Sam's Chowder House

4.5
4197 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Enjoy amazing sunsets by the cozy fire, a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, and fresh, award-winning New England style seafood in a casual, coastside setting. Watch the crashing surf, dine outside under a cozy heat lamp, or settle into an Adirondack chair near a toasty fire pit on Sam's dog-friendly patio, complete with wind protection and heat lamps. Featured on NBC’s The Today Show, and “Best of the Bay TV”, and named “Best Outdoor Dining in the Bay Area” by San Francisco Magazine, and “Best Seafood Restaurant in San Mateo County” by San Jose Magazine readers.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Please note: Due to private events, Sam's will be CLOSED for DINNER ONLY on October 9, 23 & 26. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 4:30pm Lunch ~ 4:30pm-9pm Dinner
Friday: 11:30am-4:30pm Lunch ~ 4:30pm-9:30pm Dinner
Saturday: 11:00am-4:30pm Lunch ~ 4:30pm-9:30pm Dinner
Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm Lunch ~ 4:30pm - 9:00pm Dinner

HOLIDAY HOURS:
Thanksgiving Day: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
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Phone number
(650) 712-0245
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lewis Rossman
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Catering
Already found the perfect spot for your corporate event, graduation party or family reunion? Sam's ChowderMobile will bring its award-winning seafood to the location of your choice!

Order Sam's famous Lobster Rolls, New England Clam Chowder, Fried Calamari and more, off the traditional menu — or have the ChowderMobile arrive fully equipped to prepare an authentic Lobster Clambake for your special event.

For more information, contact Sam's Catering Manager: (650) 712-1766 or events@samschowderhouse.com
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
There are two lots available.
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Entertainment
Enjoy live music from blues to jazz!

May - October: Every Friday night from 5:30-8:30pm (inside bar) and Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4pm (outside bar, weather permitting).

November - April: Every Friday & Saturday night from 5:30-8:30pm (inside bar)
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Special events & promotions
Six different oceanfront event spaces are available for your private dining event - all featuring gorgeous ocean views from every seat. Perfect for corporate events, weddings, and other special events. Offering appetizer, lunch and dinner selections including authentic Lobster Clambakes.

Are you envisioning a beachside corporate teambuilding day? Or an intimate indoor anniversary party? However you are picturing your perfect coastal event, we're here to help make it happen.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Amazing sunsets, award-winning seafood and spectacular oceanfront dining. Perfect for family gatherings, business events and team off-sites from 10-300. Six indoor and outdoor spaces for lunch or dinner with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Beach access. Lobster Clambakes. Full buyout avail.

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What 4197 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Vacation dining- very good

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MC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scenic coastal view and the Fish n Chips with coleslaw must be the finest in the Bay Area!

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Z
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

SAM's has been my favorite local restaurant for years, but not this time. We went on a Monday night because it's usually less crowded. This time I ordered the crab cakes - one of my usual favorites. They were really poor- tasted like they been frozen and thawed too long or something. The oil they'd been fried in wasn't fresh, tasted old. Even the remoulade sauce was not up to the usual SAM's quality. Maybe they use the old stuff up on Mondays? I left wishing I had returned my meal. So sad because usually I love SAM's.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great waitress,pleasant but the wine list could have been better. Not many selections and the one we wanted that was on the menu they didn’t have

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MH
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my grandson for his 12th Birthday. He loved it! Thank you!!

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HH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place, beautiful location, large quantity of food.

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HT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect on a warm sunny day.

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JA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Took my brother there for his birthday... it was his first time and he loved the food. Our server was super friendly!

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MP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocean view and lobster roll was fantastic!

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TE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the service from the moment we arrived-so friendly and attentive. Great chowder! Perfect walk after lunch along the easy access beach. Will be back!!

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L
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster Sandwich and Ahi Burger were terrific. Service was excellent & timely. She guided us through menu options/choices in a very positive fashion.

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M
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood had the mussels and seafood salad both were great.

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DT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Lunch lobster roll was tasteless and on toasted hard roll.

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SB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant. We were early for our reservations and they accommodated us. - usually great service. The only problem we had is after purchasing a fairly expensive bottle of wine the server spilled about a third of a glass on the table....and just left it for us to clean up.

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KB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation, but got lucky enough to catch bar-like tables along the outdoor patio so we could directly overlook the bay/ocean. Even though it was bright and sunny, it was so beautiful and so much fun to watch the marine activity. We saw sea lions? or was it a couple of seals? splashing up a storm eating something...we think. The birds were going crazy trying to get the leftovers. Our waiter was so attentive and friendly. For as busy as they were, our order was taken very quickly and the food followed up quickly also. Clam Chowder...soo good, the consistency was perfect. We also had lobster rolls each. The lobster was incredibly soft. I would have preferred more butter...probably should have asked for a ramekin full of butter to dip in, but it was delish. Leftovers the next day still seemed fresh. Bay fries, too! ...and there probably was supposed to be a green salad in there, but why ruin a perfectly good comfort food meal?? Really, everything was very, very good. It was our last stop in our visit to Half Moon Bay and it really topped it off perfectly. I would highly recommend. We had a perfect weekend. Thank you.

