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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.

4210 Cabrillo Hwy
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

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.

REGULAR HOURS:
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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 712-0245

Website:
http://samschowderhouse.com/

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.

Parking Details:
There are two lots available.

Executive Chef:
Lewis Rossman

Additional:
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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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.

Sam's Chowder House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (95)
Scenic View (84)
Great for Outdoor Dining (66)
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Great for Lunch (63)
Worth the Drive (60)
Casual (57)
Special Occasion (49)
Sunday Lunch (41)
Good for a Date (40)
Local Ingredients (40)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Authentic (37)
Fun (34)
People Watching (33)
Kid-friendly (31)
Comfort Food (30)
Good for Groups (30)
Bar Seating (28)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Romantic (25)
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Great for Brunch (19)
Happy Hour (19)
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Creative Cuisine (15)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Late-night Find
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·Dined 5 days ago

As a first time visitor I was very impressed with Sam's chowder house great service great food a little pricy but still delicious some if the best clam chowder if ever had whenever I'm in the coastal area I'd definitely visit again

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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·Dined 6 days ago

We were very pleased and the food was superb! Pricey but worth it on occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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·Dined 6 days ago

A great place that we always visit when we are in Half Moon Bay. The lobster roll is yummie and wine is great. I recommend it to all my Dutch friends.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We always have a great meal and experience at Sam's. Everything is always fresh and the waiters/waitresses are friendly as well as attentive to your table.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Fish 'n Chips: Outstanding with the best Coleslaw!

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great experience , the food was delicious , our waiter was very attentive and just a nice experience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very pleasant warm spot on patio with view of ocean in January. Walking path along ocean accessible from property. Service friendly, efficient.

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food and the service was excellent. Perhaps a tad pricey, but on balance the quality of the fare won out.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was great! Portion for our smoked trout appetizer was a bit small but filling. Loved our window seating. Prices were a little high but it’s seadood with a beautiful view that’s worth it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Cozy, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

If you love seafood this is the place to go. Good food, good service and decent prices.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Live Music, Fun, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Casual, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Best clam chowder in Northern California.
Their selection of fresh fish is excellent.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Lovely views, polite servers, and prompt service. Couldn’t stop raving about it to my friends who didn’t come!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, service and view. Would recommend to friends

Tags: Waterfront, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Enjoyed our 2nd time within a month @ Sams!! Going back next week!

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great lobster roll!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Outstanding Service & Excellent Food Fantastic Views

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fun, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Sam’s Chowder House it always the Best!!
Consistent! Great food, service and view!!!
I always recommend to my friends and clients!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

one year ago on Dec. 27th my mom passed away. SAMs Chowder House was her favorite resturant. Wednesday we honored her and enjoyed a wonderful lunch.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Fantastic! As always. But sure to catch a sunset!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My initial booking and to be updated - no problem. I also requested a window (if possible) - that too has taken care. Overall, very good experience.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I don't know how they do it, but the staff (hostesses, bartenders and wait staff) is so gracious. On a holiday weekend, there were hundreds of people who wanted to eat there, and the staff never let on that they were slammed. They are true professionals!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was great. Service good. Sams is a bit pricey but you do get fresh quality food.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Waterfront, Comfort Food, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Super location. Right on the beach with outdoor dining. Food was very good

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Family Christmas Dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As always the food was great and the service was great. Just a fun place to hang out on the patio and have cocktails and a nice meal.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

One of our favorite places, especially when it is light and you can see the ocean. We will always order the amazing clam chowder and manila clams, and then something else. This time I enjoyed some delicious crab cakes

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Sit outside if possible, definitely less crowded. Lobster roll was amazing and service was excellent

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Fresh local fish, great ocean view, indoor or outdoor service, good menu. Special occasions or regular dining

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Fast service, attentive staff, and fresh meals. Great experience!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.?.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Awesome service and food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Absolutely love this place. Very accommodating for various dietary restrictions. Food is great and the wait staff is so friendly.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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