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Sam's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.samsatlouis.com
  • Phone: (617) 295-0191
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 9pm.

    *PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RESERVATIONS ARE FOR INSIDE SEATING ONLY!! The patio will be sat on a first come first serve basis.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American, French American
  • Executive Chef: Asia Mei
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our restaurant is available for private events. Please contact us for more information
  • Private Party Contact: Esti Parsons (617) 295-0191
  • Entertainment: We offer live music every Friday 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fan Pier
  • Public Transit: we are located directly across from the Courthouse stop on the silver line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is on site valet available for our customers. The cost is $10 for 3 hrs during the day, and $16 after 6 pm every night.
A word from Sam's
Sam"s is not about reinventing the wheel. It's more about finding four wheels that we wanted to drive around the Boston Waterfront. The local bounty of New England's farms and artisans; the simplicity of an American Diner; the endless and timeless appeal of the French Bistro menu; and the warmth and welcoming spirit of our home.

Located above Louis Boston on Fan Pier, Sam's is a 45 seat restaurant that offers stunning views of the Boston skyline and waterfront.

We are conveniently located next to the ICA and Boston Courthouse, and a short walk to the Boston Convention Center, World Trade Center, and Bank of America Pavilion.

During the warmer months, seating is available on our 80 seat patio. Reservations are only offered for the inside dining room, but please feel free to call about our wait times for outdoor seating.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Probably the best harbor views from Boston. Don't make a reservation (if the weather is nice), walk-in and put your name on the list for outdoor seating and wait (possibly a long time, was 45 minutes around sunset on an August Sunday evening). Food was great, service was great. Pricey, so probably not an anyday choice..."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We came for the view on a summer evening and were surprised by the very good food and outstanding service. We'll go back again soon."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Stunning view over Boston harbor and the Boston skyline - big walls of glass means pretty much anywhere you sit you get a good view. Outdoor seating looked great, though we sat by the window indoors and were happy there. Food was quite good during brunch - a simple vegetable salad with some new potatoes was dressed with a good vinaigrette and topped with chopped egg. I accompanied it with a nice Vinho Verde. Well dressed brunchers filled the place, the type that would shop at Louis, the upscale clothing store downstairs. Very little street parking on a Sunday, valet was $10, nearby lots $16 or $25. Lots of construction going on nearby in the Seaport area but was a nice walk afterwards along the harbor."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The food was fine. Not great; just fine. But the view made up for the lack of culinary "wow." We arrived early and were able to grab a table on the patio, front-and-center. Amazing view, watching boats and planes alike. Great park down below us allowed kids at next table to run around a bit. Our server was splendid. One caveat: There is construction right now on the buildings adjacent to the Fan Pier and Sam's restaurant. If you are "noise sensitive," you should call the restaurant and check to see if they know if the contractor will be working late. We were there until 10 PM, and the guys were still working on the building next door! It was very loud at times, though no fault of the restaurant."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "My salmon was amazing!! And it's hard to get me excited about salmon. I usually eat it because it's healthy. My salmon dish at Sam's is a dish I would go back to have again - it was that good. All the layors of flavors! I can't say enough."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "My friends and I enjoyed our dinner at Sam's. The food was pretty good- especially the small plates (apps) and the ambiance, festive. Can't beat the location on the harbor."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This restaurant has stunning water view. The food was fantastic! I had mixed grills and it was perfect. I may recommend to add grilled shrimp to the dish since it called mixed grills. There are 2 squids and chorizo mainly and grilled corn & potatoes. However, it's delicious!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Sams was good. The food was tasty. The service was a bit spotty. When ordering our server gave me the all too often received follow up when asked how do you want your burger cooked...medium rare...oh we only cook it well done...that being said she did explain it was a function of the burgers being thin, which, when it came out, despite being not pink, was plenty juicy and tasty. My problem is with the question, not the burger itself, the burger was good"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "SAMs is my go to place for lunch, dinner or drinks downtown. Take a walk on the Harborwalk. And then eat at SAMs. Friendly service and the food is great."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The building cranes are closing in on Sam's and this little gem of a restaurant overlooking a quiet stretch of the Harbor Walk will soon give way to another Seaport Development. Chilled beet soup to burgers this lunch menu stretches from foodie food to businessman's lunch but never disappoints."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Came here with a few friends last Sunday. We sat outside and the view is hard to beat - right on the water. Attentive wait staff. Two of us ordered the "Gypsy Eggs" and enjoyed it. One of us ordered the "Pig in a Blanket" - sausage with ricotta pancake. The price charged for that dish was less on the bill than on the menu, for some reason. I would've ordered that instead of the omelet, had I known. My omelet was pretty good, with goat cheese, tomatoes, and smoked potatoes all inside. But it also had a heap of potatoes on the side, which I felt was not very creative, given the omelet had potatoes inside. I asked for an English muffin instead of toast, but apparently that's a separate charge. Jeez. We also split the lemon poundcake. Meh."