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Moss Beach Distillery, Moss Beach, CA

Moss Beach Distillery

4.1
4.1
1091 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
This historic restaurant dates back to the 1920's and has been a favorite ocean view restaurant for many people worldwide. Guests marvel at the view of the Pacific Ocean while enjoying the Distillery's excellent cuisine including fabulous prime steaks and fresh seafood favorites. Relax by the patio firepits and enjoy the ocean view while snuggling under a cozy, warm blanket. The resident "Blue Lady" ghost, as featured on Unsolved Mysteries, may even decide to enhance your Distillery Experience!

Bring your furry friend along because the heated patio is dog friendly. The restaurant even provides a doggie menu that is specifically designed for dogs!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Monday through Saturday: open 12 noon - Flexible closing hours please call to confirm Sunday: open 11am - Flexible closing hours please call to confirm
  • Phone number
    (650) 728-5595
  • Payment Options
    Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Moss Beach Distillery has 2 private rooms: the Torres Room (up to 65 people) and the Fitzgerald Room (up to 48 people). There is also the Cabaret Room for parties, although it is not private. For larger groups there is an option to reserve the entire restaurant, including the outside patio (up to 26
  • Private party contact
    Bev Anolin: (877) 286-3752
  • Neighbourhood
    Half Moon Bay
  • Cross Street
    Ocean Street
  • Parking Details
    Our large private lot is conveniently located across from the entrance to the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,091 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 0.7Value

NoiseModerate

1,091 Reviews
  1. GinnyD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought friends from Sacramento for our Birthday dinners. Well worth to trip. Love the view. Miss being able to pick my own table. Food was excellent.

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  2. SkyKing

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always come here for special occasions and Moss Beach Distillery never disappoints. We had a great evening for a pre-Valentines Day dinner with another couple. Because we started later than normal, by the time we finished dining they had already shut down the romantic and cozy outside firepits. But when they saw that we had hoped to sit outside for a while with an after-dinner drink they unlocked the door and re-lit the fire pits just for the four of us. What a great evening! We're definitely going to keep coming back.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate my father's first visit to California. The service was excellent, the seafood amazing, and the view of the Pacific Ocean was stunning. After dinner we went downstairs and sat by the fire pit and lingered awhile longer. We had quiet seating in a private room, which was perfect for conversation.

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  4. Josh

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Moss Beach is a good place for lunch when the weather is beautiful or when one wants to watch the ocean with a great position. The food is a comfort food type place. The wait person we had was very helpful.

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  5. LivingLarge

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a totally unique place - former speakeasy that had a friendly ghost. Stunning views of the pacific. Near to exceptionally scenic hikes. One of a kind spot to watch sunset. Enjoy the views from inside or outside on the deck, which is wonderfully dog-friendly! Food is delicious, and drinks are special with that incredible view. It's a must see!

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  6. edmlr

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had made reservations and requested a ocean view table. When we arrived we were told we would have to wait 20 minutes for a window table. The restaurant was very busy. We were able to sit outside on the patio and enjoy the ocean view while we waited. Hardly and place to wait inside the restaurant. The service was good and the food was very good and very large portions. We especially enjoyed the clam chowder. Nice place to take visitors for a different dinning experience.

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  7. ReenieB

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great specials for locals on Friday nights. It brought us back in to the Distillery after a long absence. Nice 3-course meal at good price. A table for 2 with a view -- an excellent way to end the week.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was quiet and we were just a little late to watch the sunset go down. The staff were friendly and the food was good with good portions.

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  9. JohnB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place for the ocean view. A must for a special occasion. Food is very good and local ingredients are used extensively for menu items. Excellent service - wait staff and support staff are very attentative, allowing for a casual and relaxed dinner. Will definitely dine here again.

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  10. Montaran

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our dinner and the ambiance. I was Impressed that we found out that they were short staffed and our service never suffered for it. It was a very pleasant experience.

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  11. Patti

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Service by Chris! Beautiful window seat with gorgeous view. Delicious food, and fun times with Blue Lady visiting us and trying to get my earring, which fell off, but landed in my hand! We will be back...Great Birthday experience!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and views. A classic in a fantastic location.

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  13. OshkoshTraveler

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great service by Susan made for an enjoyable dinner. Weather prevented enjoying the ocean view, but the location makes for great ocean views. Well done!

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  14. Gfmtngirl

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great gluten free experience!!!

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  15. None

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the view, the food & the service. The only problem is that the restaurant is very cold. Fortunately I had a good warm sweater with me.

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  16. DrBo

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great birthday celebration and the service was really good -- they reserved a nice window table for us and brought us a piece of cake to share for the birthday celebration!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seated promptly. Wonderful service, great food. Thank you

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  18. Lily

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu can use an update. There is nothing spectacular about the food or a signature dish that's a must have.

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  19. NedB

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated anniversary on New Years Eve with a cocktail and glass of wine before dinner consisting of a prawn appetizer, beet salad, Filet Mignon steaks, Champagne toast and Distillery Decadence dessert. Distillery honored my request for a window seat even though only we two sat at a table for 6. Distillery provided a complimentary photo and dessert. Hostess, bartender, busboy and waiter were superb.

