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Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant

4.4
4.4
594 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

Fresh fish grill featuring classic San Francisco dishes from the gold rush to the 1970s, Sam’s Grill is the fifth-oldest restaurant in the US, opened in 1867, shortly after the California gold rush.

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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Continental, Shellfish

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 421-0594

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    David Gingrass

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Kearny St.

  • Parking details

    Local public garages or street parking after 6:00pm.

  • Public transit

    BART and MUNI: Montgomery St.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Miyagi Oysters on the Half Shell

    Champagne mignonette

    • 1/2 Dozen$18.00
    • Dozen$34.00
    • Shellfish Platter$48.00
  • Littleneck Clams on the Half Shell

    Crystal hot sauce

    • 1/2 Dozen$18.00
    • Dozen$34.00
    • Shellfish Platter$48.00
  • Poached Jumbo Prawns

    cocktail sauce

    • 1/2 Dozen$18.00
    • Dozen$34.00
    • Shellfish Platter$48.00
  • Sam's Shellfish Cocktail

    iceberg, classic cocktail sauce

    • Oysters$15.00
    • Bay Shrimp$8.00
    • Prawns$12.00
    • Dungeness Crab$19.00
    • Dungeness Crab Legs$22.00
  • Smoked Salmon$16.00

    shallots, dill cream, grilled sourdough

    • Smoked Trout Crostini$9.00

      cucumber, radish, dill cream

      • Crispy-Fried Monterey Calamari$14.00

        lemon chipotle sauce

        • Pan-Fried Dungeness Crab Cakes$18.00

          spicy remoulade sauce

          • Fried Zucchini$7.00

            warm marinara sauce

            Soup and Starter Salads

            • Clam Chowder$7.00

              white or original Sam's

              • Classic Baked French Onion Soup$9.00

                allow 10 minutes

                • Sam's Wedge Salad$8.00

                  toybox tomatoes, crisp bacon, House, ranch, or bleu cheese dressing

                  • Shellfish Salad$16.00

                    romaine, shrimp, crab, prawn, avocado

                    • Sam's Caesar Salad$12.00

                      Parmesan, white anchovies

                      Sam's Classic San Francisco Dishes

                        Appetizers

                        • Celery Victor$10.00

                          chilled poached celery, garlic chili marinade White anchovies or bay shrimp

                          • Crispy Fried Smelt$9.00

                            house-made tartar sauce

                            • Toasted Angels$10.00

                              oysters wrapped in bacon and fried Crystal hot sauce

                              • Baked Clams Elizabeth$10.00

                                sherry butter, parmesan breadcrumbs

                                • Shrimp Scampi$12.00

                                  spicy lemon herb butter

                                  Entrees

                                  • Green Goddess Salad$28.00

                                    grilled salmon, butter lettuce, tomato, avocado

                                    • Nicoise Salad$26.00

                                      grilled ahi tuna, heirloom tomatoes, green beans fingerling potatoes, soft-boiled egg, spicy lemon aioli

                                      • Lobster Thermidor$32.00

                                        lobster cream sauce, mushrooms, sherry wine duchess potatoes, tomato arugula salad

                                        • Lazy Man's Cioppino$35.00

                                          Dungeness crab meat, clams, mussels calamari, shrimp, spicy tomato broth, garlic bread

                                          • Coquille Saint Jacques$28.00

                                            day-boat scallops, mushrooms brandy cream sauce, duchess potatoes

                                            • Rainbow Trout Almandine$25.00

                                              lemon parsley butter

                                              • Hangtown Fry$18.00

                                                fried oyster, bacon and cheese omelet

                                                • Rex Sole a la Sam's$25.00

                                                  • Half Moon Bay Sand Dabs a la Sam's$28.00

                                                    when available

                                                    • Sautéed Veal$28.00

                                                      piccata or Milanese, buttered spaghetti

                                                      • Calamari Steak$25.00

                                                        lemon garlic butter or doré with caper butter

                                                        Seafood Salads

                                                        House, house with blue cheese, Caesar, creamy bleu cheese, ranch, or Louie

                                                        • Mixed Greens$10.00

                                                          • Iceberg$11.00

                                                            • Hearts of Romaine$12.00

                                                              • Louie Salad

                                                                iceberg, tomatoes, egg, cucumber, avocado

                                                                • With Bay Shrimp$24.00
                                                                • With Dungeness Crab$39.00

