Sam's Ocean View

4.6
1194 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine

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Welcome to Sams Ocean View Bar and Restaurant located on the water on the East side of Kauai just at the edge of Kapaa town. One of the best views on Kauai, SOV restaurant and Bar is open for Sunday Brunch 9 am to 3 pm and 5 days for happy hour and dinner, and closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The SOV menu is inventive and globally inspired featuring some Italian, Spanish, Hawaiian, Latin American and North American Favorites. The décor is eclectic and warmly inviting with a beach theme, and the Bar is top class using only the freshest ingredients and best mixers. The Mai Tai is superb! Sam’s Ocean View is fun, friendly and cozy, and of course beautiful! Come for the view and stay for the food and service.
Moonlit evenings and beautiful brunch views, Sam's Ocean View has it all!
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RobN
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were on time after several reminder texts and then waited 25 minutes for our table! We were then told they had a 90 minute table limit. Fish & Chips with swordfish is not right fish! Do try grilled cheese appetizer. Very creative! View was terrific!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an awesome time at Sam’s Ocean View during our honeymoon! We loved the cauliflower app, Parmesan crusted fish and the painkiller drink! Just wish we were able to get a reservation during the sunset!

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vipJackieS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great location

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KathyA
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view and ambiance. Food was good.

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MeredithD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Excellent service which was a welcome change from our first two dinners in Kauai. Everyone was attentive and our waitress was fun and knowledgeable. Amazing views and delicious food just rounded out the night.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We arrived early and inquired about getting an earlier table but were told no. We ordered drinks and sat down. After 40 minutes our drinks still had not been delivered. I went to see what was going on at the bar and was told by a rude server that they were very busy and she asked for our drink orders again. Five minutes later, she brought our drinks.

Meanwhile, another party arrived and we started chatting with them and found out their reservation was at the same time as ours. A short while later, they seated them, even though we had arrived first and were both seated at tables identical in size.

When we were finally seated, our server never took a drink order!from us or asked if we needed refills. A bus boy brought us water and after we finished them, our glasses not refilled. Our dinner was slow to arrive and was excellent, except it was only luke warm.

We ordered desert and after 30 min of waiting for it, it still hadn’t arrived. A bus boy came to clear our table and we asked to cancel the order (one piece of cake) because it was taking so long and asked for the check. A moment later, our RUDE server came to our table to lecture us on how hard the guys in the kitchen were working. Really. Well, if we had at least been given a drink of water or had our server check on us, maybe that could have been overlooked. This was a late seating and there were only 5 tables with people. Give me a break!

I would never go back to this restaurant. The service was HORRIBLE and because our food sat there for so long, what could have been awesome, was only so-so.

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food! Don’t let the dive bar vibe throw you off - the food and presentation were incredible! The Kauai shrimp was a wonderful share plate, the Parmesan encrusted Ono was crazy good, and don’t even think about skipping the pineapple upside down cake with coconut sorbet. This is a must stop for dinner one night and make sure you get the mai tai.

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PateickL
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, amazing view. It’s built in step up levels so everyone has a good view, and the front rows have spectacular views. Our service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great, great view, and brunch was good too

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Can’t beat the view

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, good food and cocktails. Right on the ocean.

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vipmb707
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wonderful fresh fish, and excellent friendly, professional service. A nice evening. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We went on a Saturday at 4pm and was told there was happy hour (even received the happy hour menu from the hostess who seated us). Then, after placing a happy hour order with the server, we were told from the hostess (who visited our table again) that they actually didn’t have happy hour that day. It was a very odd experience, especially since their website and neon light outside very clearly state happy hour and infers that it occurs everyday they’re open. The management was kind enough to honor the happy hour price on our drinks we ordered, but would not take any happy hour food orders stating “the chef hadn’t prepared those for the evening”. Which doesn’t make sense, because some of those happy hour foods are also on the regular menu, which I assume would’ve been prepped for the evening. When we got our check, only one drink price had been changed to the happy hour price. I told the server and she did fix this mistake for us. All in all, the food and drinks were very tasty. The view was subpar. Many homeless people were in the park space that evening that’s right outside the restaurant, between the water and the restaurant. We witnessed a small fight between two of the homeless people (one shoved another to the ground while yelling at each other). That definitely made us feel uncomfortable. Honestly, if I were to visit again, I’d get my food to-go or go on a night they decide to honor happy hour.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had ahi steak and Maui pineapple cake and they were delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 one of the best restaurants on the island.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased it was the only place in town that had available reservations. The service was fantastic from the moment we arrived until we left.

