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Sam's Chowder House

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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
650-712-0245
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Today
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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great more for the drinks and the view than the food.

ok the food wasn't bad. Not quite as fancy as the menu would lead you to believe but the cocktails were awesome albeit a little pricey and the view was A+. Fun place to enjoy food by the ocean

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Richard N
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

ok the food wasn't bad. Not quite as fancy as the menu would lead you to believe but the cocktails were awesome albeit a little pricey and the view was A+. Fun place to enjoy food by the ocean

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Thank Richard N
San Francisco
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place , good food and easy access, Enjoyed the live music when I was there. Love the coast and will return.

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Thank weclosereo
Northville, MI
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great restaurant, on the Pacific. Great views of the waves cresting in and the outside dining is fantastic. Prices are a little high but you are paying for the view and location. We had a late lunch, mid week, so it wasn't a problem, but our travel mates said, most times when they go, they can't get in, so we... More 

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Thank margie214
Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They did have the best lobster roll however the last two times I had it, not so great. I would skip the fish entries and go for the bar food.

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1 Thank BuenosAiresJeff
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great combo of tasty food, relaxed and friendly food, and wonderful views. Chowder, lobster roll and poke highly recommended, and go nicely with their Bloody Mary.

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1 Thank nellpapa
Chico
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They always seem to be doing a booming business, but the meals I have had, have only been so so. I have gone several times, once with my sister-in-law and niece, and once with my husband. Neither visit was great, but it wasn't awful either. They do have a nice gift shop.

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1 Thank Teisha H
Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I are visiting this area for the first time and researched the local restaurants and this one had good reviews. They had once been recognized on the today show for their lobster roll. Well, if they had brought my lobster sandwich on the today show it would not have been recognized. They sent our take out order... More 

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1 Thank NJ008
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently visited for dinner and while we had a pleasant meal I wasn't overly impressed. For the prices I was expecting .. .....more. It was dark while we were there do can't comment on the scenery. We are planning a return visit to HMB in March but will probably eat elsewhere.

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1 Thank Leah H
West Palm Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice clam chowder, it tastes like the recipe has been refined for years, very delicate but plenty of meat. GF had shrimp scampi with scallops, very nicely done, the shrimp were cooked perfectly. I had the sea bass, delicious! We ate there three times in two days, not because we had to, we wanted to! That should give you... More 

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1 Thank Warren H
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great. Outside patio accommodations and dog friendly. The drawback on the weekend is that they are slammed. Parking often goes down the road and often the wait is for an hour if you have a party of five. Here's the catch... The volume is so great the quality suffers. Our table ordered a lobster roll, prawn salad,... 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: Seafood, Soups, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?