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i
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here a few times now and have never been disappointed. The seafood is outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable...words cannot describe the setting the food the ambience..... you just have to go.

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OT
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Their clam chowder was very good!
I also enjoyed their cioppino (although a little salty) and lobster roll. They didn't ask if we had a special occasion (birthday), we had our dessert somewhere else. But overall, the food was very good. And service was good. The guy who took our emptied soup bowls asked if we wanted more bread, thanks to him, the cioppino didn't taste too salty after we dunked our bread.

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S
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Sam's...we will return...Food / Service excellent!!

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MW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have always found Sam’s Chowder House a pleasant dining experience. The seafood is always fresh and will prepared. The staff is always attentive and friendly.

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KG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent New England style clam chowder. Fish and chips was good, also.

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SB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for food and an awesome view. Parking is a bit of a challenge...especially on the weekends

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sam's is always a great meal in a great location. We will be back again and again.

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TS
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Despite this being a busy, crowded tourist and local spot, we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of both service and food. Shared a bowl of excellent clam chowder that was so huge it could have served 4 people; also shared the petrale sole--delicious and came with great steamed spinach and potatoes; also shared a generous side of the best ever roasted creamed corn-- definitely a must. Regret we didn't get the name of our waiter as he was outstanding-- friendly, knowledgeable, and just made the evening that much better. Love the casual atmosphere with such an extensive menu.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Meeting friends and family and got seated right next to a sliding door that leads outside - we thought it was like being seated in an enclosed porch. A glass of wine got spilled on our table and no one at Sams took notice. Probably because of the obnoxious family next to us, but when you bring the check and their are three purple napkins on the table a good waiter would at least ask, right? I had to grab napkins from the next couple tables to avoid all of us at the table ending up as purple as the napkins I describe. I have been going to Sams for as long ad they have been in business. The last 2 times I have been there (9/24 and 8/5) it seems things have changed and nit for the better. Hope this is just a hi-cup as they change hands.

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very tasty and well presented. Service was friendly and efficient. I recommend going to Sam's but booking a reservation 2 days in advance on sunny weekends.

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GG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience as a first time customer. Great food, service and view of the Pacific Ocean. Our server, Monique, was especially fantastic. I will return again. Highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great as always!

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A
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally loved the food! Lobster roll was amazing! Not sure why we needed reservations since they didn’t ask if anyone had any. There was a huge crowd before it opened but no one ask. I guess it’s really just first come first served.

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SF
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently spent a week on the Monterey Peninsula and their food is incredible BUT...on the way home we wind our way through HMB simply for a dinner at SAMS. Thank you for your continuous AWESOME food.

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G
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sam's never disappoints. We love to come here even if it's just for wine on the back patio, watching the pelicans. The food is always delicious and well-presented. The menu is varied enough to suit a multitude of tastes. We bring guests here because the view is superlative and the food is the same.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love Sam's!!! We lived in Boston a long time ago and always love coming to Sam's to bring back the memories of Boston and the delicious east coast seafood!!!

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was way below their norm. Soggy lobster roll that crumbled apart the second you picked it up. The best presentation of the food was sloppy.

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BM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Usually, Sam's is a reliably good meal and value. Not this time. We arrived a few minutes early for a 7 pm reservation, got a couple of drinks from the bar (happy hour half-priced), were seated just before our reservation time, and received prompt and courteous service. However, the food was very disappointing. The lobster in the naked lobster roll was not fresh and quite rubbery. The roll was stale and broke apart into a million pieces. The coleslaw was watery and too sweet. My wife's sole was overcooked and served over a bland watery sauce with fingerling potatoes and sweet peas that were undercooked. The strawberry and rhubarb crip was runny, and topped off with butterscotch ice cream (not vanilla bean as the menu stated). Butterscotch ice cream is delicious but does not belong on top of that dish. With tips (we didn't hold the waitress responsible for the terrible food), our bill came to $140. I've had far better meals at half that price. Very very very disappointed.

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OS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were there at the end of the day. I specifically put on the OpenTable that it was our Anniversary. They did nothing. Not a word, desert nothing! What is the use of putting this on the reservation if no one looks at it? Service was very slow.

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L
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just enjoyed ourselves. The ladies that greeted us and the wait staff were all lovely. It was a farewell dinner and my sister enjo7herself.

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B
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome lobster roll! Exceeded my expectations!

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j
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This place is amazing! So crazy busy. Great views of the bay and chowder to write home about.

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Sam's for a late anniversary celebration. The food was delicious, the portions were generous and the server was amazing. We plan to go back again in the near future and bring family with us. Loved it!

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SG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The clam chowder and fish and chips were very good. A great place right on US1 and the water.

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