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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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“chowder” (307 reviews)
“seafood” (207 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just off boat fresh seafood with live lobsters etc. Every day specials depending on catch. Nice sit at bar or table both inside and outside very casual place. A must try for a true seafood lover.

Thank Jean-Hamman
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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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very popular stop along the main road. A lot of great seating with ocean views. Fun, lively atmosphere. The chowder is really good but the other items are average. It is more about the experience.

Thank Celeste J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made a reservation and even though we were late by 1/2, we were given a choice of seating inside or outside and were seated right away . I recommend seating outside when the weather is good - it’s beautiful out there! The restaurant’s clam...More

Thank OlgaGCritic411
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food quality was bad!!!! We ordered two types Chowder soup, Cipinno and a few other dishes. The seafood in them was not fresh - tasted off. Not value for money. We went in because seeing heaps people going in but we were truly disappointed with...More

Thank Haha8888
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was outstanding but the service was very slow. As an example, I have the waitress my credit card and it took 12 minutes for her to return with it. We went at 2 pm on a Friday and the place was certainly not...More

Thank steven P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for late lunch/early dinner & beat the crowds. Got a window seat and great view. Special arugula salad with crab, bacon, egg and special Dressing was great. The scallop & shrimp civeche could have used some spice but otherwise quite good and steamed...More

Thank jimcelia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is AWESOME. Get there early on weekends cuz it fills up fast. Can you go wrong with their house Bloody Mary, extra spice and ceviche on the water in the sun? Answer is no. The Louis with Polenta fries was unreal. This place...More

Thank Frazier5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended a private event at Sam Chowder's this past Wednesday night and had a wonderful evening. The appetizers were fabulous, and the dinner was delicious. They served whole lobster on the buffet that they cracked perfectly. There is a lovely gift shop attached, and...More

Thank Gordo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Three of us couples went for a fun dinner at Sam’s. Location was amazing! Food was ok. Expected way better. Started with their soup of the day- tomato soup. That was really wonderful! Flavorful and hot. And the calamari was also very good👌 Each of...More

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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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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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
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
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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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