Venues

The location of your big day can make all the difference in expressing your vows, as well as your personal style.

There are so many choices when it comes to the location of your wedding day, rehearsal dinner or morning-after brunch. Do you want a large, elegant affair? Or a small, quaint beach ceremony? Do you want an all-inclusive location or a super-customized event reflecting your unique style? The Half Moon Bay Coastside offers so many choices for any budget or style, we've compiled some of the best venues on the Coastside a below (in alphabetical order). You can also check out our Marry Quick Guide—in one succinct document, you can see all the venues at a glance, with location, contact info, offerings and more.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Two Miramontes Point Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 712-2217
www.halfmoonbaygolf.com
Rated as “Best Outdoor Venue” by Northern CA Meetings and Events Magazine, this seaside resort is located on more than 300 gorgeous acres of parkland, lakes and breathtaking ocean side bluffs with access to a beautiful beach. Couples can choose from three different wedding ceremony options, each with a capacity of up to 300 guests, valet parking and an exclusive photography assistant who will guide them and their photographer to the most spectacular views on the golf course. Also an ideal reception space, the site comes complete with a customized room set-up, upgraded fruitwood chiavari-style chairs, elegant china, an oak parquet dance floor, ambient background music and wireless house microphones. The highly acclaimed Mullins Bar menu offers a variety of tasty hors d’ oeuvres stations, individual appetizers, three-course main dishes and an assortment of sweet accents.

The Hastings House Garden Weddings

347 Mirada Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-2513
www.hastingshouseweddings.com
Couples seeking a romantic garden wedding will find The Hastings House to be the ideal site. Situated on a half-acre right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this serene, enchanted spot is adorned with a garden in bloom throughout the year. The fragrant lore of the garden combined with the ocean breeze will leave couples starry-eyed and their guests captivated by the natural beauty.

La Costanera

8150 Cabrillo Hwy
Montara Beach, CA 94037
(650) 728-1600
www.lacostanerarestaurant.com
Perched on a seaside bluff with easy access to Montara Beach, this gorgeous three-level, 10,000-square-foot building features breathtaking ocean views and lots of flexible event space for ceremonies (both onsite and on the beach), receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Couples can choose to buy out the entire restaurant or reserve individual sections. The main floor houses the restaurant, mezzanine level, and the Greenhouse, a semiprivate dining area with a fireplace and atrium. Glass doors open to an ocean view patio, complete with a fire pit for outdoor dining or an intimate ceremony. The lower level holds the bar and lounge, an ideal space for receptions, social hours and after-parties until 2 a.m. Glass doors open onto a beachfront patio, whose glorious panorama of sea and sky makes it quite the romantic spot for ceremonies.

Mavericks Event Center

107 Broadway Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 728-2739 x3
www.maverickseventcenter.com
Brides seeking a stunning oceanfront setting for their big day will fall in love with Mavericks Event Center. With indoor and outdoor celebration spaces above a beautiful protected cove, this venue is the perfect spot for a romantic wedding by the sea. Embraced by a grove of trees and overlooking the Pacific, the ceremony garden can accommodate seating for up to 150 guests with views of the ocean, sailboats and marine life. The spacious ballroom, lined with windows facing the sea, leads to an outdoor deck offering a picturesque backdrop for beautiful wedding memories. Managed and catered by the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, their expert culinary team creates a tempting array of coastal cuisine menus, for either a standing reception or seated multi-course dinner.

Mill Rose Inn

615 Mill Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726- 8750
www.millroseinn.com
A storybook outdoor garden wedding is exactly what Mill Rose Inn has to offer couples. A gorgeous year-round English country garden with spectacular blooms creates a colorful and fragrant location for 20 to 150 guests. Move the celebration indoors to a 375 square foot room bordered by windows and touched by classic European elegance, or hold the reception outdoors and take full advantage of the seaside views and breathtaking landscaping. A catered reception package provides an exquisite meal, fresh linens, china and silverware, table skirting, coffee and punch, waiters and bartenders, a complimentary cake cutting and corkage. A wedding coordinator and consultant will be provided as part of a wedding package, as well as a minister, photographer, videographer and meticulously created flower bouquets. The inn will waive the two-night minimum for the weekend for the bride and groom and their wedding guests.

Moss Beach Distillery

140 Beach Way
Moss Beach, CA 94038
(650) 728-5595
www.mossbeachdistillery.com
Perched atop a 70-foot cliff overlooking the ocean, The Moss Beach Distillery provides unparalleled views of the Pacific in a peaceful setting. After a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, couples can hold their reception in one of the private dining facilities that cater up to 262 guests. Moss Beach Distillery’s professional staff will customize a brunch or dinner menu to perfectly match the needs of the couple. The heated outdoor patio is also a favorite place to hold a reception marked by breathtaking views of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and a one-of-a-kind view of the sunset over the horizon.

