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