                                                              Fresh Fish

                                                              • Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna$32.00

                                                                • Petrale Sole$30.00

                                                                  • King Salmon$33.00

                                                                    • Swordfish$32.00

                                                                      • Day-Boat Sea Scallops$32.00

                                                                        chem-free

                                                                        • Jumbo Prawns$26.00

                                                                          • Dungeness Crab Legs$42.00

                                                                            • Mixed Shellfish$39.00

                                                                              scallops, prawns, crab legs

                                                                              Today's Sides

                                                                              • Quinoa Salad

                                                                                cucumber, tomatoes, herbs – boiled red potatoes

                                                                                • Summer Ratatouille

                                                                                  local blue lake green beans with butter

                                                                                  Meat and Poultry

                                                                                  • New York Steak Frites$49.00

                                                                                    14 oz. dry-aged prime Flannery Beef, roasted marrow bones, tomato arugula salad

                                                                                    • Roasted Half Chicken$18.00

                                                                                      chicken jus

                                                                                      Pastas

                                                                                      • Linguini with White Clam Sauce$24.00

                                                                                        • Penne with Pesto Cream Sauce$15.00

                                                                                          Fried

                                                                                          • Fried Pacific Oysters & Chips$22.00

                                                                                            • Fish & Chips, Crispy Alaskan Cod$19.00

                                                                                              Sides

                                                                                              • Creamed Spinach with Bacon and Parmesan$6.00

                                                                                                • Sautéed Spinach$5.00

                                                                                                  • Golden Dome Hash Brown Potatoes$5.00

                                                                                                    Today's Specials

                                                                                                    • Sam's Fish Crudo$14.00

                                                                                                      ahi tuna, diver scallops, king salmon fried capers shallots, Maldon salt, Calabrian chili oil

                                                                                                      • Grilled Octopus$14.00

                                                                                                        lemon anchovy aioli white cap beans, chickpeas, arugula salad

                                                                                                        • Grilled Whole Branzino$30.00

                                                                                                          fried artichokes, lemon aioli tomatoes, grilled lemon, Calabrian chili oil

                                                                                                          • Grilled Wild King Salmon Steak$37.00

                                                                                                            sweet pea tortellini pea sprouts, lemon butter sauce

                                                                                                            • Pan-Seared Chatham$35.00

                                                                                                              MA dayboat sea scallops sweet corn risotto, basil, Parmesan cheese

                                                                                                              • Grilled Alaskan Halibut Steak$36.00

                                                                                                                sweet corn succotash arugula, spicy salsa verde

                                                                                                                Sam's Cocktails

                                                                                                                Served with house-made pickles

                                                                                                                • Perfect Martini$14.00

                                                                                                                  Bummer & Lazarus gin, Lo-Fi vermouth

                                                                                                                  • Old Fashioned$14.00

                                                                                                                    Bulleit rye, orange bitters

                                                                                                                    • Manhattan$13.00

                                                                                                                      Basil Hayden's bourbon

                                                                                                                      • Sam's Negroni$13.00

                                                                                                                        Tanqueray, Cocchi vermouth, Campari

                                                                                                                        Wine Specials

                                                                                                                        • Chardonnay, Rombauer, Napa '17

                                                                                                                          • Glass$16.00
                                                                                                                          • Bottle$65.00
                                                                                                                        • Valpolicella Superiore, Ripasso, Almadi '16

                                                                                                                          • Glass$13.00
                                                                                                                          • Bottle$50.00

                                                                                                                        Wine LIst

                                                                                                                          Chardonnay

                                                                                                                          • Hess (Monterey County, 2012)$30.00

                                                                                                                            • Columbia (Washington, 2012)$30.00

                                                                                                                              • Acacia (Carneros, 2012)$36.00

                                                                                                                                • Ferrari-Carano (Alexander Valley, 2012)$45.00

                                                                                                                                  • Domaine Eden (Santa Cruz, 2011)$46.00

                                                                                                                                    • Rombauer Vineyard (Carneros, 2012)$60.00

                                                                                                                                      • Sonoma Cutrer `Les Pierres' (Sonoma, 2012)$65.00

                                                                                                                                        • Chateau Montelena (Napa Valley, 2011)$78.00

                                                                                                                                          Sauvignon Blanc/Fume Blanc

                                                                                                                                          • St. Supery (Napa Valley, 2013)$35.00

                                                                                                                                            • Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc (Sonoma County, 2013)$36.00

