Sam's Chowder House

4.6
5169 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We will be closed THANKSGIVING DAY so our hardworking staff can spend the day with friends and family.
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, 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 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 5169 people are saying
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vipDenielleA
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
44 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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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
4 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
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipPatrickG
Atlanta
35 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.

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vipMikeJ
Wilmington
9 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!

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Golfete
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great chowder. Fun place and nice servers

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vipJoyAnne
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great and so was the service, but we were there for the views and it did not disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views. Fresh and delicious food. Great atmosphere. Sitting outside is always my go to.

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vipsfo123
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside is so relaxing
Beautiful view and food is delicious. Wait staff didn't rush us Could have turned on heat lamp sooner. Had to ask a few times.

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NikkiD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat when you're in Half Moon Bay! Order the naked lobster roll, you won't regret it.
Try to sit outdoors in the back since it has a beautiful view of the water.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

W enjoyed the food, the view and a chance to get for the first time in months. Great chowder!

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KatieW
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & drinks were delicious and our waiter was fabulous! I always look forward to coming here when I’m in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Large portion sizes. Outstanding ocean view!

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JosieT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had linguine and shrimp. It was excellent. My friends had “dressed” lobster rolls that they raved about.

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dogga
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Sam's service and food is always good. The staff is always kind and helpful and friendly. One of my favorite places to eat. The view is also wonderful

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vipBradL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They serve one of the best seafood in Half Moon Bay. The waitress was so nice and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful and enjoyable dining experience.

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vipTravelalot
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Service was great! We really enjoyed our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Did not mention our anniversary Disappointing

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WandaB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam’s Chowder House is one of my favorite places to dine. If you want good clam chowder, they have it. My children were visiting from afar and they loved it. We were seated outside, with a beautiful view of the ocean, the weather was beautiful along with excellent food and customer service.

If I had it my way, I’d ask them to add red sangria to the menu, the white ones were not so good.

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BillC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service. Sat at the bar and ate dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was great as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The New England clam chowder was amazing!

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MitchellH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Ordered 2 starters and 2 main course. Got the main course before the starters then they showed up 5 mins later.

Happy hour was nice but requires you getting up to order from the bar direct but that’s fine. Saved 50% on a glass of wine.

Celebrating a 2 year wedding anniversary and was just trying for a simple dinner nothing special. Just didn’t feel like a great experience even when we had a reservation.

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 5169 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.