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Sam's Diner

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$$ - $$$
Civic Center
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1220 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102
+1 415-626-8590
06:30 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I order two eggs over easy hash browns wheat toast orange juice so good I can have this morning noon and night jolly good show

Thank Donovan M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great cozy little place to have a late night snack. Small counter with big service. Nice cook. Great late night stop. Try it..

Thank travelpilot65
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food for kids and adults - Mexican flared menu . . . Sketchy area on Market street at night and the place "rocks" pre and post show times so be prepared to line up . Lacks atmosphere and could work on their lighting/deo to "funkify" but worth it if you're hungry.

Thank iamacdntraveller
Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was staying at the hotel across the street and was hungry. I wanted something that wasn't fast food and I could take out. I heard that Sam's Diner was good so I decided to check it out. When I walked in, I was immediately helped. I ordered the Korean Tacos. The food came quick and hot and it was... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

right across the street from our hotel, so the convenience couldn't be beat. but just a diner, nothing more or less.

Thank R G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a San Francisco treasure. Head and shoulders above the others nearby. Consistently good service, attractive decor, broad menu. Recently redecorated so the bathrooms have easier access and are larger.

Thank K6KN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu offers various delicious options. The food is tasty and good. The stuffs are friendly and always having a smiling face even at the busiest times.

Thank Somnath P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely great value diner if you're staying in Hotel Whitcomb across the road. Service great and free coffee refills. We had breakfast twice and it did not disappoint.

Thank tigerbaps
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here twice on our short visit. It's right around the corner from our hotel. Dinner last night was a party melt. They cooked the burger perfectly to our liking. I chose to substitute onion rings. Great Choice! They were tender, lightly breaded and crispy. Just right. This morning we Had breakfast there. Very good....again it's diner food. I... More 

Thank Ronda O
Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were looking for a cafe before a matinee performance at the Orpheum Theater. Just a half block away on the same side of Market Street as the theater and near the corner of Hyde Street, we spotted Sam's Diner. The menu is a sampling of Japanese, American, Mexican, and Korean appetizers and entrees. I ordered a toasted grilled cheese... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1220 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Civic Center
  • Neighbourhood: Civic Center
  • Phone Number: +1 415-626-8590
We are an "All American Diner" serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with generous Happy Hours from 3-6 p.M. On weekdays.
We focus on offering high homemade quality comfort food with reasonable price and use fresh local organic produce to enhance the flavors of our food.
At SAMS you are not only a customer but you are a part of our family. Feeding your stomach and your soul on Market St. This is your home away from home!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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