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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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“lobster roll” (334 reviews)
“chowder” (299 reviews)
“seafood” (184 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
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 yesterday

Clam chowder is very good and well as the service. Because of their popularity, be prepared to walk a bit because parking is often hundreds of feet down along Highway 1.

Thank Paul S
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

We tried the clam chowder, crab sandwiches, lobster sandwiches and the gumbo. All delicious. Nice setting on the waterfront, with a great view of the afternoon setting sun. Recommended casual dining.

Thank Waterloonie
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a busy and rainy Sunday we stopped in for lunch. Food was very good, service was great and the place was packed!

Thank Philip B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time to visit Sam's Chowder House, we ate dinner there twice during our stay. Fantastic food, including a very flavorful cioppino soup and fresh dungeness crabs. Service was excellent and we would definitely return next time we are in Half Moon Bay.

Thank DLady69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So many positive reviews and recommendations we felt we had to try it. And it was Dungeness crab season locally so we expected to eat locally caught crab. The menu offered "blue crab" in several dishes so I asked if there were any specials. Our...More

Thank VivienneR811
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank SMFSanFran
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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
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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
11 March 2016|
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Response from Sharon B | Reviewed this property |
I agree, they can, but contact them directly, have fun!
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
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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, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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