We are OPEN for TAKEOUT only at this time...

Please be aware that there is NO BEACH ACCESS from Sam’s at this time, and MASKS are REQUIRED to enter the restaurant.

To Order:

  • ONLINE at www.samstakeout.com
    We will email or text you when your order is ready (include mobile# in notes). Please remain in your car. When your order is ready, drive by the front and a we’ll hand you your order. Please do not congregate in the parking lot.  
  • CALL 650 712-0245 x1
  • VISIT US and order in person. Only two people at a time can enter, keeping a safe social distance.

Discounted beer and wine, as well as pre-packaged cocktails are available for takeout, but you must order at the restaurant. Follow our Facebook or Instagram pages for updates.

Sam's ChowderMobile

  • On the coast, in Moss Beach at the Chevron station most days, and in the Ocean Colony neighborhood on Wednesdays 4:30-7:30.
  • Visit www.samschowdermobile.com to see the daily schedule.

We are following the health and sanitary guidelines of the San Mateo County Health Department, and other local and government authorities. Please also be aware that gatherings pose a heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission, and that older adults and individuals with existing health conditions are at particularly serious risk if they contract COVID-19 and should not attend. Please practice social distancing at all times.

If you need to reach us, call our main number at 650 712-0245. We have a very small staff at the moment, so please be patient with us. Thank you for helping to support our employees during this time, and we wish you all good health!

News and Reviews: The Mercury News

The Mercury News

Best Bay Area clam chowder? Readers raise a cup to 10 more faves (even the red kind)

Excerpted from January 27, 2018 article by Jackie Burrell

best bay area clam chowder at Sam's Chowder HouseClams, potatoes and other delicious ingredients fill a bowl of creamy New England-style chowder at Half Moon Bay's Sam's Chowder House. (Courtesy of Naseema Khan)

Last week, we delved into the topic of four fab Bay Area chowder spots, then asked readers to share their chowdah go-tos. Needless to say, they were happy as clams to dish on the delights of everything from Sam’s Chowder House to the Hog Island Oyster Company and more. So much more.

Some people sent just a line or two. Stuart Moore gave a chowder-shout-out to San Jose’s Siena Bistro. Janet Niklaus noted that Los Gatos’ Steamer’s Grillhouse has been her chowder go-to for more than 35 years. And one online commenter, KeenPlanner, simply said, “Nobody thought to try Hog Island? Pity.”

Others shared not only restaurant names but musings about ingredients, the merits (or lack thereof) of tomato-based chowder and tips on what else to enjoy with that bowl of soup. We’re very hungry now.

Here’s just a sampling of the responses. Enjoy!

Play it again, Sam

“Hands down the best clam chowder is at Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. It is worth the drive just to have only the soup. You get a huge bowl — with bread — that will keep you full all afternoon. The quality and quantity are terrific. It is by far the best chowder I’ve ever had. A close second is a grocery store in Pacific Grove, the Grove Market.”

— Donna McArthur, Los Altos

best bay area manhattan clam chowder at Sam's Chowder HouseSam’s Chowder House offers both New England and Manhattan style chowders. (Courtesy of Naseema Khan)

“I have always been, and will always be, a great fan of Manhattan chowder, or ‘the red one’ as it is known. My mom cooked it often back in the day, and I still have her recipe. I finally found a restaurant that rivals — dare I say equals — mom’s red chowder. It’s Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. It is really delicious and special, just the right spiciness, perfect consistency. Most restaurants have the white Boston chowder, so when I see a place that has the red, I always try it. Sam’s fits the bill perfectly.”

— Christine Khoury, Belmont

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Details: Sam’s Chowder House, 4210 Highway 1, Half Moon Bay; www.samschowderhouse.com

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