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About Sam's Chowder House
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.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Hours of Operation:
PLEASE NOTE: Sam's will be TEMPORARILY CLOSED for routine maintenance TUES, JAN 16 - MON, JAN 22; reopening on Wed, Jan 23. 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
Thanksgiving Day: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: 11:30am-3:00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
There are two lots available.
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
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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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.
Sam's Chowder House Ratings and Reviews
It was a nice day to have a scenic view of Half Moon Bay area. We had a great window seat and the server was very pleasant and had some great suggestions for food. It was pleasant atmosphere and recommend to anybody to go. We had the chowder, crab cakes and lobster roll. They were all very excellent!
Go in the daytime when you can sit outdoors and enjoy the view. We’ve eaten here several times over the years but not in the last 3. Had the cold lobster roll sans the roll. I requested it on a bed of lettuce but it came instead in a lettuce cup with french fries. Duh! I’d requested the lettuce because I’m on a diet so the waitress should’ve asked if I wanted them especially since I mentioned that was my reason. The lobster was a generous portion but bland. The lemon aoili sauce that was supposed to be on it was tasteless and i had to ask for lemon to give it some punch. The meat wasn’t sweet and tasty as New England lobsters usually are and no effort was put to make the presentation attractive. My husband ordered a hamburger which he thought was good. All in all, I’d opt for the patio during the day, enjoy the view and just have some drinks and nibbles. Over the years Sams has become a victim of its success and has become a tourist trap. Too bad, as they used to be good.
We have eaten here multiple times and this place just never fails to provide a great experience! Great food, great ambience, attentive waitstaff. Lobster roll continues to be terrific. I have always enjoyed the spaghetti seafood plate. You can't beat the view!
Food was AMAAAAZING!! We sat outside at night next to a fire. It was perfect for date night. Our server was also so friendly and welcoming. I observed the staff and they all seemed very close like a family. It was great to see during the holidays. We will definitely be coming back!
This was our second visit and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious and the view of the ocean sets the mood very well. I tried the beet salad for the first time. The beets were so sweet! I would definitely order this again! We also loved the Oyster Rockefeller. The service was fast and friendly and the server provided information on a dish they served us. We consider Sam's Chowder House a very special place.
Whenever we are in the San Francisco area we make the drive out to Half Moon Bay for Sam's. The food is great and service is usually strong (experienced servers). Always casual and comfortable. Chowder and lobster rolls are the way to go for us and the kids' menu is nice.
Sams is my go to favorite treat whenever we travel along that side of the coast. We had finished our hike earlier and called the restaurant to see if they can sit us earlier than our reservations. We took the chance to just drive directly Bec the front desk didn’t promise a table.
Upon arrival we were given one and had one of the best friendliest server. This time we ordered the scampi pasta and wasn’t disappointed ! The shrimp was a lot ! We had the clam chowder - and shared that as well. For dessert I have to always have the affogato ! Perfect meal, view and location!
The lady who served our table went beyond to make sure we had a wonderful Christmas celebration at lunch. If there was one thing that could’ve been better it was the fact that my crabcake was cold in the middle. I didn’t want to send it back to diminish everyone else’s experience at the table since they were loving being there. I could be wrong, but I think our server’s name was Monique or Monica.
The food was very good. Service was good except rushed. I had finished my meal, as I tend to be really quick, but my wife likes to enjoy her meals at a normal slower rate. She was only half way through and they took my plate and as she was eating asked if they could box hers. Perhaps let the customer asks for box if or when they desire.?.
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