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Sam's Chowder House
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Ranked #10 of 102 Restaurants in Half Moon Bay
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, 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.
Reviewed August 18, 2014

This place was recommended by a local artist. What a great find! Had the lobster roll and clam chowder for lunch. Great food and as said many times by other reviewers, you can't beat the view. Music on the deck on weekends and dollar oysters on Tues I believe. Glad we made the stop!

Thank Anita B
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Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Hubbie & I went for wedding anniversary lunch with reservation. Seating was fast, sea view of half moon bay was great. Food was way below expectation with a high price tag. Bread was cold, shrimp was over-cooked, chowder was watery not creamy. You basically eat the view & atmosphere. I won't come here the second time.

1  Thank Lois C
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Reviewed August 16, 2014

You can't beat the location, perched over the beach and the restaurant maximizes the view with lots of open seating around the exterior of the building. It's a great place to people watch while you sip. The food is just average with a big menu ranging from onion rings to steaks. Sam's Clam Chowder, however, is indeed delicious without using flour to thicken the soup.

1  Thank HoffersHawaii
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Reviewed August 15, 2014

We had a very nice table with an excellent view. They menu extolled the virtues of a heavenly lobster roll that only delivered a purgatory experience. The lobster was fresh and plentiful but the sandwich was let down by a roll that seemed somewhat day old. Service was above average and the appetizers were great, just the main event was a bit of a dud.

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Thank Blaine C
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Reviewed August 15, 2014

Stopped here for lunch- and parking was packed! Waited for outside table & had drink. Nice selection.
Ate out on deck . Clam chowder was excellent- light broth, lots of clams & good flavor.
We both ordered lobster roll, and although good, it did not measure up to East Coast ones we had last fall. The do not use mayo - but lobster back East seemed sweeter. These were good , but for price ($22.) I would order something else next time)
The ambiance is nice & place is big, so don't let full parking lot full you.
Def would stop on a cool fall or winter day fro clam chowder!

Thank Kerryloves2travel
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