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.
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.View Private Dining Details
The view and the drinks are spectacular. The food less so.
Great views of the Kona Coastline, especially from outside seating along the perimeter. On a good day, get there in time for sunset. Spectacular! Only detraction from the view is the fact that it also overlooks the roofs of the Adjacent Keauhou Shopping Center, but easy enough to overlook. Excellent food selections, especially the fresh seafood, creatively prepared and presented. Try the calamari appetizer: one of the best we've had anywhere!
Very disappointed. Service was spotty. All of the entrees were over cooked and lacked flavor. Rib eye was raw then came back burnt and covered in sauce. Overpriced for mediocre food.
This restaurant is not worth the price of the food. Yes The structure is beautiful the view is great for watching sunsets but that is where the excitement ends
The food is really good and the view can’t be beat. I wish the service matched the quality of the food.
Two of us has seafood trio .
Side dishes minuscule . 1 one the 3 fish totally overcooked . After having it sent back...., waited, it comes back seated on frozen...,
The views were very nice. The food however was very poor. Pork Kausu was over cooked and dry, chicken tortellini special had over cooked pasta, and the mashed potatoes were cold! Not a good experience
The service seemed very slow and unattentive. The rib eye teriyaki steak was not teriyaki but came with mushrooms & mushroom sauce. The waitress & food deliverer was not knowledgeable of what was served. The food & our dining table overlooking the water was good but the service was lacking. It’s not the great experience we had there 3 years ago.
Great view. Excellent cocktails. Server did not help us once seated but after asking another waitress, she was very accommodating & the rest of the service was great
Slow service and wasn’t crowded. Both entrees were missing the vegetable side. Fish dishes were fine. We’ve gone 3 times in the last 2 months and probably won’t go back. First time was ok, second time was horrible, now we’re done; too many other good restaurants.
SErvice was very slow although she was nice. Good good but very very slow start to finish
The four of us went for dinner and had 5:45 pm reservations. We were seated promptly. We were celebrating our friend’s milestone birthday and had made arrangements for a sparkler with his dessert. Unfortunately they forgot, and we had to remind them after the dessert already was served. We found the service extremely slow and the service was poor. The waitress came about 15 minutes after we were seated to take our drink order. We had another 15-20 minutes to get our drinks. Dinner was very good. Unfortunately, there were quite a few items on the menu that were not available. When seated, we asked the waitress to be sure to give us the bill at the end, she forgot and asked if we wanted to split the bill. Not the end of the world, but a little uncomfortable, particularly given that we’d discussed this earlier. I would recommend this place for the view and food quality but not for the service.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are great. Lots of older folks here; everything on one level. Portions are large. Noise level not bad as restaurant is open on two sides. Fantastic view high up overlooking Pacific. Friendly and dedicated waitstaff.
The only negative is a long wait for main courses. That's not too bad as use nurse your drink overlooking the ocean.
A lovely location. I would like to have lunch here so I can enjoy the view. I loved eating outside. The food is good, but lost it’s creative edge that it used to have years ago. It’s now more commercial less innovative. Portions are good.
Our waitress was very nice, helpful, and efficient. The drinks snd food were excellent.
Duck was great as always.
Had the catch of the day. AHI and the roast duck, both were delicious. The picture perfect sunset view was stunning!
Very good food, fairly generous portions and nice waitstaff.
The free parking was a good start . The menu had lots of choices for all and reasonably priced compared to downtown Kona. The service was excellent t and the view of the ocean was wonderful .
As always, the food was excellent, however the steamed veggies were undercooked. This is not usually the case, so I will assume they were just unusually busy, ran low on veggies and didn't have time to cook them enough. We have dined here many times, and will do so many more times. It is our favorite restaurant.
Nice quiet spot with a fabulous view, at least at noon on a weekday.
Service was very attentive and we were made to feel as welcome as any local.
Food was excellent. Good portions for the price. We had the Moe Moe Saimin. So good!
Wow, this place has gone downhill, and it didn’t start out great. We went in a Friday night, had a 7:45 reservation but got there a bit early and were seated right away. This was initially a plus, but in hindsight should have been a red flag since on previous trips there was always a wait.
