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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
Wednesday 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 PMMonday 11:30 AM – 9:00 PMTuesday 11:30 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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Helen Shin
in the last week
Seriously did not get the hype for this place. Came here on a Friday night and saw the scene of a full parking lot. I thought that this place must be great with all the customers but I was wrong. I ordered food to go and everything tastes flavorless and disappointing. The lobster meat in the lobster roll was dry, the roll was dry and not buttery at all. The baby back ribs has no flavor regardless of the look of it being drenched with BBQ sauce. Clam chowder was only okay and the seafood paella seemed a little too moist. Good thing I tipped the girl $5 to pack my food so she gave me about 20 packets of ketchup for no reason and a lot of utensil sets.
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Eugene C
in the last week
Get a seat outside with a great view of the dock and ocean. Great place for groups. Good food but it's the view that makes this place nice.
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Chase Cozzens
3 months ago
Our whole family loved it. My father in law hates calamari but he liked it for the first time ever at Sams. The waitress was patient with us, the food was high quality, the prices were good for the amount of food, amd the view/location unforgettable.
Joseph Glasper
5 months 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.
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Cindy Hain
a week ago
I've only been here one time but I will probably go again. It was pretty crowded and we had to wait about 20 minutes, but it was during the pumpkin festival and I heard that's the busiest day of the year. We had a dog with us so we sat on the back patio with a lovely view of the ocean and the marina. I really enjoyed the clam chowder and everyone in our party had favorable things to say about their meals. I wasn't a big fan of the lobster roll as others are. Mine was pretty dry and not worth the price. My husband was very happy with the fish and chips and my son loved the cioppino. The portions are huge. Prices are a bit high but not more than you would expect for seafood next to the ocean.
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Natalie Shellhouse
3 months ago
We had a fabulous dinner at Sam's thoroughly enjoying the cioppino and seafood risotto, both were outstanding! The ambiance is lovely but the highlight of our evening was our incredible server, Tima! She made the experience for us, what a lady!
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Kate Nilsen
6 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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Barrett Brown
3 weeks ago
Amazing ! A must stop , food was delicious and what a view !! Kid friendly was a big plus 😀