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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: Lunch, Dessert, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 311
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  • 302
    Very good
  • 125
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  • 35
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent 1 day, Not so good the next.

Drove by it on the way to SF R.V. resort. We decided to drive back and have lunch the next day, and so glad we did. Awesome Lobster Roll Sandwiches. The Chowder was very good. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive.It was so good we decided to go back the next late afternoon. Sorry to say it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Paulette B
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Grand Junction, Colorado
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Oroville, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

On April 11, 2015 we were on a drive near San Francisco, looking for a place to have lunch. we were driving south on Cabrillo highway, when we suddenly about half a mile ahead, saw what looked like a traffic accident. When we got closer, we saw it was not an accident, but a lot of cars waiting to get... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Drove by it on the way to SF R.V. resort. We decided to drive back and have lunch the next day, and so glad we did. Awesome Lobster Roll Sandwiches. The Chowder was very good. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive.It was so good we decided to go back the next late afternoon. Sorry to say it was not... More 

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Hillsborough, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I alwasy take my out of town guests toSam's Chowder house. All the fish dishes and even the hambergers are delicious. THe restaurant overlooks the bay, there is outdoor seating. It's paradise!

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SD, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Wonderful olde style Chower house with all sorts of outstanding seafoods. Both chowders (Manhatten & New England) were nothing short of great. Ask for what they have been catching locally for the freshest and best dinner

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New York City, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I went with friends to the restaurant and all 4 of us ordered the lobster roll. It comes with kettle chips and cole slaw. The lobster was flavorful and it had no mayo which I definitely like. Nice outdoor seating and very casual. Would visit again.

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Morgan Hill, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch today because it was highly recommended on Yelp. We were not disappointed. Not sure if it is or not, but it seems like a family run restaurant. We were seated immediately by the host, and as we requested an outside table on a cold day, he offered us several different seating options that each offered... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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136 reviews 136 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Delicious seafood - lobster roll, popcorn shrimp - even the kids fish and chips were great! Awesome Bloody Mary and Key lime pie. Beautiful view bit fun to even to sit inside. Great service! Not cheap...

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Sam's opens at 11:30 but you must get there at least 1/2 hour before if you want a seat by the window. They have indoor & outdoor seating. The lobster roll was delicious and their coleslaw was one of the best restaurant one I've ever had. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Great food. Perfect venue! The new england clam chowder is awesome. The venue is fantastic and wait staff very friendly.

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London, United Kingdom
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67 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The New England chowder is definitely their signature dish. A bowl is enough for two persons if you are having the main course. The place was full when we arrived without reservation and we had a 15 minutes wait with a pager. The service was attentive even the restaurant was full. Will recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Half Moon... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Large groups, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?