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“Great Choice - Close to Theaters”
Review of Sam's Diner

Sam's Diner
Ranked #73 of 5,826 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 8 - USD 20
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Civic Center
Description: We are an "All American Diner" serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with generous Happy Hours from 3-5pm. 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!
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Sam's is a great choice for a pre-theater meal if you have evening tickets or a post-show meal if you have matinee tickets. The portions are good and the prices are reasonable. The service is good and efficient as they are used to people needing to get in an out and on to the show. It is also one of the few places that serves breakfast down in this area. They usually have a few selections on a separate menu that are "themed" to whatever show if playing. They do take reservations on for times that are close to the start of the shows, but they won't hold them for more than a few minute because of the line that forms. They also have service at the bar if all of the tables are full, but those fill quickly as well. We will definitely be going back.

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Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Food and service was good, but smell! Smell in cafe was awful. Like after 10 liters of Chlorine. Do not recommend it.

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Thank Александр В
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Convenient to the Orpheum Theatre.great accommodating staff and classic good food. The facility is clean and up to date decor.
Grat diner food.
The Chicken Cobb salad was very generous and was the best I have ever had.

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Thank lakedonner
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

Great location for a pre-show bite if you love diner food. The large menu is packed with diner favorites. We all enjoyed our meals including my French Dip sandwich. Not amazing, but certainly well prepared and good portions. The room is fair size and diner loud so don’t go there expecting a quiet date or intimate pre-theater experience. The owners clearly have a relationship with the Orpheum Theater as the walls are decorated with show posters. They also appreciate that many are there expecting a prompt table turn before showtime. The prices were a bit high but this is touristy San Francisco. We’ll be back!!

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1  Thank MrGaucho1987
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

In a city know for it's classic diners, Sam's may be one of the best. It's located on a somewhat scruffy block of Market Street, but not far from theaters, Civic Center, Symphony Hall and the Opera House.
It's a busy, crowded place, traditional diner in style, but we were seated pretty quickly, a relief because we had an older, mobility impaired friend with us. Service was efficient and courteous, although the busy-ness of the room clearly did not allow much time for hanging out exchanging pleasantries.
Our friend had a Shrimp Louie salad which he enjoyed, and which appeared to have plenty of shrimp. My wife said her BLT as excellent, with nice, thick slab-style bacon. I had a classic cheeseburger which was very tasty and juicy, and came with a nice array of lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles, set on the side so you can arrange it all as you wish. A little more than you might typically expect to pay fro a burger, but it's a very good burger, and it is San Francisco.

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Thank Steven C
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