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Pacifica, CA 94044
Floor to ceiling windows that look down on the beach makes Moonraker restaurant a go to spot for food and an excellent view. Situated inside the Best Western Lighthouse in Pacifica, Moonraker serves breakfast, after dinner cocktails and everything in between.
A large selection of fresh seafood dots the Moonraker menu with items like Dungeness crab, British Colombia Fanny Bay oysters, Washington Hood Canal oysters and ahi tuna tartare. Other options from �the land� include pot roast, steak, pork chops and a vegetarian farm plate. Be sure to save some room for bananas Foster bread pudding or campfire s�mores for two with a table side hibachi.
Hours of Operation:
Bar Open at 4:30pm daily
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm
Sunday Brunch 10:30am and 1:00pm seatings / $39.95 for adults / kids half price
Dinner: Sunday - 5pm-9pm, Monday-Thursday 5pm-9:30pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm-10pm
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday 7:00am - 11:00am / Sunday 7:00am - 10:00am
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music every Saturday night 6:30pm-9:30pm, check our website for updates
Free lot and Street
Private Party Facilities:
We have two banquet spaces, both with ocean views, that can hold parties of up to 160 and 120 guests. Within the restaurant, we also have a space for up to 20 guests for a smaller meeting or private dinner. Buyouts of the restaurant are also possible.
Private Party Contact:
Emily Hoover: (888) 338-3954
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Moonraker has plenty of space for corporate events, weddings, and other events. The restaurant has access to two banquet spaces within the building that can hold parties of up to 120 and 180 guests and a private dining room holding up to 20 guests, as well as the main restaurant that can accommodate 200 for guests interested in a restaurant buyout.
Another "View" restaurant on the coast. Good whale watching in season, expensive, mediocre food and service. Vowed never to return after last experience. Wish an experienced restauranteur with some passion would purchase this property and bring it up to its potential.
Disappointed this time. Started with poorly managed check-in and seating. After being seated, poor service - I actually had no idea who our server was. The food was disappointing as well. Limited selection, and lots of stuff ran out and they were slow to replenish. Overall this was not a good choice for Mother's Day brunch. 2015 was a lot better.
This was our first disappointing experience here. Our table was not ready until 30 minutes past the reservation time. Unfinished Appetizers were cleared from the table 20 minutes before our dinner orders came. Two out of five dinner orders were unsatisfactory. Brunch has been a better experience for us here. We will come back, just not for dinner.
Lovely place to dine with a glorious ocean view. Quiet for Sunday brunch. Not sure what it is like for dinner, but for a weekend lunch, the service was wonderful and attentive, and the food was quite good. The window seats cannot be beat, if you love watching the activity on the water while you dine. I imagine it would be perfect for drinks at sunset, too. I had the grilled veggie plate and it was just exquisite - 5 or 6 different vegetables, each done very uniquely in a way that complemented each other. The crispy Brussels sprouts were perfection. My dining partner had the crab louie salad, which came with a very generous amount of fresh crab, homemade dressing. Delicious. I will return.
Wow what a spectacular setting and view! We were seated in a cozy banquette with an ocean view! The place was quite busy, Saturday night. Unfortunately the food was not good, we even had to ask for the lobster soup to be taken off of the bill as it was almost inedible. It wouldn't take much for them to prepare some simple local cuisine but unfortunately the food had too much sauce and just wasn't good! We'd come back for the view and will just be careful of what to order.
this place is awesome because of its location and interior ambiance.
we were there, when they had live music that added a nice touch.
the service was truly top notch and how it should be.
unfortunately the food left a bit to be desired, especially considering the price.
we found things in general to be too sweet / lack of sensible salt and spices on all dishes. from the caesar salad dressing to meats, veggies etc...
the lobster bisque, while a decent soup and a nice touch with the "capuccino" presentation, does not taste much like lobster nor does it contain any pieces or anything resembling seafood.
lamb shank was overcooked/meat quality partly mushy, gross.
pot roast was a bit better but not above average.
Food was inconsistent. Entree was good. Salad too drenched in dressing. Cake for dessert was dry. Service was friendly, but slow, with long gaps between courses. This place could be great - they just need to notch it up a bit and give the quality you'd expect from the prices. The view and location can't be beat.
Another excellent dinner. Because I ordered the Oysters Rockefeller for an appetizer I was unable to finish my Squash Ravioli entree. It was delicious and believe me the rest of it went home with me for lunch the next day. My husband had the burrata crostini first and then the steak fritte. His steak was cooked perfectly and I kept stealing his frites, they were so tasty. Our server was Tony and he paid just the right amount of attention without hovering. We had the end view table at the north end of the restaurant with a perfect view of the ocean. We stopped going to the Moonraker several years ago due to changing ownerships and inconsistent food. We have returned and have been in 3 times within the last month. We'll keep going back as long as they keep up this high level of food and service.
We have dined at Moonraker numerous times since it reopened under current management. Great food, great view, great ambience and - usually - great service. This last time, service bordered on poor. It was 15-20 minutes before anyone finally stopped by our table. Service was brusque and impersonal and food delivery was out of synch. Example: when asked if we wanted more bread, we answered "yes". Never showed up.
It was a little embarrassing because we brought guests to whom we had been singing the praises of Moonraker service. The restaurant was not that busy. I hope this is not a bad sign of things to come.
There was 6 of us so dinner was not cheap! we were a bit dissapointed, beverages and 1 small bread roll per person arrived quickly. Salad and soup did also but then at least 30+ minutes wait for entree.
The petrale sole was mushy , (like it was old fish) julienned vegetables also way over cooked! This meal was just barely warm !! The other meals seemed ok.
