Sutro's at the Cliff House
Sutro's at the Cliff House

Sutro's at the Cliff House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cliffhouse.com/
  • Phone: 4153863330
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm; Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm Dinner: Every evening from 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Weber
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz every Friday from 7:00pm- 11:00pm featuring local artists. Join us for drinks on the Balcony lounge or dinner in Sutro's. Thanks to our curved 2 story ceiling the acoustics are great in the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Great Highway
  • Public Transit: SF MUNI: 38 Geary
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are 2 free parking lots nearby in addition to street parking.
A word from Sutro's at the Cliff House
Perched above the waves of San Francisco’s picturesque Ocean Beach the historic Cliff House is home to the stunning Sutro’s at the Cliff House restaurant. With the most spectacular ocean views in the City and contemporary American cuisine that draws heavily from the bounty of the ocean visible from every angle of the restaurant, dining at Sutro’s is the quintessential San Francisco experience. The menu features local seafood offerings like whole roasted Petrale sole, Dungeness crab, and local shellfish as well as fresh produce farmed using sustainable practices. The Cliff House also offers the more casual Bistro Restaurant (no reservations), open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Sunday Champagne Buffet (must phone for reservations).
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Sutro's at the Cliff House reviews from OpenTable diners
390 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (356)special occasion (273)romantic (221)great for lunch (119)fit for foodies (116)great for brunch (82)notable wine list (60)good for groups (57)neighborhood gem (54)kid-friendly (33)hot spot (31)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Ocean side
    Blackmoon
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Both me and my wife loved the view and service at Cliff House. If your in SF, make this a must on your list to experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with a view
    Nu2OT
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    First time at the Cliff House-- was not a disappointment. The view is wonderful, food and wine were good and the jazz band from upstairs provided nice background ambiance. Did not catch the sunset, due to the fog, but was still worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliably good experience
    DrTom53
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I eat at Cliff House several times a year. Without fail, no matter the occasion, the experience is always quite good: food, ambiance, staff, view, and best of all, quiet enough you can have a conversation with your guests.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic!
    Foodiecouple
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We celebrated our two year anniversary at The Cliff House and had an amazing time! The views are incredible and the food is delicious! The waitress even brought us a little dessert to celebrate and the night's menu with "Happy Anniversary" printed on it to take home. Lovely date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous As Always
    MarilynG
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We chose to come to Sutro's at the Cliff House for a small family reunion, which included 7 adults and one 3 year old toddler. We were seated at a large round window table, and enjoyed the view all through dinner. Our unhurried meal allowed us to talk and laugh as much as we wanted. Our granddaughter was enchanted by the view and sea life. The only disappointment for a couple of our party was that they were out of scallops. Our waiter was charming and very attentive to our needs. The food was to die for, especially the crab and artichoke ravioli, the vegetarian spring veggie basket, the duck, the ahi tartare, and the creme brûlée for dessert. Great kids menu, too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This restaurant has amazing views. Located in a terrific spot off the Pacific Coast. Food was underwhelming tho. Thought it was just what I had ordered, but the consensus was equal around the table. Might head back to take my mom (she's been wanting to go), but won't go with an empty stomach.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View and Good Food
    SFRobert
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We expected the Cliff House to be packed and full of tourists, but I guess it's far enough away from the touristy centers of North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf to be out of the way for tourists wanting dinner. If you can get window seating the view out over the ocean is great and very lovely especially at sunset. Even if you are more toward the interior of the restaurant the view is still pretty great. We asked for a window table and when one opened up we were able to move to it thanks to the accommodating staff. My food was just ok, I had the duck which was rather tough and chewy. Otherwise, nothing bad but nothing spectacular. On the Tuesday I was there they had 50% off a bottle of wine with the purchase of an entree, a nice deal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a pleasure
    Anne
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We love the Cliff House. We go for all special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breathtaking
    RhonoVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This is one spot in San Fran that is a must! The view is breathtaking! Make your reservations in advance as the restaurant is small! The food is great as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shelikofVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    "you got it" from the waiter is a turn-off. Slow service, but the view makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I realize the Cliff House is a cliche to most locals - but it remains a very special spot in the bay area, and the history contributes to that. We arrived early enough to walk along the gorgeous paths past the Sutro baths and towards the GG bridge. The views are so spectacular. And then to our beautiful table to watch the light change on the ocean - what's not to love? Our party just had appetizers and cocktails - still pricey but all quite delicious. We were well satisfied with our experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than just the view
    Chip
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Their food and service now matches the view...if that's possible. Tuna tartar off the charts. Fresh oysters cold and salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining experience not to be missed!
