S.F. Bay Area— California
Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay Restaurants
Sam's Chowder House
Cuisine: New England Seafood
Description & Atmosphere
We waited a long time for a traditional New England-style
Seafood restaurant to come to Half Moon Bay. Sam's Chowder House (formerly
the old Anchorage restaurant) opened in the Fall of 2006 and it was well worth
the wait! We love eating outside overlooking the ocean.
Sam's Seafood in Half Moon Bay Restaurant Reservations
restaurant seats up to 125 people inside — large
picture windows offer diners dramatic ocean and marina views in
a casual setting.
Ocean View Deck Seating
Enjoy al fresco dining on Sam's outdoor split-level deck, overlooking the ocean
and Pillar Point Harbor — the area seats up to 40 people. The deck is also a fun place to relax over
a cocktail while enjoying the views — Sam's makes a "killer"
Bloody Mary. Cheers!
Food — Oyster Bar
The popular cliff-side restaurant serves traditional New
Sam's Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes are
delicious — crispy
on the outside and stuffed with fresh crab.
The New England Clam Chowder is also very good, and
lighter than most — it's also great for dunking crusty
bread. Ditto the fabulous Manhattan Clam Chowder.
The Maine Lobster Roll — Maine
Lobster sauteed in butter and served on a soft bun with
a side of aioli, with house made potato chips and coleslaw is something you won't see too often on the West Coast — it's
very popular on the East Coast.
For healthy appetites, you can't go wrong with the Fried Seafood
Combo — Calamari, Prawns and Crab Cake served with fries
and coleslaw. Both the Local Rock Cod and
Halibut Fish & Chips are delicious — and
almost as good as "across the pond" (England).
For lighter appetites (and especially when fresh crab is in season),
we recommend the Dungeness Crab Cocktail or the Dungeness
Crab Louis Salad. All meals come with a loaf of
Other menu options include: Maine Lobster, Classic New England
Clambake, Seafood Platters, Chilled Seafood Bar, Fresh Fish Daily,
Soups & Chowders,
a variety of Fresh Salads, Sandwiches, Dungeness
Crab Roll, Pan Roasts and Stews, Crispy Fried Seafood. Grilled
Steak, Pork Loin and Chicken are also offered on the menu,
for non-seafood lovers.
Leave room for dessert — Key Lime Pie, Apple & Pear
Crisp, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Exotic Gelatos and Sorbets,
Ice-Cream, Root Beer Float and more...
Sam's 25-seat Oyster Bar is a fun place to
enjoy oysters, clams, lobster rolls and more...
Wine, Beer & Champers
The restaurant also offers a nice selection of Wine, Beer
Sam's bar is a fun place to hang out and people-watch. A
long mirror hangs over the bar, reflecting the magnificent
ocean views — it's a nice touch :) Of course you can always
turn around and look out the windows — either way, it's
pretty spectacular. An outdoor bar is also open during weekends.
Fun Event Location
The glassed-in restaurant features several rooms — all
with panoramic ocean views. Sam's is a fun place to bring your
friends, family and out-of-town guests. It's also a great place to treat your Team
or VIP clients to lunch or dinner, especially if you're hosting
event. Enjoy authentic "clambakes" during the summer
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Large parking lot located in front of the restaurant with add'l
parking to the side.
— Private Parties & Corporate Events
ChowderMobile brings the party to YOU! The mobile "seafood
shack" offers catering, lobster clambakes, beach parties... and
Sam's Gift Shop
Stop by Sam's Gift Shop on your way out — it's
located just off the restaurant's front entrance. Shop for fun
gifts and local products — you can also order fresh fish
and "take-out" from the seafood market here.
4210 North Cabrillo Highway
(just south of the Harbor)
Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019
Sam's Chowder House is owned by restaurateur Paul Shenkman — he also owns the popular Cetrella
Bistro in downtown Half Moon Bay.
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