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Sam's Chowder House

Sam's Chowder House

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Half Moon Bay
  • The seafood at Sam's Chowder House is a can't miss
  • Don J.
    "The lobster roll is incredible and so is the New England chowder!"(67 Tips)
    Daniel W.
    "New England chowder, fish and chips, key lime pie; perfect!"(47 Tips)
    "my advice and get the lobster roll and key lime pie"(10 Tips)
    Brian A.
    "Awesome view and outdoor area with live music from time to time."(35 Tips)
194 Tips and reviews
  • scenic views
  • crab
  • oysters
  • key lime pie
  • live music
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  • Jessica T.
    Expected more, pricey
  • Alex P.
    Alex PriceJuly 11
    Make sure to get here early, and carpool if you can. Parking is an absolute disaster, but the food is great.
  • Bogdan D.
    Outdoor sitting by the water. Good lobster rolls
  • Tiffany Z.
    get the platter - perfect ahi tuna & juicy oysters. lobster roll was alright / kinda overrated. clam chowder was good but a bit too salty. linguine's always good
  • Thomas H.
    Best new england style chowder and very good coleslaw:)
  • Odile R.
    Great jazz and clam chowder and 🦀 🎶
  • Odile R.
    Great views. Try the clam chowder and the crab cakes
  • Wilson F.
    Heavy, greasy, passable food. But a fabulous ocean view to (somewhat) make up for it.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PaulApril 22
    Oyster Selection is excellent. Skip the lobster roll, get the grilled anything instead.
  • Tatiana G.
    Great place with a nice view and tasty chowder.
  • Soojung L.
    Soojung LeeApril 14
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster spaghetti for 2 comes with a lot of seafood, add broccoli side and a cup of clam chowder to complete. Great view!
  • Julie L.
    Julie LovernApril 12
    Great views and outdoor dining. Food is delicious. There is a lot of seating so the wait isn't that long. Send someone ahead to the bar outside to wait in line for drinks.
  • Eric S.
    No nonsense or anything special about this place other than it's on the beach and next door to the hotel I staycation at.
  • Daria B.
    Cioppino soup is delicious!
  • Lisa Y.
    The best clam chowder around sf!
  • John Z.
    Celebrating a 17 year and a day February 18. Clam chowder was excellent. Rib eye was very good. Shrimp chili starter was very delightful good tip to dip into thanks Eric
  • Rustem F.
    Wonderful gumbo. Very nice view but weather sometimes can be pretty cold.
    Upvoted Jul 11
  • Hyun-Ae K.
    Hyun-Ae KuhJanuary 30
    THis place does not skimp on lobster meat in their lobster rolls nor do they slather the stuffing w/ mayo. Cole slaw & green-based salads= lightly dressed. Clam chwder + sourdough= better than Boudin.
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AndradeDecember 14, 2016
    Lobster roll was OK but nothing special.Chocolate cake dessert was very good. Sorbets were good too
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Brown-D'EliaOctober 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Calamari, Crab Salad, Clam Chowder
  • John C.
    John ChangSeptember 28, 2016
    Nice outdoor seating facing the water. Much more than just chowder and lobster rolls. Good place for kids too.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonSeptember 22, 2016
    Lobstah rolls > gender roles
  • Ron C.
    Ron CruzAugust 19, 2016
    Start off your meal with the Garlic Chili Shrimps!
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJune 27, 2016
    Its lobster roll was apparently named one of America's best sandwiches, but I felt that it didn't live up to the hype and the hour-long wait that we had to endure.
  • Shinal
    ShinalApril 18, 2016
    Bring sun screen if you're planning to sit outside! The beer battered fish and chips are 👍🏼
  • Al B.
    Al B.February 17, 2016
    Sams Lobster Roll hands down 👏🏻
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FooFebruary 16, 2016
    lobster rolls!!
  • Dominique B.
    Dominique BlancoFebruary 11, 2016
    Happy hour Beers, showders , hot hosters & bay hoysters
  • Debbie R.
    Debbie Renaud-LiFebruary 4, 2016
    The lobster roll is amazing, chocked full of lobster meat. The New England clam chowder even better. It had lots of flavor, not just cream and potatoes.
  • Davita S.
    Davita StrongDecember 23, 2015
    Perfect little spot to enjoy a glass of wine, chowder or a really good conversation on a sunny day. Stay nice a cozy outside next the fire pit and enjoy the view.
