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Sam's Seafood Platter - Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, CA

Sam's Chowder House

4.6
4.6
5128 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Open for indoor & outdoor dining, and takeout. Reservations (and walk-ins) for indoor dining Monday-Friday, and walk-ins only on weekends. Reservations are for inside the restaurant - we can't hold tables in the bar area or outside patio. Serving lunch through dinner seven days a week. Award-winning, fresh New England style seafood, in a casual setting overlooking the ocean. Live Maine lobster, fresh local crab (in season), fish and chips, fried calamari, delicious clam chowder, award-winning lobster rolls, farm fresh salads, cioppino and more! Gluten-free, kids menu, and vegetarian available.

Featured on NBC’s The Today Show, named “Best Outdoor Dining in the Bay Area” by SF Magazine, and “Best Seafood Restaurant in San Mateo County” by San Jose Magazine.

We are following all State and County Health Dept. guidelines. Visit our website for more details on the precautions we are taking to keep you and our team safe.

We look forward to seeing you!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 712-0245 ext. 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Lewis Rossman

  • Catering

    Already found the perfect spot for your corporate event, graduation party or family reunion? Sam's ChowderMobile will bring its award-winning seafood to the location of your choice! Order Sam's famous Lobster Rolls, New England Clam Chowder, Fried Calamari and more, off the traditional menu — or have the ChowderMobile arrive fully equipped to prepare an authentic Lobster Clambake for your special event. For more information, contact Sam's Catering Manager: (650) 712-1766 or events@samschowderhouse.com

  • Private party facilities

    Amazing sunsets, award-winning seafood and spectacular oceanfront dining. Perfect for family gatherings, business events, weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. Oceanfront private & semi-private spots for your special event. Oceanfront beach weddings. Full restaurant buyout available.

  • Private party contact

    Mary Ratkovic: (877) 748-2831

  • Neighborhood

    Half Moon Bay

  • Parking details

    There are two lots available, and there is also parking on the street and in the harbor.

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy live music from blues to jazz! May - October: Every Friday night from 5:30-8:30pm (inside bar) and Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4pm (outside bar, weather permitting). November - April: Every Friday & Saturday night from 5:30-8:30pm (inside bar)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,128 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Great for scenic views

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  1. LG

    LoopyGLemon

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely time. We went for winter dinner and the sun was down so it was slower than most times which was great. Great service, food came out quick, and it wasn’t to load so my wife and I had great conversation. Seafood was fresh and delicious but the best thing I ate was the soft serve with olive oil and salt desert. Who knew.
  2. AJ

    AnnaJ

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Celebrating my sister's birthday and watching the sunset. Tables were spread out. We were on a smaller room with doors open until the night chill set in. Felt very safe. Sisters enjoyed the oysters. We all enjoyed our seafood entrees. Seasonal brussels sprouts and green beans were very good. Crumble, key lime pie were good desserts. Waitress was very helpful and efficient.
  3. PG

    PamelaG

    Sacramento

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the naked lobster roll. One person in our group had bouillabaisse which wasn’t so good. Clam chowder both varieties was great.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Last night we celebrated our dear friends 60th birthday and Sam’s truly made the night a memorable experience. The service was amazing, friendly and very attentive, which we truly appreciated. The food was delicious with the exception of the Brussel Sprouts with Bacon… which were very soft instead of crispy, as stated in the appetizer description on the menu. I ordered the 1/2 Chicken which was extremely moist and tender, the flavor was amazing over Risotto. My wife had Mandarin Pear Salad, which she absolutely loved and our friend had the Shrimp stuff with Blue Crab which he said was unbelievably amazing. For dessert, my wife and I shared a Homemade Vanilla and Chocolate Swirl Soft Serve Ice Cream and our friend had, for his Birthday dessert their Key Lime Pie. We had a wonderful window seat and the Sunset was truly spectacular. Sam’s Chowder House made our birthday celebration a beautiful celebration experience for the three of us and we look forward to our next time we visit Sam’s, which is a wonderful and treasured establishment for not only us locals, but for all who stop by and enjoy their delicious food and hospitality…
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my brother and sister-in-law visiting from Utah for lunch. Everything was fantastic!
  6. YT

