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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (102)
Waterfront (97)
Great for Outdoor Dining (85)
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Great for Lunch (72)
Casual (70)
Worth the Drive (65)
Special Occasion (59)
Local Ingredients (48)
Fun (46)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Sunday Lunch (44)
Good for a Date (43)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
People Watching (38)
Authentic (38)
Comfort Food (37)
Good for Groups (34)
Kid-friendly (32)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Bar Seating (30)
Happy Hour (24)
Romantic (24)
Cozy (21)
Hot Spot (21)
Great for Brunch (20)
Live Music (20)
Seasonal (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Healthy (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Business Meals (11)
Great Beer (11)
Disabled Access (9)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2011

Very disappointing. Although the seafood was good, the non-seafood entree was not, the service mediocre (absent), and the noise off the scale when a live, in-restaurant sportscast interrupted and interfered with our Saturday night dinner out. You may have a very different experience there (if you stick to the seafood, get to enjoy the ocean view, and go on a non-broadcast night) but we will never go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2011

The food is terrible at Sam's and seems to be getting worse. We have been going to Sam's for years & the food has always been average but the past several times we have gone, the food was terrible- borderline unedible. Really disappointing- we ordered the fried calamari, which was so overcooked that it felt more like eating rubber bands. We also ordered the crab sandwich, which lacked any flavor; the crab meat was frozen/thawed and was soggy. The worst part was we ordered a whole steamed lobster. The lobster meat was fine, but there was only 1/4 pound of meat, which was UNACCEPTABLE to charge for. The sides were terrible. The broccolini did not have the raisins & pine nuts & the salad was so over dressed it was not edible. terrible

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2011

Lobster roll seems over-rated. lobster was tough and dry. No comparison with another new local spot not on the coast with succulent lobster rolls for $2 less. View nice and some of the other offerings were good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2011

Sam's has my favorite clam chowder on the coast, a prefer a slightly less thick soup and Sam's has never failed to deliver. My son usually orders the lobster for 2 it's a great value and the seafood is fresh and prefectly prepared.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 26, 2011

Been to Sam's many times and it never disappoints. Beautiful view, great for kids and also a romantic spot for dinner. The clam chowder and crab louie are great as well as the shrimp scampi with linguine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2011

Had good food and great desserts. Server wis very nice but not very attentive. Long time between check ins.

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 25, 2011

Not much Lobster for $48......Salmon was over cooked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2011

Great chowder!! Terrific waitress!! Very accommodating staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2011

The crab cakes and Louie salad were enchanting and should not be missed! The coffee is diner perfect and pairs beautifully with the unbelievably scrumptious Creme Brulee. Request a window table with your reservation - you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2011

Great food (best lobster rolls we've ever had, and half the group is from the East Coast). Friendly service, beautiful view, casual setting. Definitely recommend it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2011

Amazing views but you certainly pay for it with the food prices. And there is ALWAYS a wait and trouble finding parking. Don't go on a weekend without a reservation or lots of patience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2011

this place is great!! beautiful scenery, great food, friendly people and a great band outside.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2011

It was Date Night and we were not disappointed. Great service, fantastic drinks, wonderful food, and a view! We were not hurried, the service was impeccable, our waiters timing was awesome as well as the bus staff. Everyone was social and full of smiles, just adding to our delightful experience. Does not get much better than that.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2011

Sam's is good; Though it is always packed, I think it is over-rated and overpriced. There are other very good restaurants in the immediate area, some which also have comparable views.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 15, 2011

We went for our 19th anniversary. Wanted to try their Lobster Rolls as we have had some on the east coast. We were not disappointed, their clam chowder is also great. All this and a great view.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2011

A gem ! Seafood lovers will enjoy this amazing restaurant. Parking is very tight - if you go there on a weekend, you may not find a parking space. Arrive early and you may have a chance to park your car in the lot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2011

When we arrived there was a lot of people waiting to be seated and it looked like trouble. The guy before me also had reservation for four and at the same time as mine. Both of our groups got to seat immediately while others waited. Service was great! Swordfish was great! We will be back to try the famous Lobster Roll.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2011

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the bay area. It is always busy so reservations are a must.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2011

My wife and I come to Sam's every other month for their lobster ceviche, and lobster roll.

