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Sam's Chowder House

4.5
3953 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Casual
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: We will be closed for DINNER ONLY on Thursday, April 19 due to a private event. 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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Neighborhood
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Parking details
There are two lots available.
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Entertainment
Live music Friday and Saturday nights in the fall/winter from 7-10pm inside, and also on Sunday outside from 4-8 during the summer months.
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Special events & promotions
Five oceanfront spaces are available for corporate events, weddings, and other special events. Offering appetizer, lunch and dinner selections and special lobster clambakes. All rooms have ocean views from every seat.
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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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Moms deserve the BEST! Panoramic ocean views and mouthwatering fresh seafood dishes such as gluten-free Half Moon Bay Petrale Sole with fingerling potatoes and local artichokes followed by Chocolate Blackout Cake with raspberry mousse and fresh berries! Enjoy our regular menus for lunch and dinner.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3953 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food consistently. Beautiful view, lively and cozy ambiance. Drive from Marin for dinner quite often.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We have a wonderful time, great food and service was spot on, and the beautiful sunset was a plus.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Came here earlier than our reservation time. And we got called on time we reserved it. It’s a packed place, especially on the weeekends, so I highly recommend reserving your table.

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

They brought wrong dish and then brought correct dish that was cold

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very good service and great staff and great food and great prices and great beer for cocktails and great

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

Food is awful and massively overpriced. They are living off their location. Avoid at all costs

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food. We had Lobster Roll, fish and chips and shrimp cocktail. Patio view was incredible.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Thank You Sam's we had a great 50th anniversary lunch could not have been better. Thanks again for the complimentary Key Lime pie. Hope to be back for the 51st.
J&D

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We were seated by a sliding door which looked like it’s meant to stay closed through out the day. Most servers when they passed by would keep closed and kept the breeze from disrupting our meal. But there were several times that servers wouldn’t close it and the cold breeze will rush through our table. I have to keep closing it myself even when I had asked the servers to close it after passing by. This got annoying after awhile. Overall though, the food was great and my wife and I would definitely come back.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

No surprises...if the crowd is big...the food suffers. The crowd was BIG for midweek. Entrees were fine but not special this time. Apps were very good but the one salad was pretty bad. We'll go back...we are local!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Great place for happy hour, 50% off drinks. The soups are really good. I had a seafood entree which tasted very fresh, but it was somewhat bland. But the quality is good.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

First timers, we loved everything about this place! Will come back again

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

A great location right on Half Moon Bay. The sunset was especially beautiful. Both the menu and food seemed tired. Not sure how fresh the seafood was. More of a tourist trap than a foodie place. You could do worse but can also do better.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

great view and service. the chowder was great as well as desert!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

With a spectacular view, creative menu and good service Sam’s Chowder House is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner! It’s a favorite with us!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Seafood Pasta was ok and the price not worth it...but lobster roll are the best...thanks to our server shes the best...

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Can’t beat Manhattan chowder, lobster ceviche, and any special! Good wine list!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Finally made reservations and enjoyed a beautiful lunch with my hubby! I was excited to experience the food, the view and the environment. We ordered the Calamari and shared the Cioppino. Superb broth and the seafood was fresh and mouthwatering. I am looking forward to my visit to try other things on the menu.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Relaxing sitting outside on the deck overlooking the water. Food is good and tasty. Service was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

An excellent dining experience with friendly staff, delectable fresh food and a gorgeous ambiance by the lagoon! Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Maybe we ordered wrong (we wanted to avoid deep fried dishes), but we were disappointed, after all the hype. The lobster roll, supposedly named as one of America's 5 best sandwiches, came, yes, with a lot of lobster - but the bun had such a strong flavor in the crust that it overpowered the almost tasteless lobster. It could use some lime juice, mayo, spices. The petrale sole was very bland and served on a mess of grilled carrots and artichokes in a bed of pureed celery root; not at all appealing.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great food! Only wished for crusty sourdough bread!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Even the salad has very fresh seafood! Everything scrumptious. Adorable waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

View was great. (Location. Location. Location.)
Service was excellent. (Our server made the perfect recommendations.)
Food was awesome. (Hot, cooked perfectly, perfrctky seasoned.)
Price was reasonable. (It really was.)
Sam - I love ya!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Excellent food - probably the best chowder I have had; loved the special sardine appetizer, enjoyed the delicious clam linguini and the sea bass. Great value. Sat outside and loved the view. Prompt wait staff and lively crowd. Very enjoyable - worth the ride if you want an ocean view and fine food in a casual setting