                                                                                                                                              • Honig Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley, 2013)$38.00

                                                                                                                                                • St. Denis Sancerre (Loire Valley, 2011)$42.00

                                                                                                                                                  Other Whites

                                                                                                                                                  • Kung Fu Girl Riesling (Washington, 2013)$28.00

                                                                                                                                                    • Chinon Rosé de Saignee (Loire Valley, 2013)$30.00

                                                                                                                                                      • Cone Giara Pinot Grigio (Venezia,ltaly2013)$32.00

                                                                                                                                                        • ianta Albarifio (Rias Baixas, Spain2011)$32.00

                                                                                                                                                          By The Glass

                                                                                                                                                          • House Red$7.00

                                                                                                                                                            • House White$7.00

                                                                                                                                                              • Hess Malbec$7.00

                                                                                                                                                                • Chinon Rosé$8.00

                                                                                                                                                                  • St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                    • Hess Chardonnay$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                      • Corte Giara Pinot Grigio$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                        • Hess Cabernet$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                          • Stephen Vincent Pinot Noir$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                            • Terra D'Oro Zinfandel$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                              • Alexander Valley Merlot$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                                • Vianta Albarifio$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Merryvale Cabernet$10.00

                                                                                                                                                                                    Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hess (Monterey County, 2011)$30.00

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Merryvale Starmont (Napa, 2006)$35.00

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Beringer Knights Valley (Napa, 2012)$42.00

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Franciscan (Napa Valley, 2011)$47.00

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mt. Veeder (Napa Valley, 2012)$55.00

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jordan Vineyard (Alexander Valley, 2010)$78.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Stags' Leap Winery (Napa Valley, 2011)$80.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sebastiani Cherryblock (Sonoma. 2007)$85.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Keenan (Napa Valley, 2010)$90.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • B.V. Georges De Latour (Napa Valley, 2003)$95.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Opus One (Napa Valley, 2011)$250.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Other Reds

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Terra D' Oro Zinfandel (Amador, 2012)$30.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hess Malbec (Argentina, 2011)$30.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Alexander Valley Merlot (Sonoma, 2011)$32.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Stephen Vincent Pinot Noir (Sonoma, 2012)$32.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Saintsbury Pinot Noir (Napa, 2011)$51.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fort Ross Pinot Noir (Sonoma, 2010)$52.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel (Sonoma, 2013)$55.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Storybook Zinfandel (Napa Valley, 2009)$60.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Emeritus Pinot Noir (Russian River, 2011)$68.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sparkling Wines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Chandon Brut (Yountsville) (Split)$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Villa Sandi Prosecco (Italy) (Split)$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • La Marca Prosecco (Italy)$36.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne (France)$65.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Budweiser$5.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Coors Light$5.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Anchor Steam$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Stella Artois$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Becks$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Becks Dark$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Heineken$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Haake-Beck (Non-Alcoholic)$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sierra Nevada$6.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beverages

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Milk$1.75

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Coffee/Tea$2.75

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Espresso$3.50

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Double Espresso$5.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Iced Tea$3.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cappuccino$5.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Soft Drinks$3.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What 594 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.4Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.5Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.3Ambience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.2Value

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SFgourmand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      58 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 10, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love that Sam's has been rescued, refreshed, and remains a San Francisco gem

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. C

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contessa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 10, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a great lunch with friends. food was good. Waiter attentive. We'll be back of course. Contessa Claire and Steve Price

