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“Nice view but just "okay" food”

Sam's Chowder House
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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 October 28, 2012

Half Moon Bay area is beautiful, so the location of this restaurant is great, but we were a little disappointed in the food for the price. Being raised in New England with no shortage of Maine lobster rolls, I felt bad seeing people pay so much for something that you can get in the summer at roadside stands for a fraction of the price! The servers were very friendly and responsive so I wish I could say something more positive. I LOVE oysters, but found the oysters in the oyster stew a little "fishy" tasting and too big and over cooked to enjoy. The calamari bruschetta was very good, however, tender and not rubbery. Decent beer and wine selection with a few big screen TV's in the bar area. We will try somewhere different on our next visit but wanted to see what all the great reviews were about!!

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Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

Had really wanted to try the best lobster roll in the area but disappointed by so so service and average tasting food. The NE clam chowder was tasty bit could have used more clAms and fewer potatoes. The fish & chips were average with hard fries. The lobster roll was loaded with lobster but lacked enough mayo. We've had better in Canada & New England.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Title says it all: get there for happy hour and sit at the bar side for half price cocktails. Lovely views across the bay and extensive menu.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We planned to stop here driving up Highway 1 on way to San Francisco and we're so glad we did.
We were seated quickly and were soon tucking into one of Sam's famouse lobster sandwiches.
The roll was filled with plenty of lobster and was accompanied with coleslaw and crisps and was tasty and well worth the money.
As it was a nice day we were sat outside and had a lovely view of Half Moon Bay.
Service was attentive and the food was good, well worth popping into Sam's Chowder House!!

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

1/2 the time I would give it 4 stars and 1/2 the time I would give it 2.5 stars...food is good but not for the price, service is hot or miss, but the view is always great and it is a very nice drive on hwy 1 from SF and 280/92 from San Jose :)

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Thank Charles P
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