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.
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.
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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