Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch, Crab & Big Aloha Brewery
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Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch, Crab & Big Aloha Brewery

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://samchoyhawaii.com/
  • Phone: 8085457979
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am; BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; LUNCH: Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; DINNER: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Hawaiian
  • Executive Chef: Aurelio Garcia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two private dining rooms with seating for up to 150 people for birthdays, graduations, retirement parties etc. Off menu, family style, or buffet options are available.
  • Private Party Contact: Terri Owada 8085457979
  • Entertainment: We feature live Hawaiian music most Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. On Sundays, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm we feature children's entertainment, such as a magician, balloon sculpting, or caricature drawing. Sunday is also Keiki (kids) night, where kids eat free from our keiki menu with each adult entree purchased.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Street/Kukahi Street
  • Parking: Valet
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Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch, Crab & Big Aloha Brewery reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Sadly, Sam Choy's in Honolulu
    luvbokaVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    Sadly, Sam Choy's in Honolulu is closing on Friday, March 15th, 2013. We attempted to cancel our dinner reservations and the Open Table link to the restaurant was not working properly.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Our server only checked on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Our server only checked on us once. We had to wave down someone for water. We look like vacationers, but ate locals. The waiter went to the local table next to ours three times in ten minute. Service horrible and it was slow and took 20 minutes to get a hamburger. When the hamburgers came they were warm and medium rare came we'll done and dry
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  • Sunday night is kid's night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    Sunday night is kid's night with table side magician, balloon sculpture and caricature artist. Loved it.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Awesome Food, Impecable Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    The food was incredible and the variety unbeatable; but, the service was friendly and efficient and showed impecable signs of strong team effort. Every server took care of every table whether it was their assigned station or not. Thumbs Up! Great, great team effort we were never in need at any time, which made the entire dining experience awesome.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • A great place to get your
    alamoVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    A great place to get your final Hawaiian meal on the way to the Honolulu airport.
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  • The service was excellent
    llaupola
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    The service was excellent and the food delicious, a family fav!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • I normally enjoy Sam Choys.
    kamahina
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    I normally enjoy Sam Choys. But not this time. Food took forever to come, not the 10 mins promised on the menu. More like 20+ minutes. The Teriyaki Meat I had was too intense and somewhat salty. It's hard to beleive Sam Choy would approve of that sauce?! Staff was friendly and effiecient just that food quality was poor (hubby's salad greens were wilted) and service was too slow. Husband doesn't want to go back again. He tells me that everytime we go there, actually.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • The breakfast buffet was delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    The breakfast buffet was delicious! Although maybe not as big as other buffets, the taste and quality of the food was excellant! They had an omelet station which I love and all the food was so fresh! I will definitely be going back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • With the Big Aloha Brewery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    With the Big Aloha Brewery on site what else can you ask for?!? The beer sampler is a MUST! The food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give your review a title
    Shoe
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Fantastic seafood & sides, and the Big Aloha beer selection was terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Seafood dish was delicious
    Kenji12345VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2012
    Seafood dish was delicious but a tad overcooked. Really enjoyed the service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • With "Crab" in the restaurant's
    teachertravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    With "Crab" in the restaurant's name, we expected some very good crab, but did not find it in the crab cakes, which had very little taste of any kind, and appeared to be mostly filler.The Crab Louis Salad had some crab which had a bit of crab taste but the tuna salad and noodles had almost no taste; the salad had little variety and did not look inviting to eat--a very plain presentation. For $50, including tip, we expected more. The service was efficient and not especially friendly. Many diners around us ate large plate lunches, which they seemed to enjoy and finished with gusto, so I hope ours was an exceptional experience. But with many other fine restaurants in Honolulu, we will not go back to Sam Choy's.
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  • As the name suggests, lots
    Matt
    Dined on 10/14/2012
    As the name suggests, lots of dishes have crab, there also a few non-seafood choices. Everyone enjoyed their food and said it was good. Decor is nautical themed and matches the warehouse type space; tip based valet parking is the only option. Service seemed disjointed, multiple servers asked us for drink orders, but overall, everything got ordered and received one way or another.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • I had the daily lunch special,
    Matt
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    I had the daily lunch special, which was a sausage sandwich with onions and garlic fries and my wife had the crab cake sandwich with a salad. Neither were fantastic, but both were good enough that we finished them. Absent a coupon special, I'm not sure I would eat here again. It wasn't bad, it was just pricey and didn't stand out.
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  • The staff were exceptional,
    llaupola
    Dined on 9/9/2012
    The staff were exceptional, there was a magician who was quite entertaining and the food was EXCELLENT. I've never had a bad experience at Sam Choy's, it's always my local "show off" spot when we have visitors from out of town. Thanks staff, for making the best Salad dressing, mac nut chicken and some folks from Oregon feel like Kama'aina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • We went there to celebrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    We went there to celebrate my birthday, and they did an excellent job. They sat us by the evening entertainment, gave us lots of personal attention and even set up a personalized tour of the Aloha Brewery with free sample of latest brew. Our server was super friendly and made us feel at home. Great Beer and Food...yummy, especially the crab dishes.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • I usually don't provide reviews,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    I usually don't provide reviews, but this place was so bad that I had to write something. Food was incredibly mediocre. Salmon in some kind of cream sauce was boiled or steamed into salmon mush; any salmon taste was gone. Probably serves me right for not ordering a Hawaiian fish, although others in our group were similarly unimpressed with their orders. Terrible food, ridiculously overpriced, in a juvenile setting similar to Joe's Crab Shack. Sam, you've allowed your standards to slip badly.
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  • Service great, food poor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    In years past when i visited this restaurant, food and service was GREAT. Now, service is still excellent, but food selection and taste was very poor.