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      notalotofwords

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      11 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From the start, it was not a good experience. Our host seated us giving us way too much information about his birthday and his girlfriend's birthday because our birthdays were also this week. Next, our server took our drink orders and was back in a flash. We ordered today' special, Sam's crude which was not available. Side note is that it's not actually "today's special". It's on the menu EVERY DAY. We got to sit in the sweet little private booth with a curtain. The problem was our server gave us zero privacy. Took our order, but kept dropping in. We were celebrating our birthdays - drinks and wine would have been great to order. I would have really loved to order a birthday dessert had we been asked or if there was a chance to have a dessert menu. I paid for my vinegary salad, boyfriend's short ribs, side of soggy spinach, and a couple cocktails. Reservation was at 6:30. We were done and paid at 7:15. No joke. I gave our server slightly less than fifteen percent because he wouldn't leave us alone. I got up to put my jacket on and he came by to take the bill and then turned to me and asked my what the problem was. So, Open Table, you asked for a review. All weekend, I was thinking about this lousy experience. My hope is that this restaurant realizes that people come for good food as well as a good experience when going out on a Friday night. We got neither.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. DL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DavidL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      11 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 6, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tradition that is rare and nice to appreciate including private, curtained off booths.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. BU

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ByUBennny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 6, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There for birthday celebration. We requested, and were seated in a classic booth. Service was great. Food and drinks too. Checked all boxes, as always.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. SM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SusannaM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      43 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 3, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We love this restaurant, especially the bartender and waiter----first rate service and food in a wonderful old-fashioned quiet atmosphere. A real jewel! WE plan to return very soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. DD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DineorDie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      25 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great SF place for old fashioned service and god food. A stand out even after all these years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8. J

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Johnxn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Salmon was sold out. Surprising for a 7:30 reservation. WE were told to get our order in pronto, lest the kitchen ran out of other items.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MELK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tried a private booth for the first time. Fun! The day boat scallops and mushroom risotto are worth going back for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MaryM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My husband and I enjoy Sam’s. My husband loves seafood, and I don’t. That said, non-seafood entrees are always available, and they are very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11. LK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LarryK

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 20, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner at Sam's was the highlight of our vacation. All of the food selections were excellent. My personal favorite, Clams Elizabeth, was as good as i remembered from a dinner here over 40 years ago. The dining room was sufficiently quiet one could have a conversation over dinner without shouting,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SpanishLady13

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 19, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sam’s Grill is the 5th oldest restaurant in the United States (not just SF) and a classic, woody-goody with curtained booths for those who want privacy. Our waiter, Angelo, took great care of us during our almost 2 hour lunch and the food was amazing! After a vodka martini with sourdough bread, we started with wedge salads, had calamari steak with capers and Rex Sole, then Crepe Suzette’s for dessert. Can’t wait to return soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spencer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      London

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      45 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      45 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 19, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It has been a number of years since I had been to Sam’s, but I will return soon. A wonderful piece of San Francisco history. The booths are a terrific way to visit with your guests while enjoying a meal and a truly professional waiter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JesseB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sam's is a GEM in the rough that should be experienced by all San Franciscans to retain their namesake! Reminds me of an authentic Viennese Beisl (Ghasthaus)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JeanJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had the best oysters and crab cakes in years! Loved the "old school" restaurant look and feel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16. CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CyAN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just really good with a vintage ambiance. Can’t wait to go back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    17. SC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      StevenC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      33 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A San Francisco treasure, with an Old School ambience. World class Cioppino. Excellent wait staff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18. EA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EATS4BB3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      286 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      286 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 14, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Scallops with Mushroom Risotto and Crispy Calamari were to die for. Cannot wait to go back for the Rainbow Trout

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    19. DB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DianeB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 14, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent food. Original San Francisco dining- traditional . Great experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    20. s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      starvinginbillings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 14, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good solid food - seafood- in old school setting. Nothing spectacular in terms of food but solid, fresh seafood. Loved the private booths. Service was a bit off. Waiter was good overall but pushed us a bit and was impatient as we took in menu. He actually said he was quite busy as a way to push us along! When we didn’t order wine he seemed a bit inappropriate in telling us the drinks we ordered were not really drinks at all. So, a bit off putting and rushed from waiter only down side to tge evening. I guess if you’re a sought after cool retro joint - who needs service?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    21. j

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jonathonstone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      73 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      73 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 10, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fish was perfectly prepared and delicious. My guests enjoyed their food also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    22. J

