Sam's Ocean View

4.7
1119 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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4.6
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vipBonnieR
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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KimC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was spectacular, thank you!

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Todd
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views and delicious food. Will absolutely be back.

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KauaiOma
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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JohnA
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and view

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Had a reservation, but still had to wait almost an hour for our table.
Had to ask twice to get silverware while our food sat.
Didn’t get bread until after the entrees.
Fish was tough as Leather.
But drinks were great

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious and receptionist was friendly and provided great customer service. Service at table was good but not exceptional. Nice atmosphere and view.

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Alex
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Sam’s was a great spot to watch the sunset while enjoying a nice dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The view is spectacular and our food was delicious, but our service was terrible. Our server did not take our drink order until after we had been seated for half an hour. It took another twenty minutes before we got them even though we noticed the server chatting with customers at the surrounding tables. As they have a ninety minute limit on the tables, we were worried we wouldn’t get our dinner. Fortunately, our shrimp appetizer and our entrees came out promptly and were superb. Unfortunately, the server forgot to bring my husband his wine until after we had finished eating. The service on dessert was also a disaster and took another half an hour before we received it after having to look up the menu online because she never brought us the menu. In any event, the sub par service did not ruin our fantastic dinner but I thought it was important management knows what is going on.

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vipDMnJM
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

One hour and forty minutes from time we arrived before we got our food.
Out of lots of items from the kitchen and bar.
Watched two parties sat after us receive food before us.
Table had food on it when sat down. Like mashed potatoes or something. Positioned by other diners feet.
Think all could have been resolved easily if server acted like she even cared we were there. Most she would say is "few minutes".
From the options available: selected Falafel to start. One of my absolute favorite things to eat! This wasn't the worst one I have had, but wouldn't recommend. Then Ahi and Fish and Chips. Ahi was sweet and fried rice a bit weird. Perfectly seared though. Fish & Chips- great batter! liked the slaw. Fries weren't my fave, but still good.
Fish & Chips for the win!!!

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HalGF
Kansas City
68 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Reviewing our 3rd and 4th dining experience of this trip. A couple of days ago we came to SOV for dinner. Seated promptly and were informed that the restaurant gives the guests 90 minutes to enjoy their dining experience. We were okay with that, except for the lack of attention. The busser delivered waters and then….. After 10 minutes we flagged him down to open the wine we brought as we had yet to meet our server, Candace. Lou opened the wine and took our starter order. Candace came by the table after we had finished the starter and asked if we wanted anything else. This was at 45 minutes into our dining experience. We said, Yes, we would like to order on entrée. Our food was delivered by one of the bartenders…who was very attentive. Overall, not a good service experience, but the food and ambiance were excellent. Expressed our disappointment to Erin, the hostess and she said they were very sorry. Candace overheard and said there had been a miss communication between Lou and Candace about who was to take care of us. Erin said she hoped we would give them another try. We did and although not perfect it was a much better experience. Verin was our server and did much better than Candace. Lou stopped by to say welcome back. Points to Lou. Again, the food was excellent and the ambiance was great. We will be back in 2022 and SOV will be on our list. The poke nachos and quinoa vegetable curry dish the catch of the day have become a favorite meal.

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Rogerodeo
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brick pressed roasted chicken with mushroom risotto. To. Die. For.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Beach House continues to be the best food experience on the south of the island. Yes it can be a bit pricey but our splitting an entree and a Caesar salad was more than enough food for both of us. We have made this dinner a part of our experience every year for 20 years and know you’ll enjoy your dinner.

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KennethJ
Puerto Vallarta
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific, local seafood done right. The service was friendly, attentive, and just plain fun.
Very good view of the ocean. All seemed to be having a great time.
WithCovid still a. Issue, many places are short of help. You would not know that at Sam’s.
I’d return anytime, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys local fare and ambiance.

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penguinthathatedthecold
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite place for pau hana. Never once have we had a bad meal. Everything has been so tasty and warm. The staff is friendly and you can't beat the oceanviews.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Parmesan fish and sliders. Both were super delish - also their version of the pina colada I love

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melissab
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great view, excellent fish, I tried the special and it was great!

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cheryln
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the entire evening but the staff and service, along with the view was perfect.

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Nancy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sams ocean view exceeded our expectations. We will be back very soon

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njm2018
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Can’t beat the view! While the menu is limited, the food was absolutely delicious.

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HalGF
Kansas City
68 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super evening. Great view, very attentive staff. Jamie was our server and did a fantastic job. Food was exceptional. Highly recommend. We are already booking our next reservation.

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KauaiGirl
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Sam’s Ocean View since it opened. We have never had a bad meal there. The staff is friendly and responsive, the food is fantastic, and the atmosphere is hard to beat. Full-on ocean view. I highly recommend Sam’s.

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vipJohnA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around a great experience.

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Foodtimes
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My reservation I had made 30+ days ahead and confirmed a few days before was messed up, it was for a party of four but the day of it got changed to a party of three, as soon as I saw this I called to inform them and it put an issue in the mix for seating. We got seated 15 mins. Late, which was no big deal but when I called earlier it wasn’t handled promptly

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JParker
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate here twice during our week long holiday in Kauai. Loved their poke nacho! Their roasted chicken with mushroom risotto is delicious, and it is even gluten free! My hubby loved their grilled cheese. Great ocean views too.

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vipCole
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This was one of those pleasant surprises you get in life. Our first time visiting Kauai and Sams. The view was specular. Service outstanding! Food was good.

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RobertF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Too noisy
Food and service hood

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vipDianeW
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food, great ocean views and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Thank you!

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Adam
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

this was excellent. lovely ambiance. beautiful view over the water. great food.
(the waitstaff were a bit stretched given covid restrictions.)

MM
vipMicheleM
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views and excellent service!

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AmyH
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

You can never go wrong with the atmosphere of Sam's. Breezy and beautiful, and good though not outstanding food. We always get good service as well.

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vipFbFB
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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This place is really great. Parmesan crusted fresh fish is great

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OceanView
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

the Poke nacho and the shrimp are MUST! Don't miss this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best old fashions on the island. Curated drinks that are awesome. Had Ahi nachos they were amazing. Always fresh fish with great sauces and sides. The view to the ocean mesmerizing and the service attentive and fun.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love Sams for the view, the friendly service and that it’s a great place in the middle for us to meet with friends who live in different areas of Kauai. We typically meet for Sunday Brunch so this review covers that.

PROS:
-Great Ocean View
-Seated us on time for our reservation and at a window table as requested
-$5 mimosas all day long (for $6 you get more champagne with juice splash)
-Good menu selection
-Friendly Service
-Friends were happy with their selection of the lunch offerings of brunch - loved the BLT.

CONS:
-Breakfast offerings are hot and miss. The smoked salmon Benedict was just ok. I had specifically asked for the eggs to be poached extra soft and they came out practically hard boiled. My husbands build your own omelet was flat and overcooked. Both of our breakfast potatoes were greasy.

Will we go back? Yes. Because it’s fun. The view is great. And the food is meh

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 4.7 stars by 1119 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.