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Sam's Anchor Cafe

Sam's Anchor Cafe

Seafood Restaurant, Café, and American Restaurant$$$$
Tiburon
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    David O.
    "watch out for those aggressive seagulls, tho!"(8 Tips)
    Shawn K.
    "best place to enjoy a weekend afternoon"(3 Tips)
    Bachelor10
    "Gorgeous views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and SF."(18 Tips)
    Renee L.
    "Sam's has a huge bottle of community sunblock."(3 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 13, 2016
    Sam’s takes a traditional approach to the bloody mary, meaning it’s full of vodka and celery, but with whole peppers giving it that extra kick. Read more
  • Ashley R.heart icon on user image
    Ashley RoseJune 29, 2018
    Lots of outdoor seating - even on a busy Saturday afternoon the wait is only 30 minutes. Have a Bloody Mary, $30 crab salad and relax.
    Upvoted Feb 11
  • David O.heart icon on user image
    David OkuboApril 23, 2016
    how can you not love this place? it's classic! out of town guests love it for its view and totally marin vibe. watch out for those aggressive seagulls, tho!
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Wilson Favre-DelerueApril 19, 2016
    Come for the lovely terrace tables, stay for the tasty seafood dishes and Bloody Mary!
  • Ray Y.heart icon on user image
    Ray YJuly 20, 2015
    Great place to dine el fresco! If you don't mind sharing the space with pigeons and gulls, they've got great food here—ciopinno, fish n chips, steak sando. 😋
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    evaJuly 11, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp Louie Salad, cioppino and blue cheese bread are all fabulous! Best deck and view in Tiburon.
  • Mary O.heart icon on user image
    Mary O'NealJune 2, 2015
    If you could surprise your new best friend who requested an unparalleled landscape as he turned 27! One restaurant.. One view, one love! And there is more! Not telling!
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CampbellMay 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Coolest, hippest spot in Tiburon! Sit out on the deck with all the cool people but watch out for the seagulls...they are well versed on boldly stealing food from tourist! : )
  • Lach T.heart icon on user image
    Lach TaylorMarch 4, 2016
    New chef has really turned this place around. Check the daily specials. On the regular menu, try the smoked trout salad with cara cara.
  • Bobby I.
    Bobby IsaacsonDecember 26, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Menu was recently updated. Love the tuna poke, the burger is amazing and the Sams Lemonade to wash everything down.
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10April 26, 2011
    Take the ferry over to Tiburon from either the Ferry Building or Pier 41 in San Francisco. Gorgeous views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and SF. Plus they serve beer and lots of it. Read more
  • Taylor B.heart icon on user image
    Taylor BeggsOctober 5, 2013
    I featured Sam's on my latest blog post: Taylor’s Best of Marin: Top 10 Must Eat Meals Before You Die! See what meal was my favorite & feel free to comment and let me know if you agree or disagree! Read more
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen ThorntonAugust 12, 2014
    Oysters on the half shell are awesome. Not that many tourists here compared to Sausalito! Fun place to hang.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A fantastic brunch spot across the Bay with gorgeous views... get there by 11am on weekends to beat the first ferry and the crowds. No reservations accepted.
  • gennarator
    gennaratorNovember 4, 2010
    It's so fun to come to Sam's on a hot day. The view is one of the bests in the bay. The food is good, I love getting their Caesar salad and adding prawns, their mimosas are wonderful too!
  • Richard R.heart icon on user image
    Richard RevillaOctober 17, 2014
    Grab a Anchor Steam a burger watch the sunset with San Francisco in the background and watch the Giants win.
  • Steve O.
    Steve OuttrimNovember 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the hang town fry omelette with the blue cheese bread as toast. Perfect for 1pm brunch waiting for the ferry
  • Brian L.heart icon on user image
    Brian LongtinOctober 23, 2017
    Hell of a patio for some high quality day drinking. Hurricane fries are top notch seasoned goodness.
  • Ali R.heart icon on user image
    Ali RaheemMarch 31, 2018
    Views are indeed great. I am a tiburon resident so have been here plenty of times. At times the food falls short of expected quality given the relatively high prices.
  • Jolie B.
    Jolie BaumgardnerOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The deck at Sam's is the perfect way to spend a sunny weekend afternoon. Watch out for the kamikaze seagulls though. They are bananas.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RomeroMarch 14, 2014
    Excellent place for a sunny lunch with a cold beer! Order the crab penne and the ahi tuna!
