Sam’s Chowder House in San Mateo County

Perhaps before or after golf, horseback riding, kayaking or cycling along the coastal paradise of Half Moon Bay, you may decide that dining deck side next to a blazing bonfire overlooking the sea sounds sounds enticing? If so, then legendary Sam’s Chowder House is in order.

It’s no wonder that Sam’s has been attracting guests and locals alike for a long time on the edge of the bay. One bite of anything served at Sam’s and you’ll be sold, hook, line and sinker.

Every painstakingly homemade sauce, salad, entree, and dessert is bursting with reshness. They are even famous for and have won numerous awards for their unique lobster rolls that are truly better than the Maine version.

At Sam’s elegance and casual dining weave together to create a relaxed atmosphere where homemade and freshly prepared specialties like various clam chowders, stews, fresh oyster bar, seafood platters fit for a king of the freshest quality, along with delectable local produce desserts all tempt and please.

We loved the Captain’s Platter full of ceviche, clams, oysters, shrimp and more. It was a treat and pinnacle of the meal. The clam chowder was savory and delicious made with real tasty broth not thickened by flour. The Oyster Stew with bacon, herbs, brandy and cream was terrific. And the key lime pie was some of the best ever.

Happy Hour specials and weekly desserts specialties are part of the normal routine. Local berries and produce are incorporated in changing seasonal offerings at every opportunity.

Take a few minutes to check out their unique gift shop with so many unusual local goodies and souvenirs.

Whether your road trip takes you North or South, stop by Sam’s for a wonderful road trip meal.