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Moss Beach Distillery
Moss Beach Distillery

Moss Beach Distillery Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mossbeachdistillery.com
  • Phone: (650) 728-5595
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 12:00pm - 7:45 last seating
    Friday 12:00pm - 8:15 last seating
    For same day reservations, winter closing hours vary so please call ahead to confirm closing time.



    Saturday: 11:00 (brunch/lunch) - 8:15 last seating



    Sunday: 11:00 (brunch/lunch) - 7:45 last seating
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ocean Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our large private lot is conveniently located across from the entrance to the restaurant.
A word from Moss Beach Distillery
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. Bring your furry friend along because the heated patio is very dog friendly. The restaurant even provides a doggie menu that is specifically designed for dogs featuring mini burgers and grilled hot dogs. The resident "Blue Lady" ghost, as featured on Unsolved Mysteries, may even decide to enhance your Distillery Experience! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Great location and view, but the restaurant lacks that cared for feeling. From chipped paint, boxes left in the bar, old carpet, and heavy furniture, its as if they haven't really seen the restaurant since the 80's. The menu was dated, lots of fried shellfish but lacking in fresh, modern approach to seafood. The service was good, our waiter was very pleasant and helpful. After dinner we went downstairs to view the sunset on the patio. One firepit was out of order and the other had missing tiles. The wine pours are generous but not enough to make a return visit."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Have been here in years. Great views of the ocean and great service. While entire choices seem a bit on thin side, all is good. Had the chicken saltin bocca. Real good. Would come again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great views from indoor and amazing views on outdoor patio. Beautiful historic location with a cool ghost story. Great food, but overpriced. 2 dinners, 2 drinks with tip over $100."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I am handicapped and the staff went out of their way to help me and make me feel welcome."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "When I made the reservation, Sunday, Father's day was not available. Seeing they had Prime Rib on Friday as their special for $18.95. that was a find, and it was succulent, so tender and flavorful. will go back again. This is my second visit here. I came for lunch one day and now for dinner. We had the table with the view of the ocean and the setting sun. Magnificent...think we were there about 3 hours and there was no hassle about leaving. It is less than an hour's drive from the city. We took our own wine and paid a corking fee, great idea, we had good wines and the fee is reasonable. try this restaurant, you will love it. The service was superb, attentive to needs, and ever present when needed."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We love coming back to this place, wish they had a bigger deck and more space with fire pits, but its still our favorite place to come to!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food and view were better than I had expected. The fish and chips and the calamari were not at all greasy - just tender pieces of fish in a light batter."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The view is incredible. The perfect place to watch a sunset. Food was fair to good. Service was good although the server assistant needs some polishing up. Not fabulous food - kinda salty, average - nothing that stood out. I would go back there for dinner for the view only. Also the restaurant was alittle shabby and needs some cleaning and updating ie. tables, chairs and floors."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had a wonderful birthday celebration at MBD. Al the fun of its former speakeasy days, without the possibility of getting arrested. Seriously, great view and friendly staff. The outdoor patio is so wonderful with blankets and fire pits; you can even bring your dog for a view of the sunset."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Enjoyed a birthday celebration for my wife with friends. Beautiful location with great ocean view. Waitress was very attentive and pleasant. Wait for food was a little long but we weren't in a hurry - particularly since we were enjoying bottomless Mimosas. It had been well over twenty years since our last visit but we will return sooner than this time. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We went to the Distillery for my wife's birthday. They made it special. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I was very impressed with the Food. However the service at first was very slow. It picked up later."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We have been going to Moss Beach for years, but moved away so it's been a while. The menu seems more "pub-like" (= less expensive) than we recall, but crab cakes were awesome as were the fish tacos. You cannot beat the atmosphere. So few places in the Bay Area with such a spectacular ocean view. It's out of the way if you're in SF but such a lovely drive (through the newish Devil's Slide tunnel) and such a locally charming place. The patio with blankets and fire pits (and dog friendly) is also a lovely way to have drinks, or even some appetizers, with an awesome view and a bit more of the salt smell of the ocean. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The view of the ocean is amazing! Get some pretty good food, get a bottle of wine, and sit outside in front of the fire with a blanket provided to you by the staff!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Disappointed that the menu online did not match menu at restaurant. Surprised that a California restaurant, let alone a Bay Area eatery did not have a vegetarian selection. Our food was very good just not what we were hoping to have."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Highly recommended!!! Great service! Great food! Beautiful view! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I have been here many times with my family. I had a friend visiting from India , and I thought this might be the perfect spot to have lunch and enjoy the beautiful view it had to offer. And we were not disappointed at all. The service was excellent and the food was awesome. All in all a great afternoon."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Great for both grandma's and the kids. The non-stop mimosa's were great for us."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was wonderful! The menu seems to have expanded in a wonderful way since the last time we were here and everything we ate was superb! The view was great, as always. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Excellent service, view, menu all done very well! Thank you for making this mothers day weekend a memorable one."