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Sam's Seafood Platter - Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, CA

Sam's Chowder House

4.6
4.6
5417 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Sam's is open for indoor & outdoor dining, and takeout. Serving lunch through dinner seven days a week. Award-winning, fresh New England style seafood, in a casual setting overlooking the ocean. Live Maine lobster, fresh local crab (in season), fish and chips, fried calamari, delicious clam chowder, award-winning lobster rolls, farm fresh salads, Cioppino and more! Gluten-free, kids menu, and vegetarian available.

Reservations are for inside the restaurant - please note that we can't hold tables in the bar area or outside patio. Walk-ins are also welcome! Featured on NBC’s The Today Show, named “Best Outdoor Dining in the Bay Area” by SF Magazine, and “Best Seafood Restaurant in San Mateo County” by San Jose Magazine.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 712-0245 ext. 1
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Lewis Rossman
  • Catering
    Already found the perfect spot for your corporate event, graduation party or family reunion? Sam's ChowderMobile will bring its award-winning seafood to the location of your choice! Order Sam's famous Lobster Rolls, New England Clam Chowder, Fried Calamari and more, off the traditional menu — or have the ChowderMobile arrive fully equipped to prepare an authentic Lobster Clambake for your special event. For more information, contact Sam's Catering Manager: (650) 712-1766 or events@samschowderhouse.com
  • Private party facilities
    Amazing sunsets, award-winning seafood and spectacular oceanfront dining. Perfect for family gatherings, business events, weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. Oceanfront private & semi-private spots for your special event. Oceanfront beach weddings. Full restaurant buyout available.
  • Private party contact
    Mary Ratkovic: (650) 712-0245 ext. 4
  • Neighbourhood
    Half Moon Bay
  • Parking Details
    There are two lots available, and there is also parking on the street and in the harbor.
  • Entertainment
    Enjoy live music from blues to jazz! May - October: Every Friday night from 5:30-8:30pm (inside bar) and Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4pm (outside bar, weather permitting). November - April: Every Friday & Saturday night from 5:30-8:30pm (inside bar)
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,417 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Great for scenic views

5,417 Reviews
  1. SWilliams

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love this place — and I chose it for my birthday dinner. The waiter was friendly & informative. I love seeing the water from our table. The food, as usual was very, very good, but since we’re in the Bay Area, also quite pricey. That said, when the parties I was with, wanted to pay the check and tip, there was not a place to add a custom tip, and they did not want to tip on the tax. I believe it needs to be changed on the system (it was no fault of the waiter himself). All that said, I would still go back again.

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  2. tablefor4

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been a foodie for 30 years and was unexpectedly blown away at the quality of this experience. Loved it all: ambience, service, friendliness of everyone, and the food. The halibut was perfect, golden crispy outside and moist, flaky inside, and the bed of creamy cauliflower, spinach and chanterelles was full of flavor. New England chowder was the best I’ve ever had, including several from the East Coast. Hearty but not too thick, not overcooked, nice chunks of celery, onion and potatoes, with a rich, full flavor across the palate. Highly recommend without hesitation.

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  3. ChadB

    Omaha

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Peter at the bar was outstanding!!! Every recommendation was on point, His service was Elite!!! I’ll be back again tomorrow night

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  4. tonyw

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Had the garlic shrimp and linguine. Decent, but the prawns are kind of plain and seem to be cooked in like water or something. Not saying that’s what they did, just tastes like it

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  5. JeannieJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time celebrating my husband's birthday. Service was awesome and food was excellent.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For lunch, we had mocktails, fried calamari, clam chowder, fried shrimp roll, naked lobster roll and swirl ice cream. They were all good. We enjoyed the view where we sat inside by the window. The service was friendly. We would go back again.

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  7. BillD

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great seafood. Had a window seat with out of town guests. The view is unbelievable.

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  8. RichardE

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Always like to eat here at lunch. Expected to be cold today but new fire pit next to us kept us warm. Traffic to and from on 92 was minimum for out 1pm lunch this Monday.