    Davis4joy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband took me here 20 years ago on a first date. We just returned to share the experience with our teenage daughters on a trip down memory lane. We were seated immediately next to a window and treated to a first class meal in a quiet comfortable atmosphere. Let's just say our teenage daughters think we are pretty cool. Amazing views, service, and food. I know our coolness factor will be short lived, but our memory of that meal will last us a life time. Be prepared though, the experience will cost you around $50 per person without "drinks".
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    Marygjune
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Visit Sutro's for a great view, service, drinks and ambience. Food was good but some weak spots were crab cakes, have more tha needed breaking and crab was tasteless. Rest of food good, but the view of the Pacific is well worth the cost
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnniversaryGem
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Outstanding in every way. My Crab Louie was the best I have ever had...4 different dressings hidden throughout the salad. Beautiful display. My friend had the steak and fries and was very pleased with both. Service was impeccable. Would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food and Service
    KarlJ
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Day boat scallops were the best scallops I have ever eaten. Everyone loved their meal - especially the pork chop.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Delightful Experience
    luv2travel
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Once again Sutro's at the Cliff House exceeded our expectations! Dick was our Waiter and always does an outstanding job. Vicki showed us to our table and took a few moments to highlight some of the original Sutro Bath photos. You can't beat the views either!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food on the Cliff
    HappydinningVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Dinning at the Cliff House was a delightful experience. The service was outstanding and the food matched the ambiance of this beautiful place. We planned our dinner to coincide with the sunset and we were happily treated to a beautiful one while enjoying wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the price for the ambience
    InfrequentDiner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I came away feeling that I had paid $150 for a wonderful experience with my wife (no alcohol purchased). However, the actual food wasn't very impressive. It was good, don't get me wrong, but at this price point ($36 for three scallops and risotto), you may expect better food. This is compensated for by the amazing views and wonderful service. SO, it was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs To Catch-up with the Times
    Dinner4three
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was fine, though for some reason Sutro's isn't aware that most people know the dangers of eating hormone treated farmed fish! Why not catch-up with the times and serve wild caught? - Also, making only two toilets available, requires guests to stand in line to use the restroom, which certainly steals the charm from the Sutro experience!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    WonderfulVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The Cliff House clearly is busy just because of the view and the longevity of the restaurant. It was extremely disappointing to the snippy rude server to the over cooked pork chop to the boxed butterscotch pudding. Go and walk around the bath houses, walk the grounds of the Cliff House then go somewhere else for dinner. Completely overrated and a waste of money!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DissatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The outstanding view, great bar staff and ability to take 7 people (I did make a reserveration) were balanced by the snootiest waiter I've encountered in years. If you want to be served by a haughty Jeeves, the butler, Demitri, is your man.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enchanting!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Sutro's! The table by the window allowed us to watch a lovely sunset, the food was delicious, and our waiter was terrific. The evening couldn't have been better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couldn't have been better...
    Roger
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food, the selection, the ocean, the service - excellent! We'd go back in a minute!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice View
    Seoulfoods
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I thought the place was super stunning overlooking the waves and sutro baths. So would be perfect for special occassions. We went there for lunch and the crab salad was huge and tasted fine. The service for such a nice place wasn't up to par. The waiter felt very rushed and wasn't attentive. I felt like I was just at some casual busy restaurant but it wasn't even busy. However, if you want the experience of the beautiful place I would still recommend you go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A evening to remember.
    Floridagirl
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    All I can say is wow, and thank you for such a special evening. After watching the service around us I don't thing you will ever be sorry you came here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Like you're dining in The Titanic!
