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Sam's Anchor Cafe

Sam's Anchor Cafe

Seafood Restaurant, Café, and American Restaurant$$$$
Tiburon
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  • Jason K.
    "beautiful view of the marina with San Francisco in the background."(5 Tips)
    David O.
    "watch out for those aggressive seagulls, tho!"(8 Tips)
    Shawn K.
    "best place to enjoy a weekend afternoon"(3 Tips)
    Renee L.
    "Sam's has a huge bottle of community sunblock."(3 Tips)
93 Tips and reviews
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  • Lauren T.
    Food is so gross
  • Sherryl T.
    Sherryl TzJune 24, 2016
    Ribeye. Truffle fries. Chardonnay.
  • Tim W.
    Tim WarrenJune 3, 2016
    Good times!
  • David O.
    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!
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueApril 19, 2016
    Come for the lovely terrace tables, stay for the tasty seafood dishes and Bloody Mary!
  • 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
  • Lach T.
    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.
  • Esra A.
    Esra AtamanFebruary 29, 2016
    Nice SF view with nice meal and drink
  • Daniel Patrick S.
    Daniel Patrick SimmonsFebruary 22, 2016
    Patio seating is a must!
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolJanuary 24, 2016
    Super terrasse ! Crab , clam chowder
  • Tania M.
    Tania MartinezOctober 20, 2015
    Great food, excelent service and the best terrace in Tiburon.
  • Ray Y.
    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. 😋
  • Howard C.
    Howard CJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're in the city take an early ferry Easier and safer than driving. Tiburon police are relentless
  • Mary O.
    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!
  • Ricardo L.
    Ricardo LamasApril 7, 2015
    They are getting out of touch
  • Zethus S.
    Zethus SuenOctober 27, 2014
    Cyclers beware: No bicycles allowed inside!
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaOctober 17, 2014
    Grab a Anchor Steam a burger watch the sunset with San Francisco in the background and watch the Giants win.
  • Cassandra L.
    Cassandra LightSeptember 19, 2014
    Do drinks, not necessarily food ;)
  • Jason K.
    Jason KonenSeptember 17, 2014
    Get a table outside to enjoy a beautiful view of the marina with San Francisco in the background.
  • Markus F.
    Markus FrankSeptember 7, 2014
    Body Mary Spicy.
  • 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.
  • Jo
    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.
  • Sumner W.
    Sumner WeitzApril 27, 2014
    Cioppino on point.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RomeroMarch 14, 2014
    Excellent place for a sunny lunch with a cold beer! Order the crab penne and the ahi tuna!
  • Kim S.
    Kim StrebelJanuary 19, 2014
    Don't go for the food, stick to the drinks and scenery.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SolisJanuary 5, 2014
    The Bloody Mary is bloody great!
  • Mike N.
    Mike NadelmanDecember 10, 2013
    Sit at the bar and get the best service from Alex the Bartender from Brasil
  • 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
  • Simon C.
    Simon ChanOctober 30, 2013
    The Dungeness Crab Salad Sandwich is delectable!
  • Taylor B.
    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
  • Brian H.
    Brian HoldenSeptember 12, 2013
    Get here early on the weekend to grab an outdoor seat. Solid food. Surprisingly kid-friendly.
  • Kevin J.
    Kevin JSeptember 11, 2013
    $5 pinot from 4-7, u r welcome
  • Christopher M.
    Don't forget your sunblock.
  • 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.
  • Kirstie M.
    Kirstie MaryottJuly 4, 2013
    Calamari is legit. Bring sunscreen!
  • Jed S.
    Jed SingerJune 4, 2013
    Enjoy the view; fight the seagulls.
  • Tanya A.
    Tanya Anthony-CurryJune 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Bloody Mary's
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchnepelMay 4, 2013
    Crab cocktail was delicious
  • Markus S.
    Markus SpieringApril 9, 2013
    Cover your (fried) food if you sit on the deck or the seagulls will take it.
  • Amy J.
    Amy JMarch 30, 2013
    Try the Kale Salad
  • Priscilla M.
    Priscilla MorganMarch 24, 2013
    Crab sandwich and friends!!
  • ✰ 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!
  • 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!
  • Duncan K.
    Duncan KimeJanuary 11, 2013
    So Sams does not validate for the parking opposite. At these prices too! Cheapskates!
  • Tania M.
    Tania MagentaJanuary 2, 2013
    crab cakes!
