Sam's Ocean View
Moonlit evenings and beautiful brunch views, Sam's Ocean View has it all!
Best fish restaurant in Kapaa, lovely view of the ocean and very nice service!
Awesome ahi poke nachos and grilled cheese sandwich. One of best meals we had on our trip! We would definitely return. A must for your trip to Kauai!!!
Food, desserts and our waitress was friendly and fabulous. Their special for the night was braised short ribs. It was perfect and pretty huge portion. I’ve always been skeptical about this place due to the location but I’m glad we gave it a chance. The view, food and restaurant is absolutely the perfect casual spot for food, drinks and lounging.
We loved the food so much that we returned the very next day for brunch. The ahi over fried rice was outstanding. I was tempted to lick the plate. My daughter shared some of her macadamias crusted fish at first, but changed her mind as she progressed. Loved every bite. All in all, we enjoyed the food, service, and environment. Special thanks to the hostess that made us feel welcomed and the waitress who is Lao a talented artist.
Food was fresh and delicious and the view was fantastic.
Fantastic ocean view, good service, but the food was marginal. Crispy cauliflower was soft without a “crisp” at all. My son’s fries were soggy and their kids slider was literally the smallest slider ever—we laughed because the amount of fries were huge compared to the teeny slider. My lilokoi cocktail was meh. Prices were more than the food and drink warranted, but you’re paying for the great view which we enjoyed.
This place doesn’t look like much from the road...but don’t let that deter you... it’s a great restaurant with beautiful beach views and top notch service and menu. Had the best Ahi tuna here, and that’s saying a lot for how prevalent it is on the island!!
Overall we had a great experience. Food was great. Service was wonderful. Views are great. Will go back again soon.
Wonderful food. Great service and unbelievable view.
We have been here several times and loved it, but very disappointed in the service this time. We ordered an appy and our main course. We waited a long time for the appy and then the server brought out the main course. We told him we were waiting for our appy and he took our plates only to return with the same plates 15 min later. Needless to say they were cold and we sent them back. Instead of making new ones they just reheated the originals. Not good! Usually love the food and atmosphere but not sure about coming back.
Enjoyed every moment of our dinner at Sam's Ocean View. Fabulous food, great service and an unbelievable view. Very memorable evening!
went there for a honeymoon dinner. asked for a table by the water and was told every table was by the water, ok sounds great. we got there and saw what they meant. you can see the water but only about 6 tables have a direct view, the rest you get other people’s heads or pillars in the way. which did we get? well, apparently one table seemed randomly added in.. we had another table in front of us, and were butted up to a bar on the other side. so basically a long bar above our heads and people’s hand and menu right above our heads. it was really weird and distracting. and then the table with the real ocean view kept taking amazing pictures , which we could do without having people in front of us... so yeah not every table is what i’d call an ocean view. as for the food, it was good, not great. had the special fish, we liked it but it wasn’t as good as the fish and chips lunch we had earlier. it’s also loud there, not really somewhere i would take a date to be romantic. other circumstances i may have enjoyed it more, but for me this was my first and only visit.
Delicious food. Great view of ocean. Fun, colorful setting inside. Great service too!
Local residents pay a premium to live in Hawaii. It would be nice to get a break from tourist pricing in the food and beverage industry.
Sam’s has a great Vegetarian/vegan option — the kale curry is fantastic! Seating is perpendicular to the ocean, so all in our party could look out to an ocean view across the park.
Beautiful location and loved the fresh local fish choices which were more creative. This was our second visit and we'll stop here every trip to Kauai.
Great ambiance and the feel of a nice local restaurant. Excellent drinks
A bit noisy. And no view after 7:30pm
This is one of the best views I've found on the island. I've been here a few times, and have tried something different every time. The food and drinks are always incredible. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Parking can be a little tricky sometimes, but still worth it. Definitely recommend having a reservation for dinner here. Sunday brunch and mimosas were wonderful as well, I like that they had a few different mimosa options (orange, guava, pineapple, POG)
How do you blend a 2 star and a 5-star, I guess I would give it 3.5 Stars. Thats generous.
Five stars for the ocean view possibly one of the best on the island. The best in Kapaa, but the food overall mediocre at best. Portions are small so you're really paying for the view.
Service is excellent.
Food is always great and the beach view is awesome.
The food was excellent. They aren’t just selling the view! Live music was also perfect. Very talented musician played acoustic music that was perfect for the vibe.
Parking was a problem. They could use a valet or a lot.
Great spot on the island....excellent view.....great atmosphere. They are always so warm and inviting!
Our waitress Tyra was great. Food excellent and you can't have a better view. We'll be back again.
Everything was great! Alcohol drink could have been a little stronger.
You cannot beat the view here at Sam's. I ordered the chicken sandwich. The piece of chicken I had was very generous. My husband ordered the fresh fish sandwich. Proportionately, his piece of fish was much smaller. Overall, the food was good. French fries were a bit on the soggy side. Our server was very friendly. Mahalo!
We've eaten here many times - for the view of course. The service has always been rocky, and this visit was no exception. That said, it was good enough food and the view is spectacular.
Food was excellent tasting...was hoping for some live entertainment but musician was sick that night...still had a nice meal and enjoyed overall !
The food and drinks are phenomenal!! We ate here twice on our trip!! We definitely will be back. We highly recommend this restaurant!!
Great service and food
Had a wonderful brunch on Sunday. Service was very friendly and the view is fantastic.
We were recommended Sam's Ocean View by locals and through various reviews from trip advisor and yelp. It was nice but truly nothing to write home about. The menu is rather limited and didn't impress like I was expecting. It wasn't a bad dinner, just not a restaurant I would repeat. View was nice.
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.
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!
Great service! The food was great!
Great place with fantastic view and delicious food. Staff are super friendly.... really nice.
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.
Delicious meal- nice ambiance and outstanding service.
Great view, food was good. Restaurant a little out dated .