Sam's
Sam's

Sam's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.samsatlouis.com/
  • Phone: 6172950191x
  • 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: American, French American, Contemporary 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 6172950191x
  • 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
Sam's reviews from OpenTable diners
232 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (198)great for outdoor dining (185)fit for foodies (111)great for lunch (97)special occasion (70)neighborhood gem (63)romantic (60)hot spot (56)great for brunch (53)good for groups (50)vibrant bar scene (28)notable wine list (15)kid-friendly (15)late-night find (13)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Small plates - really good drinks - delicious view - fantastic, sunset and sailboats galore noise - construction next door not as bad as some say service - we really liked our waitress, down to earth nice person I'm going back next Friday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great waterfront dining
    TodS
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Harbor view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch place with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular view; lackluster food
    CosmopolitanCowgirl
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively spot, Great location
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view
    NNlovesFood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    GREAT FOOD, OUTSIDE, VIEW OF BOSTON HARBOR - WHO COULD ASK FOR MORE? SLIGHTLY APART FROM THE MORE CROWDED LEGAL HARBORSIDE AREA, WHICH FOR US WAS A GOOD THING. THE MEAL WAS OUTSTANDING, ALTHOUGH SLIGHTLY MORE COSTLY THAN EXPECTED WITH THE $$ RATING IT GOT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sams was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite waterfront spot
    Chanteuse
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get there before it's gone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday summer brunch
    atq123
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant, poor management
    allison
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Little gem
    mbdinBoston
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food, the staff, the location. It's always a great time. Esti is the best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Sam's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good view, good burger
    Mallory
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great view of Harbor
    RegulardinerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An exceptional brunch
    briansit
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rather disappointing
    Rick
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had great expectations. The limited menu & lack of creativity did override the view & ambiance
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too expensive
    NobodyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The prices were very high for what we got. The free parking is gone, too. Yes, there's a nice view, but...
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  • Unfortunately not consistent.
    mk10cambrudge
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable night
    eatingout247
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was all really, really good, the view was beautiful. Downside is that the menu is pretty limited.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reservations don't mean much
    Gulliver
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will Return
    Gigi
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    there were not a lot of options for vegetarian food. Not a varied menu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Catfish Sandwich was Amazing!
    UltimateFoodie2
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The swordfish was the best I've had yet in the seaport. Beautiful location and staff was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant....
    LynneBVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant
    KKmi
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Service was outstanding, as always. Everyone from the host to the server to the management made us feel extraordinarily welcome. The food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    As usual, Tommy took great care of us at the bar. This is definitely one of my favorite places.:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy now
    Hudson54
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great spot! Great food. Not sure how long before they have to move so get there now.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bocabertVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    good food in gorgeous setting marred only by the poor attitude verging on rudeness of the host.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thumbs up
    GeoEats
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Glamorous crowd. The burger was outstanding -- one of the best in town. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best in town
    mbdinBoston
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    the menu always excites. The view is pristine. Service , impeccable. Esti runs the best show in town
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Happy to find a quality spot next door to our office.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful anytime
    RegulardinerVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will Return
    Gammie2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Excellent location, lovely harbor view, attentive and courteous service, fine food -- we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Loved the chikpea falafel - worth the price. My friend love the Trout. GREAT VIEWS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great
    NellVIP
    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.
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