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WilsonDecember 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Must order the lobster roll!
  • David J.
    David JacksonNovember 4, 2015
    Calamari and chowder, can't go wrong and let's not forget about the sourdough.
    Upvoted Jul 11
  • Jim M.
    Jim MaricondoNovember 1, 2015
    Best lobster roll. Home location. Great view.
  •  Jonathan L.
     Jonathan Libov October 12, 2015
    Blue crab sandwich
  • Jennifer E.
    Jennifer EvansAugust 17, 2015
    Loved their simply prepared fish and stunning views. Had lunch and ordered another bottle of wine to enjoy on their patio.
    Upvoted Jul 11
  • Annie W.
    Annie W.July 12, 2015
    Delicious lobster roll & New England clam chowder. Beautiful view.
  • Seth K.
    Seth KleinJuly 1, 2015
    Delicious chowder of course. Gorgeous view. Nice atmosphere. Everyone was happy with their meals.
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley ArnoldJune 27, 2015
    The lobster roll was amazing and delicious! The bread was buttery, the slaw was flavorful, and they didn't skimp on the lobster which was cooked to perfection. Also try the oysters and chowder!
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine M. 🍷June 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the lobster roll. You'll never put it down while eating. So delish and lots of flavor. Not to be missed!
  • Klaus B.
    Klaus BusseJune 9, 2015
    If you like Oysters try the Kumamoto!
  • Neil B.
    Neil BuckmanMay 31, 2015
    Remember to order the seasoned fries on the side.
  • Jared B.
    Jared BriscoeMay 25, 2015
    Sit outside and enjoy the view !
  • Bsesem S.
    Bsesem SesemMay 17, 2015
    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!!
  • Karla L.
    Karla LopezMarch 29, 2015
    Seafood is good
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FMarch 14, 2015
    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.
  • David S.
    David SMarch 2, 2015
    Try the delicious lobster sandwich.
  • Luica M.
    Luica MakJanuary 30, 2015
    Fantastic ocean view and fresh, delicious seafood.
  • Bela P.
    Bela PulgarJanuary 4, 2015
    Loved the chowder and the cioppino.
  • Abbey H.
    Abbey HastingsDecember 29, 2014
    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.
  • Baglan N.
    Baglan NurhanDecember 23, 2014
    Ask for Oyster Stew. It is not on the menu. Lobster roll is delicious
  • Fedya G.
    Fedya GNovember 17, 2014
    Lobster roll!
  • David O.
    David OliverOctober 31, 2014
    Local seafood, especially the Halibut.
  • Tom A.
    Tom AOctober 20, 2014
    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
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEISeptember 24, 2014
    Lobster roll worths the price!
  • Phoebe V.
    Phoebe VenkatSeptember 22, 2014
    Lobster roll, NE clam chowder and spicy bloody mary
  • George H.
    George HayesSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster rolls are great.
  • Michael E.
    Michael EAugust 31, 2014
    Grab a beer and sit on the lounge chairs scattered along their cliff front.
  • Danny E.
    Danny EnglanderAugust 17, 2014
    Lots of lobster on the lobster roll, much more then you'd get anywhere else
  • Cristina M.
    Cristina MilladoAugust 10, 2014
    Fresh seafood. So good. This place is a must try if you're in the Halfmoon Bay Area.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AbadAugust 8, 2014
    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.
  • Kristial J.
    Kristial JohnstonAugust 7, 2014
    My husband loved the lobster roll and you can't beat the view!
  • Linda S.
    Linda SarkisAugust 7, 2014
    Lobster roll..
  • Beth R.
    Beth RobertsonJuly 16, 2014
    Sit outside at sunset... It's just lovely!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaJuly 5, 2014
    New England is way better than the Manhattan clam chowder
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJuly 5, 2014
    Lobster roll and New England clam chowder! The bowl is huge!
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeeJuly 5, 2014
    Crab cakes were a little too greasy inside. Fries were a little dry but well seasoned. Nice view of the bay
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeeJuly 5, 2014
    Crab cake tasted a little too greasy. Fries were a little dry but seasoning was pretty good. Nice view of the bay.
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeeJuly 5, 2014
    Crab cake tasted a little too greasy. Fry were a little dry but seasoning was pretty good. Nice view of the bay.
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeeJuly 5, 2014
    Crab cake tasted a little too greasy. Fry were a little dry but seasoning was pretty good. Nice view of the bay though s
  • Nam N.
