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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
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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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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4.3based 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2015

The food, staff, atmosphere and views are fantastic.

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on August 1, 2015

the hamburgers were not as good as the previous chef the dessert was just okay i would recommend to go there for a drink

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2015

The staff is calm and attentive. The food selection is balanced and all types of eaters will find something for them. It isn't your average menu either, some nice surprises and curiosities. The food is super fresh and the portions are right. It is an overall delight from every angle.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2015

Construction all around greatly diminishes a nice place

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2015

Sam's is a great place. We had lunch on the deck. It will be a much better dining experience when the construction is done. Beautiful view and great food. The noise of the construction equipment was a bit of a distraction. Even at that, we'd go back again.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2015

The service was great! Our server was professional and knowledgeable. Definitely did feel rushed at this restaurant. The food was amazing! The crispy pork ribs, gazpacho, ceviche and the rib eye were all DELICIOUS! View is very nice, had it not been for the cranes. But what can you do? Overall, great experience! Will be going back when they relocate.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2015

Great vibe and wonderful meal! I came on a Friday night and share so many great tapas and special cocktails with my friends. Definitely will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2015

Have been to Sam's many times and they never disappoint. The food and setting are always great the staff is always friendly and greet you like a long lost friend

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2015

My wife and I were able to escape again to Sam's for the all to rare, date night. The meal was spectacular -- grilled chicory salad, tuna ceviche, local wild-caught striped Bass, fresh berries and an usual pound cake / biscuit cake with fresh whipped cream for dessert. A wonderful and well priced wine, beer and drink list (you've got to give the special summer cocktails a close read). Esti was a tremendous host as always. The entire staff was incredibly knowledgeable and responsive, each talking their own tables, and all others, as they might see something. They never disappoint and always astound.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2015

Muddled were amazing

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2.0Dined on July 12, 2015

It was faster than eating a sushi, and food was blend and not tasty, waste of time, the view is great, but thats all. The interior was like a town diner, with bunch of fake and plastic flower on the entrance, cheap and tasteless

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2015

Menu changes enough to be interesting but we always find a favorite or two that stays. Cheese plate and cocktails are always a hit. Service is phenomenal. Come here around 6 times a year. Never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2015

My first visit to Sams. I was looking for a good place to have a business lunch with an international client. This was a perfect spot. The best part about it was the patient and professional service. We had a lot to talk about, my client spoke English, but it takes time. I felt completely attended to without feeling rushed or bothered. The server was patient with my client and I even though we had several questions and special requests. The food came in a timely manner and was exactly what we ordered. It was also very tasty. We were pretty conservative in what we ordered, but there was a really nice balance of offerings on the menu for the more adventurous.

The atmosphere was perfect for a business lunch--quiet enough for an in-depth business conversation without feeling stuffy. The view of the harbor, downtown Boston and even Charlestown was fantastic. I wanted my client to feel like he had a Boston experience and it worked out well.

Valet parking was affordable and convenient. All-in-all, I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2015

It's a pity that Sam's is moving with the destruction of the Louis building. I really like the environment that they've set up, but I'm excited to see what they do with their new space.


Would highly recommend a cheese board.

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2015

Strongly recommend a discount until the ambience improves. Not pleased with spending $140, knowing that the view was crushed concrete and construction equipment. Very disappointing for only a brief trip to Boston. Bad experience, no empathy. Food alone isn't solely the value.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2015

Sam's is a great experience on so many fronts. Welcoming staff and vibrant atmosphere, great view of the harbor with lots of sailing activity, ferry and cruise boats, etc. Very nice, attentive, unassuming but polished wait staff. And, importantly, very, very good food such as the day's special - delicious striped bass caught that day, farm grown fresh vegetables, roasted asparagus beautifully garnished with nasturtiums and squash blossoms. Delicious bread! For a quieter evening, go early in the week or on a rainy day. Thursday on is fully booked, vibrant and happening!

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2015

Food was great and fairly priced. The service was good but atmosphere means everything to me when I go out to eat and because it was so crowded and noisy I would not go there again. I chose Sam's due to it's beautiful water views but there were no tables available outside so we sat inside. To be fair, maybe sitting outside would have made all the difference.

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2.0Dined on June 22, 2015

The menu really had nothing that jumped out at you - other than odd combinations of ingredients.
Our waitress had no personality. Luckily the weather was nice and the view in the distance was great. The bulldozers below are an eyesore.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2015

This is one of my favorites in the area, and my guests, who had not seen Boston in 24 years, loved the view, and food. The service was also fantastic. It is a perfect place to showcase the Seaport, and also a wonderful place to come as a a regular.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2015

Sam's continues to impress...consistently so! The owners, the servers, the bartenders, the chefs all work in unison to create this enjoyable dining experience. The view is the best on Boston Harbor, especially from the popular patio. You will be impressed by the food, from the salads to the brunch selections to the entrees...and save room for dessert!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2015

upscale food, friendly servers, amazing views of harbor

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