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Sam's Chowder House
Seafood Restaurant$$
Today 11AM–9PM
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4210 Cabrillo Hwy N Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
4210 Cabrillo Highway NorthUSCaliforniaHalf Moon Bay94019
(650) 712-0245samschowderhouse.com
$$Seafood Restaurant, Bar
Seafood Restaurant
Bar
Fish & Chips Restaurant
Lobster Restaurant
Today 11AM–9PM
Sunday 11AM–9PMMonday 11:30AM–9PMTuesday 11:30AM–9PMWednesday 11:30AM–9PMThursday 11:30AM–9PMFriday 11:30AM–9:30PMSaturday 11AM–9:30PM
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Classic seafood house known for clam chowder, lobster rolls & patio dining overlooking the Pacific.- Google
"Great service, Minimal wait time, and electrifying atmosphere with live music."
"Last night I ordered the Lobster Louis, and I would rate it a 1 star salad."
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Anthony W
a week ago
Ordered the lobster roll & clam chowder. Lobster roll was delicious, albeit a little expensive at $26 in my opinion. The sides that came with the lobster roll were mediocre (see picture). On a nice day, sit on the patio outside and enjoy the cool sea breeze and the nice view. There are also wooden beach chairs on a patch of sand--perfect for enjoying those Happy Hour deals.
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Morgan Davis
a week ago
This place has good service and a great view but the food is nothing special. The chowder was very disappointing. They only had two options for chowder. I got the New England chowder and it was overloaded with leafy herbs and stems and was not thick at all. This cod fish I got was extremely bland and had no flavor at all. I tried to get the one dollar tuesday oyster deal, but they refused because it wasnt 4:00 yet. For a "chowder house" you do better with a $2 can of campbells clam chowder.
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Scott Dougall
2 weeks ago
Was really looking forward to having the 'famous' lobster roll. The chowder was pretty good, but the lobster roll was a huge disappointment. The meat didn't taste fresh, was overcooked and I wasn't 100℅ certain that it was all from a lobster.... Expensive and a long wait. We're likely to look around some more next time we are spending the day in Half Moon Bay.
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Lynnae Hicks
2 months ago
This restaurant met and exceeded our expectations. We had the New England clam chowder, the prosciutto and peach frisse salad, and shrimp scampi linguine. Everything we had was amazing! Beautiful view and outside dining if you desire.
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Ryan Clark
a month ago
Super popular spot, so the lines are to be expected. This place needs like 5x more bathrooms. We went early on Sunday to beat the crowds and the restrooms were still packed. Weird. The chowder was good. Portions are huge. The bread came out cold. Pretty meh for a place with hour+ waits on Saturdays.
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Conrad Paz
a month ago
Yes it's touristy, and yes they charge touristy prices....but the food is still pretty good! Can't go wrong with the lobster roll or clam chowder. Cozy place with the nautical theme going. Great view of the Pacific. Friendly staff. Parking lot is small, so just grab a spot on Highway 1 and walk it. Super busy....either opt for an early or late lunch to avoid the crush of people.
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Chloe lo
in the last week
Nice view and hv live brand at afternoon. Food is on average. The soup hv sand. Don't expect more. The chowder is good but not other dishes
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Tiffany Stakem
2 months ago
Good, good crab. Incredible, multi-tier seating at outdoor deck overlooking the Pacific. And some of the best service I have ever experienced in the bay area. Always full and a little pricey, but worth it. Not worth it... the cheesecake. Skip the extra calories.

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