The history of Sam’s Grill dates back to 1867, when an Irishman, Michael Molan Moraghan, began selling fresh oysters at a stall in the open-air market at the base of California Street. By the 1890’s Moraghan’s company had developed into the City’s leading seafood establishment, with his specialty focused on local oysters, he became known as “The Oyster King.” The business continued to thrive as the Burlingame Oyster Co. and in 1922, Samuel Zenovich acquired the oyster company that became known as “Sam’s.” In 1936, the restaurant was purchased by Frank Seput, who formalized the establishment’s current name, “Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant.” The Seput family owned and operated Sam’s from 1932 to 2005. Frank Sr., Frank Jr., Walter and Walter’s son Gary oversaw more than 70 very productive and formative years that helped establish what Sam’s Grill is remembered for today. Phil Lyons bought the restaurant in 2005 and retired in 2014, staying true to Sam’s colorful history. After many years as part of the Sam’s family, Peter Quartaroli became managing partner with the support of a group of loyal customers and investors.
If you do not see your desired reservation, please call us at 415-421-0594.
Walk-ins and private dining up to 24, available.
Join us for HAPPY HOUR
Join us every weekday on the patio from 4 – 7pm for $9 martinis, select wines and $12 shared seafood platters.
On Thursdays we offer, THROWBACK THURSDAYS. On #TBT we are offer the prices we did 148 years ago (well about as close as we can get for 2016!). Join us at the bar from 4:00 – 6:00pm and enjoy your second draft beer for 2 dollars, glass of house wine for 2 dollars, or Manhattan for 4 dollars. Offer available in the restaurant bar only.
Sam’s Seafood Alley is NOW OPEN
After 148 years, Sam’s Grill is mixing things up with the introduction of Sam’s Seafood Alley, a new patio and bar on Belden Place.
Enjoy local, seasonal, and sustainable seafood including dishes like Clam Chowder, Crab Rolls and fresh Oysters while sipping local craft cocktails, martinis, and Manhattans.
Dine for a Cause at Sam’s Grill
For over 147 years Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant has had a passion to serve and support the organizations that serve our community. We are proud to host a series of charitable dinners on the first Tuesday of each month where 15% of the dinner sales (excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity) will go back to the participating organization. Make a reservation on OpenTable
Our Beloved Giovanni Retires
Featured in the SFChronicle.com on April 24th, 2016
SF: September’s Hautest Dining + Drinking Happenings
Featured on Hauteliving.com, September 2015
Checkout Sam’s New Outdoor Setup
Featured on Urbandaddy.com, September 2015
148-Year-Old Sam’s Grill & Seafood Gets an Update and a New Name
Featured on SFweekly.com, August 2015
Sam’s Grill to Debut Outdoor Patio Restaurant
Featured on Eater SF, August 2015