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jim1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 6, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My go-to lunch place...delicious, fun, and healthy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    23. A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agnes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Denver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 5, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just perfect from start to finish. Friendly & helpful staff. Great food. We were seated in one of the private booths. So nice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    24. N

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Netzard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 4, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love Sam's. Their fish is always fresh, and the setting is charming. They also make a first-rate martini.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    25. SK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SallyK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 31, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Classy and delicious. A great place to have great fresh fish and very good cocktails.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    26. OG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OldGuy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 31, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Old SF memories. The charm remains. Private booth is always a plus. The food not as it was a few decades ago when had business lunches at Sam's in the '80s. The calamari (rings and steak) were quite good. The Osso Buco just average. Tiramasu also good. Bread was not fresh. Definitely a day or two old.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    27. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 28, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great cioppino! Very classic restaurant, charming in an absurdly old-fashioned way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    28. RB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RichardB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 28, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since 1974 I have been going to Sam’s. The food has always been delicious. The service magnificent. The drinks exceedingly well made. Good wines at decent prices. The exact opposite of snooty restaurants more worried about the bling than solid, get it done, enjoy the company of friends and family meal. I feel over the years it has gotten better. I had a dish called Clams Elizabeth I never tasted until now: terrific. And the oysters - perfectly fresh with all the eloquence of this fabulous simple most tasty feast. The waiter took care of us with the food delivered on time, wine glasses filled, and the management of the wines perfect. Joy with high professionalism. Another great time at Sam’s. Yahoo! And the martini and negroni were pretty damn good too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    29. JH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JohnH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 23, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The waiter was friendly. The crab cakes were wonderful and the entrees were excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    30. FF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FonzF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 18, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The food was really good. The best part of my experience is the service we received. It was outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    31. WW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WilliamW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tampa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      28 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      28 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 17, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall2food4service1ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      First, it took a while for the wine to be served. Second, the wrong food was served to the table. Third, the coffee we ordered was not served. At the end the server noted that he had not served the coffee, and asked if we still wanted it. He didn't apologize, he simply asked if we wanted it. No. We won't be back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    32. v

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vegan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      29 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      29 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 16, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very nice restaurant and very good seafood. Waiter was non chalant and too hurried

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    33. RS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RickS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 14, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great venue for a warm, relaxed meal, whether with business associates or with friends. The cozy, old-school booths are simply wonderful and rarely seen in this day and age. Good range of menu options and, though not particularly creative or dazzling in presentation, solidly prepared and very tasty, and served by efficient and unpretentious wait staff. Prices seem reasonable given the downtown SF location and the ability to enjoy a good meal and good company inside an exceptionally private and quiet eating booth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    34. B

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Buns

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      70 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      70 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great food, service and fun retro feeling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    35. SF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SFNative

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      131 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      131 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 11, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One of the best seafood restaurants in SF. My halibut sole was excellent. Crabcakes were large and moist. And it's so much fun to have a booth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    36. O

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ojaibaker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 6, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After coming through a friend's recommendation, we continue to come back every time we are back in San Francisco. It is iconic and the food scrumptious. The calamari steak melted in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    37. a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alrac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      29 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      29 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 3, 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We keep returning...one of our favorite s.f. restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    38. DJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DJ77

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 1, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Even though I had made a reservation here, it was closed at that time. In addition to that, I tried to talk to a staff in the restaurant, but she wouldn't talk at all. You should make sure about your reservation through the restaurant if you made it via this site.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    39. VJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      VJ33

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Phoenix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 31, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would never think of coming to San Francisco without dining at Sam’s at least once. A traditionally outstanding restaurant with friendly and highly competent serving staff and great traditional fare. So good we went twice this trip. An experience in great food, outstanding service and a truly fine dining experience. No wonder it has been around since the mid 1800’s!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    40. r

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ralphb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 31, 2019

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A San Francisco classic! There are not many left in our great city and this is one of . them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FAQs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 421-0594.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 594 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Additional information

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cross street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kearny St.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Downtown / Union Square

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tue–Fri 11:30 am–8:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seafood, Continental, Shellfish

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Casual Dining

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dress code

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Casual Dress

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Parking details

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Local public garages or street parking after 6:00pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Public transit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BART and MUNI: Montgomery St.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Payment options

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Executive chef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      David Gingrass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Additional

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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