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Sam's Diner

1220 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4801
+1 415-626-1592
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good42%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“korean tacos” (25 reviews)
“loco moco” (5 reviews)
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Korean, American, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1220 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4801
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Really lovelly staff and delicious breakfast, am missing my oiancakes and strawberries. Just across from Whitcomb where we stashed, open from 7.30.

Thank jbd313
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted to get some breakfast and stumbled upon Sam's Diner across from the Hotel Whitcomb. A great place and very friendly staff to serve you. Try the "Dirty Harry" omelet. You won't be disappointed. The servings are very large and the prices aren't ridiculous. The...More

Thank rweber444
Reviewed 2 March 2018

Oh whata choice of menu. They have breakfast lunch and dinner menus according to the day of the week or you can just choose from the menu. That is the hard part. Fresh juice, tea and coffee until your chosen food arrives.. One meal would...More

Thank 111avril
Reviewed 19 February 2018

Excellent breakfast and friendly staff. It really felt like a slice of American life in an otherwise dodgy part of SF

Thank John B
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Good place to grab a bite, it’s good food and filling, but nothing spectacular. Service can be a little slow as well.

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 2 February 2018

I found this place when looking for places to eat a traditional breakfast. Encouraged by comments on TripAdvisor I walked inside. The interior was very dark and I didn't like the fact they served beer but decided to give it a try. I got a...More

Thank Acidov
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Doesn’t look anything special from the outside but inside is crisp and clean. The menu covers expected American dishes (burgers, mac n cheese) and some truly brilliant unusual dishes. The Korean tacos (spicy pork) were fantastic. Unusual and with a great fresh flavour. Unexpectedly, utterly...More

Thank ShropshireBlade
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Sam's Diner proved popular, but not for any gastronomic reasons. The food was notedly average, without any 'Diner' ambiance.

Thank rokkap
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I ate here before a SFSO concert. The place is small, but the wait was not long, even on a Friday evening. We both had the chicken pesto sandwich, which was very good, as were the fries. We had a slice of...More

Thank Hik3r
Reviewed 22 November 2017

A good place to pop in and have breakfast, very accommodating for the fussier eaters amongst us, more than happy to take special requests.

Thank Nicola H
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Civic Center is the seat of power for all things
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1220 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Civic Centre
  • Neighbourhood: Civic Centre
  • Phone Number: +1 415-626-1592
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We are an "All American Diner" serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7days a week. 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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