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionOctober 3, 2012
    Awesome views on a sunny day. Try the signature lemonade.
  • Carolyn H.
    Carolyn HealyOctober 3, 2012
    Location is pretty, but food is AWfUL
  • Jolie B.
    Jolie BaumgardnerOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ 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.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LongAugust 18, 2012
    Ride your bike over the bridge to Sausalito, stop at Sams for a drink and ride the ferry back to SF
  • The Ark Newspaper
    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!
  • Raffi K.
    Raffi KhatchadourianAugust 4, 2012
    The marina extends into Tiburon!
  • Alex F.
    Alex FarnsworthJuly 30, 2012
    Fish and Chips are incredible here. Also, the blue cheese garlic bread is a MUST!
  • 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.
  • Carla M.
    Carla MurrayJuly 15, 2012
    The place is best with a BFF
  • Carla M.
    Carla MurrayJuly 15, 2012
    Try the short ribs. They are AWESOME!!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SmithJuly 7, 2012
    Roll up on a boat and don't even go in
  • Danny S.
    Danny SkarkaMay 20, 2012
    Enjoy the Chilled Prawns. 4 prawns. $16. Do the math.
  • 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! : )
  • Tristan
    TristanMay 11, 2012
    bloody Mary. Yup.
  • 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.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GApril 27, 2012
    The place has a good vibe and the view / atmosphere is great. Try the fish sandwich!
  • Buck S.
    Buck SmithApril 9, 2012
    Crab Louie. Get it.
  • Mike N.
    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.
  • 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
  • Debbie F.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Vernon R.
    Vernon RauchAugust 8, 2011
    best Dark and Stormy in the Bay Area
  • Natalie
    NatalieAugust 5, 2011
    Gorgeous view on a sunny day. Beat the lunch rush to score a primo seat. So near SF yet you feel like you're on a weekend vacation. Picturesque!
  • Keegan Y.
    Keegan Y-VAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink and have fun, just don't miss the last ferry home!
  • Sandra
    SandraJuly 13, 2011
    Amazing Crab Omelette, fantastic over the water location. Low Key brunch with limited menu though
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RJuly 5, 2011
    One of the best Fish & Chips I've ever had. A must try!
  • Mike M.
    Mike MichonJune 18, 2011
    Come before 11 on the weekend and your experience shall be relatively douche-free!
  • 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!
  • Phillip K.
    Phillip KidwellApril 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The $18 crab salad sandwich is really good!
  • 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
  • Adriana F.
    Adriana FreitasApril 24, 2011
    Calamari is my favorite and the Ahi sandwich is just great
  • Joe C.
    Joe CMarch 31, 2011
    Rent a sailboat and sail over from the east bay. They have public mooring for ~12 boats or so
  • Tommy P.
    Tommy PayneFebruary 21, 2011
    Watch out for dive bombing seagulls!
  • 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.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 20, 2010
    Try the Veggie Plate w/ Samosa
  • 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!
  • Shay F.
    Shay FanAugust 9, 2010
    Definitely get the crab cakes eggs benedict. Never disappoints.
  • 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 :(
  • Shawn K.
    Shawn KormondyJune 13, 2010
    The best place to enjoy a weekend afternoon on a beautiful day in Marin
  • Renee L.
    Renee LincksJune 1, 2010
    Sam's has a huge bottle of community sunblock. Who would've thought. Now u don't have to bring your own.
  • Best of Bay Area w.
    One of the best places to hang out on a sunny day.
  • Steve H.
    Steve HallApril 18, 2010
    Have the onion rings. So good!
  • Jon P.
    Jon PappasMarch 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a dark and stormy beer
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PetersonFebruary 15, 2010
    Avoid rogue seagull attacks by keeping your bread close and your shiny butter pats covered. Consider wearing a hat and layers just in case.
  • Mbwana A.
    Mbwana AlliyNovember 30, 2009
    Really good brunch if it's not too crowded and you can sit outside on a nice day
  • Andy A.
    Andy AndersonNovember 12, 2009
    A trip up to Sam's either via ferry or drive across the Golden Gate is a must do on a warm weekend afternoon. Usually it's 10 degrees warmer than in SF.
  • Monica M.
    Monica MillerOctober 25, 2009
    if it's sunny, wear your sunblock & sunglasses - no umbrellas on the deck
  • Christine N.
    Christine NguyenJanuary 27, 2016
    La nourriture est bonne et la vue est incroyable.
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