Sam's Chowder House

4.6
4374 reviews
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Seafood
Enjoy a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, amazing sunsets, 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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Enjoy delicious seafood and other options from our regular menu. Plus check out our daily specials that we offer. Our kids menu is perfect for celebrating Easter with the family. We also offer gluten-free, dairy free, and vegetarian options.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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

We sat outside and it was a wonderful evening. The server was great and the food enjoyable (artichokes appetizer was the best).

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

Simply the best lobster roll West of Boston! Ocean backdrop cant be beat tagged with great service and nice desserts , coffee, wine and cocktials. And the drive to get there is always nice.

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AL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were delicious-as usual! The staff from the front desk hostess, waiter & gift shop attendee were outstanding. The most beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. My daughter loves the plush baby seal we her bought in the gift shop. One of our families favorite places to dine. We look forward to our next visit. 10 stars all the way!

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J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at a fair value plus great service...all with a spectacular ocean view!

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CW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Favorite of mine and have been coming for years. I am from East Coast and Maine lobster roll is delicious and nostalgic to me.

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DR
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Chowder & the dressed lobster roll are a must get!!!

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TC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The folks that we met and conversed with while we were waiting for our table, the outstanding wait staff, and the quality of the foid were all excellant. The venue was attractive, the activity level was exciting, and my Old Fashion was to die for. What is not to like!

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KT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service, would highly recommend!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location. Food is tasty. Price is typical for the Bay Area.

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MH
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, amazing atmosphere. I recommend this place

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GT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful day in Half Moon Bay with nothing but sunshine good food and friends. Service and food was excellent.

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j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Greeted nicely. Immediately seated and served. Friends first time there. Lovely day and experience.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waitress Breanna
She made my first visit special

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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, drinks and above all, server Ryan😊

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ID
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! The best food on the planet. Fresh fish and seafood. The greatest staff of any restaurant. ❤️

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

View and location is great. Food and service is mediocre.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had our table ready at the exact same time we had our reservation. Our waitress was really nice and in a good mood. We go to this place a lot but make sure you have a reservation or you have to wait for 2 hours

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Hawaii
359 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, very good service, and an awesome ocean view at Sam's Chowder House. My family and I enjoyed the Ouroboros Farms Mixed Lettuce salad, crab cake appetizer, Caesar salad, and shrimp scampi linguini entree, as each was very tasty. The waitress returned to our table many times, and frequently refilled our beverage glasses. Prices are a bit high, but reasonable for such a wonderful location.

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PC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise! As many times as I have driven past Sam's Chowder House, all I could see was the crowded parking lots; and so I finally made a reservation. It was a great decision! The views from every part of the restaurant are breathtaking. The food was some of the best I have ever had. And the service was spectacular! I wish that I lived closer!

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SB
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, service, and food were outstanding. This is a go to for all of our visits to Half Moon Bay.

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food! The best blood orange mousse. Loved the window seat. Only thing that bugged me was the noise. Music was to loud!!!

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun time at Sams. Bought two friends from out of town. The lobster roll was sublime and the Pinot Noir was delicious and reasonably priced. KJ was our waitress and she did a great job. Of course everyone is impressed by the views and even though the weather was not terrific, we saw wind surfers and a fast moving rain storm which ended with a rainbow. WOW!

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GC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated a wonderful birthday. The service was very warm and friendly without being intrusive, the food was delicious and we were seated immediately with our reservation. It helped that the weather cooperated as well.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expectation may have been too high. Calamari was a big disappointment. Cold, bland & rubbery. Crab cakes and Louie Salad were good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great experience

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RJ
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great dinner and our server, Briana was wonderful!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best lobster roll I have ever had. 10/10 I keep coming back.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I usually love Sam’s but I’d consider this a poor experience. We were originally sat by the kitchen which was insanely loud and we literally reeked of fried food after 5 minutes of sitting there. We asked to be moved which the hostess was nice enough to help with. I️ received a dirty glass of champagne which I️ had to send back then received very flat champagne as a replacement. Food was blan. Server forgot to bring my water, brought it with the check and it was a dirty glass as well.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Poor service.

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ET
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not great. I got the chicken and it tasted like sauteed onions. It also came with a few discs of fingerling potatoes and brussel sprouts. My mom got the sea bass the bass itself was ok, but she expected a cranberry sauce but instead there were bland kidney like beans. Overall underwhelming.

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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter Jose was attentive and personable

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SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Everyone should experince Sam's. The service was great, our waiter was attentive and helpful. The food was served a little on the cool side for me. I had the naked lobster roll, next time I'd ask for mayo. My wife said hers was good, not great. She had the halibut.

This would not stop me from going back as there are a lot of options on the menu.

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CT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service. Beautiful view. And fantastic lobster rolls!

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w
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to visit with family, friends & out of towners. On a nice clear day - the view is spectacular while enjoying a leisurely delicious lunch!

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Tahoe
154 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Right on the water in Half Moon Bay. Menu as expected seafood and plenty of it. Portions are good size. Chowder is very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Service has always been good as well. We definitely visit here when we can.

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TS
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always Packed

We were so happy that we were staying next door at The Beach House and were able to walk over to Sam’s Chowder House as the large parking lot is always fun. This is a very popular place with both the locals and visitors because it is casual, friendly, with delicious fresh seafood and a view of the harbor. Our server was Emily and she was fantastic. A cup of chowder here is the size of most bowls anywhere else and the taste is marvelous. We ordered the shrimp stuffed with crab and served with garlic mashed potatoes and the fresh halibut. Large mouth-watering portions with enough for leftovers! For dessert ,we split the warm chocolate cake with huckleberry sauce on the side which came with a candle for a birthday celebration. Nice touch! Make reservations and come as you are.

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SA
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Good food. It's expensive but it's worth it.

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. View of the water added to an enjoyable eating experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought a friend who was visiting from Montreal and had never been to Half Moon Bay. Everything was perfect; our food, our sever (Kayla), and the view. Great service! And amazing view on what tuned out to be a beautiful day!

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