Sam's by the Beach
Sam's by the Beach

Sam's by the Beach

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://samsbythebeach.com/
  • Phone: (310) 230-9100
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
    Closed Mondays
    Last Seating Tuesday to Saturday 9:30; Last Seating on Sunday 8:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Sam Elias & Chef Oscar Benitez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We specialize in outside catering for Kosher and Non-Kosher Weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, Bar Mitzvahs and Birthdays.. Back-stage Catering at Staple Center (Downtown Los Angeles)
  • Private Party Facilities: Sam's By the Beach is a destination restaurant know for its innovative food and comfortable, yet elegant dining experience. Owner/Chef Sam Elias has been inspired by his heritage and considers the cuisine to be California-Mediterranean, with an emphasis on high quality ingredients.
  • Private Party Contact: Sam Elias 3102309100x
  • Entertainment: Wine Maker Dinners, Special Theme Events, Mom's Annual Dinner (Third Wednesday of January), Tuna Feast(May-1st to May 31st)...

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Coast HWY
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet $7.00
A word from Sam's by the Beach
Sam's By The Beach, opened in July 2000 as a neighborhood bistro, and has become a destination restaurant, thanks to its innovative food and comfortable yet elegant dining experience. Elias, inspired by his heritage, considers the cuisine to be California-Mediterranean, with an emphasis on high quality ingredients. "I enjoy going to the Central Market each day to purchase my vegetables and seafood. It keeps me in touch with what is fresh, and helps me to plan my menus." Sam's menu is seasonal and changes at least four times per year. In addition, there are daily specials and a chef tasting menu based on what Elias discovers at the market. Regular menu items include appetizers of Blue "Fin" Tartar ($17.95), Wild Mushroom Salad in lemon basil dressing ($13.95) and Fennel and Blood Orange Soup ($9.95); and entrées include Vegetarian Crepes ($23.95), Grilled Atlantic Salmon with braised Swiss Chard and roasted Jerusalem artichoke ($26.95), Roasted Duck Magret with poached Pear.
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Sam's by the Beach reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (15)romantic (15)special occasion (14)notable wine list (6)good for groups (5)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Sam is a gem
    DeDeVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The restaurant is always good and Sam is an amazing chef and host. Always fresh menu and fantastic food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The service is always warm and inviting without being intrusive. A lovely appetizer will arrive immediately. On this particular occasion it was a birthday and the wine was comped, a very lovely gesture. Don't ever pass on the specials, get at least one of them - they are always mind blowing. I am usually scornful of wheat-less orgluten free desserts but the chocolate cake was about as decadent as it was satisfying. This is THE gem of the canyon.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the best in LA
    enjoyyourdinner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Sam's is a real gem --- a mediteranean french with some of the best food in all of southern california. The wonderful personal service provided by Sam and Michel equals the high level of the food. It almost feels like going to visit family that happens to run a top level restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious seafood
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Sam's serves sustainable seafood in healthy portions that are delicious. Pricey but you get what you pay for. This is a very welcoming restaurant across PCH with valet parking. If you want to walk a couple of blocks, drive into the hills and park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Food! Great Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had a great Time at Sam's last week. The chef came out on a regular basis to check on us and to talk about what we were being served. Before our appetizer came he brought a complimentary hors d'oeuvres of goat cheese puff pastry. We were so full by the time we had finished our main course that we could not manage to put down any dessert. The chef, of course, wanted us to have one more thing and brought us a very light raspberry sorbet and poached plum which was excellent, and also complimentary. Entrees range from $27-$36, but the quality and amount of food was worth it. The music was a little loud at first, but when more guests arrived, they adjusted it accordingly. We will go back as often as we can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced, Mediocre food, Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The review title says it all! I heard that Sam's will be gone soon. Let's hope so!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • personal attention and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This charming spot has a unique menu from the unusually spiced sashimi appetizer to the pumpkin ravioli and the fresh swordfish. An olive oil and zattar dip for the bread and personal attention that is almost never found in this town. Sam is terrific as is his food. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    What a delight! From the warm welcome through the scrumptious dessert, our attentive host executed perfectly. This was true gourmet dining. The duck was divine and the lamb shank tender as promised. The service was amazing with our special requests all accommodated. Highly highly recommended. We shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • May not return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Better when less full. While I had been there within the last couple of weeks, Jean Michele did not recognize me. More importantly, he missed taking drink orders for half the table and never did ask me for mine. While I'd very much enjoyed the special on my first visit, food was unremarkable across six diners on the second. Restaurant was way noisier when full an difficult to hear anyone not sitting next to you.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • clothVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The restaurant is small, comfortable and warm with the service to match. It is a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of best along coast
    enjoyyourdinner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    sam's is one of the best along the coast if not all of Los Angeles. A french mediterranean gem, the service is as wonderfule as the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 146 reviews are from the Sam's by the Beach reviews archive.
