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Permanently Closed - Sam's

4.3
877 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (1645)
  • Fit for Foodies (1320)

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

A waterfront icon, Sam's in Boston, MA offers stunning views along with classic bistro fare. Emphasizing the seafood that arrives in the harbor each day, it also features a fabulous array of other dishes along with excellent cocktails.

Diners at Sam's can savor all of the raw choices so popular in seaside restaurants, but there are also charcuterie boards, including the chef's grand board. Small plates are also a popular choice with nibbles including house made potato chips or English pea toast. Soups, salads and hearty mains round out the options at Sam's, and the coconut rum cake is also a great way to finish a meal.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, French American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 9pm.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RESERVATIONS ARE FOR INSIDE SEATING ONLY!! The patio will be sat on a first come first serve basis.
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Phone number
(617) 295-0191
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Asia Mei
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Private party facilities
Our restaurant is available for private events. Please contact us for more information
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Private party contact
Esti Parsons: (617) 295-0191
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fan Pier
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Parking details
There is on site valet available for our customers. The cost is $10 for 3 hrs during the day, and $16 after 6 pm every night.
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Public transit
we are located directly across from the Courthouse stop on the silver line.
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Entertainment
We offer live music every Friday 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FoodieArchitect (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2015

My wife and took our twin daughters here for 16th birthday dinner. The outdoor terrace and ambiance was spot-on. Service was attentive, helpful, and prompt. The menu had enough variety to suit our temperamental palettes. Three of us are doing the paleo thing and had great fare of pork tenderloin and a scrumptious red curry mussels. We really enjoy this place, and love the connection with the Harborwalk with magnificent view onto the Boston skyline as unique.

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vipNikki (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on August 30, 2015

Went for Sunday brunch. None of the 4 of us had anything good. View is amazing but they are moving locations.

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Betty (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 30, 2015

I've always had excellent experiences at Sam's but this time was completely different. I didn't see one server smile the entire time we were there, which was over 2 hours. Drinks took forever and we did not feel welcome. One meal was sent back because it was burned so badly it was inedible. Once the new meal came, we all agreed that the food was very good. Overall, it's a great spot with AMAZING views and atmosphere, but the service culture and attitudes were bad. Disappointing.

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vipKris (Miami)
4.0  Dined on August 30, 2015

Sam's is a great spot for getting brunch. A little pricey but that's to be expected.Food was very good and the view from the deck was great. My recommendation to Sam's is to get some umbrellas for the deck because it can be brutally hot out on their deck, also some music outside would have been nice. Otherwise great spot.

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Bostonblossom (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2015

We love Sam's and have been coming here for a while, whether to have a romantic evening, bring visiting friends, or celebrate a special occasion. Sam's usually doesn't disappoint, except the most recent time when they didn't remember our special request - it didn't ruin the evening but felt like the person taking our request didn't care about our experience (he was quite curt and a bit rude on the phone too).
Also, it would be great if they added/changed around the vegetarian options on the menu- am getting bored eating the same things every time!

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Barbara (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2015

All Waitstaff was terrific. Party of 8 suddenly turned into party of 11. Staff immediately brought out another table within seconds. Food was yummy, drinks were tasty.
I'm coming back and so are the rest of my party.

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Cary (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2015

This is the one place in Boston that I know won't let me down when I have guests visiting from overseas. The view is wonderful. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable enthusiastic. Ambiance is comfortable. Jeans or dressy mix well here. Food is spectacular. Always surprises. Always pleases. Great for sharing...or not!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2015

Went for lunch on a beautiful day. Location was outstanding with a fantastic harbor view. Food was interesting and delicious. My wife had the omelet and we shared the street corn and crisp ribs. Both were excellent. I have been here before for dinner but the lunch was a nice surprise. Don't be put off by the construction nearby. It is quiet. Will definitely be back

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vipJackO (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2015

Had a wonderful meal and overall experience. Bummed they'll be closing but will definitely check out Sam's 2.0.

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vipFelicia (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2015

I love Sam's. And everyone I take there does too. It is the closest thing Boston has to a very cool but laid back NYC cafe. LOVE it!

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vipEmily (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

Sam's is always great! Outstanding location, decor, staff and food. Can't wait to go back once they move to their new location.

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vipStephanieR (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2015

We were in town for a conference and Sam's made our group feel right at home. They had a table with an excellent view of the harbor ready for us. Great foodie menu and they worked well with a strange food allergy :) Highly recommend!

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familyout (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2015

walked from the convention center for dinner. based on other ratings (and Yelp) I assumed that this would be slightly less high-end than it was. the servers were nice, the cocktails were interesting and good, and the food was excellent, just not cheap. has a nice future as the neighborhood develops around it.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

Fantastic for a summer lunch by the sea. Love the chalkboard specials--somewhat standard menu but with some nice twists and everything is delicious and beautifully prepared. Highest marks for the elegant cheese plate to start!!

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vipMediocre (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2015

Dining at Sam's is always a very pleasurable experience. It has it all: excellent, well prepared dishes by a great kitchen staff (creamy deviled eggs, sweet ribs, spicy mussels, and especially the seasonal heirloom tomato salad), outstanding harbor view, superb service, friendly staff, and warm, welcoming owners. It is a never fail "10!"

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gerard (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2015

The service was slow but pleasant. The food was excellent and the wine list was appropriate in scale and scope.

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vipMike (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 9, 2015

The food, service, and vibe of Sam's won me over when I first had a drink and appetizers there shortly after it opened. Estie is by far one of the most gracious hosts in the restaurant scene, and this clearly overflows to the staff. The food is always superb-- farm-to-table, fresh ingredients, and always highlighted. My only complaint is I wish there was some way the location could be saved; being in an open yet smaller space on the second floor with a wrap around outdoor deck overlooking both the city and the harbor helps create that intimate feeling of visiting a friend's home rather than a business establishment.

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JPRnR62 (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 8, 2015

the entrees and the main dishes were very tasty and unique , and the view was extraordinary .Unfortunatly the waitress informed me that the will be moving and that would change the views on the bay.

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KMay (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2015

The food, staff, atmosphere and views are fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2015

We were waited on by Nadia, she was really great. The food was delicious and the drinks great; I went with a group of six people and we were seated outside and had a really lovely time.

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