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Sam's Anchor Cafe

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27 Main St, Tiburon, CA 94920-2507
+1 415-435-4527
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9:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Sat 9:30 am - 1:30 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Sam’s Anchor Café is a favorite waterfront restaurant on San Francisco...
Sam’s Anchor Café is a favorite waterfront restaurant on San Francisco Bay. Located in the charming town of Tiburon, we serve delicious American/Seafood cuisine in a fun atmosphere with breathtaking views.
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Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 83
    Excellent
  • 122
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very pleasant lunch

We enjoyed a very pleasant late lunch here after returning from Angel Island. The food was good and service friendly and good, too. It has great indoor or outdoor seating.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
EJL545
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We enjoyed a very pleasant late lunch here after returning from Angel Island. The food was good and service friendly and good, too. It has great indoor or outdoor seating.

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Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

So glad you could join us after a day on Angel Island! Late afternoon is a wonderful time to enjoy the views and the sea breeze from our deck. Thanks for sharing your kind words -- I hope you'll come see us again soon! All the best, Brian, Co-Owner More 

leftcoast
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Sam's has long had the best view North of the Golden Gate, but the food has improved over the years. I had not been for years and was not disappointed. The view is still magnificent but the indoor seating which in the past was somewhat of an after thought is very comfortable. We sat indoors by the window and enjoyed... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We went here for the fantastic views and brunch. The food was good (highly recommend the blue cheese garlic bread) and the the views amazing. There was no wait for us as we got there when they opened!

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Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

Nothing beats enjoying brunch and taking in some breathtaking scenery! I'm so glad your visit was such a hit -- and if your username is any indication, we'll look forward to the next time you hike or bike back to our place for brunch! Cheers, Brian, Co-Owner More 

La Habra, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Right on the water with a big patio over the water. Very busy and had to wait an hour. Half the deck is bar and they won't let you order off the cafe menu, only a few light snacks. They want to turn the tables with alcohol consumers for larger profit which I understand, but still frustrating. No umbrellas, so... More 

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Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

We do get pretty busy around here, but I'm glad to see it didn't stop you from enjoying the views! Just to clarify, many of our guests come in for drinks and snacks, which is why we have a large bar area and separate menu. I'm sorry it caused some frustration, though! I hope you'll join us again the next... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sam's is so much fun for breakfast and lunch . The food is great . The staff is friendly and helpful . It's a great place to sit out by the water and enjoy the weather the view of San Francisco Bay and have a great meal !

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Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

Warm weather, beautiful views, and tasty food -- that's our favorite combination, Susan! It's great to hear how much you've loved joining us for breakfast and lunch. And it sounds like I've got some compliments to give to my staff, so thanks for sharing! Anyways, we'll look forward to having you back soon -- take care! Cheers, Brian, Co-Owner More 

Andover, Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We stopped at Sam,s for the first time on Sunday. Had a great time, beautiful weather, good food, and good wine. Just sit and have a glass and feel the stress unwind, we will be back.

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Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

It's great to hear you're a fan of our place! We appreciate your support and hope to have you back for another glass of wine soon! All the best, Brian, Co-Owner More 

Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This place has an amazing view, a helpful and knowledgeable wait staff, and a delicious menu! I strongly recommend the crab sandwich. My husband had the petrale sole, which was also terrific. A must-do!

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Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

The crab sandwich was definitely a good choice on your part! We're thrilled to hear that you both had a good time. Hopefully you'll come back and see us next time you're in the area again. Best, Brian, Co-Owner More 

Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Outside Patio Seating is best. Service can be slow. Restaurant can get pretty packed on the weekends. Restaurant has a serious seagull problem.

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Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

Glad you've enjoyed some sunny afternoons out on our patio, Dan! I'm sorry about those pesky seagulls, though -- we do all we can to keep them at bay, but they heard about our Dungeness Crab specials and are a little overenthusiastic. As for the service, I definitely understand that it's frustrating to wait a long time for your food.... More 

Tiburon, California
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Don't make a trip to san francisco without a stop at Sam's. For over 60 years this has been to place to be. The outside deck is named every sunny day and if your in the city you can ride the ferry to Tiburon and almost fall into Sam's.

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Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

I sure appreciate your kind words, Jim. We're lucky to have such a beautiful location right on the water, and I'm so glad you've been able to enjoy lots of sunny afternoons on our deck. Looking forward to the next time you stop by! Sincerely, Brian, Co-Owner More 

San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It was a beautiful President's Day weekend and we decided to take the family out to Sam's for lunch outside by the water. The food was not as good as I recalled from previous visits, still good, but not great. The service and electric lemonades were very good. Also quite pricey, but the view and people watching makes it worthwhile.... More 

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Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

Glad you could take advantage of the gorgeous weather we've been having! I'm sorry the food wasn't what you remember, though. We'll be aiming for "great" the next time around, okay? Can't wait to see you then! All the best, Brian, Co-Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 27 Main St, Tiburon, CA 94920-2507
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Tiburon
  • Phone Number: +1 415-435-4527

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating

Description

Sam’s Anchor Café is a favorite waterfront restaurant on San Francisco Bay. Located in the charming town of Tiburon, we serve delicious American/Seafood cuisine in a fun atmosphere with breathtaking views.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Saturday
9:30 am - 1:30 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?