We are OPEN for TAKEOUT only at this time...

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!


Paul and Julie Shenkman, Co-owners

Julie Shenkman Paul Shenkman

Raised on opposite coasts, both near the ocean, co-founders Paul and Julie Shenkman share a passion for delicious seasonal cuisine, and fresh seafood. Culinary entrepreneur Paul Shenkman began his restaurant journey as founder and original proprietor of Half Moon Bay's Pasta Moon, nationally known for its authentic Italian cuisine and wines, and he was himself the chef there for several years.  Julie left her career in technology to join him on his next venture, Half Moon Bay’s Cetrella, which they owned until 2006, and which rapidly became a national success featured in Gourmet Magazine.

Together they opened the original Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay in 2006, along with Executive Chef and Partner Lewis Rossman. The restaurant quickly became a favorite gathering place for people throughout the Bay Area, and was named top three "Best Outdoor Dining" restaurants by San Francisco Magazine, and "Best Seafood Restaurant in the Bay Area" several years in a row by San Francisco's Best of the BayList.

Guest feedback inspired the team to create a mobile version, and Sam's ChowderMobile was born. One mobile truck quickly became several, and Sam's ChowderMobiles now travel throughout the Bay Area serving Sam's famous seafood on daily lunch and dinner routes and for private parties ranging from corporate events and block parties to weddings.

The ChowderMobile has been featured on The Discovery Channel's Top Ten Fab Food Trucks on "Best Food Ever", as well as on the Cooking Channel's hit show "Eat Street". In 2013, Sam's ChowderMobile won all five rounds of the FOOD TRUCK FIGHT to become the "Top Food Truck in the Bay Area" on San Francisco's Bay Area A-List.

Lewis Rossman, Executive Chef/Partner

Executive Chef/Partner Lewis Rossman

Lewis Rossman has contributed to the success of some of the Bay Area's top dining spots.  Under his culinary leadership as Executive Chef and Partner at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, the restaurant has garnered many awards such as TOP FIVE "Best Sandwiches in America" by NBC's The Today Show and "Best of the BAYLIST" by San Francisco Chronicle's SFGATE.  As opening team member and later Executive Chef of Cetrella in Half Moon Bay, California, he won many accolades, including "Culinary Hospitality Restaurant of the Year" in the U.S. by Sante Magazine.  As Chef de Cuisine at Acquerello, rated one of Wine Spectator's "10 best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.", Rossman worked closely with award-winning chef Suzette Gresham. Today, Rossman participates in the overall management of both locations of Sam's Chowder House, Sam's ChowderMobiles, and the team's San Mateo restaurant, Osteria Coppa. He also directs all kitchen operations at Sam's, including the development, creation and execution of the menus.