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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: Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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    Very good
  • 53
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  • 14
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  • 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 fish and chips.

Fish and chips were good. Fish wasn't especially crispy. But it was thick, well cooked, light and flaky, and very flavorful. Fries, aka chips, we're good but nothing special. The best part about eating here is the view. Market salad was very basic - - like bagged lettuce from the grocery store... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Went there for lunch during week. I ordered clams, they were absolutely awesome. service was attentive and fast. The view is worth a million dollars! Great wine selection too.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The food, service and atmosphere were excellent. A perfect evening. Healthy food that was delicious. It was a warm beautiful evening, perfect for sitting on the patio. They have heaters for those typical cool evenings

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I cycled from San Francisco, so were pretty hungry and thirsty by the time we got to Tiburon! I'm coeliac, so was delighted to find a restaurant which caters for gluten free choices here. Lovely food ( I had the steak on GF bread), and very helpful, friendly waitress. Couldn't be better!

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Fish and chips were good. Fish wasn't especially crispy. But it was thick, well cooked, light and flaky, and very flavorful. Fries, aka chips, we're good but nothing special. The best part about eating here is the view. Market salad was very basic - - like bagged lettuce from the grocery store. The blue cheese salad dressing was creamy and... More 

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

Glad those views of the bay made for a pleasant afternoon! Maybe next time you can try out our Bloody Mary and Crab Cake Benedict for the quintessential Sam's experience. We hope you'll stop by again soon! Cheers, Brian, Co-Owner More 

Palm Springs
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is a long-time favorite of mine and many locals. What could be ore relaxed fun than to dine on an outdoor veranda overlooking the marina and the city of SFO in the distance. It is an active place....many rushing waiter and waitresses delivering food to some 60 outdoor tables. There is also inside dining under cover and limited views,... More 

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

I'm so glad we're a favorite spot of yours, Neal! And I've gotta agree with you -- there's just nothing better than sipping a Salty Dog and enjoying the views of the bay. Thanks for all your kind words! Looking forward to the next time you're in Tiburon. Cheers, Brian, Co-Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in here at the end of a bike ride from the City. Enjoyed a great meal overlooking the bay accompanied by some really nice wine ( a chilled Whispering Angel Rose) highly recommend the venue. Also Tiburon was worth the extra effort to get to for a slightly laid back experience as opposed to the very busy Sausalito during... More 

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

Sounds like a glass of rose and a bite to eat were the perfect way to end your bike ride from the city! I'm thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed our laid-back atmosphere and beautiful views of the bay. Next time you bike over to Tiburon, I hope you'll stop by -- we'd love to see you again! Safe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

We sat out in the hot sun ..along with a full deck of people! The waitress was great and we had a nice meal despite the heat. Hubby had burger w fries he seemed to enjoy. I ordered the eggs benedict with ham. All was good but next time I will sit oout of the heat!

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

That hot sun will get ya, but I'm glad to hear that it didn't put too much of a damper on your meal! And, FYI, we're building an awning over part of our deck space for those who want to sit outside but not in the direct sunlight. We think lots of folks will appreciate the addition! We'd love to... More 

Simi Valley, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We came here for the seafood and the atmosphere and we weren't disappointed. We came for during early dinner time and were seated next to the water near the docking boats. The view was amazing, so was the cioppino I ordered. I am always in search of good cioppino and this made my list. Rich but not overwhelming and very... More 

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

From one Cioppino fan to another, thank you so much for your kind words! I'm thrilled to read that everything from the fresh seafood to the gorgeous views of the bay made for a stellar evening. We'd love to welcome the two of you back someday, so don't be strangers around here! Sincerely, Brian, Co-Owner More 

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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had fish and burger and they were both excellent.... The locations and views on the marina are nice. It was a little hard to locate a taxi on the way back to SF which was the only downside of the experience

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

I'm so glad you enjoyed stopping by for a bite while you were here in Tiburon, Shadi! It's awesome to hear that tasty food and some beautiful views made for a great visit. Next time you're in the neighborhood, I hope you'll stop by -- we'd love to see you again! Also there is a new water taxi service called... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I've been to Sam's a lot over the past twenty years and the view is still wonderful if you are out on the deck, but the food is pretty standard, and there are better restaurants on the street. This is more family friendly and I imagine it's ideal for a family lunch. The highlight are the truffle fries and then... More 

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

Thanks for stopping by all these years, Lauren! I'm sorry those seagulls have been a nuisance -- we do our best to keep them at bay, but I know it's not always fun to have to guard your meal. I hope that won't keep you from coming back to see us, though -- we'd love to welcome you back for... 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

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