Oceano Hotel and Spa

280 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-5400
www.oceanohalfmoonbay.com
With a spectacular location overlooking picturesque Pillar Point Harbor, this luxurious seaside escape boasts panoramic views of the harbor, Pacific Ocean and coastal mountain range. Rated “Best Wedding Venue” by the San Francisco Chronicle, this spot is perfect for an outdoor wedding in the gorgeous Wedding Garden or right on the beach, as well as an indoor wedding in the elegant Grand Ballroom and Atrium with 4,400 square feet of space. Indoor or outdoor receptions are complete with customized gourmet cuisine and stunning floral details. Weddings are custom-tailored, with the optional help of onsite planners to assist with every detail. After the party, guests can stay in suites overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The full service Oceano Spa offers the bride, groom and wedding party a spot for relaxation either in preparation for the wedding, or as a moment to unwind after the celebration.

Pasta Moon

315 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-5125
www.pastamoon.com
Pasta Moon welcomes weddings of any size, from small groups of 15 to grand banquets of 200. The restaurant has four different dining rooms with various configurations to fit specific needs, each with choices from their extensive Italian wine list and several menus offering the freshest seasonal ingredients. A perfect spot for a wedding reception, The Garden Room overlooks Pilarcitos Creek and Garden and seats up to 35 guests. The Music Box Lounge is a charming space to celebrate seating up to 75 guests, or fitting 140 at a standing cocktail reception. The use of a baby grand piano is available for an additional 250-dollar fee. The Main Dining Room boasts impeccable Italian charm and is bordered by windows allowing natural light to fill the room. It seats up to 65, and is available for full buy out.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

One Miramontes Point Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 712-7000
www.ritzcarlton.com/HMB
Classic elegance characterizes any wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, the hotel boasts a ceremony and reception with sweeping ocean views. The Grand Ballroom has 7,100 square feet of grand elegance with vaulted ceilings and chandelier lighting. The room is the largest in the area, seating 300 guests comfortably. The Miramontes Room, Terrace and Observatory is an area for up to 75 guests, bordered by windows opening up to views of the majestic Pacific coastline.

Sam’s Chowder House

4210 North Cabrillo Highway
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 712–1766
www.samschowderhouse.com
With stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from every seat, Sam’s Chowder House offers a casual and romantic venue for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, oceanfront wedding and reception. Voted “Best Waterfront Dining” and “Best Seafood in the Bay Area” by San Francisco’s Best of the Baylist, Sam’s offers six distinct indoor and outdoor venues to accommodate parties from 16 to 300 guests. Options include a beachfront lawn, extensive outdoor patios, and access to a beautiful sandy beach for outdoor ceremonies. For larger indoor receptions up to 300 guests, couples can rent the entire restaurant. For a special experience, guests can enjoy an authentic three-course New England Style Lobster Clambake, complete with traditional clam chowder, a seafood feast and dessert.

San Benito House

356 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-3425
www.sanbenitohouse.com
Housed in a 1905 building in downtown Half Moon Bay, beautiful gardens beckon with a deck, gazebo and massive fire pit for evenings under the stars. A perfect venue for a ceremony and reception, San Benito House offers customizable packages to make weddings one of a kind. With several exquisite food and beverage packages, the staff ensures a dazzling wedding can be had on any budget. Each menu comes with hors d’oeuvres, a buffet table, chairs, linens, glassware, china and flatware.

Thomas Fogarty Winery

19501 Skyline Boulevard
Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-6772
www.fogartywinery.com
Perched high on a ridge with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, Thomas Fogarty Winery features an expansive lawn, enclosed patios and fireplaces, lending an elegant country air to any event. Renowned for their award-winning wines, this venue feels like a retreat. The winery holds only one wedding per day for up to 216 guests, giving couples the gorgeous area exclusively. Eight-hour rentals include access to the lawn area, the outdoor pavilion, the hill house for dining and dancing, a bridal and groom changing room valet parking along with a variety of tables and chairs.

HONEYMOON & GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS

The Beach House Hotel

4100 North Cabrillo Highway
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 712-0220
www.beach-house.com
The Beach House Hotel is a luxuriously appointed New England-style boutique hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Pillar Point Harbor. Refined yet relaxed, this property features 54 ocean lofts, all with a patio or balcony, fireplaces, refrigerators, microwaves, CD players and pampering Aveda bath products allowing newlywed couples to loosen up and enjoy each other’s company. Special perks include complimentary continental breakfast, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, in-room massage, complimentary newspapers and an evening wine and cheese reception on weekends.

Goose & Turrets

835 George Street
Montara, CA 94037
(650) 728-5451
www.goose.montara.com
Housed in a historic 100-year-old building, this intimate bed and breakfast offers five differently themed rooms, each with private baths, down comforters and some with fireplaces. Complimentary afternoon tea accompanied by savories and sweets, and a four-course breakfast is served daily, truly pampering a new couple. Newlyweds may wish to relax by the fireplace in the common room, styled with eclectic souvenirs collected by the owners, both avid travelers and pilots. The serene grounds feature a hammock, a fountain and flower and herb gardens – a genuine honeymoon sanctuary.

