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Sam's Chowder House

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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
11:30 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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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Good food (I would say great but seafood is not my favorite!) It was good though! Our waitress was wonderful. Would recommend the clam chowder. Outdoor seating available on the ocean but when there those that sat outside were wearing warm clothing (hats,scarves,coats). We did have a reservation which likely helped us get right in. Every time we drove by... More 

Thank LissaV9
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were excited to see a top rated place right by our hotel. Unfortunately their food was par at best. The lobster meat in the lobster rolls is very good, but the bun is soggy and flavorless. I had a better lobster roll at Fenway park last year than this "top rated roll". The rest of the food wasn't bad,... More 

Thank JamesNorCali
Tracy, California
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed the location adjacent to the Beach House but the portions were small and pricey. Staff was friendly. The crab sandwich is amazing but only served for lunch. Be sure to order before 4:30pm.

Thank Sherri S
Roseville, California
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104 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Crab cake, chowder, shrimp cocktail, martini and key lime pie! Everything was fresh and tasted like it was made with pride. This place was packed the three days we stayed in Half Moon Bay.

Thank Jessica Y
Tremezzina, Italy
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We both had the seafood chowder and shared 1.5lb lobster. Both were awful. THE CHOWDER. We orderd a cup (rather than the bowl). It was generous in size. It consisted of 60% potato cubes, about 3 of the toughest scallops I have ever encountered and 1 cube of fish. It appeared to be made from that frozen seafood mix sold... More 

Thank IuvLondon
Alexandria, VA
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding food and service. Friendly and timely service with a great smile and interesting banter.

Thank garysheila
Half Moon Bay, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

3 recent college grads (family friends) stayed at my home for several days and I decided to take them to dinner at Sam's to see some of the local color, my dog Starbuck joined us so we sat on the outdoor patio with heat lamps. They licked their plates: salmon, swordfish and sea bass. I was extremely surprise that a... More 

Thank Robert L
Redwood City, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice atmosphere - good service. Good for families of all ages, sizes. They have more than just chowder in the menu in case you were windering

Thank Cheryl G
Montreal, Canada
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The views are great and so was the live music. But I found the food a bit pricey. We did enjoy the fish and chips and the crab sandwich. I was hoping for local seafood and most the food on the menu was imported sadly.

Thank JenniferInMontreal
San Francisco, California
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As advertised, the most well-liked casual dining in Half Moon Bay. The chowder was rich. The Loster Roll, know as one of the top sandwiches in the US (however it is getting pricey at $26), is rich and buttery, and the views of the bay are fantastic. You have your choice of dining outside behind glass screens to cut the... 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, Gluten Free Options
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
Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, 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: 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?