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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%
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“lobster roll” (412 reviews)
“chowder” (300 reviews)
“seafood” (204 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped by on a sunny, warm day in January. Were told it would be between 20-30 minutes so we took the opportunity to walk around and take in the views of the ocean, We were seated before 30 mins had gone by and the service...More

Thank dhumph
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

The best on the coast! Ample servings and lots of fresh fish choices. The only "negative" is the amount of people visiting the restaurant. Some times is hard to find a spot to park and the wait time can be long! So service may be...More

Thank aga57
Reviewed 4 days ago

Was fortunate to only wait 30 minutes for a table in the middle afternoon. We had to park a ways down the road though because there is a very small and always full parking lot. Opted for the cropping and it was delicious as were...More

Thank Jaime P
Reviewed 4 days ago

A sunny and beautiful beach view at Sam's Chowder House. Chowder Soup, shrimp Spaghetti, seafood spaghetti, cooked oyster are super tasty. You must arrange table booking at least few week ago if wanna enjoy the meal during weekend. Preferably to take a meal in afternoon...More

Thank ngaryee
Reviewed 1 week ago

had a great lunch with great friends. the location / view is a little better than the food, but the food is still very good. this place is always packed too.

Thank lollylooloo95123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We’re heading out from San Francisco towards Santa Cruz, so we figured we should stop for some lunch. Must say I am so happy we found this place. The service is super friendly and the food is great! The fish and chips has a nice...More

Thank Cwall_Persian_Prince
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a 45 min wait, but went out on the patio and got served immediately. Our waitress was tired and didn't smile much, but she said she was tired. She was very pleasant. The view of the sunset was amazing and is set as...More

Thank Lupe S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we arrived we were told 1 - 1.5 hours for a table for 6, so glad we waited! The table shared oysters & gumbo as starters. Both dishes were raved about. Sea bass, halibut and several lobster rolls (hot) were enjoyed as entrees. I...More

Thank BobsyW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate here during the week my daughter was married nearby. Was recommended by hotel staff. We were not disappointed. We had fish, chowder, salads, and other things. All the food was great and the price was decent. Will definitely recommend this place if you are...More

Thank David S
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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
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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 AM
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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