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Sam's Diner

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$$ - $$$
Civic Center
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1220 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4801
+1 415-626-8590
06:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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Kingsburg, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a reservation for 3 before going to see Hamilton. The OrpheumThere is just in the next block, so it was very convenient. There were people waiting, so I thought we'd have to wait. Turns out, our table was ready. (They only take reservations for 3 or more). The food was really good. They had a special "Hamilton themed... More 

Thank rlreis
San Francisco, California
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255 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a cloudy Sunday morning, and I was walking to the San Francisco Main Library. Sam's Diner is only half a block from the library. I didn't have to be at the Latin Community Room to help out until 11:30 am. And, it was 10:45 am, thinking I should have breakfast, since it will be a long Sunday. Its... More 

Thank Quasarsoujourner01
Shreveport, Louisiana
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great experience. Great food. San francisco sandwich was a hit Pancakes are delicious. Being from Louisiana, the bisquits and Gravy were approved! 😉 Mimosa was awesome. Great 1st stop when arrived in San Francisco to celebrate 20 years!

Thank biology10
Santa Cruz, California
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396 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have season tickets to SHN and have missed choices in good restaurants in the area. We went to Sam's Diner before opening night of Hamilton. It was busy but the staff was attentive. The food was great. Menu items incorporated songs from Hamilton. Recently remodeled and some still being done. Recommend this one!

Thank JeriLG
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome breakfast, one of the best places I've ever eaten at in the states, I would recommend to anyone

Thank bricky33
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406 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 475 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I saw their good ranking, I was skeptical. After eating, I am a believer. The location is ideal for the civic center. The interior was amazingly clean. We had the BBQ Pork, Tuna Melt and Fish/Chips, plus a chili. The BBQ was a bit heavy on the sweet sauce. Other than that we were impressed with the quality and... More 

Thank Profguy
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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442 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here twice - once for dinner to celebrate a birthday and the second for a beer and lunch on the deck. Both superb. First trip we had Tuna poke, smoked trout salad and Dungeness crab for starter (trout particularly good), followed by Rock cod, tuna and x2 shrimp pasta. Sadly the pasta was inedibly salty but the waiter took... More 

Thank PhilandRuth
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

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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179 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 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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66 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

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

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, 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
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
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 94102-4801
  • 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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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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