Sam's Ocean View

4.6
810 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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JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful brunch on Sunday. Service was very friendly and the view is fantastic.

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KC
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Pacific Oceanfront table with a view of the moon was exquisite. Thank you Sam the owner of Sam's Ocean View Bar and Kitchen in Kapaa. We had a spectacular dinner of Parmesan crusted fish of the day Opah rich and delicious and Mahi- Mahi Fish and Chips superbly prepared by Chef Bodhi. Martini top of the line and wonderful wine was delightfully served by Jacob he was courteous and knowledgeable. Lily and Preston kindly served us homemade fresh bread with balsamic and olive oil dip and kept our water glasses full to the brim.

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WH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam’s is a hidden gem! The service is outstanding and the food is delicious. And the view..... you can’t beat it! Good quality, fresh food with that kind of atmosphere on the island is hard to find. We went back 2 nights in a row! Service was perfection! Abby and Jake were the best!!!! Thanks Sam’s!

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JM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! The food was great!

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BW
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with fantastic view and delicious food. Staff are super friendly.... really nice.

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A
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went back for the Parmesan Crusted Ono that we had shared and loved earlier in the week. We liked it so much we wanted our own portions. The fish was not as good the second time around. It was overcooked and sauce wasn't nearly as good. We were supposed to get bread before our meal and it was forgotten. When we mentioned the bread, the server just apologized and said they forgot but he let the runner know. It was too late to bring out the bread. We mentioned our disappointment to the server in the quality of our meal but there was no compensation.

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LW
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal- nice ambiance and outstanding service.

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C
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great view, food was good. Restaurant a little out dated .

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

Great food, kind staff, put on a fire works display and everything for the 4th! Thoughtful touch to the evening.

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MB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so glad we chose Sam’s for our birthday celebrations although we will definitely go back again. Abby, our waitress, was absolutely fabulous friendly accommodating and very fun. We were there on the Fourth of July so it was a real treat having our own private fireworks right out front… Overall a very very enjoyable evening

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BS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had gone there a couple of days prior and the service and food was fantastic. We even met the owner, Sam. However, this second time was not quite as delightful of an experience. We had a reservation, and the server was not attentive, and seemed to disappear at times, never asked if we wanted another drink--we received more attention from the guy refilling out water. The food was good, although didn't seem quite as good the second time. Still a great place on Kauai!

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l
Little Rock
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots. Good food , great service and wonderful seaside view

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D
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abby our server was very informative and attentive. 5+ service. Of course the view from our window table was fabulous. Excellent drinks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome food and views!

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KM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the poke nachos and local fish. They were so delicious! The drinks we got were great, and we came during happy hour so they were a good price. The views alone make this a place to stop by and eat!

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NK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Even though we noted in the reservations that it was a special occasion (birthday) nothing was mentioned by the server. Also, the shrimp pasta that was ordered made no mention of red bell peppers as an ingredient, so my husband has to pick them out. The ambiance is good and you can’t beat the location.

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot express how fresh tasting the food was and the drinks are top notch! You can tell the staff takes pride in what they do and make.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

雰囲気も料理も良かった

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JW
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and drinks. A bit pricey but good for Kauai ;)

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly greeting, delicious food, and excellent service! We also enjoyed the live music — perfect!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Boar sausage and cauliflower was excellent. Very good chimichurri steak and seared ahi.

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, great food and service. Overall great experience! Great ocean view.

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unexpected quality of food service and ambiance with ocean view. Would go again when near Kapa’a.

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SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around! Live music, great staff, great food, great drinks, fantastic view! Would love to return one day!

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CL
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant.

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

Gorgeous views, nice breeze comes through and great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner here for our anniversary!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good! Prices were a little high for the location!

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E
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. One of our favorite meals ever in Kauai.

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R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and our server was so patient with us and graciously helped with menu suggestions when we asked. The view is gorgeous. We got lucky with a full moon lighting up the sky, but I imagine it is just as beautiful even without a full moon. Our after-dinner dessert cocktails hit the spot! We will definitely return on our next visit.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an early Fathers Day dinner. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Kauai. Love the ocean view, ocean breezes and awesome food.

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MM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous view and great service. Loved our brunch.

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FF
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for Frank they made it very special.

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BS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and view, all food was delicious. Great way to end our vacation, we will definitely be back!

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S
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Panzanella fish with the monchong was so delicious. I could eat that any time.

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LG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. Love the ocean view, love the food.
We We’re there for happy hour and dinner. Wish there had been live music though. Not happy about the people parking theirs cars right out side window seats and the guy out there pacing, talking on his phone and smoking while his infant child slept in car seat sweating. Oh well. Life. ???

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OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. It’s my favorite place.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam's Oceanview has an amazing view as it says in the name of the restaurant! We went for brunch on Sunday and everything on the menu sounded delicious/was reasonably priced. The owners dog is adorable and friendly. We let him while we waited for our table in the front area. Would highly recommend!

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BB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great view. Service was very good. Awesome experience!

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