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food is great, service is good, the view is spectacular but my god the place needs some major renovation."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I treated my husband to dinner for his 65th birthday. It couldn't have been more perfect. We came on a thursday evening from Cupertino, over hwy92. Traffic was easy, and the weather sunny and just a bit cool. We were regaled with great food and service, but even better a non-stop flow of migrating whales during our entire two hour stay. With the huge picture windows we truly had front row seats to that amazing sight. MBD is now our permanent birthday venue. Thanks for the perfect gift! "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "An amazing sunset! And we were just able to enjoy it- the server let us relish it."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Good food for lunch and brunch. Their pastries for brunch are excellent."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Considering the limited menu and quality of the food, Sunday brunch at $35.00 per person was much too expensive. The best thing about the experience was the service."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Everyone that travels down the coast to Moss Beach Distillery is there for the view. We lucked out on Easter Sunday...no fog. I was with two others and we all had mimosas. I had the pulled pork rancheros and the folks with me had the California coastal omelet and coastal crab cake benedict. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food. In a place like that you usually expect to overpay for the view. Finished the meal on the patio overlooking the ocean. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The service at this restaurant is terrible! Unfriendly, impatient, and completely intolerant to kids. Our 3 kids are generally very well behaved in restaurants, with ages between 2 and 9. We had made an early reservation for our family, and when we arrived the room we were seated in was empty. Yet the waitress told our kids to be quiet, despite not bothering anyone! Then she kept pestering us every minute to take our order, with a disrespectful tone and manner. As parents, this is not a welcoming situation when you go out for dinner as a family. We left the place before we could finalize our order because it was too stressful and rude."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Went for dinner, was a bit nervous about the reviews not being favorable. Lucking the poor reviews were wrong. The food was great, window seat was amazing and the service was good. We had a very nice time, enjoyed our meal and had a wonderful time. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "It's a nice scenic drive from San Francisco here; our first time with an out-of-town guest in the evening. The clam chowder is excellent, as are the beer battered onion rings. Watched the sun go down, and passed on dessert this time. Everyone's dinner entree were good, can't claim they were especially outstanding, but we did enjoy the experience."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "For a romantic evening meal, this place has it all. A downstairs bar with an open patio area, also dog-friendly if you care to take your bow-wow with you. You can sit by the fire with your pooch and watch the sun set while sipping cocktails and munching on a meal, or take it inside for a quiet delicious meal with an uninhibited view of the ocean waves. Book your reservation using OpenTable and you are sure to get the best seat in the house!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our International guest(s) and us enjoyed the great food selection and location..... :)"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I was skeptical to go there because I thought it was too much of the ghost hype. We got an outstanding table with a phenomenal ocean view and the food was really good. I would be happy to go back and will tell people to give it a try."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I usually spend a weekend near the ocean for our anniversary. Half Moon Bay is among our favorites. The Moss Beach Distillery is a short ride away on the ocean in a residential neighborhood. It reminds me of a roadside bar from years ago, which it was. The current owners have modernized it, but still keep some of the historical flavor. Looking out at the ocean while dining is always a plus, even when it's foggy and the Distillery has lots of large windows. The food options are varied and offer something for just about everyone."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I think dogs eat better food in the Bay Area. There is nothing but the view here."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We stopped by on a foggy night with the kids; hadn't been here in years. The staff was really friendly, which was the only positive thing I have to say unfortunately. The menus was tired, fish choices were mostly battered. I had pasta primavera since I couldn't find anything else to eat. The veggies appeared fresh but the taste had been cooked out of them. The basil was added too early to the dish, so the flavor and color were cooked out. My husband had a tuna sandwich which he said was greasy. I can't remember what my kids ate; the kids menu wasn't that great. The decor was very, very tired. The carpet is fraying and is an outdated blue. It is sad what this place has become. We won't be back."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had a nice, relaxing lunch and enjoyed the view. Definitely recommend making reservations if you want a table by the window. The restaurant opens at noon and there were probably 10-15 people waiting in line for the door to open. Clam chowder is very tasty. We also split a spinach salad which was very good too. Service was very good as well."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Great spot, atmosphere, history,service,food, menu, ocean bluff view and pricey, but we knew that going in."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "beautiful sunset view. They even sat us at a very nice table as it was our anniversary. very much appreciated."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We go here mostly for the view. The food is good, service is good. Very tasty clam chowder. Book a reservation so you don't have to wait and so you can get a window seat."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went there on the basis of excellent reviews. For openers, it was not terribly clean, and the service varied. The real problem was the food. We ordered "Captain's Plate", a variety of fried sea food. The oil it was fried in had seen better days. We mentioned this to the service person when we were paying (twice) and she didn't even acknowledge that we had said anything! The place has a wonderful view and a great outdoor area, so it is a place for a drink and a snack and then move on to a restaurant that cares about its food."
    Dined on 4/2/2014