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Sam's Chowder House

  • Address:
    4210 Cabrillo Highway N., El Granada, CA 94018
    Half Moon Bay, CA 94019



Enjoy a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, breathtaking sunsets by the cozy fire pits and spectacular fresh seafood. Sam's Chowder House is reminiscent of a New England style seafood house, serving fresh fish, live Maine lobster, fresh local crab, Sam's award-winning lobster rolls stuffed with big chunks of sweet, juicy lobster, fried calamari, a raw bar, and more.

Sam's was voted #1 Best Seafood Restaurant and #1 Best Waterfront Dining by San Francisco's Best of the Baylist in 2011. "Cioppino and chowder are excellent" says Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle.

Private diningcorporate offsites, authentic Lobster Clambakes, and oceanfront weddings available for your private events. Sam's has over six different event and wedding venue spaces to choose from for banquets, receptions and weddings, all featuring gorgeous ocean views overlooking the Half Moon Bay area.

You may also enjoy Sam’s Takeout for food to enjoy at home, as a beach picnic, or on the outdoor patio. Open from lunch through dinner daily.


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Business Continuity
  • Cost: $$$
  • Large Group: 100+ people
  • Meals Served:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
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  • Parking Options:
    • Parking lot
    • Self
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  • Cuisine:
    • Seafood
  • Private Dining and Banquet Rooms:
  • Number of Private Rooms: 3
  • Semi-Private Dining and Banquet Rooms:
  • Number of Semi-Private Rooms: 3
  • Min Group Size: 24
  • Max Group Size: 75
  • Corkage Fee: 15
  • Service Charge %: 20
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  • Takeout Available:
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Personal Protection
  • Masks Required-Staff:
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Meeting Facilities
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Description Sam’s Chowder House has five different private dining options, each with beautiful ocean views. Maverick’s room can seat 20 guest and 16 standing, Harbor View seats 54 or 75 standing, Ocean Terrace can seat 35 guests or 75 standing, the Beach Front Lawn can accommodate 100 seated guests or 120 standing and the South Beach Bar can seat 60 guests or 80 standing. The restaurant is also available for buyouts.
  • Reception Capacity 120
  • A/V (In-house) true
  • Outdoor Capacity 120
  • WiFi true
  • Banquet Capacity 100
  • Number of Rooms 6
Harbor View Room (Private)
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 75
North Patio (Private)
  • Banquet Capacity: 40
  • Reception Capacity: 65
Ocean Terrace (Private)
  • Banquet Capacity: 44
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Mavericks (Semi-Private)
  • Banquet Capacity: 24
  • Reception Capacity: 20
Beach Front Lawn
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 120
South Beach Bar
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 80