ABOUT SAMURAI SAM'S TERIYAKI GRILL® Our History
The first Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill® opened in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994. The original vision for the restaurant was to create a menu that featured healthy, fresh Japanese dishes with plenty of mouthwatering teriyaki sauce. This vision is still evident today, as the menu at Samurai Sam’s features Japanese favorites, including a variety of rice bowls filled with generous portions of marinated, grilled steak and chicken, fresh wok-stirred veggies and steamed rice topped with Sam’s Teriyaki Sauce. Samurai Sam’s is also well-known for yakisoba bowls, grilled egg rolls and crisp fresh salads.
In 2003, Kahala acquired Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill with the intention of preserving its philosophy of serving delicious, nutritious Japanese-style meals with fast, friendly service at an affordable price. In that same year, Kahala opened 23 locations and thus began the expansion of Samurai Sam’s into 17 states.
In 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008, Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill was named #1 Asian Fast Food Chain by Entrepreneur® Magazine. In 2007, Samurai Sam’s was named the Top Asian Franchise to Own by Entrepreneur Magazine and was listed #280 in the magazine’s ranking of the top 500 franchise concepts worldwide. In 2010, Samurai Sam’s was ranked #469 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s ‘Franchise 500®’.