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“Best bowl of New England chowder I've had not on the East Coast”

Sam's Chowder House
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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 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.
Menlo Park, California
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161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Best bowl of New England chowder I've had not on the East Coast”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Their chowder was great. We stopped in for a quick late lunch. The service was friendly. The only interesting part to me besides the great view was the amount of elderly folks their eating. Not bad by any means, just a little surprising.

I would defiantly like to come back on a Monday night for fish taco night. The restaurant also has a great camera you can view from the web, so you can see what the weather is like at the bay.

  • Visited March 2013
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Fallbrook, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great spot for local fish”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

My sister lives in the area and chose this restaurant for our visit from out of town. Wanted to eat fresh local fish and loved it. Had a great waiter that worked hard to get us good wine and advised us on local fish. One in our party did not like the fish choice and
he promptly replaced it with a different one. Nice atmosphere.

Visited March 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great seafood”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

After reading the reviews here, my husband and I were there last weekend. We had an amazing time. Great staff, graet food and great view. We loved it. We will go back.

  • Visited March 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
“Good seafood restaurant”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Sam's has good food at reasonable prices. It is a rather large place so seating is not normally a problem, although reservations are a good idea on weekends. There is outdoor dining on a lovely deck overlooking the ocean.

Visited September 2012
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Fairview Heights, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best Lobster Roll Ever!”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

My wife and I drove down to Half Moon Bay on a gorgeous Friday afternoon to have lunch at Sam's. Hundred's of other people had the same idea so we did have about a 45 minute wait. We had an outside table looking out at the Pacific Ocean. It was an idyllic setting. We both ordered the lobster roll. Sam's lobster roll is probably one of the best sandwiches you can have. Must be over a half pound of lump lobster, nestled in a warm, fresh roll. We savored every last bite! We did not even complain about the two hour traffic delay to get back over the Bay Bridge.

  • Visited February 2013
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