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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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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lobster roll” (411 reviews)
“chowder” (298 reviews)
“seafood” (200 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
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1 - 10 of 1,542 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It’s a landmark in Half Moon Bay, cars line up along the road, gift shop and the works. Well there’s a good reason. The Lobster Roll. We had the “Connecticut” version which is the classic and it’s amazing. Lobster, butter, celery on a very nice...More

Thank TomSMuskegon_MI
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 5 days ago via mobile

Outstanding ambiance. Great service. Of course the chowder was great and the salmon sandwich was terrific.

Thank SMFSanFran
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great service, exceptional location / view, good food at reasonable price. This restaurant is very popular, and with its close proximity to bay area can be very busy. We have been there four times (at off peak times) without reservation and gotten in.

Thank Len M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here. A very popular, crowded, and noisy establishment located on the bay. The food was good and we had a wonderful view. They have a heated patio, but we opted to eat inside. It was a little overpriced, but the seafood was...More

Thank claudiaferber
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had dinner Tuesday 11/7/2017. We ordered the "Lobster and Clambake for 2" for $74.95. At that price, our expectations were obviously very high. Sadly, we were very disappointed. Even if the price were say below $40, I would still grade it...More

1  Thank No1Beatlesfan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I arrived at about 11:30 a.m. for lunch and the restaurant was empty. When I left at 12:45 p.m. the restaurant was filled. I had a bowl of Manhattan clam chowder. Expensive at $11.50, but it was a very large bowl and excellent. Crab and...More

Thank robertcm683
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I came here for lunch during July 4th weekend. This place gets pack so if you plan to go here, be there by 11am and you won't have any problem getting a table and parking space. The food and service is great...More

Thank erlyned2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent place to eat fresh fish and an wonderful tasty clam chowder. Enjoy the food and the beautiful view of the surroundings. Because of its popularity take your time to find a parking place... Once you're there you're set for an wonderful experience. Don't...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We organised a group event here as part of our annual conference. There were about 100 of us attending on the night. We started in the outside area where there are lovely views out over the bay and the drinks and nibbles were great. Then...More

Thank victoria_jamison
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Rhonda J
1 July 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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 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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