Sam's Ocean View

4.7
845 reviews
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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 6 days for happy hour and dinner, and closed Tuesdays. 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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Denver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

We dined at Sam’s on our anniversary trip back to Kauai on the recommendation of the author of Ultimate Kauai Revealed. He’s mostly been on the money but was way off here. Not sure if it was because he owns that building but this place was a poor cross between the Beach House and a local dive. It had no identity as some diners were well-dressed and some just had come in off the beach with kids running all over the place. The setting has potential with an ocean view but the parking was rough and the menu was very light on options. And you would think a restaurant with an ocean view on an island in Hawaii would have a few more seafood options. The offerings were odd and the drinks nothing special. All on a very expensive menu. We’ve been to this island many times and have almost never complained at an eatery, but this is NOT a fine dining experience despite what your bill will say. We were VERY disappointed but will be fine as our next two nights will be at the phenomenal Hukilau Lanai and The Beach House.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived in Kauai on a Sunday wanting a beach view to dine. My husband found this place and we had to wait 45 minutes to open. So glad we had brunch there. We split the Eggs Benedict and BLT. Food quality and prep was delicious. Service excellent. The smoky ham was thick, generous and not dry. The sauce was light and not heavy. The bacon quality was so good and cooked perfect in the sandwich. The bread was local baked, soft and tasty. The decor is super cool and funky We has the best seat in the house for our brunch
We had to come back for dinner on our last day back to the airport and again drinks, food, and service again all were excellent. Luckily booked our reservation online with open table.
Awesome view too. Will be eating and drinking there on our next visit to Kauai🌴

RH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best fish restaurant in Kapaa, lovely view of the ocean and very nice service!

KB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome ahi poke nachos and grilled cheese sandwich. One of best meals we had on our trip! We would definitely return. A must for your trip to Kauai!!!

D
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, desserts and our waitress was friendly and fabulous. Their special for the night was braised short ribs. It was perfect and pretty huge portion. I’ve always been skeptical about this place due to the location but I’m glad we gave it a chance. The view, food and restaurant is absolutely the perfect casual spot for food, drinks and lounging.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the food so much that we returned the very next day for brunch. The ahi over fried rice was outstanding. I was tempted to lick the plate. My daughter shared some of her macadamias crusted fish at first, but changed her mind as she progressed. Loved every bite. All in all, we enjoyed the food, service, and environment. Special thanks to the hostess that made us feel welcomed and the waitress who is Lao a talented artist.

KW
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fresh and delicious and the view was fantastic.

a
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic ocean view, good service, but the food was marginal. Crispy cauliflower was soft without a “crisp” at all. My son’s fries were soggy and their kids slider was literally the smallest slider ever—we laughed because the amount of fries were huge compared to the teeny slider. My lilokoi cocktail was meh. Prices were more than the food and drink warranted, but you’re paying for the great view which we enjoyed.

TC
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This place doesn’t look like much from the road...but don’t let that deter you... it’s a great restaurant with beautiful beach views and top notch service and menu. Had the best Ahi tuna here, and that’s saying a lot for how prevalent it is on the island!!

BC
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall we had a great experience. Food was great. Service was wonderful. Views are great. Will go back again soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service and unbelievable view.

SA
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

We have been here several times and loved it, but very disappointed in the service this time. We ordered an appy and our main course. We waited a long time for the appy and then the server brought out the main course. We told him we were waiting for our appy and he took our plates only to return with the same plates 15 min later. Needless to say they were cold and we sent them back. Instead of making new ones they just reheated the originals. Not good! Usually love the food and atmosphere but not sure about coming back.

d
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed every moment of our dinner at Sam's Ocean View. Fabulous food, great service and an unbelievable view. Very memorable evening!

HK
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

went there for a honeymoon dinner. asked for a table by the water and was told every table was by the water, ok sounds great. we got there and saw what they meant. you can see the water but only about 6 tables have a direct view, the rest you get other people’s heads or pillars in the way. which did we get? well, apparently one table seemed randomly added in.. we had another table in front of us, and were butted up to a bar on the other side. so basically a long bar above our heads and people’s hand and menu right above our heads. it was really weird and distracting. and then the table with the real ocean view kept taking amazing pictures , which we could do without having people in front of us... so yeah not every table is what i’d call an ocean view. as for the food, it was good, not great. had the special fish, we liked it but it wasn’t as good as the fish and chips lunch we had earlier. it’s also loud there, not really somewhere i would take a date to be romantic. other circumstances i may have enjoyed it more, but for me this was my first and only visit.