    YummyTummy

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, pleasant server, granted request to be by a window.
  7. GC

    GinaC

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing lunch celebrating my birthday. The food was absolutely delicious! We can't wait to come back again!
  8. c

    cmokon

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything worked together to make this a wonderful experience for my husband and me to celebrate an anniversary. The servers were extremely kind and welcoming and even funny, the food was absolutely delicious, and the view of the ocean can't be beat.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Was hesitant to order the crab cake appetizer because of being disappointed at other restaurants. But this was the real deal, almost no binders, very good crab taste, sweet and meaty, nicely sized and fried perfectly. Clam chowder was reminiscent of the clam chowders I’ve gotten in Boston and at Bob’s in Maine. Light broth with clam taste and lots of clams. Fried calamari was very good, not oily at all. Fried prawns were crispy and moist and the Clam Bake for two was delicious with a whole lobster and plentiful mussels and clams. All was good but the crab cakes and chowder were exceptional.
  10. J

    Jeff

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always great. Don’t go there often enough.
  11. LB

    LisaB

    San Francisco

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The autumn salmon entree was an interesting mix of ingredients, but a delicious dish. Nice window seat. Pleasant service. One of our favorite coastal restaurants.
  12. JS

    JamesS

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations. They were on time with table ready. Hostess was polite and friendly. Server...Noah...was outstanding.
  13. A

    Alex

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The cocktails were perfect and we ordered paella and a proscuitto salad. Both were excellent!
  14. S

    Supra

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful seafood menu! Great view for those seating outside!
  15. WM

    WilliamM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sam's offers great service, fabulous food fun ambience!!!
  16. JC

    JimC

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this place, I just wish so many other people didn't love it as well so it would be easier to get in.
  17. KC

    KevinC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another excellent dinner at Sam’s. My wife & I visit Half Moon Bay 5-6 times a year for a 3 day stay each time. We always have 1 or 2 dinners at Sam’s and have also enjoyed their excellent cheeseburger & fries for lunch. Last night we both had the naked lobster roll & it was fantastic as always! Kevin C.
  18. S

    Smitty

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    I love sitting outside! I'm not really a steak eater, but I've had the New York steak twice and it is delicious. The dessert menu is good and includes affogato!
  19. LF

    LilF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and waitress was cheery and helpful. Plus, we had a beautiful view of the ocean.
  20. IJ

    IncaJoe

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seasonal dishes! A great meal!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a nice lunch on a quiet Monday afternoon with a pretty view. Everything we ate was fresh and tasty. We had mentioned to our server that it was both my husband’s birthday and we were also celebrating our anniversary on our first trip down Big Sur. She took great care of us, and even gave us an apple crumble dessert on the house to celebrate the day! We’ll be back to Sam’s Chowder House on our next trip down Big Sur!
  22. ME

    MonicaE

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Server KC especially pleasant and helpful. Food did not met prior expectations or satisfy re a new choice. Clam chowder recipe or source was very disappointing. Lobster roll not fresh. The scenery was very nice as it was bright and clear that day
  23. GG

    GilroyGal

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    This is quite the tourist trap. Long waits, even if you have a reservation, even longer if you would like to dine outside. Parking is horrible. The lot was filled with angry circling drivers. We had to park on the street (which is Hwy 1) and cars are going 55 mph or faster. Food is expensive and portions are small.
  24. BD

    BitsyDarling

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Great ambiance and location, but, sadly, our server was inattentive and was preoccupied. Our food arrived cold. I received the wrong oysters. It took forever for our bill to arrive, and it was a pretty expensive meal. I won’t be back.
  25. j

    janefromfl

    Jacksonville

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We celebrated my sisters birthday. The oysters were wonderful. My halibut was also delicious. She was a little disappointed in her crab cakes but only because they were deep fried. Might be a preference issue as we are used to them being pan fried. The experience was really good. Great view and location. Staff friendly and excellent. Drinks wonderful
  26. JS

