About Sam's


“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, and oceanfront outdoor dining, with a casual and authentic seafood experience reminiscent of an East Coast style seafood house. Due to COVID-19, our dining room is currently closed, but we have extensive outdoor seating with cozy heat lamps, where you can enjoy the crisp, salty ocean air. Sam’s welcomes well-behaved pups on the back patio, on a first come, first served basis.

Wondering about the weather for outdoor dining? 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, live Maine lobster, fresh local crab (in season), fried calamari, ahi tuna poke, fish and chips, clam chowder, Sam’s famous lobster roll and other seafood specialties.

Sam’s is available to host private gatherings, corporate offsites, authentic lobster clambakes, and oceanfront weddings for your special events, all featuring gorgeous ocean views.

Enjoy Sam’s Takeout for food to enjoy at home or on the beach.

To contact Sam’s, please call 650 712-0245 or use our feedback email link. To stay on top of the news and events at Sam’s, sign up for our newsletter.

Sam's outdoor patio
sunset view from Sam's
dog friendly outdoor patio
Sam's South Beach Bar