  • treasure
    friendly
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Sam's is a longtime treasure of a small restaurant. One can count on consistently good food, wine,and service. There are often surprise items and Sam always offers a small treat before eating. Sam himself is always hospitable and friendly to his guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A HIDDEN TREASURE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    ALWAYS OUTSTANDING. SAM GOES WAY ABOVE THE AVERAGE TO PROVIDE GREAT FOOD, ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND A WARM WELCOME.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret
    Gabor
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We had an amazing pre-Christmas dinner. Great dishes and flawless service. I will be back for more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always farm fresh interesting
    Disappointed
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Always farm fresh interesting ingredients with layered tastes in each dish. Cocktails and wine list are outstanding. As is Sam himself. He responds to his guests as though they were dining at his home. Better food than most trendy places in town!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic date spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    The wait staff was incredibly friendly and professional, and the food was unique and delicious. I would recommend Sam's on the Beach to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Tasteless
    Picky
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    We had been to Sam's by the beach several years ago and it was delicious. This time however, the Portobello mushroom soup was watery and almost tasteless, the Rock fish was flavorless…..not a recommend at all, unless they get some flavor back into the food.
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  • one of our best meals ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and found the food and ambiance amazing. We are from the SF Bay Area and get our share of great dinng locations, but Sam's meets or exceeds the best restaurants in San Francisco and Berkeley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great night at same
    rosa
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    this is our go to place when we just want to get out and have a great meal. Our Daughter turned us on to Sam's and we have dined there with the family and now we are introducing it to our friends. Great ambiance and friendly service and amazing food!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our new favorite restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Our new favorite restaurant. Can't believe we hadn't tried it before. Great food and service.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a wonderful time at
    MarleyVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We had a wonderful time at Sam's By The Beach. We went for an early dinner with friends on Sunday. No one was there when we arrived but the place filled up by the time we left. The owner was so nice. We wanted a salad for 3 to share and it was no problem. He told us about his restaurant and made us feel at home. The amuse bouche was eggplant, goat cheese and sundried tomato (awesome!) We also loved the spinach salad, salmon and lamb chorizo. We also were served a tiny bread pudding (it was great!!) I would definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The food and service was excellent but the valet parking experience fairly ruined the evening. We have a plan to park some distance away and just walk, and imagine that will improve the experience and the rating.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful neighborhood place
    JessVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    fabulous service and delicious food and terrific attention to detail. Make customers feel valued and cared for...really a great spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took some family visiting
    piyi26
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Took some family visiting from out of town. Food was delicious and service was great! Lamb chorizo risotto was a tasty surprise and the Mediterranean Seafood Soup was great. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, wonderful food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    My daughter and I found Sam's on Open Table and we were thrilled with our choice. The staff was fantastic and the food was excellent. Really enjoyed our visit and we will be sure to return! Fred
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely and unique experience!
