Sam’s at Louis Patio Bliss

The sun finally came out on Wednesday after many long days of dreary, rainy weather that frankly made me hate Boston. I mean, we survived the winter from hell, craving sunshine and heat, only to enter a spring that has so far involved eight day stretches of rain.

It certainly took its time, but it arrived at the perfect moment, for the Sam’s at Louis patio party. Having already eaten a delicious brunch at Sam’s, I knew that the patio was a gorgeous place to eat, but  what I didn’t realize was that it is THE best place in Boston to watch the sun set. More on that later.

Louis Boston

I had plans to meet Daisy at the event, and we found each other just before going in.

Sam's at Louis

How beautiful is this dining space? Sam’s really utilizes their perfect waterfront location with floor-to-ceiling windows all around. There is both a modern, chic, city feel and a light, airy, vacation-y feel to the dining room.

Once outside, we were faced with more gorgeous views, along with cocktails and wine. The signature cocktail for the evening was a mix of tequila, grapefruit, muddled cucumber, soda water, mint, and maybe something else I am forgetting. It was garnished with a salted cucumber and turned out to be one of the most refreshing cocktails I have ever had.


The food started coming and didn’t stop all night. We ate very well! I loved these mini lobster BLT’s. They were perfect for celebrating National Lobster Day!

lobster BLT

I also found this quinoa salad to be amazing. I don’t always love quinoa, but the flavors and the ratio of fruit to quinoa was perfect and has me inspired to make something similar at home.


These little pulled pork nachos had a nice kick and a crunch. I could have easily eaten a whole plate of these!

pulled pork

Throughout the event, I also sampled pancetta braised endive with grapefruit and sesame brittle that was absolutely, positively to die for and a crispy jalapeno crab rangoon with plum gastrique.

And then I decided to stay for dinner.

The location, food, and vibe were too perfect not to share with my husband, who had a long day at work and loved the idea of a mid-week date.


He ordered the girliest drink on the menu. And I ate more crab rangoon.

crab rangoon

We watched a gas tanker sloooooowly pull out of Boston Harbor, surrounded by police. All of the effort (not to mention how potentially dangerous a tanker full of lng is!) made me really wish we had more sustainable fuel sources, but I tried to block that from my mind.

Boston Harbor

I went for a healthy option for dinner, garlic grilled eggplant with spicy romesco sauce and toasted almond orzo pilaf. I closed my eyes during lots of bites of this. It was absolutely incredible. Replacing the rice with orzo made me love pilaf, the crunchy almonds making for a beautiful contrast. The romesco was a perfect match for the hearty grilled eggplant. Vegetarians will be very happy at Sam’s!


My husband opted for the burger, which he thought was amazing, and I stole about half of his perfectly crispy fries.

Sam's at Louis burger

We lingered over dinner long enough to see Boston bathed in light blue and pink, the prettiest I have ever seen it.

Boston at night

Sam’s provided both the group of bloggers and my husband and me with gracious, warm welcomes, impeccable service, delicious food, and a place to really relax. I learned last night that private boats can also pull up on the little marina outside. When our poor, sad boat is back from the mechanic, Sam’s will be our first stop!

Where is your favorite place to dine in the summer?

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  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I was already impressed with the veggie options in the tastings, but that eggplant and orzo looks fabulous. It was so nice seeing you! Gorgeous final photo


  2. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Gorgeous photos! I’ve never eaten at Sam’s but I do like Louis a lot hehe


  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    That is an amazing evening shot of the city! I really wished I could have made this event.


  4. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Beautiful photos! The nachos sound delicious!


  5. Meesh’s avatar

    that tequila and grapefruit cocktail picture is gorgeous!!!!


  6. Daisy’s avatar

    easily one of the most blissful evenings thus far this summer!! I love that you guys stayed for dinner, the burger and girly drink look amazing not to mention the view at night!!!


  7. Megan’s avatar

    Looks like a lovely event! I’ll have to get over there at some point. I love that you guys decided to stay for dinner. The fries look awesome. Hope the boat gets well soon!


  8. Charlene’s avatar

    I love your photos and your recap – those mini lobster BLT’s and the jalapeno crab rangoon sound (and look!) delicious!


  9. Ché @ Knight at the Restaurant’s avatar

    It was nice seeing you again! The cocktail and lobster BLT WERE amazing, and you can’t ask for a better location.

    Good call on staying for dinner, that was smart. What was the girly drink your husband ordered? I want.


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      It was the Purty something. It was delicious and so pretty!


    2. Julie’s avatar

      What a beautiful evening!! Will be adding that to my list of places to go soon!


    3. Terri’s avatar

      The view is amazing! Bring us there next time we go to Boston!


    4. Nick’s avatar

      That looks like a delicious burger!


    5. Michelle’s avatar

      I swear that I’ll go to a blogger event someday again…I swear! BTW, I love your last photo. Gorgeous!


    6. Lindsey’s avatar

      Absolutely love the night picture of the city! I definitely have to go back for dinner. Great to see you again!


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