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If you do not see your desired reservation, please call us at 415-421-0594.

Walk-ins and private dining up to 24, available.


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Drake's Bay Oyster on the Half Shell
1/2 Dozen 16
Dozen 30
Fried Zucchini or Eggplant 8
Sam's Ceviche 13
Bay Shrimp Cocktail 10
Prawn Cocktail 16
Fried Calamari for Two 19
Crab Cocktail 20
Crab Leg Cocktail 22
Pacific Oyster Cocktail 15
Crab Cakes w/ Meyer Lemon Aioli & Charred Corn Relish 22
Marinated Calamari 14
Smoked Salmon 16
Smoked Trout Crostini 13
Steamed Clams 17
Soup of the Day 5/8
Clam Chowder 6/9
Mixed Greens 10
with Shellfish 27
Hearts of Romaine 12
with Red Beans 13
with Shellfish 29
with Avocado and Shellfish 31
Caesar Salad 13.50
with Bay Shrimp 17
with Prawns 23
with Crab 30
with Smoked Salmon 19
Prawn Salad or Louis 22
Bay Shrimp Salad or Louis 16
Crab Salad or Louis 29
Marinated Calamari with Mixed Greens 18
Avocado or Tomato 10
Sam's Wedge 13
with Shellfish 27.50
Anchovy 12
Celery Victor 14
Sam's Special Seafood Salad 28
Linguini with Fresh Clams 22
Penne Pesto 15
Linguini Frutti di Mare 24

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Fire Grilled Ahi Tuna, Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, Shaved Asparagus, Mango Salsa, Ginger Chardonnay Sauce 28
Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon, Lemon Basmati, Braised Greens, Smoked Paprika Butter, Yellow Tomato Jam 30
Fried 20
Calamari Steak Dore 21
Calamari Steak a lá Sam 20
Sam's Cioppino 31
Fried Filet of Sole 18
Boned Rex Sole a la Sam (when available) 20
Petrale Meuniere 25
Sand Dabs a la Sam (when available) 25
Tempura Fish & Chips 20
Pacific Rock Cod 20
Ahi Tuna 25
Mahi Mahi 25
Petrale 24
King Salmon Fillet 26
Blue Nose Bass 28
Swordfish (pole caught) 27
Sauteed Shellfish (Scallops, Prawns, Crab Legs) 39
Sauteed Crab Legs 45
Fried Crab Legs 43
Hangtown Fry 20
Fried Pacific Oysters 22
Sauteed Day Boat Scallops 30
Fried Day Boat Scallops 30
Prawns Dore 26
Sauteed Prawns 26
Fried Prawns 26
Fried Little Neck Clams 26
Fried Seafood Platter 30
Abalone (when available) 75.00
Lobster Tail 44
Steamed Clams 21.50
Ribeye Steak
12oz. 47
16oz. 56
New York Steak
12oz. 42
16oz. 51
Roasted Chicken 18
Veal Scaloppine 24
Veal Piccata 24
Calf's Liver with Bacon and Onions 20
Charcoal Broiled with Bacon 29
Sauteed with Caper and Lemon 29
Spinach 6
Creamed Spinach 6
Fried Zucchini or Eggplant 8
Swiss Chard 7
Sauteed Button Mushrooms 7
Onion Rings 6
Boiled 5
Shoestring 6
Roasted Red 5
Hashbrowns 6
Cheesecake 10
Warm Chocolate Cake 10
Warm Apple Pie 10
Tiramisu 10
Salted Caramel Pots de Creme 10
Warm Seasonal Fruit Crisp 10
Sam's Chipwich 10
Scoop of the Day 10
French Pancakes w/ Lemon 9
French Pancakes w/ Liqueur 12


The history of Sam’s Grill dates back to 1867, when an Irishman, Michael Bolan 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.


Sam’s Benefit for North Bay Fire Relief – Nov 4 2017

On Saturday, November 4th, we’ll be putting together a special $150 Four-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner with Open Bar from 4-6:30pm. Book today on OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 415.421.0594.

