Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant
Sam’s takes pride in serving exceptionally fresh and local seafood alongside classic San Francisco dishes from the turn of the century. Boasting old-school curtained booths, and superior traditional formal service by waiters in tuxedos, Sam’s has been a cornerstone of the San Francisco restaurant scene for over 150 years.
Come join us, and take a step back in time to a more civilized time where lunches always start with a cocktail.
Sam's Grill and Seafood Restaurant accepts reservations at lunch and dinner.
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This venerable spot still has all its charm, but the food seems rather skimpy. My prawns were just average and my wife’s sole was such a small portion we were very surprised. The service was attentive, but our overall experience was just not so impressive. Sam’s Grill is not shy about charging. That’s for sure
I’ve been coming here for many years and it is great to see the food is still excellent, the waiters, well the waiters (!) great in their way it is still my favorite place.
Best place in SF
One of the classic Old San Francisco restaurants, Sam's has stayed fresh in the kitchen while retaining the fabled ambiance with the combination of enclosed, private spaces and open seating. The fish and shellfish can't be beat and the sides are really tasty. Walking in is like walking back 50-100 years. In my opinion, it's much preferable to that other venerable seafood restaurant, Tadich Grill. They take reservations, they seat you promptly, and service is old-school excellent--no attitude. If I could recommend only one heritage restaurant in the City, it'd be Sam's.
Amazing experience. Will absolutely recommend and come back when visiting SF.
But only just. This is a venerable institution so I took 3 Japanese business colleagues there to experience a taste of old SF. Place was packed and we had the worst table in the place, right next to the kitchen entrance, for 4 people this was a 2-person round table and another 2 person square table, jammed together, hardly a table for 4 at all, between waiters squeezing by out of the kitchen, we had to squeeze together to talk. Not good.
On the up side the food is what you're expect and the service was good, motivated a little I think by our precarious position in front of the kitchen. I booked 2 weeks in advance for this? Overall, not very happy. If I give something a '3' star in a '5' star rating that comes across here as 'good'. To me a 3/5 rating should be mediocre, which is what this experience was.
Private booths, fresh seafood, attentive waiters, San Francisco classics. What more can you for? Definitely worth a visit!
Old school San Francisco with Waiters in tuxedo! Great seafood and service. Tom was delightful. Will be back soon!
Classic SF restaurant ....one of the most authentic places in town. Love it.
A classic and classy restaurant. I went with 9 colleagues and we were brought to a booth - almost a room. Everyone raved about their food (drinks salad entrees and dessert). The Manhattan was superb.
Sam's is as great as ever. It has become my go to restaurant for dinner with friends.
Sam's is a long time staple of the City and I would highly recommend it. We made a reservation for lunch and I would suggest making one because it can be very busy! The decor is old school and I really enjoyed it. The service was really good and thats all before we talk about the food. The food is really good, if the food wasn't good, nothing else would matter. Sam's consistently has great food with a highlight on seafood!
Great place to visit very warm and welcoming, food was very good and service was friendly
Great waiter, Tom!
My last opportunity to dine at Sam’s was 1982.....
Just as amazing & delicious as ever!
Waiter: Michael. Courteous Helpful Efficient Friendly
Good food, served quickly in a great setting. Very good experience
Great service but the food was only okay. Cute spot.
Not someplace I would recommend
Scrumpy servings with three small potatoes and old squash. Fish was half size as last year!
No nice a place like this exists. Always enjoy the food, service, quiet, and atmosphere.
Ken, our waiter, was EXCELLENT. His demeanor was so welcoming and accommodating and he was just plain nice...good people! Wouldn't come in our curtained dining room unless we opened the curtain, even though we told him it was absolutely fine if he did. The food and drink were fabulous as always. We can ALWAYS depend on Sam's to provide an excellent meal and a great experience. Thank you!
Absolutely excellent food and service. Real old-time, historic San Francisco location that still packs a punch. Excellent crab cakes. Outstanding seafood salad. Exceptional veal piccata and spaghetti. If you want an only in San Francisco experience and wonderful food, Sam's Grill is the place.
