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Sam's Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 · Half Moon Bay
(650) 712-0245 · $$$$$ · Seafood
Rating: 3.5 out of 5"2639 Yelp reviews ·


  • Mon - Thu11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Sat11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Sun11:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Voted "BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT" and "BEST WATERFRONT DINING" by the Bay Area A-list, Sam's Chowder House is a casual and authentic seafood restaurant reminiscent of a New England style seafood house. The menu features fresh, seasonal ingredients and signature menu items such as clam chowder, lobster spaghetti, Sam's award-winning lobster Moreroll, the fresh catch of the day, fish and chips, live Maine lobster, fresh local crab (when in season), fried calamari, as well as other seafood specialties. The restaurant features live music on weekends, and many specials, such as dollar oyster night, Happy Hour, and more (see the website for details). Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, as well as a children's menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

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Casual · Family Friendly · Credit: Discover, MasterCard, Visa



Latest reviews

  • Rating: 3.0 out of 5"Jun 23, 2016 11:54 AM · by Emma Y. from YelpOyster here is really fresh and good quality. Other food is decent, such as the lobster roll, chowder, salad, salmon burger, however, the price is a bit too high now compared to before. Go when it's not cloudy so that you can enjoy the sunset. Or else it seemed a bit of waste to pay a premium to eat there while there is no view to enjoy.Full review
  • Rating: 3.0 out of 5"Jun 22, 2016 09:36 PM · by Foodie B. from YelpI shared the seafood pasta, shrimp linguine, clam chowder, and lobster roll at this restaurant for lunch and I thought they were all good; however, for roughly $25 a plate for lunch ($11 for clam chowder which was a decent price), they weren't really special enough for me to have again at that price point. It …Full review
  • Rating: 3.0 out of 5"Jun 22, 2016 05:05 PM · by Athena C. from YelpYeah, I don't think Sam's Chowder House qualifies for 4 stars, but they're also not bad. But to be honest, you probably don't come to Sam's for their food - it's the view that gets you. They also have some firepits in the back that you can really enjoy the nice scenery and quiet time by a warm fire, which is …Full review
  • Rating: 1.0 out of 5"Jun 22, 2016 11:54 AM · by Becca I. from YelpI sat in almost 5 hours of traffic and the only thing that kept me sane was the thought of getting to try the lobster roll soon....or eventually. The wait was 45 minutes on arrival.. Busy weekend so understandable. The time came and I ordered the lobster roll that comes with coleslaw and chips. What came …Full review
  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"Jun 21, 2016 05:28 PM · by Mandy P. from YelpWanted to eat here for some time. Always a line out the door. We decided to give it a try. They actually got us seated pretty quickly and a window seat without asking! Great views from all the restaurant. Our server was Ignacio, great service, great smile, very pleasant. The food was delicious. Will definitely be back!!Full review