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Sam's Chowder House

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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
+1 650-712-0245
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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San Mateo, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When I heard the name Sam's Chowder House I had envisioned an ocean of Clam chowder Boston or New England is my preference. But I found out they have bacon in it. So can't eat it. But they have shrimp poor boys on the menu and I am a Cajun from Louisiana so of course I wanted to taste back... More 

Thank jwb914
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Having lived in New England and made the chowder rounds, both the NE and Manhattan Clam Chowder at Sam's were really well-prepared and flavorful- not too thick with flour and cream, nice veggie mixed in with clams. We visited there rain-drenched and tired from a long flight, and the piping hot bowls of soup hit the spot. The ambience of... More 

Thank Lisa C
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I loved our first trip to Sam's. It must always be hard to live up to big reputations, and Sam's didn't disappoint. The location is awesome.....right on the harbor with breathtaking views. The waves were breaking over the levees - and combining that with the certifiably insane windsurfers blazing around the harbor in 30 mph winds -... More 

Thank Greg R
Half Moon Bay, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I usually eat in the bar area at happy hour. As a local, I love being able to walk to Sam's and meet up with friends. I rarely eat in the dining room, as I enjoy the more casual atmosphere of the bar and happy hour prices. I have eaten in the dining room, and it is family friendly, but... More 

Thank nancyhmb
San Ramon, California
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188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It has been a while since we visited Sam's; mostly because the parking lot is typically packed and there is a wait if you don't have reservations. We both enjoyed a cup of clam chowder before our fish and chips; the "cup" is a bowl about 5 inches across.... much more than what I expected in a "cup". The chowder... More 

Thank Shirley S
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Particularly noteworthy were the cioppino (delectable broth!) and the clams on the half-shell. The quality of the food definitely deserved 4 stars. But the quality of the service was only 2 stars, so my rating of 3 averages the two. At a midweek noontime when the place was not crowded at all, the waitress rushed us mercilessly; she even started... More 

Thank Katherine L
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A bowl of chowder is $12? We ate at other places nearby that offered better selections and were not as pricey. Service was good and the view of the dock was fun.

Thank scooterpair
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sam's is expensive but everything is expensive in Half Moon Bay. It is a large, busy spot but we had prompt and efficient service. The prawns stuffed with crab were delicious. They were wrapped in bacon and served with wonderful garlic mashed potatoes. My wife had the lobster roll. It contained a large amount of lobster, moistened with butter rather... More 

Thank Michael C
Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, fun place, horrible customer service. They can't split a bill--seriously? Took uber out here waiting for a ride back.

Thank MRives2015
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stop by on a Tuesday night around 7:45 it was somewhat packed we ordered the clam chowder bowls and the popcorn shrimp , the clam chowder was a bit super watering but we know it tells you the menu that's how they make it I would rate it 4 at of 10 .We each got a tiny little bag... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
American, Seafood, Soups, 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, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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: +1 650-712-0245
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?