News and Reviews

Half Moon Bay Review Readers Choice Award 2014 Winner

Voted “#1 Seafood Restaurant” by Half Moon Bay locals
2014 Half Moon Bay Review, Annual Readers Choice Awards

Inside Scoop SF

Michael Bauer's favorite Bay Area restaurants for Oysters

TasteTV 2014 Tasteable California Restaurant Award

Sam’s Chowder House voted “BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT” by TasteTV’s viewer’s choice 2014 TASTEABLE CALIFORNIA Restaurant Awards

Travel + Leisure

Sam’s Chowder House wins Travel + Leisure 2014 SMITTY® Award for “Best Overall Use of Social Media by a Restaurant, Food Truck or Market”

San Mateo County: As Fresh As It Gets award

Sam’s Chowder House awarded with the San Mateo County: As Fresh As it Gets award at the Platinum level for 2014-2015

Edible Silicon Valley

Edible Silicon Valley features Paul Shenkman as a Passionate Hospitality Entrepreneur

Relish Magazine

Sam's Chowder House featured in 10 Green Restaurants That Care About Our Earth

San Francisco Bay Area A-List

Voted 2013 "Best Waterfront Dining in the Bay Area" and "Best Seafood in the Bay Area" by the San Francisco Bay Area A-List
22,635 voters and 10,425 nominees

Thrillist San Francisco

SF’s Thrillist names Sam’s Lobster Clambake in “25 things you need to do, see, or eat before Summer”

Smart Meetings Magazine

Sam's Chowder House featured in Smart Meetings Magazine, Northern California Must List

Road Trips for Couples

"One bite of anything served at Sam's and you'll be sold, hook, line and sinker."

L.A. Parent

Sam’s Chowder House featured in "Things To Do With Kids In Half Moon Bay"

Inside Scoop SF

Sam’s named in “FIVE PLACES TO DINE” by Michael Bauer, SF Chronicle executive food and wine editor

SFGate

On the Town: where to go, what to do

OpenTable Blog

From Mom with Love: Executive Chef Lewis Rossman of Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, California, Shares the Recipe for Grandma's Meatballs

ABC 7 Bay Area A-List

Voted 2012 "Best Waterfront Dining in the Bay Area" by ABC 7’s Bay Area A-List
Over 31,412 voters and 10,414 nominees

The Price is Right

Sam's Chowder House selected to be prize option on "The Price is Right" with Drew Carey

San Francisco BayList

"Best Waterfront Dining in the Bay Area" and "Best Seafood in the Bay Area"
2011, 2010 and 2009 Best of the BayList

HalfMoonBayPatch

"Sam's Chowder House Named One of the 'Top 100 Kid-Friendly Restaurants' in America"

Clout & About

Sun, Sea and Sam's Chowder House - Clout & About
Sam's Chowder House gets written about mostly for their killer lobster roll which is actually pretty darn good, and if you haven't had it yet, ...

AAA VIA Magazine

VIA Magazine recommends Sam's Chowder House on your road trip down California's Highway 1

HelloSanFrancisco.com

Sam's Chowder House: Claw Your Way to Half Moon Bay for These Lobster Rolls

Sunset Magazine

Sunset Magazine's Top 100 cultural trends shaping the West
"Soft-serve grows up"

Real Weddings Magazine

Real Weddings "Mini-Moon" recommends "Don't Miss: Sam's Chowder House"
"Sam’s Chowder House is a complete dining experience. Not only is the food delicious, but the views are spectacular, the service is outstanding and the live music (on Friday and Saturday nights) creates a fun, upbeat atmosphere."

Sante

PAUL SHENKMAN NAMED NATIONAL "RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR" BY THE PRESTIGIOUS SANTÉ MAGAZINE AWARDS COMMITTEELocal Bay Area restaurateur earns top Grand Award, following in the footsteps of last recipient, master chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck

Santa Cruz Good Times

"Sam's Chowder House brings New England-style seafood to Half Moon Bay
Perched on a cliff just south of Pillar Point Harbor, eco-friendly Sam's Chowder House offers sensational views and a respect for seafood that allows its flavors to shine."
Karen Petersen, Santa Cruz Good Times

up! magazine

"Delicious seafood dishes in a casual, authentic setting
AN EAST COAST-style seafood house on the West Coast? Don't think of it as a cheap throwback, or even an oxymoron; if anything, this charming and expansive family joint is a brilliant evolution of tried-and-true maritime dining."
Eric Rumble, up! magazine

CNN Money

Sam’s Chowder House voted Top 50 “Best Kid-Friendly Dining” by OpenTable Diners out of 2.5 million reviews for more than 9,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Sams ChowderMobile

SAM’S CHOWDER HOUSE ANNOUNCES FIRST MOBILE GOURMET SEAFOOD TRUCK IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: SAM’S CHOWDERMOBILE
Providing a fresh solution in challenging economic times, Sam’s ChowderMobile brings award-winning, affordable seafood directly to customers, for lunch and dinner, corporate and private group “on-sites”, beach clambakes, and major events.

Sexy Dishes - A Guide to Who's Hot in the Kitchen - San Francisco, book from TasteTV

New TasteTV book “Sexy Dishes”
Sam’s Executive Chef/Partner Lewis Rossman featured in new TasteTV book “Sexy Dishes” – a guide to “Who’s Hot in the Kitchen”, profiling culinary artists and their favorite “sexy” recipes. See the news clip on NBC…

San Francisco Chronicle

"KILLER APP: Fried calamari was tender and plentiful, but the must-have is Sam's New England clam chowder ... thick with clams, smoky bacon and potatoes, served with oyster crackers."
Bar Bites, S.F. Chronicle

MSNBC Today Show

Sam's Famous Lobster Roll Named in Top Five
"BEST SANDWICHES IN AMERICA"
NBC's The Today Show

San Francisco Magazine

"BEST OUTDOOR DINING"
Top Three Outdoor Dining Spots in Bay Area
"...your little slice of New England-lobster rolls, shrimp salads, and creamy clam chowder-served with West Coast sustainable sensibility and gorgeous views of the Pacific."
San Francisco Magazine READERS POLL

San Francisco Chronicle

"BEAUTIFUL VIEWS...FRIENDLY SERVICE...GREAT SEAFOOD"
"Entering Sam's feels like a vacation, and that's before the oysters, clams, and Crab Louie Salad arrive...Cioppino and Chowder are excellent."
Michael Bauer, S.F. Chronicle

The Mercury News

3 stars
"EXPERTLY GRILLED FISH...
exemplary crab cakes...perfectly grilled King salmon....impeccably fresh tuna..."
"Sam's formula is simple..."
Aleta Watson, San Jose Mercury News REVIEW

Sante

Culinary Hospitality Restaurant Award
The prestigious Sante awards recognize excellence in restaurant food, wine, spirits, and service hospitality. The Santé Awards program is the only peer-judged restaurant and hospitality competition in North America. Judges are restaurant owners, chefs, spirits professionals and sommeliers from around the nation.   
Sante, The Magazine for Restaurant Professionals (2008)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

"GREAT OCEAN VIEWS, FINE SEAFOOD DISHES, AND REAL KEY LIME PIE..."
"The large, thick halibut steak, flanked by brilliant asparagus spears and killer potato-leek au gratin, was perfect."
Ann Parker, Santa Cruz Sentinel