I had to go and dine at the Palo Alto location one last time. I didn't want to wait until the last day and deal with the crowds - I'm sure there were crowds. I liked this place - they do seafood right. It's relaxed/casual and the service was always just right.
First time to the Palo Alto location. Really wanted the clam crowder and the bowl literally fed 4 of us. Not too creamy/heavy and nice and savory.
The seared ahi tuna salad was delicious, as was the tuna poke. My husband's sea bass could have been better. It was a little lack luster for the $. Standard burger was fine for my non pescetarian son.
Good cocktails, friendly staff.
We had dinner here Saturday - the Tuna Poke appetizer was generous and very delicious. The oysters were also very tasty!
Sam's Chowder House is always a great meal. Their clam chowder is spectacular and their menu offers a lot of different options for even the pickiest of eaters. Definitely worth trying out once.
Great service and great food every time! We go there for birthdays, anniversary's and family get together to just enjoy each others company and visit in the fun atmosphere while having great cocktails and the best calamari ever.
After a day of exams at Stanford Medical Center we decided to go for a celebratory seafood dinner. Sam's was near our hotel so we decided to give it a try. A great choice. We were greeted warmly at the door and shown to a nice table by the window. Our waiter Steve was attentive and made some great suggestions. My wife had the Crab Stuffed Shrimp special and commented that it was one of the best shrimp dishes she has ever eaten. I was steered toward the Fisherman's Stew as a less spicy alternative to the Chioppino and found it to be great. Lots of mussels, shrimp, clams, and a large piece of white fish in a mild broth. For desert we shared a pumpkin pane cotta with ice cream. And to make things even better we were there on Wednesday evening and could take advantage of the half price bottles of wine. A great meal at a fair price with fish market ambience. We will be back when in Palo Alto.
The manager and wait staff always treat us amazingly well! And the food is outstanding! Love the lobster roll!
Was able to get an outdoor table for dinner, had terrific service, great food (had a prawns/bacon/brussel sprout special) and 1/2 off bottle of wine on a Wednesday night. Will definitely be back!
VERY limited menu of salads and sandwiches. Not a lot of choices if you're feeling like more than that.
Food was good overall, but service was lacking. We waited 15 mins for a server to even notice us, eventually we had to flag someone to get the attention of the wait staff.
We celebrated our friend, Dick's, 90th birthday with his wife, Carol - and Sam's could not have been more wonderful! Not only did our favorite server, Jose, provide us top-notch service, the food was excellent - thoroughly enjoyed by all (oysters, cioppino, fish & chips, hangtown fry). And the dessert crowned with the "90" birthday candles was the penultimate finish! We had a quiet table (essential due to Dick's poor hearing) and shared stories & memories over the hours. A most memorable and wonderful afternoon. With many thanks, Liza
It's overpriced for the quality of the food and drinks. My wife ordered the sea bass, and what she got matched the dish she ordered (it had the lentils and delicata squash) the fish was definitely not sea bass. It looked like it was trout. I had the petrale sole, and my SIL had clam chowder and a beet salad. None of the dishes were bad, but none were really that flavorful. I also had a manhattan before dinner and thought they used a low quality rye. I feel like there are restaurants in the neighborhood that charge the same prices but give better tasting food.
Amazing food ! Great staff!
Pretty excellent seafood restaurant. We ordered the paella, risotto, and seafood stew. They were somewhat all similar, but all were pretty good. The New England clam chowder was also excellent.
A good place for seafood lovers. It was perfect meeting spot for business dinners. My boss enjoys it every single time.