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About Sam's Anchor Cafe

Sam’s Anchor Cafe is a waterfront restaurant on San Francisco Bay. Located in Marin County in the charming town of Tiburon, the restaurant has long been known for its American/Seafood cuisine, the fun atmosphere and breathtaking views of Angel Island, Alcatraz and the San Francisco skyline. Evenings at Sam's are especially rewarding. Unwind with your friends and a favorite beverage while watching the lights come on in San Francisco across the bay. Then dine in the warm atmosphere of comfortable dining rooms and treat yourself to a seasonal dinner menu with vegetarian and gluten-free options. We also offer a carefully selected wine list and well-crafted beverages.

27 Main Street
Tiburon, CA 94920
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 9:30pm
Bar until Midnight daily

Cross Street:
Tiburon Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 435-4527

Website:
http://www.samscafe.com/

Parking Details:
A large secured parking lot is located right on Main Street just steps from our front door.

Public Transit:
From Marin and the 101, Marin Transit’s Tiburon Shuttle from Strawberry to downtown Tiburon runs daily. If you're coming from the city, take the Blue & Gold Fleet Ferry from Pier 41/Ferry Building right to our doorstep.


Or contact Tideline Water Taxi (tidelinewatertaxi.com) to pick you up and drop you off on our private dock.

Private Party Facilities:
A private dining room is available for groups from 30 to 90 guests. We can accommodate up to 120 for cocktails.

Private Party Contact:
Julie: (415) 435-4527

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sam's Anchor Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.7

service

3.9

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (384)
Scenic View (382)
Great for Lunch (267)
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Great for Brunch (231)
Neighborhood Gem (186)
Good for Groups (171)
Hot Spot (132)
Special Occasion (122)
Kid-friendly (114)
Romantic (76)
Vibrant Bar Scene (68)
Fit for Foodies (61)
Waterfront (22)
Casual (20)
Worth the Drive (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Fun (10)
Late-night Find (10)
People Watching (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Great Beer (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Cozy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Live Music (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (London)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great, table looking over the bay! Nice seafood apps and entrees. We will be back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Waterfront
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·Dined on March 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2017

What can be better than Sunday brunch on the deck in the sun over the water?

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Great Beer, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 13, 2017

nice view, good service. Excellent food, especially the blue cheese garlic bread

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Outstanding Value, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 20, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2016

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Great outdoor dining for lunch/brunch but cocktails were VERY expensive!

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2016

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2016

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Casual, People Watching, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We had a great time and our server was awesome! Great service, food and views:)

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2016

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2016

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!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Great food and excellent service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2016

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2016

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2016

Wonderful casual dining experience. Good food and service.
We will be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2016

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2016

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on August 21, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, People Watching, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2016

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Vegetarians - there is a vegetarian Banh Mi sandwich!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on August 6, 2016

Great place, great service, great food and a very nice patio.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2016

Had a blast in this restaurant. Love the atmosphere. Perfect for summer vacation. Will return for sure!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on July 28, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Poconos)·Dined on July 24, 2016

Great view
Fantastic food
Sit outside for sure

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Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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·Dined on July 18, 2016

The place is lovely, next to a pier and all the boats. It's magical. Service is excellent and the food is even better

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2016

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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2016

ok, the view is great, the food is good, but overpriced.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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