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: Delicious Seafood Dishes in a Casual, Authentic Setting

up! magazine

Sam's Chowder House

By Eric Rumble, August 14th, 2009
Sam's Chowder House at night

Delicious seafood dishes in a casual, authentic setting

AN EAST COAST-style seafood house on the West Coast? Don’t think of it as a cheap throwback, or even an oxymoron; if anything, this charming and expansive family joint is a brilliant evolution of tried-and-true maritime dining.

Perched on a coastal cliff side facing the sunset and surfers on Half Moon Bay (a half-hour south of San Francisco), Sam’s has all sorts of idyllic seating options for digging into your seafood of choice, from a heated, dog-friendly patio to Adirondack chairs beside fire pits to the intentionally rustic shack-style South Beach Bar. The vibe here is casual and authentic, and the menu is broad and accommodating, with everything from Maine lobster to fresh local crab to Ahi Tuna poke.

Opened in October 2006, the property has strived to be eco-friendly by using rooftop solar power, biodegradable packaging, recycled cooking oil and fish suppliers who are equally focused on sustainability. And innovation isn’t limited to the restaurant itself: the proprietors’ newest endeavor is the San Francisco Bay Area’s first gourmet seafood truck, Sam’s ChowderMobile.