To our valued guests –

Since our popular Seal Cove patio fills up quickly, we recommend making reservations 3 days prior to your visit. We have also created additional outdoor seating by closing off the bluff end of our parking lot which offers the most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

As a precautionary measure, our staff will serve your food in covered containers. During pre-pandemic times, dishes and silverware were our norm but during these precarious times, we want to be as safe as possible. We will return to our norm as soon as possible.

socially distanced outdoor dining at Moss Beach Distillery ocean view patio
spacious outdoor dining on ocean bluff
Covid safe outdoor dining in our spacious ocean bluff top lot


  • Hours:  12 noon – 7 pm daily (last reservation), closing time 8:30pm.
  • Table distancing: 6 feet distance on patio, 10+ feet distance on bluff
  • Party size maximum:
    • Seal Cove Patio - 6 people. We will not honor requests for separate tables to accommodate larger parties.
    • Ocean View Bluff - Can reserve larger groups. Inquire with bev@mossbeachdistillery.com
  • "Current Menu" offered for outdoor dining and Take Out 
  • Reservations strongly recommended.
  • We do not assign tables; guests will choose their own upon arrival, so reserving specific tables will not be possible (i.e., firepit tables)
  • The temperature on the Coastside is generally cool so dress warmly.
  • All guests (with or without reservations, Take out orders and pick ups) are asked to please check in at the front door.  Curbside pick up available upon request.
  • An hour and a half will be allotted per table.       
  • Guests are asked to keep their masks on while walking to their tables and while in the building. 
  • Alcohol sales must be accompanied with a meal as required by the Alcoholic Beverage Control.
  • Take out orders can be placed at the front entrance or by calling 650-728-0220.

We are following the health and sanitary guidelines of the San Mateo County Health Department, and other local and government authorities. Please also be aware that gatherings pose a heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission, and that older adults and individuals with existing health conditions are at particularly serious risk if they contract COVID-19 and should not attend. Please practice social distancing at all times.

Thank you for your support and patience during this difficult time.  Looking forward to seeing you again.



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. 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.


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

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

    –Kathy S.
  • “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.
  • “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
  • “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!”

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

    –Sage M., Citrus Heights, CA
  • “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.
  • “Amazing food and beautiful scenery! Will be going back every week!”

  • “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 ;)”

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

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

    – Steve


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