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Sam Choy's Kai Lanai

78-6831 Alii Dr Ste 1000, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
+1 808-333-3434
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“fish trio” (49 reviews)
“duck” (61 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
78-6831 Alii Dr Ste 1000, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The host and server gave us A+ attention. The food came in ten minutes. The sweet Hawaiian marinate overpowered the flavor of the lamb chops. I could not taste the typical New Zealander lamb flavor at all. The ambient air temperature was higher than the...More

Thank babachico
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to watch the sunset and have a nice meal and drinks. A good choice of pupus and mains, great service and wonderful atmosphere.

Thank MartinvanRooy
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a great place to have some snacks and watch the sun set over the ocean.. Food was good and price was reasonable.. Service was excellent.. Any short comings on the food was made up by excellent service and a beautiful sunset.

Thank glennt340
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is like a roller coaster some days are great and other days are "what happen" did the chef step out or call in sick? Take your chances I say, back in the day when it first opened the food was always spot on!...More

Thank K N
Reviewed 5 days ago

The view is spectacular, but the Pupus are a nice surprise great value and taste. If you are lucky enough to come on a day they are serving the "meat Loaf" special it's really worth trying!

Thank JC C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ate lunch at Sam choys after seeing the good reviews. We had a beautiful view of the ocean and the service was great. However the food was rather average for the prices, I ordered the fish and chips which was way too overcooked and hard,...More

Thank Neil M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Watching the sun set from this restaurant is amazing, and the entire restaurant is open to the west, so most tables have a good view. We arrived at 6:20 and got the last parking space. The macadamia crusted calamari was "ok." For dinner, my wife...More

Thank Lew D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a great restaurant. Food is delicious and our server Robert was terrific. It was his second day on the job and he was very professional. Highly recommend Sam Choy's.

Thank dvailkonahi
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for dinner our second day in Kona and really enjoyed it. Great location away from the crowds (up near the Kailua shopping center). I had the ono lau-lau and my wife had the short ribs. The others in our party had scampi....More

Thank DeHypnotist
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time here as a gift from our son. The food was great but it is not cheap. We got the fish trio which was excellent and enough for two. Also the Calamari appetizer which was excellent. The views from their porch...More

Thank David B
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Response from Shannon L | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's 3-5. Great chance to sample the menu!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78-6831 Alii Dr Ste 1000, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4407
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-333-3434
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A former Wendy's restaurant completely redone.
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