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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” (408 reviews)
“chowder” (296 reviews)
“seafood” (194 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:30 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 2 weeks ago

With my family for a short stay in Half Moon Bay and ate at Sam's based on reviews, I found it crowded, nosy and a bit dirty . The venue has an ocean view and that must be a draw for the tourists. But the...More

Thank StaceyAN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know that this is a local favorite but Im not seeing it. Tourists like it because of the location, and that is great on a beautiful night with a fabulous sunset. Here is what I know - the parking is terrible. There is just...More

Thank jojojoye
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popular spot for sea food and ocean views lovers. Great spacious dining room and outdoor eating area. Weekends are very hard for parking and expect to wait to be seated.

Thank Victoria W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, if you don't like crowds, this is not the place for you. But, if you are willing to wait you will be rewarded. The lobster roll and other seafood choices are fantastic. The desserts are wonderful and the views are amazing. If you're a...More

Thank chantalo764
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dropped in at lunchtime for an early meal. With an ocean table and buzzing atmosphere the scene was set for our seafood choices. The chowder and gumbo are perfect. I prefer the latter and it didn't disappoint as a starter 'bowl entree' Lots of...More

Thank Maria E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go for the 1.5 pound lobster because everything else is not more than ok. The rose wine from Provence is good, the polenta fries are interesting and with the fried calamari you can't bet wrong.

Thank EranJerusalem
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere is so fun, and I could tell as soon as I walked in that it would be a great experience as it was PACKED. I had a lovely table with a seaside view, which was so nice. I had the lobster roll (they...More

Thank hillcitybride
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice ambience and outdoor seating. They were nice enough to warm up our bread. I liked the beer battered shrimp. The fries were good. My friend enjoyed his clam chowder even though it was more like soup.

Thank Brenda O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sat outside around a fire pit on a foggy September night. We could hear the waves lapping up on the beach just below us and the fog horn in the distance. Sipping napa Sav Blanc, we had the tuna poke, fried artichokes and lobster rolls....More

Thank dekopf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very busy place because of the location, the food and the service, so prepare to wait to be seated. We had the lobster rolls, which were very good, though frankly not as good as ones we have had in New England (we...More

Thank Robert S
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Rhonda J
30 June 2017|
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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
Wayne H
10 March 2016|
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Response from Sharon B | Reviewed this property |
I agree, they can, but contact them directly, have fun!
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
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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, View, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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