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Permanently Closed - Sam's

877 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View (1819)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (1645)
  • Fit for Foodies (1320)

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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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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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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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We offer live music every Friday 8:00pm - 11:00pm
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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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

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.

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!