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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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11:00 am - 1:30 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: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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  • 89
    Excellent
  • 137
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Good Food/Great View

We had a very pleasant late lunch/early dinner after returning from Angel Island. The food and service were good and the views of S.F. and Golden Gate were Great!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Jim I
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Riverbank, California
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Riverbank, California
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had a very pleasant late lunch/early dinner after returning from Angel Island. The food and service were good and the views of S.F. and Golden Gate were Great!

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

After disembarking from the Ferry, there was a mad rush to this Bar to book a table. There was a huge queue already. We had a 25 minute wait and there is no proper place to wait, so hung around the Bar area until out table was ready. I was slightly disappointed with the menu after such an effort to... More 

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

I'm bummed to hear that your meal was a disappointment, Pat. We believe our prices are fair based on our location and the quality and market price of our ingredients, but of course, that's only if everything tastes delicious! I realize we've got a lot of worthy competition in town, but I do hope we'll get another shot to show... More 

New York City, New York
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Sam's is a good place for lunch (fish and chips are great). However, we went for brunch on Sunday, and to say it was a disappointment is an understatement. The waffle was as flat and tasteless as one could be. My eggs were overcooked and miniscule. The toast was store bought, and all in all, it was expensive and not... More 

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

I'm so bummed to hear that your brunch was a disappointment, Amie. The food you describe is just not up to our standards around here, and I apologize that it even made it to your table. I hope you let your server know -- he or she would've been more than happy to put in a new order for you.... More 

Springfield, MO
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Sam's has a great atmosphere. We ate here before a July 4th Fireworks cruise. The food was ok and a little pricy but you're paying for the atmosphere. The staff was nice and pleasant.

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

Thanks for letting us be a part of the 4th of July festivities, Damian! I'm glad to hear that the views and the service were all outstanding. Safe travels -- hope you'll come see us again the next time you're in Tiburon! Cheers, Brian, Co-Owner More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

We were told this is an amazing place to eat. In actuality it is sub par and over priced. The menu is very limited regardless of season. The waitress recomended an off menu crab salad sandwich with fries or side salad. My wife got hers open face and toasted- came on a dry odd english muffin. Mine was cold on... More 

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

Riley, I'm really sorry to hear that we didn't show you and your wife a five-star visit when you stopped by recently. I hope you mentioned something to your server about your sandwiches -- she would've been more than happy to put in a new order for you. I know how important first impressions are, but I do hope we'll... More 

Mill Valley, California
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I don't know how many times we've walked by this place and yet in 15 years we've never eaten here before. What an oversight. The view from the deck is lovely although you have to ignore the seagulls. I was delighted to find grilled artichokes on the menu and my friends were more than happy with calmer and oysters. The... More 

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

I'm so glad you got the chance to stop in! It's awesome to hear that those grilled artichokes -- along with a full glass of wine, of course -- really hit the spot. We'll look forward to welcoming you back to try the burgers. Let us know what you think! 'Til then, Brian, Co-Owner More 

Tiburon, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The outdoor deck at SAMs is THE place to be most lunches about 10 months a year. Weather wise it's in a banana belt so it's almost always warm, even in some winter months. It's got some docks so you can come by boat (first come, first served) and that activity makes it interesting for anybody dining on the deck,... More 

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

Thanks for stopping in to enjoy lunch on our deck, Harry! I'm glad you've always enjoyed some fun people-watching while you sit and take in the gorgeous views. (And hey, sorry about those seagulls -- sometimes they get jealous after we turn them away because they don't have any money.) Take care, and we'll look forward to next time! Best,... More 

Litchfield
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Very happy to come to this restaurant for lunch. We were seated immediately and our waitress was really very friendly. I had a burger with bacon and avocado and it was perfect! I have not had this good a burger in a few years and I highly recommend it. Bloody Mary's were very tasty also. My companion had breakfast and... More 

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

It's fantastic to hear just how much you two enjoyed lunch with us! You really can't beat a great burger and a strong Bloody Mary, can you? Thanks for sharing your kind words -- hope you'll stop in again soon! Cheers, Brian, Co-Owner More 

Martinez, California
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127 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We have been to Sam's many times and have always enjoyed it. The location and view from the deck are exceptional and the food and service normally are too. We were there yesterday and I was unhappy to realize that my favorite item (crab salad sandwich) was no longer on the menu. I ended up with a cup of chowder... More 

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

I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed with our new menu! I can definitely understand where you're coming from, especially if you didn't see your favorite dish. That said, we'd love the chance to help you find your new favorite -- I know there's a dish on our menu you'll love! What do you say -- will you stop... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

A burger and a glass of wine on the deck on a sunny saturday is heaven! Sam's has been around forever...and there is a reason why! It is the ultimate Tiburon experience!

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

You know what we're all about, Leslie! Thanks so much for spreading the word -- we can't wait to welcome you back for a glass of wine on the deck next time you're in Tiburon! Cheers, Brian, Co-Owner More 

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Additional Information about Sam's Anchor Cafe

Address: 27 Main St, Tiburon, CA 94920-2507
Phone Number: +1 415-435-4527
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Tiburon
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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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

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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