Moss Beach Distillery
Moss Beach Distillery

Moss Beach Distillery

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mossbeachdistillery.com/
  • Phone: 6507285595x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, 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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Moss Beach Distillery reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (104)special occasion (59)romantic (52)great for lunch (52)great for outdoor dining (48)great for brunch (43)neighborhood gem (26)kid-friendly (21)good for groups (18)fit for foodies (18)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We arrived at 5pm which gave us sufficient time to have dinner in the restuarant upstairs before heading down to the outdoor patio for a digestif with the most perfect view of the sunset on the Pacific ocean. Couldn't have asked for a better evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but..........
    JimmymacVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you are on the coast, this is a nice lunch spot with nice views of the ocean. The menu is limited and although the food was good, it was really overpriced. Service was excellent. we had the fish tacos which were OK and the Stuffed Salmon (farmed) with a pesto sauce and that too was OK ,but both dishes were overpriced !
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  • Love this place!
    SfnativeVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    They made my mom feel so special on her birthday they even took a photo of her and put it into a little Moss Beach Distillery memory booklet. So very caring. I love this place. It still is ran like the old days when people cared about their clients and not just about how many meals you served.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kent
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, courteous staff and magnificent view. A great place for a romantic dinner or to get together with friends
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall satisfaction
    Stella
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This restaurant combines a wonderful location, delicious food and a gorgeous view! And the outdoor patio is dog friendly. A great place to go and you do not need to get dressed up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • go for the view, enjoy the food
    coastaldiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I pick MBD for my birthday dinner because I love the beach (thus the 5 stars for ambience). Very much enjoyed our evening which began with casual cocktails on the deck overlooking the ocean and proceeded to dinner indoors, upstairs, but still overlooking the ocean. Surprisingly good food for a very casual and not outrageously expensive local. From salads to oysters to sweet potato fries, pot roast, chicken with pasta and Filet steak - everything was very good. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean View
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed finding this secluded place right on the ocean. The view is spectacular and a unique atmosphere because the restaurant once was a "haunted house," so they say. We found the food very good but somewhat pricey. Particularly the drinks. Great place to take visitors who come from out of town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View & Great Food
    Kerryloves2travel
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This place is a great little gem with a beautiful view! Portions are very large- Beet & Arugula salad we split & it was more than enough for both of us. Clams were wonderful in flavorful broth & had 6 pieces of garlic bread to dip in! Note- Happy Hour in bar only has oysters for 1.25 and all drinks, even wine, half off! Great deal. Service was quick & friendly. Will be back .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Panko
    Nicky
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went there for dinner. The crab cakes were extremely salty. Wouldn't order the panko crusted salmon with pesto on top again (what was I thinking?!). Plenty of veggies, and the wild rice was alright. Prices were high for the quality of the food, so we assumed we were paying for the view. Staff was friendly. By dinner time it seemed like they had had a long and tiring day though. Would maybe go back to have a drink on the (dog friendly) patio sometime. The fire pits looked nice, and the view is awesome.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner!
    Hawkeye
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went there for our anniversary. Not a quiet spot, but the food and ambience were very good. The happy hour specials were great and highly recommended. Many people were going downstairs - will check this out on our next visit. We had a great table with a fantastic ocean view. We were pleasantly surprised when the server took our photo after dinner. We now have a nice momento from our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great historic ocean view dining
    Oklahoma
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Historic building Great food Wonderful view of the ocean
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Views
    luv4teas
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Nice Views and good size portions. The sole was delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always.
    Karen429VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We keep coming back to this restaurant and we have never had a negative experience. The food is consistently delicious and the service is attentive without hovering. I had the steamers this time and the kitchen pays attention: there wasn't one unopened clam or one empty shell in the entire batch. And they were cooked perfectly; juicy & succulent, not rubbery. My husband had a beautiful char-broiled steak and licked his plate clean. It's a popular place, so we always make a reservation and doing that, usually get a window view table. But in that place, even if you're not by a window, the view is still very beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, and amazing setting. The history is ratcheting intriguing too,
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Moss Beach
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This restaurant was all it was cracked up to be. Has a very good reputation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good food, but overpriced. though there's a nice view, the inside looks like a third rate cafe. Wait staff was not particularly professional. Oysters were very good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Ocean View
    WaterLeeLee
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I always enjoy lunch at Moss Beach Distillery. The food & service is very good and the ocean view is spectacular. I always get the deep fried prawns which are big & delicious, and the beet & mandarin salad - excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely spot
    ShastasMom
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    An out-of-the-way historic building overlooking the coast-- nice spot to enjoy the views while having a mid-day bite or a relaxing dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    darik
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our server was very knowledgeable on the menu items we asked about. Service was very good, the view fantastic and the food was excellent. The coast sliders were amazing the tuna was seared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 57years
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We expected more elegant dining. It is more of a neighborhood joint with limited menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvdistillery
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We love this restaurant. we went there two nights in a row, cancelling our reservation we had at another restaurant. we really enjoy the whole experience. first night we sat at a window table enjoying the view and people (and dog) watching, the second night we sat outside. Awesome place, we love it!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding View
    RedMaven
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was amazing. Everyone in our party loved their food and that's saying something because people are picky. Each of us even ordered different items and all were fantastic and really big portions. The view of the cliffs and ocean surrounded by trees was so memorable. You could tell the food was fresh even the orange juice was fresh squezed! Only two small detractors; one - to me the coffee was not just strong but had a slight burnt taste, maybe it was just left on the burner too long and two - the bathrooms are two floors down. My Mom would barely be able to make it, though there is a wheelchair lift it's open and not a regular elevator.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view and good food
    MikeCVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a very nice window view overlooking the ocean, and the seafood was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Service was mediocre. Sat at a table with dirty chairs. Waiter didn't even know about happy hour menu that is advertsied on their website, however, did agree to honor happy hour prices on drinks only (we dined in main dining room as opposed to bar area). When we received coffee at the end of our meal, were not offered cream and sugar. Once we asked for cream and sugar, we had to request teaspoons to mix. The restaurant was not overly crowded so it was not because they were busy. I think they just don't "think" about things.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific service
    blueladyfan
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Wonderful food, but the quality of service from the host/hostess, to the bus boys to the servers is outstanding...consistently every time we go. The staff makes every creative attempt to accommodate every request.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dog-Friendly Place
    accordnguyVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    After reading an article on various restaurants that have menus specifically for dogs, we decided to try out Moss Beach Distillery. There is a special entrance located outside in the back of the restaurant for those who have brought their dogs. The view was spectacular - clear skies, the roar of the ocean. Bubba & Lucky, our 2 Bostons, "ordered" hamburger patties from their menu. We ordered fish & chips and a Turkey Club. The food was excellent. If you bring your dog, you need to order upstairs in the main dining area and then, when ready, you'll go back up to pick up the order; so, there really is no staff service. The menu prices were veryr easonable and a good time was had by all (especially Bubba & Lucky).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, the rest needs work
    mamakeest
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
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  • Moss Beach Distillery
    RoccaVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • handicapped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I am handicapped and the staff went out of their way to help me and make me feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What can I say
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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  • Celebrating Father's Day
    RX300
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful View
    anniep55
    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.
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    great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Moss Beach Distillery
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Celebration
    JenSFVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday celebration
    dmdblmnt
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happycamper
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We went to the Distillery for my wife's birthday. They made it special. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The blue Lady
    Janmidas
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    I was very impressed with the Food. However the service at first was very slow. It picked up later.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peaceful Views with Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BayAreaVeggie
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet