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Sam's Chowder House
Today 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
4210 Cabrillo Highway NorthUSCaliforniaHalf Moon Bay94019
$$Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Today 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 9:30 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 9:30 pmSunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Beautiful, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, amazing sunsets, firepits, fresh, New England style seafood, dog-friendly patio. Featured on NBC’s The Today Show and voted “Best Outdoor Dining”
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Classic seafood house known for clam chowder, lobster rolls & patio dining overlooking the Pacific.- Google
"Combine a sunset with a bowl of clam chowder and you have an excellent evening."
"Delishes lobster roll and fish and chips."
Featured by Zagat
Best Outdoor Dining South of SF
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Kate Nilsen
2 months ago
A must-stop place on your way down the coast. A wonderful, lively atmosphere, friendly staff and amazing food! Our best meal in the Bay Area. The portion sizes here are no joke, so you'll probably over order but then stuff yourself and be happy you did! The chowder was very good (not too thick, good amount of pepper, chunky seafood) and we also got the sampler appetizer (which was a great variety of fish and seafood). Lastly, we split a lobster roll, well because who can pass up one of the "Top 5 in America"? It also doesn't disappoint! It is packed FULL of lobster and is on a soft buttery roll. You can't go wrong! We also tried the Bloody Mary, and being from New Orleans, I know about Bloody Marys. It was also pretty good - they add a small "garden" as we call it. Definitely an experience and a good meal! Stop in!
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Jeni Jordan
a month ago
Poor service at the bar, it was not busy, but staff was inattentive. I had to ask for cleanup of a former customer as well as silverware, napkin, etc. Wait and bar staff were cussing excessively in Spanish. Will go to the Half Moon Bay location in future.
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Daniel Boles
a month ago
Great, fast and tastey with good portions!
patrick mallon
8 months ago
My wife and me celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary in half moon bay we stayed on a lovely boat and walked to sams for dinner we started with a dozen oysters which tasted great we had just started the oysters when the clam chowder arrived much to quick we then started the soup and the main dish arrived before we even got the bibs, the main dish was one lobster one piece of corn cut in half about one dozen mussels and clams some coleslaw and potatoes all the food on the plate varied from luke warm to cold the server actually apologized when setting it on the table for the presentation the supposed hot butter was spilled it was the worst meal I have had for our anniversary in 26 years the meal and one bottle of wine cost $200 with tip extremely overpriced PS the water was running out of the lobster terrible any one that thinks this is a good restaurant must have grew up on cornflakes
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Joseph Glasper
a month ago
By joseph and darnice glasper, we ate there on 6/14/15. the service was excellent. We ate at the bar while having friendly convo with the bartender and the other patrons.
Erin Frederiksen
4 months ago
Okay chowder, lobster roll was served to us in a toasted bun that had sat for awhile. Very loud inside. Fun outside area to sit. Runners bring out food so don't wait for your waitress ask the other staff members.
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Cres Cole
3 weeks ago
Excellent. Great food, outstanding scenery and very nice wait people!
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9 months ago
+ The view is the only reason to come here, - touristy, - awful service, - overpriced I wished I had gone elsewhere as I usually do when I am in Half Moon Bay. The view from the patio is beautiful but this is the only reason to come here. Guests have the choice between sun chairs, an elevated bar, and tables. We waited 30 minutes for the waitress who actually sent us to the bar to get drinks since we didn’t want to order lunch… I had the impression that she only showed up because I picked up the overpriced menus myself. The bartenders weren’t much friendlier either and we decided to leave after finishing our café latte that was served with sugar but without a spoon! Besides, the place was packed with tourists. This said: try out other restaurants and bars around. And stay away from Sam’s Chowderhouse. Instead I recommend Back Dancing on Mirada Road, HMB Brewing Co. and Barbara’s Fish Trap on Capistrano Road or Moss Beach Distillery on Beach Way/Moss Beach.
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