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Sam's Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
+1 650-712-0245
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lobster roll” (412 reviews)
“chowder” (305 reviews)
“seafood” (204 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had Sam’s clam chowder and it was pretty darn tasty. And the sourdough bread was really good too! We arrived on a busy night with no reservation and were seated just 10 minutes later. Great waitstaff made for an even better time!

Thank WednesdayNightGirl
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 26 May 2017

If you like crab, clams, oysters and beer then this is the place for you Great service and selection of oysters. Dining room overlooks the water. If you can't get a reservation show up before 5 PM and take your time at the table. Staff...More

2  Thank Edward B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you are looking for a great place to host dinner for a group, this is a great spot. The service was wonderful. For our group of 30, the dinner was served family style. There is a beautiful view of the bay as well.

Thank mariaw734
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time at Sams chowder House. We went for a late lunch to celebrate my husbands birthday. The food was delicious, the service was great and we plan to go back. Fortunately for us, it was a perfect day to sit out...More

Thank Californiagirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the outside patio on a cold evening. The heat lamps and fires were enough to keep us warm. The privacy outside was very pleasant. Food was good and service was good.

Thank Jackie R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived to a very crowded parking lot, but were able to get a spot with little effort. We were told twenty minutes for the first table for two (that meant inside or outside). We waited a very short amount of time and were seated...More

Thank bbbob84
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place... Lunch, dinner or brunch doesn't matter. Deck iews are awesome. Busy at lunch and dinner.

Thank Kenny B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very well-known chowder restaurant in Half Moon Bay. Great location on Cabrillo Hwy. Large outdoor seating area you will want to take advantage of on a warm and sunny day. You can be seated at a table, outdoor bar, or on wooden deck chairs.You can...More

Thank Fran G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reserve a table in advance, and if you like indoor seating, ask for a table by the window with a view of the ocean. Service is very good, but the food is great. See the two entrees that are in the photos. This is the...More

Thank stan w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is pretty good, but service is TERRIBLE. they act like they are doing you a favor seating you ("those seats are for people with reservations"...WE HAVE RESERVATIONS), then they dont take your order for what seems forever (in reality, it only took them 15...More

1  Thank Mark G
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11 January 2018|
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Response from Esther84 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we were actually there yesterday and brought our dog. It was great to be able to dine outside with her! During sunny days, make sure to ask for a shaded area because 80% of the patio is pretty hot and there are no... More
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Response from Sharon B | Reviewed this property |
I agree, they can, but contact them directly, have fun!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
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 BAYLIST. 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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