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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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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good29%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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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 yesterday via mobile

This is the third and last time we will do the Thanksgiving buffet. I would think famed personality Sam Choy could do better than opening up cans of fruit cocktail and canned peaches and pour them in bowls. While the turkey and trimmings were fine,...More

Thank Sandra F
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This experience is an exercise in contradictions — simply wonderful setting, and pricey, below average food. The menu, at best, is dated. Same fare as 4-5 years ago, and what was ‘new’ then is tired now... restaurant folk, Mahi Mahi is not exactly ‘exotic’ fare,...More

Thank KenH_CAZC
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came with friends at 4:00 for drinks and pupus. All were great. I was worried about the calamari because I don't like the coconut breading but this was so light, it was fine. We had a great view of the sun setting and stayed for...More

Thank Vicki D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great place to eat Sunday after church. Nice view of the water and town. Sword fish was wonderful and the salad good. Had the fish Cajun style not too spicy. Wife had it with a buttery sauce also very good.

Thank acrafton1
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a good place for a view of the sunset along with good food! Service was very good, too. I recommend the short ribs!

Thank MNKate2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I grew up in Hawaii and have been a huge fan of chef Sam Choy and was a frequent guest at his original hole in the wall spots, where I can get well prepared mix plate and at a great price. I live on the...More

Thank Luvtosafari
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there for lunch after looking at the online reviews but were disappointed. The view of the ocean from the restaurant is just so-so, as you are close to the road, and overlook the roofs of a large building / warehouse. We found the...More

Thank jeanmarc3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressed with the premises, the views, and the fresh Hawaiian seafood. Our server Nicole was a attentive, professional, and friendly. Recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before sunset; request an outside covered table. Oh, and yes, save room for dessert and 100% Kona French...More

Thank wmb003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eat twice, a breakfast and a lunch. Food is average with a Hawaiian theme menu. Prices are reasonable and much lower than hotel. Loco Moco gravy was bland but egg, hamburger, and rice were perfectly cooked. Hamburger was pretty good and fries are crispy. Big...More

Thank kpbatka
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard mixed reviews about Sam's since he is no longer a partner at this restaurant, so we didn't know what to expect. But we found the food, service and view just as good as the last time we were here 2 years ago....More

Thank scuba4fun2
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Harvey B
2 November 2017|
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Response from dvailkonahi | Reviewed this property |
No, Sam Choy does not own the restaurant any longer.
12 January 2017|
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Response from Greg B | Reviewed this property |
30 November 2016|
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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
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Average prices
US$30 - US$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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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