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  9. greatstuff

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best piece of sole I have ever had!!! The mushroom and cauliflower medley underneath the fish was also phenomenal. My waiter couldn’t have been better. I had a fantastic time.

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  10. RebeccaT

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was so delicious and the views were amazing!

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  11. DmitryS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and with OpenTable reservation we were first inside ;)

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  12. Dmonsta707

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I must admit, I had high expectations as they were recommended by many people. Excited to try the New England Chowder but fell a little flat. A bit watery. Perhaps an off encounter. The crab cake was executed perfectly. Our server was Athena. She is amazing and made us feel welcomed, doing her best to attend to our needs. Would request dining with her for excellent service. We will be trying again soon and sampling more of the menu.

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  13. Leon

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best. Lots of good energy. Food was amazing. Our server Pier was the best. Just see the crowds and you know you are at an awesome spot!

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  14. KevinC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another great meal at Sam's Chowder house. My wife and I have dined at Sam's at least a dozen times and we have never been disappointed. Food is fresh and well prepared and their waiter/waitresses are knowledgeable about the entire menu offerings as well as the daily specials. They are also fast and efficient and always make sure that your meal is served hot from the kitchen! We love Sam's!!

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  15. DanB

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoy going to Sam’s Chowder House particularly during the week when the crowds aren’t so crazy. The service is wonderful and the food is always fresh well prepared and enjoyable. The atmosphere is fabulous and looking out of the ocean while you enjoy a wonderful meal with family and friends makes it just that much better ‼️

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  16. YuanL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first choice of seafood restaurant with perfect view of sea

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice setting and tasty food served in a reasonable amount of time

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  18. CarolD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Fish and Chips, chowder, lobster roll and service.

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  19. MirandaL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There’s a reason Sam’s always receives high praise; incredible food, beautiful ocean views, and warm, friendly staff. My boyfriend and I order the calamari, a bowl of New England clam chowder, the fish and chips, and the naked lobster roll. Everything was absolutely exceptional! Especially that lobster roll! And to top it all off they us the panacotta for my boyfriend’s birthday- it was heavenly!

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  20. KennyW

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    When I drove up to the restaurant and saw the long line of cars waiting to get to the restaurant I knew the food was going to be great but I was very disappointed. Service was very good but the food lacked flavor. I had spaghetti lobster. The spaghetti lacked tomatoes sauce and the lobster didn't taste like it was seasoned well. I'm hoping the chef was having an off day and will give them another chance. The view was great.

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  21. Disappointed

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Music was great Food delicious Service excellent Location — spectacular

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  22. TimP

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paul Shenkman is a restaurant genius. Get here before he moves on. Sam’s is my absolute favorite.

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  23. Millbraecean

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love going to Sam’s Chowder House to celebrate special occasions. This time, we celebrated my husband’s birthday and had a great lunch! We ordered the Naked Lobster Roll, Clam Chowder and the Pecan Bread Pudding. They were all delicious! The service was great. The view is spectacular, especially with a wonderful sunshine like today. Parking can be challenging, but be patient and soon you will find one. Definitely, we will be back!

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  24. Carolyn

    Oklahoma City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful meal, our server was super friendly and helped with recommendations - definitely ready to go back!!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love going to Sam’s especially when the weather is beautiful. The view is gorgeous, the service is always excellent and the food is delicious.

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  26. Sarah

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent. The food was great, a bit pricy. The view is unbearable.

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  27. FolsomGal

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is very fresh; LOTS of gluten free choices. Waitstaff is outstanding. Not good for intimate dining experience, but otherwise, best birthday dinner, ever!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and view! We have been here multiple times!

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  29. JonS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, great location, great service...what's not to like? Will continue to patronize recommend this place.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There is nothing better than a view of the Pacific Ocean while enjoying a delectable selection of freshly prepared seafood entrees. Whether you select indoor or outside seating service is attentive but not intrusive. While clam chowder or lobster rolls are Sam’s mainstay, venture off to other temptations like seafood gumbo, or a fresh salmon burger. Your table will be served sourdough bread, but don’t fill up on it. There is a full bar. Save room for Sam’s #1 dessert of Key Lime pie. Reservations a definite on weekends and parking can be hit or miss. Enjoy!