They also have very good chowder, ordered the cup and not the bowl....cup is a regualar size bowl...lobster roll is very good although sometimes it is not seasoned well.

Great outside dining and lots to look at over the bay.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2011

The best seafood in the Bay Area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 13, 2011

Lobster rolls were great. Beautiful view.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2011

Great sea side destination restaurant for a Saturday day trip from San Francisco. Oysters, clam chowder, beet salad, salmon & key lime pie are only a sampling of my favorites.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2011

Great time had by the birthday girl.Thanks! I'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2011

Excellent lobster roll and outstanding chowder. Very busy but everyone was enjoying themselves. Great harbor view.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2011

Great Lobster roll, great view, good service, and good music. Parking is limited so get there early.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2011

Sam's is a GREAT spot on the coast, south of San Francisco. The focus on seafood really pays off. All you may have heard about the lobster roll being the best there is, applies equally well to the other dishes. The mussels in a lively tomato based broth could not be better. The paella and ciopino are uniformly outstanding. If you are in the vicinity of Half Moon Bay, CA. Do not miss this gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 12, 2011

Clam chowder is awesome. A "cup" is plenty. Others in the party had the lobster roll which they acknowledged was one of the best. The service was fabulous. We had a corner window table with a great view. Parking is a challenge due to the popularity of the restaurant. We had trouble getting out of the parking lot because two cars were waiting to take our spot and had boxed us in because they didn't want the other car getting an advantage!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2011

One of my favorite seafood restaurants anywhere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2011

We have been going to Sam's regularly for their signature lobster roll sandwich and clam chowder. Order the cup of clam chowder as it is a bowl by anyone's definition. The lobster roll sandwich is $$$, but comes with a generous amount of lobster served traditionaly in a soft bun with a top slit. It would be hard to get this sandwich wrong. Sam's is a rustic restaurant with a great view of the beach. Many people choose to eat outside, but it can be quite cold. The heaters help.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2011

We had an 11 am reservation and were seated well in advance of the Sunday lunch crowd. Our lunch was not served until after noon. We were told they were busy and the kitchen was jammed. when they took our order the restaurant was not even half full. Food was ok. We will stick to Barbara's next time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2011

The location is nice, and service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. The food is ok, but too much salt in the chowder, and way too much butter on the lobster roll. This actually distracted from the food which would have been pretty good otherwise.

I'd go back, but specifically ask for my food to be cooked a bit more healthily.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2011

Did not enjoy it overpriced lobster roll was not all that good.
Very Dissappointed would never go back!!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2011

It was a very nice experience to celebrate my god daughter's birthday, we had a great time!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2011

This was my fourth visit to Sam's and it's been better each time. The food and service were
fabulous. I'll be back again soon!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 5, 2011

The restaurant is very crowded and loud but the bar scene is vibrant and the live music was excellent. Our server was somewhat disinterested and really made very little effort to recommend particular dishes. While the service was average, the food was actually quite good. Sam's is a good place for casual dining but don't expect a special dining experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2011

Very good food,very reasonable price on drinks!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2011

I love Sam's Chowder House, it is consistently delicious, lively and fun. We recommend it all the time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2011

Food is always reliably good - waiter persons always responsive and friendly. This is our new place to celebrate any occasion!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2011

The hostess at the front was aloof, clearly not trained to properly welcome guests. It was unusually dark inside too. Not a good first impression. Had it not been for a very good waitress, the quality of service rating would be poor. Our table for 7 was ready right away, but quite tilted and wobbly. The clam chowder was excellent, the rest just average. The kids' fries were dried out and the mac 'n cheese was soggy, so two of the kids with us wouldn't eat their usual favorites. But the chicken tenders and spaghtetti were a hit. It was a foggy day, so the beautiful view could not make up for the retaurant's deficiencies. We walked down to the beach after lunch and had a better time there.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2011

The New England Clam Chowder was very good. My husband enjoyed his halibut. However, the lobster roll is nothing special. There is a lot of tasty lobster, but the lobster is heated in butter with some celery and tossed in the roll. There is no mayo or any other type of binder. On the other hand, my standard for a lobster roll is the one served at the Harbor Gawker in Vinalhaven, Maine. Now that is yummy!!

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