Half Moon Bay Inn

400 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 560-9758
www.halfmoonbayinn.com
Located on Main Street in a restored 1932 Spanish Revival building, this cozy inn is ideal for a honeymoon. Luxurious guestrooms are appointed with beautiful European furnishings, plush pillow top mattresses, Italian linens, marble baths, complimentary wireless Internet and 27” flat screen televisions.

Inn at Mavericks

346 Princeton Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 728-1572
www.innatmavericks.com
Located in the quaint village of Princeton-by-the-Sea, the Inn at Mavericks sits on a small bluff overlooking picturesque Pillar Point Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Guests will enjoy relaxing on the veranda of their elegant waterfront suite while listening to the ocean waters gently lapping against the soft sand and rocks just a few feet away. The Inn at Mavericks features six spacious suites, all have spectacular views of the harbor and the ocean beyond. All of the suites have cozy sitting areas, thermostat controlled fireplaces, Tempurpedic like beds with luxurious fine linens, marble bathrooms outfitted with Kohler deep soaking tubs and separate rain showers. The Inn offers a special honeymooner package that includes a bottle of champagne, a bottle of merlot or chardonnay and a box of truffle. The Inn at Mavericks is a short stroll close to charming restaurants and shops.

Long Branch Saloon & Farms

321 Verde Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
www.longbranchfarms.net
Long Branch Farms western backdrop makes the perfect setting for weddings and receptions. Specially themed offerings include having the bridal party arrive in a horse drawn carriage, hosting the ceremony in the pasture, barnyard dancing and a Western Casino Night with various games. Authentic Western Fare can be created by their featured Half Moon Bay caterer.

Mill Rose Inn

615 Mill Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726- 8750
www.millroseinn.com
This romantic inn is tucked away at the end of a quiet street and features six luxurious suites styled with European antiques, bay windows, fireplaces, original watercolor artworks and
fresh flowers. Newlyweds can relax in the cozy library, outside in the English country garden, or in the Jacuzzi spa. A complimentary gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese and evening pastries and drinks are served daily.

Oceano Hotel and Spa

280 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-5400
www.oceanohalfmoonbay.com
With a spectacular location overlooking picturesque Pillar Point Harbor, this luxurious seaside escape boasts luxuriously appointed suites with fireplaces, wet bars and private balconies with panoramic views of the harbor, ocean and coastal mountain range. Perfect for honeymooners planning an extended stay, spacious one-and-two-bedroom villas offer full kitchens and living rooms. The hotel features a gym, a full-service spa and The Oceano Bar & Grill, perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

Old Thyme Inn

779 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-1616
www.oldthymeinn.com
Old Thyme Inn is an intimate 1898 Princess Anne Victorian bed and breakfast featuring seven beautiful and uniquely decorated rooms filled with antiques and fine art, comfortable beds with luxury linens, original fine art and fresh-cut flowers, plus modern perks such as cable TV, VCRs, and spa-quality amenities. Those boasting a fireplace and/or luxurious whirlpool tub for two are especially perfect for romantic retreats. Newlyweds will be spoiled by the English herb and flower garden, an outdoor fireplace, a full breakfast each morning, and afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Pacific Victorian Bed & Breakfast

325 Alameda Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 712-3900
www.pacificvictorian.com
This intimate four-room Victorian-style inn is nestled in a scenic coastal setting a few blocks from the beach. Guestrooms have private baths with whirlpool tubs, luxurious linens and private decks. Each morning, guests are treated to a complimentary full breakfast. It is the perfect spot for new couples looking for an intimate, tranquil honeymoon retreat.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

One Miramontes Point Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 712-7000
www.ritzcarlton.com/HMB
Highly luxurious, this grand seaside resort and spa is situated on dramatic bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Reminiscent of the seaside lodges of the early 19th century, the hotel features 261 luxurious guestrooms and three seaside fire pits, world-class dining, two championship golf courses, tennis courts and coastal walking trails.

Seal Cove Inn

221 Cypress Avenue
Moss Beach, CA 94038
(800) 995-9987
www.sealcoveinn.com
The Seal Cove Inn offers the privacy and pampering that makes couple-time romantic. This serene Moss Beach hideaway has a spectacular setting in a meadow of wild flowers, bordered by towering cypress trees. It’s just a quick walk to the Fitzgerald Marine Preserve and the ocean where couples can enjoy secluded beaches, explore tide pools, watch frolicking seals and follow the tree-lined path tracing the windswept Half Moon Bay ocean bluffs. Each of the Seal Cove Inn’s 10 guestrooms have a king bed, fireplace, private bath with towel warmer (some baths with jetted spa tubs), and either a private balcony or terrace with views to the nearby ocean. Guests will enjoy the inn’s signature breakfast every morning, afternoon beverages and hors d’oeuvres, homemade cookies, high speed wireless Internet access and evening turndown service. Upon request, a bouquet of complimentary balloons will be waiting in the room upon check-in to add a festive touch. For an additional fee, honeymooners can add breakfast served in bed to their reservation, or a Perfect Bath upgrade featuring a gift tin brimming with organic aromatherapy oils, bath tea, bath soak and a loofah sponge.