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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:
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

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (91)
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Great for Lunch (59)
Casual (56)
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Good for Birthdays (42)
Local Ingredients (41)
Good for a Date (40)
Sunday Lunch (39)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Fun (37)
Authentic (34)
Comfort Food (34)
Romantic (32)
Cozy (30)
Good for Groups (30)
Bar Seating (30)
People Watching (28)
Kid-friendly (27)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Live Music (22)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Great Beer (11)
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·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Scenic View, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Fun, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great view, wonderful service and wonderful clam chowder

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Always a great meal and a wonderful time!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tahoe)·Dined 7 days ago

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."

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Live Music, Authentic, Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent service !!!

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·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

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tahoe)·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..😖

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was ok. The location is the star here. Right on the water.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicious as always! Great food, excellent service and awesome ambiance and view!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing food. Have to get the Lobster roll! But its so rich you can split it. Clam chowder, cioppino, mussels, oysters and prawn cocktail are also very good!

We sat outside on the deck because it was a beautiful day and watched the waves and the beach and the ships. A perfect view! Go early if it is a nice day and you want to sit outside. We got there about 15 minutes before it opened and went right in, but by the time we left it was over an hour wait for an outside table.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Casual, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We were excited to try their naked lobster roll. Unfortunately we were disappointed. The lobster was ehh. The chowder was runny and tasted like it was from a mix. We did enjoy the calamari we ordered. It was fresh and tasty. The view and the weather was superb. It was a fantastic Friday afternoon at half moon bay!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Brought guests for the view. The waiter was very attentive and made us feel special.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

A beautiful spot for a relaxing lunch on a sunny day!!

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food Service Setting and Ambience outstanding

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

As usual, the lobster rolls were sublime, the beer a delicious complement and yes, we shared key lime pie and it was yummy! We always have a wonderful time and good food. It's become a lovely outing for us and our friends as we live in San Jose. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Have eaten here twice and very impressed, clam chowder is very good and Lobster Roll over the top.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent day to enjoy a picturesque sunset with good food & friendly people. Ryan our waiter was especially helpful.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was our anniversary and Sam's is a favorite of ours. They didn't disappoint and made us feel special. Distance keeps us from doing it often but not at all.

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