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Sam's Chowder House

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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
+1 650-712-0245
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11:30 - 21:00
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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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Minnesota
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Recently we were guests for a clam/lobster bake prepared at our hosts' home. This was just okay. First of all they had to build a fire/cooking area because they couldn't dig one into a beach in the traditional style. Then they threw the lobsters into their cooking box in a pile - didn't spread them out for even cooking. That... More 

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Mountain View, California
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

At night, the restaurant looks great from the outside if you walk from the beach. In terms of food, I don't think you can go wrong with anything. Definitely try the lobster roll if you have not done you.

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Fernandina Beach, FL
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered take out one night and had dinner there the next. Food was very good. Service was okay. Has a large deck on the ocean side with fire pits where for $20 you can make amores over the fire!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by this place after visiting half moon bay The lobster roll was excellent and also the chowder was tasty. They served complimentary sour dough bread as well.

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California
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75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in without a reservation and had drinks and delicious hot sourdough bread at the bar. The menu looks fantastic so I will definitely be back for a proper dinner. Judging by how great the service was I can't wait to go back.

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Walnut Creek, CA
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We expected more given the reviews. A very busy place, but at least for dinner, we were not impressed by the food given the prices. The New England clam chowder was not very creamy, and our fish dishes were very bland. The one good point is that the table service by Ryan was outstanding!

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Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The perfect seafood experience in Half Moon Bay. Cioppino had the freshest seafood and flavorful broth. Desserts are house made and. It to be missed. Although this is a very busy restaurant everyone has time to make you feel welcome and like a special guest

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good service, looking forward in good clam chowder, couldn't find many clams, very disappointing. Great service, view, people watching.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was great! If we didn't want to wait, we could sit at the bar---which we did. The bartender/server was great and gave us advise too!

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Tucson, Arizona
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126 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The parking lot is always busy, but they know how to handle crowds. We parked across the street, right on Highway 1, and had no problem crossing over for lunch. While I have eaten delicious fish there, this time, we had only the clam chowder, available in either red or white. I had a bowl, adn it was huge. It... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 09:30
Saturday
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
Description
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?