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My sister and niece were visiting Boston for the first time. Since the warm season is so beautiful and so short, we thought Sam's would be the best place to soak up the heat and eat a great meal with the view - after all, it's one of our favorites. As always, the meal and service were spectacular. The reason I will never again recommend this place to out of town guests was the poor communication on behalf of the management. You see, we reserved this place because we wanted a waterside dinner. I requested it on the reservation. No one called to tell me that would not be possible, and if I had known, we would have opted for another restaurant. The dinner experience we recommended and so badly wanted was ruined."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food, the staff, the location. It's always a great time. Esti is the best."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Thank you for a lovely lunch. Joan, our server was fantastic! We also had a drink at the bar with Spencer, who was delightful. The food was delicious and the view was amazing. I can't remember a better afternoon. Thank you."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Sam's was good but I'm not sure why people rave over it. Boston is just staring to expand it's waterfront dining and this is one of the more afford-ably-priced places. It still felt stuff inside for some reason.... the deck looked nice but is very small. The wait for the deck was 90 minutes on a Wednesday evening in the summer. Unfortunately you cannot make reservations for outside seating, but our Open Table request for a window seat was accommodated which was great. I recommend getting the burger (which is huge) and beer to enjoy the view."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner, or even just a drink. There are views of the harbor on 3 sides, and there is a great deck too. The food is outstanding and healthy. Service is friendly and attentive. I come here regularly."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Was visiting Boston fir the first time and was one of my favorites of all the well-sought restaurants. Service was pleasant, welcoming and expedient. Food was executed expertly -- I had the corned beef hash which was braised, melt-in-your-mouth meat and potatoes. Finished with a lemon pound cake, but they also brought a creamy trifle compliments of the kitchen. It was an unexpected pleasant surprise. We will return to try dinner."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We had great expectations. The limited menu & lack of creativity did override the view & ambiance"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The prices were very high for what we got. The free parking is gone, too. Yes, there's a nice view, but..."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I ended up at Sam's twice last week, went also a few months ago. The first two times every bite was AMAZING: bread & butter, baked haloumi (steak for vegetarians ), beet soup, falafel, mushroom burger entrees, lemon sorbet. I've never managed to eat outside though and frankly that's usually why I'm trying to go. That and the good food. So last Thursday I struck out again on the outdoor table but inside was so crowded that my friend & I were shouting, straining to hear, and I had a headache by meal's end. And the baked haloumi was too salty this time and quinoa salad with grapefruit and Majorca almonds wasn't tasty at all, especially the citrus. But every thing we ordered to share came adorably plated or poured for two."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The food was all really, really good, the view was beautiful. Downside is that the menu is pretty limited."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Arrived a few min prior to our reservation, then promptly had to wait another 25 until we were seated. Having to wait with a reservation is extremely frustrating. Especially so when there are no apologies from the host. Food was OK, drinks were awesome."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Interesting combinations of flavors. Fabulous quinao salad and views. Would rate food higher but swordfish was dry. In good weather, be sure to explore Harbor Walk. Contemporary, industrial vibe."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "there were not a lot of options for vegetarian food. Not a varied menu"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The catfish sandwich was delicious. I really liked how the menu had different options in comparison to last summer, however, I was happy to see that the Blueberry Jamboree was still a dessert choice!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The swordfish was the best I've had yet in the seaport. Beautiful location and staff was very accommodating."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "First time at Sam's for lunch as was impressed. I noted a food allergy and thought the Restaurant was very accommodating with my allergy and had suggestions and was overall very pleased with the food and had superb service. We sat on the outdoor deck and had an amazing view."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Service was outstanding, as always. Everyone from the host to the server to the management made us feel extraordinarily welcome. The food is amazing!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "As usual, Tommy took great care of us at the bar. This is definitely one of my favorite places.:)"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Great spot! Great food. Not sure how long before they have to move so get there now."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "good food in gorgeous setting marred only by the poor attitude verging on rudeness of the host."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Glamorous crowd. The burger was outstanding -- one of the best in town. Attentive service."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "the menu always excites. The view is pristine. Service , impeccable. Esti runs the best show in town"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Happy to find a quality spot next door to our office."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "great views, wonderful food, and relaxed ambiance; this is a great place for lunch, a drink of dinner, inside our out"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Excellent location, lovely harbor view, attentive and courteous service, fine food -- we'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Loved the chikpea falafel - worth the price. My friend love the Trout. GREAT VIEWS!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I was quite disappointed with this restaurant. The menu was limited, the prices were disproportionate to what was served, and my dish (fried oysters) was unappealing, tasteless and underwhelming."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Sam's will remain one of my favorite Boston restaurants. It's consistently terrific. The two fish dinners we had were wonderful. Esti and her husband are the best team in town."
    Dined on 7/5/2014