Sam's Ocean View

4.6
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1035 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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 6 days for happy hour and dinner, and closed Tuesdays. 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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MarcB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great food, great drinks! Fantastic service!

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MarlieA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! And our server was amazing. Great drinks too! Food came out pretty fast too. Fish and chips were amazing. Along with the steak! Will definitely be back again!

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FrancisC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ahi poke nachos with Wasabi and Sriracha are phenomenal. The Belgian fries with truffle oil and parmesan are fantastic as well. Our server, Bella was friendly and attentive. Great place.

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AllanP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Glad Sam got open again. She deserves great success.

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Alylou
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all the way around! Server was great, food was superb, and unbeatable view!

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth it in every way. Highly recommend sitting right by the huge open windows!

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BettyS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, fantastic view, and great food!

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Leah
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, view and ambiance can’t be beat. Service was great!

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Sandy
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely afternoon on our last day on Kauai. Sam’s Ocean View signage was old fashioned and the paint was pealing so we didn’t know what to expect inside. Once inside with an open air view of the sea and palms we saw nothing else but each other and the Ocean View! Our servers were friendly and efficient and the service was excellent! The fish and steak we ordered was delicious and the topper was dessert. I recommend the lilikoi mouse and my spouse recommends the creme brûlée.

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JacquesdEnfield
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sam's Ocean View is everything you would expect from a beach-facing restaurant - open-air dining, sound of the waves ambiance and plenty of delicious surf options. The only drawback was a pervasive stickiness of the table surface, which was a bit off-putting.

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ClaudiaP
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super dinner for our last night in Kauai! Thanks to all!

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vipColoradoNatureGirl
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a delight to meet friends at Sams for Sunday brunch. Our server, Derrick, was warm and welcoming, professional and accommodating. The omelets were delicious and the view cannot be beat anywhere on island!

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vipBobS
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice place on the beach... Sunday brunch was good, best was $5 mimosas that were tasty.

Being a foodie from Portland, Ore... it is typically a let down traveling to other places where food is not as revered and yet cost as much or far more for a regular meal. That said, I’d recommend Sam’s.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with local ambiance. Views are great as expected. Had the fish special and jalepeno margarita.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ocean front experience. Excellent service and delicious dinner. Very fresh and well presented. Our server “Bella” was attentive and professional. Thank you

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MarkH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Service and views. The food of excellent and the prices were fair

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vipKristineF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special place. Very relaxed and not trying too hard yet everything was perfect. Food was great

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vipDisappointed
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The view and the atmosphere is fabulous. Our entrees were excellent. The appetizer of the Truffle Fries was not good. The fries were soggy. We sent them back. Our service was good. There seemed to be only one waiter. He was spread too thin for the number of tables to give superb service. We love the place and would have given a 5 star review if the appetizer and service would have been better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Sam’s has a wonderful off beat vibe that makes it a gem. The views are fantastic and worth the trip. The staff was incredibly friendly and engaging. The bar staff knows how to make a good drink, great Margaritas!

The only low point was the entrees took a very long time which broke the mood of the evening. Management was great as they offered to discount the meal proactively, which was a very nice touch.

Overall Sam’s is a great place for dinner or drinks. We will be coming back soon.

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DebbieG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was very accommodating and helpful. Food and view, terrific.

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vipDanaC
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great view of the ocean and terrific fresh fish are the high lites of this restaurant!

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Suze
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the setting and the service was superb! Our dinners were very good, but not as outstanding as we’ve had there in the past. Will definitely go back, and will recommend to friends.

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GeorgesR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, music and service. Too bad we came in late so we missed the view. We'll be back soon!

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AndyN
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great fresh fish and solid drinks. Enjoyed the live music

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vipjackscritic
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place but food was just ok. The place is right on wayer so view is great. Noisy.

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vipTheGuysfromSantaFe
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Some kitchen help did not show up for work so waited 1 hour for dinner. Never get the Flank steak here, it was like an old shoe. Gave us a free cheese plate for our wait time which was nice. Overall underwhelming experience

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TIMM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food in a relaxed environment! Kid friendly!!

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HymieWeasel
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly for our 5:30. Got a rail table with a stunning view. It was a bit windy, but worth it. Fantastic cocktails, loved the coco-lime Ricky. Food was top notch and service was quick & responsive.
We will be back.

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ScottM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There is live music and it can be quite loud. Our food was good, not great. Our service was average. the View is nice as it looks out on the ocean. They make the atmosphere inviting with nice warm ambiance. With limited locations for dinner on this part of the island, it is likely worth a shot...

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OsvaldoL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my view, I believe I was given the best table in the restaurant; as I had requested. Awesome view.

Thanks so much.

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SharonS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were so pleased with our experience. Our server, Verin, was attentive yet laid back. I like that island vibe. Maybe we should have booked for an earlier time because the 'volume' for us was a little loud. One of the best meals I have had on island. Wine pairing perfect, too. Since I live here now, I plan to visit often.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hubby and I dined here tonight and we were thoroughly impressed. Excellent food and service (Thank you Derek!) and beautiful beachfront location. I had the Wagyu Steak Chimichurri and hubby had the Surf and Turf special. We will gladly visit Sam’s again on out next visit to Kauai.

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Stang
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! We eat here several times a month.

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KelseyB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was cooked perfectly! The parmesan fish was amazing!

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RichardP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our second visit, food was amazing as was the view! Our first visit was the most enjoyable loving experience on the island of our 10 days we were blessed with! Cheers to the good times! Allie and Tasha are amazing!

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EagleRiverDiner
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only thing we can even think about as a slight minus would be the parking. Food was awesome! Bella, our server was awesome! We saw rainbows, whales and yoga in the park! What fun! Had a great time!

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Cinda
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had a fabulous dinner-shrimp primavera. My husband had fish and chips which he said were good, nothing special. We sat at a window but it was so windy, we froze and had to change seats. I’d go back.

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SamW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We've lived on island over 15 years and this is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is consistently very good, the service has always been excellent, the view of the ocean is nice and the noise level is acceptable, though it can get a little excessive after the clientele has had a few drinks. The drinks are very good by the way. The location is convenient, right off the main highway on the north end of Kapaa.We have seen this location morph from a barbecue grill to a mediocre restaurant to the final iteration, a gourmet diner by the sea. Definitely recommended.

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NadyaP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ocean view, so go early while it's still light. Great drinks, too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and food was wonderful.

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 1035 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.