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Sam's Chowder House

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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
+1 650-712-0245
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 09:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Detroit, Michigan
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love coming here.. but make a reservation.. if its nice out, sit outside, if not still eating inside is great. Lobster roll.. yum. Fresh always. Locals and tourists alike

Thank chazkatze
Sunnyvale, California
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Schedule always a long wait [at least 30/45 mn] before reaching your spot outdoor for a wonderful view of the ocean, but it's worth it ... [4 stars for the view] Despite being vegetarian, I was hoping to eat a clam chowder but... they have bacon in it!! so I was kind of frustrated and have to change my choice... More 

Thank charlotte177
Chicago, Illinois
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248 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sam's Chowder House not only has a great view of the coast with indoor and outdoor, patio dining, but the food is delicious. I had the chowder (don't you have to order that at a Chowder House?) for an appetizer. It was so good - a broth base rather than a creamy base which brought out the flavor of the... More 

Thank casa1234
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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269 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to visit, plenty of parking, well organised and a nice view. The staff are very well versed in the menu, she actually stopped me from ordering to much, great girl. The food was sensational, very tasty, and well prepared. We ate the bisque special, gunbo, two styles of oysters and a ceaser salad, all exceptional. I highly recommend... More 

Thank Australia1962
San Mateo, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I heard the name Sam's Chowder House I had envisioned an ocean of Clam chowder Boston or New England is my preference. But I found out they have bacon in it. So can't eat it. But they have shrimp poor boys on the menu and I am a Cajun from Louisiana so of course I wanted to taste back... More 

Thank jwb914
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having lived in New England and made the chowder rounds, both the NE and Manhattan Clam Chowder at Sam's were really well-prepared and flavorful- not too thick with flour and cream, nice veggie mixed in with clams. We visited there rain-drenched and tired from a long flight, and the piping hot bowls of soup hit the spot. The ambience of... More 

Thank Lisa C
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I loved our first trip to Sam's. It must always be hard to live up to big reputations, and Sam's didn't disappoint. The location is awesome.....right on the harbor with breathtaking views. The waves were breaking over the levees - and combining that with the certifiably insane windsurfers blazing around the harbor in 30 mph winds -... More 

Thank Greg R
Half Moon Bay, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I usually eat in the bar area at happy hour. As a local, I love being able to walk to Sam's and meet up with friends. I rarely eat in the dining room, as I enjoy the more casual atmosphere of the bar and happy hour prices. I have eaten in the dining room, and it is family friendly, but... More 

Thank nancyhmb
San Ramon, California
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188 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It has been a while since we visited Sam's; mostly because the parking lot is typically packed and there is a wait if you don't have reservations. We both enjoyed a cup of clam chowder before our fish and chips; the "cup" is a bowl about 5 inches across.... much more than what I expected in a "cup". The chowder... More 

Thank Shirley S
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Particularly noteworthy were the cioppino (delectable broth!) and the clams on the half-shell. The quality of the food definitely deserved 4 stars. But the quality of the service was only 2 stars, so my rating of 3 averages the two. At a midweek noontime when the place was not crowded at all, the waitress rushed us mercilessly; she even started... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine
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
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.

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Antioch, United States
South Lake Tahoe, California
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?