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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lobster was very dry and overcooked. The bread was stale and the better looked fake. It was bland. I can't imagine how it has such good reviews. The waitress should have asked when it clearly had only had two bites (two sharing) out of it.

Thank Jen C
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful day in Half Moon Bay and Sams Chowder House was a perfect ending! This restaurant is right on the beach. You can sit outside they do have heaters but we chose inside due to the wind. There is beach access and you can walk off your dinner!

Thank Teri W
Bethel Park
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited Sam's on a Thursday night, and the restaurant was busy with families, couples and larger parties. The bar area, with a marble bar, is gorgeous. Lots of choices of beers and a great vibe, young and older people enjoying the beautiful view of Half Moon Bay. We ordered the clam chowder, good thing we ordered... More 

Thank Grayce L
Genoa, Nevada
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Besides the mussels the seafood was fine. Service was friendly. But the key lime pie is amazeballs!!

Thank MindenFlyer
Brooklyn, Michigan
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102 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The clam chowder was the freshest I have ever had. And the salmon salad was amazing. Then the view of the bay just set the whole meal. A great place.

Thank danschultz
Los Altos, CA
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great view and lovely dinner. The staff was efficient and friendly. We were able to mingle among three large of eight people.

Thank BearFan1984
Burlingame, California
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of great seafood choices with an amazing ocean view. Casual and fun ambience. Unfortunately our service was really bad. That wouldn't stop me from going there again because the overall experience outweighs the poor service

Thank dm1450
Omaha, Nebraska
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252 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch on a Monday and was surprised it was still fairly busy. Food was good, I enjoyed the lobster roll but the new England clam chowder was not particularly my favorite. Views were great and the service was good as well. Overall a nice experience.

Thank Sunofthebeach
Bay Area, CA
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a really delicious group dinner here Saturday night. Very informal, fun atmosphere (yes, loud too) and the food was enjoyed by everyone at our table. A local band was playing to add to the liveliness. Very well known and popular restaurant so you should make reservations ahead of time. There are tables inside and outside so your choice will... More 

Thank bln_travels
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great seafood choices with awesome oceans views. Outdoor seating with heaters available. The mussels were outstanding!!

Thank JN461

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Special Occasion Dining
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?