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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Sutro's at the Cliff House reviews from OpenTable diners
389 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (358)special occasion (271)romantic (226)fit for foodies (114)great for lunch (114)great for brunch (79)notable wine list (63)good for groups (58)neighborhood gem (57)hot spot (30)kid-friendly (28)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Nice brunch ..great view!,
    tastygirlVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Perfect spot on the way to the Legion of honor.We do not like big buffet brunches so this was a great choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • extremely slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    female hostess was very rude...never hardly saw our server....for the money we paid you would've expected btr service ....lesson learned
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience
    jmorelli39
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Fantastic. I thought we were going to get an overpriced tourist stop and we had a very fine dining experience instead. Wonderful food and the prices were in line with what a fine restaurant would charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative seafood selections
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I love the relaxed feel of this place – fantastic dining room that puts you on top of the ocean. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The seafood selections were spot on. Everyone loved the Halibut and scallops dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining at Sutro's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The best thing about Sutro's at the Cliff House is the amazing views. The Food was excellent, although if you are a big eater don't expect to get full here. I am from the midwest and used to large portions. The portions were very small and pricey for me. The views more than make up for the small portions and price. Absolutely amazing location for a restaurant. Great for special occasion!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Meal With Friends
    ElMarido
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We try to bring visiting friends for the good food and the impressive dining room. We book a sunset table and, with luck, are rewarded with a spectacular view. Good service. Very good food. High ceiling quiet room in the main section. $78 per person with drinks, wine, starter and entree, dessert - before tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow! Delightful!
    CariocaGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a sunny fall day in San Francisco and decided to go have lunch ocean side for our wedding anniversary. We chose the place for the location and did not expect much given how touristy it could be, attracting people for the location and not for the food and service. We were wowed by the wonderful experience. Beautiful dining room, wonderful food, very nice service. We would highly recommend it and will return some day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slow and cold
    Pogo
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I had a 7:30 reservation and we were seated promptly in a less desirable spot with no view. With me were a girlfriend and her son (17) who seriously aspires to become a chef so he was very observant. I was struck that the menu is both shorter and more costly than the Bistro where we have dined often. Service was professional and friendly but very slow. My young guest pointed out that this was not the server's fault but the kitchen's. He ordered a New York steak and it came cold an hour later. The duck and halibut were good. i would not recommend this restaurant and will avoif it in the future partly because the Bistro is so much better , better views and pas tros cher.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a great place!
    FrequentDiner23
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    As ever, Sutro's had great food, fantastic service, a wonderful ambiance, and made for a very special evening for me to have dinner with a long-time friend. Certainly with all the possibilities in San Francisco, this really needs to remain as a special place to lots of people. While dinner was certain a bit pricy, it wasn't outlandish and the quality of the food met the cost. (I have certainly been to equally expensive restaurants around the world where I didn't get a good a quality meal!). Definitely, a memorable place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Historical and beautiful as well
    TNMEN
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Had a great lunch and of course the views, WOW!!!!! Very nice staff and great food. Enjoyed a table with beautiful views of the bay. Would recommend this to everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great view!
    Carl
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The Sutro Restaurant remodel is gorgeous! The high ceilings in the main dining room, and the different levels, give every table a perfect view of the ocean. Go just before dusk and you will see the most beautiful sunsets. Food was fantastic. I had the scallops which were perfectly prepared. Everything on the menu was sublime. Our table was ready & waiting for us per our reservation. The staff are superb. A special place for birthdays.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    BJW1
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Amazing view with awesome food! The food was brought out in a timely manner. The sunset is amazing to watch while having a glass of wine :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the view
    MySFDining
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    You'll love the view (even in lousy weather), and enjoy the food. What could be better?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic view and food
    SFnative
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We made an early reservation at 11am on a Sunday morning. The restaurant was empty and we had our choice of tables. The view was amazing, with windows looking north and west at the ocean and sutro baths. The food was fantastic. Although the brunch items were limited to three choices, the huevos rancheros was really good. We also tried the seared sea scallops, that was served with rock shrimp, clams and couscous. It was extremely flavorful and the portions are generous. The service was polite and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Junior
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had a wonderful time. My wife and I visited 17 years ago. It was just as amazing as we remembered it. Thanks
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect reunioun w friends dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had dinner with some long time friends we hadn't seen in a while. The food was wonderful and the waiter was very attentive and pleasant. Great view of the ocean!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice But Not Stellar
    FairCritic
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Staff, location, views, atmosphere, and decor were all great! Only complaints were the food seemed to take a little bit too long and the seemed a little over priced. The food was definitely high quality good but not great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner this past Saturday at Sutro's. It was a great overall experience. The food was excellent and the service was also at a very high level. We can't wait to make a return trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    You don't expect a place with this kind of drop-dead gorgeous location to be this good--the food was excellent and service was delightful.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a view that goes on forever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Can't beat looking out over the ocean during dinner. Very good food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food and service as always! The view is always great. I didn't see the whales this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SusieQ
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent dining experience in a wonderful setting in a great city
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Dinner - Disappointed
    tripel7man
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I had read a lot about this restaurant and wanted to have a business dinner with some important clients during a recent international conference. I was very disappointed at the limited menu and wine list. The furniture did not correspond to a supposedly 5 star restaurant with matching prices. The food was good, nothing special, but tasty. The best part was the view, which is the reason I made decided to try this place, and it’s really the only part that is truly worth the long drive from the center of the city. By the way, we waited a long 45 minutes for a taxi to take us back to the city center, as there is limited service in the area, so keep that in mind if you are not driving your own vehicle. I do not plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent views and food
    teppanyakifan
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The views are spectacular, the food excellent and the service impeccable. The only problem is that it is incredibly expensive for lunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful View!
