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Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto

Voted "Best Seafood Restaurant in Palo Alto" two years in a row, Sam’s Chowder House in downtown Palo Alto offers a casual and authentic seafood experience reminiscent of a New England style seafood house. The menu includes daily fresh fish, live Maine lobster, fresh local crab, an Oyster Bar and more. Signature items include clam chowder, Sam’s famous Lobster Rolls, fish and chips, and several daily specials.

Private dining and Lobster Clambakes are also be available. Follow us on Facebook for more info. www.facebook.com/samschowderhousepa
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337 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
(337 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 337 reviews
5 stars
(103)
4 stars
(129)
3 stars
(66)
2 stars
(29)
1 star
(10)
Food 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Service 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Ambiance 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
Noise Level
2 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • great for lunch(118)
  • good for groups(98)
  • fit for foodies(78)
  • kid-friendly(75)
  • neighborhood gem(65)
  • special occasion(41)
Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto Reviews List
Review 1 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 1/28/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2013
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2013
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Review 2 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/04/2016
 2009
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Review 3 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/03/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2015
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Review 4 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Review 5 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Not up to the level of HMB

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"It was not a busy time at all, but service was highly lacking. Our drinks and bread did not come to our tables until we asked, way after we ordered. Food was pretty good. We had oysters, beets salad, and clam chowder. I felt like management wasn't around or something and people were slacking off.
I'd rather drive farther for better service and ambiance."
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 6 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 7 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/29/2016
 2013
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Review 8 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 9 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/22/2016
 2008
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Review 10 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/27/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2013
Special Features: notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 11 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 1/29/2016
 2009
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Review 12 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2006
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Review 13 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/25/2016
 2004
Dined on 1/25/2016
 2004
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/25/2016
 2004
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Review 14 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/24/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, special occasion
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Review 15 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/26/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2014
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Review 16 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/14/2015
 2002
Dined on 12/14/2015
 2002
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 12/14/2015
 2002
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Review 17 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2010
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2010
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2010
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Review 18 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2006
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Review 19 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We have been to the Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay many-a-time. This was the first time we had dined at the one in Palo Alto. Food and service were very good - as usual. Location was conveniently located. While the ambiance isn't the same as being right on the water, we enjoyed dinner very much...their blue soft-shelled crab scotch egg (a special) was delicious!"
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 20 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/16/2016
 2002
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Review 21 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

First Time Visit

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Been to Half Moon Bay, enjoyed Palo Alto site, love the food and service team. Always attentive to our needs."
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 22 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Wow!!!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Best lobster roll ever! Sam's serves the hot lobster chunks with just butter on a great sandwich roll and washed down with a great beer...just doesn't get any better!"
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 23 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2007
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Review 24 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2000
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great lunch for 4!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"After designing our Bloody Mary's, we started with the Captains Platter which could have been lunch by itself. Perfectly cold clams, oysters, prawns, ceviche with mango, and Ahi poke was the perfect pairing for the drinks...all we needed was the sea shore. In this case we were in downtown Palo Alto with great service, we were all happy as a clam!"
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2006
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 26 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2007
Special Features: kid-friendly
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Review 27 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Awesome food what more can I say!!"
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
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Review 28 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2000
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2000
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2000
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Review 29 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 30 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 1/10/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/10/2016
 2012
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/10/2016
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 31 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Not a bad place

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Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"It was really clean and service was on point. Host was very kind to check me in. The sever was constantly checking on our table and even the manager came by to see if everything was well. The food is delicious but a bit pricey."
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 32 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/06/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/06/2016
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/06/2016
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2009
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Review 34 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/09/2016
 2009
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Review 35 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great food but expensive wine

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Although we have eaten at Sam's in Half Moon Bay this was our first visit to the Palo Alto branch. The New England chowder was wonderful and exactly like the one served in HMB. We enjoyed fried calamari, fried oysters and shrimp/scampi pasta. The food was fresh and the portions very generous. We took food home with us and enjoyed it the next day. Service was attentive but rather too rushed. I had not even finished my chowder when the next course arrived! The only disappointment was the wine list. The wines were very expensive from our perspective (most of what we think of and drink as every day wines like Chalk Hill ranged from $40 to $50 and many were a lot more expensive that that) so we declined to order wine although we always enjoy it with meals. Instead we ordered draught Anchor Steam beers which we enjoyed and which were much better value for money.......but we'd have preferred wine to go with our seafood."
Dined on 1/03/2016
 2007
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 36 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Good but service inconsistent

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"This was our second visit to Sam's. Both times the food was good. The first time the service was very good and attentive. The second time, service was quite poor. Our server filled in for our own server (who never did appear). I also did not like where we were seated. Last time we were over by the kitchen, and it felt much more cozy and inviting. This time we were on the other end, and it was cold and unwelcoming. Nevertheless, the food would keep us returning."
Dined on 1/03/2016
 2013
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Review 37 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

New Year's Dinner

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"My wife and daughter wanted to dine at Sam's for New Year's, but we were unable to get a reservation at the Half Moon Bay location. I suggested going to Palo Alto, instead, and we were able to sit for an early dinner (3:45). Place was not crowded, and sun was just starting to set, so made for a nice ambiance. My wife ordered the Seafood Stew, and thoroughly enjoyed it (took some home, too). My daughter had a bowl of chowder and the Combo Louie, and I had the fresh cod. All of our meals were served quickly and at the proper temperature. Service was good and friendly. Nice way to start the New Year!"
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 38 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2015
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Review 39 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 1/01/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2014
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2014
Special Features: kid-friendly
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Review 40 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2011
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2011
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 41 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2013
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 42 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Best Lobster Rolls

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"I was only here 1 week ago and had a craving for their lobster roll. Absolutely delicious!
Service was a little slow today.
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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 43 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2007
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2007
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Review 44 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

A reliable lunch spot

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"I live in San Francisco, but work in Palo Alto. The schlep to work is unbearable at best, but one of my motivating forces is Sam's. I always look forward to escaping out to lunch for my shrimp and crab louis salad and a sandwich. After a nice, long holiday break, I am very much looking forward to schlepping down to Palo Alto -- not for work, but for Sam's!"
Dined on 11/03/2015
 2006
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 45 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Very disappointing!

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Bad service, was waiting at the entrance for 5-10mins, then the hostess only appeared & I told him I had reservations, he seemed didn't care & didn't update the record!
Was served by a 'manager' instead of waiter, she took the appetizer orders , then disappeared! We had to ask for other waiter to take orders!
Food was not great , very disappointing!
Overall, service & food are bad!"
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2013
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Review 46 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2009
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2009
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Review 47 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/29/2015
 2013
Dined on 12/29/2015
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/29/2015
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 48 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 49 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/29/2015
 2014
Dined on 12/29/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/29/2015
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 50 for Sam's Chowder House - Palo Alto
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 12/30/2015
 2007
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