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“what a roll it is”

Sam's Chowder House
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
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96 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“what a roll it is”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

We stopped at several places in the area looking for some seafood and a chance to watch MNF game. The atmosphere and service were spot on. My spouse ordered a whole lobster, I got the lobster roll which was fantastic and without any of the work she had to put into her entree. Too chilly for the deck the evening we were there. Would stop again if ever in the area.

  • Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lobster Roll! Lobster Roll!”
Reviewed November 20, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Must get the lobster roll. Sit outside and enjoy the view. Worth the wait for outside. At times there is evening music; check the website.

Visited November 2013
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Summit, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Happy Hour”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

Went just for a drink on the deck. service was fantastic--it was a little chilly and we sat at a fire pit located on the deck overlooking the ocean-was very romantic and we sipped wine and had appetizers

Visited September 2013
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722 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
“Worth going out of your way for.”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We just happened upon Sam's going down the coast because of a ton of cars at 2:30 in the afternoon. We've travelled both coasts of the USA and had Clam chowder from Maine to Florida and down the Pacific coast as well. Their Clam Chowder was the best. Oysters Rockafeller ( or something of a similar name) were outstanding. Restaurant has received numerous awards and is right on the Ocean. You can't go wrong with a stop at Sam's. It sounds like everything on the menu is just as good.

  • Visited October 2013
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Atwater, CA
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Sam's Chowder House is Great...!”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

We called for reservations, but we were told to come and the wait would be 20 to 30 minutes. We arrived, (so busy that we had to park along the highway), put in our name, and we were called to our table in about 15 minutes.

Our server, Matt, told us about the menu offerings and we settled on the Lobster Roll. We also each had a cup (8 ounces!) of the best clam chowder we have ever eaten.

The Lobster Roll is touted as one of the Best 5 Sandwiches in the US and we both agree. It is excellent.

When we travel, we like to try new places, but we may just have to go back to Sam's Chowder House on our next trip to Half Moon Bay!

Visited October 2013
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