    pislas
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great food, great service, great bread and a beautiful location . Could not ask for anything more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, an excellent experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a "must" experience for all visitors (and residents) of SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seaside Serenade
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The Cliff House is one of the, if not THE, best-positioned restaurants on California's Pacific Oceanside. A must before you die, even if you're young.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view
    kimbercat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went to this Pacific Ocean overlook for the view, but the food was excellent. Mussels as an appetizer in a rich tomato broth, grilled peach salad to die for, duck was excellent. Waiter was attentive and kind; not disruptive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    BirthdayBoy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The views from this restaurant are spectacular and is one of the reasons to come to the cliff house. From a service perspective, I found the waiter to be prompt and attentive. However the one thing he did not do is come by and ask if our meal was OK which I find important, hence my rating. Particularly in this case as the meals are quite expensive so I expect them to be top notch. I was not feeling like sea food this day so I chose the chicken entre for lunch. The flavor was good but the chicken was very dry and in some spots on the skin was actually burnt... My grilled peach salad however was great! If I come to the cliff house again I would go to the Bistro, same views but less expensive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We absolutely fell in love with this restaurant! We started off our night with walking around the cliff house, snapping pics and enjoying the fantastic view. We made reservations and were seated immediately. We had a window seat over looking the cliff which was beautiful. I ordered the smoked salmon flat bread stArter this was hands down the most delicious plate of food I have ever ate. Great restaurant! If I am back in San Fran this would be a must on my to do list.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous lunch spot
    Sigona
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We met our son here for his 21st birthday and we all had a lovely time. The waiter was kind, timely, and experienced. He was quite handsome too ;) The drinks were great, the food was great, and the desserts were delicious. Everything was perfect including the view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary
    NeekVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We were married at the Cliff House and enjoyed a marvelous anniversary dinner at Sutro's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunset heaven
    foodlover2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    whenever you want dinner or appetizers be sure to come to this san Francisco treat of a hidaway. the views of the ocean are spectacular and the vies of the sunset during dinner are priceless. I highly recommend the oysters on the half shell and the mai tai
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    very nice restaurant and romantic, just make sure you have reserved your cap before you leave restaurant otherwise have to wait 30 min or so for rid if don't drive your own car! I definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Francisco icon
    Bobm
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    For our 35th we went to the cliff house. Most amazing view ever. We had a reservation but we asked for a table right by the window. They lost us for a while but once they were aware of it, gave us a great table with a great view. Definitely worth the wait. I would say a special occasion menu, but it will be memorable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    LandB
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We dined at Sutro's for our first wedding anniversary. We waited a few minutes longer for our table, as the hostess wanted to make sure we were seated at a window. The service was fantastic, and the food was delicious and beautifully presented too. We had chosen to share two appetizers, and they even went to the trouble of plating these separately for us. Overall a fabulous evening and dinner. Will definitely recommend and return ourselves
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great visit.
    happycustomer1975
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was incredible, the wine was perfect and the service was as good as you can get. Next time I'm in S.F., I'll visit the Cliff House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunsets
    ustraveller
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great views and sunset on the Pacific, very good food and exceptional service
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grandson's birthday
    F237
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Waitress is non committal. Slow service. No water until we asked for.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The fish was fantastic!
    sanfranajj
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The fish and service were marvelous! The limited menu needs review. The choice for iced tea is laughable. ( It should only be orange pekoe or black.) All else is top notch!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.