Sam’s will be donating all profits to three charities that are doing great work in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino County. Our benefits focus is on family, children and community.  The dinner has two seatings – 5pm & 6:30pm.

Our  Prix Fixe Menu:

1st Course: Cup of Chowder

2nd Course: Mixed Greens with Shellfish

3rd Course: (Choose one of the four options)
New York Steak
Fish & Chips

4th Course: Tiramisu or Sam’s Chipwhich

A message from Peter Quartaroli, Managing Partner:

“In honor of Sam’s 150th anniversary, I am inviting the Sam’s community to join me at Sam’s Benefit Dinner for North Bay Fire Relief.

I hope you’ll join me and the Sam’s community on November 4th.”

***Please specify your Prix Fixe course selections in the “special request” text box when booking your reservation through Open Table***

Ernie Beyl, John Briscoe to Read from their New Books at Sam’s Grill April 4, 5:30

Ernie Beyl and John Briscoe will read from their newest books Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. on the patio of Sam’s Grill at 374 Bush Street in San Francisco.  Appetizers will be complimentary (and cooked to perfection), and the authors might be persuaded to sell copies of their books, even to inscribe them.


Globe-trotting Ernie Beyl, a fixture in the San Francisco writing scene for sixty years, always returns to sink back in the comfort of his 49-square-mile home that is San Francisco, and tell in the bars and write in his columns of his travels. But his best stories are always of San Francisco. A verb should be formed from raconteur, because only such a verb could convey how Ernie affectionately writes of his town and its people. San Francisco Appetites and Afterthoughts, recently published by Grizzly Peak Press, is the finest walking tour of San Francisco there is.  It’s all here—the jazz, comedy, the poetry scene, the restaurants and all the bars and celebrities famous and infamous.  You’ll find yourself reading it more and more slowly, lest it end.


Ernie’s book can be purchased at City Lights, Books Inc., and all reputable and, come to think of it disreputable, book sellers in the Bay Area.  It can also be ordered from Amazon:


Briscoe’s The Lost Poems of Cangjie, published by Risk Press, are translations of recently discovered poems of the Chinese historical figure Cangjie, storied inventor of the Chinese system of writing during the reign of The Yellow Emperor, Huangdi, in the 27th century BCE, approximately 4700 years ago.   These poems are now the oldest known poetry on earth.


(Some scholars do not believe there was a Yellow Emperor, or Cangjie, just as they once believed there was no Xia dynasty. Evidence unearthed in the city of Yanshi in 1959, however, proved the existence of the Xia, which ruled after the time of the Yellow Emperor from approximately 2100 to 1800 BCE. The discoveries of Cangjie’s poems may prove the existence of the Yellow Emperor.)


Briscoe’s book contains the recently discovered poems of Cangjie, translated by his client E. O., who also writes an afterword explaining the provenance of the manuscripts that led to the translations, and the place of Cangjie’s poetry in world poetry.  Cangjie’s poetry seems a ballast to the great Chinese poetry of the Tang Dynasty (roughly, our seventh and eighth centuries CE).   E. O.’s Afterword tells the remarkable story of the discovery of the poems, nearly totally lost for almost five thousand years.


  The Lost Poems of Cangjie may be purchased at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco book store, other fine book stores, or online through Amazon or other sources.

Nominations for literary awards will be warmly welcomed.  A Pulitzer for Ernie Beyl will be worth our while.

Join us for HAPPY HOUR

Join us every weekday on our heated patio Happy Hour from 4 – 7.30pm for $9 martinis, select wines and select $12 appetizers

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 heated patio, and bar on Belden Place.

Enjoy local, seasonal, and sustainable seafood including dishes like Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes, and fresh Oysters while sipping local craft cocktails, martinis, and Manhattans in a relaxing atmosphere.

Now available for private bookings.

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

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