Fantastic location and fantastic food! My wife used to come here when she lived in San Francisco over 20 years ago and wanted the Crab Louie salad. It was still on the menu! Crab cakes were delicious, service was super friendly and perfect location for catching up with friends and their kids. The weather was glorious and the views from the deck were awesome. Will certainly return the next time we're in San Francisco!
Our service was horrible. The server wasn't rude or anything, it just took us forever to get anything. Some things just never came out at all - I had to go up to the kitchen area to bring back bottles of ketchup, malt vinegar, forks and knives, water, etc. It was just all really bad, and the food had clearly been sitting for a long time - we just didn't have time to wait for another option.
We arrived early and were happily seated immediately. Service was prompt and attentive. The menu is mostly classics, but they are done very well. And the chef went out of his way to accommodate my dietary restrictions, which is rarer than it ought to be. The cocktails were good, but, again, not inventive. The setting is so charming and the day was beautiful so the view of the Bay was a knockout. I'd recommend this spot anytime and will be back again myself.
Great, table looking over the bay! Nice seafood apps and entrees. We will be back!
Good food and drinks. Super deck on Frisco Bay. Good looking crowd. Go there all the time. Went to their 90th anniversary a few years back. Fine benefits. Wear a flower in your lapel, guarantees a nice kiss on the cheek from a young maiden at the bar.
Bring your sunglasses and a hat if you sit outside for brunch. Service was ok. Had to ask twice for a couple of things. My girlfriends plate had a hair on it that wasn't hers...at least they took that off the bill. Still came to $170 for 4 adults 1 child. $200 with the tip.
I came in for my birthday this past Saturday and made a reservation for 2. The host seated us and gave us menus. After 10 minutes passed without anyone checking on us or even taking our drink order, we walked out and had a much better evening elsewhere.
Food and Value ratings are N/A as we didn't stay.
What can be better than Sunday brunch on the deck in the sun over the water?
My girlfriend and I went to Sam's for the first time this past weekend and had a terrific time. Great wait staff, great bartender, great view and steps away from the ferry to SF. We will definitely be back!
nice view, good service. Excellent food, especially the blue cheese garlic bread
We love this place BUT, we have been to Sam's five times in the past several months and the service is atrocious. Even when they are not busy. I don't get it. It ruins what otherwise would be a good experience. More specifically, it takes forever for the cooks to get the food out to the table.
I mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday when I made my reservation, yet no one mentioned anything. This was especially disappointing as other tables had folks sing to them and provide a desert, and this did not occur for our party.
I ordered the huevos rancheros for Sunday brunch and they wanted to scramble the eggs. No, it should be over easy. It was only one egg and a small plate for about $14, so I didn't think it was worth it. Also, I paid an extra $2 to add avocado (so the bill for my dish was approx $16) and the avocado was only a sliver (about 1/8th the size of the avocado). Save your money and go elsewhere!
Great outdoor dining for lunch/brunch but cocktails were VERY expensive!
We've been going to Sam's for 60 years. (Does anyone else remember the pirate boy placemat that we got to color?) So, obviously, we like Sam's. The food is good and the ambience peaceful so it's our go-to place for comfort.
After touring the Marin headlands, and Fort Baker, a friend and I had a wonderful lunch here. The trout bites for an appetizer were AMAZING, and the lobster roll was all I'd hoped for. Paired with a couple bloody marys, and a great seat outside, it was so much fun. Always enjoy it!
We had a great time and our server was awesome! Great service, food and views:)
Good value on the menu, and beautiful location. The Menu though did not have many interesting items - ie the Eggs Benedict had Salmon Roe....
Ended up eating a hamburger and WAY over salted potato chips.
A little disappointing, but the ambiance was worth it.
I have been to Sam's many times before. You go for the outside seating and atmosphere mostly!
On this occasion, everything was fine. The waitstaff seemed to be a bit frazzled and brought over 3 salads when we ordered two. It didn't occur to me that once we got the bill and paid for it ( which totaled $79 for 2 salads, two drinks, bread) that we were overcharged. Since we split the bill and were chatting away- didn't know until it was too late!!! So when you go on a busy Sunday- CHECK YOUR BILL!!
