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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
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7:00 PM
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Sam's Chowder House

4.5
3864 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Worth the Drive (65)
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
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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What 3864 People Are Saying
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Aliacs 
5.0  Dined a day ago

Great food and great view, clam chowder and lobster rolls were great.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Love Sam’s.
The food is great!
It is expensive,but worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

The chowder was delicious... however that naked lobster roll was dry and unsatisfying. Seemed almost rubbery. Also, waitress forgot the kids salmon and had to ask for water twice. Son was getting crabby because he was hungry.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very Nice , Thank you . Took my Wife for Our 25 th Year Anniversary , she Loved it , great Food , good music and A Very Warm and Relaxing Place To be in the Evening.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

We were seated right away and our waiter came right over to introduce himself. We ordered our drinks, appetizer and main courses all at once. Maybe shouldn't have done that. Our appetizer arrived before the drinks and our main meal followed a few minutes later. The drinks arrived last. The waiter was very apologetic, it was a fairly busy Saturday night, but I felt a bit rushed. We had a 5:15 reservation and we were done by 6:15. The food was amazing. Just wish we could have slowed things down a bit.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Have seen the packed parking lot many times finally made a reservation and loved it. Great selection of seafood including local, saw plenty of kid-friendly options, excellent appetizers, main courses, gumbo and desserts. Pricey but location is outstanding, lots of indoor and outdoor seating for groups of all sizes, we will definitely go back for future special occasions.

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Disappointed (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Oysters were fresh and fried calamari was tasty but the lobster roll was flavorless and the service was very slow

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vipEllabella (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The view was spectacular. The food was ok I have a salad. The restaurant was overpriced. I heard it was a famous place. I had been there two years ago on my visit to Pacifica but didn’t know that.

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GoDucks (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We come here often for the clam chowder, which is very good! This was our 1st time for a full meal, and we were very disappointed in the food quality; very bland, starchy, just not very good. We will continue to come for a beer, chowder, view, but not the main menu.

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vipSparky (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great view, wonderful service and wonderful clam chowder

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rahoi (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Always a great meal and a wonderful time!

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BadDay4Mom (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Classic. Great service, food and views. Our waitress was exceptional and my martini was as good as the chowder.

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DavidG (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Second time there and for me "I had the seafood spaghetti" as main course, it was the best I've ever had here in the US. For appetizer we had the tuna poke and it was delicious. My wife had the hot lobster roll and she liked it but it was dry. My first time there I had it and it was dry then. All it would need is a dipping sauce like a butter garlic sauce or aioli. We also had a clam chowder cup and it was ok. My cocktail drink was good and strong but the margarita my wife had was just ok. Overall it good dining experience and I would defiantly go back, especially for the beautiful view.

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cindy (Tahoe)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We have frequented Sam's Chowder House almost since it was started. We are sad to see the changes: high prices, too crowded, no parking, wait-staff who tried to sell you everything...
clam chowder to start with (when you've ordered a fairly heavy lunch?), more beverages, home-made desserts....)Wait-staff sounded like they were reading a script on top of "pushing the food."

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VictoriaW (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Staff welcoming, table service excellent, food very good, lovely location on Half Moon Bay.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Try the poke! You will not be disappointed. It is always a hit.

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Bevo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We wanted a special place to celebrate our 15th anniversary-and Sam's is our go-to special place. They honored our reservation request for a window table "if possible" and were very attentive.
We'll be back often! Thank you.

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Francesca (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food preparation is top of the line. Can’t miss at Sam’s. The waiter we had was very knowledgeable, professional and pleasant. The lady on the computer handling the reservations was not very people friendly.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had reservations and got into town early and we were seated 20min later having shown up 2 hours early..that was pretty cool and the Chopino 5 star..all the shell fish was huge..We will definitely be Back again

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent service !!!

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lobsterrolls (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic service and great view of the Pacific Ocean. Raw oysters, New England clam chowder, and lobster rolls were all amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Parking is the only drawback. THe food is wonderful. The view awesome. Music was a nice addition.

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Anakalia (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Fun cocktails. Delicious and fresh food. Excellent service. Fabulous dinner with a priceless view!

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vipRealGood (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Not our first stop at Sam's. Always love the chowder. Also famous for Lobster Roll and other seafood. Half Moon Bay is worth the drive -- don't miss Sam's

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StanleyM (Tahoe)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Ordered Naked Rolls NEED A LITTLE DIPPING CUP of BUTTER to DIP the LOBSTER in...Roll little butter hardly noticed any😩 Lobster was a little under cooked.... Rubbery and had little flavor..😖

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Service was well-timed and friendly, cioppino was great!

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vipMichaelC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

A really nice drive to the restaurant. Had a great view of the ocean. The clam chowder was outstanding.

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SarahT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We live in San Francisco and for my 75th birthday I had my choice of any restaurant I wanted. I selected Sam's...a romantic drive down hwy. 1, sunset at 5:45 dinner reservation at 6:30...the wonderful greeting...the best waiter anyone could ask for...a fabulous ahi tuna starter, beautiful scampi linguini, gorgeous wild salmon ... leisurely enjoying each other and the meal. And the finale a french style cake to live for! Thanks to Sam's it was a memorable evening to celebrate a memorable birthday.

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vipBuck (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

I love everything about the place. The seafood preparation and presentation is spectacular. The service is attentive but never cloying, and if you are lucky to get outdoor deck dining, you have just reached Nirvana. I always look forward to returning, and you simply can not beat the drive along Highway One to Sam's front door.

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vipant08 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Best view but food and service not so much, too bad

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