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Sam's Chowder House
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: 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 BAYLIST. 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.
Reviewed December 12, 2011

The food was fresh and delicious. The service was pleasant and the price was fair.

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Reviewed December 12, 2011

We went to eat lunch with some members of our family at this establishment on 8th December 2011. Sam's Chowder House situated along the beautiful coast line of Half Moon Bay in California is a medium sized restaurant that has been accorded by NBC Today Shows, the title of "America's Top 5 Sandwiches " in 2007.

The first impression you get is of the beautiful view of the coast line. The interior is spacious, with a long well-stocked bar and options to dine indoors or outdoors.
We ordered their famous New England clam chowder, the Main Lobster roll and an arugula salad. Freshly baked bread was served on the side. The clam chowder was delicious and the lobster roll generous in portions of lobster. This was served with cold slaw and crispy potato chips. We also tried their shrimp scampi and Crab Louie.

Sam's prices are reasonable given the large helpings served. Their Main Lobster roll is priced at $21.95. The views from at our corner table with two panels of windows overlooking the beautiful bay was simply perfect!
Yes, I would certainly return to eat here should I be in the vicinity of Half Moon Bay in sunny California!
Great food, good, quick and friendly service, beautiful ambiance and scenic views!
Sam's Chowder House is situated at 4210 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, California 94019. Tel: 650 712 0245. Web site: www.samchowderhouse.com.

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Reviewed December 9, 2011

The view is amazing, the service is good, the crowds are huge, and they are famous for a lot of foods... but the Manhattan Clam Chowder [the red stuff] is the best I have had anywhere, including on the East Coast! Live music sometimes and terrible, awful, horrible parking most of the time.... but a great spot for a meal, nonetheless.

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Reviewed December 9, 2011

Parking at a premium so go at off-hours. On a sunny day, one may eat outdoors as there are glass walls to keep the wind at bay. Try the seafood bruschetta. It was amazing. We had it as an appetizer or it would be a meal for one person. We will certainly return

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Thank Californiagal2
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

Went there 1 hour before sunset and sat outside. We ordered Anchor Steam beer on draft and fried calamari. I can say the view and the beer was great but the calamari rings were nothing but batter. The calamari rings were so small and just felt like we were eating batter. The fried calamari at Half Moon Bay Brewery is much much better tasting. Lightly battered and bigger rings.

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Thank CaliforniaLosthiker
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