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Sam's Seafood
Luckydesigns
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2002-10-27 8:26 pm   Permalink

I was driving through Huntington Beach the other day and decided that I would go check out the Sam's Seafood restaurant that I have heard so much about. Not really having high expectations, I went in and was knocked on my ass. There are tiki's everywhere, pufferfish lamps, glass floats, and best of all, Hawiian music playing.

This place is my ideal version of what a tiki bar should be. I've been to plenty of tiki bars before such as the Tonga Room in SF which has great decor but falls short with horrible service and the worst band playing even worse music. There are things that I would change about the bar in Sam's like the neon budweiser sign and video poker game on the bar but that stuff is really nit picking. The place is great.

If you haven't been to Sam's, check it out. While I was there I had a Mai Tai and a Zombie and the total came to a very reasonable ten bucks total. And those two drinks were enough to get me going. I asked the bartender if it gets crowed at night and she said no. She also said that there really aren't any regulars that hang out there. If anyone in the area wants to go drink it up at Sam's let me know, I'll be there with bells on. -maybe not bells- but you get the picture. They also rent out the banquet room for marriages so if you are interested, you can take your ridiculous tiki obsession one step further and get married at a seafood restaurant. The decor in there is great though.

I just want to know how I have missed this place after all these years of living in Newport Beach and seeing that big blue dolphin in the sky. Anyone else feel this way about Sam's?

[ This Message was edited by: Luckydesigns on 2002-10-27 20:35 ]


 
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suicide_sam
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From: LBC
Posted: 2002-10-27 9:35 pm   Permalink

It's a great place I just wish the bar was open let. It's pretty much a day time drinking spot, they close the whole place down after they stop serving dinner. By the way, how'ld you like the outrigger hanging off the ceiling over the bar? very cool in my opinion.

Aarrgghh, it's 8:30 and I'm working late, I'm just waiting for stuff to finish rendering, but it looks like I might miss the Mai Kai Gents. But then again, The Bigfoot Lodge is just like 15-20 minutes away, I guess I could slip away while the computers keep rendering. No time for a bath though and I've been working mad hours lately, oh well, my apologies in advance to all those who will have to deal with the stank!!!


 
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Luckydesigns
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2002-10-27 9:54 pm   Permalink

The outrigger is way cool but is kinda falling apart now. What time do they usually close then? Like 10:00?

 
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suicide_sam
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Posted: 2002-10-27 10:03 pm   Permalink

I asked the owner a couple of years ago when I was putting together a show and wanted to have bands play there but he told me that the absolute latest they would stay open is 11:30 and that's only if they were still serving dinner, like on a Friday when they do their Polynesion show or something. Otherwise they close up between 9:30 and 10:00. The bar has it's own acces door to. I wish they would close up the restaurant and leave the bar open but no dice. There's a bar right across the street from sam's that Big Bro told me about awhile back but I've never checked out though that has a couple of Tikis out front too. Like I siad I've never gone in so I couldn't tell ya what it's like inside.

 
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Luckydesigns
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2002-10-27 10:16 pm   Permalink

Maybe I'll investigate that. I saw those tikis out front.

 
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Posted: 2002-10-28 08:56 am   Permalink

Luckydesigns,

Last July a bunch of us rented a bus and drank our way from the Royal Hawaiian in Laguna to Sam's in Huntington Harbor. Needless, to say, it was a blast!

We plan to do something similar around Christmas. Join us for the Happy Hula-days!

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PiPhiRho
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From: Redondo Beach
Posted: 2002-10-28 10:14 am   Permalink

The place across the street from Sam's is Taco Surf. It's a lot like Sharky's in Manhattan/Hermosa. I had lunch there a while back. The drinks were nothing outstanding. In fact I ordered a Mai Tai and got a rum/orange juice/grenadine thing. The tikis outside are nice, but I don't remember any inside.


 
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Luckydesigns
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2002-10-28 10:33 am   Permalink

I read about your crawl and it sounded like so much fun. I also just missed Bax's party which looked like a blast. One day I'll make it to a TC event. I'm looking forward to the Christmas thing. Is anyone going to make it out to the SWINGIN TIKIS show at The Hard Rock Cafe in Newport on Halloween? There is a $400 grand prize for best costume.

Taco Surf- Now I'm not a professional bartender or anything but the last time I checked, grenedine is not an ingredient to Mai Tai. Thanks for the review!


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2002-10-28 3:36 pm   Permalink

The bar across the street used to be called "Noel's" and was a low budge version of Sam's, with not as many Tikis but with some nice selfmade Tiki-detail, like naive Tiki paintings. Off course Taco Surf did away with that, parrothead style.

 
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Luckydesigns
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2002-10-30 8:53 pm   Permalink

Those jerks...

 
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SugarCaddyDaddy
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From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2003-01-01 10:35 pm   Permalink

I searched TC for pictures of Sam's for those not near us here on the West Coast, and couldn't find any. The following is just a small sample from The Polynesian Spectacular at Sam's Seafood. The bar just outside of the main area where this 'Spectacular' takes place is small, but nice, and I didn't get to take any pictures of it (yet). Well, here's from my library of pics:


The Sign



Sign at the entrance



Overhead.



The Coconut Bar inside the show area.





Tikis in Sam's



Preshow Hawaiian Music entertainment. Ahhh, I can even hear the waves crashing and the tropical bird calls.



Former Miss Hawaii in a form-fitting dress so that you can really see her sexy...uh, seductive...umm...I mean very artistic hula moves. It's a fuzzy picture, but her eyes are mesmerizing.



Do you really need to be talked into seeing them?...



...Well do you?








Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

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Luckydesigns
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Posted: 2003-01-01 11:04 pm   Permalink

Great pics SCD, I still haven't seen the spectacular yet but it looks great. I love Sam's.
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SugarCaddyDaddy
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Posted: 2003-01-02 11:42 am   Permalink

Thanks LD!
Last year there was a thread that started a possibility of going to The Polynesian Spectacular, but some TC'ers (at that time) didn't want to shell out $40 for the dinner & show. Maybe this year?

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PolynesianPop
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Posted: 2003-01-02 11:50 am   Permalink

I'd be willing to shell out $40.00. I mean, we get food too, right?

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SugarCaddyDaddy
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From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2003-01-02 12:01 pm   Permalink

That's right PP...umm..I mean PolynesianPop!

You're choice of:
Prime Rib
Sam's BBQ Ribs
Mahi Mahi Hawaiian(it was Salmon on New Years Eve)
Snow Crab Legs
Chicken Hawaiian or
Teriyaki Shrimp En Brochette

also included:
Hawaiian-Style Rice & Vegies
Green Salad w/ choice of dressing
and Dessert (it was custard topped with Kahlua that night)

The staff was very curtious, and was very accomodating in making sure Olivia (3 years old) was happy. Nice touch. It was no charge for her and also for a 4 year old that was near us. They don't have an actual kids price, so I don't know exactly what age they do start charging for children.


 
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