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  • Waitstaff was excellent as
    KeffenVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2012
    Waitstaff was excellent as was the food. Menu offers a great variety of options to chose from all with local twists.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Our entrees arrived before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/15/2012
    Our entrees arrived before we received our salads.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, friendly serivce,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    Excellent food, friendly serivce, comfortable atomspshere, easy (valet) parking, reasonable price ...what more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Service was very good at 1115.
    monzVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2012
    Service was very good at 1115. Food was also very good n hearty.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Just okay...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    Eh... I can't say that Sam Choy's Breakfast Lunch and Crab is anything special. In fact, I think that they have simply been gliding along on the reputation that they establish sometime ago. At one time, their menu was cutting edge, but those days are long past and I often find more interesting options at much lower prices with the lunch wagons scattered around town.
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  • More attention to preparation
    Suvkix
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    The Ono was delicious and fresh, but over cooked. The interior was fun and roomy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was okay; service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/26/2012
    Food was okay; service was not good. Had to wait forever for the check. There was a miscommunication between the servers. They need to coordinate more if more than one server is waiting on a table.
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  • This was the worst meal we
    SES08080VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2012
    This was the worst meal we had during our ten night trip to Hawaii. The fish was so overcooked I couldn't even cut it with a knife. Tacky decor added to the disappointing meal.
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  • Staff was very friendly &
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    Staff was very friendly & helpful. Had a wonderful breakfast brunch with our family. Thankful for the waiters/staff who was on top of it. Good service....mahalo!!!! :D
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • We came for my mom's birthday
    MarissaVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    We came for my mom's birthday and were disappointed in the service. The food was fine, but the attitude from our server was enough to spoil the mood and appetite of our whole party. Ugh!
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  • Dinner on a Friday night featured
    uye1
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    Dinner on a Friday night featured live Hawaiian entertainment. Service and food were very good. We decided on meal of pupus (appetizers) and had great choices with baby back ribs, crab dip, and batter fried mushrooms! Also enjoyed their micro-brew Ehu Lager!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Went for Happy Hour. All
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    Went for Happy Hour. All appetizers were half off. The only thing is that the Bar tables were high and small. The squeezed Kalua pig quesadilla, crab dip, 2 plates of fried rice, and tempura mushrooms on a small rectangular table. The plates were over lapping each other so one small plate fell and broke. The food was decent nothing special. The mushrooms were hard and the food got cold fast because we were under an AC. The Kalua Pig Quesadilla was the best and the dip would have been good if they used soft bread and it didn't get cold. The bar area was in an awkard place on the side of the restaraunt totally closed off from the main area. The tvs were also old school huge block tv's but hey it was $23 for our 2 person bill!
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flash Fried Poke
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/24/2012
    This was a fun place to go for lunch. We went as tourists, but there also seemed to be a lot of locals, which made for a nice energy. My 5 y.o. loved sitting in the boat area. They had a good kids menu where she was able to choose saimin, guava juice, and chocolate ice cream for dessert. I had the flash fried poke with the special fried rice. I had never had poke flash fried before, so it was fun to try it this way. Next time, I would probably get it with just the plain rice, as together it was a little salty for my taste. Everyone was really nice. There is only valet parking, which was fine for us, as parking seemed to be very tight here. We would go back again the next time we're in Oahu.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Food for the most part was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/20/2012
    Food for the most part was pretty good, however, buffet line could benefit from more frequent restocking. And the squid luau could use a bit more seasoning...taste resembled cardboard this time around.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There is always good food
    Eisutt
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    There is always good food at Sam Choy's. Our server was extra considerate due to our long wait. Always there to keep checking with us.
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  • Excellent food every time.
    Inge
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Excellent food every time. Service was great but took a while for our order to come out due to them being busier than I've ever seen
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must Valet Parking
    Jimbo9988
    Dined on 5/17/2012
    Only think I didn't like was valet parking. Although there is plenty parking on the back but they told me you must park outside on the street.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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  • Bad food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Food was bad and the smell of paint thinner was over wellming.
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  • Had dinner and drinks with
    Marine782VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    Had dinner and drinks with my staff. Food was excellent and service was superb. Very crowded the night we went so our reservation was delayed about 15 minutes and even though it was only 1830 hours they had run out of prime rib, the night's special! Neverless, this is a greaqt place for friends to get together to have a good time and a good meal.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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  • Breakfast service was slow,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/29/2012
    Breakfast service was slow, diners have the choice to take the buffet or order off the menu. It seemed that wait staff was kept.to a minimum hoping more people would go for the buffet. We chose to order from the menu, good options to chose from and everyone was happy with their choices. Overall we had a good meal and had to give credit to our server for handling a large amount of tables.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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  • How few times can you go to
    FrenchbreadVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2012
    How few times can you go to a restaurant and not find at least one little thing that was off or not fantastic? This was one of those rare times. Our waitstaff was friendly, patient, helpful, genuinely interested in having our experience be a good one. The food...all great portions but not at the expense of great flavor. Varied menu - everyone in our group found many choices that worked for them. The two most praised items of everything we ordered were the special of the night - steamed chinese style snapper and bbq ribs. Would go back in a heart beat.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The service was prompt, efficient
    KimiKVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2012
    The service was prompt, efficient and very personable. We really enjoyed our server and his helper because they were very attentive to the bread basket, as well as the drinks and the left overs. The prime rib special was an exceptionally large cut and delicious. The snow crab clusters was filling and the beef stew was tasty. The sides were mediocre but what caught my taste buds was the bread basket. The rolls, combined with honey butter, were sublime. I couldn't stop eating them, even after I was full of snow crab. We enjoyed our dining experience and would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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