Sam's
Sam's

Sam's

  • 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: 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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Sam's reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (165)great for outdoor dining (136)fit for foodies (106)neighborhood gem (71)great for lunch (66)hot spot (61)special occasion (54)romantic (47)great for brunch (47)good for groups (42)vibrant bar scene (20)kid-friendly (14)notable wine list (14)late-night find (11)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This was our second dinner at Sam's. The service is great and the food is good, but MUCH too salty, so the burger and fries was almost not edible. And the noise from the next table meant we could not carry on a conversation. The view is great and if we can manage the acoustics we may return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Our lunch at Sam's was wonderful. Delicious warm kale caesar, hamachi tartare....my friend had a veggie burger which he loved. Coffee was excellent and I asked for just a tiny cookie with my coffee and the waiter brought me 2 molasses snaps to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip dining, stunning views, excellent food
    Sharynka
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We chose Sam's because it was near the ICA where we were attending a film festival. We were warmly welcomed, shown to a table overlooking the harbor. We liked our drinks, our white bean appetizer, scrumptious burgers, great (and abundant) fries. There is also much fancier fare. We enjoyed the casual room 'decor', exposed tubing, black boards along with the refined table settings with linen napkins and fine glassware, real flowers. Very classy and fun atmosphere. We liked it so much we returned that evening after our film with its director and friends, and enjoyed drinks at the bar. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Food / Great View
    Pebbles
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The view was great, looking out on the water, but the food was not. The lunch menu was mostly salads or over sized entrees. The burger option was two patties, so we ordered a cheese plate to start, then split the roast beef sandwich. The roast beef had a lot of gristle, and both of us took our meal apart to cut off the fat or remove the piece of meat completely. Very disappointing, we would not go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for business meetings.
    morethanfood
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    good food, great views, excellent service, including $10 valet. Noise level is such that conversation is possible, the veiws are impressive -- even in the fog. A tad tough to find (due to construction) but worth the hunt. And they never rush you out the door.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    KimL
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Four of us went for dinner on a Saturday night and everyone really enjoyed their meals. The lamb, sea bass and steak were thoroughly enjoyed by all. We also had the white bean dip, warm kale salad and quinoa salad which were delicious! To top it off our waitress was excellent - polite, thorough and knowledgable. My only criticism is that although our waitress explained all of the gluten free options to me, I would have much preferred to have a gluten free menu/designation to peruse myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great food, great service, great ambience and one of the best water views in the city equal perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service, drinks & view.
    PastryChef
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Good food, service, drinks & view. I like it and I am fussy. I worked in the hotel business for years and I know good food and service. I will return, so lucky to live in Boston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I would go to the end of the earth for Asia's cooking. Great food, atmosphere and service. Special thanks to Rob for making our most recent visit fabulous.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect. every time.
    frymesomeVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This is my go-to spot for out-of-town guests, clients, and an occasional getaway lunch. Service is always amazing, the cocktails are fabulous, the food is interesting without being pretentious. I miss the free parking (before the neighborhood boomed). But other than that, you really can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just perfect
    chickenfeetrgood
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This has become my favorite spot in Fort Point/Seaport. Food and atmosphere is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect brunch spot
    ready2go
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The setting was perfect. Overlooking the water. Small brunch selection but everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect
    matnag01
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It was a truly wonderful meal, if you have not been yet GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent except for lighting
    Limies
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    All three in our party had a delicious meal. The servers were friendly and informative. The only criticism would be the dimmed lighting, which would have been fine if the menus were not printed on dark paper - had to use the flashlight on my cellphone to read the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An A+ experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had an absolutely fantastic experience at Sam's, and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a delicious, casual meal. Great food was matched by great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Sam's
    BROOKS
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was a surprise dinner for my husband's 55th birthday! I found the place on line. I had requested a table by a window 1 week in advance. When we arrived, I reminded them that it was a birthday ( I had noted that when I made the rez)- we were seated in the middle of the DR. We were never even offered outdoor seating! The food was unique, and very good. Our waitstaff was very attentive. The chalkboard on entrance wall is cool! Trying to find this place amidst the construction on the wharf was a challenge, but there was valet at the end (there's really no where else to park!). Overall, the experience was good, but the NOISE level ( on a Sunday night at 7p!) was substantial. It was also difficult to read menus, as it was very poorly lit
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    everything had way to pepper. Did not order the peppercorn burger because I felt it would be to peppery. Good thing I didn't because my egg omelet had to much pepper. The waitress did not even ask why we where not eating our food or if everything was okay. Seemed to be a problem to her.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I booked a table through open table specifically asking for outdoor dining. Once I arrived at the time of our booking, no table outside was not available so we got a table near the entrance. I wish we were informed by mail or phone prior. We tried to get an outside table but the owner asked us to wait 40 minutes with no possibility to have a drink inside prior if we wanted to be outside.That was very disappointing as we chose this place based on that criteria. The food is ok and prices fair. However nothing special and choice very limited. The only good point of this place is outside seating assuming you can get it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great staff, food and drinks
    LECLEC
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a great time at Sam's. Our group of 6 people was seated inside as soon as we arrived. It was freakishly warm out for late September and we asked if it was possible to get a table outside. The staff was very accommodating, we ordered drinks from the original table while they set up a 6 top outside. Drinks were great, as was food. I had the veggie burger which was pretty good, and the fries were amazing. Memorable comments from the rest of the group were that the peppercorn burger was out of this world delicious and the steak was just okay. My only gripe was that they had no real wine glasses, only stemless. The waiter said they don't stock them because of the outdoor seating and wind which I guess is reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great vibe, food, view, service