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very crowded with full parking lot. Seated right away with reservation. Attentive waitress promptly brought drinks and bread and took order. Time for getting our order was not unusually prolonged considering that the place was packed. Waitress checked in several times. Great view and ambiance. Food very good.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excelllent food and the service was great! We’ll definitely come back again.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Made the reservation for our anniversary lunch. We come here often. The hostess was not very nice. Seemed she didn’t like her job much or just very disinterested. I asked for a table near the window and the table she took is to was very snug between two other tables and a very obstructed view. I saw another table, quieter and at the end and asked if maybe we could be seated there, well you would have thought I asked her to give me a million dollars. She was disgruntled enough that I just said never mind. She didn’t say no problem. Just plopped the menus down and took off. This was just rude. Then had to ask for bread. Wow. This never happened before. The waitress was very good and the food was great but wow no way too start off a lunch for our anniversary. So disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The chowder and the beet salad are the reasons we are repeat customers! Delicious and satisfying as always. Great service included answering questions, always refilling drinks, friendly and kind, and comped my birthday dessert! The strawberry rhubarb crumble was heavenly. We will be back again soon!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Had a reservation when the doors opened alongside many others and the staff was prompt and efficient seating everyone. Food was really good across the board; chowder, lobster roll, salmon burger and app special (shrimp & crab over avocado purée) were executed and flavored well. Service was pleasant and engaging. Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It’s always crowded so plan ahead and make a reservation. Walk-ins ahead of us had a 50-60 minute wait. We were shown to our table immediately. We sat inside next to a window that faced the beach and water on a gorgeous but cool day. Our server was very helpful and friendly. Portions are large. Even the cups of clam chowder were big; bowls were enormous. We enjoyed the zesty Manhattan style clam chowder complete with little oyster crackers. My bloody Mary was terrific and my husband enjoyed the beer selection. We also shared fried oysters which were battered crisply and without any grease. Delicious. Last we had two different entrées, the blue crab sandwich on brioche and also the lobster roll. The lobster roll in particular had a huge amount of fresh and deliciously dressed lobster in a very large bun. Accompaniments included coleslaw for me, pickled cucumber for my husband and lots of delicious crispy chips. This is a beautiful location during daylight hours and the fish is fresh because of the high turnover. Worth the drive from anywhere or plan to visit if you are driving down the coast to or from San Francisco.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Easy Access to Sams, great views of Half Moon Bay down the coast all the way to Monterey if clear enough. Service, ambiance, fresh fish and overall experience was friendly and quite favorable on multiple levels!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Incredible restaurant with exceptional service. Lively and fun. Would recommend it to anyone.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Very Very good service and food. Bar is very friendly and view from dining tables spectacular. Hostess could be more engaging.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

I cannot say enough good things about the restaurant. My wife said it best-"the atmosphere is very relaxed and everyone is pleasant and the food is like a 5 star fancy restaurant". Delicious food made with fresh ingredients and you definitely get your moneys worth. The location and views are fantastic. Parking is ok but can be tight when busy. Recommend you use opentable and make a reservation to avoid a wait.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good food, however, watch out when you make your reservation, I booked an outside table and they said they couldn't seat me outside because it was for walk-ins only.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had reservations on busy Easter Sunday and we were promptly seated. We were amazed at how quickly our order arrived! The lobster roll did not disappoint!! The price seems to keep creeping up, but at least the lobster seemed abundant. Very good service and a great experience.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The fish & chips were excellent. However, the New England clam chowder was watery, the manhattan chowder was underwhelming (FAR, FAR more potato chunks than the TWO very small seafood pieces I got), and the Strauss soft-serve tasted watery/icy (not creamy). For what we got, the $8.50 menu price for the chowders seemed like, sorry to say, a rip-off. Even the lemonade seemed watered down. I adore seafood, so this was disappointing. The weather and views, thankfully, were stunning. Outside, the floral stand sold beautifully fresh bouquets. The "boss" and his helpers were awesome!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Best seafood around here, and good service. It is always fun to to visit Sam's.

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