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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
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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Pacifica, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This is my first time, have lived in Santa Cruz and San Francisco since the 80's, driven by the place countless times. In the past year have stayed in Half Moon Bay with my girlfriend twice because of her work and we had a nice room by the sea. She has been suggesting we have a meal at Sam's so... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We visited Sam's Chowder House by coincidence, just trying to find somewhere to eat in Half Moon Bay, and boy did we love it! We tried the Gumbo and White Clam Chowder, both of which were fantastic. Each was on the $11-$14 range. Sat in a wood deck overlooking the beach, just a really great atmosphere. The tables were packed... More 

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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Within walking distance of my hotel. Nice setting. If weather nice outside seating. Ordered the Shrimp Scampi. Good sourdough bread, a glass of wine and the scampi linguini made a nice dinner. Don't expect leftovers as serving size is modest. Did ask server for more butter, but never got. On the pricy side, but makes for a nice evening out.

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Cupertino, California
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171 reviews 171 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The clam chowder here failed to impress (not creamy enough). The gumbo was also not up to par (too smokey). And the fish & chips were awful (tasteless batter & stale fries). Given the disappointing food, we felt that the price was unduly high. Out bill averaged out to around $21 per person.

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leftcoast
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

That night the place was packed but we arrived just as a round table by the window was available. The three of usl had seafood. I had a green salad and the salmon, the others had the chowder, which they raved about and the swordfish and the halibut. All were nicely prepared and very tasty. The wait staff was very... More 

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Pacifica, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great food, clam chowder a must, the view is amazing when there is no fog. I had the Halibut tonight and it was very good.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed a fine meal that was fancier than the relaxed dress code would suggest (that's a good thing!) Oysters were tasty as was each meal. It was nice to stay in casual "post-football game" garb, but not have to settle for "diner" seafood. This isn't 4-star foo-foo. Just a nice step above most. Services was also... More 

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Larkspur, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Whether it's the view or the food this is the place. Won best lobster roll from NBC. Check out the drinks, my wife Jan says they were great

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We stopped in here on a trip to half-moon bay. We had a soup that was cauliflower and coconut cream-based with some crab and it was fabulous. We split the whole Dungeoness crab and a couple sides, which were also amazing. We were seated on the deck, and had an amazing view of the bay. It was such a wonderful... More 

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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The view is exceptional when the sun is setting and there is no fog - more often than not there is fog or mist. Seafood is fresh and tasty and the service is friendly. Casual restaurant.

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Additional Information about Sam's Chowder House

Address: 4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
Phone Number: 650-712-0245
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood

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