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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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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lobster roll” (385 reviews)
“chowder” (282 reviews)
“seafood” (183 reviews)
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All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were visiting family in Redwood City and decided to nip over to Half Moon Bay. My son recommended Sam's Chowder House and man what a treat. We arrived around noon on a Wednesday and the lot was packed. Waiting a few minutes and parking...More

Thank Lothar56
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Edward B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was craving for a good seafood brunch and got it at Sam's. Had an authentic and hearty lobster roll plus a Ciopinno. Definitely value for money meal with a fantastic view.

Thank TuttieG
Reviewed 4 days ago

My son and I we were driving from San Francisco to Monterey and stopped at Sam Chowder House. The young ladies at the front desk were awesome, but then we sat down and our waitress came over and I was not sure if she was...More

Thank Bevareux
Reviewed 1 week ago

Big let down though views and service were great. Went for lunch on a weekend and ordered ceviche and a yellowfin ahi tuna sandwich. The sandwich was a overdone fish burger, you couldn't even tell it was tuna, served with Lays potato chips (not even...More

Thank Andrea F
Reviewed 1 week ago

No thing better than lobster roll & brew ... make it a black`n tan ... tall. Chowder is great ... fish is fresh. AND it is packed on weeek ends. Why is that? Cause it is ALL GOOD. Very popular with locals. Right next to...More

Thank Casual_Joe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard lots about this restaurant. Beautiful views of the ocean and the fishermen in the pier. Average at best service. Great Caesars salad with homemade classic dressing and homemade sour dough croutons. Sour dough Bread served with butter. Bread was cold. I had the lobster....More

Thank Judie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited all the beaches all from Pacifica, Montara and here in Half Moon Bay. We got in mid afternoon for a very late lunch. Our server was awesome. Food is a variety and delicious. I will go back!

Thank Evelyn C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have driven by here a few times and looking at the parking lot we thought there would be a long wait, we were wrong. Stopped yesterday for lunch no parking in lot but lots of tables and quick service. We shared Clam Chowder and...More

Thank itdave
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stopped here for lunch while visiting the area staying in Pacifica in our motor home. We had driven by this place on the weekend and parking lot is full, people parking all over the road, so weekends really packed. We drove...More

Thank altonjk
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Wayne H
Could you accommodate a party of 25-30 on a Thursday evening in June?
10 March 2016|
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Response from Sharon B | Reviewed this property |
I agree, they can, but contact them directly, have fun!
Do they have a full bar
27 December 2015|
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Response from hungryMarinCounty_CA | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. One of the few things about this establishment that I won't rip on. But don't have the "Sam's Special Bloody Mary" because it tastes like they leaned over the deck and pulled up a bucket of "under the pier... More
Karen W
Is there any way my boyfriend and I can eat at Sam's on Valentine's Day, day or night? Eat at bar maybe? We see reservations are all booked up.
8 February 2015|
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Response from Gregory W | Reviewed this property |
Lunch will be your best bet. Even walking up for lunch will require that you arrive before they open the doors and get close to the doors! Good luck..get in there and enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
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
View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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
  • 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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