Sam's Ocean View

4.5
602 reviews
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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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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great views and good food

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KS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ocean view. Good atmosphere and a very nice waitress. The food was excellent. Gave it a five.

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Philadelphia
100 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful spot, lovely decor/ambiance. Food was OK but not spectacular. Expect larger size portions with hit you over the head flavor. The Caesar salad was a little heavily dressed and heavy on the garlic. And the shrimp linguine dish had this heavy cream sauce with an overly peppered taste. A bit over priced for what it was.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was wonderful. The service was a bit slow because our waitress had way too many tables to serve. She was pleasant and apologetic, but it made for a slow dining experience. The live music was pretty good, but way too loud....and we were as far from the performer as one can get! This place has the makings of 5-star restaurant. A few small tweaks will get them there.

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

While staying in Kauai we liked this place so much we went back a second time before we left. The food was fantastic and only beat by the view of the beach at sunset. This place feels like a great find that you wouldn't expect (or even try out) looking at it from the street. I liked the live music and was impressed to see the servers occasionally joining in the live music for some vocals or some fiddle playing. The one downside to this is if they're up there they're not serving you. The entertainment/hassle of this is felt like a wash and I loved hearing some fiddle thrown in to "Riders On A Storm" and left a larger tip because of it. But I'd love for them to come up with a way to cover tables when a server is performing. The only downside to this place I'd really say is it is LOUD. Between everyone trying to talk over the all-too-common-slightly-too-loud live music playing it often required two tries to communicate to someone sitting across a small table from me. Even with that small complaint, we went back because we loved it there. I hope the next time I go to Kauai this place is still open because I'll be happy to revisit it.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant on Kauai. The service is magnificent. The best staff on the island. A reflection of the owner and management. There isn’t a better view and the music is great. We were there on a Monday evening and it was packed. You will need a reservation.

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R
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and a classic Kauai beach view...would definitely recommend

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ME
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the ocesn view. Very attentive service. Would have given food a higher mark but the opa was overcooked for our taste.

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m
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best dining experience in Kauai. Food and service was excellent and it was a treat to dine overlooking the ocean. The live music was also top notch.

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Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be sure and try the cauliflower appetizer. Delicious with lemon caper sauce. Yummy yummy parmesan crusted opah. Best fish dish I have had here on Kauai in years. Excellent service! Poor parking so come a little early. Beautiful ocean views!

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AW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very slow service - over a half hour before our server even came to get our drink order. Then came back to tell us our food order had been lost so we had to substitute. When it finally came it was swimming in liquid which made the cole slaw very soggy. Not much flavor. Server was friendly but apparently had far too many tables to attend to. No ambience - loud and impersonal. We won’t be back!

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location Superb fresh food Live music every night

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NW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every year while we're in Kapaa. Last year they were closed for renovation, and we feared they wouldn't reopen, but we were happy too see they did, and were better then ever. You can't beat the view, service, food, and ambience.

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CO
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and view. Great atmosphere I love Sams

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FF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing brunch! Great view of the city and the seafood bar is to die for. Will definitely be heading back soon and will be a destination to take all future visitors!!

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

I've been to all the best restaurants on the island. This is my favorite.

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

Fantastic! Abbey was so great and helpful with my menu choice. Food was Outstanding as was the service.

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

Great place to eat on East shore of Kauai-
Wonderful views and very friendly staff.
Great ambiance and good value for dining out in Hawaii

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

This restaurant from the outside looks plain, but once inside the view is wonderful and service could not have been better. We had dinner on NYE and they had a limited menu. Both our dinners were outstanding.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food for the foodie and good serivce. Best food we had in Kauai!

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, friendly service, and great value for the island. Had live music and the vibe was relaxed yet sophistic. This is a must try!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

such amazing food and great service! make sure to get the parmesan crusted fish. seriously amazing!

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NA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

The hostess or owner ? The lady was so mean.
the server was excellent though.
The hostess ruins this restaurant.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Would like to have light toward ocean only time you saw anything out the window was a car light.

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S
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to dine at San's. We always have great food, great service, beautiful view night or day.

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B
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Were recently on vacation in Kauai for 5 days. Went to a number of well rated restaurants and Sam’s was our favorite. Food prices were reasonable (many others were overpriced). Ambience was fun and live music on the Friday night we were there.

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Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We always enjoy the food but the noise level is off the charts!! So loud you can’t hear the person(people) you’re with. Can’t wait to get outside !

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MI
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a board meeting before dinner which required us to be set aside from the rest of the restaurant. The hostess and wait staff were very accommodating. We had rave reviews about the food and presentation. I was also pleased with the prices and overall bill.

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WD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I had in Kauai. I don’t normally eat fish but I ordered one of the fish specials and it was outstanding. I believe it was opa, a type of whitefish? Our waitress, Tasha, was also very welcoming and accommodating.

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Toronto
168 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not our favourite!!! Not even on the list! Although high ratings, significantly different from the norm with similar ratings. The place is unique... beach vibe and during the day, no doubt an exceptional view, but for dinner, we regretted the choice. Very rushed through meal! Even requesting to slow it down... nope... promised to take order but not put it in. Main meal arrived during appetizers which arrived during cocktails. We were given 11 minutes to order dessert, eat it and pay the bill. And so, many, many,many, restaurants more deserving of your business and whom take better care in preparation and service. Funnily enough, the only restaurant over our 18 day stay in the islands to ask for a deposit for no show. No book instead!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and experience!

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SA
Western NC
42 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was quite good. Service a bit sporadic, but OK in the end. Our main complaint was the incredibly loud (and not, I'm afraid distinguished) live music. To be fair, most of the customers seemed quite happy with the music. Check it out: YMMV, but don't count on carrying out a conversation while the guy is on. Again, though, the food was good.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was overpriced and the menu just missed the boat. The view was fabulous! Music was too loud to have a conversation! Their service was fine!

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FG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved everything about the place! Personal level service, great drinks innovative fresh food. We will be back and recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

After a disappointing start, we were lost in the shuffle, service and food was excellent!

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HR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Opa was amazing

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AK
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I both had a different fish dish. Both we’re delish. Our server was fantastic.

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RK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This seaside location is a great find! I love that it's steps away from the condo we are enjoying, the food has been exceptional. The staff are attentive, friendly and not afraid to recommend their favorites.

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p
Tampa
46 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time to dine at Sam's this trip. It is our new go-to fish restaurant! Each of us had different entrees and they were good as the others we tried. Opa, mind ching, ahi and mahi mahi all good ! Looking forward to coming back next year!

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l
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Sam’s Oceanview. We are always greeted with hugs and smiles! There is a lot of selections for the food and we have always found it to be very good. Natasha took great care of us and we enjoyed a very nice date night.

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