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Sam's To Go - Isla Vista
6560 Pardall Rd, Isla Vista
Phone: (805) 685-8895

Reviews by the General Public

I know you Merdad and John. Do you recall Burger King?
Reviewer: Jeff from San Francisco
Hi Merdad and John- I am on the east coast visiting family and friends. I recall being with you drinking your good beers and a occasional sub. I was there in the "old days!" I hope the wildfires and mudslides did not affect you! I hope to visit again- jeff

Reviewer: Kb from Tarzana, CA
1st time visit on recommendation of Isla Vista resident. 5 different sandwiches quickly made to order by friendly, chatty staff. Found sidewalk patio seating, so ordered pitcher of beer. All sandwiches good, but group consensus was nothing extraordinary. Reasonably priced good eats if in area, but not worth going out of the way for.

UCSB Senior
Reviewer: Jeff from Isla Vista, CA
I really wanted to like this place. I can't stress enough how much I wanted to like this joint. It's an Isla Vista benchmark, but the staff are not very friendly. If I ever bring chicks here they complain that the owner stares at their chest the entire time he's talking to them. Then the staff, which tend to be college age, are disrespectful and generally rude. There are hidden extra charges which can come as a shock the first couple times you go here but you get the hang of it. The foods fine, I wouldn't go back because of the service. It's unprofessional and embarrassing.

Isla Vista Resident Unhappy With Sam's
Reviewer: Evan from Goleta, CA
After carefully perusing the menu, I ordered a sub. The owner, who was making my sandwich, asked if I wanted cheese. I said sure. When it came time to pay, my sandwich mysteriously cost a dollar more than it should have. Turns out "cheese is extra" at Sam's To Go. The menu does not clarify this and the owner did not mention it either. And really, what kind of sandwich shop charges you extra for CHEESE?

The Best
Reviewer: jeff from Santa Barbara, CA
first off i would like to start off by saying that i dont know this guy below me but what the hell are you talking about?? Anyone who has truly been to this place knows that the owner is one of the nicest guys in iv, who will give you discounts on a daily basis. I enjoy the food to the max and its true quality for the price, no wonder they won best sandwich in IV, and i will be more than happy to stand by my review even 5 to ten years after i graduate because they know what they are doing and they dont over charge you like other restaurants do in iv.

Worst Place EVER!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: Ryan from Santa Barbara, CA
First of all, HORRIBLE!!!! The place is filthy and dirty and he uses the worst quality of meat and products. He charges way more than the other sam's to go's. He charges for extra mayo! Who Does that? Never go there. The one on the Mesa is way better!

great, cheap food for events
Reviewer: jane from Santa Barbara, CA
We pick up sandwiches here regularly when we have a big group to feed. The turkey bacon avocado is always a hit! (However, the veggie sub tends to get soggy if it sits for an hour, FYI). And you can't beat the prices. The owner is always friendly and always comes through, even on short notice.

Sam's To Go
Reviewer: Brian from Santa Barbara, CA
I've never eaten here, and as a graduated senior who's leaving the area soon, probably never will. I've had one experience with the owner that makes me not want to. I was sitting out there with my roommate and some of her friends one day because they flagged me down as I was walking by. I happen to have a subway sandwich with me and they invited me to drink some beer with them. Eventually I started to eat my sandwich and the owner comes out and say "ewww what the hell is that??" At first I didn't know what he was talking about then realized I was eating subway on his property. He said "get out of here with that." He might have been joking, but it pissed me off.

No Water!
Reviewer: Bob from Santa Barbara, CA
Owner is a cheap liar. If you ask for water, he'll tell you that the water is not working... unbelievable. It's happen to me three times now. I know that the water is working fine. I don't drink soda, give me a break. The sandwich is decent, but nothing special.

Best Sams to Go!
Reviewer: Negin from Santa Barbara, CA
This is the best Sams to Go I have been to. Amazing food, some of the best sandwhiches I have every tasted. I cant get enough of the food. The service is so good too! Everyone is so nice, especially the owner. I promise you havent tasted sandwhiches until you've tasted an IV Sams to Go. The place is cool too! All around great restaurant.

Good Food, Nice People
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
This is really popular in IV looking at the place it seems always fairly crowded. Or maybe that is the people just trying to finish their large sandwiches. This place does seem to somehow have better stuff than the other Sam's I've been to. They have outdoor benchstyle seating right on the main street. They have unlimited and tasty fountain drinks and an assortment of chips. Recommended for starving students and the rest of us.

Reviewer: Chase from Santa Barbara, CA
the owner and son are amazing and are always working. the meat is hooked up there, way more then the other sam's to go(which i do not suggest going to because i have never had a good experience) with that said, the IV one is the best. the order of fries are large, a large feed my girlfriend and I. they remember us and are fast

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