Service was good, we enjoyed our server and he did A good job.
Not sure if there was a bread service, we had bread plates- but didn’t receive any bread so found it odd we had the plates.
The food was terrible and is the reason for my review. Worst was the rack of lamb served over linguine ($33!) . I requested the lamb prepared rare, but this would be best described as slightly browned on the outside and totally raw the rest of the way through (for reference I love blue rare steak, sushi, tartare dishes, etc...). The linguine that came with it was totally tasteless and came in a very soupy cream sauce that included an odd assortment of squash and celery mixed in. If I were to find a plus, there was a TON of it so I was able take it to go and with some additions can probably salvage it as a side dish for my family later on the trip. I have almost all the lamb left as well and hope once it sees a grill or a broiler again on our trip someone might enjoy it. Other less than stellar items were the Caesar salad, tasted like bagged grocery store salad & crispy chicken wings- less crispy than over coated in panko bread crumbs.
Ambiance started off Ok, but as we were mid dinner they began to totally shut down one half of the restaurant- tables were all cleared and all chairs up on the tables. This was directly next to our table and made us feel rushed since it seemed like the staff was ready to close up (again we sat at 7:30 on a Friday, so it wasn’t that late).
All and all cannot recommend, especially for the prices. Will not be back.
The only truly unfortunate thing is we requested a fire pit table and weren’t able to have one. Even though they weren’t fully booked.
The noise was very loud, the food marginal, service good. We have been here before and the food, at least what we ordered, was much better. We would not recommend dining there to anyone and we will not return.
It was Valentines Day, they were short staff d and busy. Since it was reservations only, they knew in advance how busy theru were going to be. This restaurant has seriously slipped in quality since my last visit.
Service a bit slow, food delicious!
Such a wonderful evening out. Sam Choy’s provides everything you could want for a memorable experience. The food is outstanding, the ambience, view is world class and the service is outstanding. We will be back.
Sam Choy's has a great view of Keauhou Bay and is a fun spot to take visitors. The dinner menu is a little pricey, I think, for the food. One person in my party ordered the shrimp Alfredo and it was a little dry. The menu is somewhat limited for dinner, and is confusing because the lunch menu is listed along with the dinner menu, but the items on the lunch menu aren't available for dinner. Still has a beautiful setting and a great bar.
Absolutely awful. 530 reservation. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. We saw our waiter chatting with another table. After 20 minutes a different waiter asked if we had been helped. We ordered a bottle of wine and water was also delivered. 5 minutes past. The waiter who took our wine order told our waiter he had put in the order for wine. Our waiter went to the bar, got a small carafe and went to another table where he proceeded to chat for 15 minutes. We left. 40 minutes and we hadn’t even spoken to our waiter. It was only by chance we got even a glass of water. The food looked good, the location is ok. Nice view if you don’t look down at the shopping center roof top.
Weekend brunch offers tons of food at very low prices. Add to that a great cooling breeze from the Pacific and a stunning view, and you will return.
Limited menu. Food was okay but not really worth the trip.
Sam Chois has been hit and miss lately. We gave it a shot and were not disappointed. Got the famous trio of fish wish was really good - Salmon was excellent. Also got the daily special. A pasta dish with prawns and MAHI_MAHI - also excellent.
Thank you for an amazing evening with great food and friendly staff
Great poke and short ribs! View and ambience was spectacular
The setting at Sam Choy’s is lovely, but the food was mediocre. I had the fish trio. The salmon was fishy, the marlin was overlooked and tasted burned and the spear fish has so much seasoning (blackened) I couldn’t even enjoy the fish. All in all - very disappointing.
Worth it just for the view! The food and service are both first rate in this open-air restaurant overlooking the Pacific on the west coast of Hawaii. Nice variety of cuisines on the menu.
The staff was great, food excellent and a wonderful setting.
The view was amazing. The food was generous portions. I would say it was up scale local options with a definite Island Asian influence. Sunset was amazing, but we enjoyed it so much we came back for lunch.
A great place to view the Hawaii sunset. Great meal and service. It is a place we always go to when in Kaulia-Kona