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“Very Good”

Sam's Chowder House
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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 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.
Sacramento, California
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very Good”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Had salmon grilled..awesome, and then in broth with asparagus, artichoke hearts and white beans...odd combo, but pretty good. The prices are not cheap by any means..if you eat as a party of 2 and drink anything or even order a side salad, you are looking at $100...be prepared. We would go back, but it is by no means cheap.

Visited May 2014
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San Mateo, California
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Love Sam's”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Great place for a delicious meal and a wonderful view. Eat the fried polenta! And the lobster roll is absolutely the best. Music on the weekends.

Visited May 2014
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Piping hot seafood, charming seaside fish place”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We ordered the fried shrimp and also the Cioppino. Both arrived, piping hot. The shrimp were tender and not overcooked. My husbands Cioppino was spicy and loaded with seafood. We made reservations for an early dinner, figuring there wouldn't be many people there. The place was crowded....I'm glad we called ahead for reservations. If you like the casual "seafood shack" sort of restaurant, this one fits the bill.

  • Visited May 2014
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Regina, Canada
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145 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Beautifully delicious ”
Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Took a drive while visiting San Francisco and stopped for lunch. The scenery was gorgeous and the food was fantastic. Loved the famous lobster roll.

Service was just as good as the food. Really enjoyed this place.

It is a casual dining establishment which suited us fine.

Thank Clintski
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Fort Myers, Florida
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296 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

The view here is awesome. Outside heaters and the sound of the ocean. Food was great. Had oysters on the half shell. They were awesome. We tried the lobster roll and it was great. The service was great. Food is priced reasonably. Would highly suggest.

Thank Ken S
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