We have been to Moonraker before and the dinner was good so I am not sure what happened .
Restaurant was not full and it was a Satrday.
The food description sound so delicious but taste was way below average. Here are what we had:
Beef Tartare- way too salty, it was like a brine.
Seafod Ciopino - so so, i had better one from a restaurant that doesn't even specialized in seafood. It could use more seafood sauce and flavor
Painted Hills Natural Pot Roast - it said 48 hours cooked but it was so tough, that long hours cooking, the meat should be melting. maybe it was cook for just 20 minutes.
Painted Hills Rib Eye Steak - rib eye should be soft and tender, but this one, just like the pot roast, it was tough, and it was not a quality rib eye meat. i can grill rib eye 10 times better than moonraiker. The steak in Texas Roadhouse in Fairfield, CA is way better than this but I like my own grilled steak - which is the problem when you know how to cook. and of course, the steak here will be at very bottom compare to steak in one of Chicago restaurant - which somehow I have not had any bad steak eating to some restaurants that are not even popular.
The good thing at least for that night we had dinner, the music was very nice, it was not loud, just right to enjoy the night, the music were also my kind of music - no head banging, screaming that you could not hear the person next to you. The place is also for couple who would the view and does not mind a subpar food with a high end price.
I hosted an evening with my brother and his wife. My brother was looking for really good clam chowder, so I was very excited to introduce him to Moonraker since I believe it has the best clam chowder on the coast.
Our guests were very happy with everything about Moonraker. However, as regulars there, my partner and I were expecting a certain level of quality and we were very disappointed. First, the rib eye steak was not done to our liking and it was truly the toughest steak I have had in a very long time. We left about 3/4 of the steak behind.
For a party of 4, we had 2 appetizers, 2 salads, one bowl of clam chowder, 2 entrees and 2 glasses of wine. The total was around $200 with tip.
We requested a table with a view because we were celebrating a birthday and we had a perfect spot. The waiter made an error on 1 entree but immediately apologized and brought the correct item for my guest to take home. They provided a complimentary dessert for the birthday honoree.
I had been to the Moonraker for drinks but decided to take my family for my daughter's 19th birthday and we were so pleased with the total experience. It is rare that a restaurant that has a view of the ocean as nice as Moonraker's also has food that lives up to that view. Moonraker defies that rule as the food is outstanding, the ambience is low-key and elegant and the service wonderful. We had a mixture of meat and fish entrees as well as appetizers and salads, and everything was delicious. The entrees were great but really, this chef knows the best way to prepare vegetables and I would not hesitate to order vegetarian meals here. They brought a piece of cake with a candle for my daughter that I did not expect - I just mentioned it was a special occasion to emphasize a desire for a table with a view (my daughter loves the beach) so it was very sweet. A great evening for all - thanks!
I have known about this place for years, such an amazing view of the Pacific, hypnotic and mesmerizing. The food is fantastic, the service was perfect. Always on top of it, always professional. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience, one of my favorite restaurants!
This was my second visit to Moonraker for lunch. It is bright, comfortable, with good food (delicious fish and chips), excellent service (on his own, the waiter brought a birthday dessert when my friend mentioned it was her birthday) and the most fabulous ocean view! Apparently happy hour can be very crowded but since watching sunset from anywhere in the restaurant would be stunning, I will definitely give it a try. Lunch was quiet and lovely. I can't recommend it enough.
I took my best friend and sister here for Brunch this past Sunday. It was the best brunch I've had to date.
The Brunch is Buffet Style but there are certain items that you will have to order through your server: scrambled eggs, waffles, mimosas etc...
Our server started out great but we lost her a few times. I ordered eggs and a waffle that didn't come out for about 45 minutes after I ordered them. That may or may not've been her fault but there were times towards the end of out sitting that we would have to look for her to help us out.
She was very sweet and attentive when we could find her though. Not putting her down. Just an observation.
The Scenery is GORGEOUS! I thought we would need to sit in one of the very front booths in order to appreciate the view but really any of the booths will do!
We will likely make this a monthly thing or at least come back for all special occasions.
Loved Moonrakers, we had front row seating to the ocean and it was lovely. Service was amazing, very attentive staff. We were celebrating my mom's birthday and they gave her a slice of cake with candle for free. I would definitely come back here to celebrate another birthday!
First off, their French fries are cooked in duck oil! We try to eat healthy, so if you're looking for a menu offering some traditional faire with a health conscious twist, better find something else. I had a glass of sangria (okay) and my husband had an Irish coffee (he really enjoyed that!), we had a taste of soup (small portion-really), I had the fish tacos (wished they grilled the cod, but it was deep fried -it didn't state duck oil, so I hope they used vegetable oil!) and my husband had fish and chips (he said the duck oil fries were okay). Our bill came to $75 , which considering the beautiful ambiance was not outrageous. The Best Western Plus in Pacifica could stand some modernization, paint, a facelift...the location is great, but it has that worn-out feeling. Service, however, was excellent!
I wanted to have an ocean view in a windy evening, and I remembered Moonraker had lights shining on the beach so that customers could enjoy the ocean view. It was a stormy night and the waves were so wild, we did enjoy the spectacular wild ocean so close from the inside of the restaurant! Food was great, wine was wonderful, everything was so perfect. I will definitely go back to enjoy the food and view from the restaurant soon.
We were very excited to experience Moonraker. The view alone is amazing and I have a feeling the most items on the menu were good. I personally ordered a ribeye, not something I should have ordered as it seemed to go against their grain a bit. Nonetheless, I did order the steak, I was unimpressed with the "thin-ness" and bland taste. I wouldn't recomend this to a steak lover. However, I am confident that most everything on the menu would have met or exceeded my expection.
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