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Moss Beach Distillery

140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, California 94038 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Fri 12p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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“Haunted by the Blue Lady!”

The restaurant, located on the cliff, above a secluded beach was a perfect location to benefit from the clandestine activities of Canadian rum-runners.  Under cover of darkness and fog, illegal whiskey was landed on the beach, dragged up a steep cliff and loaded into waiting vehicles for transport to San Francisco.  Some of the booze always found its way into the garage beneath “Frank’s Place.”  Frank Torres used his excellent political and social connections to operate a highly successful, if illegal, business.  Unlike many of the other speakeasies along the coast, “Frank’s Place” was never raided.

With the repeal of the prohibition in 1933 Frank Torres remained in the food service business as one of the most successful restaurateurs along the San Mateo County coastside.  “Frank’s Place” now called THE MOSS BEACH DISTILLERY still retains its spectacular view and secluded location above the ocean coves.

The Distillery also retains one of  “Frank’s” former customers, as well.  Its resident ghost, "The Blue Lady” still haunts the premises, trying to recapture the romance and excitement of “Frank’s” speakeasy years.  The story of The Blue Lady was documented by the TV program Unsolved Mysteries, and has been seen by millions of people around the world.  Perhaps you will see her today!

In 2008, TV’s Ghost Hunters revealed that the restaurant owners had rigged hanging lights to sway and a face to appear in a mirror in the ladies’ restroom, among other spooky tricks. The owner reportedly admitted to the rigged hoaxes, but stated that real paranormal activity has been experienced here since the 1930s.

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Reviewed by
kneedeepbeachhouse

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
November 25, 2012

Oh my gosh.  This is the place to go to sip beverages and watch the sunset.  Located on the edge of the Ocean with massive heaters set up outdoors, you never have to worry about getting cold when the sun goes down.  One sunset here and you will never forget it.  When I lived on the San Francisco Bay, this was one of my favorite places to bring family and friends.  To me it was as fun as taking my guests to see Fisherman's Wharf and riding the cable cars.  A great way to end the day.  There is also a short trail for those who want to stand about the cliffs and watch the ocean crash on the rocks.  

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Aschoeppe

  • 16 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
September 29, 2014
Rated 4.0

Add.... Although in the bathroom while fixing my hair I felt like I was being watched

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Aschoeppe

  • 16 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
September 29, 2014
Rated 4.0

No ghost sighting which bummed me out, but the food and view was amazing!

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Reviewed by
Skerns

  • 6 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
March 26, 2014

*wonderful food too!

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Skerns

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  • 6 Helpful
March 26, 2014

Great Staff! Beautiful view, wonderful view and possible ghost sighting! Great stop. Highly recommend.

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Moss Beach Distillery

140 Beach Way
Moss Beach, California
94038 USA

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Closed Now
  • Mon - Thu: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Fri: 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Sun: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat: 12:00 pm - 8:30 am

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wifi
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