We had a decent experience. The waiter was professional and personable. The food was said to be good by others...my clam chowder was good, but not great. My head lettuce salad was good. Others mostly had the crab louie salad which they said was good...but looked a little skimpy to me. Two things that were not the greatest...ambiance (we were put in a closed in booth like room...5 of us...out in the open restaurant would have been better....and price ( the crab louies were $38, which seemed excessive) The next night we at at Betty Lou's ...the food was as good or better. The ambiance was much better and it was significantly cheaper.
Go to Sam's for and old SF experience and enjoy, but sit in the main open part.
Our meals (fish for four) were very good. Our only problem was dessert; we were told there was no vanilla gelato, and we were served chocolate gelato instead. My hot fudge sundae was OK, but a guest's bananas foster was not very good like that. I regret not sending it back, frankly. Waiter was a t-a-d boisterous, but he was extremely efficient and thorough.
Enjoyable evening in a private booth (3 of us). Excellent meal & service. Only downside was we ordered decaf coffees with dessert but were all up until after midnight - wasn't decaf.
What an absolute disappointment. Took family from out of town and it just was terrible from beginning to end. Server did not listen-told him we had a gluten allergy at the table and it didn’t register. Fish was good, nothing to write home about. Squash side was cold on every plate. Dessert contained gluten (hot fudge sundae) even though description didn’t list and after we asked again for something without. Even the gelato came with a cookie. Waiter never checked on us during dinner. Trout was not deboned. Water glasses left empty until we got up to get the pitcher ourselves. Could go on...Not the SF experience we hoped to share. $300 later...Won’t be back. Ever.
Get one of the enclosed booths! Perfect for a date
As you enter, you walk into another era of dark paneling, white tablecloths and tuxedoed waiters. You can tell this place has been here for a very long time. I had the largest and most tender scallops ever and my wife had perfect sole. Very competitive prices and a great evening.
While the food was good, the service was incredibly slow.
Sam’s. Private booths are priceless. Our waiter was very professional and offered great service. The food was so so. I had the halibut. It was perfectly cooked but very boring. Not creative cooking by any means. My friend had the shrimp and raves about it but didn’t care for her COLD zucchini salad accompanying it. Ahi Tuna also perfectly cooked but again no creative sides. Basic but good.
Woody is fantastic! Seated us a party of 3 in a private booth.
Sam's was my favorite place when I came to SF all those trips to visit our radio stations KFRC across the street. Beginning in 1975. And then for decades after. Oh that Petrale sole. We tried for the special tiny and delicious sand dabs but alas none!!!! Shrimp Louis so good. Nice wines. Same old ambience. It has not changed one lick in these 45 years. I am so happy the owners are keeping up the old Sam tradition.
We were there for our 33rd anniversary. We booked our reservations a couple of months ago. When we arrived we were seated right away. The service was great, the food was superb and the atmosphere was terrific.
Arrived early for our reservation and were given our choice of table. Service was great u til dessert, when the restaurant was crowded and we had to wait for freshly made crepes.
Excellent menu with beautifully prepared dishes and great service. Would definitely eat here again.
On vacation in the Bay Area. Went here for dinner. Food was wonderful. Service was great. Our fault but did feel underdressed in shorts and collared shirt. Still no one from the restaurant made a deal out of it. Will definitely return
Everything was wonderful except desserts . The crumble frozen had to be warmed and pecan pie not wonderful BUT EVERY Thing else fantastic! s Nelson
I always take clients and have pesto lunches and dinners at Sam’s. The staff and the food are always first rate!
Very old school place. Menu is traditional but timeless & prepared well. Waiter was very professional & kind. It feels a bit run down though, a little freshining up of this classic spot wouldn't hurt the old San Francisco feel.
Outstanding piece of SF history with marvellous seafood service and sommeliers. Don't miss it!
Sam's is going on my list of places to go again and again, joining Zuni Cafe, Hayes Street Grill, Greens and Sociale.
The food is good, the service (by experienced waiters) is excellent, the menu is long, and the noise level is low enough so that normal conversation is possible. What more can one ask?