About Us

Antique Sam Miller's whiskey bottle

The Past

Shockoe Slip was rebuilt in the late 1860s after a massive fire during the Civil War where most of these post-Civil War buildings are still standing to this day. The area went into decline in the 1920s until, in the summer of 1974, it was revived again and Sam Miller’s Warehouse Restaurant opened. Sam Miller was a Polish immigrant who came to the United States in 1870. Sam Miller’s Exchange Café opened in 1901 at 1301 East Cary Street in the Colombian Block Building. The restaurant was closed in 1909 as Sam moved to Broad Street to pursue other business ventures. History remains, but the pleasure of dining at Sam Miller’s is new and refreshing!

The Present

Sam Miller's 45th Anniversary LogoFor 45 years Sam Miller’s has been a neighborhood favorite in Shockoe Slip. You can expect to find anything from fine seafood to traditional American cuisine. We can assure that there is something for everyone! Join us for lunch, dinner and our Thursday evening oyster social. Be sure to check out our new menus and ask about our daily specials!


We also have private rooms available for events such as rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, business luncheons, baby showers and more! Visit our Private Events page for more information.