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Sam's Chowder House

Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
11:30 am - 9:30 am
Closed now
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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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Berkeley, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate here twice. The first time, we were just finishing a long hike, and I wanted a high-protein snack before dinner, and we happened to see this oyster bar from the trail The oysters, along with a glass of wonderful Chalk Hill chardonnay, just hit the spot! The next day, my husband insisted on coming here for lunch. He... More 

Thank GAnn_10
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have heard about Sam's for years. So, when we found ourselves in the area we had to go for a meal. We went for lunch, and both of us ordered a cup of clam chowder and a Lobster Roll ($26.50 ea!). We both would have preferred the chowder thicker, and the Lobster Rolls were very dry. They just didn't... More 

Thank Wayne G
Cromwell, Connecticut
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76 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Over looking a fabulous beach, fronting Pacific Ocean, the place has indoor and outdoor seating. The name of the place is a Chowder House, but it is full-menu and full-bar, proper, eatery. It is a large, tall ceiling, gigantic walls of glass walls, and clean. A bit touristy. Reception: Prompt and gracious. Seats : Functional but comfortable. Menu : Seafood... More 

Thank Karen M
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great spot along the Half Moon Bay for a bowl of chowder and a beer! Marcella was a great server! Beautiful views, inside and outside seating. Manhattan clam chowder was very tasty but not chock full of clans or veggies. A bit of a disappointment for a chowder house.

Thank kpdelawrence
Boston, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We sat the table with the ocean view… fast and clean service… Staffs are very friendly… New England chowder, Manhattan chowder were delicious… Steamed mussel and fried seafood combination were disappointment...

Thank Saffary
Redwood City, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Bar is fun and the bartenders are great (thanks Chase). Fresh fish and huge burgers if you're not a fish fan.

Thank refbrian
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here for lunch and sat outside. It's in full sun but the temp was only 64 so it was nice. The fried fish sandwich was Rock Cod with a light coating of cornmeal, light sauce and spices. Both that and the Blue Crab sandwich, were very tasty. The old bay seasoned fries were different than the norm and... More 

Thank traveltime3
Sarasota, Florida
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first visit to the famous Sams Oyster Bar. I ate at the bar and had great service. They have an excellent and they have a comprehensive wine and beer selection. I would definitely recommend a visit while traveling the PCH

Thank deananddawn
San Mateo, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our daughter never been to Half Moon Bay before so I planned a special trip for her. I did research on restaurants and beaches. We concluded to Pasta Moon and Sam's Chowder house because these two restaurants are the top 3 on TripAdvisor. Pasta Moon was wonderful and I'm going to write a nice review for them. However, Sam's Chowder... More 

Thank Joy W
San Jose, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Services was horrible! We waited for over an hour to be seated and then they sat us directly in the sun. (They admitted that they don't use umbrellas and for a place that has a nice patio, that is really odd and uncomfortable). When we asked to be moved to another table, the hostess, Myra (sp?) was really rude and... 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, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
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
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?