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Sam's Chowder House

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$$$
Chowder, Seafood, Sandwiches
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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 130
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  • 37
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  • 19
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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
Sam's Chowder House - Great Local Eatery!

Sam's is a local and visitor's favorite. We were there for lunch and had a very good meal with a great view of the bay and very good service. The lobster sandwich was absolutely great and a must order if you like lobster. The serving was quite unexpectedly large for the price and the chowder was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
Shootstr8
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Ken Caryl, Colorado
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Ken Caryl, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Sam's is a local and visitor's favorite. We were there for lunch and had a very good meal with a great view of the bay and very good service. The lobster sandwich was absolutely great and a must order if you like lobster. The serving was quite unexpectedly large for the price and the chowder was very good as well!... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

Couldn't even pinch ma friken fries. Last time I checked pollock was for fake crab, not fish & chips. Even if I pooped money I wouldn't spend it here cuz it's way overpriced.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

A well publicised well patronised establishment but somewhat disappointingly, we're pretty sure we've had better lobster roll elsewhere in the USA. A more premium lobster meat filling would have gone down better.

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Weybridge, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Food was pretty good - great view but restaurant could do with an update. Waitress was lovely and recommended some good dishes.

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Marin County, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great views and fresh air on the outside patio. Lousy food. High-priced for the coast. Service fabulous.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great ocean front bar for catching a sporting event and cocktail. Daily Happy Hours and drink specials. Nice, lite and healthy bar food.

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Menlo Park, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had an older relative visiting who wanted to take us to lunch. He was from out of town so I wanted to eat somewhere with a sea view, but I also didn't want my 8 & 10 year olds to be stuck at the table for hours. Sam's Chowder house was perfect - there are indoor tables, outdoor tables... More 

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Silicon Valley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Go for the great water views, especially if you can sit by the windows or, on a nice day, on the outdoor patio. The seafood is generally good, although the prices are pretty high for lunch (and higher for dinner). I had a very good salmon burger (one of the less expensive lunch options, at around $15)--thanks to Yelp reviews... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a very informal family restaurant. We had a table with a fine view of the harbor. Service was spotty. A bit too fast at first, but then very slow. I don't know if they were trying to get us to have more wine as we waited or if they just forgot about us. The food was good, but... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Hi gang, While meandering down historic Hwy 1 from "The City" (our local term for San Francisco) we nudged our little red Corvette into the parking lot to check out Sam's Chowder House. (When I hear people use the phrase "Frisco", I know they're not native to the Bay Area. Because nobody, I mean NOBODY who is local ever says... More 

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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: Chowder, Seafood, Sandwiches

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?