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

We plan to be open in a few weeks for outdoor dining, but are busy retro-fitting the restaurant to meet the health and safety guidelines required.  At this time, we are not taking advance reservations.  Please check back on our website, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest news about reopening. 

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: HelloSanFrancisco.com


Sam's Chowder House view
From Sam's patios, you can see all of Pillar Point Harbor and beyond to the famed Mavericks surving waves. Photo by San Mateo County Visitors Bureau

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

January 30, 2011
by Bob Cooper, San Francisco Reporter for HelloMetro
Sam's lobster roll sandwich
The lobster roll at Sam's Chowder House attracts diners from far and wide—and the lobster arrives daily from Maine. Photo by Bob Cooper

fire pit and Adirondack chairs on Sam's outdoor patio
A fire pit warms diners and drinkers on the Adirondack lounge chairs behind the restaurant. Photo by Bob Cooper

Sam's cioppino
The cioppino is second in popularity only to the lobster roll among regular diners at Sam's. Photo by Bob Cooper

Sam's Crab Louis
Sam's Crab Louis combines Dungeness crab, Fuji apple slices, lettuce, cucumbers and egg slices. Photo by Bob Cooper

How can Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, 3,000 miles from Maine, boast of its Maine lobster rolls? Sam's Chowder House can because Maine lobsters are flown in fresh daily, and NBC's Today show backed them up when the lobster roll was named one of America's "five best sandwiches."

They're lightly tossed with butter and presented on a toasted bun—and the taste is memorable. So is Sam's view of Pillar Point Harbor. You can enjoy it from anywhere inside or outside this Pacific Coast Highway restaurant, which seats 173 indoors and 130 more outdoors.

Windows line one side of the long, narrow, casual-dress restaurant. Just outside, even closer to the harbor, are eight distinct areas for eating, drinking and enjoying the view. There's a surf-shack bar, benches, tables and Adirondack chairs out there, with fire pits and heat lamps to keep you warm.

Unlike the trademark lobster roll, most of the seafood is caught locally. A dedication to sustainable seafood practices means that some menu items are not always available—but those that are will be fresh. And there's plenty to choose from, between house specialties like cioppino and crab-stuffed jumbo prawns; locally caught grilled halibut and sea bass; and New England and Manhattan chowders.

Sam's seafood is so popular, there's a Sam's ChowderMobile that serves lobster rolls on summer weekends at Golden Gate Park and at private lobster clambakes.

Luscious desserts include a roasted pumpkin and pecan bread pudding drizzled with caramel sauce and a key lime pie that mixes fresh limes, custard and toasted meringue.

Happy hour is celebrated every weeknight from 4 to 7 p.m. with two-for-one well drinks and specialty cocktails. (Order the Nadia's Raspberry Lemondrop—vodka, raspberry puree and lemon juice—and profits will go to the Nadia Gift Foundation breast-cancer research fund.) Bands play rock, blues, jazz, reggae and "surf and groove" at the indoor or outdoor bar, depending on the weather, on Fridays (6-9 p.m.), Saturdays (6-9 p.m.) and Sundays (1-4 p.m.).

HelloSanFrancisco Tip: Wondering if it's foggy before you drive over the hill? Simply check the SamCam for a live peek at the view from Sam's.

Address: 4210 North Cabrillo Highway
Pricing: Dinner entrees $11-$30 (lunch $11-$27)
Phone: (650) 712-0245
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30-9:00, Fri. 11:30-9:30, Sat. 11:00-9:30, Sun. 11-9
Parking: Free lot