Sam's Seafood, on PCH in Orange County

The Return of Sam’s Seafood?

Sam's Seafood, on PCH in Orange County
Sam’s Seafood, on PCH in Orange County

Sam’s Seafood, an Orange County tiki institution, closed rather suddenly this past summer, when the owners sold the land to developers aiming to erect retail space and condominiums on the site. It appeared even then that any development would likely be delayed for a few years, and there were questions about what would happen to the restaurant in the interim. The bar has been open sporadically and briefly now and then over the past few months, likely in an effort to keep the liquor license active in the case that the restaurant may reopen.

Now comes word that indeed, the restaurant is reopening. Much is still not known — if the situation is still as it stands last June, it may simply be a way to make money off the site until the redevelopment can begin a few years down the road. When Sam’s closed, there were many rumors of the decor being scatted to the four winds, not to mention the tattered pieces that landed in the dumpster. Sam’s is a large space, and was in need of much repair; while it would be wonderful to see it restored, the cost to do so would not be small, and may not be worth it if the ultimate plan is still to only have the restaurant operating for a few years.

Regardless, Sam’s is coming back, which has many locals very, very happy. The timetables I’ve heard range from “soon” to “in a couple weeks.” It will be interesting to see what kind of shape Sam’s is now in, and what the future now holds. One thing we can be sure of — the food and drinks of the new restaurant’s management can only be an improvement.

For the latest updates, stay tuned to this thread on Tiki Central.

5 thoughts on “The Return of Sam’s Seafood?

  1. I have been to the “new” Sam’s in Sunset Beach, and I Have to state that I am not pleased with the “upbeat” changes. Rather than focus on what locals, and regulars have enjoyed for many years, they have made changes that are quite unpleasant and rather offensive to what the theme originally was. I suspect that the joy of the re-opening will be short lived, mainly because of several key elements that have been added to this restaurant, which are:
    -The darkness- it’s now very low-lit…uncomfortably low lit! It’s better to eat outside before sunset if you’s like to be able to read your menu!
    -THE MENUS! Don’t get me started, but the MENU is almost illegible scrawl of adolescent JARGON, abbreviations, and hard to read fonts…tell me how to make it all out in a poorly lit setting.
    -the lobster is OFF the menu, as well, are most of the meals that used to be on the menu selection.
    -bread is no longer served, or OFFERED before you order
    -and the servers/waiters/waitresses lack the warmth that used to help light up the atmosphere
    -all in all, the new atmosphere is unpleasant and appears to be making a passive aggressive attempt at mimicking a “gormet” restaurant, rather than Pacific Island themed restaurant…there are so many thing going on at once to even try and describe ONE thing that makes it all WRONG…for starters, they should get rid of the projection screen that delivers scenes of people surfing- while trying to pass the restaurant off as a “5 star” dining hall- give me a break already. Some of the changes were nice, however I was very turned off by them. That and their Mojitos were AWFUL! I got through less than half the drink and wanted to vomit, that’s how strong their ill-suited bartender prepared the drinks!
    Sadly, I was served better, and treated better by a “Chain” restaurant (HOOTERS) the very next day. And PAID LESS to eat at HOOTERS!
    It would be wise for the Management to consider feedback from patrons like myself, because my fiance and I used to be regulars at Sam’s, without any complaint. We don’t plan on returning because the consideration for the “locals” and regulars, and as well consideration for future clientele has been lost.
    Too many complicated, selfish agendas as well as self absorbed personalities seem to be in charge now to listen to what the “old schoolers” and normal people want. If anything, the only thing they should have changed was yes, a little refreshing of the ambience, the restrooms, and their shrimp-cocktail portions…otherwise whoever was in charge of re-establishing the Place wasted a lot of money they could have spent on Lobsters and decent bartenders…and maybe some refreshed menus.
    Crabcakes were okay, but would have been better if the Mojito I ordered didn’t suck.

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  2. I MEANT WHAT I SAID ABOUT THOSE TROGLODYTES AT SAM’S SEAFOOD- I HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL FOR THE WAY THEY WASTED MY TIME WITH THEIR HORSESHIT MENU AND FAUX PACIFIC ISLAND AMBIENCE. DON’T BE SURPRISED IF YOU GET FOOD POISONING FROM THEM, OR IF SOMEONE TRIES TO PROPOSOTION YOU WHILE YOU’RE IN THE RESTROOM. BUNCH OF SICKO’S WHO NEED TO BE CLOSELY MONITORED BY THE FBI.
    GOOD HEAVENS- AND THEY EVEN TRY TO CHARGE MORE THAN 8 BUCKS FOR A GLASS OF COUGH SYRUP AND CHEAP RUM. MAKES ME WONDER IF THE DAMN PLACE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LEVELED BY A CATERPILLAR AND TURNED INTO A PARKING LOT. A SINK HOLE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER SUITED FOR THAT AREA, AT LEAST I’D HAVE A PLACE TO COMMIT SUICIDE BY DYSENTERY.

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  3. P.S-
    YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SERIOUSLY ILL- GO TO HAWAII AND LIVE THERE WITH “DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER”! IS THERE SERIOUSLY A WEBSITE DEVOTED TO SHIT LIKE THIS? THIS MUST BE THE CRAIGSLIST OF PACIFIC ISLAND TOURIST A-HOLES OR SOMETHING.
    PISS OFF.

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