Sam's Ocean View

4.6
1153 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 5 days for happy hour and dinner, and closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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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EvelynG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience5

This is the only negative review that I have left in my 2 weeks in Hawaii. Very disappointing experience. The local fish dish was overcooked so it was dry. We asked that the fish and chips come with mashed potatoes instead of fries and were charged $6 extra but were not told that it would be charged as a side dish. They should have brought both since they charged for both. Will definitely not recommend.

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rnmscnor
New England
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem of a place. It really is a farm to table restaurant. Everything is local and cooked to perfection.
I had the flank steak and my husband had the ahi tuna.
The staff is super nice. You need to make reservations otherwise there is a 2 1/2 hour wait. The outside is deceiving. Do not hesitate to try it.

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MikeL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was awesome! Reservations were easy to make and the whole dining experience was pleasant. Had a table looking over the ocean. Staff was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional. Staff very friendly and latte very view. I would highly recommend.

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JohnR
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I think a lot of the restaurants in Hawaii are struggling with re-opening so I don’t want to be too harsh. Service was not so good. Drinks and food took forever. However, the food was absolutely wonderful. Parking is not the greatest so allow time to find a spot. We’d definitely dine here again, and I’m sure service will improve as everyone tries to get back to some sort of normalcy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing. Not cheap, but worth every penny

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FrankO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was great. Peaceful setting for brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Beautiful oceanfront views. Tasty drinks. Food was pretty mediocre. We got ahi poke nachos to start which were fine, though very sparse on the tuna for an $18 appetizer. From when we placed our order with the waitress, it was approximately 45 minutes before our entrees came out.

I ordered fish and chips. Fish was fine. Fries all tasted burnt and I did not finish it. Cole slaw did not taste very fresh either. My fiancé ordered the chicken which was so dry and flavorless she gave up after 3 bites. The risotto was also bland.

After a week in Hawaii this was our most expensive meal and, unfortunately, worst tasting meal. The view was great but if you go here, just be mindful that you are paying for the view, certainly not for the food

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vipPunkieB
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant— it was a lot of fun, has a fantastic , food and service was great. Highly recommend the parmesan fish. Was cooked perfectly!

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DMESKing
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! We had fresh catch and pasta. Great view and a nice breeze that was perfect. Friendly staff and a great bartender. All drinks are made with local citrus. Beer was cold and a good variety. Make a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome view, the food was incredible and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. We were there for my husbands birthday and they even sang for us with was so kind.

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KevinC
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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NewYearsEve
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We were greeted and seated on time. Our waitress was super nice and efficient. She handled every request cheerfully and quickly. We were there for Sunday Brunch.

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The4Js
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had made reservations weeks before our arrival on Kauai. The setting is very nice, open air looking out onto palm trees and the ocean. We were seated and waited for 10 minutes for someone to fill our water glasses. We ordered two drinks from the bar which were slightly above average. We then ordered two dinners and waited nearly an hour for them to arrive at our table. The meals we ordered were two appetizers and fish and chips. The food was so-so. During our dinner we were largely ignored by the wait staff. After finishing eating our dinner it took an additional ten minutes to get anyone’s attention to ask for “to go” boxes. We finally waved down a bus person who brought our boxes. We had to ask for our check numerous times. Our wait person acknowledged us, but continued to take orders from other tables before getting around to delivering our bill. In all, this experience took 2 hours. It may be that the staff is tremendously overwhelmed. It may be that the staff is tremendously inexperienced. In either event, we will not be back to Sam’s Ocean View.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Back on Kauai

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bunnyP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Their kitchen closes at 9pm, yet they are booking 8:45pm reservations. We had all of 8 minutes to place our order once we sat down furthermore the hostess (or maybe owner) was slightly drunk, and visibly annoyed that we had arrived despite our reservation that we confirmed twice. The food is some of the best we ate in Kauai and the ambiance is great, but be prepared for an unpleasant, haughty welcome... the opposite of Aloha. It ruined the experience for me.

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Kreply
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The view is cool and the food good value, but ask for Viren to be your server: she’s super attentive, friendly, and a first class server. 5 stars for her. Viren is the most rockin waitress at this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Feels a bit rushed when the hostess tells you about the 90 minutes at the table policy as she drops you off at the table. Restaurants should remember - time at the table is determined by speed of service as much as the customer.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We booked it at the last minute and we were very thankful. Had a wonderful view. Very good food. Service improved throughout the night. You won’t be disappointed.

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PeggyM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly tasty food and the nicest staff. There is a wonder ocean view too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a bad experience here but by no means the fault of the food or people there. We happened to be there on the night the termites decided to fly in to the restaurant during their two day mating season and ended up leaving through our mela after getting covered in them. That being said our bill was comped and the owner was so very nice about the whole situation. Before we left we managed to try the pina coladas and they were amazing.

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vipCharlieW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from the mai tais to the entree.

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LocalFoodie
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sams experience ever! Best restaurant on Kauai for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The staff is so nice and accommodating and the location and ocean views are stunning. Everything on this menu is delicious. For appetizers I love the buffalo cauliflower and the grilled cheese is to die for.

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Wailuahomestead
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this spot

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect place for a beachside dinner or drinks! Great ambiance. The Parmesan crusted fish is excellent. The menu overall could use a couple more options. I recommend!

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vipNeilS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places when we visit Kauai. Ahi nachos are wonderful as is the Parmesan crusted fish!

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vipWolfPack
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location. Great service. Exceptional food.
Absolute must try!!!

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vipBonnieR
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and view. Food was good, fish a little over cooked and dry. Especially since it was 38.00 ..should have been perfect at that price.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

First time the service was bad. Our server was unattentive and we had to ask the busser to get her several times

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and amazing views of the ocean! Recommend!

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TomH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, reasonable prices, good views and service. What more could you want?

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vipBonnieR
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is terrific, service attentive and friendly. Sit next to the open windows and watch the ocean. Lovely dinner with family.

KC
KimC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service once we were seated and great food. First time after living on island for many years. Plan to go again soon.

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Juli
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We've been to this restaurant many times and do enjoy it. This time however my daughter was disappointed that her Caesar salad was more the size of an appetizer than a main course - though it was listed under the other main courses. About half way through her salad she decided she wanted to order a side of potatoes to supplement her meal, but it took at least 10 minutes to flag down a different waitress to get our waitress to come over - she hadn't checked on us since we first got our food. Unfortunately, it took a long time to get the side of potatoes - long past the time we were both finished eating - so we took most of them home.
I would recommend the restaurant because overall the food tasted good and it has a lovely view, but maybe warn my friends that it takes a long time to get your food.

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RachelG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks. Beautiful views. Easy to reserve a spot - if I do it far enough in advance!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff, amazing!!! Mahalo 🤙

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was spectacular, thank you!

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Todd
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views and delicious food. Will absolutely be back.

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KauaiOma
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We love Sam’s but it is noisy during dinner service. We wish they were still open at lunch time, as it is much quieter mid day. The fish and chips are awesome! Pass on the falafel though, super dry. Bread here is yummy, warm and fresh.

FAQs

Sam's Ocean View offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 822-7887.

Sam's Ocean View is rated 4.6 stars by 1153 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.