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Moss Beach Distillery Restaurant

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140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, CA 94038-9737 (Ocean Street)
650-728-5595
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Today
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Outdoor seating
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 97
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Patio - A must

The back patio is a wonderful, no frills, spot for a drink. Serve yourself with cocktails in plastic cups...sit by the fire pit and enjoy the view.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
karen t
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Los Gatos, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
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Montara, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Great views, food is pricy and not quality. They have a great outdoor seating area and a great happy hour.

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Los Gatos, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The back patio is a wonderful, no frills, spot for a drink. Serve yourself with cocktails in plastic cups...sit by the fire pit and enjoy the view.

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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

For our mother's 96th birthday, my brother and I took her to Moss Beach Distillery just south of Pacifica. The four of us, which included my brother's wife, had the Sunday Brunch. The menu is varied; it's not a buffet. The mimosas just kept coming, at no extra charge! Our server was so nice. At the Distillery, they always take... More 

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San Francisco, Ca
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70 reviews 70 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Nice bar and lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A very good environment to hang out and enjoy a beautiful coastal day.

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Brooklyn, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Perhaps some people come here for the mischievous ghost, but most come for the fine drinks, the stunning view and to applaud the sunset. Perched at the top of a bluff overlooking the tide pools of Seal Cove Beach and the Pacific Ocean, the Moss Beach Distillery started as a road house and “protected” speakeasy. Today it retains its unassuming... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Some might say this is quintessential California - but the coast is so long and so different from north to south. However, if you mean laid back, gorgeous Pacific views - in season you could see a whale spout -, dogs allowed on outdoor patio, fire pit with comfy chairs, this is your place. Food is always good, very good... More 

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Shanghai
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

simple cooking, mostly deep fried, heavy. This place lives from the great location. But imagine what a good cook could there ... Overpriced. Why the house wine needs to be priced at 10 times the cost?

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Manila
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98 reviews 98 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Their food was very good, and we particularly enjoyed the oysters and beer. The place is very cozy, perfect for having some down time with your family or friends over a good meal and spectacular views of the beach and ocean. We would have stayed on the patio but it was too cold for us even with the fireplace outside.... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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319 reviews 319 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Fab location on the cliff above the beach. We ate on the terrace and you have to place your order and fetch your own drinks. For food orders, you are given a beeper which tells you when your food is ready, and you go and get your order from inside. My kale and quinoa salad was delicious, as was the... More 

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Half Moon Bay, California
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305 reviews 305 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We eat here often and I was surprised to learn that I had not reviewed it. This is located in an old speakeasy at the top of the bluffs. It has a sweeping view of the ocean and Seal Cove. There are fire pits and blankets outside, which is a popular place to have a drink and watch the sunset.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, CA 94038-9737
    (Ocean Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Moss Beach
  • Phone Number: 650-728-5595

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?