    Gypsea441
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great vibe - hip, set in a converted loft - outdoor patio seating on a balcony overlooking Boston Harbor in the Seaport area - and inside seating is contemporary yet very comfortable with huge floor to ceiling glass windows all the way around, so you feel like you're outside. Service was very attentive yet not intrusive. There were four of us ladies there with a lot of catching up to do, and we took over our table for a few hours. We never felt hustled to 'turn the table'. They accept reservations (nice). Food - excellent. Not a gazillion choices, but all high quality, and the way they meld flavors together and combinations was spot on. Upbeat, comfortable, casual place - great for a group gathering or a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and good food
    L02118VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The menu is small, but we found things to interest us. The burger was very good and the grilled plate. My husband really liked the grilled plate, though I thought the combo of foods was a little strange. I had low expectations of the food due to other reviews, but I found it very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • melrickVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Small menu but everything is delicious, awesome spot and great drinks. Love the feel and juxtaposition to Louis. Seasonal watermelon salad was a great starter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Knifeman
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Brunch with dad couldn't have been better. I'd recommend it any time. Go...eat...enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The View Saves Sam's
    DiningWithDon1VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A hidden gem right, smack on Boston's waterfront. This restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the stand alone Louis' clothing store. It is a neat looking, little bit of a throw-back/vintage, room. The room is small as are the tables (I couldn't imagine more than out 3 at the four-top we were eating at). It's a high rent district and the menu bears that out. The menu tries really hard, but the execution isn't as high end as the thought process. Everything was OK, nothing was bad but nothing was too impressive. However, the view is great and it is a nice place to take out-of-towners who will be impressed that you even know about it! That, itself, might be worth the price of admission!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a hit
    ECCD
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Sam's continues to provide a great dinning experience. Sure thing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Workday lunch
    CharlestownGuy
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A colleague and I had a great lunch at Sam's. The outdoor seating is fabulous with a view over Boston harbor yet not too windy. The salmon was perfectly cooked. Solid beer and wine selection (though no draft beer). Service was just right. They even loaned my friend sunglasses since he had forgotten to bring his!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Oysters
    Bzippy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Oysters and cocktails, together with a magnificent view of Boston Harbor. The cocktails are crafted and delicious - tequila and strawberry liqueur, for example. Island Creek Oysters served cold, and expertly shucked, still in their own juices with a zesty cocktail sauce. The food would have received a five if they hadn't been out of their only seafood entre - swordfish. The kitchen sent a nice bluefish pate as an apology, but with that harbor view, you just can't run out of seafood! Nevertheless, a repeat for me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    As always amazing!! Loved the tofu& mushroom burger and best Aperol spritzers I have ever had. Was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bdaygirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fabulous food, fabulous service. Always the wonderful view and this night a lovely breeze.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Sam's.
    Timeatsout
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was a great time. Food was great and service was excellent! From the bartenders to Rob Hall (I know his name because I stole his pen). Thank you for everything. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    ket4
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Fabulous view, very good food, and great atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great experience
    dldegsVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was my second visit to Sam's and both experiences were excellent. Great service with waiters who knew the menu and wine list, wonderful views, interesting and very tasty food and a view that can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous first-timers' lunch...
    jharwar
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our group regularly tries out new restaurants and Sam's at Louis on a clear blue, humidless summer day was a perfect choice. We opted to sit inside. Service was impeccable. Chilled beet soup with creme fraiche, fried oysters, an heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, and the greek salad with spicy lamb meatballs were equally flavorful. Two complaints: entrance is through a construction zone--surely a temporary constraint. And a request that a catfish po' boy be made with fried oysters was denied. Our charming waiter explained because the kitchen is small and food substitutions on the fly are difficult when busy. Understandable? I guess so. All in all, a fabulous dining experience. I would return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sam's on the Waterfront
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great views; food was good. Service was only fair (waitress did not have a lot of personality). It did take a while to get the food even though it wasn't that busy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great. The view is perfect
    bafio
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had good fun. Food was great. I had the 'falafel' and my wife the 'mixed grill' a sort of surf and turf. I guess my choice was the better of the two. View is perfect
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising new favorite
    Kiki
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    OMG! Let's talk about how delicious those wings were and how perfect the lemon drop martini was. I went with a friend who had been before and recommended it to our group for a late lunch and we were all pleasantly surprised. Everything from the tofu quinoa salad, the peppercorn burger, roasted chicken and andouille sausage were perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    useyourbrian
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Brunch was awesome; the menu might not be for everyone, since its very non-traditional, but the food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never disappoints
    mariaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    hadn't been to sam's for awhile. the burger was even more outstanding than usual, the salad light and flavorful and the lemon pound cake heavenly. we definitely have missed sam's this summer and will return again soon. este's warm hospitality always draws us back. thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lively for Lunch
    ProeverVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great place for lunch and cocktails after visiting the ICA or shopping at Louis. Very good, simple meals and a breathtaking view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great waterfront restaurant
    HSfoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food and service as usual. Cannot beat the intimate, sophisticated ambiance and the unbelievable water views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.