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10 scenic waterfront restaurants open in the Bay Area right now

Excerpted from August 4, 2020 article by Janelle Bitker


Sam’s Chowder House

Half Moon Bay has several pretty waterfront seafood restaurants, but Sam’s Chowder House is a consistent favorite for good reason. Emulating a classic East Coast chowder spot, the restaurant makes a rich, bacon-studded clam chowder; a soft, buttery lobster roll; and a shrimp Louis amped up with blue crab. The extensive patio overlooks the endless blue of the ocean and, thankfully, is lined with heat lamps.

Sam’s Chowder House. 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 4210 North Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay. 650-712-0245 or

waterfront outdoor dining in Half Moon Bay