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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (109)
Waterfront (101)
Great for Outdoor Dining (88)
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Casual (76)
Great for Lunch (74)
Worth the Drive (68)
Special Occasion (60)
Local Ingredients (51)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Fun (48)
Good for a Date (46)
Sunday Lunch (46)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Authentic (40)
People Watching (39)
Comfort Food (36)
Good for Groups (36)
Kid-friendly (33)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Bar Seating (32)
Happy Hour (28)
Romantic (25)
Hot Spot (23)
Cozy (22)
Live Music (22)
Great for Brunch (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Seasonal (17)
Healthy (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Great Beer (12)
Business Meals (11)
Disabled Access (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tapas (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Live Sports (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Spicy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Organic (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

You assume this is a tourist trap (at least we did) but have returned repeatedly for the great food. Must try the Oysters Rockefeller (although only 5 per order so order 2 if you're hungry).

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Had lunch/brunch reservations for 3 at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Dec 10. Weere the first to arrive but by 11:30 the place was rocking including the patio. Beautiful day with full view of the bay/ocean and the beach. Started with a lobster roll. Lobster was very plentiful and delicious. Tradtional meal: Lobster roll, coleslaw, and chips. Friend had their delicious clam chowder. Another friend had the kumamto oysters. All in all a very enjoyable meal.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We arrived 20 minutes early and they seated right away! There was live music which was great. Very good service - attentive but didn’t bug us every moment. We had the seafood cioppino and we shared. It was awesome!

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·Dined 3 days ago

The ambience was awesome ! Very busy place on a Saturday afternoon. Service was so-so. Very nice waitress but a lot of waiting for drinks and then desert. Probably not her fault. Bus boy was attentive and very nice. Celebrating my b-day and it was a special evening!!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Sam's is always excellent! I had the Naked Lobster Roll for the first time. Delicious! I'll be sure to have it again soon!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

They know what they do best at Sam's Chowder House. They have a limited menu that they do really well. The view is incredible. The chowder is amazing.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Beautiful day at the coast. Made reservations that morning for 2:30 and we were glad we did as the wait was over an hour at 2:30. Nice view of the water and delicious well prepared food. Great service even though she was very busy. We’re coming back soon.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always great to eat at Sam's. Good food, lively atomosphere, good service and amazing location/views right on the coast.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Live Music, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was not very good, service was slow, and the overall inside area was not as we expected. Was very warm where we were seated as well. Plus was outside seating later on.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wasn’t as good as last year. The table for 2 along the railing was a dog walk and quite busy. Not the best. Our server was just okay

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great meal and service

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Perfectly prepared food as usual. Service was great. Fair prices.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We really enjoy being & eating at Sam’s Chowder House !!

Tags: Great Beer, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, People Watching, Spicy, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Quick Bite, Tapas, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Fun, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Casual, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

An excellent choice, in every way! Our absolute favorite restaurant!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Romantic, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Visiting from New York and it happened to be dungeonses crab season , how lucky were we and sams delivered delicious food!!!! Bloody Mary was quite tasty too

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food and the service was excellent and very attentive

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great place, great food, great service..... made for a great first time experience....if staying in local hotel take cab, parking is difficult at best... cab lets you enjoy wine, beer and cocktails. 30$ from the ritz carlton

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Since it's crab season I went for the crab and was sure to book an early table. They were out, but failed to mention this until I asked about it at ordering time. I ordered something else (shrimp) but the oil was overused and everything tasted burned and rancid. I won't return. Nice view.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

Great views, great seafood.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server, Celene, was superb.

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vip
 (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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