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Sam's Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
+1 650-712-0245
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lobster roll” (390 reviews)
“chowder” (287 reviews)
“seafood” (184 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5221
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Prices are reasonable for the food that you order and portions are larger than I expected for seafood. This place wasn't stingy with the seafood. We ordered the New England clam chowder, shrimp scampi linguine, lobster roll and fresh catch salmon dish. I thought the...More

Thank kanicon
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 26 May 2017

If you like crab, clams, oysters and beer then this is the place for you Great service and selection of oysters. Dining room overlooks the water. If you can't get a reservation show up before 5 PM and take your time at the table. Staff...More

Thank Edward B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Can't beat the view. The food can be beaten. We ate here on a Tuesday, right when they opened. My husband and I both ordered the lobster roll. Our lobster was very rubbery and dry. I had to squeeze my lemon from my ice tea...More

Thank MarleyMia
Reviewed 3 days ago

Love Half Moon bay area. After a hike we stopped in for appetizers and a drink. Loved it!! Will return.

Thank gailsapple7
Reviewed 5 days ago

No flavor in the Ceviche or the chowder. We have eaten both all over the world and this was absolutely the worst!! Tuna poke was amazingly without flavor, but the bread and service were good.

Thank reidlr5050
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Location is great but food just ok. Reputation is bigger than the quality from the food It's more about the money than consumer experience

Thank john j
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Outstanding blue crab sandwich. Then the waitress talked me into a piece of key lime pie. It was awesome. Kind of touristy, but worth the visit.

Thank Mdswats
Reviewed 5 days ago

We loved eating lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Sam's Chowder House. We all ate delicious clam chowder, fish and chips and great salads. Fish and chips had four huge pieces of fish with fries and coleslaw. For $2.00 charge we shared and got extra...More

Thank TinaBoynton
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sam's Chowder House offers you a good view outside. it might be a bit cold, but outside was better than inside. Food was good.

Thank 8Oiseaux
Reviewed 1 week ago

On 2 recent occasions within the past month we found all dishes disappointing: excessively salty Shrimp Linguini and Seafood Paella; and their signature dish, Lobster Roll, to be dry, tough, and a dry roll. We went back the second time thinking we may have visited...More

Thank Lorene L
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Rhonda J
1 July 2017|
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Response from mikexyz22 | Reviewed this property |
We saw dogs on the patio
Wayne H
11 March 2016|
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Response from Sharon B | Reviewed this property |
I agree, they can, but contact them directly, have fun!
28 December 2015|
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Response from hungryMarinCounty_CA | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. One of the few things about this establishment that I won't rip on. But don't have the "Sam's Special Bloody Mary" because it tastes like they leaned over the deck and pulled up a bucket of "under the pier... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 15 - USD 30
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, View
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
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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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