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Sam's Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
+1 650-712-0245
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“lobster roll” (397 reviews)
“chowder” (296 reviews)
“seafood” (188 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 9:30 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very popular place so you may have to get on line if you have no reservation . Excellent Sea food .Over all the food was excellent matter if you is inside or on the patio, you have beautiful view if the beach and beyond. Dog...More

Thank jokevda
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed May 26, 2017

If you like crab, clams, oysters and beer then this is the place for you Great service and selection of oysters. Dining room overlooks the water. If you can't get a reservation show up before 5 PM and take your time at the table. Staff...More

Thank Edward B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Decided to take the scenic rout from Santa Cruz to San Francisco. A great drive if you have never done it. Stopped here for dinner on the way based on a recommendation. I really enjoyed the stop. Sat outside with great bay views, including plenty...More

Thank PFC76
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there to celebrate my son's birthday with an excellent bay view. (Though you cannot swim there anymore). One dish we always love is the Lobster Roll Sandwich. Though the parking are very limited.

Thank carol727fu
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't really get the restaurant experience as we were there for a wedding reception - but the view from the balcony was fantastic - the food served was good - great for gluten free people also - no complaints other than parking - get...More

Thank Mrsmakris
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate dinner here. Huge place. Very pleasant staff. Food was nothing special.Lots of seafood to pick from. It was quite cool and windy so we didn't choose to be seated outside. I am sure the view would be lovely.

Thank Jettajudy
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to enjoy an ocean view, or watching the sunset while you enjoy your meal in a casual setting, this is the place to go. There is indoor and outdoor dining. You can also sit on the deck where there is no obstruction...More

Thank weltoneg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding service and Manhattan clam chowder. Good Cioppino. Given the location I can understand the cost but I'll still cut the rating due to it. $8.50 for a cup of chowder? Bring a jacket as it's chilly but you can sit outside which I highly...More

Thank SpartanGA
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lively seafood restaurant right on the ocean with all the good seafood one could want. It is appropriate for families and couples and friends. Casual attire

Thank psychosal
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lobster roll is fab but pricey. I like the gumbo with side of wonderful cole slaw. Great happy hour during the week, too! Would suggest making reservations for either lunch or dinner as they are ALWAYS busy.......

Thank John M
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Rhonda J
June 30, 2017|
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Response from mikexyz22 | Reviewed this property |
We saw dogs on the patio
Wayne H
March 10, 2016|
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Response from Sharon B | Reviewed this property |
I agree, they can, but contact them directly, have fun!
December 27, 2015|
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Response from hungryMarinCounty_CA | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. One of the few things about this establishment that I won't rip on. But don't have the "Sam's Special Bloody Mary" because it tastes like they leaned over the deck and pulled up a bucket of "under the pier... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 am
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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: +1 650-712-0245
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Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Half Moon Bay, California, Sam's Chowder House offers oceanfront dining and delicious seafood. Voted "BEST SEAFOOD" by the locals (Half Moon Bay Review Readers Choice Awards), and by the Bay Area BEST OF THE BAYLIST. Enjoy daily fresh fish, Maine lobster, local crab, award-winning lobster rolls, lobster spaghetti, oysters and clams from the raw bar, fried calamari, farm fresh salads, and more. Outdoor oceanfront dining and weekend music. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available, as well as a children's menu. Family friendly, with a dog-friendly outdoor patio.
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