Sam's Ocean View

4.7
1083 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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KauaiGirl
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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Foodtimes
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
15 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
18 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food, great ocean views and good service.

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

It was great. Thank you!

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Adam
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.)

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AmyH
Hawaii
2 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
18 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
4 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
6 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

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AmyH
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and friendly service. Fresh ingredients and good happy hour.

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TravisN
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We will definitely be coming back the next time we are in the area!!! The crusted fish was incredible!

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KauaiGirl
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow but we enjoyed the non-hurried environment. The staff was extremely nice and the food was amazing!! It was a great place to just kick back, relax, enjoy the company, the view and the meal. Highly recommended!

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vipDebraP
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome service. Windy condition made it a bit experiential. Suggest a window wind barrier.

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vipCPANK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous time with my sister. The staff were great and the food was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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Mmmm
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great, favorite east side restaurant! Candace is great!

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Doreen
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Sam's is consistently excellent and the Ocean view is unbeatable

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vipWdb62604
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ono and beachfront views to die for

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DeniseK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Considering the ocean is practically within snorkeling distance, the experience of dining at Sam's is worth a " happy hour" visit. The food, although good, was overpriced. Our waitress was aloof.

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Teragram7
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks and service were all excellent! The omelette I had for Sunday Brunch (oozing with runny Brie cheese) was the best I've had in a very long time. You can't beat the oceanfront location and the view. The restaurant was a little noisy, but after 11 months of the pandemic, it was great to see and hear guests smiling, laughing and chatting while enjoying their meal.

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vipDebraP
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food flavors combined with awesome specialty cocktails! Keep up the great gourmet experience. Thanks for an Deliscious Dinner!

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d1950m
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to this location for a few years. The food was very good. The view was outstanding. We are glad we went back.

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Mmmm
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant on Kauai

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AmyH
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great time at Sam's as usual. The window seat with a big ocean view was terrific even though it was windy. The staff worked really hard, and looked after us thoroughly. Food was fresh and tasty.

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vipJeanneV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow- we were so impressed. Went to Sam's to celebrate my birthday; there were four of us and we all agreed that hands down, this was the best food, incredible tasty creative cocktails, and service we've had on the whole island.

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vipSidJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to Sam's - good food, service, and great view.

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vipTracyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and view!

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vipColoradoNatureGirl
Hawaii
31 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We are regulars at Sam's, enjoying everything about it: food, ambiance, service. All exceptional -- except this one time.

I had recommended an omelet to our friend and instead of its usual fluffiness, it was thin and flat. The plate looked bare. It was disappointing.

My husband and I split the fried chicken benedict. It still gets 5 stars!

We had ordered coffee when we sat down. When our meals came, we ordered it again. We did finally get them, but my husband didn't like the taste. We were charged for all coffees -- TWICE. They removed one of the rounds, but didn't offer to not charge my husband who had only a sip of his before he reported he didn't care for the taste. One of our friends had to ask for a water refill.

Probably the biggest reason for the low rating this time was the loud live band that played. I do not care for restaurants where we need to scream to be heard by the people across the table from us. And our table was the furthest from the band! They did tone it down when enough of us complained, but it was too late to undo the tension.

While I'm glad Sam's business is good, especially given the need to distance tables during the pandemic, I do hope they can get enough help to take good care of their customers. Our server was wonderful; but whoever got our drink orders and took care of water was not able to keep up with our needs.

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MarkW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our regular stops on Sunday morning. Never disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful. Rare dining-out experience and so glad we chose this restaurant. A+ all the way.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Sam’s for Sunday Brunch. The food was excellent and the staff was friendly. Will definitely be going back!

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MarkW
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful ocean view, good food and friendly service. Hope they stay open!!

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Jammin
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great View, Excellent food. Wonderful service. Perfect Brunch Birthday Celebration

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vipTerry
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dinner was so good last week that we decided to close out our getaway with our last night’s dinner at Sam’s. Thanks for wonderful food, service and an awesome time all around. Can’t wait to come back!

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Bert
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and staff!! We loved it so much, went twice this week!! Aloha!! 🌺

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vipWoosterLad
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Slow service, unappealing Mai Tais when compared to our last visit and small snack portion. Disappointing visit.

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RickN
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want delicious locally sourced and prepared food with one of the best views on Kauai, Sam's is the place. Derek took great care of us and we followed his recommendations resulting in scrumptious dinner choices: seared tuna, opa fish and chips, ono with asparagus.

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 1083 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.