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Sam's Grill

374 Bush St., San Francisco, CA - (415) 421-0594
Sam's grill is a legacy of frontier days, a fairly fancy and pricey place that serves the finest examples of San Francisco cuisine, from the great sourdough bread on every table to grilled petrale sole and hangtown fry.
88% Approval Rating (9 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fried Filet of Sole
Crab Cake
Sourdough Bread
Rex Sole a la Sam
Petrale Sole
Crab Louie
Hash Browns
Hangtown Fry
Deviled crab a la Sam

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Sam's Grill is at the high end of the Roadfood budget. You easily can spend $50 on a meal. But it is a true and historic – and delicious – taste of San Francisco. Open since 1867, it is deluxe (executives come wearing expensive suits), and it is informal (tear at your ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

374 Bush St., San Francisco, CA
(415) 421-0594

http://www.belden-place.com/samsgrill/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Charcoal broiled petrale sole is a clean, full-flavored fish. Like most other fish dishes at Sam's, it is served with a single boiled potato. If you want a fancier spud or other side dish, you order it a la carte.
"Charcoal broiled petrale sole is a clean, full-flavored fish. Like most other fish dishes at Sam's, it is served with a single boiled potato. If you want a fancier spud or other side dish, you order it a la carte."
Michael Stern





Hash browns are one of six varieties of potato Sam's offers, the others being boiled, baked, shoestring, long branch and au gratin.
"Hash browns are one of six varieties of potato Sam's offers, the others being boiled, baked, shoestring, long branch and au gratin."
Michael Stern


Words cannot convey just how elegant this rex sole is. Even the edge of a fork seems too brutal when you sever a piece, and it is virtually weightless flavor on the tongue.
"Words cannot convey just how elegant this rex sole is. Even the edge of a fork seems too brutal when you sever a piece, and it is virtually weightless flavor on the tongue."
Michael Stern


Every table gets a lot of sourdough bread to start the meal. We are always tempted to pocket some for later. It's the best.
"Every table gets a lot of sourdough bread to start the meal. We are always tempted to pocket some for later. It's the best."
Michael Stern


Even fish-frowner Jane declared this fried filet of sole one of the eating highlights of our West Coast trip.
"Even fish-frowner Jane declared this fried filet of sole one of the eating highlights of our West Coast trip."
Michael Stern


Sam's is a clubby place. This is the open dining room. Adjoining it is an area with private dining booths.
"Sam's is a clubby place. This is the open dining room. Adjoining it is an area with private dining booths."
Michael Stern


A narrow hallway leads to curtains and the private dining booths.
"A narrow hallway leads to curtains and the private dining booths."
Cliff Strutz


Sam goes back to 1867 when it started as an oyster saloon. In more recent decades it became a definitive San Francisco restaurant with sophisticated polish, honest local food and fantastic sourdough bread.
"Sam goes back to 1867 when it started as an oyster saloon. In more recent decades it became a definitive San Francisco restaurant with sophisticated polish, honest local food and fantastic sourdough bread."
Michael Stern



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