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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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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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318 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food here was OK however the service could be much improved. We had to give our drinks orders twice. My husband asked for no mushrooms in his omelet and even though the food came out less than 10 minutes later it was full of mushrooms. Just a general feel of disorganisation.

Thank kfizz-jay
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49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to come before a show at the Orpheum. They got us in and out quick. Good food and a full bar.

Thank Biglaugh
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

while staying in san francisco a the hotel whitcomb for a week, i journeyed accross the street in to Sam's Diner. I couldn;t have met friendlier staff. i ate there for breakfast and occassional lunches and dinners. Coming from Australia I was knocked out by the great attention i was given form the cooks to the manager. Thanks for your... More 

Thank Garry R
New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time here. I came in because I saw many people inside. The food is horrible, worst breakfast in SF period. Staffs are rude. Coffee is tasteless. My advice : Do not eat here.

Thank justthetruth2015
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing! Delicious! Other than the waiter seeming to be bored out of mind, the food was Fabulous! I enjoyed the marinated beef Korean tacos, they were phenomenal! My partner had a burger "the rock", he insisted I took a bite, I'm glad I did!!! It was fantastic! A short walk from the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, across from Hotel... More 

Thank Thomas B
Palm Springs, California
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sam's has always been my favorite in SF for breakfast but this trip i had dinner there. To my surprise given the location the place was packed and there was a short wait for a table in the early evening. The food is prepared well and presented in interesting ways. No disappointments.

Thank countrydean
Palo Alto, California
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427 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's so great to have a clean place to eat close to the Orpheum. Sam's has been renovated since we were there last... new booths, new bathrooms, walls recovered. Looks much more upscale but basically, it's still Sams. My husband and I had our favorite although the price has gone up a bit. 1/2 fried chicken with mashed potatoes and... More 

Thank Marcia K
San Jose, California
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would give it 5, but it closes early, and that's a no-no for tourists in SF. We have concerts and touring to do and when we get back, we want to eat... but other than that, the food was AMAZING. The mashed potatoes I ate were fresh and delicious, and the honey fried chicken was super crispy and delicious.... More 

Thank brivvy
Darlington, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I had a huge burger, my wife had a cheese toasties. All OK and well cooked but nothing to make it stand out. No real atmosphere, OK when hungry.

Thank 704acror
San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This is a great spot for a wholesome meal before seeing a show at the Orpheum Theater. It will go very well with seeing Hamilton. Enjoy!!

Thank TravelingDanSF

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Local cuisine, 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 94102-4801
  • 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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