We have finally been given the green light to open our patio as of Saturday, June 6th!!! We are looking forward to seeing you all again!
Patio Open Monday through Sunday, 12pm - last reservation at 7:15pm

The safety of our guests and staff is of the utmost importance so we want to assure you that the rules and regulations set forth by the San Mateo County Health Department’s Social Distancing Protocol will be strictly adhered to.

Some of the changes to expect:
  • Reservations are highly recommended - with the required distance of 6 feet between tables, our seating will be very limited.
  • Check in with the front desk (through front door) upon arrival. We will issue you a number that will be required before seating.
  • An hour and a half will be allotted per table. This is a tough rule for us to implement as our patio has always been first come, first serve but with the required table distancing limiting our available tables and not having an option with inside seating, this is our way of making sure we give as many guests as possible the opportunity to enjoy the patio.
  • Servers will not be utilized as of yet so orders will be placed at our reception area. We have 6 foot markings at the entrance to remind guests to maintain distance.
  • For your safety, we have chosen to continue to serve your food in take out containers. Our runners will make sure that your orders are delivered to you and that your area is cleaned and sanitized before being seated.
  • Alcohol sales must be accompanied with a meal as required by the Alcoholic Beverage Control.
  • Staff will be required to wear masks and gloves.
  • Hand sanitizer bottles will be set at each table.
  • Guests are asked to keep their masks on while ordering and being guided to their seats.

As an alternative to the patio, guests may call in orders for pick up. We will give you the option to take your payment information over the phone so that upon arrival, your order and receipt can be delivered to your car. Please call us at 650.728.0220 to place your order for curbside pickup. Hours for pickup are Mon-Sun 12-7:30pm.

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Thank you so much for your loyal patronage!
We would not be in business without your support!



Please also consider ordering Gift Certificates for friends and family and receive a 10% DISCOUNT off your purchase.


Welcome to the

Moss Beach Distillery

Sitting at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Half Moon Bay, the Moss Beach Distillery is an award-winning restaurant featuring fresh California coastal cuisine in a romantic setting with an ocean view from every table. Our Sunday brunch is a fan-favorite as is our Happy Hour every weekday from 5-7pm. The heated outdoor patio with fire pits and warm blankets provides a dog-friendly, casual setting to relax and enjoy self-service drinks and food with a spectacular ocean view. Named in the Top 100 Best Scenic View Restaurants in America by OpenTable and regularly voted by locals as a favorite restaurant for special occasions, fresh seafood, and whale watching.

crab cakes and fresh seafood

our menu

At the Moss Beach Distillery we are committed to serving quality food made from quality ingredients. We use all-natural meats and poultry, wild-caught seafood, and organic vegetables whenever possible. Our fry oil is free of trans-fats. We strive to give you great food and great service in a comfortable, beautiful setting. Please let us know if we can do anything to make your time with us even more enjoyable.

Half Moon Bay area restaurant with dog-friendly patio and ocean view firepits

dog-friendly patio

Overlooking the ocean is our heated outdoor Seal Cove Patio, where we welcome all well-behaved dogs and their owners. Watch whales swim by and seals sunbathe below while snuggling in a provided cozy blanket next to one of our natural gas fire pits. The patio offers self-service food and beverages in a casual setting so you can feel free to stop in for a quick Bloody Mary or spend the day eating, drinking and listening to waves crash on the shore below.

ocean view special events and weddings venue

event venue

The Moss Beach Distillery is an excellent special event venue for a large or small gathering. We have spacious private facilities for corporate meetings, business seminars and club events. The Distillery is also a popular venue for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, wedding rehearsal dinners and receptions. We’ve hosted car club events and tour group lunches/brunches as well. We offer customized menus and our professional staff can assist with every detail.


  • “Phenomenal service, delicious food, great views…what else do you need?!”

