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“Great place for seafood!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sam's Chowder House

Sam's Chowder House
4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
650-712-0245
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Sunnyvale, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Great place for seafood!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Best place for fresh seafood in Half Moon Bay. It's right on the water. The quality and freshness of the seafood is unbeatable.

Long waits, esp on the weekend.

The lobster roll is voted one of the best sandwiches in the country! It was huge, fresh and had almost an entire lobster in one sandwich. $22 for the sandwich *but* it's big enough to share.

Loved, loved their popcorn shrimp.

Clam chowder was OK. Deck has live music on the weekends. A great place to spend a nice afternoon -- music, view and amazing seafood.

Will be back!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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LAGRANGE, GA
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28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Just okay.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Service was very slow and food was just okay. I had the award winning lobster roll and it probably was the best thing on the menu. Everything else was forgettable. It may have been more memorable if we had good service but I only had one drink because the waitress kept disappearing for 30 minute intervals. Even our water glasses didn't get filled. We left very thirsty.

Visited August 2014
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great find!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

This place was recommended by a local artist. What a great find! Had the lobster roll and clam chowder for lunch. Great food and as said many times by other reviewers, you can't beat the view. Music on the deck on weekends and dollar oysters on Tues I believe. Glad we made the stop!

Visited August 2014
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“Food not great but the view is fantastic”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Hubbie & I went for wedding anniversary lunch with reservation. Seating was fast, sea view of half moon bay was great. Food was way below expectation with a high price tag. Bread was cold, shrimp was over-cooked, chowder was watery not creamy. You basically eat the view & atmosphere. I won't come here the second time.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Great ocean views, average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

You can't beat the location, perched over the beach and the restaurant maximizes the view with lots of open seating around the exterior of the building. It's a great place to people watch while you sip. The food is just average with a big menu ranging from onion rings to steaks. Sam's Clam Chowder, however, is indeed delicious without using flour to thicken the soup.

Visited August 2014
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