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8 Must-Try Restaurants for Outdoor Dining

Excerpted from August 16, 2017 article by Megan Eileen McDonough

We hope you’re hungry, because San Mateo County is packed to the brim with restaurants specializing in just about every type of cuisine, local and exotic. From craft brewhouses to northern Italian eateries, meals always seem better when enjoyed outdoors. Whether you’re exploring Half Moon Bay or Redwood City, here are eight of our best restaurants with outdoor seating.

Sam's Chowder House ocean view outdoor dining patio


Also in Half Moon Bay is Sam’s Chowder House, a New England–style seafood house with a patio dining area that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It’s especially well known for its clam chowder and lobster rolls, so don’t leave without ordering one (or both)! Sunset views are pretty spectacular from the patio, so try to plan for a late-afternoon or early-evening meal.


Sam's Chowder House outdoor patio dining on the waterfront in Half Moon Bay