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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:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Seafood Market open Saturday and Sunday 12-8pm

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, Takeout, 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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (126)
Waterfront (117)
Great for Outdoor Dining (97)
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Casual (94)
Great for Lunch (86)
Worth the Drive (76)
Special Occasion (65)
Fun (57)
Local Ingredients (56)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Sunday Lunch (51)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Good for a Date (48)
Neighborhood Gem (45)
People Watching (43)
Kid-friendly (39)
Authentic (38)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Good for Groups (36)
Comfort Food (33)
Happy Hour (30)
Bar Seating (29)
Romantic (28)
Hot Spot (22)
Live Music (21)
Cozy (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Seasonal (14)
Business Meals (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Healthy (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Great Beer (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Tasting Menu (6)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Live Sports (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Spicy (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious, fresh seafood in large portions, informal beach-side setting with indoor and outdoor seating. Lobster roll, fresh Dungeness, blue crab sandwich, Kumamotos...I'm getting hungry again thinking about it. Gumbo needed some additional salt, pepper, and tobasco.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great views, great seafood.

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·Dined 4 days ago

This was our first time eating here, we stopped by last Dec. but you were closed for repairs, I'm glad we came back, it was fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent location with view. Outstanding food and great service at a fair price.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined 6 days ago

Had a great time and enjoyed really good food! Came on a rainy day so we sat inside but still had a great view of the marina. Great overall experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

A must stop in Half Moon Bay is Sam's Chowder House. Always crowded, always delicious and fun. Love the grilled shrimp salad with toasted pumpkin seeds. The Blue Crab Sandwiches are outstanding and their clam chowder is like home made. Don't miss a chance to dine here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Four friends taking out a recent widow for her birthday. Used Open Table for the first time- easy way to set up our reservation and loved the fact that we got to sit by the window.

Staff couldn’t have been nicer and all four of us had a fabulous time. MaryAnne loved her birthday dessert which restaurant gave her.❤️ All the food was delicious and the wine and beer good too. This was an excellent choice to celebrate our friend’s 69th birthday.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have been to Sam’s before and this time I only found the food fair.. One person in my party had the beer battered prawns. They were greasy and not crisp. A few others
had the hamburger which had no flavor and very dry. We started with the popcorn shrimp which were delicious. This was also a birthday, which I wrote in under special
requirements. I asked that the restaurant please bring a scoop of vanilla ice cream w chocolate sauce to the birthday person. They did not bring the dessert which they
have always done in the past. The restaurant was very busy but this is no excuse for sub par food. Our waiter, Ricky, was excellent and made our time at Sam’s very pleasant. Overall our food was only fair and maybe you should eat at Sam’s during the week and not on weekends when they are so busy. We did have a nice time w family celebrating the birthday which was the most important part of the day.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Used to like this place. However, the experience recently was not good. Food wasn’t that fresh. Service is definitely poor. We had to keep asking for stuff.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great outdoor cliff side dining. Reminded me of all the great little New England shore restaurants. They are known for their chowder and lobster rolls that did not disappoint. Chowder was something my Rhode Island father-in-law would have loved. Creamy but not thick. Lobster roll was stuffed with meat and not overdressed. And the beer and vodka battered fish and chips were light and perfection. Parking was difficult but not impossible so be creative.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was terrible. I had the recommended prawns wrapped in bacon with mashed potatoes. The prawns were dry with little flavor .. it tasted like they were frozen for far to long. The bacon was limp and soggy ... the clam chowder was bland and the clams far to chewy. We have been to Sams on several occasions but each time they seem to be going downhill. This last one was the worst by far. Sorry Sams - I know your popular but you keep serving meals like I had you will not be in business for long. - Nothing was said to the manager and nothing was done to make this terrible meal right -

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

My wife and I had dinner Tuesday 11/7/2017. We ordered the "Lobster and Clambake for 2" for $74.95. At that price, our expectations were obviously very high. Sadly, we were very disappointed. Even if the price were say below $40, I would still grade it “D”.

The 1.5 lb boiled lobster was NOT fresh and just lukewarm when it came to our table. The claws were dirty covered with white residue. The lobster did not taste like a live lobster. And meat texture was like cooked (and overcooked) ahead of order and was let sit. Lobster meat was bland, "soggy" and tasteless. If the lobster was live and cooked right before serving, it would have come hot with steam when the tail was pulled. The meat would be firm, crisp, "bouncing" and have that sea salty taste. And even the legs should have meat inside, but they didn't. It was just plain BAD with a failing grade.

I asked the waitress if lobster was live before cooking, she believed so. And I asked if it was cooked some time ago and she said it may have been cooked ahead of time. With Sam's reputation of being one of the best seafood restaurants, they should know that there is absolutely no reason to cook it ahead of time. The only reason to do that is the lobster is already dead. We were not offered a replacement or any compensation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Sam's delivered a good meal and good service, again, at a great location.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

My sole over couscous and squash was excellent. My wife's lobster rolls were fair. Although from Chicago, the rolls from our local food mart are better. The ambiance was well enough and the service "ok".

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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

As it is billed as an eastern style chowder house I was pleasantly surprised to find that the menu is not limited to this type of food. As I am from the east coast so items like cioppino, halibut, and sea bass interested me more. I had the halibut and was pleased that it was not over done.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The only negative was parking - there weren't enough parking spaces and we had to wait until someone left which made us late for our reservation. The gumbo was good not great. The New England clam chowder was very good and had too much stuff (carrots, celery) other than clams, potatoes, and onions in it. But it wasn't thickened. Yay! The lobster rolls were excellent, as good as we've ever had. And I'm from Maine and so I know a good lobster roll when I taste it. And there was the meat of one whole lobster in each roll. The key lime pie was made with regular limes and not key limes and so wasn't as limey as it might have been. The vanilla soft serve ice cream with sea salt and olive oil was amazing in that it really did taste like caramel, just like the menu says. We will go back. Over-all we thought it was a good value for the money.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was terrible. Our table was by the door which was open flies came in and were in our faces and mouths. It was very very noisy. I could not hear my companion speak I will never go back
Too many tourist. No parking it was a nightmare and a very expensive one at that

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A great place for Sunday brunch. The seafood is wonderful - the new lobster roll is wonderful.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server, Celene, was superb.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Wonderful views of the sunset over Half Moon Bay certainly enhanced the dining experience. Service was great and waiter was free with advice about most popular dishes. The stuffed prawns wrapped in bacon was delicious. The clam chowder is definitely worth a try. Friends enjoyed their ciopino.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food and service were mediocre. You are by the ocean, but sit outside(usually cold) or by window. Otherwise it's like any other seafood restaurant, only much more expensive. Sadly, not what it used to be.

Tags: Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

We had the beer battered prawns, delicious. There cold slaw was superb. Our service person was outstanding. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Sam's has well prepared fresh seafood and, of course, there's that beautiful oceanside location.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We chose to have our 29th Anniversary lunch at Sams because we love the food and atmosphere!!! We live in Los Gatos and always enjoy the drive to the beach and driving the coast highway after our awesome lunch!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Lobster roll “OK” but very expensive...clam chowdervery good!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always meets the need - always meets expectations - but, another "always" is that parking is difficult and, if parking on the highway, can be dangerous for families with kids walking along the highway or trying to cross the highway

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Super place ! We sat at the bar ( just the 2 of us ) the kitchen staff do not stop ! Great great staff and we truly recommend this place as a local food hot spot

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was our first trip! We tried a few months ago and we couldn’t get reservations. I booked this reservation a month in advance & I was very pleased! I WILL BE BACK REAL SOON!! 😋

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Casual, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a reservation for 7:30, arrived at 7:10 and was told they were on time. At 7:50 i went to the front desk and asked when we would be seated & was told a table just opened up.... that table was open for the entire 15 minutes I saw the 3 hostess chatting at the front desk with the 2 cute wait staff!
I will remember never to come here again on a Friday night

Tags: Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Casual, Live Sports, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We were seated on time as per our reservation in a quiet, scenic room off the main area. Our server, Salwa, greeted us with a beautiful smile and was efficient, informative and checked on us throughout the meal without being obtrusive. Our friend had the seafood salad in which the bay scallops, shrimp and calamari were perfectly accented with the peppery arugula and light lemony dressing. My husband had the fish and chips which were light with the fish perfectly battered. I satisfied my craving for a seafood stew with a well seasoned generous bowl of steaming hot cioppino with a side of polenta fries which I immediately dunked into the savory broth to absorb all the yumminess. The cioppino consisted of generous portions of mussels, clams, dungeness crab and fish swimming in a well seasoned broth of wine, herbs and spices. Needless to say, we will all return to Sam's Chowder House and try to experience all the other luscious goodies on their menu. This was a perfect venue for our anniversary celebration.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Petrale Sole was expensise and dry... looked good on plate. Veggies overcooked and the apple listed was non-existent. Friend loved the Clams/Spaghatti.... no brainer dish. MaiTai cocktail was cheap liquor... flat. What a madhouse this place is. Hot outside and broiling inside... where was our usual fog.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Best Lobster Rolls ever!! Great view of the ocean while you’re dining.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Went there with family for a few days on vacation. Food was very tasty and prices reasonable. So much nicer than a chain restaurant. Make reservations or expect long wait times!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Casual, Fun, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Always has good food and the ocean views are great. Besides their lobster roll, they have a softserve ice cream with olive oil and sea salt. Sounds really strange, but it tastes great. I also would highly recommend their Fish and Chips.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great response to special dietary requests. Immaculate service despite a nearly full house in a Friday night. Outstanding jazz trio!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, People Watching, Scenic View, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Live Music
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was our first time visiting the restaurant. I enjoyed it so much. Our waitress was the best ever. Thank you for such a wonderful experience

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

My husband & I arrived at Sam's at the end of a beautiful drive up Hwy one from Santa Cruz.
We had reservations for 6:00 PM and scored the best view corner table
outside on the lower deck. Our service was great , dinner was delicious and the sunset was gorgeous. A perfect birthday for me.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Service was generally very good. Clam chowder and bread were excellent but the lobster roll was lacking in flavor although the portion of lobster was generous. I took half of it home and made a lobster salad for the next day by adding a couple of ingredients and it was excellent.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food and scenery. The service was quick but I recommend reservations. Plan some time for parking just in case the lot is full.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love this place

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