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Sam's Chowder House

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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
650-712-0245
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 117
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  • 35
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Delicious food and wonderful staff!

Thanks to the precious bartender, Kelly! You were such a delight and we had the best service ever. Forget about the fact that the food was amazing!!! Get the skinny margarita with salt and add jalapenos! This Texas girl will be back. Thanks, Kelly. xo

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
LorraineTexas
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Texas
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Thanks to the precious bartender, Kelly! You were such a delight and we had the best service ever. Forget about the fact that the food was amazing!!! Get the skinny margarita with salt and add jalapenos! This Texas girl will be back. Thanks, Kelly. xo

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Had a great day in Half Moon Bay started off with some delicious Blue Point Oysters on the half shell and then excellent fish and chips!!

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Arvada, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Well worth the beautiful drive across the mountain. Incredible location with fabulous view. I had a Kale salad to die for and really good chowder. The menu looks fabulous.

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Loomis, California, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Arrived at 5, sat down, ordered drinks. Waiter points out daily special-available only at the bar!!! My wife asks if she can get it at table (3 oysters for $3.00)-no only avail at bar. Can she add to table tab? NO. so she takes $3.00-goes to bar at which point the waiter and bartender get into argument whether she can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We wanted fresh crab with great ambience and view. This is the place. Tried to get reservations but booked so did walk in and we're seated right away. Took our drink order and brought bread but 30 minute wait to order. But who cares. Great sunset and wine They were jammed. Finally ordered and food came quick and was worth... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I finally had an opportunity to visit Sam's in January. It was a glorious day, so we sat outside on the deck. Perfect weather, gorgeous views! I ordered clam chowder and the lobster roll. The clam chowder was fine, but I didn't LOVE it. The lobster roll was fine, but again I didn't LOVE it. This in no way reflects... More 

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West Menlo Park, California
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48 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Sam's is a great place to go after a nice walk along the beach in Half Moon Bay. I like the casual atmosphere and the outdoor dining. They are dog friendly so it is very fun to wait for an outside table so that you canine family member can go along as well. The view is gorgeous, and when there... More 

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Half Moon Bay, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is always very busy. The food is vey good, but I think the main attraction here is the views. We are blessed to have a lot of restaurants to choose from on the coast. The food is very good and prices are reasonable. Wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

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El Granada, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Good variety of appetizers and seafood. Friendly, fast service. Non-seafood options are limited and it can be pricey. Very crowded on weekends.

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El Paso, Texas
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We've had dinner at Sam's in the past, and had the opportunity to join them for lunch. Be aware they open at 11:30am for lunch - we arrived early to meet friends, and found the doors locked. Many others arrived early (11-ish), and some left, but when the doors were open there was a small crowd of anxious diners. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 650-712-0245

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?