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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
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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Half Moon Bay, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Mark K
Burlingame, California
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

They're known for their lobster roll and for once something isn't overrated. This thing is seriously delicious! Not dripping with mayo and a good portion of meat. Spices are great with it and it's served on a buttery toasted roll. Yes it's decadent (and who knows what my cholesterol shot up to after) but a good treat to have once... More 

Thank zjoker
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food,wonderful view. Sometimes the lines are long but worth the wait. We were there in the middle of the week and the service was much quicker than weekends.

Thank Seniortravler2
Dublin, California
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ordered a lobster roll and cioppino. The lobster portion was generous on a brioche roll and was very tasty. The cioppino was spicy with lots of seafood. Also had appetizer: the halibut crudo which was very fresh. Only downside was terribly slow service. Not the best stop if you're on a road trip trying to get some place that... More 

Thank Kathleen U
El Cerrito, California
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were a party of six and we were served quickly and had a great time. The fried oysters were the best that anyone at our table had ever! The fried artichokes were tasty too. We all chose the lobster roll. However, since have the group was from NY, this was not the lobster roll they were expecting. It was... More 

Thank LinaMom
Monterey, CA
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been wanting to stop here so many times. Finally did so. Parking makes it look like a zoo, but once there, it was fine. I arrived early, 4-5 pm. Was seated at the heated area on the deck with great views of the bay and the Elegant Terns. The wait staff was 100% tops! It is rare to have such... More 

Thank Seabirdinglady
Hilton Head Island
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our second time eating here & we were not disappointed. We had made a reservation for 8/16 @ 8:15pm but arrived an hour earlier. No problem, we sat at the bar & had drinks & a wonderful shrimp cocktail. Great table over looking the water & a wonderful waitress took our order. Clam chowder was outstanding! We both... 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
Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, 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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?