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Sam's Chowder House

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$$ - $$$
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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
+1 650-712-0245
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 09:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Petaluma, California
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159 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We made a special trip from the North Bay to Half Moon Bay just to have dinner at Sam's Chowder House. They have the best Clam Chowder we've ever had. We had reservations - a definite must on a Saturday night - for 4:30 and arrived a few minutes early. Our table was ready next to a window as we... More 

Thank Sandy G
Omaha, Nebraska
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78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After travelling in California for 2 weeks our dinner at Sam's Chowder House remains possibly the best experience we had. Lobster rolls that were absolutely amazing, no wonder they had been named one of 5 best sandwiches in the US by NBC. Service was great and so was the mai tai. And the patio? Protected from wind, equipped with heaters,... More 

1 Thank RobN385
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous view, right on the beach. We had a table on the patio, which added to our dining experience. It was Christmas Eve for lunch and they were very busy. Service was a little slow, but we watched the ocean while we waited. We all three had clam chowder, it was excellent. Only thing I didn't like was there were... More 

Thank Mjohn27883
Brookline, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Next to our hotel so we went over. Very large and big fried, sea food type of place. Good service, but not memorable.

Thank Doodledum1
San Jose, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sam's is always busy but if you chose the time you go it might be less so. The food is marvelous, the serve staff are helpful and timely and the views out the windows are pretty good too. There is outdoor seating and gas heaters if you want them. It's our favorite place for seafood.

Thank Lovers56
South San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked a late dinner reservation at this restaurant for 9 pm through open table. Got there no more than five minutes late. Mind you, they are supposed to hold your reservation for up to fifteen minutes. The hostess was snippy and told us that the kitchen just closed. I said then why are you accepting reservations through Open Table... More 

Thank Tracy G
Burlingame, California
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just love to sit by the bar enjoy their famous delicious clam chowder soup and driven a few pints. The bartenders are always very friendly and very courteous.

Thank juda1954
Pleasant Hill, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister and I went to dinner at Sam's Chowder House. We made reservations and were seated quickly. Our server was very friendly and attentive! The food was delicious. Definitely will go back.

Thank Laurie181
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here a couple of times now and my food has always been really good. I am a huge fan of the lobster roll while my girlfriend always gets the oysters for an appetizer and changes up her order for the entrée. I've never had bad service either. My only complaint about Sam's would be the parking but once... More 

Thank Kai M
Pleasanton, California
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those places that a lot of people talk about and after many years of driving by we decided to stop. We were happy with the service and sitting outside on a sunny day was very nice. The food though was extremely average. It was okay but nothing else. The crab cake came in a ball shape... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 09:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-712-0245
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Half Moon Bay, California, Sam's Chowder House offers oceanfront dining and delicious seafood. Voted "BEST SEAFOOD" by the locals (Half Moon Bay Review Readers Choice Awards), and by the Bay Area BEST OF THE ALIST. Enjoy daily fresh fish, Maine lobster, local crab, award-winning lobster rolls, lobster spaghetti, oysters and clams from the raw bar, fried calamari, farm fresh salads, and more. Outdoor oceanfront dining and weekend music. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available, as well as a children's menu. Family friendly, with a dog-friendly outdoor patio.

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Antioch, United States
South Lake Tahoe, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?