Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant
I've been going to Sam's Grill for 25 years, and I've watched it decline during the past few. Recent menu changes and price increases have pretty much done me in. Sorry to say, but I'm no longer a Sam's fan.
Nice “old school” restaurant with an excellent wait staff and good food.
A must-dine. Kind and gracious staff, good food. Don't miss it.
Advertised as one of the oldest restaurants in America and the menu proves it. Probably hasn't been updated in 70 years, though I must say the food was good. If you'd like to experience the same meal your grandparents had on their honeymoon trip to SF this is it. You have to look at it from an historical perspective and if you do then they do a fine job.
Amazing restaurant!! Old school. Super fresh and cleAn.
Great food and excellent service. The restaurant has an old look and feel but it is 150 years old. Decent prices for downtown San Francisco.
Great service and wonderful food!
A San Francisco Gem being one of the oldest Restaurants in the City...
Unique atmosphere and setting, excellent food and great service.
Went for dinner with the extended family. The food was delicious. Cocktails good. Our table was very cramped in spite of having made a reservation 3 days in advance. Service can be improved.
Were lucky enough to sit in private booth. Very personable and gracious waiter, Stephano. Started with calamari which was clearly FRESH (SO unusual these days). Scallops, veggies were delicious. Only issue was I think the garlic burned and kind of over powered with burnt taste but cooked very well otherwise.
Great Ambience! Great service and reasonably priced! Michael was a great waiter and we will be back!
They are very s l o w. The food is pretty darned good, and we loved the bread. Each person receives their own serving of butter which is cool. Oddly, the water was served is small juice glasses with refills few and far between.....very stingy with water. I would have enjoyed the meal more if I had a beverage that wasn’t rationed. Oh well, at least the food was good.
Perfect evening. We had a reservation and dined for the first time at Sam’s based on a recommendation. No complaints and we were very pleased. I had veal scallopini which came with linguini and steamed vegetables. My husband had a scallops dish that came with potatoes and vegetables. Pretty good sized portions. Service was exceptional. Overall highly recommend for a solid dining experience.
I think Sam’s could use some updating, from their booths to their menu. Everything just feels a little tired and used. The food is good but not REALLY good. I know it’s an institution in SF but they need a shot of newness and enthusiasm.
The Clam Chowder was excellent and out of the usual kind - probably Coney Island is the best descriptor. Very generous portions (tutti di mare pasta, fried oysters - both very good). Our waiter was personable and efficient and served us freshly brewed coffee very close to their closing time. The ambience is traditional San Francisco - dark wood partitions and booths, and waiters in dark suits, white tablecloths.
We mildly mentioned that it was grandma's 90th birthday and at the end of dinner they presented her with a cake and candle and sang Happy Birthday. So sweet!
Very good food and service!
If they've lasted 150 years, must be doing something right! Always a pleasure. Best wait staff ever. Plates are large, but we enjoyed sharing.
I absolutely love Sams. I’ve had many great meals there, wonderful memories. I love sitting in the cozy booths. The wait staff is always friendly and attentive. Excellent crab Louis.
Dependable is the word that best describes Sam's. Whenever we are in SF, we try to have a meal at Sam's. The seafood is always fresh and prepared well. The servers are professional and know their jobs. We hope that you continue to endure.
