Sam's Chowder House

Sam's Chowder House

Seafood Restaurant
4210 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, United States
Open until 9:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–9:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–9:30 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–9:30 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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  • What you need to know
    Alex S.
    Best lobster roll on the west coast --from a masshole(52 Tips)
    Ishka B.
    Cup and bowl ( of chowder) mean a whole different thing here.(31 Tips)
    Vanessa E.
    Key lime pie is good - they use meringue instead of whipped cream.(10 Tips)
    Kelly M.
    Great atmosphere and view and the food is of course, incredible.(21 Tips)
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153 tips. Filter by taste:

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  • lobster rolls
  • scenic views
  • key lime pie
  • crab
  • live music
  • oysters
  • sandwiches
  • outdoor seating
  • bloody marys
  • fish
  • fire pits
  • good for dates
  • soft serve
  • gumbo
  • sunsets
  • wine
  • lively
  • family-friendly
  • veggie burgers
  • great value
  • Jared B.

    Sit outside and enjoy the view !

    Jared Briscoe · 1 day ago
  • Bsesem S.

    The seafood and dessert are very well done but if you want the best lobster, rolls or whole, go to The Nee England Lobster Company in Burlingame. They actually supply Sam's with their lobsters!!

    Bsesem Sesem · 1 week ago
  • Karla L.

    Seafood is good

    Karla Lopez · March 29
  • Danielle F.

    The food was pretty bad, service wasn't fantastic and everything was expensive. Bloody Mary's were decent? Worth getting a cocktail and sitting to admire the views. Other than that, it's all hype.

    Danielle F · March 14
  • David S.

    Try the delicious lobster sandwich.

    David S · March 2
  • Luica M.

    Fantastic ocean view and fresh, delicious seafood.

    Luica Mak · January 30
  • Bela P.

    Loved the chowder and the cioppino.

    Bela Pulgar · January 4
  • Abbey H.

    Overpriced, crap presentation, stale fries, and an hour wait. The only thing worth going for is the stunning view. Sam's can't deliver on the hype.

    Abbey Hastings · December 29, 2014
  • Baglan N.

    Ask for Oyster Stew. It is not on the menu. Lobster roll is delicious

    Baglan Nurhan · December 23, 2014
  • Fedya G.

    Lobster roll!

    Fedya G · November 17, 2014
  • David O.

    Local seafood, especially the Halibut.

    David Oliver · October 31, 2014
  • Tom A.

    Everything we had. As a group of east coast folks we found the New England clam chowder to be one of the best! Anchovy, sardines, fish all great. Our waitress was great

    Tom A · October 20, 2014
  • WEI W.

    Lobster roll worths the price!

    WEI WEI · September 24, 2014
  • Phoebe V.

    Lobster roll, NE clam chowder and spicy bloody mary

    Phoebe Venkat · September 22, 2014
  • George H.

    Lobster rolls are great.

    George Hayes · September 2, 2014
  • Michael E.

    Grab a beer and sit on the lounge chairs scattered along their cliff front.

    Michael E · August 31, 2014
  • Danny E.

    Lots of lobster on the lobster roll, much more then you'd get anywhere else

    Danny Englander · August 17, 2014
  • Cristina M.

    Fresh seafood. So good. This place is a must try if you're in the Halfmoon Bay Area.

    Cristina Millado · August 10, 2014
  • Brian A.

    Lobster roll is generous with the lobster. Key lime pie is great too. Awesome view and outdoor area with live music from time to time.

    Brian Abad · August 8, 2014
  • Kristial J.

    My husband loved the lobster roll and you can't beat the view!

    Kristial Johnston · August 7, 2014
  • Linda S.

    Lobster roll..

    Linda Sarkis · August 7, 2014
  • Beth R.

    Sit outside at sunset... It's just lovely!

    Beth Robertson · July 16, 2014
  • Matthew M.

    New England is way better than the Manhattan clam chowder

    Matthew Michihara · July 5, 2014
  • Kelly W.

    Lobster roll and New England clam chowder! The bowl is huge!

    Kelly Wong · July 5, 2014
  • Arthur L.

    Crab cakes were a little too greasy inside. Fries were a little dry but well seasoned. Nice view of the bay

    Arthur Lee · July 5, 2014
  • Arthur L.

    Crab cake tasted a little too greasy. Fries were a little dry but seasoning was pretty good. Nice view of the bay.

    Arthur Lee · July 5, 2014
  • Arthur L.

    Crab cake tasted a little too greasy. Fry were a little dry but seasoning was pretty good. Nice view of the bay.

    Arthur Lee · July 5, 2014
  • Arthur L.

    Crab cake tasted a little too greasy. Fry were a little dry but seasoning was pretty good. Nice view of the bay though s

    Arthur Lee · July 5, 2014
  • Nam N.

    Lobster Roll the best

    Nam Neon · June 23, 2014
  • Helen Y.

    Besides the great lobster roll, it has good view

    Helen Yang · June 9, 2014
  • Alyssa F.

    Best key lime pie ever!

    Alyssa Foote · May 28, 2014
  • Amir N.

    Every dish we ordered was in really poor quality. Including the The California king salmon and sword fish. Stay away.

    Amir Naor · May 26, 2014
  • Joycott

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

    Joycott · April 14, 2014
  • Heron R.

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

    Heron Ramos · March 17, 2014
  • 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 Truong · March 16, 2014
  • Agnes T.

    Chowder out of this world

    Agnes Telfer · February 14, 2014
  • Ed L.

    Yes, have the lobster roll.

    Ed Lea · January 18, 2014
  • Vadim Z.

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

    Vadim Zaliva · December 15, 2013
  • Jim P.

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

    Jim Phillips · December 13, 2013
  • Pitawan T.

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

    Pitawan Toom · December 8, 2013
  • Don J.

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

    Don J · November 27, 2013
  • Trevor C.

    Bowl of chowder is enormous, a meal really

    Trevor Cornwell · November 13, 2013
  • 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 finkelstein · November 10, 2013
  • Crystal S.

    Table near window has an amazing view

    Crystal Serrano · October 15, 2013
  • Lina Y.

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

    Lina Y · October 13, 2013
  • Indra S.

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

    Indra Singhal · October 6, 2013
  • Andrew M.

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

    Andrew Morgan · September 29, 2013
  • Ishka B.

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

    Ishka Bibble · September 18, 2013
  • Claude H.

    Raw bar medley is a great (tasty and worth the $13 price) appetizer. Everything is fresh.

    Claude Harrison · September 16, 2013
  • RJ G.

    Be prepared to wait. I came on a Sunday evening, and I had to wait 1hr+.

    RJ Garcia · September 2, 2013

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