Sam's Chowder House Half Moon Bay




Nestled on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Half Moon Bay, Sam’s Chowder House offers stunning sunsets and a true oceanfront experience just 40 minutes from downtown San Francisco. Your ceremony begins with a warm, salty breeze washing over your guests, as they watch you make your grand entrance. You’ll walk down the sandy aisle to say your vows on the beach, with the sound of gentle waves lapping behind you. Say “I do” as the sun sets and fills the sky with color. Or choose a charming ceremony on the lawn, only steps from the Pacific Ocean. Guests will then enjoy cocktails and appetizers on the North Patio with it’s sweeping view of the harbor. Dinner begins in the Harbor View room or the Ocean Terrace depending on party size. A cozy fireplace warms the Harbor View room while the Ocean Terrace provides a flexible indoor and outdoor space for guests to enjoy their meal and mingle together while enjoying the breathtaking view. The South Beach Bar is the perfect spot for a band or DJ and you’ll dance into the night with the stars twinkling above the bay. Sam’s Chowder House has everything you’ve been searching for for your big day.

Venue Style

Banquet Hall/Restaurant, Ocean/Waterfront View, Beach, Outdoor


Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 120 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 60 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 120 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start as early as 9:00AM. Events must end by 10:00PM.

Rental Fees

For most locations, there is no rental fee for the reception but there is a food and beverage minimum applied to all events. To have your reception at the Beachfront Lawn, there is a $2,000 facility fee. The venue allows for 4 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. No rental fee is required for other Sam's Chowder House event spaces. Entire venue can be rented out, inquire with Sam's Chowder House Wedding Coordinator for more details. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $400/hr. A refundable security deposit of ~$3,200 is required or the equivalent of 50% of your site rental.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Sam's Chowder House Half Moon Bay is estimated at between $7,793 and $18,515 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Votive candles
Day of onsite manager
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Food & beverage minimum
Wheelchair access limited
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by 10:00PM
No glitter or confetti.