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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Fresh delicious seafood
1. Fresh delicious seafood
"An excellent place to eat fresh fish "
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2. Outdoor, oceanfront dining
2. Outdoor, oceanfront dining
"great sea food, incredible weather, ocean view"
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3. Best Lobster Rolls!
3. Best Lobster Rolls!
"Lobster rolls that were absolutely amazing"
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About
Sam's Chowder House serves New England style seafood overlooking the Pacific ocean. We are open daily for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Outdoor dining is on a first come, first-served basis, weather permitting. Enjoy our fresh catch of the day, award-winning lobster rolls, fresh Maine lobster, fried calamari, fish and chips, delicious chowders, shrimp scampi, farm fresh salads, ahi tuna poke, and other seafood specialties. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are also available, as well as a kids menu for 12 and under. Thank you for choosing Sam's Chowder House - we appreciate it! Stay safe, and healthy.
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups
FEATURES
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed today via mobile

Great food, service and location. Nice access to beach area and walkway. Pro tip - go early for Monday lunch - not crowded!!!)

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed April 29, 2021 via mobile

This place keeps quality high and the food never seems to get tired. I had my favorites, poke and the lobster roll. Service was really excellent. And then of course the ocean views!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first stop to eat in Half Moon Bay and I wasn't disappointed. FANTASTIC . I've been to two places since I've arrived and both were great. I had the new England clam chowder here. VERY GOOD. I will be back to try their blue...crab sandwich and oysters. Half Moon Bay is beautiful. This is water side and has a beautiful view. Great service as well.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best Chile shrimp I have ever tasted. The menu is a bit miss leadings as the dish suggests prawns but instead they serve shrimp. Being from Australia I know the difference but all in all they outstanding . The lobster roll had large chunks of...cold water lobster, wonderfully delish. I recommend having then not dressed just plane with butter. View outstanding and the service magnificent. On their web sight it says they are full and we took a chance and found no problem being seated inside or out. The restaurant should check the sight!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 24, 2022

We arrived at 11:00 on a Sunday, parking lot was already full, line of people waiting. The line moved quickly, we got a seat out on the heated patio. The food here is excellent. The views are beautiful. Everyone that works here is awesome. I...highly recommend this place!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 21, 2022

There is a reason that the lot is always full here. Excellent seafood dishes - even the lobster roll was tasty. Service is fabulous and the views are spectacular - all told, a great experience.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 20, 2022 via mobile

Cold, miserable day outside due to a storm south of this area, but amazing and comfortable ambiance inside. The staff was friendly and very efficient. They took your order and then helped each other get them out so no one was ever waiting too long....Plenty of places to sit inside and even more outside during better weather. Ordered an appetizer (salmon with bread and cucumbers) that I highly recommend. Was a great flavor palette. Then had some chowder (had to at this place, right) and enjoyed that too. Topped it off with some fresh made dessert (pastry chef knows what they are doing for sure). Overall, for what we ate and what we paid, I'd say it was a good value. This is, by no means, cheap eats, but for the view and the quality, I'd say it's a nice place to stop and dine if you're touring the coast.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 5, 2022 via mobile

We have been to this restaurant many times and are never disappointed. You won’t get a better view of the ocean any where else and the seafood is yummy. I highly recommend the Fish and Chips. Their french fries have a delicious seasoning and they...will grill the fish to make the dish more healthy. They have several rooms and outdoor seating. Every table has a view. On weekends they often have live music. The parking lot can get full but you can also park on highway one.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 22, 2022

Meeting a friend that also suggested arriving early to wait in line before they opened, good idea since it gets very busy, very quickly even on a Weds. We were seated outside with a nice view of the bay. Our service was excellent and the...food arrived in a timely manner. Both the Naked and Dressed lobster rolls were delicious as was the beet salad. A small bowl of chowder and shrimp cocktail statted the meal and were delicious as well.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022

Our hotel was right next door, so we decided to have dinner here. The food was okay, but service was great. This place also has nice views of the ocean. Its a spacious restaurant inside and outside.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022

I think it speaks volumes that so many people were waiting to be seated as the restaurant opened.... We thought we were lucky to get in though the restaurant can handle at least 3 maybe 4 times that number. Paco was our waiter and he...was excellent - would highly recommend him. I had a lobster roll, potatoes chips and coleslaw. Mouthwatering good. Even the slaw and potato chips were best in class. My partner had a small clam chowder (not's not very small) followed by the fish sandwich. The chowder was very good and he was pretty full by the time he got to the sandwich, which he felt was tasty - but he stops when he is full......More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 29, 2022

It’s been years since we’ve been to Sam’s so since we were staying in Half Moon Bay for a couple of nights we decided to eat dinner there. We got there early on a weeknight and were fortunate that the restaurant wasn’t crowded and didn’t...have to wait for a table. Sat at a table inside with a beautiful view of the ocean. Our Waitress took our drink orders and when she returned with them took our food orders. Started out with a large bowl of New England Clam Chowder Soup which was very tasty. Probably should have gotten a smaller bowl because the large bowl filled me up. For the main I had the Shrimp Linguine which was very good. Plenty of shrimp in it with a white wine sauce that added great flavor to the linguine. Portion was a good size and between the large bowl of soup and the main meal I was stuffed when I walked out of there. If your in the area I wouldn’t hesitate to go to Sam’s, great food, service and views, but keep in mind it can get very crowded and you may have to wait. Try it!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 21, 2022

Seated quickly on the patio although there was a long line at 11:30 am. Fish and chips were meh. We get better in Maine. Had an issue with the entrée; but, dish was re-fired and Sam's comped us the dish. Local artichokes were great.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 19, 2022 via mobile

Stunning view. Food really excellent. Wait staff a cut above most of the competition. I was looked after by Peter. Friendly cheerful quick service even though it was a busy lunch time.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 14, 2022 via mobile

In our way towards San Francisco on route 1, we stopped at this seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean with a nice view, specious place, indoor & outdoor seating. Delicious seafood to a certain extent, well presented, fair portion, the service staff were so nice and...helpful. Low to mid prices but worth it. Definitely recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Hi Jenny The restaurant your dad remembers is in downtown SF and still has the private booths. It also had an upstairs for even more "privacy." I think that's not true anymore. Sam's Chowder House is down the coast and is... More
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Yes, Sam's Chowder House offers takeout services.

Yes, Sam's Chowder House is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Sam's Chowder House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5