Sama Sama Kitchen

4.7
213 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southeast Asian
Southeast Asian inspired, small-plate, family style cuisine made using the offerings of our local farms.

Please leave a credit card number for parties of 6 or more. Large parties will be charged a $50 no-show fee if they do not call to cancel at least ONE HOUR before their scheduled reservation!

SEASONAL PATIO HOURS: Friday-Saturday 5-9:30pm
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BH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had three shared plates: Brussels sprouts, noodles and salad. All were good with noodles and Brussels outstanding.
Limited wines by glass.
Shared long tables in some parts of room.
Noise level is very loud, so not an intimate place. But very lively and really good food. Love that it’s next door to Granada and they take reservations!
I’ll be back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and just fantastic service.

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M
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is always impeccably prepared and delicious! But the service was very slow (our server often didn't check on us for long stretches, making our dining experience over 3 hours!) and there was a side door open that let in very cold air so 3 of the people in our party were cold the whole time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sama Sama was super super. Food was unusual and excellent. Service was helpful and allowed us to enjoy the different dishes without feeling rushed in the least bit.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The food was OK, way too expensive for what you get. The server from Brazil was amazing! And so was the atmosphere

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F
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Share plates spicy and sweet. Upscale drinks.

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MY
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 2

Been there before. Love the unique food.

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GG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was pretty tasty and our server was friendly and attentive. We had a rough start with our table not being ready and a lot of confusion about where to seat us. We ordered dishes to share (chicken wings, ribs, broccolini tofu stir fry, crispy rice salad) -- flavorful, but too heavy as many dishes were fried. The restaurant needs to balance out the heavier foods by adding a simple rice side or refreshing, light salad to accompany the items.

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N
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great! Amazing food!

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GM
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was good, sauces were fantastic. Favorites were the Brussels sprouts and the ribs. But there was a HUGE lag between dishes, and we had to remind our waitress of the items still to come out. There was no silverware on our table, we had to ask for it and one of our party didn’t have a glass for the first 30minutes. For a $200 bill for 5 people didn’t feel we got our money’s worth. Plus it was extremely loud!! At times we couldn’t hear the person talking even when they were sitting right beside us. Won’t return.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Great food, but extremely loud. Horrible service, good bar atmosphere

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R
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was really tasty, the Branzino fish was excellent ( and spicy which we like ), but took awhile to come, so be aware of that. The service was just ok, but they were pretty busy, as it was a Saturday night.

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KF
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

My husband and I tried Sama Sama for a date night recently. We both felt that the cocktails and food were excellent, but the service was below average. We would be willing to give it another try because the food and drinks were so delicious. We also felt that it was a good value.

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n
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sama Sama is one of my favorite date night asian fusion dinner spots in Santa Barbara (the only one)? The type of place that you wish you had 10 stomachs due to the delicious variety of their menu. It is very conveniently located downtown Santa Barbara on state st.

One of my go-to dishes is the hot wing appetizer- super fresh crispy, juicy mouth watering wings. Literally the best wings I have ever had, all my staff dinners are now here, not solely because of the wings but partially :)

We were on an appetizer hype tonight so we also got the papaya salad and paan seared octopus. The papaya was incredibly spicy, the flavors were muddled together to perfection- it was so refreshing. The octopus was cooked incredibly well- crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Lastly, I ordered the Chinese Sausage Fried Rice which I probably should've saved for another visit. We were already stuffed after the appetizers! It was piping hot, the Sausage was perfectly cooked, I was eating it as if I hadn't eaten in days. The flavor was rich, creamy, flavorful and crunchy in the best ways.
Serive is warm, ultra-attentive and prompt with bringing out our meals. (Everything comes out the PERFECT temperature) I'm sure at some point.

Thank you Sama Sama for a wonderful visit, as usual. This review was long overdue and am so happy my fellow yelpers see my yummy perspective of this place! See you tonight!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always stellar. We had the jidori wings, which were scrumptious and a must have always, Brussels sprouts, which were so lovely and umami and sweet and sour. Delish! The ribs with steak fries. Ribs were fabulous. Fries were oh so yummy though a bit too oily, and a noodle dish (mi goreng?) which was good- not super special, but was a perfect accompaniment to the other dishes. We are every bite.
Service, which is usually kind of slow, was great. Our waitress was genuine and sweet and took great care of us.
They are a bit lacking in the dessert department, but we were so full it was a blessing.

