4210 N Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA | Directions 9401937.502503 -122.475861
I love Sams food – Been here once and food was fresh and very tasty.
Love their lobster rolls because the ingredients are fresh and the roll is soft. I also ordered calamari and oyster, they are pretty good too.
Fresh delicious seafood with a spectacular view of the ocean. Loved it
Inconsistent – wonderful location and nice atmosphere although a bit over priced. inconsistent service and food quality makes the two star rating generous.
An upscale, East Coast-style seafood shack in HMB. – Opened in 2006, Sam's Chowder House quickly rose through the ranks of Bay Area seafood restaurants to become one of the Coastside's most popular spots for both fine dining and mellow happy hours. Its decor both tasteful and authentic, Sam's is divided into three parts: a white-tablecloth dining room with expansive bay windows, a lively bar that attracts sizeable happy-hour crowds, and an East Coast-style deck with Adirondack chairs and perfect ocean views. The restaurant's dinner menu—accompanied Friday through Sunday by live music—showcases the best chowder on the Coastside, a long list of fresh-caught entrees, and huge portions (the seafood paella is enough for three). But it was the lunch menu that caught the eye of the Today Show's food editor, Phil Lempert. Lempert named Sam's lobster roll one of the five best sandwiches in the country, and it's hard to disagree. Though decidedly upscale, Sam's still retains a crab-shack authenticity that's hard not to like.
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Good food – I love the food here. Nice ambience and good service. There is a great view there too. The location is also perfect, I will surely come back here. :D
calamari, popcorn shrimp, and ahi - oh my! – Service is sweet and so are their sides and entrees. The sweet corn and string beans are absolutely amazing sides and I know I'm in love with their clam chowder.
We adore this perfectly placed restaurant in Half Moon Bay... It's a small southward drive coming from Pacifica and unquestionably worthwhile ride to dine at this magnificent establishment.
They get romantic points for dinner ambiance too!
Great seafood, good service, Dramatic views – I love this place. Been there four times...twice for dinner and twice for lunch. The first time was soon after they opened and you you see they needed work to smooth things out. But my last three visits were great! Food is fresh, well cooked seafood. Not what you expect from an ocean front restaurant...far better. The service was casual but good, especially considering how busy this place was. Chowder was outstanding, lobster roll over the top, my husband had the escolar and it was fabulous. The red chowder is also great, although a little spicy. Fantastic ocean views. Highly recommend this place.
Avoid at all costs. – Worst Clam Chowder in the entire universe. If you mix it 50/50 with tabasco it will tast like tabasco. Tabasco tastes good. Who in their right mind rated this place before me. I ran home to find somewhere to bash this place. Overpriced, terrible food but i have to admit the service is great. They even screwed up a gin & tonic. Wow, Let's see, everyone at our table barely made it out alive. The Calimari was the best meal because it did not have taste. How do you make clam chowder without milk cream or clams? It was clear. My guess is the prior 19 reviews to mine were employees and owners of this joint. A place using chowder in their name and being the worst chowder is an absolute joke. Save your money and go to McDonalds for a Mcfish sandwich at least it will taste like McDonalds grease.
Lobster roll joke – After reading the visitor guide my friend and I went to Sam's last weekend. The banner on the outside of the building touting the lobster roll as one of the top 5 sandwiches in America sounded promising. Give me a break. For $20 you get an ordinary "hot dog bun" with some lobster and butter on it. What a disappointment! Boring and bland. We also ordered the salmon burger which was much better. The coleslaw tasted like onions not cabbage. The calimari appetizer was very good. We were not pleased at all with the overall experience that came with a $74 price tag. It was the worst meal we had on our visit. Go to Mezza Luna if you would like great service, great food, a view and lovely atmoshpere. Forget the lobster roll. It's a cruel joke.
Terrible Food – Have give it Three Trys, Your out. We are a local so we have tried this restaurant on Local Night Two Times. First time Oysters made us sick just had appetizers they weren't bad. Chowder was good. The rest of the food was bland and boring. I realize they are always packed so they probably don't care. But, this place is not good. Go to Cafe Gibraltars if you want a fantastic meal.
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