Island breeze's and a view
Island breeze's and a view of Kona and the ocean that goes on forever!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sam Choy is the best in the Kona!
Our party had a wonderful time here! The table outside gave as an amazing view of the sunset as we sipped our wine. Food was great with some interesting selections new to us. Service was the best from start to finish. Not only will we return to this
location, we will try their other locations as well.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Phenomenal Dining Experience
The food and service were unbelievable, not to mention the view from the restaurant! We've been home from our trip to Hawaii for a few days and haven't stopped talking about our dinner here. Our server Arthur was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. He went above and beyond serving us and recommending things for us to try. We adored him! We would come back in a heart beat!
5/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The table that we were assigned to did not have enough coverage because we felt the rain.
Also, various people did check on us before we had our meal but it wasn't as consistent after we completed our meal and we ran out of water while we were eating our meal.
Lastly, there should be more variety for the kids meal.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, amazing view
Fantastic food at reasonable price in Big Island. We enjoyed thoroughly. It's at the south end of Kailua Kona area. It was a bit far from the Mauna Lani area, but it was worth it.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
this is the sunset view!
Sweeping views, open air, knowledgable servers. We had fish, duck and steaks in party-all were excellent.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have been to Sam Choys several times now. The food is great and the view is spectacular!
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Place to Dine!!
I cannot say enough about Sam Choy's. Our server, Paul, was wonderful. This restaurant is easy to get to which is great if you are traveling with adults of limited mobility. The food was great!!
Definitely worth going to if you are from out of town. Best place in Kona to watch the sunset!!
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I live in Monterey Ca and we have great food but nothing equals up to Sam Choy's.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was really friendly the two times we went for buffet. This last time we went as a big family group and they were really nice. The food was really good.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thank you we really enjoyed
Thank you we really enjoyed our dinner! The food and service was great!!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great plate lunches and view
What a great restaurant! Seared poke lunch plate, salads and soup. Sam was there and was kind enough to take a photo with me. What a great finish to our last day on Hawaii.
7/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place is a must for dinner. The menu is small, but excellent. Do not pass up the opportunity to dine here.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated at a perfect table with a great early evening ocean view. The 3 of us (locals) were there for an early dinner before an Aloha Theater performance . Our waiter started off gang busters, but his service slowly diminished , forgetting water refills, offering wine or dessert or bringing a Sam Chow cookbook we wanted to buy. BUT the 3 fresh Opah dishes were amazing, perfectly prepared & moist. The presentation was nice. We wondered if SC salad dressings would be available to purchase in the restaurant?
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday location!
As visitors to the Big Island, we were pleased to find a restaurant as delightful as Sam Choy's to celebrate a family birthday. Service was great, prices acceptable, and the food was outstanding. Maybe we can come back here for the next birthday!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our dinner at Sam
We enjoyed our dinner at Sam Choy's very much. The service was exceptional and would recommend it everyone.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The fish was fantastic as always. This is a wonderful place to participate in the sunset!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
All around great find
Some of the best service in HI! Hawaiian fare with a flare. Try the Brie wontons and the duck.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cocktail are good enough
Need more draft beer variety, also drink for kids
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for sunset
The view is awesome on top of the hill and that's what this place is about. All the seats are good as two sides of the restaurant are open air with large slide up doors so you are outside. They had live music the night we were there which was nice. Ask for a railing seat when making a reservation. The food was good. I had the trio of fish, a little overcooked but fresh. Prices were good, wine $6-9 for the glass. Side salad was $4 and was fresh and nice, wasabi dressing was awesome. The fish dish was $29 and quite substantial. I would definitely take visitors to this restaurant.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very pleased with
We were very pleased with the staff at Sam Choy's. The food selections that we made were delicious.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dining experience featuring island cuisine. Often visitors want to sample "Hawaiian" food. I can't think of a better place to experience Hawaiian food and hospitality than Sam Choy's and yet hamburgers are available too! With a spectacular view of the ocean along with the great food and service at affordable prices, you've got a winning dining experience all the way around.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great view of the bay. Good
Great view of the bay. Good menu to please adults and picky kids.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome view, great service, huge p
We arrived early (5:15) after a long drive from Hilo. we were given one of the best tables in the house. We lingered through dinner long enough to watch the beautiful sunset. Only drawback is a little road noise but the view as the food made up for it. Portions are large so order wisely. We had 2 appetizers and split an entre. The service from Alicia was outstanding.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of the best
Return visit after several years. Great again!
People friendly, great drinks, appetizers (poke plate to die for)
and wonderful entrees.
Added bonus- fabulous sunsets from hillside location.
A must when on the big island!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food
Not a ton of choices. Servers seemed a little overwhelmed and it was just starting to get busy when we were tere. Great happy hour and food was very tasty!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great view open air restaurant
Started with the Shoyu poke, and the Lau lau for an entree, ended with the mud pie. Enjoyed all choices. Nice change from the water front restaurant in Kona, but not much else around.
9/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food for sure was outstanding, our waitress was friendly and fun. In short the taist buds were out the door.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We live 40 miles away and Sam's is definitely worth the drive. Service was exceptional. Our party of four each had different palates and there were many items on the menu to suit everyone. The prices are VERY reasonable. Much more reasonable than our area for sure. The ambiance cannot be justified in a short review all I can say is it's breathtaking view and simple yet elegant island design made us feel at home yet special. Thanks Sam Choy!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great all around experience.
