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“Great Place, Great Service”

Sam's Chowder House
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, 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.
Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Needed a kid friendly place to take our kids on the last day of our trip. This place hit the spot. Emily, our waitress, was awesome. Lobster roll was full of meat. Least expensive glass of wine was $8 or $9. Which I guess is par in Northern California. Great experience. Great way to close out. Don't think twice.

Thank Matt N
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We arrive late almost 9:30pm and restaurant close at 9:30 pm but the bar was open so they let us in to eat something. But the kitchen was closing so we ordered clam chowder which was pretty good. The price was $27 +tip which was not too bad.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were very disappointed with our visit to Sam's Chowder House. It was recommended by our hotel and had many good reviews. They were definitely having a bad day as only 1 restroom was working and there was a line 20-30 minutes long to use it. We sat on the enclosed porch where one of the staff was rearranging tables most of the time we were there, dragging the metal legs across a concrete floor making terrible noise. At one point one of the waitresses picked up a table to move it, so I'm not sure why the guy couldn't do that. Service was a little slow but our waiter was personable and apologized. Good food could have made up for it, but the calamari was not very good, nor were our meals, only 1 of the 4 of us liked the meal they received.

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Reviewed August 4, 2014

We have stopped at Sam's Chowder House several times in the past and have always had problems parking because it is so crowded. This time we decided to be there by 1130 and it was STILL packed. This is a very popular place. It was a beautiful warm day and the fog was dissipating so we sat outside on the terrace. The clam chowder was thick and rich; the lobster roll was delicious as was everything else. Ask for a glass of chilled white wine and spend a few hours enjoying your food and the view over Princeton by the Sea.

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Thank Shutterbugdi
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

As the name says, this is Sam's Chowder House - and they do deliver good and tasty clam chowder. We enjoyed our lunch here.

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Thank mini
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