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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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "The oysters were outrageous and the dinner and service was good. Sat by the window and watched the sun set."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Sutro's at the the Cliff House is a go-to restaurant for everyone! As a forty-year resident of the Outer Richmond, it's easy to head downtown in search of fresh ingredients, innovative recipes, and cosmopolitan ambiance...only to find all that in "my own backyard" at Sutro's. The salmon and halibut were both excellent; it's not often that I use bread bits to collect and savor the last remnants of a meal, but that's exactly what I did with the salmon mustard sauce. The presentation and service were secondary only to the view--priceless!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great spot to start our holiday; beautiful spot, nice food, good service."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "For a special event, this is certainly a good choice...food was good, service was ok not great...but overall a nice experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We love the Cliff House. We go for all special occasions."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • ""you got it" from the waiter is a turn-off. Slow service, but the view makes up for it."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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"."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food, the selection, the ocean, the service - excellent! We'd go back in a minute!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014