    TitanticGirl
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Or some other magnificent ship, right at the edge of an iceberg, but instead of The Atlantic, The cold Pacific beneath, & given The Cliff House history, such a precarious perch indeed! The food makes it all worthwhile, luckily, however fate propels it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ocean view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This place was suggested by friends. Wish we had been told about the floor to ceiling windows and the ocean view. Would have scheduled an earlier reservation so we could enjoy the view. However, we still had a good hour of ocean view and the food was wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining Plaudit
    thepoet47
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Out dining experience was absolutely outstanding! Everything was simply wonderful! We enjoyed a table for two window view........which was breathtaking! Our reservation was for 5pm, and there few diners at that time, so the noise level was nominal. The service was great, and the food was amazing! Absolutely one of the best dinners ever! Well worth the cost!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best meal in San Fransisco!
    Carol
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    On honeymoon from Ireland, and on our last night in the city, we enjoyed a truly amazing meal here. The service was exceptional, the wine list amazing, and the room was very pleasant. Above all that, the food was really delicious. I'm only sorry we will not be able to come back and try the rest of the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the view, not the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The views are amazing, the food was fine. There are far better restaurants in the city food wise, but if you have family/friends coming into town that want to experience a "SF Thing" w/ great views, you should take them here.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • billc
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Wife had fish which looked and tasted good. I had the Thai Boulbaise which was so-so, not much shellfish and a lot of broth. Bread was excellent. Prices a bit steep for what we had, but service was good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Views and Great Food
    Dow59
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Sutro's at Cliff House offered a wonderful alternative to brunch in the main dining room. In fact, even with our selections and a nice bottle of champagne, we did it for less without compromising on anything. We had a nice table against the windows that provided a fabulous view of seal rock and the ocean. Service was exceptional and we all enjoyed our lunch selections. We particularly liked the crab Louis and the ravioli. Thoroughly enjoyable experience that we will do again the next time we are in SF.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    An perfect experience. Everything from the cocktails to the dessert. The staff was top notch and the food was perfect. I cannot thing of a single thing I'd change about my experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View is Spectacular
    SmileyFace
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The view is spectacular and worth going there just for that reason. The Steak Frites was delicious and do recommend it for lunch. Everyone in our group had something different, such as the trout sandwich, and enjoyed what they had. Even though it was busy, the noise level was such that you could talk and be heard. I was surprised though that there wasn't another pasta dish other than ravioli and no hamburger was on the menu which you usually expect when you go out to lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view..be careful of fog?
    Tiffany
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was expensive but incredible. We really enjoyed t. However, the reason we were will to pay so much was bc of the view. Unfortunately, the fog was so dense that we couldnt see a thing! The food still was really good, but we probably wouldn't have gone if we realized about fog before hand. Service was great and history of bath house was cool.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accomodating service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I had a 7pm reservation, my dining partner was 30 minutes late, and the staff was very understanding and accommodating. Wait staff was very attentive without being overly obtrusive. Spectacular view. The food was excellent; my salmon was perfectly cooked, and the desert we split was very rich and chocolate without being overly sweet. The view can be hit and miss because of the fog, this particular night it was very thick, but it was very mysterious as small flocks of seabirds would suddenly appear gliding by outside the window, only to disappear again. There was a jazz group playing upstairs at the lounge, very talented: We did not have time to take them in but I'm sure the view, the music, half an hour and an Irish Coffee would be swell.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Sutro's
    EssEffGrl
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Had a wonderful time entertaining guests at Sutro's. We were impressed with the service from everyone. The food was magnificent. It was a great, simple menu. The desert was delicious. The view was great. The manager even got us a ride back the Fisherman's Wharf, so thank you! My relatives will be telling their friends in New York about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over rated seaside viewing station
    Great
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This restaurant (s) has a great location for sunset viewing unless it is foggy which is frequent in SF area The food is good not great with minimal vegetarian choices. The staff is friendly and try and accommodate requests. It is pretty far from downtown or fisherman's wharf. Need a car
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hold the fog!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The restaurant's history attracts locals and guests, but given the price of the food, and unfortunately, a view of dense fog, it is not a place I will return to. We are used to paying for expensive meals, but the lack of view, a downstairs room with ambience with extremely high prices lended itself to an unmemorable meal. In fact, we've had more conversations about the price and lack of view than the food quality. Too bad for the chef, as the food probably was good, but not for an extreme price. We didn't realize that the main floor was a bar. We would have rather eaten dinner in the bar where there is an environment full of historical artifacts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet