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Sam's Anchor Cafe

218 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (384)
  • Scenic View (382)
  • Great for Lunch (267)

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 9:30pm
Bar until Midnight daily
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Phone number
(415) 435-4527
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
A private dining room is available for groups from 30 to 90 guests. We can accommodate up to 120 for cocktails.
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Private party contact
Julie: (415) 435-4527
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Cross street
Tiburon Blvd.
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Parking details
A large secured parking lot is located right on Main Street just steps from our front door.
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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 ( to pick you up and drop you off on our private dock.
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
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  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!

vipJoseph (Los Angeles)
1.0  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.

Napadiner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipellaschris (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 25, 2017

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

4.0  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.

DanielOakland2017 (San Francisco)
4.0  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 least they took that off the bill. Still came to $170 for 4 adults 1 child. $200 with the tip.

Jeff (San Francisco)
1.0  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.

flavorseeker (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

David (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

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