Good place. Would recommend to friends and business meals
My husband and I, mid-life New Yorkers celebrating our 15 married years together on our anniversary trip to SF, made Sam’s Grill one of our top choices. I knew about the restaurant from decades ago, when my father, who first came to SF as a naval officer in the mid-40s, spoke of Sams’s as a favorite haunt. And he always mentioned the curtained booths. So I had to finally experience it for myself, and thought it would be a great anniversary surprise for my husband. Not only did we get the booth we requested, but we were wished happy anniversary from the moment we stepped in the door, and our server could not have been more warm and engaging. But most importantly, the meal we got was excellent. This restaurant does not fall back on its historical credentials (and the history is colorful indeed), but still delivers excellently prepared seafood. My husband started with their signature clam chowder, which is made without cream or milk and is out of this world good! I started with their sweet bay shrimp cocktail, absolutely fresh. As my entree I got sand dabs, a favorite when I was a kid in the 60s, and sadly hardly ever offered at any Cal. restaurant these days. I was lucky they had them the night we dined, for they do not always have them. My husband had salmon served with asparagus, tomato jam, and mashed potatoes in a delicious combination. The salmon is, according to our server, the only seafood item that is not wild caught, but that did not detract from the fresh flavor. We finished with cheesecake and berry compote for my husband, and a lovely tiramisu for me. Prices are very reasonable for downtown SF while quality is high. Hope to come again next year, if only for the clam chowder!
My partner and I had another terrific dinner at Sam's. If sand dabs are available be sure to order them. They are delicious.
Each time I have dined at Sam's the service has been terrific. On Friday Michael was our waiter. We had such a delightful time that we were almost late for the symphony.
If you are planning on dinner or lunch at Sam's remember the restaurant is only open Monday thru Friday. We planned our trip to San Francisco accordingly.
Thank you Peter and Michael for a terrific evening.
Sam's is one of our favorite and historic Restaurants in S.F.
The food has always been excellent as well as the service...
The private cabin/booths provide for privacy on those special occasions...
the wine pours are no longer generous wild salmon was always available (unlike most other restaurants) until recently the food remains excellent
We wouldn’t have walked in if it wasn’t for our Opentable reservation. We were so pleasantly surprised, turned our to be our best meal in San Francisco... would highly recommend,
Distinctive, with excellence in all kinds of ways.
A fantastic treat, each time we eat at Sam's.
Had a great dinner in one of the private booths and Stefano was fantastic. I have never written a review before, but I saw many of the negative comments regarding Stefano and find them very hard to believe. He went out of his way to accommodate us and as a result I felt compelled to send a message that he and the restaurant were great.
One of the best seafood restaurants. It is the 6th oldest restaurant in America, dating. Ack to 1867. I had wonderful oysters and a lobster tail. Excellent. My wife had steamer clams and I wanted to put a straw in delicious broth and drink it! The tuxedoed waiters are very professional and helpful. We highly recommend this landmark restaurant. Warning: It is not opened on Saturday or Sunday.
Great service BEFORE we arrived. I was contacted by phone and email to confirm details. The level of attention was wonderful and I was very happy we had our special work event here.
I remember seafood casseroles, but there were none on the menu...not as much choice as a decade ago
One of our favorite Seafood Restaurants in San Francisco...
Excellent Food & Great Service
Sam's Grill is still great after all these years. Bon appetit !
Always delivers simply prepared fresh fish with good service. Private tables available.
Birthday; great menu, food, service in an authentic and historical sf restaurant
Very nice historical restaurant, very friendly welcome
Sam’s is San Francisco treasure. We LOVE the cioppino here—best in the city and a great value. Yes, one must wrestle a bit with the crab leg shells, but they already come cracked and segmented. Pretty simple. And the cioppino tomato soup is the best flavor in the city. Classic Caesar salad and cocktails makes this a retro San Francisco dream.
A San Francisco tradition--great food and excellent service.
Sam’s Grill is both a tribute to past San Fran and celebrates local, fresh food. Where you can get great old school cocktails and anfresh piece of local fish, and professional, dedicated service.
Old school is so out of fashion these days, but there is often a reason why the tried and true has stood the test of time. Simple food, simply and well prepared, served with attentiveness and grace without pretense - that’s what a neighborhood restaurant should be and that’s what Sam’s was on our visit. Our waiter Michael was fantastic - ready with menu advice, unobtrusively pouring the wine, refilling the water glasses, keeping it light and friendly with dry wit while not being overly familiar. Very reasonable prices, especially for San Francisco, make it a bargain in a sea of overpriced mediocrity. It may not be trendy, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Highly recommended.