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Sam's Chowder House

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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 am
Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was pretty good. I took the chicken with French fries. Nothing special but tasted good. A few pretty good restaurant overall.

Thank Laggy M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very casual noisy restaurant. Kids yelling with parents on their phone, which is a drag when your spending 100.00 on dinner. Parents.. please train your children! I wish the staff had stepped in and quieted them down. We had mahi-mahi and sea bass, which were kind of ho-hum. the bruscetta appetizer was amazing and the drinks were good. I... More 

Thank jujubee47
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The service and menu options were quite good. The prices were a little high for the quality but I'd go again if traveling north to San Fransisco after a day visiting vineyards of Santa Cruz.

Thank Steve S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to Sam's with a couple from Canada. We ordered clam chowders, crab cakes, lobster roll, a seafood pasta, and a gumbo soup topped with blue crab. Everything was delicious and the portions were very generous. A cup of clam chowder was as big as a bowl in most other restaurants. A bowl of clam chowder at Sam's can... More 

Thank Tennisbums
Saratoga, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food, of course their specialty the Lobster Sandwich , delicious. Had lunch outside on the balcony, perfect spot looking at the bay where we had a very pleasant surprise that day to watch several whales ( bring binoculars just in case). They have the heat lamps out so you are not cold. Quick and good service. After lunch, walk... More 

Thank Corinne D
Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We dined here for a couple reasons. One, it is conveniently located next to the wonderful hotel (Beach House) at which we stayed. And two, the majority of reviews said great seafood. We actually made reservations the night before from our northern rental and told the front of house staff that it would be our last night in CA, we... More 

Thank IQ_Lisa
Tracy, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have stayed adjacent at the beach house and enjoy meals at SAMs. The blue crab sandwich is to die for (lunch menu served until 4:30) Not too heavy and very fresh.

Thank Sherri S
Spring Hill, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a disappointing meal at a restaurant with a great view of the Pacific Ocean. There were 4 of us, and we had 3 different entrees. No one was happy with the quality of the food, and given the price charged, the value for the meal was very poor.

Thank Darrell P
Livermore, California, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very busy restaurant, so be prepared to wait or make reservations ahead of time. Gorgeous views and great food.

Thank Christina F
Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped back a Sam's after a walk on the beach for another wonderful lunch. It's never a disappointment to have a meal here. I really like the lobster roll here, so much lobster and very well done. We all had a good time and even more impressive was whales were feeding right off the beach and you could watch from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
American, Soups, Gluten Free, Seafood
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
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: 16507120245
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 ALIST. 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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Antioch, United States
South Lake Tahoe, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?