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Sam Woo

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15333 Culver Dr Ste 720, Irvine, CA 92604-7128
+1 949-262-0688
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found Sam Woo shortly before moving away from Irvine, CA. We truly enjoyed the authenticity of their food. The service was a little less than spectacular but the quality made up for it.

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Thank ChristinaAbbott
Wauconda, Illinois
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153 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

This is a must have for me each time I visit Irvine. Peking duck Hong kong style is the best I have found. The crispy duck skin and the flavor is outstanding, served on steamed rolls. Very traditional dishes and flavors here. Call ahead to minimize your wait. Parking is lot, and full most of the time. I recommend this... More 

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Thank Rex M
Omaha, Nebraska
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193 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We loved this place that we went twice while on this 5 day trip. One dish that I haven't seen in a long time was pork belly with taro. That was so well done! Great service and food.

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Thank eyee5
Irvine, California
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is a really great Chinese restaurant. Peking duck is a specialty. It is so good that you should be prepared to wait especially on weekends and right at meal time. The dining room is large, crowded and noisy. But, the food can't be beat!

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Thank jamesjQ7894IT
San Juan Capistrano, California
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Have eaten here dozens of times and never have been disappointed. Timing is everything, so plan your visits between peak hours. We drive from south county (SC), as there is no much available in quality Chinese food from Laguna to San Clemente. This is a cash only establishment.

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Thank petelapuh
Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Came here with spouse for dim sum. They have two seating areas. One is fine dining oriented with table cloths and the other is more typical of a Chinese restaurant with a Chinese deli on the side. While the variety of dim sum may not be as extensive as some others the quality of the dim sum is very good... More 

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Thank KelloggTraveler
Irvine, California
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

As background: I'm Caucasian and my family and extended family is all Asian. So I went there with people who know about this type of food more so than I do. The place is always crowded and I can figure out why: the chicken we ordered was full of bones, the fish was full of small fish bones and according... More 

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Thank Rene R
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Sam Woo is the place to go to if you want Chinese food. There's plenty of meat-based and vegetable dishes to choose from. My favorites are: French-Style Beef, Crispy Chow Mein with veggies and Egg White Seafood Fried Rice. Their duck is really good too. They have an awesome selection of Dim Sum as well. If you have a large... More 

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Thank Iryn S
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Have been dining here for years. Love their dim sum. Especially their shrimp dumplings ( ha gau) and steamed pork buns. Their noodle dishes and fried rice also very yummy. Service can be a bit disjointed at times but definitely great food for great value.

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109 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

I ordered the kung pao chicken extra spicy and it was pretty bland. Egg drop soup was not served hot. Service was painfully slow. It took 25 minutes to get the check and pay. Will not be back

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Thank Sally L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Seafood, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15333 Culver Dr Ste 720, Irvine, CA 92604-7128
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-262-0688

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?