Sam's Chowder House

4.6
5047 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Open for takeout only at this time due to county mandates. Takeout shop is open 11-7 daily, except Christmas Eve (closes at 3) and Christmas Day (closed). Award-winning, fresh New England style seafood in a casual, coastal setting overlooking the ocean. Live Maine lobster, fish and chips, fried calamari, delicious clam chowder, award-winning lobster rolls, farm fresh salads, cioppino and more!

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 County Health Dept. guidelines such as a maximum of 6 people per table. Alcohol can only be ordered with a full meal when outdoor dining per ABC mandate. After checking in, please wait in your car or on the beach until your takeout order, or your table is available. Visit our website to see 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 5047 people are saying
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vipBonnieB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky to celebrate my birthday at Sam’s just before They were temporarily closed down in compliance for the Coronavirus. It was fabulous and as they’re pet friendly we brought or Golden and enjoyed some playtime on the beach afterward. Loved every minute!

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The service was excellent as was the ambiance. The crab cakes excellent. The fish and chips was bland and soggy. A big disappointment. I wod have thought it would have been great.

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vipPittVisitor
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the tuna sushi special and I had the clams. It started to rain and the staff quickly moved the tables and added umbrellas to keep everyone dry. And, BTW, you cannot beat the view!

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Scott
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived in San Mateo for 6 years and this was my first trip to Sam's. Definitely not the last!

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Drukpa
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Old School Chowder house on the water overlooking Mavericks and the harbor. Being in San Mateo County...outdoor dining is open!

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Mitravl
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was slow, had to ask more than once for bread and butter and water, which in the past was automatic. Portions have also become smaller

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service !

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Luv2dine
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My husband and I decided to just do a feta way date!

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viprinak
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

one of the best options that are open during pandemic.

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vipCarebear168
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We were seated almost right the way of the reservation time. The staffs are friendly and courteous. I ordered the shrimp and blue crab louie and found the butter lettuces are fresh layered by the salad shrimp and crab meat bordered by thinly sliced apple and radishes. However, there was no avocado and only half an egg. For almost $30.00 an order, I did not think this order was a good value.

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PaolaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great weather, great service!
Will def be back very soon!

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SandyF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for delicious seafood. Extremely cautious during covid. Felt very safe and comfortable with protocol they have in place and good and view were great!!!

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Ginny
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful safe place for cocktails at sunset followed by a terrific meal.

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GaryM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food and service was exceptional though we ordered the clam chowder to take home and it was mediocre at best so I rated the food 3 stars. We do go often and encourage all to go,

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vipthawk
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters Rockefeller were outstanding!

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PeggieD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunchtime birthday celebration (party of 3) on the patio!
Highlights were the server's attention to detail (we required gluten free), and the 2 fish dishes we ordered (salmon and halibut) Both amazing!
The tart for dessert was gluten free. It was a fabulous experience - we will be back!

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Lizzy
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seafood was good, view nice and server was attentive.

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KathyG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a reservation and was seated right on time, all service people practiced good Covid protocols, and overall experience was fantastic on a beautiful Half Moon Bay day!

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vipvitalmh
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sam's is doing a terrific job with outdoor, social distanced dining. The rules are clear abd enforced about mask wearing. Other steps they've taken: server comes less often, entire order is taken at once including dessert, table is bussed at the end, menus and instruction sheet are single use paper, hand sanitizer is at check in and in the table area, restrooms are also outdoor in nice portables with sinks. It's the only restaurant we feel completely safe eating at.

It is cold outdoors; they have a lot of heaters, but wear layers. We ate a late lunch at 3pm on a sunny, but windy, day. Not sure how dinner would be.

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vipHzPrincess
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Going to Sams is always a nice treat.

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AJFoodie
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place already has amazing outdoor seating. During Covid, it's 100x more impressive. What a privilege to have a dine-out meal that is not take-out. Sam's Chowder House feels safe and comfortable. Tables are far enough apart. There are ample heaters to keep guests warm. The VIEW is incredible. Servers are cheerful and attentive. I would definitely return, and recommend to others.

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Bella
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! We sat outside right on the water it was beautiful!