VK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Great view of ocean. Fun, colorful setting inside. Great service too!

K
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Local residents pay a premium to live in Hawaii. It would be nice to get a break from tourist pricing in the food and beverage industry.

S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sam’s has a great Vegetarian/vegan option — the kale curry is fantastic! Seating is perpendicular to the ocean, so all in our party could look out to an ocean view across the park.

LM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful location and loved the fresh local fish choices which were more creative. This was our second visit and we'll stop here every trip to Kauai.

JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambiance and the feel of a nice local restaurant. Excellent drinks

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

A bit noisy. And no view after 7:30pm

KL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of the best views I've found on the island. I've been here a few times, and have tried something different every time. The food and drinks are always incredible. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Parking can be a little tricky sometimes, but still worth it. Definitely recommend having a reservation for dinner here. Sunday brunch and mimosas were wonderful as well, I like that they had a few different mimosa options (orange, guava, pineapple, POG)

BV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

How do you blend a 2 star and a 5-star, I guess I would give it 3.5 Stars. Thats generous.
Five stars for the ocean view possibly one of the best on the island. The best in Kapaa, but the food overall mediocre at best. Portions are small so you're really paying for the view.
Service is excellent.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always great and the beach view is awesome.

JA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent. They aren’t just selling the view! Live music was also perfect. Very talented musician played acoustic music that was perfect for the vibe.

SP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Parking was a problem. They could use a valet or a lot.

AB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot on the island....excellent view.....great atmosphere. They are always so warm and inviting!

TH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress Tyra was great. Food excellent and you can't have a better view. We'll be back again.

CC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great! Alcohol drink could have been a little stronger.

k
Hawaii
34 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

You cannot beat the view here at Sam's. I ordered the chicken sandwich. The piece of chicken I had was very generous. My husband ordered the fresh fish sandwich. Proportionately, his piece of fish was much smaller. Overall, the food was good. French fries were a bit on the soggy side. Our server was very friendly. Mahalo!

NG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

We've eaten here many times - for the view of course. The service has always been rocky, and this visit was no exception. That said, it was good enough food and the view is spectacular.

JF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent tasting...was hoping for some live entertainment but musician was sick that night...still had a nice meal and enjoyed overall !

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and drinks are phenomenal!! We ate here twice on our trip!! We definitely will be back. We highly recommend this restaurant!!

JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food

JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful brunch on Sunday. Service was very friendly and the view is fantastic.

AM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We were recommended Sam's Ocean View by locals and through various reviews from trip advisor and yelp. It was nice but truly nothing to write home about. The menu is rather limited and didn't impress like I was expecting. It wasn't a bad dinner, just not a restaurant I would repeat. View was nice.

KC
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our Pacific Oceanfront table with a view of the moon was exquisite. Thank you Sam the owner of Sam's Ocean View Bar and Kitchen in Kapaa. We had a spectacular dinner of Parmesan crusted fish of the day Opah rich and delicious and Mahi- Mahi Fish and Chips superbly prepared by Chef Bodhi. Martini top of the line and wonderful wine was delightfully served by Jacob he was courteous and knowledgeable. Lily and Preston kindly served us homemade fresh bread with balsamic and olive oil dip and kept our water glasses full to the brim.

WH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sam’s is a hidden gem! The service is outstanding and the food is delicious. And the view..... you can’t beat it! Good quality, fresh food with that kind of atmosphere on the island is hard to find. We went back 2 nights in a row! Service was perfection! Abby and Jake were the best!!!! Thanks Sam’s!

JM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service! The food was great!

BW
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place with fantastic view and delicious food. Staff are super friendly.... really nice.

A
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We went back for the Parmesan Crusted Ono that we had shared and loved earlier in the week. We liked it so much we wanted our own portions. The fish was not as good the second time around. It was overcooked and sauce wasn't nearly as good. We were supposed to get bread before our meal and it was forgotten. When we mentioned the bread, the server just apologized and said they forgot but he let the runner know. It was too late to bring out the bread. We mentioned our disappointment to the server in the quality of our meal but there was no compensation.

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