Sam's Chowder House

4.6
5076 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Open for takeout only at this time due to county mandates. Takeout shop is open 11-7 daily, except Christmas Eve (closes at 3) and Christmas Day (closed). Award-winning, fresh New England style seafood in a casual, coastal setting overlooking the ocean. Live Maine lobster, fish and chips, fried calamari, delicious clam chowder, award-winning lobster rolls, farm fresh salads, cioppino and more!

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 County Health Dept. guidelines such as a maximum of 6 people per table. Alcohol can only be ordered with a full meal when outdoor dining per ABC mandate. After checking in, please wait in your car or on the beach until your takeout order, or your table is available. Visit our website to see more details on the precautions we are taking to keep you and our team safe.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5076 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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sherir
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Service was great. Food was awful. Cold mushy scallops, which they replaced with the same. Everything we had was awful, shrimp was fishy, fish & chips were mushy & fishy. We were so disappointed because we read the reviews before we went. I would never go back. Wine was great tho

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating with reservation. Reservation highly recommended. Food came very fast and hot. Waitress was more than attentive and polite. Clam chowder and Caesar salad are yummy. In addition to the shrimp scampi being very good. Their sides are great too.

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LynnH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Alfresco Dungeness crab lunch at Sam's! What could be more joyous! A special treat in these dull COVID Times...

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vipramlin
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Clam Chowder (not too heavy on the cream, you can taste the clams and celery). Our favorite entrees are the lobster roll, calamari, fish and chips, Crab Louie, and beet salad. The bread is just OK, not sourdough.

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vipdeniset
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening, delicious food!!

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SuzanneA
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great, good food and beautiful views. Check in, host, and server was excellent!! Pretty cold that night is all. But they fired up the heaters 👍🏻😊

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from check in to the time we left !!

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TeresaO
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there,food was delicious,service was awesome and view was beautiful.We will definitely be back.

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LindaC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my happy place. Naked Lobster roll is awesome. Brioche bun packed full of lobster. The service is great and the view and atmosphere on the patios (not the one in the parking lot). are awesome.

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vipMaggieC
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

One rare occasion where service was bad and there were many loud big groups nearby including screaming children. Great ambiance and good food but not the typical Sam’s great experience.

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vipMCoh
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Sam’s for doing such a great job during Covid

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view from our table was beautiful, we got there right at sunset time! Server was friendly and food was tasty!!

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NancyC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam's is our favorite place to go for consistently delicious seafood. The crab cakes are so good because they're all crabmeat without any fillers. Too, they are substantial in size so two are plenty. I've had various kinds of fish plates, always great, but I really love the linguini with prawns. The lemon, garlic, butter and parsley sauce is absolutely divine. Their awareness of protocols for Covid is just great. I don't know what more they could do. Eating outside was lovely - heating lamps are there if needed. This was our first time out eating in a restaurant in a year and we felt absolutely comfortable and safe.

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PAULVW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Very impressed with the sit down glass enclosure no wind / outrageous panorama/ Food portion are below stands I'm use too (fish trap) / clams where excellent . location, location, sells it all. I don't know if I would have felt the same sitting in the parking lot enclosure , I asked for my location especially . I might have refused to be seated in the parking area "expanded" eating area.

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NicoleP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the good fortune of sitting atop the outdoor area with lovely views of the sunset. The food was delicious, the service was great and we felt safe with respect to distance from others in these COVID times. Would definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

very professional operation.
great ambiance.

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JulieH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great view!

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JoyP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Early Valentine’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracious, Attentive Service

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AllenH
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service. Lobster bisque had great flavor but was barely luke warm.

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vipSandy
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff is very friendly and efficient. The views of the bay are great! My favorite is the New England clam chowder. Will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good in we all enjoyed our dessert

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vipPittVisitor
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Sam's! It is a great place for Friday lunches. I had the salmon Caesar salad and my husband had the naked Lobster roll (warm). The food is always great. We have started to take home a quart of chowder for Saturday dinners. The staff's actions make you feel COVID safe. I was so glad that outdoor dining opened up again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seating out on the patio ledge, wonderful view and felt very safe and socially distanced!

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KarinC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day to be outside which makes the dining experience sitting right above the coast exceptional! Sam’s Chowder House is highly recommended! Make reservations ahead of time! We made them a few days before we went. They are highly recommended and attract many diners!!!

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MarkG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My girlfriend and I have always enjoyed stopping by during road trips from SF. After a recent visit after a day at the beach, we've decided to make a habit of it. I can't emphasize how pleased I was with Jay and the entire staff. You made our day!

We'll see you soon!

Mark

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great Great Experience

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vipSteveB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were at Sam’s for a birthday lunch. All seating for now is outside and the weather was absolutely perfect. We have been here several times for dinner and We have always enjoyed our meals. We ordered clam chowder and it took forever for it to get to us. And when it did it was lukewarm. Very disappointed. But the weather was so incredible we enjoyed the entire experience.

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MikeW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, all things considered, especially during these COVID times.

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vipBonnieB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky to celebrate my birthday at Sam’s just before They were temporarily closed down in compliance for the Coronavirus. It was fabulous and as they’re pet friendly we brought or Golden and enjoyed some playtime on the beach afterward. Loved every minute!

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The service was excellent as was the ambiance. The crab cakes excellent. The fish and chips was bland and soggy. A big disappointment. I wod have thought it would have been great.

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vipPittVisitor
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the tuna sushi special and I had the clams. It started to rain and the staff quickly moved the tables and added umbrellas to keep everyone dry. And, BTW, you cannot beat the view!

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Scott
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived in San Mateo for 6 years and this was my first trip to Sam's. Definitely not the last!

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Drukpa
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Old School Chowder house on the water overlooking Mavericks and the harbor. Being in San Mateo County...outdoor dining is open!

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Mitravl
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was slow, had to ask more than once for bread and butter and water, which in the past was automatic. Portions have also become smaller

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service !

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Luv2dine
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My husband and I decided to just do a feta way date!

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viprinak
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

one of the best options that are open during pandemic.

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vipCarebear168
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We were seated almost right the way of the reservation time. The staffs are friendly and courteous. I ordered the shrimp and blue crab louie and found the butter lettuces are fresh layered by the salad shrimp and crab meat bordered by thinly sliced apple and radishes. However, there was no avocado and only half an egg. For almost $30.00 an order, I did not think this order was a good value.

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PaolaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great weather, great service!
Will def be back very soon!

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 5076 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.