    Paulbryde
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    I was looking for a romantic place to take my wife for dinner on our honeymoon while in LA, and had come across a couple of good reviews of this place. Although the exterior doesn't look like much, the atmosphere inside the restaurant was cozy and the waiters were relaxed and friendly. When they guessed we were on our honeymoon (the waiter said our rings were so shiny as to give it away) we were surprised with a complementary desert, that tasted delicious! It was the bread-soup, I think. The main course was superb! I can't say enough praises of their lamb dish, it was probably one of the top 3 lambs I've tasted and I come from Iceland where we pride ourselves of our lamb. We had a lovely time, Sam can even make great mojitos! :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was the site of a friend's
    Rhonda
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    This was the site of a friend's birthday dinner celebration. Among the diners was a VERY experienced restaurateur who opined that the staff was totally on top of things; the food exquisite and the overall dining experience fantastic!! Pumpking Ravioli and Tuna tartare for appetizers; halibut, vegetable crepe and lamb were the various mains. Well timed surprise birthday dessert. Perfect!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice place to meet friends
    manojaVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Had a great evening. The food was good; the wait staff is great; the ambiance is nice. Overall a nice dinner and was worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under the radar gem
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Cal-Med-Syrian, not your everyday place. Sam Elias is as gracious host as exists in this town and his Syrian slants on cuisine are to die over. From soup that tastes like liquid vegetables, a taste/touch combo that fools your senses; to mint in places that are unexpected, but just right; to cous-cous that makes you expect that the valet will return with a camel in place of the Lexus you left with him supper is like no other in LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant!
    yazzyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Sam's is old school charm with great food and service. Beautiful room, fantastic servers, which include Sam himself, who clearly is proud of his restaurant. This is a special place - we loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a Quiet Catch-Up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Loved the lamb chorizo risotto - what a unique dish!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Meal, Outstanding Service
    JMNWVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    We arrived a bit early for our reservation and Sam, the proprietor himself, accommodated us immediately. I started with a cocktail which was well-prepared. Sam brought us a lovely amuse bouche.We both had the Pear and Fennel salad which was full of flavor with pieces of aged parmesan alongside succulent pear and delicately sliced fennel.It was artfully presented. We also both selected the grilled yellow fin special topped with shallots/capers/sun-dried tomatoes and complemented by asparagus, beets, squash and carrots. We finished the meal with their tarte tatin which was delicious.The service was impeccable. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food, which in my view rivals or exceeds that of the nearby upscale competitors.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect dinner
    Maxence
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    My wife and I had dinner there last night and everything was perfect. The food was amazing, as were the wines. And most of all, the attention we received from the team was much more than we could ever imagine. Everything to make us feel special! I am coming back home now and will recommend Sam's by the beach to all of my friends who plan to visit Los Angeles.
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    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super-fantabulous Sam's
    mariabVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Sam's a notable neighborhood gem, is a top-of-the-LA-list find. Tucked away in Santa Monica Canyon at PCH, Sam's sets the high-water mark for LA restaurants. From the "intime" setting to the food itself--superior cuts of Tuna and Swordfish belly Sam personally selects in the wee AM hours, to flawless risotto with Chantrelles and Lobster mushroom prepared with superior carnaroli instead of the more pedestrian Aborio, and delicate sea bass topped with pistachio & tarragon--Sam's is a foodies dream. Every dish is steeped in delicate innuendo. The only thing better than the gastronomic experience and remarkable wine list, is Sam himself. One walks away from a meal at Sam's feeling as though you have just been a priviledged guest in Sam's home!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Great Dinner Experience
    EricSVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    First time at this restaurant and have added it our "must go while in Santa Monica" list. Sam is in the house! and he will make sure all is well with your "Experience" by taking pride in the cocktails, wine and food that he serves. He and his "Frenchman" really made our eating occasion an experience. The "killer" dish was an Artichoke Soup with a little hidden stash of Gruyere cheese and some fresh thyme. Actually, everything that Sam recommended was tasty. The Lamb chops in a country Dijon sauce was perfect as was the Tarte Tatin. Sam even opened the door and held it for us while we were leaving. What a great evening!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and well managed
    MimineVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    This was a real treat. Clearly a locals favorite. The owner and wait staff were very attentive and did everything they could to make us feel welcome. The food was tasteful and the execution precise.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint with excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Went online and read great reviews for this restaurant. The service and the food is superb. I have had many great dinners. I was pleasantly surprized with the quality of the food. Service was 5 star. Would go back for sure.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a lovely small and quiet dining
    fraimVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    a lovely small and quiet dining spot. always a pleasure to return to.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Cozy, like a home dining room...
    RosieBVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    A gem in Santa Monics canyon. Small and intimate and quiet. Beautifully prepared food. A memorable dinner
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sam's is a gem with amazing staff
    RoobiecubeVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Sam's owner and staff make you feel like you are old friends or part of the family! Just a solid dining experience with excellent food and service. Their love of food and hospitality shines through!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate