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Sam Choy's Kai Lanai, Kailua-Kona, HI
Sam Choy's Kai Lanai, Kailua-Kona, HI
Sam Choy's Kai Lanai, Kailua-Kona, HI
Sam Choy's Kai Lanai, Kailua-Kona, HI
Sam Choy's Kai Lanai, Kailua-Kona, HI

Sam Choy's Kai Lanai

4.0
4
1387 Reviews
$30 and under
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
You'll experience the wonderful hospitality of the Hawaiian culture, the sensational aromas of fresh, island cooking and the innovative recipes created by Hawaii’s culinary ambassador, Sam Choy.At Sam Choy's Kai Lanai, a stunning 230-degree view of the Pacific stretches out in a beautiful blue oasis before you. “The Short Bait” bar is a fun place to meet friends for pupus or sit by the fire pits and watch spectacular sunsets. The superb service and warm Aloha welcome will make this your top dining choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Hawaii Regional Cuisine
  • Hours of operation
    Serving Daily - Lunch and Dinner, Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Friday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm Saturday 7:00 am - 9:30 pm Sunday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm HAPPY HOUR - Daily 3:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 333-3434
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Sam Choy
  • Private party facilities
    If you have an intimate party or a large gathering, you will select your menu or defer to Chef Choy’s suggestions and life-long experience in preparing custom, creative and undeniably delicious food.
  • Private party contact
    Don Girvan: (808) 333-3434
  • Neighborhood
    Kailua-Kona
  • Parking details
    Lot plus over flow parking lot with cart service between over flow lot and restaurant.
  • Additional
    Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,387 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 2.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,387 Reviews
  1. KayP

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband’s dinner was good, I however had the worst dinner we’ve ever encountered there. I ordered a Chrispy Duck dish but half of it was chicken. Duck is dark meat & half of this overly breaded & then fried dish had white meat in it. They were trying to save $$ by doing it. It is an expensive restaurant so you expect good food. DON’T ORDER THIS DISH!!

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  2. BarbieR

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view! Great drinks and pupils! Friendly staff!

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  3. Malibujim

    Central Coast

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The former Wendy’s location is impressive; great sunset view. The food is good, not spectacular. The service was attentive and thoughtful. There was a mix up on our wine order and they comped us 2 glasses; nice gesture. Their fish is fresh and well prepared...Fish trio was nice combo. Suggest reservation for front row table.

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  4. LinoD

    Tahoe

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic except for the weather. We tried a couple of their signature drinks and three menu items. The Mai Tai was typical, but Hawaiian Mimosas were outstanding. Fried rice with eggs was good, but the Beef Stew omelette was inspired. Everything about a Sunday dinner with family wrapped in an omelette. We ended with coconut pineapple fritters, which turned out to be a perfect end. The local honey matched the fritters perfectly. Next time we’re on the big island it’s worth the two hour drive from Hilo.

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  5. RobertH

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had lunch there. 3 of the five meals were very good. The out door view is amazing

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  6. Greatbrunch

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food not bad, waitress left a lot to be desired. Asked for a suggestion and she told me “I’m funny” - wasn’t trying to be.

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  7. FromHawaii2Maine

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Poor wait staff, over priced and underwhelming tasting entree. Thought maybe it was just a bad night, gave it a second try and it was just as bad.

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  8. LesH

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Read many of the reviews on Yelp. Decided to form my own. And I give it an official...meh.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great. Service was sub-par.

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  10. CyndyD

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sam Choy's Kai Lanai restaurant has awesome views. The food is excellent. There are plenty of selections on the menu. It's great that breakfast may be ordered all day Saturday and Sunday. My favorites are the fresh fish sandwich and house salad with Oriental dressing.

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Google Map for Sam Choy's Kai Lanai

78-6831 Ali'i Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Kailua-Kona
  • Hours of operation
    Serving Daily - Lunch and Dinner, Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Friday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm Saturday 7:00 am - 9:30 pm Sunday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm HAPPY HOUR - Daily 3:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Hawaii Regional Cuisine
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Lot plus over flow parking lot with cart service between over flow lot and restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Sam Choy
  • Additional
    Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (808) 333-3434
  • Private party facilities
    If you have an intimate party or a large gathering, you will select your menu or defer to Chef Choy’s suggestions and life-long experience in preparing custom, creative and undeniably delicious food.
  • Private party contact
    Don Girvan: (808) 333-3434
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