The suggestions by the wait staff for the food items on the menu was right on. The chimichurri steak was cooked to perfection, the catch of the day was soooo wonderful. The pasta and shrimp primavera was cooked to perfection. To top it off, we had the coconut macaroons, simply delish!

Worth the visit! Would love to go back and see the view during the day.

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JamesL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely view and a fine evening. Food was good. Staff was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at SOV!

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vipMattB
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breathtaking views and really delicious- locally sourced foods!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Oceanside table! Friendly server. Unique flavorful food. Love this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m absolutely love the grilled cheese abd poke nachos! The aesthetics are beautiful and cozy. Always a wonderful experience.

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AndrewB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was tasty but the omelet was too small. Beautiful view…

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DominiqueL
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome location, great drinks, great atmosphere, great food. One of the best meals we've had on Kauai!! You will need reservations...Couldn't get in for dinner but managed to get lunch.

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ChrisW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy fish sandwich and cocktails that were full of libations!

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vipHappyDiner
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The decor is really cute, and the view is amazing. The only drawback was the our server: kind of uninterested and rude, but she warmed up a little by the end. The food was tasty. Love the Sunday brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent view and food is good.

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Tash17
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This restaurant is all about the energy. The vibe is excellent. They are not great at managing reservations and struggle with communication when overwhelmed(I called 3 times 6 weeks before our trip, 2 weeks and 1 week ….nobody ever called back even after taking my info) , but overall a must while in Kauai! We had brunch and loved the mimosas, Bloody Mary, banana macadamia pancakes and eggs Benny were all great! The food is good, but it’s not excellent. The service is good, Candace was wonderful.

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lankrocks
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server & food were AWESOME! Traditional Mai Tai was perfection. Had a great time with our family, and (of course) a fantastic view from every seat!

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KimberlyC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place to eat on Kauai, perfect views! Will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Stopped here right off of plane. Sunday brunch menu had a number of options. Local mixed greens salad was excellent. Went with burger because we had so much seafood over the last week. Burger was below average. We came at the end of the lunch rush and service was slow/lacking. Atmosphere and view was great.

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JanetM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our waitress was wonderful. Made up for the extremely overpriced food. My girls got 2 pancakes (nothing else) for $9. I did not care for the food or presentation especially for the price. The view was beautiful and our waitress stupendous. But we had to try it once for ourselves. Probably won’t go back and we are locals.

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vipTrapperD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely place overlooking the beach and palms. Good food, service, terrific ambience. Not a bad seat in the place.

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atcw
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a fantastic evening food was great and the service from our lighthearted fun loving server made our evening even better. Met Sam too.
Just make a reservation and go.
Had shrimp with heads on in garlic olive oil !!!
The seared ahi steaks were delicious
Painkiller served in the official tin mug well made

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Locopro
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We’re local. Can’t beat the view in Kapaa. The food and service are great. The crispy cauliflower is awesome. The park crust fish is great and my wife loves the veggie coconut curry. Easy parking. Can’t wait to go back on date night!

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CarolP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The view was beautiful, the food was wonderful, the service was wonderful. We didn’t love that we had to chug our cocktails and eat our dessert very quickly. We were asked to leave because there was somebody else waiting for our table. 90 minutes to have cocktails, an appetizer, dinner, and dessert is not long enough for a proper meal. Just our opinion. We definitely felt rushed at the end. We did not feel rushed at any other restaurant in Kapa’a.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view with excellent food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous hostess, gorgeous view and food was great!

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patricki
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was prompt, pleasant and timely. There when you needed something but not overwhelming.

All our dishes were good and the atmosphere was great. All in all we had a great time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honeymoon. Incredible food and staff! Focaccia bread was to die for. Shrimp primavera was the best we’ve ever had

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for our anniversary and stated that on our reservation. Nothing special that I am aware of. We shared the cheese sandwich appetizer. It was delicious. I had the fish and chips and my fries were cold and me wife’s were hot. Not sure why/how, and frankly the fries were meh. I had to ask for salt, and 99% of meals I never add salt. They cook them dark so they look like sweet potato fries, but they tasted kind of burnt. Service was so-so, but honestly everybody was hustling, just not enough people (clearing of dishes, cocktail glasses, etc was slow). The fish was actually delicious and the view really fun and animated. So overall a very uneven experience.

FAQs

Sam's Ocean View offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 822-7887.

Sam's Ocean View is rated 4.6 stars by 1194 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.