Sama Sama Kitchen

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324 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southeast Asian
We are temporarily suspending reservations due to our unexpected high volume of guests. We will be accepting walk in's only for the moment. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Southeast Asian inspired, small-plate, family style cuisine made using the offerings of our local farms.

We require a credit card number to hold reservations for parties of 6 or more. A $20 per person fee will be assessed in the event of a no-show or a cancellation within 24-hours.
What 324 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JavierJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Will continue to come here weekly.

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vipNadiaA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience with the yummiest food

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vippuffendoor
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Signature chicken wings were amazingly flavorful! Krupuk + sambal were also delicious. Can't wait to go back and try more dishes! We also enjoyed the boho berry and martini no 5 cocktails.

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vipChief55
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food is great, except they ran out of half the items (drinks and food) we tried ordering at 7:30pm on a Saturday evening. Service could definitely get better.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food! The shared plates make dining a fun experience . Amazing cocktails.

BG
vipBirthdayGirl
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks, as well as the service, are consistently very good.

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laurk
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

One of my go-to spots in SB. Love the variety, flavors and service. Excellent!

JM
JuMa
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were amazing. I would certainly return. My only complaint was the noise level. It was very hard for the two of us to have a conversation. Great food though!

JL
vipJohnL
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Restaurant! Great food. Amazing Cocktails. Cool atmosphere and friendly staff. Loved it!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We chose this place for my birthday and I specified it on the reservations, but they didn’t take notice so there was nothing special done. The mie goreng was too salty, but everything else was fine. Not an authentic Indonesian food, restaurant and catered to more American flavors, but overall it was a fine experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marianna is continuously delivering exceptional service. She welcome me and my family with open arms and made sure we were satisfied. I will always come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is always friendly and helpful. Food is always extremely delicious.

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vip88ART
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

A limited menu combined with being out of major proteins, like octopus (both the standard dish and the special) and spare ribs, by 7:15 on a Saturday night adds up to a big miss. I hope management is having a better day on the night you give this place a try.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it here! One of my favorite restaurants with such a unique menu

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KBBinNC
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional. Highly recommend the signature wings, steamed chicken bao, and chana masala. Very very noisy and energetic, so maybe not great for dates.

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sylfount7
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the flavorful food and fun upbeat, modern atmosphere! Creative dishes. Favorites were the whole fish and the Duck Salad. The service was great.

JB
JoanneB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, I want to go back, the service was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual! Those wings can’t be beat!

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Shhhh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Interesting place. Food was pretty salty, which can be okay but the saltiness wasn’t well balanced. Pricey for what it is.

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vipChrisF
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! I am really glad that we gave them a try as they did not disappoint. Portions are small, but everything we ordered we liked and we will be back for sure!!

DG
DoreenG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food. Crispy rice salad and children wings are must-try.

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vipAMPH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was very good, well prepared, and unique flavors. However, portions were on the small size and misleading when called "shared plates," as they were small for one person and a bit overpriced in my opinion.

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vipDakini2
Las Vegas
41 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Food, Friendly and Professional Staff, Outdoor Patio is beautiful and the Artisan Drinks are creative and delicious! A fun and satisfying place to dine in downtown Santa Barbara!

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Frankie
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was okay. Portions were smaller than expected

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual!

JL
vipJohnL
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was awesome. Great atmosphere. Terrific food!

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vipJohnthomas
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Total disaster.
Servers over swamped.
Took over 20 plus minutes for drinks to be delivered.
Very disappointing evening

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shelly
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always the food was delicious and very interesting. The service was very good as well. Fun vibe but way too noisy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Management was rude.

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SimoneS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Terrible service and missing food items. Would not recommend going on a busy night, they seemed totally understaffed and unprepared even though everyone they were checking in had reservations.

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Revae
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food - especially if you are a vegetarian or vegan! Lots of wonderful, different, delicious choices!!! We had a wonderful meal and, although they were very busy because of a concert at the Granada that night, they keep it together and treated us well. We will definitely go back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Server was nice and friendly but forgot our items and told us after taking the order that the Chicken bao was not available anymore . Right after she left we saw an employee putting a chicken bao in a foil and taking it in her purse . How comes that chicken bao was not offered to us?

Also we order the branzino which is fabolous and they didn’t have sweet potato and server offered us rice instead . When we got the bill the rice was charged when she said it came with the dish. We didn’t argue for $2

Finally we ordered another fried rice and ribs and the end and she brought a side of rice for a table of 6.

The tall table was nice but the tree above has cobwebs and spiders keep coming down and my daughter didn’t feel safe

Once again food is amazing but we need to ensure server maintains the table and inform of any non available items in advance

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service was excellent, food came out quick

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vipNancyB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal. They were very accommodating when we told our wait person we needed to leave by 6:30. Food was good too.

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LisaN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were amazing, and the service outstanding.

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Brandi
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food and drinks were amazing! Everything on the menu was sooo good. Casual setting. The only bummer was that the service was super slow. Wish they offered a kids menu, even though I normally come here when I have a sitter. It would have been nice for my toddler to have something besides plain noodles, for the one time that I did have to bring him with me.

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JulieE
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and ambience were fabulous! Such great flavor and texture combinations! Portions are quite small for the price. We loved the green mango salad, crispy tofu & black pepper broccolini, and sticky Asian spare ribs! The crispy duck salad and hot chicken boa were good, too. Leave room for the coconut ice cream- yummmm! We sat on the patio and it was absolutely beautiful! We will definitely be back to try more menu items!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bring back the Brussels sprouts fulltime

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Sbgal74
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Typically love the concept of Sama Sama, despite the varying food quality, as it did Friday night. We ordered 2 sets of wings, first batch came out PERFECT, crispy and full of flavor; second set, 30 mins later came out soft and not fried at all, which was off putting enough I took them home to make Asian fried rice. Very disappointing, but Niall the times I’ve been to Sama Sama, that seems to happen every time - inconsistency of food quality.
Unfortunately, Service was seriously lacking. After original food order was taken, waitress was no where to be found. Had to ask another waitress for second round of drinks and food order, and had a difficult time getting the bill. It’s going to take some time before going back.

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MatthewM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Even after sharing a few plates I had to steal half of my partner's desert. Not because I wasn't satisfied (I was!) but because those banana fritters WERE AMAZING. And I don't even like bananas. Fritters changed my mind. Service was great, too, nice ambiance, but... FRITTERS. ooooh.

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Sama Sama Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 965-4566.

Sama Sama Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 324 OpenTable diners.

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