    JSD88

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not simply a restaurant with an excellent view, although it certainly has that. The food and service were great, specifically the dressed lobster roll and fish and chips.
  27. BM

    BarbaraM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Just wanted to mention when I usually get the Naked Lobster Roll there is plenty of large chunks of Lobster meat in it. This time I was disappointed mostly skinny legs and not chunks like you used to serve.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful. Great service
  29. LM

    LindaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Came for the lobster rolls, did not disappoint! Good service.
  30. SB

    SandraB

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistently great. Eat wonderful food while gazing at an ocean view. Just wish there was twice as much parking.
  31. JM

    JackMedina

    Cleveland

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The view is awesome, the service at the bar was very friendly and welcoming. Service at dinner was initially very nice but no one ever returned to check back with us regarding refills on drinks or water. Our appetizer (grilled octopus) was outstanding but our entrees (Cioppino and petrale sole) came so quickly it was obvious that they were precooked and just kept steaming somewhere until needed. The cioppino was very bland and some of the ingredients did seem overcooked. The sole was dry. However, the view and the atmosphere were outstanding so that we would return and opt for appetizers and beverages.
  32. LD

    LadyD

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Amazing views, Jesus was a great server and the food was tasty
  33. SS

    ShawnaS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    They were able to take us early, which was nice, and the food was great.
  34. SL

    StanleyL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The lobster ceviche was very good. The fried seafood was too dry and hasn't much of seafood flavor may have been frozen for too long. The seafood combo was just a bit salty.
  35. G

    Gailsview

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Our table was directly across from the back restroom. Also my reservation asked for window seating which we didn’t get. This was the first time I was disappointed with Sam’s.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful bday lunch! Made reservations on OpenTabke and informed them of my bday and they gave us a very nice window corner table. The food was wonderful with lobster rolls (naked & dressed) with delicious buttery bun and good amount of lobster in each bite, lobster ceviche was a nice mound of lobster with hint of lime & sweet fruit, clam chowder was good had a lot of clams and they gave me a free dessert for my bday (pineapple coconut upside down cake) which was so fruity, light, sweet & yummy! The service was excellent…Ryan our server was very polite, efficient and checked in on us at least three times and refilled things whenever needed. Also, shared his faves and was all around great server! Loved my 51st bday here at Sam’s Chowder House!!!
  37. L

    Laurie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff attentive and helpful. We has two young children with us. Needed quick service. Good great
  38. HR

    HollyR

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great as always. Food , service. I would highly recommend !
  39. JB

    JerryB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sam’s always serves great food, and drink along with good serving staff.
  40. IJ

    IreneJ

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Go for the food, enjoy the views. The best overall pacific coast dining experience on the peninsula.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Sam's Chowder House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 712-0245 ext. 1.

Sam's Chowder House is rated 4.6 stars by 5128 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Sam's Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Half Moon Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are two lots available, and there is also parking on the street and in the harbor.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lewis Rossman

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy live music from blues to jazz! May - October: Every Friday night from 5:30-8:30pm (inside bar) and Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4pm (outside bar, weather permitting). November - April: Every Friday & Saturday night from 5:30-8:30pm (inside bar)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 712-0245 ext. 1

  • Catering

    Already found the perfect spot for your corporate event, graduation party or family reunion? Sam's ChowderMobile will bring its award-winning seafood to the location of your choice! Order Sam's famous Lobster Rolls, New England Clam Chowder, Fried Calamari and more, off the traditional menu — or have the ChowderMobile arrive fully equipped to prepare an authentic Lobster Clambake for your special event. For more information, contact Sam's Catering Manager: (650) 712-1766 or events@samschowderhouse.com

  • Private party facilities

    Amazing sunsets, award-winning seafood and spectacular oceanfront dining. Perfect for family gatherings, business events, weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. Oceanfront private & semi-private spots for your special event. Oceanfront beach weddings. Full restaurant buyout available.

  • Private party contact

    Mary Ratkovic: (877) 748-2831

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