28 Capitol Street

Charleston, WV 25311


About Sam's Uptown Cafe

Sam's Uptown Cafe has been calling 28 Capitol Street home for over 20 years. People have been coming through our doors time and time again for some of the best food, service, and fun for over a decade! Sam's staff and regulars have been paying the dues and raving about one of Charleston's best kept secrets for some time. The hard work is paying off...Sam's is FINALLY considered to be a Charleston Landmark by most in the Greater Kanawha Valley.  Now under new ownership, Paul Greco, a former Sam's manager, has given Sam's the face lift it needed to compete in both the downtown, business lunch scene and the downtown, night life while still  maintaining the integrity of a comfortable, laid back establishment. 

Daily, business people, airline flight crews, and visitors of the capital city ask their hotel concierge or local dining server, "Where can I go to relax, watch the game, be treated well, and meet some great folks with Charleston flavor?" Due to the amount of hotel car service vans that are viewed outside on Capitol Street dropping off customers,  Sam's was the answer given. Sitting at the bar on any given night, you can have this conversation with a visitor from out of town and they seem very impressed with the comfort level and the hospitality that Sam's staff and regular customers have to offer. Not only do the visitors love Sam's, but there is a reason so many individuals consider themselves REGULARS at Sam's.

If you have never been to Sam's Uptown Cafe before, then you really are missing out. Sam's has a variety of offerings and services that cater to almost any individual.

All Kinds Are Welcome Here!
A friendly reminder that the owners and staff of Sam's Uptown Cafe and the Cantina are opposed to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Sam's and the Cantina are, have always been, and will always continue to be safe places for folks of all genders, races, creeds, colors, religions, and sexual orientation. We welcome your business and promise to only judge you by the music you play on the jukebox. ‪#‎StopTheHate‬ ‪#‎SafeZone‬

In addition to the full menu available during lunch time,  Sam's offers chili and a soup du jour and a  specialty sandwich that varies from day to day. Robbie, a long time employee, will deliver your lunch to you for no extra charge within a 5 block radius.   Please call 304.346.6222 to make delivery arrangements. 

Happy Hour
Need to relax after a long day at the office? Sam's offers Happy Hour Specials from 1pm-7pm. This is a great time to meet up with friends and/or co-workers. Plenty of seating is available. Ask your bartender for daily specials.

Dinner or Late Night Grubbing
Sam's Kitchen is open until 2am 365 days a year! Does it get any better than that?! Might we suggest The Prime Rib Sandwich, a Sam Burger, Wings, A Greek Salad, or The Rachel! Check out the MENU; you are sure to find something that you'll love!

Sports Watching Needs
They can all be met here. Sam's has definitely become an unofficial West Virginia University Sports Bar. However, regulars and staff  will allow the occasional opponent to venture in through the doors. In addition to the GIANT projector screen over the bar, Sam's sports TVs on every wall and corner.  There isn't a bad television viewing spot in the house! Sam's subscribes to a satellite service. Therefore, 9 times out of 10 Sam's will  have what you are wanting to watch!

Beers and Libations
Sam's Uptown Cafe almost always has what anyone is looking for. From craft beers and imports to everyday domestics and old favorite standbys, Sam's has what you want and need to  make your time here enjoyable.  For this and many other reason that you will just simply have to find out for yourself, Sam's is a special asset to the downtown Charleston area, Business Lunch, and Night Life Scene. If you haven't been, come and give it a try. If you have, then we look forward to seeing you come through those doors again shortly!

Free WiFi

Need to send a quick email or check out the score to the game?  No matter what your online needs may be, Sam's offers FREE WiFi for our customers!  Simply ask your bartender or server for the log on information and they will be happy to help you!

The Lounge
In the mood to just relax and chill?  Have no fear!  Walk upstairs and get comfy in one of our oversized couches in the newly remodeled upstairs LOUNGE of Sam's Uptown Cafe! Grab a drink at the bar, pick up a book or an instrument, and relax!  You deserve it! The Upstairs Lounge is the perfect place to carry on great conversations with friends, jam on some acoustic instruments with a fellow musician, or get away from the hustle and flow. 

Sam's sister bar, The Cantina, is located across the river in Kanawha City.  Paul "PG" Greco, owner of both establishments, first opened Kanawha City's favorite hidden gem in the summer of 2016.  The Cantina has a some of the greatest regulars that you could ever imagine.  Friendly and funny they are!  Stop by and see for yourself why some many folks love calling The Cantina their home away from home! The Cantina is located at 4102 MacCorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV 25304.  304.925.0111.   cantinawv@gmail.com