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.
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The Gallery Wall At Sam’s
Currently Being Exhibited In The Main Dining Room
Selections from “Oyster Farm: Photographs of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company” by Evvy Eisen is currently being exhibited in the main dining room.
Eisen spent a year photographing the culture of oyster harvesting in Drakes Estero and creating the classic black and white images on view.
Her work documents the immigrant workers whose jobs and homes were threatened when the oyster company’s lease in the Point Reyes National Seashore was not renewed.
When the US Supreme Court denied a hearing of the case the farm was ordered to close and remove all oysters from the estuary. All buildings on the site were demolished. Drakes Bay was the last operating oyster cannery in California. It currently imports oysters from Baja, Oregon and Washington.
The Oyster Farm photos will be on view through November.
The entire series may be viewed at
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 $12 shared seafood platters.
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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