Sam's Chowder House

4.7
5160 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Open for indoor & outdoor dining, and takeout, with face coverings required inside. Reservations (and walk-ins) for indoor dining Monday-Friday, and walk-ins only on weekends. Serving lunch through dinner seven days a week. Outside patio dining is first come, first served basis. Award-winning, fresh New England style seafood, in a casual setting overlooking the ocean. Live Maine lobster, fresh local crab (in season), fish and chips, fried calamari, delicious clam chowder, award-winning lobster rolls, farm fresh salads, cioppino and more! Gluten-free, kids menu, and vegetarian available.

Featured on NBC’s The Today Show, named “Best Outdoor Dining in the Bay Area” by SF Magazine, and “Best Seafood Restaurant in San Mateo County” by San Jose Magazine.

We are following all State and County Health Dept. guidelines. Visit our website for more details on the precautions we are taking to keep you and our team safe.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5160 people are saying
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ramlin
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lunch of the portobello sandwich and crab cake and roasted squash. All were delish. The sandwich has a side of a very refreshing cucumber/ radish dish that was great. As usual, we got a quart of the clam chowder to take home for dinner that night. We ate outside and really enjoyed the sunshine and great views. Sam's is our favorite place on the coast.

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RenataN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening with a marvelous view. The service was outstanding, with great food.

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vipAnneL
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful holiday dinner with family. Service was fabulous!

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MindyG
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food and service does not disappoint.. our waitress was bubbly and knowledgeable..we'll be back even if we have to travel from Placerville ❣️

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JRae
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly fresh fish and shellfish, expertly prepared. Considering the high prices at grocery stores for fish, the dishes at Sam's are reasonable - either way, it's an indulgence. Wine seems to be selected carefully, and by the glass it's reasonably priced as well. Too drizzly to be on the patio deck, but the tables indoors are spaced in order to make the experience safe and pleasant. Some diners get pretty loud when they've been drinking...as they do everywhere. Excellent staff and service. I truly hope that Sam's makes it through these tough times.

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Tisa
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back to Sam's since the COVID pandemic. I was pleased to see how well-spaced the tables were. The food was as good as we remembered it to be, and our guests from out of town loved it, too. Service was excellent. Our waiter, Jesus, was attentive and timed our orders so we had a chance to enjoy each course without feeling rushed. Do yourself a favor and order the naked lobster roll. The Best!

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GoodFoody
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, made to feel at home. Food was very good.

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vipAlan
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Sam's Chowder House is a great place for the setting and view, but the food tends to be hit or miss. On a recent visit, we ordered a Caesar salad with grilled salmon. The salad came on a small plate, and wasn't at all impressive visually. The lettuce and dressing were fine, but the salmon piece was small, soft, and tasted fishy. A disappointment. I think the restaurant really needs to up its quality control to make diners believe are getting a good value. Right now, i'm feeling "eh . . . "

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They surprised us with a complimentary dessert for our Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful girlfriend lunch on the patio on a beautiful day taking in all of the good feelings

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dogga
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends said it was the best Fish and Chips they have had at Sam's
Our waitress was great and service very good . Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for me waitress was great food for great

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Mochi60
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother is a vegetarian and this was her 1st time here she said the selections were good and the food and service was outstanding!!. She's making plans to return very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cioppino was very good as always, but not as good as the mussels which were this time exceptional.

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time! For sure will be back. The halibut was the best!

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Pop1
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service getting a porch table an hour before our reservations

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vipDenielleA
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great visit but this time excellent. We were a bit early for our reservation but they sat us without any wait which was nice as we’ve always had to wait previously. Our server Adriana was very helpful with our requests and menu selections. She was very kind and courteous. I was also pleasantly surprised that they took what we didn’t finish and packaged it forbid to take home AND labeled the boxes. I would recommend this restaurant.

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DandC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fresh, the waitress was courteous and attentive. What more can you ask for? Oh, maybe shorter wait time.

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vipgbertolozzi
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Disappointed that online menu was different. Was looking forward to a few items no longer served. Otherwise, it was good.

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vipjayum
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed both the New England clam chowder and the Manhattan one. Both were very satisfying with lot of clams and veggies. The lobster roll was delicious with lots of lobster!

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vipFoodieOptimum
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside table. Good service. The food was delicious. Parking lot was small and a lot of traffic to get in and out of lot. Very dog friendly.

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LongTimeFriends
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything worked for me. The staff was lovely. Location, excellente.
Generous portions. Parking, easy. The four of us had a great long visit.
We will be back!
Sara

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vipMary
Tahoe
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was spotty. Pasta was delicious but fish and chips was mediocre.

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RhondaP
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner was great, had the clam chowder and fish and chips. Great bar made an excellent lemon drop

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view and the food was amazing. The service was definitely the cherry on top. The server knew when to come by at the perfect time. Felt well taken care of without feeling smothered or bothered. They really let us enjoy the view and the food.

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FredS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was cheerful and prompt. Not our first special occasion at Sam’s and not our last either!

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DonM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a variety. The naked lobster roll (as usual) was EXCELLENT! The chowder was good, the shrimp scampi was very good. No one was disappointed, and COVID protocols were in place but not overwhelming.

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RobbinC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we had excellent food, wonderful views. Wait staff was attentive.

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LaurenD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was extremely good, the atmosphere was relaxed, a great mix of business attire and causal. The staff was on top of everything, I never once saw someone just leave something because it’s not their job title. I would 100% go there again and I wish I could go everyday.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fresh and wonderful. The service is excellent.

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vipPatrickG
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was very enjoyable and food was excellent. We went in the early evening and were not able to enjoy the view which appears to be spectacular .definitely worth a return visit

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vipJenSonoma
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was quiet and not crowded on a rainy Monday night. Food was good but better less touristy places for great fish in the area. We are locals and took out of town visitors there.

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Miked
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food. Attentive service. Cioppino was best I have ever tasted.

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vipGabeC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Some plastic wrapper in the Lobster roll, but they brought out a new one. Food was very good.

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Birthday
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good good great view best table wonderful service

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vipRaych
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was awesome! She was courteous, helpful and engaging. She gave us a great recommendation for a nice white wine. We enjoyed the food, gorgeous view and overall experience.

MJ
vipMikeJ
Wilmington
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect ! The scallops with pumpkin purée was delicious ! The waitress from Oklahoma was awesome !!!

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CarlS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We arrived on a Friday evening at 5:00 with reservations. Perfect time to show up. Restaurant was not to busy around that time. Good service, excellent food and ambiance.

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ValerieG
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really fun seafood place! Waterfront location is fabulous! We had the fried seafood platter and the CT lobster roll. Best lobster roll I have had outside of New England! No fancy food, but it’s exactly what you would expect from a casual oceanfront place! I’d recommend it to anyone who likes seafood!

My only complaint? The could use more interesting sauces for dipping seafood!

FAQs

Sam's Chowder House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 712-0245 ext. 1.

Sam's Chowder House is rated 4.7 stars by 5160 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.