  • Jason K.heart icon on user image
    Jason KonenSeptember 17, 2014
    Get a table outside to enjoy a beautiful view of the marina with San Francisco in the background.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MassuccoJune 21, 2010
    Beautiful Atmosphere & Awesome food!! Sit inside or out on the deck. Check out the fried Calamri...so good!! The best Fish & Chips in town and their tartar sauce is bomb. No Beer on Tap :(
  • Mike N.heart icon on user image
    Mike NadelmanMarch 26, 2012
    Still the best place for Bfst for 2 (only at the bar) if you are willing to spend $150 and arrive by boat early in the morning.
  • Debbie F.heart icon on user image
    Debbie FournierJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sams burger w side of crab = best ever crabby party! Ciopino also terrific. And fresh onion rings w ranch dressing are worth the calories.
  • Peter S.
    Peter ShiauMay 6, 2012
    You can usually get a table inside without a wait. Sometimes it's better than fighting for an outside table even if it's beautiful.
  • Chris A.
    Chris AstonJanuary 21, 2013
    Had the steak sandwich on toasted sourdough with au jus dip and a side of mixed greens. Scenic and delicious!
  • Douglas G.
    Douglas GrayJuly 13, 2022
    Crab toast is their take on the avocado toast trend, and it’s a winner.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    Sam's is a classic, and boasts some of the best views around, with San Francisco, Alcatraz and Angel Island in plain sight.
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    JoAugust 6, 2014
    Pink lemonades on a hot day couldn't be better. Sit on the deck for awesome views of the marina and SF.
  • Rosie D.
    Rosie DeoJuly 27, 2013
    Enjoy the company of seagulls by eating outside on the deck. Very friendly environment. Take a walk and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Brian H.heart icon on user image
    Brian HoldenSeptember 12, 2013
    Get here early on the weekend to grab an outdoor seat. Solid food. Surprisingly kid-friendly.
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    The Ark NewspaperAugust 15, 2012
    Since there aren't any umbrellas — a sore spot w/my pasty skin and lack of hair — be sure to ask about sunscreen. They keep a giant jug of it over by the host/hostess station out back, and it's free!
  • Caroline F.
    Caroline FogartyAugust 8, 2017
    They don't always have it, but the crab meat salad sandwich is an absolute treasure.
  • Steven M.heart icon on user image
    Steven MatthewsApril 28, 2019
    Outdoor seating. Bloody Marys. Oysters. Fried chicken sandwich.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FarnsworthJuly 30, 2012
    Fish and Chips are incredible here. Also, the blue cheese garlic bread is a MUST!
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Sam's outdoor deck is one of the nation's most picturesque places to drink. Good luck biking back to the city.
  • Tania M.heart icon on user image
    Tania MartinezOctober 20, 2015
    Great food, excelent service and the best terrace in Tiburon.
  • Nancy W.
    Nancy WuFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down beat ahi tuna sandwich i've ever had- foccacia bread was baked to perfection
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolJanuary 24, 2016
    Super terrasse ! Crab , clam chowder
  • Laura G.
    Laura GApril 27, 2012
    The place has a good vibe and the view / atmosphere is great. Try the fish sandwich!
  • Meaghan H.
    Meaghan HOctober 20, 2018
    Awesome local bar with great food and drinks and a view
  • Markus S.
    Markus SpieringApril 9, 2013
    Cover your (fried) food if you sit on the deck or the seagulls will take it.
  • Sandra
    SandraJuly 13, 2011
    Amazing Crab Omelette, fantastic over the water location. Low Key brunch with limited menu though
  • Phillip K.
    Phillip KidwellApril 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    This is the way to do it! Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Sam's then sleep on the boat! Bring your own booze too!
  • Howard C.heart icon on user image
    Howard CJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're in the city take an early ferry Easier and safer than driving. Tiburon police are relentless
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionOctober 3, 2012
    Awesome views on a sunny day. Try the signature lemonade.
  • Mike N.heart icon on user image
    Mike NadelmanDecember 10, 2013
    Sit at the bar and get the best service from Alex the Bartender from Brasil
  • ✰ David M.
    ✰ David Mathison ✰January 28, 2013
    Leave the cold and fog behind. Take the ferry from san Francisco to Tiburon and spend the afternoon in the sun!
  • Mike M.
    Mike MichonJune 18, 2011
    Come before 11 on the weekend and your experience shall be relatively douche-free!
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