Sam's Chowder House

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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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We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, so that our employees can spend this special day with their families. We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you soon!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We are closed on Christmas Day, so that our employees can spend this special day with their families. We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 4665 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The clam chowder is wonderful--lots of clams! I had a special salad of the day with smoked trout which was tasty, some unusual ingredients and a great dressing--absolutely perfect. Others had either fish and chips and/or fresh fish specials. The presentation was beautiful and accompanying sides creative.

r
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The receptionist had a terrible attitude and was nasty to some of my guests for my birthday. I called one of my guests and asked them to check in for me as traffic was bad and we ran 6 minutes late. The person insisted I had already checked in and was seated but I wasn’t even there yet. They finally seated them.

Our waitress was excellent as well as the food , but we were stuck in the back by a door with people walking back and forth so that was a little disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, view, loved the Oyster Platter, Naked Lobster and The King Salmon.

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

Love Sam’s and the staff and the views are amazing!

KC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood. The best clam chowder I've tasted. Service is top notch.

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing and the table was perfect. They even went above and beyond for my dad's birthday. We had the best time and thanks again. Also - the lobster roll was all it was cracked up to be!

MM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately there was a power shortage & you were closed! We will be back! Maybe invest in generator.Drove to Duartes in Pescadero & enjoyed delicious lunch. They had a working generator!

KR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're going to stop in HMB to eat, don't miss Sam's Chowder House. Great food, great service and a great view.

SK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious and very good service. Only downside is annoying background music.

AO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, large number of choices, great service and a view to die for of Pillar Point and the Pacific.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday of my wife

VW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food. great view

W
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just know that if you go on a weekend and the weather is great, it is going to be really busy. With that said, there are so many options for seating (inside and out), that you can probably get away without a reservation (for a small group). Saw that big -ss raw platter go out to another table and that clenched it for me. What can I say about fresh seafood, warm sun and a nice glass of Sauv Blanc. Life is good at Sam's. Back soon when I am ready for another seafood "fix" !! Oh, and live jazz too !!

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a lovely spot for lunch, delicious food. Our only complaint is that the check in person was quite rude.

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

family, fish was dry and we had to ask fir bread, we were a party of five

MN
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Did not get a lot for the money. Great view, nice vibe, excellent service. It was just that you did not get a lot for the money. Somewhat disappointed in the recent meal. Maybe tourists put up with this but as a resident, I will not be going back in the near future unless I hear that things get better.

JL
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Sam's many times and go there whenever I am near Half Moon Bay. I cannot stop myself from ordering the lobster roll each time because it is so good. This time, however, I tried something new. I ordered a custom sandwich with mayo, lettuce, tomato, bacon and lobster on a brioche burger bun. How do you improve on a great lobster roll?...add bacon. They were enthusiastic to honor my request. I got a good photo of it, but it failed to upload. I hope they will put this sandwich on the regular menu.

MC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated in a corner by windows. Wonderful view of the ocean. There were many’s flys around our table while we were eating. Upon leaving we mentioned the fly’s and was told yes, they knew it was a problem. Why did they sit us there when there was plenty of empty tables in the restaurant


Celebrating a birthday. Dessert delicious

AR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Their 'famous' lobster roll was bland, overdone and over priced. Left a lot to be desired.

V
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came over for an anniversary lunch and actually also brought our dog- requested an outside table for this reason of which they accommodated us perfectly giving us a larger table near the back of the outside seating. Our waiter, Jose, was outstanding and took care of our every need!! The fish was fresh and delicious in our cerviche appetizer, our clam chowder was delicious as always and we had the blue crab sandwich and the seafood salad which my husband and I shared and were just delicious!! Sam’s then comped us with a dessert which was such a treat and absolutely delicious!! We look forward to our next trip to Sam’s Chowder House!!

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

We sat outside on a beautiful sunny day. The waiter, Jose, was friendly, and the meal was delicious.

TB
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary, our server made everything fantastic. He went above and beyond for us this evening. Thank you.
The New England style clam chowder, outstanding as always. And the Blackened fish sandwich was delicious. As well as the Popcorn Shrimp. Our all time favorite.
Thank you for a fantastic evening.

MS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and great service. We will come back as soon as we have time.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my wife’s birthday and she was with me on a business trip. The service was good and the food was very good. We had a wonderful time.

KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is always great especially the lobster roll and the seafood salad among others. I will come back for the food but I always feel that the restaurant is complacent and does not do extra to improve on the details like the mediocre fries and average service.

JD
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Beautiful spot with great food. View was amazing. Server was a bit grumpy but had good suggestions. Naked lobster roll was very nice!

PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sam’s Chowder House provides excellent seafood dishes at a moderate price. Plus you can get a beautiful view of the beach. However it is very popular and can get crowded. Make a reservation, especially for the weekend.

We recommend the salmon and the cioppino.

K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday for our two mothers. Jose was extremely helpful and sweet to them.

CM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and service was excellent. Kristen was AWESOME!

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best.Lobster.Roll.Ever

b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my dad to Sam's for an early dinner by the water. We both ordered from the fresh catch and were very happy with the food and portions. Dad ordered peach bread pudding for dessert-he was very, very happy! Thanks for a memorable meal with my dad!

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live on the coast and have gone to Sam’s many times. The food is the best it has ever been!

LM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great views of the water. The local fish is nicely grilled. And really local. The sides that accompany the grilled fish are not as well put together. The lobster roll was disappointing, but it is not surprising that lobster rolls are not as good as those in Maine. Go for the fun, the chowder and the grilled fish.

S
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit outside and enjoy the sun and beach sounds my family loved it best bday brunch 🔥✌🏽🍺

DW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a place some consider "touristy", we really enjoyed it. Great service, relaxing deck. Would definitely return. And for oceanfront seafood dining, the prices were pretty reasonable too. Very happy we went there.

ML
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place & service. Seafood could be better. Overall experience no complaints very enjoyable. Will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for lunch any day of the week! Great food, service and wonderful view!

MG
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make a reservation for this fish house if you plan to eat there -- or else get there when they open. People know about Sam's and for good reason. Great food in a very friendly and beautiful setting. On top to that is first class service. Worth the trip to Half Moon Bay area.

DT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 2

Had 2 orders of salmon that was not cooked enough and was very fishy tasting also 3 salads that were tasteless

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The best Crabcake in town!
Staff are always smiling and accommodating!
Always a great view overlooking the water.

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