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Sam's Chowder House

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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
+1 650-712-0245
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 09:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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El Dorado Hills, California
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very nice dinner -- great place to have Fresh fish. I had a wonderful shrimp dish and my husband had clams -- Wine list is very good too.

Thank karenarain
El Dorado Hills, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent seafood, fresh of the boat!! I had shrimp, clams and muscle risotto that was fantastic. Large menu and why not just order anything fresh from the sea? Excellent food.

Thank l0urain
Easton, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Love this restaurant and its location on the coast with incredible views... Great food, great ambiance, excellent service...

Thank Shira916
Beverly Hills, Michigan
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200 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a rocky start, waiting outside in the cold until they opened the doors at 11AM, even though everyone inside was ready & waiting. Once inside though, our party enjoyed the chowder, lobster rolls, seaweed salad and key lime pie. It's a bit too sunny at the window, but we figured out that the shades can be adjusted, which... More 

Thank Gerri B
San Lorenzo, California
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and grandson and myself had an absolutely delicious lunch today. Had the lobster roll, the seafood spaghetti, seafood combination, a platter of calamari and Clam chowder. These guys really do it right. Only problem is we ate entirely too much. Service was great, Alexa was our server and if they are all like her you will always have... More 

Thank Steve W
Petaluma, California
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159 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We made a special trip from the North Bay to Half Moon Bay just to have dinner at Sam's Chowder House. They have the best Clam Chowder we've ever had. We had reservations - a definite must on a Saturday night - for 4:30 and arrived a few minutes early. Our table was ready next to a window as we... More 

Thank Sandy G
Omaha, Nebraska
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78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After travelling in California for 2 weeks our dinner at Sam's Chowder House remains possibly the best experience we had. Lobster rolls that were absolutely amazing, no wonder they had been named one of 5 best sandwiches in the US by NBC. Service was great and so was the mai tai. And the patio? Protected from wind, equipped with heaters,... More 

1 Thank RobN385
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous view, right on the beach. We had a table on the patio, which added to our dining experience. It was Christmas Eve for lunch and they were very busy. Service was a little slow, but we watched the ocean while we waited. We all three had clam chowder, it was excellent. Only thing I didn't like was there were... More 

Thank Mjohn27883
Brookline, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Next to our hotel so we went over. Very large and big fried, sea food type of place. Good service, but not memorable.

Thank Doodledum1
San Jose, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sam's is always busy but if you chose the time you go it might be less so. The food is marvelous, the serve staff are helpful and timely and the views out the windows are pretty good too. There is outdoor seating and gas heaters if you want them. It's our favorite place for seafood.

Thank Lovers56

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 09:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-712-0245
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 ALIST. 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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Antioch, United States
South Lake Tahoe, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?