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Sam's Chowder House

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$$$
Chowder, Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Soups
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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
650-712-0245
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11:30 am - 9:00 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: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 144
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  • 39
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  • 20
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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
Enjoying fish watching a sunset on the ocean

Exactly, Sam's was enjoying a Sunday afternoon having good fish while watching the slow sunset on the ocean. Soup fish was great. We tasted different meals and all of them were great! You can't miss it!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Piero C
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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Arlington, Virginia
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124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We wanted to stop here for lunch but arrive at 10:30am (they opened at 11am). There were already people waiting in line to get into the restaurant which is a good sign of how the food is. We went to the gift shop, not much but had little touristy items, beverages and snacks. We walked down to the beach area... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Chowder is ok, lobster rolls good, paying for the view . Go early or make reservations . Overall found better spots in half moon

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Decent fish restaurant so long as you were not looking for sophisticated cooking. Crab cakes and the battered shrimp went down well; the fish of the day was just OK (and quite expensive by comparison). Big portions and more-ish fries meant a long run on the beach the following day. Prompt and friendly service.

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San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It's an overpriced tourist trap!. Drive a bit further to Princeton or Half Moon Bay. Looks good but the food us mediocre.

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a top notch restaurant. The view is incredible, but they need a bigger parking lot. Food was fantastic, and the service was excellent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Exactly, Sam's was enjoying a Sunday afternoon having good fish while watching the slow sunset on the ocean. Soup fish was great. We tasted different meals and all of them were great! You can't miss it!

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

Best clam chowder we had in the San Francisco Bay area, good service and, above all, the best outdoor sitting you can imagine. Beautiful views, lovely tables, a restaurant to remember. Nice kid menus too.

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Redwood City, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Wonderful views and excellent service. Food is fresh and tasty with many choices. However, the lobster roll I had was not as good as in the past. Meat was over cooked and only claw meat. There was so little butter and mayo on it that the entire roll was dry. Good selection of beer and wine. Outdoor seating is limited,... More 

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This visit was just okay. We arrived 45 minutes before our reservation because we thought the restaurant was located on the main drag and we could explore before our reservation time. It was on the beach, which was beautiful, so we asked to be seated early. The hostess informed us that reservations made online are for inside only and that... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

I went there because of the rave reviews on tripadvisor. All of us had chowder as a starter and as soon as we finished we were all sick. My friend threw up immediately. I have never heard of onions in New England clam chowder. My husband and I had to take ant acids immediately. We could not continue with the... 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: Chowder, Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?