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Sam's Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
650-712-0245
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 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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Knightsen, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

for a quick order, call in and pick up, fast and easy when too tired or too crowded to wait. The food is great.

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Flagler Beach, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Nothing to dislike - great food, nice deck overlooking harbor. Service is really great. What a nice find!

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Half Moon Bay, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Easy to be put off by the crowded parking lot and cars along the road. However, usually there is a place in the back lot so don't be afraid to go on in. Best bet is happy hour. If the weather is nice go sit outside (always bring a sweater/jacket) and enjoy the picture perfect view. But you may have... More

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Modesto, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Started with the oyster, shrimp, and clams, chases it with calamari and a dozen overs on a half shell... Over looking the Pacific great day. The only small down fall was a fish sandwich to soggy and it didn't need all the salad and dressing. The fish alone was great. The fish and chips were also a hit in the... More

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The food was ok. I think over rated. I tried the lobster sandwich ( popular dish) was just ok. I think the bread had too much butter or something on it which made it too greasy and over powered the lobster. The lobster a lone was amazing, and fresh. Clam chowder is fantastic, and of course.... Oysters. I love to... More

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San Francisco
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Fantastic location, great food, fun vibe and some really good music. We were very lucky with only a 35 minute wait at 12:30 and had beautiful, sunny weather. The food was terrific and the service was efficient and friendly. One of my top 5 places ever to have lunch (would drop a few notches with cloudy/foggy weather and no music0.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Started with 3 different kinds of oysters. The waitress recommended the Fannie Mae's and she was right, they were deliciously creamy. The clam chowder had a great flavour and to my delight was thickened only with potato (no flour). The potato chunks were not all quite cooked but it didn't spoil the dish too much. The lobster roll came with... More

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Anderson, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed lunch with old friends on our tour from SC. Crab/shrimp louie very good as well as the clam chowder. Tasted the lobster roll my husband ordered and it seemed a little bland and dry. Seats inside about 173 plus all the deck seating. Parking lot was crowded and had to find a spot on the highway. Biggest complaint is... More

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Stockton, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The Lobster roll is just dry lobster on a toasted bun. I was taken in by the fact it was the 5th best sandwich in the nation a few years ago. Just get the lobster and at least you can dip it in butter sauce.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My wife and I went here for our anniversary dinner. We were staying in the city, looking for a good seafood restaurant and came across this one on TripAdvisor. We drove down to Half Moon Bay and found the place easily enough. The lot was mostly full but we found a parking place (we considered the full lot a good... More

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