Sam's Chowder House

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 9 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Seafood + 2 more
75% of 4 votes say it's Celiac friendly

4210 Cabrillo Highway North, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 Directions

(650) 712-0245
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    5 ratingMarch 10, 2017

    We dined on a busy Friday night. The Garlic Prawn appetizer was so good. The Shrimp and Crab Louie was also very good. The waitress reassured us that the kitchen was very careful and that she marked everything Gluten Free. The menu is clearly marked for Gluten Free items.

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    5 ratingJanuary 13, 2016

    Ate dinner here on my wife's birthday. I said one diner needs to be gluten free and one is celebrating her birthday when I made the reservation. Our server, Tiffany, was very attentive and made recommendations for GF options from the menu. The food was great, very fresh fish and local vegetables. My wife ordered the warm chocolate cake for her dessert which the restaurant comped for her birthday. Made my wife very happy and I enjoyed my GF sundae. We will be back.

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    5 ratingOctober 28, 2015

    Delicious, many GF options. I had the halibut and will be coming back again!! Service was wonderful and they understood my allergy needs. I highly recommend.

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    5 ratingNovember 22, 2014

    They do a very good job but make sure to read the menu carefully and don't make assumptions. We have had only good experiences there. Many things can be made gluten-free. The chef is very aware of how to accommodate gf.

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    1 ratingJanuary 19, 2014

    Very very disappointing. We chose here because people recommended it as being celiac friendly- one of our party is celiac so it is not a case of simply not wanting to eat gluten and she was super careful to explain this to our server- who looking back on it now seemed to dismiss us. She ordered the beet salad which seemed fine but the dessert came out with a lovely wafer on it and when we asked we were told that it was not gluten free. It was listed on the menu as one of the gluten free items. Obviously, you need to ask multiple times. The server then insisted on taking it away and making it up again with no real apology. But in all honesty, it was too late as the trust was gone. How can you trust that they will get it right the next time. They did bring it back despite being told no and then to make matters worse, they charged us for this on our bill!!! Not a single real apology, no-one from the kitchen came to apologize or to reassure us that this was an exception and would not happen again. And we never even saw the manager- if one exists. I also think that the beet salad was not fully gluten free as she was sick later that evening and that was the only item eaten that could possibly have caused any issues. Overall, I was shocked by the customer service or lack of and do not want anyone else to suffer like we did.

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    1 ratingJanuary 16, 2014

    Everything the other reviewers say is true and the food is delicious. But I ordered two supposedly gluten free items off the menu, a main dish of jumbo shrimp stuffed with crabs and wrapped in bacon over mashed potatoes and soft ice cream with salt and olive oil, and I got terribly sick. I even mentioned to the waitress to ensure things were strictly gluten free or I would get sick. But to no avail. Perhaps I just got unlucky, but just ordering the items they say are gluten free isn't enough.

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    5 ratingJuly 30, 2013

    Server aware of GF needs. Menu lists all items that are GF. Had the California halibut. Out of this world! Will be back again for sure! Great wine selection as well.

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    5 ratingJuly 12, 2013

    We had an entirely gf engagement party for 50 here. Danielle the party planner let the chefs go wild on the menu and it was perfect. My family of celiacs loved it and no one else missed a thing just " because it was GF "

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    5 ratingJune 12, 2013

    Their menu marks everything that is gluten-free and they have a pretty good selection.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
11:30 am - 9 pm
11:30 am - 9 pm
11:30 am - 9 pm
11:30 am - 9 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11 am - 9:30 pm
11 am - 9 pm

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