Even though it's been a few years since I ate at Sam's Grill, I had good memories and always recommended it. Was there today for lunch, about 1:30 so not at peak time.
Polite, older waiter delivered another table's order to us, noticed his mistake, then delivered to proper table -- seemed odd for an experienced waiter.
Since sole margary was on the menu again, I ordered it. It was the first real meal I had in SF -- about 1972 and my memory of that dish was utter perfection. What they served today was nothing at all like what I had years ago. There was a brothy sauce, not a creamy sauce and the little bay shrimp were tough. My friend had the broiled wild salmon but it was overcooked and dry so we traded dishes -- I don't mind dry. But, the boiled potato was only half cooked and just plain, not even chopped parsley on top. The waiter brought rice, instead and that was just plain.
It's beyond sad if a kitchen cannot even boil a potato.
Guess it's back to Tadich for me.