What began as a roadhouse with a less than savory reputation has become a local upscale favorite while retaining a bygone flavor with its vintage ... More
Moss Beach Distillery
What began as a roadhouse with a less than savory reputation has become a local upscale favorite while retaining a bygone flavor with its vintage decor. There is also the ghost that is said to haunt the place, which adds a uniquely supernatural note, although there are no guarantees that she will appear. What will appear is great food served up by a friendly staff that knows both the daily specials and the history of the place and is happy to explain both to you. The seafood here is always fresh and grilled over mesquite for a Southwestern flavor. You can also get prime rib, steaks and great crispy salads. Or, you can sip a drink from the full bar and watch the glorious sunset.
We were reccommeded by our hotel to dine at the Moss Beach Distillery. The place is in a great location with a magnificent view of the ocean. We saw that the menu was pricey, but expected the quality of the food to warrant the higher prices. We were wrong. My wife's $44.00 steak was far from prime beef, with little flavor and very fatty. The asparagus were very thick and very undercooked. The deserts were also very disappointing in quality.
Probably a good place for a drink and the nice view.
I recently had dinner at the Moss Beach Distillery with a big party. I got to say I was floored at how good the place was. After reading these negative reviews, I was expecting something less than stellar. From the appetizers we shared to the entree, it was a great experience. The service was exceptional, and all our needs were met. But I must admit it was a little pricy.
I don't understand the negitivity in some of these reviews.
the moss beach distillery is like no other.get a clue people,its not about food at the distillery,although their chowder is awesome as well as their chicken entrees and burgers.the distillery and her haunting folklore and views have touched me so deeply that i wrote a book around it.the ghost story is byno means bogus.although the mere muggle may not sense it.yes there is attitude at the distillery,it is a historic landmark that has cost a fortune to renovate,also the hateful devils slide just keeps slipping away,adding to the cost of enjoying this and other precious landmarks on the coast,but well worth it.i drive all the way from placerville at least once a month to get my haunted,ambience fix from the distillery.it is not for the average red lobster fan,so dont go if you dont accept the abnormal paranormal beauty of this most unusual california site,more room and blankets for me. mckenzie moss author of succubi the five points.
Just recently my wife, me and a couple of my friends decided to spend a long relxation day at this place (someone said it had a good view). I called in and made a reservation. We traveled from San Jose especially just to get into this place. We were 5 min. late and had been asked how long do we need to finish our meal, because they have a TIME LIMIT of 1 1/2 hours per each table. So, practically they expect you to swallow your meal (which is just a regular Carows like + seafood), pay near $300 and free the table.
We turned around drove to the next exit and visited a small, but extremely cosy Fish House place, sat there until 11pm and paid $200 for four persons (including wine, beer etc...). Left home very happy completely forgot about this unpleasant experience.
Just for the note: This is one of those places that got that BS ghost story and because of that they feel like 3x their prices and treat you like THEY DO YOU A FAVOR FOR LETTING YOU IN THEIR RESTAURANT.
Will never go there again even if you pay me.
We recently visited this restaurant. Having driven past the sign on highway 1 for decades, our curiosity got the best of us on a Sunday drive. Feeling hungry, we pulled in for a bite, just after the regular Brunch time.
We were seated, [reluctantly] in the dining room with a nice view, though for some reason not at all clear were not offered a window table.
After perusing the menu, which had many interesting sounding offerings, we made our choices, ordered a couple of beers and prepared ourselves for a satisfying meal. A minute or two after ordering, my wife notices a diner eating something that was not on our menu. She called the waitress over and inquired about it. She was told that it was on the brunch menu, but she'd be happy to order it for my wife if she wished. My wife said, yes, that would be nice.
Our food arrived and we heartily dug in. The portions were generous and the quality was certainly acceptable, though not four-star. After a reasonably satisfactory meal, enjoying the view of the pacific ocean, and relaxing for a moment, we were finally ready to leave. After several failed attempts at catching our waitresses eye, we finally managed to get the check out of her. She practically threw it on the table and then disappeared.
We took a look at the bill and were shocked to discover that my wife's entree cost over thirty dollars! The typical luchtime entrees ran around fifteen (already pricey!). My wife immediately requested an explanation and was brought the brunch menu that detailed her selection. Oddly, on the brunch menu, the meal included an assortment of pastries, fruit, and champagne-based beverages (unlimited, supposedly), none of which were ever offered to my wife.
My wife, needless to say, was a bit put off by this revelation...we didn't get what we ordered [apparently] and we had to pay premium prices to add to the insult. She asked if the waitress would make an adjustment to the bill, in good faith, and the waitress refused.
This quickly escalated to the "manager," a smarmy twenty-something kid who swaggered over and attempted to dismiss the issue, magnanimously offering an whole three-dollar adjustment. Despite our entreaties that this was simply not a satisfactory comproimise, he held his ground, all the while offering up lame platitudes like "we have a business to run here," and other penny-wise/pound foolish cliche's.
Unfortunately for the hapless waitress, her tip disappeared, we settled the check and we left.
If you don't give a damn about good service and you don't care how much you pay, then this is your place.
These folks really could learn a thing or two about the difference between a satisfied customer telling one or two friends and a pissed off one telling EVERYBODY.
It's really a shame, as the location is great, the food isn't really bad, and it seems like it could have been worht a repeat visit until this unfortunate incident occurred.
Save your money and go to one of the many other fine restarunts in the area.
This intimate B&B located just six blocks from Ocean Beach and three blocks from Golden Gate Park, offers two cozy
guest rooms, a living room and dining room. Up to four can stay in the Ocean View Suite looking ...