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Dinkerdawn
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

With Covid the menu is scaled down. My family drove over an hour to have oysters (as they normally have several different types) and were disappointed they they only had Oyster Rockefeller and my son doesn't like sour cream which is on them so he had to miss out. Other than that we had a nice time.

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enjoyseatingout
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is during the COVID review. Always a fan of Sam's Chowder House, and have been wanting to go back. Must say with new COVID protocols, I feel great about my experience back. They were clear and professional about expectations and protocols. The food was yummy as ever and the views were excellent. Tables were definitely spaced apart an appropriate distance. Only thing, if you want your kids to draw on the kids menu, BYOcrayons!

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Ginger
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations with the hope that we might experience a fantastic sunset experience...that did not pan out as it became too overcast. We were not disappointed though as we had a lovely view of Pillar Point harbor, the service was superb, and the meals were delicious. Our waitress and bus people were cheerful, efficient, and helpful - Sam's should be proud of their staff at all levels.

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Skip
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our few outings during the pandemic. It was definitely worth it. We felt very safe and properly socially distanced but also had very good and personal service. The food was great!

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lala
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesus was excellent in every way. Knowledgeable with menu questions and charming and efficient. We were seated immediately and the check in folks were cheerful and glad to see us. The whole experience in this COVID period was exceptional and we will surely return!

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DanielS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at Sam's. The restaurant had lots of space for outside diners
due to Covid rules. There were lots of heaters about all the tables so it was very comfortable for evening dining. The food was delicious. We had lobster roll sandwhiches which were super filled with large pieces of lobster and salad as well as a crab cake appetizer. The crab cake was also filled with crab and was seasoned well and large enough for 2 to share. Also loved the desserts, key lime pie and flourless chocolate cake. Our waitress was very friendly and very efficient. We never had to wait long or ask for anything because the staff was very available. We were seated around back where it was very quiet. It was a wonderful meal and very nice staff.

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LynneS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

They have done a great job with dealing with Covid requirements for outdoor dining

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ChristyT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great job with COVID protocols, and the lobster roll (I got the naked one) was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great service and ambiance. Food was so so this time for the amount you pay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We love this place and we’re so thankful for the many Covid precautions they are taking. Staff was extra upbeat and helpful - kudos to Noah and Bianca! We had a perfect lunch overlooking the ocean.

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MaryannB
Baja California
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lunch was very good and of course, the setting is unparalleled! I had the dressed Lobster roll and it was delicious! My husband had the New England clam chowder and the fried shrimp lunch. Although he enjoyed the shrimp, the soup was not very good. I tasted it and I agreed.
We will be back, but next time we’ll skip the chowder.

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vipSuze
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful views, friendly service, and good food! We had mostly appetizers - the steamed clams and oyster Rockefeller were especially delicious!

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Jesse
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If the weather is nice, their outdoor seating can’t be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite outdoor seating restaurant with fresh and well prepared seafood. Service always prompt and with a smile. My favorite place is by the ocean and this restaurant is situated perfectly overlooking Half Moon Bay.

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vipAllenP
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

with a reservation, entrance and seating was easy, our table had a fantastic view of the harbor and it was a beautiful day with minimal wind. Chowder was great, popcorn shrimp perfect. it was a great lunch!!!

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LisaC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my hubby's birthday and it didn't disappoint. I had requested a quiet table away from others with a nice view of the Pacific. When we arrived, we were escorted to our table outside as requested with an amazing view. The weather was perfect! The service and food was amazing. And, yes, we splurged since we hadn't been out to a restaurant since February. It was worth every penny. Love this place!

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vippsimon131
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary with a delicious meal on the terrace of Sam's Chowder House. We were so happy to dine there again! We started with Oysters Rockefeller which were succulent. I had a whole lobster with cole slaw and my husband had cioppino. We ate every last bit of both, along with Sam's tasty bread and butter. Although we were kind of full, we decided to splurge and shared a sundae which hit the spot. Our waiter, whose name I don't know, couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly. We're so glad Sam's is up and running again. They've extended the outdoor dining area to the parking lot on the side of the building to provide seating for more people. We always recommend Sam's!

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 4.6 stars by 5047 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.