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  1. Distance: 0.48mi
  2. Distance: 0.86mi
  3. Distance: 1.12mi
  4. Distance: 1.41mi
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  2. Distance: 0.86mi
  3. Distance: 1.12mi
  4. Distance: 1.41mi

About 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. 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!

140 Beach Way
Moss Beach, CA 94038
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

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

Cross Street:
Ocean Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 728-5595

Website:
http://www.mossbeachdistillery.com/

Parking Details:
Our large private lot is conveniently located across from the entrance to the restaurant.

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Moss Beach Distillery Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (2311)
Romantic (1306)
Special Occasion (1285)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (985)
Neighborhood Gem (844)
Great for Lunch (790)
Great for Brunch (783)
Good for Groups (559)
Fit for Foodies (541)
Kid-friendly (465)
Hot Spot (246)
Vibrant Bar Scene (203)
Notable Wine List (147)
Late-night Find (86)
Waterfront (64)
Good for a Date (55)
Worth the Drive (47)
Casual (44)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Cozy (35)
Sunday Lunch (33)
Fun (28)
Bar Seating (24)
Comfort Food (21)
Happy Hour (17)
Authentic (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
People Watching (11)
Outstanding Value (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Seasonal (7)
Business Meals (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Great Beer (5)
Healthy (5)
Live Sports (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Live Music (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Fun, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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food5
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value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View, Romantic, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Live Music, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Montana)·Dined on January 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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food4
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Great food, service and views. A classic in a fantastic location.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2017

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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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Great gluten free experience!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Waterfront, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Waterfront, Casual
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food4
ambience5
service4
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Seated promptly. Wonderful service, great food.
Thank you

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Waterfront
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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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food3
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service3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

It was my wife's birthday and they made it special. It was perfect. Thank you!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Authentic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, People Watching, Fun, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Love this place, food is always perfect and the ambiance is amazing. Great customer service too.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Casual
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Excellent chowder, oysters and fish and chips. The view is amazing. Special place and so much better than Sam's.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 26, 2016

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Love this place with beautiful view and very interesting history.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 25, 2016

The dinner was great. The Hotess was fantastic in getting us a window table. Service was great!

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

A great value for the area, good food and ample parking

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Christmas Day dinner was the occasion and it could not have been better!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Great place for a special occasion or just to hang out

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Romantic
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Lovely view, interesting menu with lots of seafood options. Love the fireplace patio option with the Blankets! Definitely be back again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2016

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

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!

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Seasonal, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2016

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2016

A visit to the Moss Beach Distillery? Historic, scenic, friendly, delicious!

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Organic, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Great service, especially for a party of 12 that turned into 15.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Always take out of town guests here for lunch. It 's always wonderful and fun!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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