Great food and excellent service.
Sam's patio on a sunny day is hard to beat for relaxed friendly ambiance. I wish they served espresso drinks (hence the 4 stars) but the yogurt with fruit and granola was just perfect for brunch--delicious fruit, just the right amount of yogurt, and scrumptious granola--and the service is always friendly and knowledgeable.
Food was awful. I had Mary's Organic Chicken and it was beyond dry and tough, was flat and brown. My dinner companions felt the same way. The prices were high for the quality of food.
It's on the water. This is it's best quality. The service is also fine. But the food is mass produced without any flavor or creativity. Don't bother.
Friendly service . excellent food. Great views. It was good to be back at Sam's. Thanks for a wonderful time. Thank you to "Cinnamon" our server, she was very nice.
Delicious and fun place to celebrate our twins' 24th birthday. Nice view, good service and very yummy meals. The noise level, however, was ear-shattering, and our party of 5 had to shout to be heard across the round table. Would be a good idea to put in some sort of sound absorber on the ceiling, perhaps. But even with the noise, that wouldn't keep us from going there again because it was so good.
Wonderful casual dining experience. Good food and service.
We will be back!
Great restaurant with good food. A little pricey, but maybe it's to be expected given where it's located. Reservations made in advance will only seat you inside, so if you want to sit on the patio outside, you'll have to put your name in when you get there and maybe wait a little.
The service was very poor. We were seated on the deck for dinner and sat for at least 10 mins with no one to offer us water or any kind of service. My husband went to the outdoor bar to get us drinks. When we left without any dinner, I went into the ladies restroom and it was so bad! It was so messy with toilet paper all over the floor and trash over spilling onto the floor. I told the waitstaff when I left but, I would say they did seem to care.
I would say they have a great deck for drinking.
Haven't been there in over 30 years so we were looking forward to it; a bit of nostalgia. Service was OK. Had to ask for bread separately. Food was OK, nothing to rave about. Served us cold stale coffee, when we complained they corrected and gave us fresh cups but we had to ask for cream which took another trip by the waiter. Price was not bad but a bit high for the food quality and the portions. I wouldn't order the tomato soup again, tasted like it came from a can, no character. Salads were nothing special at all. Crabcakes were good but not great. Contained plenty of crab but portion was small. Maybe its always been this way and my memory is bad, was disappointed but I'd try it one more time and be more careful about what we ordered.
What a great place! Our large group returned from Angel Island to have lunch at Sam's. We were greeted with smiling faces from the hostess and staff. The service was excellent because the servers knew their menu, could make suggestions, and didn't get our drink orders wrong. The food selection is great. Order the garlic bread--So delicious with the cheese!! Eat it alone or with a meal, but order it. I have to praise the manger because earlier that day I had to make a change to our reservation and Julie was more than happy to accommodate my frantic situation. Sam's Anchor Cafe made for a great finish to a great day.
What a great place to cap off our day to Angel Island. The waiter was great in taking orders from over 30 of us. I noticed when the food came...it came out to all of us within a few minutes leaving none of us sitting there waiting for our food.
The food is so comforting good. Everything everyone had was great.
Vegetarians - there is a vegetarian Banh Mi sandwich!
Dinner was fabulous. Party of 4 with Salmon, Brisket, Pork and T bone. All Terrific. Dessert was not very good. Creme Brulee and Smore Pie. We were not impressed. Too expensive for what it was.
Great place, great service, great food and a very nice patio.
Had a blast in this restaurant. Love the atmosphere. Perfect for summer vacation. Will return for sure!
Came here 20 years ago and it's still a great classic place for lunch in the sun. Burgers are expensive but very good. Ambiance is relaxed and fun.
Sit outside for sure
The place is lovely, next to a pier and all the boats. It's magical. Service is excellent and the food is even better
Always a fave, I love this place! Really worth noting that when you book online, you are booking an indoor table. They don't take reservations for the outdoor deck seating. Worth getting there early, put your name down, and sit in their lovely bar and have a drink while you wait for an outdoor table!
ok, the view is great, the food is good, but overpriced.