Sam's Anchor Cafe
Sam's Anchor Cafe
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Sam's Anchor Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.samscafe.com/
  • Phone: 4154354527
  • Hours of Operation:
    Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Matt Raftery
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A private dining room is available for groups from 30 to 100 guests. We can accommodate up to 120 for cocktails. Our dining room has a view of San Francisco Bay and the City.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Russell 8884870589
  • Entertainment: Special occasions only.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tiburon Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Blue and Gold Fleet Ferry from San Francisco lands 1/2 block away. Daytime bus service.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Some street parking, paid parking lot across the street.
A word from Sam's Anchor Cafe
Located right on the bay with views of the San Francisco skyline, Angel Island, Alcatraz and the Corinthian Yacht Club. Dinner items include fresh fish such as Salmon, Petrale Sole, Seared Ahi Tuna and Cioppino. Lunch fare consists of inventive sandwiches and salads, seafood specialties and classics such as Burgers and Fish and Chips. Brunch features include Omelets, Huevos Rancheros, Crab Cake Benedict, Cornmeal Waffles and lunch favorites.
Our outside seating is exclusively reserved for walk-ins.
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Sam's Anchor Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Great celebratory brunch
    Jetbiz
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Our table for 7 was ready right on time. The staff was very accommodating with the wheelchair and stroller that accompanied our party. It was an extremely busy Saturday but our food arrived hot and timely. Wait staff friendly but seemed overloaded. Very nice overall. Cannot beat the outdoor patio on a nice day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eh...
    Vail77VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    It's all about the view. The food was okay but not over the top, after all, people go there for the view and certainly not the food. If in SF, we would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sam's is an institution on
    JillVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2013
    Sam's is an institution on the waterfront in Tiburon. The food is just okay and the prices are high, but the location right on the water in the dock area and the fabulous view make it worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was OK, but not great.
    BonneFourchette
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    The food was OK, but not great. The bread was a bit stale and the lettuce a bit wilted. The service was attentive and energetic. The desserts were good. I recommend it for the location, but the food is just alright.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner & drink at Sam's
    Ruby
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Great dinner & drink at Sam's on New Years eve. We went early and good food, service, and ambiance..........highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a nice relaxing brunch
    Edward
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    We had a nice relaxing brunch at Sam's. the salmon hash was excellent. My wife had the eggs Benedict and was quite pleased. It was a quiet Subday after a nasty weekend storm. Nice to sit and see the sun shine on the City.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outdoor patio space,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Great outdoor patio space, but the food is not-so-much unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • marina dining-don't feed the gulls!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    A little nerve-wracking to have to fight the large gulls, but well worth the battle. Picturesque, uniquq to the Bay area, the food, setting and service made this a memorable meal to share with family we don't get to see very often. Fun to watch kayakers come up from the dock to share a meal and warm up, too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There were 6 of us and we
    BonnieJ
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    There were 6 of us and we really enjoyed the drinks, entrees, and dessert. We stayed quite a long time. We were visiting with some friends from out of town. We had attended a memorial service for one of the people in the group. We had our meal and dessert with coffee, however, after a while they stopped coming by and offering us coffee, water, etc. The restaurant was not crowded and we felt like we were being pushed out. Overall food was great. and we will probably go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very quiet on a Sunday night.
    localcoupleVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    Very quiet on a Sunday night. Lots of windows with views of the bay and marina
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sam's is always great. The
    JillVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    Sam's is always great. The food is not very good, the prices are fairly high, but having lunch on the dock on a nice day cannot be beat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After a movie in Tiburon,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    After a movie in Tiburon, the experience is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful long-established
    Marv
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Delightful long-established waterfront restaurant on Tiburon's quaint Main Street. Excellent seafood dishes, especially fresh Dungeness crab and shrimp, big portions. Eat on the outside deck with wonderful view of yachts and San Francisco skyline--but protect your food from opportunistic seagulls! Great for brunch accompanied by excellent mimosas or Bloody Marys! First come first served on the deck, reservations taken for inside seating only.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sam's is a fun place with
    FoodaliciousVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Sam's is a fun place with a beautiful view of the Bay. Great people watching!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is Ok, but more on
    NoneVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2012
    The food is Ok, but more on the mediocre end; however, the prices are high for what you get. It seems that the place to be is outside on the deck because of the view, but be advised there is no shade - you will be under the sun the whole time (on a sunny day, which it was when I went), so be prepared - shorts and t-shirt is appropriate.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Outdoor Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/30/2012
    Outdoor brunch on a sunny Sunday was fabulous! Eggs Benedict outstanding and Ramos Fizzes made expertly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do it!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Tucked away into Tiburon's bayside neighborhood, Sam's is a hidden gem. Excellent food, good drinks, beautiful location on the water. If brunch is your thing, Sam's is your place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a fun place to have
    Marv
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Always a fun place to have a great seafood lunch or dinner, or an excellent brunch. Located right on the water on Main Street in Tiburon. Famous since 1926. Eat inside and enjoy the view or on the outside deck---but protect your food against the hungry seagulls! Arrive by round trip ferry from San Francisco for a great excursion with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try Eating Inside at Sam's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Four of us had a wonderful brunch on Saturday at a window table inside the restaurant. Our experience had none of the chaos we observed outside. The service was terrific and our order arrived quickly. The weather on the back deck changes so quickly. When we arrived it was a bit windy. By the time we left, people were complaining that it was too hot outside. Very unpredictable. Love that you can reserve at Sam's through Open Table. Our reservation was at 1:15 because the site didn't have a 12:30 time slot. But we were seated the minute we arrived at 12:40.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible how noise it was. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Incredible how noise it was. I came with some customers and was impossible to maintain a conversation. There was a group close to us, with to much alcohol in their blood and brain but waiters did not pay any attention to them and how they disturb the rest of customers
