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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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

CN
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot and love the selections on the menu

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location, great food and good service!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic for a special Mommy/daughter date 👍

MF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

g
Hawaii
50 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, excellent service, outstanding view

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place with peaceful view of ocean. My Parmesan crusted fish was tasty. Service was very good. Oliver’s fried rice was delicious - would love the recipe

MC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We made early reservations and were seated at the open air window with ocean view which was lovely. The atmosphere is like a combination bar/restaurant scene and was moderately noisy which did not bother us but if you're looking for a quiet, cozy spot, this isn't it. Tables are fairly close together, too. Our server arrived immediately to take drink orders and drop off a basket of warm bread. Three of us ordered seafood: Arugula Salad with grilled shrimp; Risotto with Scallops; and Grilled Opa with sides. All three meals were delicious and attractively presented. The fourth person in our party ordered Eggplant Parmesan and did not find it to his liking. I would definitely recommend Sam's Ocean View for local fresh seafood entrees.

JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great service, loved the happy hour specials. AMAZING view! Highly recommend.

TC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very very delicious! The service from Bella was awesome. Very cute restaurant love the signs and decor. Great place for a hot date!

KT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place with a great ocean view to go with a great meal, worth every penny of the cost. The one down side is that there is not much parking available at the location. So, if you have a later reservation, plan to find a parking place nearby and take a stroll to Sam's. It is also worth the walk.

BB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner here. Was a small local restaurant with excellent food and service in a nice setting.

TG
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We like coming here. The view is beautiful as is the ocean breeze
We felt the grilled cheese was very great

SR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful peaceful setting, open air to nearby beach, food excellent, server prompt and knowledgeable about menu and drinks....desserts also something to look forward to!!!

l
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice service, great people. The food was “ok”, just not much flavor. I had the pasta with basil and tomatoes, my wife had fish. Good wine too. It was evening so no view of the ocean but during the day must be awesome because of it’s location. Full bar.

A
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Wonderful view.

SK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service and great view. Go before 5:30 to get a window edge seat. Get the Parmesan Crusted Opa!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! My husband had the fish special and I had the Parmesan crusted fish - both fantastic! Waitress was attentive and informative, all staff friendly and helped each other out. We enjoyed a solo guitarist singer playing some classic easy rock tunes which was super enjoyable but not so loud you couldn’t still have a conversation. LOVED IT!!

A
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dining experience! Great views, fantastic food, exemplary service & amazing entertainment! The guitarist with his velvety voice singing 70’s & 80’s rock was over the top good!

MT
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. The view was spectacular! Our waitress was courteous and helpful. We didn't feel rushed. We enjoyed some happy hour time that flowed into a relaxing dinner. Mahalo!

GS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had friends in from out of town and we love Sam’s they treated us very well and our guests loved it thank you so much

XR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

The Wagyu beef burger was awful. I asked for medium rare and it was well done. Dry and tasteless. Not worth the $$$ at all. The fish sandwich was also dry. This was the worst meal we had in the 10 days we were here. Great view and our server was great too. Too bad the kitchen (which had like 10 people working in there) does not know how to cook.

KC
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there to celebrate our birthdays. The view is spectacular. The service was great. Everyone there was friendly, informative and very nice. The food was great. I believe Sam’s has become one of my favorite restaurants.

DI
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was okay, service was good, view was gorgeous.

EM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance with live music. Great Food. Good service. Make reservation in time to make zure you have a table with Ocean view