Sam's Ocean View

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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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PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal ever.
Best views and guitar/singer
Friendly very efficient waiters.

MD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious, the venue is cozy and right on the water. Staff is friendly . Menu is unique. They also have a legit happy hour scene.

A
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

M
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good choice menu, good prices, great bar menu
Overlooking the ocean

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance and even better food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was rushed at not only our table but surrounding tables. We were there when it was not busy and there was no need for the rush to get us out so quickly. View is great, food is good but not top value. I would not go again. Too many other choices.

F
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming to the island for nearly 17 years and somehow this place eluded us. Wow, what a find! Great food, service and of course, location. Has a great neighborhood feel that so many places frequented by visitors is missing.

AA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and the view is spectacular! Servers were very friendly and helpful.

FT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday . It was exceptional especially the receptionist who show us to our table and the waitress and don’t forget the bus boys. Food was excellent as usual. Everything was excellent.

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime we visit Kauai we go to Sam's. It is the best of all possible restaurants on the island.

AS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used to come here when it was Scotty’s. Now it is Sam’s. Enjoyed the oceanfront table, service, and food. Loved the fish and chips and fish special.

NF
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Parmesan crusted fish, eggplants were very good. I'd say as usual. We often dine here everytime we come to Kauai and we're found of the style, the friendly service and the awesome ocean view from almost every table in the restaurant. The kitchen is really parfumed and well realised

SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

One of our party of 7 people was running late waiting for a tow truck. Ally said, “Don’t worry, get here when you can.” We had an early reservation (5:00), so the restaurant wasn’t yet busy, but it was awesome that she worked with us.

MA
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this place!! The ocien view is spectacular while having a savory lunch or a romantic dinner by the beach. The atmosphere, daily music and live band adds that special touch to a perfect meal. We will be back Kauai! Mahalo

RR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent, friendly service. Very good food. Drinks so-so.
Seating not the most comfortable.

AS
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great view and great food! So glad we went! We also got a night with fun, live music!

B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sam's place looks at the ocean on the public walk at Kapaa. It is open air, and we enjoyed ourselves there. However, the chairs were very uncomfortable and we had to go get pillows off the couch in order to not have them pinch our rear ends and our backs.

Our waitress was lovely and helpful. We had the fish with mashed potatoes and a lovely lemon caper sauce. The fish was a little dry, but the sauce helped. The potatoes were delicious. It comes with three tiny slices of bread to dip in balsamic vinegar and oil. We also enjoyed a happy hour drink and a beer. They have cute pictures on the walls and it was not terribly noisy. It was also not an expensive, but that's the way Kauai is.

TF
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and views were amazing. Can't wait to go back!

LM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server and the food was very good. I did encounter one very rude server who screamed " get out of my way" as I was walking to the restroom from my seat. Ruined what would have been a nice evening.

AS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Got there for dinner at opening. Took forever to get drink orders. They were waiting on bar crowd. Told them when we made reservation were celebrating my husband's 75th birthday. They did nothing. Small portions big price. Would not go back or recommend.

OT
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam’s Ocean View is always a Must Do when we visit Kauai! We love the food, service and the view!! I ordered the traditional Mai Tai which was perfect! We enjoyed the Crispy Cauliflower for an appetizer which was so perfectly delicious!! I had the fresh catch -Opa- Parmesan crusted which was fabulous!! My husband enjoyed the light and flaky fish and chips which was Mahi Mahi! So very yummy!! Great and very attentive service! Such a wonderful restaurant!! Until we meet again! ❤️

LG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly and enjoyed a delicious meal. The service was perfect as was the ambiance. It wasn't too noisy, which was nice.

MG
Pinehurst
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

terrible service; waited a long time for meal; waiter blamed the line cook; others were getting their meals - so I blame the waiter

parking is inconvenient as well

CN
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Sunday brunch at Sams. I got an omelet with smoked salmon, bacon, and onions. Delicious! My husband enjoyed the pancakes. Good thing we had chosen a table for 4 because 2 friends joined us to have brunch and enjoy Sams unparalleled ocean view. Our server, Derek, was attentive and accommodating. More staff showed up to help out with water, seating our friends, clearing, etc. All were friendly and efficient. We felt welcomed and well cared for.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience! Wonderful food, ambiance, and service. Best dining we had on either Maui or the rest of the island!

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our best meals on the island. Absolutely perfect!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a great atmosphere. The parking can be challenging, but it's entirely worth it!

GM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place! We came for the poke nachos and they did not disappoint! The meal was perfect all the way to dessert, service was spot on, and ambience was great. We will be back on our next trip

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Sam’s was the best meal we had in Oahu or Kauai. Loved meeting Sam and her team as well as her doggie BFF. Great hosts, great drinks, great food, and great ambiance. It is a bit noisy but adds to the fun if you have a larger group. We were there as a couple and were waited to be seated after our reservation time for a perfect ocean view table. Way to go Sam and Team! Love from Daufuskie Island, SC.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All real nice ingredients made into cuisine by a good chef

Great fish

Poke nachos
Kaua’i shrimp
Monchong
And even croutons in salad were highlights

Have a Kaua’i Mai tai

OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation here for Sunday brunch. The atmosphere was relaxed and the food was good. Our server was pleasant and attentive without any rushing. It's no much to look at from the street, but don't let that put you off, it was a nice meal with a great view.

CJ
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good happy hour. We found easy parking. Dinner was good. Price was fair - remember this is Hawaii. The small plates were actually bigger than expected. Poke nachos are very filling. Great service and ocean view. We would definitely return.

A
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite dinner on Kauai! So happy with the outstanding gluten free options. Our server was lovely and the open air, ocean view with live music simply cannot be beat. Thank you guys!!

F
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot and love the selections on the menu

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service, great view. My steak was overcooked but they offered to replace it. Early bird special on web was not provided until was asked for it. Seems like this is the policy but a bit awkward. Ocean view is the high point.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was awesome, our waitress was super attentive. The ambiance is really cool and the restaurant is right overlooking the ocean! The food was good - not amazing but definitely good. Felt overpriced but overall it was a great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, great food and good service!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic for a special Mommy/daughter date 👍

MF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and a great atmosphere. Everyone was very friendly, and the food was really good - everyone in our group loved the food they ordered, and all 6 of us ordered something different. We came too late (7 pm) to see the view, but the windows were open and we could feel the sea breeze.

B
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved the view and the brunch omelets. And we had excellent service