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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 - 12:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 12:00 am
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124 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Sams 20+ years ago, and was hoping for another repeat of a great meal. View still great as ever. The meal was average, a very limited menu, but the food and service was good, nothing outstanding. Maybe it was a slow Sunday, but it was not a repeat and somewhat disappointing.

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Thank mlw1959
Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

I'm sorry to see that your experience with not quite live up to your memory from all those years ago --we really do love what we do here, and nothing makes us happier than getting the opportunity to reconnect with old friends. We take our menu very seriously, and it's disappointing to learn you felt it was only lackluster. It... More 

New York City, New York
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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Location is great if you can enjoy a table outside on the deck. On a very hot day, take a hat, as the tables with shadow are rare! Food is good although not extraordinary. The cebiche was average. On weekends, the place is packed, you have to put your name in the waiting list. Unfortunatly, the staff is not always... More 

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Thank Edouard T
Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for coming out and enjoying the weather with us, Edouard -- we really do love getting the opportunity to soak up the sun whenever we can! It's always a pleasure to share our menu with others, so I'm sorry if you've ever felt your meal did not quite live up to expectations -- be sure to reach out and... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Sam's last night with some friends after sailing, which is typical for a Saturday night, and couldn't have been less pleased with the bar service. The blonde gal refused to take orders then overcharged our whole party, blatantly rolled her eyes and cursed at us, and was obviously drunk behind the bar. When asked to look for an... More 

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

Katharine, this was such a surprise, and thank you for bringing the situation to our attention. We love what we do here, and we always want our diners to have the best possible experience when they're with us -- it's disappointing to see this was not the case for you. We'll definitely be discussing this situation with our staff, but... More 

San Ramon, California
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204 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

I ate here several years ago and we attended a small party here last weekend. I ordered a burger and it was very good. We sat inside because it was a bit cool out but I recommend the deck if weather permits. The view is spectacular. There is an old fashioned bar in the front. The place was hopping but... More 

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Thank awm1
Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for those kind words -- they really so mean the world to us here! We love being able to give our diners the best experience possible, and I couldn't be happier to see how much you enjoyed your time with us -- that really is all we could ask for! Cheers, Brian, Co-Owner More 

Pittsburgh, PA
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92 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Sam's Anchor Cafe is a Tiburon institution, a reputation well-earned. Sam's has to get bonus points for its ambiance. One would be forgiven for thinking a Hemingway-ish Key West watering hole, or a classic Fisherman's Wharf seafood cafe, but Sam's is in Tiburon - a true slice of Northern California paradise. The view from Sam's deck of the San Francisco... More 

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

It was such a pleasure to have you and your party join us, Don -- it's even better to see that the feeling's mutual! Thank you for being such a fan of our space, and we couldn't be happier to see that you got the opportunity to try so much of our menu -- we really are proud of it!... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

We visited Tiburon on Boxing Day (we are Brits!). It was sunny and warm on the deck - helped by heaters on low. The food was OK - Chowder and Crab Cakes, just a snack really. Two beers and a Aperol/Prosecco to go with. It is cafe food (not restaurant), and they shouldn't comment to diners about being busy and... More 

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

Thanks for stopping by, Mike! The customer experience is our top priority, so I'd like to personally apologize if you didn't experience professional service -- that's not our norm. I hope you'll be back the next time you find yourself in the area! All my best, Brian, Co-Owner More 

Rancho Cordova, Ca
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

If you want a great view on a great deck, then be prepared to wait and wait and wait . . . We are foodies and will never return here. Tiburon has other options.

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

It's a shame to read about your disappointment with your visit. We pride ourselves on our fresh seafood and innovative recipes, so I'm deeply sorry if that wasn't reflected in your meal. I hope you can give us another try in the future! All my best, Brian, Co-Owner More 

Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

It was beautiful to sit outside in the sun and eat a delicious lunch, but unfortunately it took 20 minutes for a server to even take our order and the service went downhill from there.

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

It's wonderful that you enjoyed your lunch outside, Jennifer! That said, I'm sorry if you experienced any excessive wait times. I hope you can give us another try in the future! All my best, Brian, Co-Owner More 

Norwich UK
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101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Decent soup , both crab and broccoli and clam chowder were better than just OK.. but prices for a Brit are horrifying .. include a pint and a soft drink, and with the unbelievable approach to service charges that exist over here .. then a very modest lunch costs £40.. in UK I would expect to get a very decent... More 

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

It's wonderful that you enjoyed the service and the clam chowder, but it's a shame you felt your meal was overpriced. We use the freshest ingredients and offer a great view, so we price our meals accordingly. That said, we appreciate your feedback and I hope you'll be back the next time you're in the area! All my best, Brian,... More 

Napa, California
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152 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

We went here with high expectations but were very disappointed. Service was poor, and the atmosphere started off suspiciously when our waitress said hello and then announced how tired she was. Our food did not arrive until 45 minutes after we arrived at our table. The cioppino was $32 and was mostly fish and mussels. Calamari was crispy and reasonably... More 

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Thank E4468HCjerryb
Brian W, Owner at Sam's Anchor Cafe, responded to this review

Your disappointment in my disappointment. The customer experience is our top priority, so I'd like to personally apologize if you didn't experience the level of professionalism that we hold ourselves to. Additionally, I'm deeply sorry if you experienced any excessive wait times. I hope you can give us another try in the future! All my best, Brian, Co-Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene
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 - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:30 am - 12:00 am
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
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.

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