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Sam's Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
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76% Recommend
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Citrus Heights
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

My daughter in law while here with the family from Wyoming, wanted to eat at a restaurant she said had great reviews. Sam's chowder House in the Half Moon Bay area of the coast. I grew up down that way and know the area well. The food was terrible, A seafood restaurant that did NOT HAVE CRAB. Extreammmmmly expensive, my... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Best place for fresh seafood in Half Moon Bay. It's right on the water. The quality and freshness of the seafood is unbeatable. Long waits, esp on the weekend. The lobster roll is voted one of the best sandwiches in the country! It was huge, fresh and had almost an entire lobster in one sandwich. $22 for the sandwich *but*... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Service was very slow and food was just okay. I had the award winning lobster roll and it probably was the best thing on the menu. Everything else was forgettable. It may have been more memorable if we had good service but I only had one drink because the waitress kept disappearing for 30 minute intervals. Even our water glasses... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place was recommended by a local artist. What a great find! Had the lobster roll and clam chowder for lunch. Great food and as said many times by other reviewers, you can't beat the view. Music on the deck on weekends and dollar oysters on Tues I believe. Glad we made the stop!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Hubbie & I went for wedding anniversary lunch with reservation. Seating was fast, sea view of half moon bay was great. Food was way below expectation with a high price tag. Bread was cold, shrimp was over-cooked, chowder was watery not creamy. You basically eat the view & atmosphere. I won't come here the second time.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

You can't beat the location, perched over the beach and the restaurant maximizes the view with lots of open seating around the exterior of the building. It's a great place to people watch while you sip. The food is just average with a big menu ranging from onion rings to steaks. Sam's Clam Chowder, however, is indeed delicious without using... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We had a very nice table with an excellent view. They menu extolled the virtues of a heavenly lobster roll that only delivered a purgatory experience. The lobster was fresh and plentiful but the sandwich was let down by a roll that seemed somewhat day old. Service was above average and the appetizers were great, just the main event was... More

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Watsonville, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Stopped here for lunch- and parking was packed! Waited for outside table & had drink. Nice selection. Ate out on deck . Clam chowder was excellent- light broth, lots of clams & good flavor. We both ordered lobster roll, and although good, it did not measure up to East Coast ones we had last fall. The do not use mayo... More

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Walnut Creek, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Classic, old style seafood restaurant w/ lots of great fried foods, fresh fish, yummy chowder, and endless french fries. Great 22 oz. beers and outdoor music. Beautiful views.

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Midpines, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

clam chowder not very good and the waitress was awful the busman bought our food, bought extra bread which was good and he cleared the table. We only saw the waitress twice. When we asked for the bill and went inside to pay, we were to hot outside, she bought the change and it was wrong. When asked where the... More

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