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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 good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lobster roll” (402 reviews)
“chowder” (298 reviews)
“seafood” (191 reviews)
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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Sat outside around a fire pit on a foggy September night. We could hear the waves lapping up on the beach just below us and the fog horn in the distance. Sipping napa Sav Blanc, we had the tuna poke, fried artichokes and lobster rolls....More

Thank dekopf
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

Thank Edward B
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very busy place because of the location, the food and the service, so prepare to wait to be seated. We had the lobster rolls, which were very good, though frankly not as good as ones we have had in New England (we...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We drove up the coast from Santa Cruz and decided to come here for lunch since it had been recommended, and it didn't disappoint. Was about 30min wait but well worth it. Good service, live music, cold beer, delicious chowder w lots of clams -...More

Thank Jenna R
Reviewed 5 days ago

So...we were staying at a lovely hotel next door and wanted somewhere to walk to. Sam's was next door. This is a very busy place. Good. We arrived early specifically to grab drinks, and the bartender was super great and the best part of our...More

Thank MaraFromToronto
Reviewed 1 week ago

My father in law raved about his Manhattan Clam Chowder! Other people in my party had crab cakes and the lobster roll, which did not disappoint. The seating outside was nice as well. So glad we picked Sam's for dinner!

Thank aimer15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visit the Bay Area about 2x/year to visit family. Each and every time we come, we make it a point to come out to Sams Chowder House. The views are spectacular, especially from the patio, but what keeps us coming back...More

Thank LeahB446
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't have a reservation but were able to be seated inside right away on a very busy Saturday at noon which was very nice. Best was the fish sandwich. The shrimp linguine was a bit sour and the side of green beans with tomatoes...More

Thank wetravel4fun4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a lovely day with great service by Amber. We were there with my 98 year old mother and 96 year old cousin who completely enjoyed themselves. We started off with warm bread and hot clam chowder. The clams were rather tough but the...More

Thank JudyStacia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a trip from Montana, We stopped with hopes of getting a table and we're in luck. We recommend a reservation. The food is fabulous! My husband LOVES the fried oysters, and the clam chowder is the best! Definitely makes us want to come back...More

Thank angela g
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, 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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