Sam Choy's Kai Lanai
Phenomenal Dining ExperienceThe 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 AMSam 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.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMIsland breeze's and a viewIsland breeze's and a view of Kona and the ocean that goes on forever!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat View!Sam Choy's Kai Lanai has a fabulous view. Dinner seems to be their most consistent meal served. The fish is always fresh and nicely prepared. The fish trio was wonderful. The meal is served with a salad that is just green lettuce. It would be nice if there were some grated carrot and a tomato added for flavor and color. A small cup of soup was served that seemed to be made with a soup base verses freshly made stock. It was very salty. One other suggestion is that the tables for two should be rotated so both guests would have an ocean view instead of one person having an ocean view and the other a mountain view.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways loved hereFoods, view, service are just great! My favorite menus is teriyaki chicken!!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMNice place to try Hawaiian foodImpeccable service, good food. We all liked our entrees, but the only real standout was the Kona Orange Duck. The lamb chops and the rib-eye steak were good. We did not love the fried poke (which we had seared). They have a full bar and were willing to make non-alcoholic versions of the cocktails; one of us had the Lava Flow with rum, one without, and we both loved it.
Our table was at the railing with a beautiful ocean view, which was good because the concrete floors made the space loud. If we had been further inside it might have been too loud for us.
The place has an upscale chain restaurant feel, so if you like those, you will probably like it. We were glad we tried it, but we are not likely to return the next time we're in Kona.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to Sam Choy's ourWe went to Sam Choy's our first night on the Big Island and enjoyed it so much, we went back for our last night. The view is spectacular and unexpected, as it is not situated on the beach, but rather right above a strip mall. (In fact, a tip would be to maybe not sit right on the edge, as then the strip mall is not part of your view. ;-) The menu is pretty small, but there are lots of good, fresh, interesting dishes to choose from and usually great seafood-based specials. And the Mai Tais are to die for!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat views and fantasticGreat views and fantastic service. Excellent kids menu with nice value. My wife had a tempura fried snapper special that was out of this world and an excellent value at $22. My fish trio came highly recommended by our waiter, but it feel flat. Two of the three fishes seemed over cooked as they were tough and dry. Luckily, my wife's meal portion was so generous, I was able to eat some of her snapper instead of my tough stuff. Views are nice and a nice comfortable setting.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMOur dinner was excellent andOur dinner was excellent and we received great service from Amber. .4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food, Service and Locationthe food selection, portion size, price, and presentation was awesome. Staff was attentive. Booked my request on line and the hostess (Alicia) was very friendly and accommodating.
Keep up the great service, price and food. Love the location.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe view is worth it alone...It's a nice restaurant with good service but they amazing view just pushes it to another level. Be there for sunset and enjoy.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMBest view in Kona HawaiiAlways crowded because it's that good. I recommend a reservation.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner arrived just a fewDinner arrived just a few minutes after our soup and salad arrived at the table, as a matter of fact, we did not have the time to finish our soup/salad. The bottle of wine we ordered showed up about ten minutes AFTER our dinner was presented. Very rushed on the food side.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my fourth trip toThis was my fourth trip to Sam's. It is consistently very good. It is my first choice of restaurants on the Big Island.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place to start or endGreat place to start or end your visit tom the Big Island.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service!Our service was excellent! We have a member of our party with health issues and our waitress went out of her way to help with pictures and even moved us to another table that was easier for our "special" guest. We recommend your restaurant to everyone that visits us!!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat spot to watch the sunsetWe were lucky enough to have this restaurant recommended to us by a taxi driver and weren't disappointed. Yummy food, especially the poke, good service and amazing view!3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat FoodWe love Sam Choy's. The food is very good and large portions. We have our favorites on the menu, namely the rib eye steak and the brie wontons are very tasty. My only problem is that even though we request a table near the wall, they constantly put us on inside tables even when the tables by the wall are empty. Everytime we have gone in I have had to ask the Hostess to give us one of the other tables. I could understand if they were being used, but they weren't. So, make sure you ask for a different table if they are available.2/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat casual, island themedGreat casual, island themed restaurant with great views of the ocean and surrounding area, in or outdoor dining. Very popular. Here for lunch today, among our party, enjoyed several salads and sandwiches. Food was very good, tasty. Service was very good, server explained menu well, helped with choices. Definitely would return next time in the area.2/6/2013 12:00:00 AMHealthy FareAs always I loved the food. Never a bad decision for great seafood. (Miss the sauces and Sam looks good in his new skin)
MattP7/18/2012 12:00:00 AM