Best of San Francisco A-List

2013 "Best Waterfront Dining in the Bay Area" and "Best Seafood in the Bay Area"

There were 22,635 voters, 10,425 nominees and 175 winners in the 2013 contest.

Sam's Chowder House ocean view at sunset

2013 A-List Winner

Sam's Chowder House

Nestled on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Sam's offers stunning sunsets, true oceanfront outdoor dining, and a casual and authentic seafood experience reminiscent of an East Coast style seafood house. Watch the crashing surf inside by the fireplace, dine outside under a cozy heat lamp, or settle into an Adirondack chair near a toasty fire pit on Sam's dog-friendly patio and enjoy the crisp, salty ocean air.


Christine T. ... voted BEST Waterfront Dining
"Amazing views of the bay whether dining al fresco or inside. Your spirits will soar even higher when your meal arrives!"
March 10, 2013

Gaines A. ... voted BEST Waterfront Dining
"Great food and view. We loved the 'ladies nights on Thursdays.'"
March 8, 2013

Kathleen B. ... voted BEST Waterfront Dining
"Great dining - great views - great service!"
March 8, 2013

Hanna C. ... voted BEST Waterfront Dining
"The Seafood Pasta, the seasonal dishes like the pumpkin bisque with shrimp. And their raw oysters are to die FOR!"
March 8, 2013

Elisa S. ... voted BEST Waterfront Dining
"Best crab salad ever! Beautiful views, friendly place!"
March 8, 2013

Joanne B. ... voted BEST Waterfront Dining
"Thanks for your great patio area. We come frequently because our small dog goes everywhere with us, so outside dining is always a must!"
March 8, 2013

Julie O. ... voted BEST Waterfront Dining
"Best Seafood on the coast!"
March 8, 2013

sanciekat ... voted BEST Waterfront Dining
"Lobster Rolls to die for!!!"
March 8, 2013

Christine T. ... voted BEST Seafood
"Fresh fish, creative accompaniments locally sourced. Great menu!"
March 10, 2013

Betsy R. ... voted BEST Seafood
"By far, the best seat food in the west"
March 9, 2013

Hector P. ... voted BEST Seafood
"The best seafood house!"
March 9, 2013

Carolyn G. ... voted BEST Seafood
"Make a MEAL from choosing several of Sam's delicious appetizers or order the chef's daily seafood specials!"
March 9, 2013

Eileen H. ... voted BEST Seafood
"The BEST New England Clam Chowder on the WEST Coast."
March 8, 2013

Pamela M. ... voted BEST Seafood
"Been CRAVING a Lobster Roll.....think I'll be going next week for sure!"
March 8, 2013

Gordon L. ... voted BEST Seafood
"Unbelievable seafood. Been to Maine, RI and Baltimore. only downside - it's too far away."
March 8, 2013

David O. ... voted BEST Seafood
"Incredible food and always consistant. Creating new dishes exciting dishes which keeps the menu fresh. Sam's has never let me down."
March 8, 2013

Read more Tips from Voters...