    Nam NeonJune 23, 2014
    Lobster Roll the best
  • Helen Y.
    Helen YangJune 9, 2014
    Besides the great lobster roll, it has good view
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteMay 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best key lime pie ever!
  • Amir N.
    Amir NaorMay 26, 2014
    Every dish we ordered was in really poor quality. Including the The California king salmon and sword fish. Stay away.
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 14, 2014
    Did you know Sam's recycles 300 gallons of oil a week? Read more
  • Heron R.
    Heron RamosMarch 17, 2014
    East the lobster sandwich with extra butter. It's worth it!
  • Autumn T.
    Autumn TruongMarch 16, 2014
    Must order: lobster sandwich and clam chowder. For weekend visits, make reservations and ask for a table by the window. It gets crowded.
  • Agnes T.
    Agnes TelferFebruary 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Chowder out of this world
  • Ed L.
    Ed LeaJanuary 18, 2014
    Yes, have the lobster roll.
  • Vadim Z.
    Vadim ZalivaDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    In huge menu no vegetarian dishes besides veggie Burger and couple of salads!
  • Jim P.
    Jim PhillipsDecember 13, 2013
    I'm not sure what all the excitement is about over the lobster roll.
  • Pitawan T.
    Pitawan ToomDecember 8, 2013
    Sit outside where they have heaters, perfect place to watch the sun goes down in half moon bay
  • Don J.
    Don JNovember 27, 2013
    The lobster roll is incredible and so is the New England chowder!
  • Trevor C.
    Trevor CornwellNovember 13, 2013
    Bowl of chowder is enormous, a meal really
  • brett f.
    brett finkelsteinNovember 10, 2013
    Bar table tops were open after we were told 30-45 minute wait. We asked for the bar table and sat in 5 minutes
  • Crystal S.
    Crystal SerranoOctober 15, 2013
    Table near window has an amazing view
  • Lina Y.
    Lina YOctober 13, 2013
    IMHO, blue crab s'wich is better than their lobster roll
  • Indra S.
    Indra SinghalOctober 6, 2013
    1 hour wait for lunch on a Sunday at 2:15 pm. Wow.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MorganSeptember 29, 2013
    Great swordfish with green beans, tomato & broccoli. Sit outside for ocean views.
  • Ishka B.
    Ishka BibbleSeptember 18, 2013
    Cup and bowl ( of chowder) mean a whole different thing here. See photos of my empties
  • Claude H.
    Claude HarrisonSeptember 16, 2013
    Raw bar medley is a great (tasty and worth the $13 price) appetizer. Everything is fresh.
  • RJ G.
    RJ GarciaSeptember 2, 2013
    Be prepared to wait. I came on a Sunday evening, and I had to wait 1hr+.
  • Jeffrey V.
    Jeffrey VillanuevaAugust 29, 2013
    one of the best clam chowder...
  • Vanessa E.
    Vanessa EagertonAugust 24, 2013
    The lobster roll was OK - chewy but good flavor. The chowder is awesome. Don't get the fish and chips unless you like bland. Key lime pie is good - they use meringue instead of whipped cream.
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MoyaJuly 17, 2013
    Great atmosphere and view and the food is of course, incredible. Nicest part for me and my family was in an area where they charge 15$ to park and walk the beach, was seeing the ocean for free
  • Lori K.
    Lori KingJuly 10, 2013
    If you're a vegetarian, try the vegetable risotto. ..delicious. The spinach and artichoke sides were also very good.
    Upvoted Jul 11
  • Josemari C.
    Josemari CuervoJuly 1, 2013
    Try eating at the bar, not much wait time for beer!
  • Mike R.
    Mike RomanoJune 23, 2013
    I come from New England and this clam chowder is legit. Legitimately delicious that is.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew P.June 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Touristy. Although they have excellent oysters and an amazing manhattan chowder.
  • David F.
    David ForbesJune 1, 2013
    We arrived on a Saturday just after 11 and were seated immediately.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline On CrackJune 1, 2013
    They have vegetarian options! You can order any of the fish dishes without the fish but the tasty sides for $8.
  • daisuke
    daisukeJuly 22, 2016
    霧が晴れていれば眺めの良いレストラン。季節によってはが潮を吹いているのが見えるかも。New England Clam Chowderがおすすめ。
  • Paula L.
    Paula LiebnerJune 13, 2015
    Buena comida, vista y servicio.
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