Great view, excellent food, and outstanding service. Our waiter, Arthur, carefully explained all the dishes and gave very good recommendations, including suggested wines. Just what we were looking for to celebrate our anniversary. We were even treated to a complimentary dessert.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Ocean View Setting & Music
The food was good. We had the delicious pot stickers to start and the Duck and the fish special. Portions are generous. Halfway through dinner, two ukulele musicians sat a table away and played and sang for about an hour as the sun went down and it was dark. Very good service and Sam Choy trains local boys to eventually become chefs. Overall a very nice experience.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to eat!
Wonderful menu, excellent, professional wait staff. Highly recommend. There can't be a better location to see the sunset.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband & I celebrated our first wedding anniversary at Sam Choys. Everything was perfect! It sure made it a night to remember ;))
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll be back!
This is a great place with great food, great service, and a view that is unbelievable. The ribs appetizer was a real standout. We'll be back again.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sam Choys Kai Lanai
The service was great! Our server was Malia and she was very professional, courteous, and attentive. The hostesses could be a little more welcoming, but otherwise the staff was great. The food was great. It's hard to find good, Hawaiian style Ahi Poke but this place had it. We had both raw and seared Ahi and it was one of the best we've had. Authentic Hawaiian flavors were found in each dish we had. Great ocean and sunset view. We will definitely return soon.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food Great, Service inconsistent
I was to Choy's Kaloko a number of times years back and also his "Breakfast lunch and Crab" in Oahu. The food here is more refined, without losing the "local flavor" that has made Choy a star chef. And the venue is a notch or two up from his humble beginnings as well. Fish was treated with respect and the Poke was perfect. The meats were local and well done. The service on the other hand was a real miss. My wife's app arrived 20 minutes before my poke (which you would not think would need too much cooking) and the same was happening all around us. Dinners on top of apps, missing components, instructions being ignored, melted icecream being served, just too many to not comment on.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The place is so open...it's like your dining outdoors (go after 5;30pm so its not too hot!). You can view the sunset from anywhere in the restaurant. Ordered several pupus and enjoyed them all except for the calamari--had a burnt and bitter taste to it. Loved the drinks and the generous portions!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Evening at Sam Choy's Is A Must
Another great meal at Sam Choy's. The menu is very creative and all four of us thought our meals were fabulous. Sam's has one of the best views on the big island and the experience screams "this is Hawaii".
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great View - Great Food!
The panoramic view from this restaurant in Kailua Kona is unbelievable. Reservations are helpful and definitely time it to catch the sunset. The food is also very good and the staff friendly and helpful.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
As Usual, Great Food
Sam Choy's has wonderful food with their dining room open on two sides to the wonderful ociean and sky of hawaii. The lamb chops were some of the best I have ever had, and their fresh fish is hard to beat for taste and texture. Reservations are a good idea no matter what day you go. They are now offering an interesting Sunday brunch which would be a wonderful way to spend the day.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We with our family of 6, everybody enoyed and had a great time. We go back at least one time when we are in Kona.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
All ways great! better for lunch!
Have dined at Sam's on numerious occasions and never been disapointed. Had a party of 6 for lunch and had a great time. Great food with a great view.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's a MUST in Kona
Great food. Spectacular view. Friendly,attentive service. Can't wait to go back.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
An A+m meal in an absolutely
An A+m meal in an absolutely stunning setting overlooking Keahou Bay on Kaui. My husband and I shared the 3 fish entreé, and it was quite enough for us. Our server was attentive enough, courteous, and helpful. When visiting Kaui, we will not miss dining at Sam Choy's!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Big Island Dining Experience
Seeing Sam Choy on Food Network motivated us to make a reservation at his Big Island restaurant and try his creations. Yes, we knew that he will not be at the restaurant, but just to be at his establishment was so uplifting. Not disappointed with the food at all. I am a poke lover and had the best poke. Fresh, tasty, good portion size and melted in the nmouth. My dining partner is into beef and his selection was also outstanding. He asked to have a starch replaced with vegetables and that was no problem at all. Great food, wonderful scenic view, memorable sunset, tasty local cocktails. We had a very nice time and having a reservation was a good thing as the place became overly busy by 6 PM. We will definately return at our next visit.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice setting, average food
Nice setting and great view, however after dark the view is mainly into a shopping center. All four of us felt the food was just average and it should have been better for the price. Husband had the NY steak which he declared "just ok". Dining partners had mac nut crusted chicken; dry and only saved by the fruit sauce and the lamb chops on top of linguine; the linguine had no flavor. I had the seafood lau lau which was tasty but swimming in a bit too much sauce. We opted to not have dessert.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kona Go to Place
Sam Choy's is new and old Hawaiian food and best op Malka View spot on the Big Island!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Value in Keahou!
We were very pleased with everything at this restaurant! The staff were friendly and attentive, the view was great, and the food was wonderful and reasonably priced. We attended their Thanksgiving brunch and everything was delicious. There aren't many restaurant choices in this area, so we were very happy to find this one. Great value, great choice.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great and the kids
Food was great and the kids menu had a great selection and price!
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant was terrific. While you expecty high prices in Hawaii, when you stay at a resort it's much worse. This restaurant gave great value for cost, the food was good, the service was great and the view couldn't be beat. Even the price of drinks was reasonable.
I had duck and it was excellent, not fat or dry, and very tasty. My friend had the lamb chops, and though he thought they were small, they were prepared well. On the whole, this was a very good experience.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM