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Sam's By the Sea scores honors

Date Posted: 2007-10-12

Military personnel are tough when it comes to handing out accolades, but theyíve done it again, recognizing Samís By the Sea Awase Restaurant as being the best seafood restaurant on Okinawa, and being the best place to go for a romantic dinner.

Itís not a first for Samís By the Sea Restaurant Awase, though, sweeping the top honors for a seventh consecutive year in a military survey. In business for more than 30 years, Samís has always focused on offering excellent service, a superb dining atmosphere, and the best entreesí possible. ďWe are very fortunate that the seas surrounding us give an abundance and variety of fresh fish and shellfish,Ē says a Samís officer. ďDuring the early morning hours, at Okinawaís fishing ports, the fresh from the sea delicacies are auctioned off, allowing Samís By the Sea to serve the freshest of seafood.Ē

Samís By the Sea Awase is located in Japanís oldest yacht club at Awase. After the Americans pulled out of the yacht club, Samís jumped in and transformed the club into the restaurant it is today. While specializing in fresh sea foods, Samís has also kept remnants of the historical old Navy yacht club, including the original 50-year-old bar. The Ship Bellís compass is still there, as are countless pictures of the old yacht club.

Military members say the 47 seafood items on the menu are what make them go back again and again. Some cite the juicy U.S. Choice steaks, while others cite the close relationship Samís has had with the American community on Okinawa. One patron even reminisced ďmy dad used to come here when he was stationed on Okinawa, and he told me to be sure to check this place out.Ē

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