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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: Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Sunnyvale, California
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful view...”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

You can't beat the view and we will be back simply because they allow dogs. Unfortunately, service was...medicore and, for the prices, we hoped for better. There were four dogs on the patio when we were there...all extremely well behaved. Love the gift shop!!!

Only other thing I don't get...why all the fuss with the clam chowder. It is decent but does not even make my top 10. With that said, the rest of the meal was exceptional!!!

Visited July 2013
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Chowchilla, California
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154 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

We were seated at our reservation time by a window-beautiful view of the ocean. Food was great, service was also great.

  • Visited July 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Small portion.”
Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

Asked server to help me select a large portion item from the menu, he recommended a mix seafood plate $28, it was disappointingly small, other 3 guest with me also find it small portion but satisfying.
Nice place, to bad that San Francisco are cloudy on most of the day or at lest when I'm here, not much to see, parking jam packed. Overal this could be a rocking awesome place if they change up the menu for more everyday food instead of the high life 2 peas 1 carot art style overpriced restaurant.

  • Visited July 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great seafood great view”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

The lobster roll is excellent. You pay for what you get . The prices are not for the Mickey D or Burger King crowd, the food and service are out of this world. The only negatives were the weather, cool and rainy and noise at other tables. Table next to ours had a party of four guys that tried to out laugh each other and talked loudly. Great selection of draft beer and mixed drinks.

  • Visited June 2013
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Livermore, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Great food”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Get there early as they are always busy on the weekends. Still worth the wait. Good food and great views

Visited July 2013
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