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Sam's Anchor Cafe

Sam’s Anchor Cafe is a waterfront restaurant on San Francisco Bay. Located in Marin County in the charming town of Tiburon, the restaurant has long been known for its American/Seafood cuisine, the fun atmosphere and breathtaking views of Angel Island, Alcatraz and the San Francisco skyline. Evenings at Sam's are especially rewarding. Unwind with your friends and a favorite beverage while watching the lights come on in San Francisco across the bay. Then dine in the warm atmosphere of comfortable dining rooms and treat yourself to a seasonal dinner menu with vegetarian and gluten-free options. We also offer a carefully selected wine list and well-crafted beverages.
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26 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(26 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 26 reviews
5 stars
(14)
4 stars
(7)
3 stars
(3)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(0)
Food 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • scenic view(14)
  • great for brunch(13)
  • great for outdoor dining(13)
  • great for lunch(12)
  • hot spot(9)
  • neighborhood gem(8)
Sam's Anchor Cafe Reviews List
Review 1 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Sam's Okay

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Soggy fish and chips but the po' boy was very good. We chose a sunny Sunday afternoon at about 2PM and it was uncomfortably hot outdoors with no shade where we ate. We we very unimpressed with the fish and chips. Rather small portion of fish with a still doughy crust. A scoop of cole-slaw was placed on top the chips making them pretty soggy as well.
That said, Sam's is waterfront with good service and a good overall vibrant feel."
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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Review 2 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2014
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 3 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Beautiful place for lunch!

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The view is fantastic! And the food and drink really good to match. The service was friendly and prompt and the prices were very reasonable."
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 4 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Perfect place for entertaining Opti Regatta guests. Beautiful day and all guests were very pleased with their cocktails and menu selections. They were impressed and returned for lunch on Monday and added more rave reviews."
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2011
Special Features: great for brunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 5 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/16/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 6 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2007
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2007
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Review 7 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/03/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 8 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2008
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 9 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Wonderful

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2016
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We loved dining at Sams Anchor Café. There were 10 of us and the service was great as was the food. They helped us to celebrate a birthday also with a slice of cake. It was a great experience. I loved how they confirmed the reservation via email the day before."
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 10 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/19/2016
 2011
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Review 11 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Even on rainy days

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Great rainy Sunday place for excellent brunch - servers did not rush us, although they were sweet and attentive - ambiance was cozy, friendly and the food was delicious. We thought Sam's was only for sunny days, but not so!"
Dined on 3/13/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 12 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/28/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/28/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/28/2016
 2011
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Review 13 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2008
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2008
Special Features: great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 14 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/21/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/21/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/21/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 15 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/21/2016
 2012
Dined on 2/21/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/21/2016
 2012
Special Features: great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 16 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Charged extra for GF!

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, hot spot, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 17 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 18 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Valentine's Day Dinner out on the patio. Beautiful sunset. Highly recommended by a friend so we took a day trip from Stanford to Tiburon and were very excited to try Sam's Anchor Cafe. Disappointed, is the only way I can describe how we felt. In any and every way possible. Just pure disappointment. Really sad actually. First they couldn't locate our OpenTable reservation so they sat us anyway. We had a great view but once the sun had set, and our space heater next to our table had run out of gas, the staff tried to fix it but couldn't. They never said anything to us about it not working when we had asked for it to get fixed. Instead we sat there freezing and very uncomfortable until I asked if we could be moved to another area with a functional heater. Next, everything on their menu was pretty much sold out or out of stock. So after having to change our minds nearly 3 times each, we finally decided on an appetizer and main courses. My $34 meal (Cioppino - Dungeness Crab, Clams, Prawns, Mussels, Fish, herbed tomato broth) literally tasted like I was eating straight out of the ocean. No flavor at all. Bland and only 2 tiny pieces of crab. Lots of mussels though. Which was another odd situation since my original meal selection contained mussels (Bkack Mussels), and the server came back to tell me that they were out of mussels. But when I chose this new dish that contained mussels, I asked how they were able to prepare the other dish if they were out of mussels and she had to ask the kitchen because she didn't know how it made sense either. Well turns out they had set aside mussels for the other dish so they could be sure and prepare it still. The only thing that tasted good was our order of (Crab Cakes). Margarita was way too sour. And we didn't have silverware until 5 minutes later in which our meals became cold. Very unpleasant. Save yourself the trip to this place. It isn't anything but maybe a fun spot for a Sunday Funday out on the patio with friends for drinks."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2012
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Review 19 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 20 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 21 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/03/2016
 2011
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Review 22 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 12/05/2015
 2011
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Review 23 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 11/15/2015
 2003
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Review 24 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 10/12/2015
 2012
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Review 25 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2009
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The waffles we had were a little bit to crispy, but other than that it was good."
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2009
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Review 26 for Sam's Anchor Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/12/2015
 2004
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