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!

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Half Moon Bay Patch

Sam's Chowder House Named One of the "Top 100 Kid-Friendly Restaurants" in America

Half Moon Bay eatery beat out 12,000 restaurants for a spot in the group of 100.

July 15, 2011
by Kristine Wong

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Three young customers at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. Photo by Emily McCormick.

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Shrimp and smiles at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. Photo by Anastasia Mandeville.

One of Half Moon Bay's most popular restaurants got a national seal of approval earlier this week when it was named one of the top 100 kid-friendly restaurants in the nation.

Sam's Chowder House, operated by husband-and-wife team Paul and Julie Shenkman along with business partner and Executive Chef Lewis Rossman, was chosen by diners of online restaurant reservation service Open Table in their 2011 Diners' Choice Awards competition. The awards were determined based on feedback given by the diners on the website between June 2010 and May 2011.

"At Sam’s we have spent a great deal of time on our kids menu, working closely with the Well Kiddos organization to make it as healthy and wholesome as possible, while still appealing to our younger guests,” said Rossman.

The restaurant started working with Half Moon Bay Coastside organization Well Kiddos in 2010, said Manu Hipkins, Moss Beach resident and founder of Well Kiddos, after she approached Rossman and Julie Shenkman (Shenkman) with the prospect.

"Lewis and Julie pledged their support immediately," Hipkins said.

Hipkins first sat down with Rossman and Shenkman to discuss what dishes parents tended to order for their children, then discussed the ingredients and ideas on how to make the dish healthier, she said.

"We were mutually inspired by the idea that parents shouldn’t have to sacrifice their commitment to healthy eating just to enjoy a family meal out," Shenkman said.

After making inital changes to the children's menu — for example, replacing an organic peanut butter and jelly sandwich with grilled salmon — the trio met regularly to brainstorm new menu items as well as how to educate parents about menu choices and ingredients over the course of six months, according to Shenkman.

"We periodically did in-restaurant surveys of parents ordering off of our kids menus, to learn what was important to them, and get feedback on how we were doing," Shenkman said. The group continues to meet periodically to discuss the children's menu.

The menu features Schwarz all-beef antibiotic-free hot dogs with no added hormones, sustainably-fished items "whenever possible," Shenkman says, fruit and vegetables that are seasonal and local "when available," and Strauss Family Creamery's organic soft-serve ice cream. Dishes containing dairy products are rBST-free, and food is cooked with cholesterol- and trans-fat-free vegetable oil, according to Shenkman.

Shenkman said that the group learned that "the trick is two-fold: to make healthier items available and tasty, and encourage kids to order them — and to make traditional kids' items healthier, while keeping the good taste."

"I think this award is sending an important signal as it recognizes the importance of including children as customers who are valued," said Hipkins.

Half Moon Bay-area restaurants that have worked with Well Kiddos to develop healthy children's menus include Mezza Luna, Chez Shea, Cafe Gibraltar, It's Italia, Cameron's and LaDiDa Cafe.

The city of Half Moon Bay has also endorsed the program, Hipkins says, and has asked other chefs to offer healthy choices on their menus as well.

"I hope that this award will inspire other restaurateurs to come up with some innovative ideas for their menus and overall offering to families," Hipkins said.