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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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11:00 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: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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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
Appetizers and drinks!

This was just a quick stop for appetizers and drinks. And, WOW - we were blown away by the spicy Bloody Mary's and the Poke Ahi appetizer with tortilla chips. And, of course, some clam chowder to top it off. Initially we ordered 2 bowls of clam chowder, but changed our mind after halfway filling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Judy O
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Martinez, California
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

OMG - what can I say, other than this was an amazing restaurant! The seafood was scrumptious - most definitely try the Lobster Roll which has been voted in the top 5 in the whole nation by NBC! The rest of the experience was complimented nicely by the service and the view of the Bay! This was a great way... More 

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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was just a quick stop for appetizers and drinks. And, WOW - we were blown away by the spicy Bloody Mary's and the Poke Ahi appetizer with tortilla chips. And, of course, some clam chowder to top it off. Initially we ordered 2 bowls of clam chowder, but changed our mind after halfway filling up on the Poke. Glad... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Had a great lunch with friends. I got a the shrimp and crab salad. It was full of meat. The clam chowder was good, but I have had better. Go try it.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This place has great food ambience service and drinks. Was worth eating on both nights, patio is cool and everyone is happy and has great attitude

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I have wanted to come to Sam's Chowder House for the restaurant's highly touted lobster roll for years ever since I read about it online! I finally had the opportunity of coming here to try it on a recent Saturday. I was very disappointed that the lobster meat in my roll tasted tough. The meat looked good and there was... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The doors open at 11:30 am, and there will be a line-up. However, the restaurant is huge and has lots of seating, so fret not. It seemed to be in heavy demand with senior citizens on the day we visited for lunch, perhaps coming for the old-fashioned shrimp cocktail (yes, served in a glass), or the clam chowder, which actually... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Came here for dinner and really wanted to have fresh fish from the Pacific. We're from East coast so obviously didn't want to order Maine Lobster. Waitress was very helpful in telling us which fish was local and freshest. We had the cured Salmon appetizer which was wonderful! Also had the Swordfish (a bit dry) and the trout (very good).... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We have eaten at Sam's more than once in the last few years. It is a bit over priced but a nice place if a special occasion. Last dinner was evening on a weekday with very few people there and it still took over an hour for our food. We opted to go check out the gift shop while we... More 

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Sonoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Lots of seafood choices. The lobster roll a bit overrated and over-priced, but still a very different sandwich. Other choices were good, such as blue crab style balls. The fries were very crisp and tasty. Good selection of beers and wine.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

By the time we had decided to go to Sam's, it was fully booked :-( but all was not lost as practically all of their menu is available as Take-out :-) We ordered the seafood paella for two and some chips, this was plenty for three of us and the paella was wonderful. Would definitely recommend a visit if you're... 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, Delicatessen, Soups

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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: Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, 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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