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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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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lobster roll” (382 reviews)
“chowder” (277 reviews)
“seafood” (181 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a surprisingly good restaurant next to the Beach House at Half Moon Bay. Not much to look at on the outside, but on the inside busy with people. I knew we were at the right place. I recommend you try the Lobster roll,...More

Thank maricelDallas_Texas
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our meal but had to wait almost 45min for the waitress to bring our wine glasses. We brought our own wine and the corking fee was very reasonable but she had no clue on what to do. When you seat down to have...More

Thank pilarcm
Reviewed 6 days ago

Huge and for some reason crowded tourist trap. Quick service of poor food on tables that are not clean and restrooms that you stand in line for even the mens. In a part of the world where there is the finest dinning available at every...More

Thank Ken B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was good and the atmosphere was okay. Our waitress needed common courtesy classes...we were a large party so tip was included - otherwise I would have made SURE she knew her offensive attitude made our dining experience less than good. I had the inhouse...More

Thank nancyesca
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I used to eat at this restaurant before it was this restaurant. The view of the Harbor is extraordinary. With a complete make-over and menu, owner and menu, the restaurant does a good job. However, the crowd of tourists sporting the place detracts from the...More

Thank ericzanes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant on a sunny Saturday afternoon in July. The wait to get a table was approx 40 minutes, but we waited a little longer so that we could sit at an outdoor table on the far back patio. All of the indoor...More

Thank JourneysandJaunts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Half Moon Bay last week for our honeymoon. I did my homework and Sam's was at the top of my list of restaurants to visit. We were seated and my husband ordered a beer and I ordered an alcohol free lemonade with...More

2  Thank drosek13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've eaten at Sam's in Palo Alto and thought this restaurant would be an improvement since it's a stone's throw from the Great Pacific. We were wrong and it was a costly mistake. Their clam chowder is too watery and the clams were sandy. Too...More

1  Thank Michael S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sam's Chowder House is a nice, simple place with good service and tasty food. We had the New England Calm Chowder and Gumbo and shared the mixed fish grill with garlic mashed potatoes (not a strong garlic taste). In particular the mixed fish grill was...More

1  Thank SnowCat2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

LOBSTER ROLL wow, it was delicious. Also, had the oyster rockefeller and the clam chowder. Both were amazing.

Thank Kamaral
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Wayne H
Could you accommodate a party of 25-30 on a Thursday evening in June?
11 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
28 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.
9 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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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 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.