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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.

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The 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 England-style Seafood.



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 RollMaine 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 the Alaskan 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 crusty bread.

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, Sam's Soft Ice-Cream, Root Beer Float and more...

Oyster Bar
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 and Champagne.

Sam's Bar
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.

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Fun Event Location
and Panoramic Ocean Views

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
a nearby off-site event. Enjoy authentic "clambakes" during the summer season.

Service
Friendly

Prices
Moderate-Expensive

Hours
Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Lunch:
Mon-Thurs 11:30am-3pm
Fri-Sat 11am-3pm
Sun: 11am-3pm

Dinner:
Mon-Thurs 4pm-9pm
Fri-Sat 4pm-9:30pm
Sun 4pm-9pm

Reservations
650-712-0245

Parking
Large parking lot located in front of the restaurant with add'l parking to the side.

Sam's ChowderMobile
— Private Parties & Corporate Events

Sam's ChowderMobile brings the party to YOU! The mobile "seafood shack" offers catering, lobster clambakes, beach parties... and more!


Sam's Gift Shop Seafood Market

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

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Sam's Chowder House
650-712-0245
Fish Market:
650-712-1731

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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Sam's Chowder House and Seafood Market, Half Moon Bay, California

View of Sam's Chowder House and outside deck, Half Moon Bay

Alana and Barry dining at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, CA

Lobster Roll at Sam's Chowder House overlooking the ocean in Half Moon Bay, CA

Fresh Crab Cocktail at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, CA

Pillar Point Harbor views from outside deck at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, California

Sam's Chowder House dining room overlooking dramatic ocean views in Half Moon Bay, CA

Ocean views from Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay - a great place to bring friends and family. out-of-town guests, and VIP clients

Suzy, Janine, Alana, Barry, Lorraine and Anita enjoying an afternoon lunch at Sam's Chowder House

Inside Sam's Chowder House - dark hardwood floors and dramatic setting

Inside Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, CASweeping ocean views from Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, CA

Fish & Chips (both the Local Rock Cod and the Alaskan Halibut are delicous) at Sam's Chowder House

Alana enjoying one of Sam's "killer" Bloody Mary's - Cheers!

View from Sam's Chowder House restaurant in Half Moon Bay, CA

Alana, Janine, Anita, Suzy and Lorraine relaxing on an Adirondack chair, overlooking the ocean at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay

Relax in an Adirondack chair, set on a bluff overlooking the beach — the views are spectacular... anytime of the year. On chilly days and nights, you can gather around the fire pit and snuggle under warm blankets while enjoying a cocktail and admiring the views.

Adirondack Chairs, set on a bluff overlooking the beach at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, CA

Ocean view from Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, CA

View outside dining room window at Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay

Bar area - a long mirror hangs over the bar, reflecting the magnificent ocean views

Sam's Chowder House Bar

View of Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, California

 

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