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Y
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We loved the brussel sprouts. The kitchen was out of most of the larger dishes but what they had we liked.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal and best dinner experience in california! Everything we ordered was unique and delicious; Brussel sprouts octopus and Nasi goreng. Service was very friendly and it was nice not to be rushed through our meal like a lot of other restaurants in LA. Highly recommend for a casual yet sophisticated dinner and delicious cocktails too!

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M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had this year. All the flavors were perfect, accessible but authentic. Loved the interior design. Service was friendly and laidback. Not cheap but worth the price.

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MA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was really impressed with what the kitchen at SAMA SAMA turned out. I fell in LOVE absolute and deep, deep LOVE with their Crispy Brussel Sprouts (CBS for short). Who in the world would think to caramelize fish sauce and add dates to brussels sprouts (amongst other things)...you must try this dish if you like sprouts even just a little bit. Highly recommend..great flavors await you at SAMA SAMA Kitchen.

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K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sama Sama has a great happy hour menu and the service is incredibly friendly and always helpful with menu suggestions. Great local vibe and would highly recommend trying this great little Santa Barbara gem!

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SM
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sama Sama has to be one of the most creative restaurants in the SB area, with flavors that don't quit! The Crispy Rice Salad is on my 'to order' list from now on! And Elliott is a great server - he does it all with a fantastic attitude.

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved sama. The duck salad is amazing. Thanks team sama

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a great experience every time I am there.

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The food is average in taste, menu is limited, prices high for tiny portions, wait staff disengaged, ambiance noisy. i would never go again and recommend people to look elsewhere.

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SI
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably one of the best foodie restaurants in Santa Barbara with fantastic mixed drinks. Perfect place to eat if you have tickets to a show at The Granada or Arlington Theaters.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the cocktails, crispy rice salad, wings, hot chicken bao, and ribs!

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SZ
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sama Sama is our go to date night spot. The combination of flavors and textures in this Indonesian cuisine is superb. We have had just about every dish on the menu and love all of them! Our favorites are the wings, crispy rice salad, fried rice, Branzini, and octopus. Their drinks are also unique but refreshing.

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! We ordered the Brussels sprouts, chicken wings, bao, and crispy rice salad. Everything was so flavorful and innovative. I will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wings were some of the best we’ve ever had.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love this place. Faboulous food for everyone, old, young, gluten free, dairy free but you need to be a little on the adventurist side. Hope you would bring back the tacos and the basil lemonade soon.

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AO
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Inside seating is limited, so we sat out on the patio. There were heaters, but we'd bring jackets next time because it was a little cool if you weren't right under the heat. Creative cocktails and interesting small plates to share. The ribs and steak fries were amazing. The brussel sprouts were quite different than what I've had at other places. All the dishes were tasty and incorporated new flavors. We had dinner before a show at the Granada which is just one door down, which was quite convenient. I'd love to go again and try some of the other plates.

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SA
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was good, the service was good, and the experience was good. No complaints. I will revisit...

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SJ
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Service was great too! Super loud on the patio with a couple large tables celebrating.

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DG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Unique and creative culinary experience.

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

All food was bland and not very interesting. The place is run down. Execution on food was very bad - all lacking flavor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and flavorful food

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing and never disappoints. This is a go to spot and we love it!

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MR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Sama Sama on Saturday night! Every dish exuded incredible flavor and the desserts took our meal over the top. Sitting outside on the brick patio was perfect for a summer night especially as we made friends with other guests. Our server Robin was perfect, very attentive, knowledgeable, engaging AND she had a great sense of humor. Cannot wait to go back!

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

wonderful if you like S.E Asian food, especially Indonesian.
Wonderful if you like "Spicy" food
Every time we have been there the service has been excellent
Would recommend You try it!

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OT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect choice for introducing our business partners from Spain and China to Santa Barbara

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