Excellent service. Great oysters.
Despite the restaurant being half full and plenty of open tables, they sat us right by the bathroom so that was my view. Our lunch wasn't during the noon time rush, so I think they could have sat us at a table away from the bathroom. Food was good but it's hard for me to fully enjoy because of the above. I like the HMB location better anyway.
Sadly, Sam's Chowder House made me wish this restaurant was still the Good Earth, which left the location many years back. We ordered several fried items including, calamari and shrimp, all had fish that was not fresh tasting and the batter was nothing special...which is must be for a fish house. My main course, Seared Ahi, was nowhere close to 'sashimi' quality and the seaweed salad mushy and lackluster. The only exception was a very tasty prawn appetizer. It's really disappointing that, after many years, the Fish Market is still the best Seafood specialist.
They have really good seafood! Their Half Moon Bay location is much more popular due to it's setting by the ocean however!
We celebrated two birthdays with another couple at dinnertime. When making the reservation on Open Table, I mentioned this in the comments. Without me having to remind anyone at the restaurant, the waiter remembered and offered not one but two desserts on the house ! The waiter was amazing....polite, attentive, and friendly. His expertise in presenting and serving the food was impressive. The food was delicious and tasted flavorful and fresh. We were very impressed with our first visit and plan to return often.
The food was expensive and we didn't get much food. I ordered $27 crab cakes and I only got two small cakes. The whole plate was mostly fries that weren't that great either.
Took 10 people to lunch to celebrate our intern's last day. The music was a little loud, but the food and service were great, and it's not too pricey (~ $250 for 10). The Ahi Tuna bowl I had was delicious!
We stopped by the chowder house after family arrived very late and after a long day of travel. Food came in large quantities and was good.
My husband and me came here for our Wedding Anniversary. Terrible service all around. Our appetizers were forgotten. Our server was more aloof than apologetic the whole time we were there. We saw another table get scolded because they tried to get bread by themselves after not being offered any. We almost never got ours either. When we were ready to leave, the hostess asked another couple she was seating if they were there for any special occasion. We weren't asked that question at all when we were seated. (Again, we came there for our Wedding Anniversary, sad face.) It wasn't even a full house of customers, and was more on the slow side, yet service was incredibly and painfully slow. Management and staff seem disinterested towards us, and we felt un-welcomed during our whole stay. I would not recommend this location to anyone!
Absolutely amazing, a totally wonderful, delicious experience, enhanced by our excellent server, Jose, and the food was delicious! Could not have asked for more!
I have eaten at Sam's in Half Moon Bay and enjoyed that experience - albeit more than a couple of years ago now. The Palo Alto version seemed out of place - kind of cheesy in ambiance ... trying to be coastal but not on the coast - and I thought the food was overpriced and mediocre at best. Our waiter was also overly-friendly - the kind that makes you uncomfortable because they're too cheery. I would not go back to this Sam's especially with so many other great choices in Palo Alto.
Excellent seafood options. Great flavors. Lobster roll was fantastic! Just like my east coast vacation.
Greatfood, great service. Don't order a full lobster, though, very expensive and not much meat to it. Soups are usually fabulous. Shellfish, terrific.
If bar tender hadn't remembered my guest, he would not have realized we had stopped in for drinks the night before after dinner elsewhere! It made a nice start to a 45 minute wait for our friends.
I had the salmon, which was more medium than rare but ate it after the long wait for our friends. My friend had the shrimp fettuccini which he thought was fabulous. Our guests had the sea bass which was the hit of the meal. Steven, our waiter was on top of everything.
Look forward to a return.