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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” (47 reviews)
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10:00 - 21:00All hours
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

I first visited Sam Choy's when I moved to the Big Island a year ago. Came for lunch with a group of locals (good friends now) and I was very disappointed in the serving size, taste and the price of the lunch. Since that visit...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a great restaurant to eat at, but whats even better is the view and the view of the sunset around 7 pm. The food was good for the price. The kid's menu had big items and some of them were more authentic, like...More

Thank joepress101
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for an early lunch on a Sunday. They served breakfast until 3pm, so there were a lot of choices. The coastline view is fantastic!

Thank Peged
Reviewed 1 week ago

I come to the Big Island every year for about a month. I've been coming to Sam Choys since it opened and it had always been good. Never really great but consistently good. This trip I went for lunch and it took over 40 minutes...More

Thank Lind0n
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place! Sat at fire pit table, service was good, food was wonderful! Recommend the Macadamia crusted chicken with rice! So good, moist, large servings! Atmosphere is wonderful, and beautiful view. Would love to go here again!

Thank Lorisays-so
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are locals who have been pretty disappointed by many of the local eateries at breakfast. Today we decided to try Sam Choy's and found it to be excellent! Good food, fair prices, awesome view, and perfect service. Guess we have a new breakfast spot!!

Thank Kona-KonaKen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Anything Sam Choy touches is a success and Kai Lanai is no exception. We stopped in for lunch and we're very satisfied with the bowl of Saimin, teriyaki beef with blue potatoes from Molokai, and the fish platter with One. The setting for the restaurant...More

Thank Jay A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly waitress, willing to spend time explaining the dishes. Absolutely amazing view of the ocean. Price quite reasonable. I personally recommend having lunch there instead of dinner --- better price and beautiful view before getting dark.

Thank GoldAdventure
Reviewed 1 week ago

Get there before sunset and your view is spectacular! You can go to the shopping center below them to get great sunset pictures. We got there about sunset and there wasn't any line on the week night we went. Ordered the macadamia chicken and split...More

Thank antlerville
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I waited far too long after being seated. The food was mediocre at best and the view of the roof of a shopping center undesirables.

Thank stmedic911
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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
US$30 - US$30
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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