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“Chowder House Rules”

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, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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 May 16, 2013

A Sunday afternoon drive south to Half Moon Bay stimulated our appetites for fish and led us to Sam’s Chowder House, a first time for me. The parking lot was packed as was the restaurant but we had a brief wait before being seated.

Our waitress was a “California Girl” of a certain age and most accommodating. I opted for the fresh wild trout which was just perfect and beautifully seasoned. The sides were not the typical and held their own: risotto with lemon and peas and escarole with bacon. It was harmony all the way around.

My husband started with a cup of the clam chowder which is clearly homemade and not pasty or floury. Next he ordered the scampi with linguini and was not as happy as he felt it was under seasoned and sauced. He remedied that himself à table with additional garlic and olive oil. The shrimp were large and very fresh.We were pleasantly surprised by the polenta fries which were perfection – crisp and light on the outside yet moist on the inside. They are a must no matter what one orders.

Sam’s is serious about its deserts and while we were too full to order a baked desert we opted for their made on premises organic soft ice cream which lives up to its reputation. Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean capped a totally satisfying experience.

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Thank LDGM
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Stopped in for lunch on a busy Saturday and the wait wasn't as long as we anticipated. There were 3 of us we each had a cup of soup (2 chowders and 1 gumbo) and we split an order of the crab cakes and an order of fish and chips. Chowder was great, gumbo, not so great. Fish and chips were good, cole saw not so good. If you like onins, you will like the slaw.
Because there was a lot of onion in the slaw. The service was great. I would go back, just skip the slaw and crab cakes.

Thank Ann B
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

We decided to try this place, the reviews were good. We arrived, were seated immediately, and offered drinks. The special that the waiter recommended did not disappoint. The fish was fresh, and cooked to perfection. Even my husband, who is not a seafood fan, loved it. We brought the whole family back for my Birthday!

Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

I am growing tired of the $25.00 fish entree on california coastline restaurants. Even the fish & chips chewed hell out of a twenty dollar bill. So if you and the honey are looking for a tasty retreat for lunch, don't forget your credit card. For sure, if you order two drinks and two entrees you are going to chew hell out of a Benjamin Franklin for LUNCH! Food wise the chowders were good, the fried fish well prepared and the grilled spiced shrimp (too salty) went down easily enough. To my way of thinking, a fifty dollar plus meal should excite and tantalize; that won't happen here. Service is a plus--they will return for your requests, never fear. All in all I rate this restaurant average because of its boutique prices. Take 20 % off the listed prices and then I would say this is a good restaurant.

2  Thank hardnosed
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Always enjoy stopping in and eating here. Usually very packed, especially on weekend nights. Friday nights has music. Saturday afternoon long reservations. Discovered fastest way to enjoy their food is to order take out from the gift shop. Worked out well this visit.

Thank mtt6068
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