Sam's Chowder House

Seafood Restaurant
4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Hours:
Closed until 11:30am (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–9:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–9:30 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.9/10

Based on 714 votes

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  • "The lobster rolls and key lime pie are amazing, but the bet part about Sam's..." (2 tips)
  • "... the West Coast. The NE Clam Chowder was great, too. Not too creamy." (12 tips)
  • "... and so is the New England chowder!" (2 tips)
  • Danielle S.

    The lobster roll is a must have. Sooooo much lobster.

    Danielle S. · January 3, 2010
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  • Foodspotting

    Try the Lobster Roll (Sandwich) and spot it on Foodspotting!

    Foodspotting · November 17, 2010
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  • ScottySauce

    Take my advice and get the lobster roll and key lime pie and you will thank me!

    ScottySauce · August 17, 2011
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  • Alex S.

    Best lobster roll on the west coast --from a masshole Read more

    Alex S. · June 13, 2011
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  • Holger L.

    Maybe the best lobster roll I have had on the West Coast. The NE Clam Chowder was great, too. Not too creamy.

    Holger L. · December 3, 2012
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  • Delyn S.

    Spicy bloody mary + oysters on the half shell.

    Delyn S. · October 9, 2011
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  • Stefanie W.

    Have the chowder. Must.

    Stefanie W. · March 12, 2011
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  • Joann A.

    Hoegarden on tap !!! Awesome ;-)

    Joann A. · May 4, 2013
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  • Oren R.

    Outside table!!!

    Oren R. · March 25, 2013
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  • Mike

    Don't fall down the steps after drinking too much like my girlfriend did lol

    Mike · July 31, 2011
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  • Sarah K.

    Get extra drawn butter for your lobster roll.

    Sarah K. · July 9, 2011
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  • Darrell W.

    Try the lobster meat crepe with sea salt and raw honey. It's divine.

    Darrell W. · April 14, 2013
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  • Ken S.

    Beautiful view!

    Ken S. · February 15, 2013
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  • Abbey K.

    New Englad clam chowder done right. The lobster roll is decadent, but worth a try. Read more

    Abbey K. · August 16, 2011
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  • Mike

    2 words, Chow Dah!

    Mike · July 12, 2011
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  • ginny h.

    Lobster roll is overrated. Lukes lobster roll in NY is better. This one is a bit over hyped. Good clam chowder tho!

    ginny h. · January 6, 2011
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  • jeff l.

    Be sure to try the crab sandwich and fresh chowder!! Excellent on a warm sunny day.

    jeff l. · November 20, 2010
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  • Cindy M.

    Grab a drink from the bar and hit the north patio. There you will find lounge chairs and fire pits. No service - but the best spot in the joint for sure

    Cindy M. · November 11, 2010
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  • Agnes T.

    Chowder out of this world

    Agnes T. · February 14
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  • Don J.

    The lobster roll is incredible and so is the New England chowder!

    Don J. · November 27, 2013
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  • Trevor C.

    Bowl of chowder is enormous, a meal really

    Trevor C. · November 13, 2013
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  • Carrie L.

    I highly recommend their steamed manilla clams and seafood risotto. Not to mention, there is a gorgeous view and heated outdoor seating!

    Carrie L. · January 25, 2013
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  • reece p.

    solid lobster roll with lots of claw meat and def "New England style," but just not quite as good. epic view though.

    reece p. · November 14, 2012
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  • Drew

    Awesome scallops and crab stuffed bacon wrapped prawns!

    Drew · May 22, 2012
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  • Christine B.

    Try the lobster roll!

    Christine B. · May 19, 2012
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  • Margot B.

    A side of artichokes + oyster stew with a view is the perfect afternoon.

    Margot B. · April 3, 2012
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  • Emily T.

    The lobster rolls and key lime pie are amazing, but the bet part about Sam's is the live music and patio view!

    Emily T. · December 3, 2011
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  • Jessica E.

    Nothing is better than relaxing by the fire pit with a bowl of manhattan clam chowder!

    Jessica E. · September 10, 2011
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  • Lance S.

    Fire pits - it's where it's at. Don't bother with sitting inside

    Lance S. · August 1, 2011
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  • James A.

    Skip the lobster roll and try the smoked salmon niçoise salad instead. You will not be disappointed.

    James A. · June 19, 2011
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  • Kristine A.

    Get the lobster roll and come on Sunday for the live music.

    Kristine A. · June 12, 2011
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  • Darcey F.

    Ahi Poke is a MUST! As well as the clams........so so good!!!!!!!!!!

    Darcey F. · May 30, 2011
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  • Jeffrey C.

    Burger was made to order and deliscious

    Jeffrey C. · January 23, 2011
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  • Maggie G.

    The lobster roll is chock full of amazing lobster. The cup of delicious clam chowder is the size of a bowl. The bowl is the size of a small mixing bowl! Definitely eat here!

    Maggie G. · January 6, 2011
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  • frances g.

    Get the Lobster Roll and a Cadillac Margarita!

    frances g. · April 1, 2010
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  • Laura M.

    Get the crab cocktail. Yum

    Laura M. · January 10, 2010
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  • Joycott

    Did you know Sam's recycles 300 gallons of oil a week? Read more

    Joycott · 1 week ago
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  • Heron R.

    East the lobster sandwich with extra butter. It's worth it!

    Heron R. · March 17
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  • Autumn T.

    Must order: lobster sandwich and clam chowder. For weekend visits, make reservations and ask for a table by the window. It gets crowded.

    Autumn T. · March 16
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  • Ed L.

    Yes, have the lobster roll.

    Ed L. · January 18
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  • Joe V.

    Fried oysters

    Joe V. · January 12
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  • Vadim Z.

    In huge menu no vegetarian dishes besides veggie Burger and couple of salads!

    Vadim Z. · December 15, 2013
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  • Jim P.

    I'm not sure what all the excitement is about over the lobster roll.

    Jim P. · December 13, 2013
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  • Pitawan T.

    Sit outside where they have heaters, perfect place to watch the sun goes down in half moon bay

    Pitawan T. · December 8, 2013
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  • brett f.

    Bar table tops were open after we were told 30-45 minute wait. We asked for the bar table and sat in 5 minutes

    brett f. · November 10, 2013
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  • Crystal S.

    Table near window has an amazing view

    Crystal S. · October 15, 2013
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  • Lina Y.

    IMHO, blue crab s'wich is better than their lobster roll

    Lina Y. · October 13, 2013
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  • Indra S.

    1 hour wait for lunch on a Sunday at 2:15 pm. Wow.

    Indra S. · October 6, 2013
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  • Andrew M.

    Great swordfish with green beans, tomato & broccoli. Sit outside for ocean views.

    Andrew M. · September 29, 2013
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  • Ishka B.

    Cup and bowl ( of chowder) mean a whole different thing here. See photos of my empties

    Ishka B. · September 18, 2013
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