    – Steve
  • “There is no better place on the Coast to listen to the surf, watch the sunset, or simply enjoy people watching”

    –SF Independent, Dining Out With the Habits
  • “A very magical place with a lot of history right on the edge of the beach! Excellent food, with friendly and attentive service staff with a view to die for! 5 out of 5 stars! Must Go! Experience the mystery for yourself and bring a friend ;)”

  • “We went here for the first time tonight. Had the prime rib -it was Excellent!!!! Love the dog friendly patio! She had the chicken and loved it! We met so many friendly people!!! Will be back soon!!!!”

  • “The Distillery is a romantic restaurant with beautiful views… they offer blankets if you wish to sit on the outdoor patio on cool California days”

    –SF Travel Magazine
  • “My husband and I enjoyed a romantic and very memorable wedding anniversary – exquisite food & service”

    –Sage M., Citrus Heights, CA
  • “Awesome! Ive been going here since I was young and always enjoy it. The distillery steamers are the way to go for food. Bottomless mimosas on Sundays. The view is incredible and if you have a dog bring them –the most dog friendly place ever!”

  • “Sip chilled champagne as you watch the sunlight dance on waves. Their Famous Sunday Brunch is a traditional with visitors and locals alike”

    –Coastal Dining Reviews
  • “Excellent food in a most beautiful atmosphere. Seriously, what’s not to like?! Thank you, always lovely.”

    Laura K.
  • “The place is great to get away. Service is excellent and the bartender will take care of you. There is a fireplace that you can relax after dinner.”

    –Willie W.
  • “GREAT service and food! We were there for Valentine’s Day and had a wonderful time. Our server was in black shirt with a purple tie (didn’t get her name!). She was fantastic!! She served us in July when we had a wedding rehearsal there and made the experience so lovely. Can’t wait to go back!”

    – Faye U.
  • “LOVE this place! …. Awesome staff and food and cocktails. There isn’t a place ON the ocean like it! Worth the easy drive from SF down the 1 too! …. Dog friendly on the patio … even if it’s foggy the have cozy blankets and a super cool fire pit. Support your LOCALS!”

    –Felicia F.
  • “We bring all out of area guests to the Distillery.”

  • “Sitting outside by fire pit with a glass of wine looking at and hearing the ocean. Doesn’t get better than that!”

    –Kathy S.
  • “We sat outside with our lovely dog, Makena, with friends watching the tide roll in and out. We had delicious appetizers and drinks and it was so much fun to have new people sit with us around the firepit. We will definitely go back.”

    –Pam H.
  • “I love love this place it’s truly a GEM! Great food great service great views! I’ll never get tired of coming here, everyone I have brought here has had a great experience and has returned!! Keep doing what your doing.”

    Mary M.
  • “The Premier seafood and steak restaurant in San Mateo County. Panoramic ocean views, fabulous food, historic site, romantic ambience, outdoor patio and famous ghost legend.”

    –San Jose Magazine
  • “Tourists and couples on dates fill window-side tables, gawking at the stunning view of the rocky coast, while gracious servers deliver seared, sugar-crusted filet mignon, grilled wild Pacific salmon and more New American favorites. On pleasant days, the sun-drenched patio is the place to be for drinks and light bites. If a breeze whips up, staff is happy to pass out blankets.”

    –CitySearch.com Editorial Review
  • “The food and service were excellent… The foggy view, the elegant dinner, the fire pits – the evening was all we had hoped for.”

    –Lori E. and Steve W., Dublin, CA
  • “Our entire family will never forget what a wonderful time they had overlooking the Pacific at Moss Beach.”

  • “Thank you for the lovely evening we had at the Moss Beach Distillery. All the out of town guests thought the Distillery was fantastic and the meal was great. Thanks again for everything you did to make it a special night.”

    –Jackie C.
  • “A cozy romantic eatery perched on a bluff with a spectacular view of the Pacific. Fine food with an upscale menu”

    –Pacifica Tribune, Pacifica, CA
  • “Definitely worth a 5 star rating! Their panko-crusted halibut with that delicious apricot couscous and that creamy sauce is absolutely to die for! Delicious food in perfect size portions, presented beautifully. Absolutely no complaints, would definitely recommend!”

    – Abbie S.
  • “Amazing food and beautiful scenery! Will be going back every week!”



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