“Beautiful views, friendly service, great seafood
items such as oysters, crab, lobster.”
–Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle
Sam’s Chowder House opened in October of 2006 and has since won numerous awards including “Top Three Outdoor Dining Spots in the Bay Area” by San Francisco Magazine, and Sante Magazine’s Service Hospitality Award. It was also featured on NBC-TV’s The TODAY Show for Sam’s famous Lobster Rolls, selected by the Food Editor as one of the five “Best Sandwiches in America”.
Nestled on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Half Moon Bay, Sam’s offers stunning sunsets, true oceanfront outdoor dining, and a casual and authentic seafood experience reminiscent of an East Coast style seafood house. Watch the crashing surf inside by the fireplace, dine outside under a cozy heat lamp, or settle into an Adirondack chair near a toasty fire pit on Sam’s dog-friendly patio and enjoy the crisp, salty ocean air. Sam’s welcomes well-behaved pups on the back patio, on a first come, first served basis.
The outdoor spirited “South Beach Bar” offers beach shack décor and eclectic palm tree heaters—grab a beer or enjoy a casual meal at the bar while watching the windsurfers below. You’ll get a great view from every seat in the house, inside or out.
Wondering about the weather? Check the live SamCams mounted on our rooftop for sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Pillar Point Harbor, and Half Moon Bay’s latest weather report.
Sam’s eco-friendly menus prepared by award-winning Executive Chef/Partner Lewis Rossman offer daily fresh fish—grilled or sautéed, live Maine lobster, fresh local crab, fried calamari, Ahi Tuna Poke, oysters or clams on the half shell, fish and chips, Sam’s famous Clam Chowder, Maine Lobster Roll and other local specialties.
Private dining, corporate offsites, authentic Lobster Clambakes, and oceanfront weddings available for your private events. Sam's has over six different event and wedding venue spaces to choose from for banquets, receptions and weddings, all featuring gorgeous ocean views overlooking the Half Moon Bay area.
Enjoy Sam’s Takeout for food to enjoy at home, as a beach picnic, or on the outdoor patio. Open from lunch through dinner daily.