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our lunch was fantastic. The
    Foodie411
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Our lunch was fantastic. The Fish and Chips, Bloody Mary's, Mimiosa's, and Huevo Rachero's were excellent. Highly recommend. Bring a jkt and dress in layers. The deck starts cool and then warms up.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sam's is always my go to place
    tookpickVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    Sam's is always my go to place to take out-of-towners. I live in SF and the boat ride over plus Sam's makes their visit very special. thanks. Hunter
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the cioppino. View of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Loved the cioppino. View of SF skyline was also fantastic. Heaters on the deck make this work even if it is chilly out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As a resident in the neighborhood,
    MackVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2012
    As a resident in the neighborhood, i find it very difficult to beat Sam's Anchor Cafe as a choice location when a last minute decision is made to dine out or when looking for a restaurant with unbelievable consistency in food prep coming from the kitchen. The filet of sole is always a signature dish in my mind, a real Goldilocks meal if there ever was one.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have enjoyed this restaurant
    NboroVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    We have enjoyed this restaurant for many years. On this visit we were unable to sit outside because of long wait (disappointing of course) but our indoor table had a view. The service was good. I am taking a star off because my mussels appetizer was rather bland and dramatically overpriced. But this is Tiburon after all. Would also be nice to have draft beer.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The dockside setting is beautiful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    The dockside setting is beautiful. The food was very good...steamed clams and mussels and french bread to soak up the broth was excellent. Great choice of beers and wine. Our waiter was fast, funny and checked on us regularly. Outside tables are close, but the noise level isn't bad...all in all, it was a very good dining experience. We've been there before and we'll come back again. We'd highly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were sitting outside. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    We were sitting outside. Food was average and on the pricy side. Still a very nice place to grab some food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at this restaurant
    fun2dineout
    Dined on 8/14/2012
    First time at this restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. My friend picked this place to continue her special B'day. She lives in Sonoma and I in San Mateo, but her Mom had first taken her there, and the drive did not disappoint. Sat on the deck and took in the rays. Fish and chips and ciopino were both greats choices to share. Views were georgeous and soothing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The reason for the "good"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/14/2012
    The reason for the "good" on service is that we sat for about 10 minutes before a waiter approached. The bus person served us water right away. The problem was that we arrived about 11:45 and obviously our server didn't come on duty until 12:00. We understand the situation, but think that the restaurant needs to address the problem. Once the server arrived she, and her trainee, were great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food but VERY overpriced.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    Decent food but VERY overpriced. Great spot to take visitors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've gone to Sam's on a regular
    RestaurantholicVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    I've gone to Sam's on a regular basis throughout the years. I took the ferry over to Tiburon from San Francisco. It's like going to a fishing village somewhere in France. Our server and service was delightful. The food is always delicious. I love their fried calamari. My girlfriend and I simply had a fantastic time chatting away and enjoying everything that Sam's has to offer. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a winner.
    AHappyCamper
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    Works well for just about any occasion. Solid eats & service in a spectacular location. We had a party of 7 (!) that was served a fine meal in fine style. Nothing but nice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect end to a day at Muir Woods
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    Sam's is one of those restaurants that looks like nothing from the street but opens up to the bay once inside and, more important, it doesn't depend on the spectacular view to bring folks back. The food and service are always terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We brought the kids over on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    We brought the kids over on the Ferry, had a great lunch with a fantastic view and went back on the Ferry. A great day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were celebrating my mother's
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/18/2012
    We were celebrating my mother's 88th birthday. It was a spectacular day on the deck, sun was shining, a light breeze and a view of the city, who could ask for more. Our waiter was great (sorry, didn't get his name). We go to Sam's for the ambiance and service not so much for the food. The food was okay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stick with the burgers and fries...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    There were three of us; none of the food was "good." The cioppino sauce was spicy but otherwise flavorless, the steak and crab Caesar "steak" was so tough that my dining companion left some and he likes steak!, and the crab Louie had very little dressing on it, none was served on the side, and we had to ask for bread. We are locals and go to Sam's on fun occasions. We'll stick to the burgers and fries or the eggs Benedict from now on. It was very disappointing to find Sam's is serving food that doesn't match the ambiance. The service was very good. Our server, Missy, was friendly, pleasant, and available whenever we needed anything. She almost made up for the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    The view of San Francisco Bay from their deck is hard to beat. If you haven't been there, do not let the front entrance deter you. Just walk through to the back. The food is OK, but it is the view that is the draw.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bay Area Classic Still a Hit
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2012
    This institution of a dining spot still pleases out-of-towners and locals alike. I took a friend from Hawaii to dinner and we had a lovely time and a good meal. The service was excellent, the view spectacular, and the food very good. I'd stayed away after having had a disappointing experience several years ago but I was very pleasantly surprised with both the food and service this time. We got an indoor window seat with a great view at 7:30 pm on a chilly Tuesday - which was super - since when I made the reservation I requested a view table with a nice climate. Very accommodating!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure to go to
    donner
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    Always a pleasure to go to Sam's. Hadn't been there in many years, views are amazing, food continues to please everyone at the table. Servers are OUTSTANDING, Fox was so personable, efficient and made a great lunch even better
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful waterfront dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    Beautiful waterfront dining (you are actually ON the water!) The deck is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet