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

Sutro's at the Cliff House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cliffhouse.com
  • Phone: (415) 386-3330
  • 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: American, Seafood
  • 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). Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Three of us dining. One with a very good meal, other two only average. Expensive in general. Ocean views were breathtaking. Service was very good. Scenic experience, would not return for food."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Service was good but slow. It was fairly quiet. The food was a little ordinary in flavor and servings were small, although beautifully presented. Rather pricey for the serving size."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Sutro's continues to provide excellent meals, using fresh ingredients, presented with flair. It's a great restaurant anytime you're out near Ocean Beach or Golden Gate Park."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We took out of town guests to Sutro's at The Cliff House straight from AT&T Park to complete a fabulous day in San Francisco. The host sat us early at the best table, due to a large party arriving later. The food and the views were outstanding. Some dishes we enjoyed were generous and properly cooked lamb chops, flavorful Atlantic salmon, tender roast duck plus a shared heirloom tomato salad and the always delicious chocolate lava cake. Sutro's and The Cliff House are not just for tourists. The food is sophisticated and well-prepared and the staff is lovely. Our server Richard was excellent--friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "A great view, especially if you have guests new to the west coast or San Francisco. Food not as good as a couple of years ago. Surprised that there was only one oyster variety. Wine list was nice with modest choices available. Martini was excellent. The food is a bit dated, would have been exciting about ten years ago. Decently prepared, but not ideal. My salmon was a bit overdone. Service was friendly and appropriate, but at times slow (we waited a long time to order dessert). But, you can't beat that view!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "It is nice to find a place that serves great food, has attentive yet unobtrusive waiters, and is quiet enough to have conversations without having to shout."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "While on vacation in San Francisco we decided to give Sutro's a try. The reviews I read before making a reservation suggested the view was better than the food, but it was worth it. We ate a late dinner so we were not able to enjoy the view, but our hotel is nearby and this is a yearly trip to SF for us so missing the view was not a big issue. The menu looked to be great and was small, usually indicating the food is good as the chef has only select items to prepare. The food we received was cold-warm and bland. The price for the food we received was outrageous. We do not mind an expensive or higher priced restaurant...but the food needs to meet the standards of the cost. It seems as if Sutro's attempted "upscale" and then stopped trying."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Haven't been here in ages--since it has been rebuilt to be honest. Have walked by it many, many times but seems more like a tourist spot so not as interested. However, my birthday came up rather quickly this year and we forgot to make reservations for downtown restaurant. Made resos here and am glad we did. As Sunset resident, cannot believe we have not been coming here--service is great and food is very yummy. Although website asks that we not expect to sit at a window seat (we ate downstairs at Sutro's) we were given a wonderful table. I had crab ravioli and my husband had some sort of fish stew which he loved. Bread, of course was fanatastic--so tangy--real sourdough. Service was great-we had drinks up at the Bistro and dinner"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Very average food! The table I requested overlooking the incredible Californian coastline was honoured So we feasted our eyes on the beauty of San Francisco's Ocean Beach... Unfortunately the $20 appetiser of crab cakes was almost inedible - tasteless filling and an unpleasant overcooked crumb. I absolutely love crab cakes and was starving but had to leave this unfinished and annoyed that I had bothered to wasted $20 on it.... The main course/entree was a crab and artichoke pasta dish and this fared better although too al dente for me .... Very rich and again unfinished .... With a very moderate bottle of wine (our first choice not being available ) the bill was $140 minus tip for two course lunch! Go ..... But for the view NOT the food!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Obviously, as tourists, we came here for the view and the name. Read some not-so-great reviews about the food before dinner. We hesitated a bit. Turned out the food was great. Very fresh oysters. One of the best I have ever had. Great lamb rack. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great dinner, everything is fabulous. It is the most romantic meal in my traveling."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The seafood was good and fresh. However, food was not exceptional and service was acceptable. Expect to pay $50 pp for brunch (or, for the view). For the price there are certainly better restaurants but the view of the ocean is is really what you are paying for. Nice setting, big window, relaxing ... it's a good to start the weekend like this."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Made reservations via Open table and so glad I did as we had to modify our plans twice. Easy Peasey..they honored my request for a window seat. Everything nice and clean. Excellent service by Alex except he didn't check back to see if evertlything was OK..it was. Had the steak frites and it was cooked to perfection. Truffle fries wete good and not too greasy but flavorful and hot. I dislike tepid food. Red trout sandwhich was flavorful and had a side salad.Ordered the butterscotch pots de creme for dessert and it was finger lickin good!..not a dessert person per se but this was super delectible, light but not airy. Ambiance soothing and relaxing. It is pricey $$$ but soooooo worth it."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Really, the crab cakes were tiny and there was only a few strings of crab meat and the rest was just bread crumbs and maybe a little bit of onion. The sauce was good but there was only an eyedropper full of sauce on the plate. The crab cakes were very uniform in shape, much like the ones you get frozen. Made me wonder..... We made reservations and yet we got seated in the "other room" right by the emergency exit doors where a very icy breeze was blowing on my back. There were plenty of open tables in the main dinning room, why did we get this table? I was going to ask to be moved but I like the waiter we had. He has been there for over 30 years and has been our waiter many times. My steak was good. It had better be at $44.00!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Went for my girlfriends birthday and defiantly wasn't disappointed. Had the crab cakes which they were nice enough to split for us, crab and artichoke ravioli which was awesome and creme brule for dessert. Was lucky enough to get a window seat and service was great. Will defiantly be coming back in the future. A little pricey for my tastes but you get what you pay for."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed the Cliff House, if not just for the historical aspect, the view was stunning (we saw a whale, dolphins and Pelicans while we were eating) and our waiter was so friendly. He explained the history of the restaurant, the Sutro baths and kept pointing out the wildlife for us to view. We loved him. The food was all very delicious, but obviously pricey. We didn't expect anything different. The true hit of the evening though was the dessert, the Butterscotch Pots de Crème was divine! We ended up ordering another! We had our sons with us, ages 15 and 13, and they enjoyed the restaurant just as much as my husband and I. We had been hiking Land's End all day, and the restaurant was fine with our casual attire."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Party of 5, we had a perfect corner table with a beautiful view of the ocean. The service was wonderful & the food was delicious. We were saying farewell to friends and we wanted to give them a special San Francisco memory. Sutro's was the perfect place."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our waiter was in a hurry, didn't make eye contact and the strategy is evidently to NOT take your order for as long as possible. I understand the desire to increase the cocktail bill and I was disappointed with the obviousness. Our waiter was visibly annoyed that we ordered an appetizer at the same time as our drink. The restaurant was about 1/2 full and our heirloom tomato appetizer took 45 minutes to arrive. Our entire time at the restaurant was 2.5 hours and that's without dessert and it's not because WE lingered. The main course was excellent though and so was the sunset"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Everything about this place is exceptional. From the location, ambiance, food, and service. Awesome place to celebrate something special."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Wonderful panoramic view of the Ocean, very helpful and attentive service, great wine and food."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The room, view, wait staff, food & drinks at lunchtime are 5 star. The patrons are SF tourists, dressed like farm hands, and ladies who lunch, who look like charity league supporters. The meal isn't inexpensive but the mix works, probably because everyone who's there can afford it."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My siblings and I brough our mother for her 65th birthday, she had heard wonderful things about Cliff House and wanted to try it. We had a group of 9; 7 adults and 2 children (a 4 year old and 3 year old). They both had the spaghetti and loved it. Our server was wonderful, he was exceptionally helpful & patient as we browsed the menu asking questions on the various items listed. My brother had The Lamb, "It was unbelievably good", the Age York I was told "It was great", My mother and I enjoyed the 140z pork chop it was so surprising tender, juicy and perfectly seasoned, my sister The Crab Artichoke Ravioli's response, Loved it! with crab cakes, salad all while listneing to live jazz cant get any better than that."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "While in town on vacation, thru Open Table I requested a table with a view to celebrate a special occasion for a party of 6, and boy did they deliver! We were seated at the table literally in the center of the windows with an unbelievable floor to ceiling view of the Pacific, and had it not been so foggy, would have been an unbelievable sunset! The service was outstanding; the food was very good and the ambiance was festive with the Jazz band playing upstairs. Great place to see the Pacific and the historic bathes. My party enjoyed the meal and experience immensely!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Wonderful place to celebrate my 50th birthday! Wonderful table with a view . Staff was great and they went out of their way to find our cell phone we lost there."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "It was my friends' anniversary and they had travelled here from North Carolina to celebrate. I suggested the Cliff House and you did not disappoint. The hostess went out of her way to make it a truly special and memorable dining experience. Our, waiter, Jeff, gave us excellent service. The food was delicious and the view spectacular. Kudos to the Cliff House."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had a great view, the service was very very slow, our food came out in a hr and 15 minutes. Than our fish was dry and taste like cardboard I guess they had it in the oven for the 1hr there menus only has a handful of items, to chose from you would think those items would be al-some ,"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Ok place, nice view, expensive! Nothing more. Food is better at the fisherman's wharf's different sea food stands. Very disappointed, had quite high expectations."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "A restaurant I thought of as a tourist destination turned out to be very well appointed, professional staff, food beautifully presented. AND then there is the view. I am going back..."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We were taking an out-of –town guest to the Cliff House for lunch. We were delayed in traffic and our reservation for lunch was kindly held for us. In addition we were treated to a window seat. The views from the Bistro are spectacular, even on this cloudy day. One of our group ordered a glass of Chardonnay and the waiter brought the most expensive of the three choices, $13, without asking which was preferred. Two of our party ordered the crab sandwich which was a little dry and not very flavorful. The crab stuffed ravioli was mediocre. The fourth dish, the Crab Louie was great. At $198.00 for four with only one glass of wine and no dessert we felt the prices were extremely high. We wouldn't go back, even for the lovely view."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This restaurant had the most beautiful view. It's too bad that the food was only average at best. The waitstaff did the bare minimum."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Steak and pork chops were ordered, both were grossly overcooked. Service was slow. View was excellent. Does not carry sweet dessert wines. Will not come back."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed a relaxing meal, beautifully presented. The waiter was very cute with the teenagers at our table."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Sutro's at The Cliff House hits the mark as a must experience for tourists and locals alike. Amazing history at your feet and never ending ocean views compliment the outstanding service and delectable foods. We will definitely be back for more..."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The scenic views and ambience was worth the anticipation. The food was creative and delicious. The only complaint was the service. It was a special occasion and no mention was made by staff. The hostesses were not friendly, welcoming as they should be at such a place. The waiter did the minimum, was not attentive, friendly, seemed annoyed to be working. I don't need another friend when I go out but something to make the experience more pleasant, especially when a it's a special occasion is not expecting too much."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Desert and bread are the winners. The pork chops and helibut were all too overcooked and dry. Price of the entrees were high for its quality and portion."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We requested a window set for the wedding lunch it was just four of us my daughter and son in law we're going to be separated for months we did not get a window seat and we were cramped next people in both sides ver disappointing the food however was fabulous and also the server"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I chose to dine at Cliff House in spite of some reviews that referred to the place as a tourist trap. I will admit it was bit pricey, but that is to be expected given the location. It's literally on a cliff overlooking the Pacific and it is a dramatic view. The food was terrific and I understand they switch up the menu every week. Everything we ordered was top notch, and the service was the outstanding. It was a special dining experience and I would go back the next time I am in San Francisco"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The view from the restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean is fabulous and the food was very good as well. Service was very good as well."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We waited half an our until we could even order some drinks, and the food was too expensive for what you get. The restaurant only works because of the view. I would not recommend this place at all, maybe for a drink but not more."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We were here for a small team offsite meeting with team members from Sydney and Austin (4 total) and I'd not yet been to Sutro's so this was my first impression. The server was friendly and timely and definitely top notch. We managed a window table and had a leisurely dinner though to sunset which was very nice. The ocean views are fantastic, which is of course the highlight of this place. The internal ambiance was nice but felt a bit dry I think once you get used to the ocean views there's not much else to engage you inside. The food was good and really good, but shy of great. It takes some pretty awesome food to get me to great. I had the New York steak and it was very nice as was the passion fruit Crème brûlée, but nothing blew me away."
    Dined on 7/21/2014