News and Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle 10 scenic waterfront restaurants open in the Bay Area right now

2023` Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice award

Sam’s is proud to be a five-year HALL OF FAME winner of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award.

2020 OpenTable Diners Choice award winner

OpenTable Diners' Choice Award Winner 2020, loved for "Outdoor Dining" and "Scenic View" in the San Francisco Peninsula area based on recent, verified OpenTable diner reviews.

Check, Please! Bay Area Kids

Check, Please! Bay Area Kids Review Sam’s Chowder House

Eater San Francisco

Sam’s featured in “Five Things to Know About Eating Inside the New Chase Center”

Sam’s Chowder House announces two concessions now open in San Francisco’s newly built Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors. We’ll be serving some of our specialties, including our dressed Lobster Roll, New England Clam Chowder, and Popcorn Shrimp, and introducing our latest dish…Crab Fries.


Sam’s food concessions in the new Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors

Food & Wine

Sam's named in Food & Wine: "100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America" 


100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America, 2019

100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America, 2018 & 2019

Sam’s is thrilled to be included in OpenTable’s TOP 100 list of the best restaurants in America for outdoor dining, and TOP 100 most scenic restaurants in America, based on over 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews which reflect food, service, and ambiance, for over 30,000 restaurants in all 50 states.

San Mateo County: As Fresh As It Gets award

Sam’s Chowder House awarded with San Mateo County: As Fresh As it Gets award at the Platinum level for 2018-2019

logo The Mercury News

Mercury News readers choose both Sam’s New England and Manhattan style clam chowders as the “Best Bay Area Clam Chowder”

2019 Half Moon Bay Review Readers Choice award winner

Voted “#1 Seafood Restaurant” by Half Moon Bay locals
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014 Half Moon Bay Review, Annual Readers Choice Awards


Zagat lists Sam’s among “8 Lobster Rolls to Seek Out in the Bay Area”

San Francisco Bay Area A-List

Voted 2017 "Best Seafood in the Bay Area" by the San Francisco Bay Area A-List
More than 16,800 voters for over 3,400 nominees and 121 winners in the 2017 contest. Also won Best Seafood in 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012.

Food Network

Food Network lists Sam's Chowder House among "Best Cioppino Outside of San Francisco"

FYI Network's Food Porn host Michael Chernow

Sam’s featured on Michael Chernow’s FOOD PORN

ACES Golf Lifestyle magazine ACES Golf Lifestyle magazine raves about Sam’s Chowder House in their coastal golf edition

Inside Scoop SF

Michael Bauer's favorite Bay Area restaurants for Oysters

Edible Silicon Valley

Edible Silicon Valley features Paul Shenkman as a Passionate Hospitality Entrepreneur


The Daily Meal names Sam’s in America’s 20 Best Lobster Rolls Outside Maine

Relish Magazine

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

Smart Meetings Magazine

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

Inside Scoop SF

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

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

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

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."


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

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.

MSNBC Today Show

Sam's Famous Lobster Roll Named in Top Five
NBC's The Today Show

San Francisco Magazine

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


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)