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Sam's Diner

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$$ - $$$
Civic Center
American, Diner
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1220 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102
+1 415-626-8590
06:30 - 22:00
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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Thank VWriter
Walnut Creek, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spend a good bit of time in the Civic Center, so it's always good to find a reliable restaurant. My wife's soup & salad and my Caesar and pulled pork sliders were all just fine. In fact, I had to take half the salad with me.

Thank yll94598
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Eggs Benedict and hash browns. Hidden away on a dark block of market Street. Very friendly staff .. perfect

Thank Scotty S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had Korean tacos and burgers. Burgers were okay. Korean tacos. Ate one one of 3 and had to throw the rest away.

Thank JambianiNeil
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Waking up earlier than expected, still used to German time. My wife and I took an uber to the best looking place that was open before 7am. Sam's diner was exactly what we wanted, good warm breakfast and a cold but spicy Bloody Mary. The service was extremely friendly and prompt, strongly recommended.

Thank Laratron2k
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Went here after a flight from London. Was staying over the road. Friendly staff. The waitress accidentally spilt the jug of water over me and they could have been more apologetic. I did mind at all after all she did not do it on purpose. When the food came they came over and said that the chips we ordered as... More 

Thank bethchampon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The pulled pork sandwich and blackened chicken sandwiches are very good. Service was great and atmosphere is nice. Very good place for lunch.

Thank Jim M
Las Vegas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Nothing fancy, just good food at a reasonable price. Service was fast and the staff were great. The burgers were big, so come hungary

Thank Greatplacesnv
Cordoba, Argentina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We went for lunch and we ordered Mexican food. My girlfriend couldn't eat spicy so we asked for the spicy sauce on the side. When the waitress brought the food, the sauce was mixed with the meal and they re done it without issues. The waitress was good and the food too.

Thank fgattino
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Opposite our hotel, quick service and provides good breakfasts, didn't have any other meals there so can't comment on those. Yummy hash browns!

Thank janshawshaw

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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
USD 8 - USD 20
American, Diner
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, Cheap Eats, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Civic Center

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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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