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  20. JohnnyC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my wife's birthday and they made it special. It was perfect. Thank you!

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  21. MaryLB

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfect for an unhurried late afternoon lunch on New Year's Eve. I don't know why everyone flocks to Sam's Chowder House down the road, when this is much less of a zoo, location is quite comparable and the food is actually better.

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  22. Lucia

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place, food is always perfect and the ambiance is amazing. Great customer service too.

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  23. AaronBoyd

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We made this reservation for a very important business meeting . We had always eaten in the main dining room so there was no reason for us to think that we would be placed anywhere but there. We chose moss beach distillery for the ambiance and the view. We did not get this because we were sat in the bar. We were hoping for an elegant dining experience and it felt like eating at any old bar or grill. We had empty glasses for most of our meal and our server acted like they would rather be somewhere else. I am very sad to have to write this review as before this lunch we had had some pleasurable experiences with Moss Beach Distillery. We were very disappointed with the quality of the food which seems to have gone downhill since our last visit. We were embarrassed in front of our 7 corporate partners to have suggested this restaurant.

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  24. Lapokz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is definitely a 2 thumbs up. Me and my wife went here and was treated with great food, great service and totally GREAT VIEW. Really friendly service from the receptionist to the table and even after the meal. We went back this December (2016) with our kids and totally had the same experience. My kids love it too. My youngest love their clam chowder. Fish and chips are a HIT. So as their Shrimp and Chips. Love the Panko breaded oysters. Yummmmy writing this makes my mouth watery. Definitely a place to go back to.

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  25. Luka

    Orange County

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent chowder, oysters and fish and chips. The view is amazing. Special place and so much better than Sam's.

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  26. GinnyR

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best. I go here every time I visit my sister in the Bay Area. A gorgeous spot that can't be beat. Don't miss the Anchor Steam battered artichoke hearts. Amazing.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place with beautiful view and very interesting history.

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  28. JasonS

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good but a little heavy. Would love to see local options on the menu. Expected a better selection of specialty cocktails... based upon the name of the restaurant. Unfortunately we arrived after dark and could not appreciate the patio.

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  29. GaryK

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The dinner was great. The Hotess was fantastic in getting us a window table. Service was great!

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  30. Marky

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A great value for the area, good food and ample parking

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  31. David

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Christmas Day dinner was the occasion and it could not have been better!

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  32. VictoriaB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a special occasion or just to hang out

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  33. Felldorama

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the must-see spots on the northern California coast. Friendly and efficient wait staff, and a fabulous hostess. Stunning ocean view. Great food. Free parking. Open when other restaurants are closed. Always on my list for a romantic meal.

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  34. Suzanne

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely view, interesting menu with lots of seafood options. Love the fireplace patio option with the Blankets! Definitely be back again!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent, service was great the only issue my girlfriend had was that she was not to happy with her cocktail otherwise this place is great

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  36. The4ofUs

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Moss Beach is one of my all time favorite coast side restaurants in Northern California, and the sunsets are beautiful! Even on a cooler day, sitting out by the fire pits with provided blankets is a fantastic, cozy experience, but ya gotta love the sounds and views of the endless motion of the waves hitting the sand... The service, food and beverage choices are absolutely worth mentioning, but really, waves and sunsets...an excellent experience!

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  37. Chartreaux

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We have loved coming to the beloved Distillery many times over the years.... Been a while. The view, ocean breezes and setting never changes ... so lovely. I would sum up our lunch as: Average... which was a disappointment to us. The food was simple and definitely not special ....especially considering the prices. Same with wine. Flies in the dining area, unfortunately, detracted from the ambience we expected. The multi-folded "menu" drew some laughs at the table. An upgrade needed, for sure. Like most people, we love the location and expect a special outing. Prices, for many, are secondary if the food and environs are tops. Not the case on this trip. Quality and Value were missing on this day.

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  38. GailS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A visit to the Moss Beach Distillery? Historic, scenic, friendly, delicious!

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  39. JanetC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, especially for a party of 12 that turned into 15.

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  40. Maxey

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always take out of town guests here for lunch. It 's always wonderful and fun!

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Moss Beach Distillery is rated 4.1 stars by 1091 OpenTable diners.

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140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, CA 94038

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Ocean Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Half Moon Bay
  • Hours of Operation
    Monday through Saturday: open 12 noon - Flexible closing hours please call to confirm Sunday: open 11am - Flexible closing hours please call to confirm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Our large private lot is conveniently located across from the entrance to the restaurant.
  • Payment Options
    Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (650) 728-5595
  • Private party facilities
    Moss Beach Distillery has 2 private rooms: the Torres Room (up to 65 people) and the Fitzgerald Room (up to 48 people). There is also the Cabaret Room for parties, although it is not private. For larger groups there is an option to reserve the entire restaurant, including the outside patio (up to 26
  • Private party contact
    Bev Anolin: (877) 286-3752
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