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  31. Birdie

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was terribly slow! Almost 2 1/2 hours for lobster rolls and dessert! Wasn’t even crowded. Lobster rolls were as good as ever, but dessert was disappointing

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  32. RenaD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service from the hostesses to the server. Food was delicious.

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  33. Lifeisgood

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    It was our first time dining here! We made reservations and we found out when we arrived if we want to dine outside, there is a wait list. They could tell you this on the website, which would be helpful! I think this place has been over rated and the personnel are kind of snobby. Not all but the ones we encountered…. Our server was rude, but the food was good! There are nicer (people) and better food down the road.

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  34. Kerryloves2travel

    San Francisco

    87 reviews

    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious fresh oysters . Lobster roll good. Glass of “special “ wine to pricey $20 glass. I should’ve asked price first. Parking challenging - great overall experience

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  35. Sally

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Recommend the Naked Lobster Roll...it's memorable....and I'm looking forward to returning for yet, another.

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  36. MossBeachMama

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My best friend and I both ordered salads. She ordered a salad with salmon. She expected a grilled salmon filet, but instead it was pieces of salmon. She didn't eat it. It was very unappetizing. I ordered a salad with grilled shrimp. There wasn't much to the salad except arugula, bitter garlic broccolini, and a dressing that was tasteless. I didn't eat much of the salad. The food here is hit or miss. The best part about our meal was our kind and personable server and the calamari appetizer. We also shared the key lime pie. The crust was dry, hard, and thick. I'm sorry to say that this meal was very disappointing and we will not be eating here again, even though the restaurant is in our hometown.

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  37. LynieR

    San Francisco

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn’t been to Sam’s since pre-Covid. Went with another couple who had never been there. We all loved what we ordered…Lobster rolls, Ahi Poke, Clam Chowder, Fish and Chips. Jacques was our server. He is very professional, efficient and friendly.Enjoyed the music of Joyce Grant too.

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  38. KimJ

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, friendly, lobster roll was great. Beet salad was light, flavorful and delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great overall experience. The food was pretty good, no complaints. The service and views were outstanding. Definitely would go back.

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  40. TomT

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for lunch and overall everything was pretty good. A very popular place so I would recommend reservations. Nice ambiance; would have been nice to sit outside but it was rather cool the day we went. I give it 3 1/2 - 4 stars.

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FAQs

Sam's Chowder House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 712-0245 ext. 1.

Sam's Chowder House is rated 4.6 stars by 5417 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sam's Chowder House

4210 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Half Moon Bay
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    There are two lots available, and there is also parking on the street and in the harbor.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Lewis Rossman
  • Entertainment
    Enjoy live music from blues to jazz! May - October: Every Friday night from 5:30-8:30pm (inside bar) and Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4pm (outside bar, weather permitting). November - April: Every Friday & Saturday night from 5:30-8:30pm (inside bar)
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (650) 712-0245 ext. 1
  • Catering
    Already found the perfect spot for your corporate event, graduation party or family reunion? Sam's ChowderMobile will bring its award-winning seafood to the location of your choice! Order Sam's famous Lobster Rolls, New England Clam Chowder, Fried Calamari and more, off the traditional menu — or have the ChowderMobile arrive fully equipped to prepare an authentic Lobster Clambake for your special event. For more information, contact Sam's Catering Manager: (650) 712-1766 or events@samschowderhouse.com
  • Private party facilities
    Amazing sunsets, award-winning seafood and spectacular oceanfront dining. Perfect for family gatherings, business events, weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. Oceanfront private & semi-private spots for your special event. Oceanfront beach weddings. Full restaurant buyout available.
  • Private party contact
    Mary Ratkovic: (650) 712-0245 ext. 4
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