Sama Sama Kitchen

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Southeast Asian
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. Please ensure that your entire party is present in order to be seated promptly. Thank you for understanding.

FALL PATIO HOURS: Tuesday - Sunday 5-9:30pm
Please note that patio seating may be requested in your booking, but is not guaranteed. Patio seating is available on Fridays & Saturdays only, and certain holidays & special events.
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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bring back the Brussels sprouts fulltime

S
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

MM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

ST
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!!! ❣️

A
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and cocktails were great. We had the spare ribs, nasi goreng, fried chicken bao, crispy duck salad, and donut fritters. Would order all items again except the crispy duck that was more like dry duck. The salad was also quite spicy and could use more grapes (sweetness) for balance.

The space is very loud, particularly if you get seated next to an energetic group at a communal table.

KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty, unexpected flavors; great service; lovely ambiance.

JD
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wings are the best!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such consistently amazing food! Our server, Brianne, who made the experience so positive and provided over and above hospitality

j
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a great dinner over the weekend. Outstanding service and the food was well executed. I'm surprised this space wasn't more busy for the quality that is coming out of the kitchen.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

AMAZING, finger licking food. Services was nice and knowledgeable. However, everything came out too fast, wished it had been spaced out. The food got cold quickly. It was great for a date if you sit closer to the front door. The acoustics near the back were bad. I will absolutely be coming back!!! It was DELICIOUS! The Vietnamese wings and Brussels Sprouts were perfection

r
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was great & loved sitting in the back patio! Will definitely go back on my next trip to SB

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tyler is the man!

MH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The octopus dish is too salty! please reconsider your brine.....🙏

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

GM
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious, our favorites were the ribs and Brussels sprouts. The service was amazing and attentive, but the noise level killed almost all dinner conversation. Sound proofing really needs to be added to the ceiling area.

HW
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, location, interior decor, comfort, ambience and service.

We shared a lot of the plates on the menu between us and everything was great including the specials. Between us we had a mixture of cocktails, beer and wine and all enjoyed our drinks.

We had a late seating at 9.30pm and missed out on the Bao and Noodles but everything else we ate was delicious. We were still at our table close to midnight after everyone had left and staff had started to pack away - we didn't want to leave!

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was delicious- the tamarind wings were my favorite. The service and the cocktails were great also!

EM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The vibe was great, but the food was all very over-fried. Especially the Bao Chicken sandwich, the chicken was dripping in oil. The savory donut was also over-fried.
I would however, go back for the chicken wings only-- they were delicious!

OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brazilian girl is a fantastic server! Made our experience even more special. Food is awesome too!

SV
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place, amazing food and great service!! We would definitely go here again.

S
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We made reservations on open table for 3 people for 7 pm . We arrived Briana misunderstood and thought the reservation was for 7 people....
Briana looked at an iPad and then proceeded to make up a table for 7. After a wait I reiterated the reservation was for 7 pm not seven people. This of course made the start of the dinner off to a rocky start. We ordered 2 crispy rice salads ($14 each ) and Brussels sprouts $16. Absolutely delicious. We ordered Chicken Bao ($14) Mie Goreng.($12) Pence Ranch Chardonnay ( $57).

We then ordered the Branzino ($38). The menu described this as follows: FRIED BRANZINO COCONUT CURRY SAMBAL,SALT-ROASTED SWEET POTATO,ONG CHOY,PICKLED RADISH........No where on the menu did it mention that this was a whole fish fried. The Branzino arrived and we were stunned to be staring at the entire fish eyes and teeth INCLUDED... we asked how do we eat this? One of the waitress passing by said she thought there were not many bones and we can eat the skin. Our waitress Brianna was now no where to be found. We did our best to bone the WHOLE FRIED 14-16 oz fish. The flavors of the coconut curry sambal was flavorful however the difficulty trying to debone the fish did not make this dish worth it.

SL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was wonderful sitting on the patio on a warm summer evening and quieter than indoors.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crispy rice salad was amazing! It was so flavorful and spicy with the satisfying crunch of the crispy rice making it a perfect dish. I wish I lived in the area so I could go back to order it again and again.

SB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food is delicious, but given the super-casual atmosphere this restaurant is too expensive. Would be more in keeping with the ambiance if prices were lower, and you could just order at a counter, then sit down at the barren tables for your family-style meal. It's noisy here, fun and friendly, but this is not fine dining, more like fusion tapas. We had a good time overall, and the waitress was nice, but it won't be our regular place.

JH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some amazing food! A bit pricey for the portion you receive. They are small plates to share but $58 for fish is ridiculous!

DR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on the last day of a blissful vacation and it couldn’t have been a better way to end it. The crispy rice salad was so delicious we spent all night trying to figure out what was in it so we could recreate it at home. And we have the loveliest server who we loved chatting with.

C
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very noisy.

PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Drinks were sooooooo slow and food was hit and miss. Tofu is amazing

G
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Unique and flavorful food.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious as always. Especially the crispy chicken wings. The outside patio was pleasant and relaxing.

RH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

the food was great but the restaurant is INCREDIBLY loud. not the best place to take a date or anyone you want to have a conversation with. also we got seated next to the door and the host could not keep the door shut and we were freezing. worth it for the food.

m
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The cocktails were tasty, especially the tangerine spritz. The green papaya salad was over dressed. The crispy duck salad was great. The egg noodle dish with napa cabbage needed a whole lot more vegetables in it — it was mostly noodles, but it was seasoned perfectly!

J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Worth the wait (and the noise level). Exceptional food and unexpected drink options. Can’t wait to go back and try three more dishes on the menu!

s
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As always a wonderful dining experience, some of the most unique and delicious food in Santa Barbara. Noise level inside is very loud and makes it difficult to converse. I wish the patio were open during the week.

EB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outside patio in the back was perfect for a graduation celebration. Much quieter (my dad, who is hard of hearing had no trouble keeping up with the conversation) and there are heaters to keep you warm on chillier nights. The food was outstanding - we all had different favorite dishes because they were all so delicious that it just came down to personal preferences.

RS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Sit outside if you can and enjoy the excellent happy hour or romantic dinner for two, this place is great for groups or dates. Make a reservation too it books up.

SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It wasn't even full of people and the sound just bounces off the walls making it loud like a gymnasium. Plus the food is excellent and unique but a bit on the pricey side. Still worth it because the food is EXCELLENT.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service despite it being super busy and of course the food was great. Super informative and friendly bartenders too

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very little flexibility with special requests: can you replace the egg with another protein? I’m allergic to eggs. Very small menu. More a bar menu than a full restaurant. Couldn’t find reservation and placed us at a long communal table outside with slanted wooden table so eating at a slope. Servers not knowledgeable about ingredients: “does the drink have added sugar?”

M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is delicious and creative. I am not crazy about the indoor seating, but the outdoor seating is a lot of fun. The mango sticky rice is nothing like Thai Mango Sticky Rice...so I would suggest passing on that. The whole fried fish was excellent-as were the ribs-very meaty and tender.

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