Sutro's at the Cliff House - San Francisco

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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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SO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and spectacular food...best rock cod I think I've ever had. Succulent with a beautiful brown crust.

p
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2 birthdays

M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion with best friends from childhood; everything was perfect!

H
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

we flew in from Denver to spend a few days in Napa. Sunday was my wife and my 40th anniversary.
I told the restaurant in advance that it was our anniversary, and I told the hostess that it was our
anniversary, yet not a mention was made by any of the staff. Very disappointing, to say the least.

ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not a pleasant experience at Sutro’s. I spend 2 and a half hour here just for lunch because I cannt never ever find my server or get his attention. He was gone for most of the time and I saw most of the tables around me had been turn over again and again. I waited at least 30 mins after I finished my entree and try to get the dessert menu but my sever just never show up. Also I had to send back one of my drink because it was too sweet for me and my server still charge me on my card after I reminded him 2 times so sorry 10%tips for you under $200 meal you have to pay for your mistakes.

OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Come for the sunset at the bar, skip the food. My meal was so bland that I had to add table salt. The lamb came with a green tower of potatoes, which was just a mess.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, and view was just amazing! I made a reservation for my husbands birthday and even though we were running a little late the hostess was so kind to hold our table. We had a lovely view of the ocean with our delicious shrimp and crab cakes for appetizers following our steak and halibut! Its yum! Also thanks to the chef who sent over a beautiful dessert for my husbands birthday! I definitely recommend coming here, you won't be disappointed.

A
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food with good portions, food with amazing settings and service

D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I brought friends from England here and could not have been happier with the service, food and overall experience! It was a beautiful day in SF! I had asked for a table by the window and got there early to hope to insure that....but, no tables were available by the window and as I was getting seated, one opened up and they let me move into the most perfect spot! Everything was wonderful! Thank you for helping in making our day so wonderful!

S
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service great viwe

L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s one of my favorite SF spots - get in early to watch the sunset, grab drinks and watch the ocean. Listen to live music. Seafood is great for dinner. It remains classy and unique through the decades

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant with great food; however, it is in a high crime area and several cars are broken into every evening (they look for rental cars). If you go, use Uber or a taxi!

SM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If was a beautiful place to visit and the food and service was impeccable!!

L
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful window seat table with view of the ocean, surfers and Sutro baths. Food and drink selection was great. We ordered Seafood Bouillabaisse in Thai sauce, it was excellent! For dessert we had Creme Brûlée with berries. Service was excellent. Highly recommend.

OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

In San Francisco for the week visiting friends. My wife and I made reservations at the Cliff House to have a small celebration for our friends birthday. We started out with drinks at the bistro and then had dinner in the restaurant. We arrived a half hour early for our dinner reservations so we could have drinks at the bar. Unfortunately, we waited 20 minutes to see a bartender and had to rush our drinks. Dinner we where pleasantly surprised by the half off bottles of wine on Tuesday nights. We where going to order a bottle regardless. The waiter and support staff did a great job with prompt attention and very courteous. Unfortunately,the waiter never got our request for a small celebration, usually a small piece of chocolate saying happy birthday. We expect anything to acknowledge our friends birthday. Not so much here, somewhat disappointed. We’ll be back to just chill and normal dinner but would not recommend for any special occasion.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything went amazing! I proposed to my girlfriend and she said yes!

JD
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful day, great food, service and view!!

RB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always worth the drive.

CD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Only if you like seafood. There were no other options on the menu for folks that dont like seafood, besides a 16 oz. Steak. I would recommend that add a chicken dish or other dishes for non seafood lovers

DM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous , we got everything we asked for the view was amazing and it was a beautiful birthday!!

HG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ability to watch the ocean combined with great food and excellent service was a one of a kind experience everyone should try!

FC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a super nice experience. Pricey as usual with everything in San Francisco, but we had a very good time for my wife birthday. I recommend for special occasions.

OT
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Beautiful view, uncomfortable temperature in dining room. Waitress came to the table the absolute minimum number of times it would take to accept orders (not even to deliver the food, much less to accommodate any kind of need). Food and cocktails were fine and well prepared, but surly server doesn’t justify price or trouble of deposit required reservation.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Too hot in the dining room.

MD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The setting is stunning and the food is very good. The prices are high and the quality of the food probably justifies the price, but if you are going to charge those prices you expect great service and the service was not up to it, so I left feeling I’d had an expensive meal rather than a great experience.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our time dining in the Sutro. The atmosphere was light and pleasant. The food was delicious and our server was kind and prompt with her service. Thank you for a table near the window over looking the water. The view was beautiful. Thank you for surprising my granddaughter with the Birthday dish. We all had a lovely time.

SC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous though very rich.The lamb was generous in portions. The bacon on the salmon was too rich for my taste. A mistake was made in our order but it was rectified immediately.

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey, but a perfect place to be guaranteed a lovely, civilized meal with a view.

CC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and view. Great for tourists and San Franciscans alike. Love it there. Food is beautifully presented and generously portioned too.

JE
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere but lack options for vegetarians.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They struggle to manage parties >4. We waited over an hour for a table (party of 5) despite a reservation.

GB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, nice view of the ocean

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Very poor service. Was there 20 minutes longer than desired. Had to ask a table buser to tell waitress I wanted bill. Extremely small portions.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were lucky enough to witness a marvelous sunset while having dinner. Wonderful views looking out the window over the Pacific Ocean. The food was excellent. Great dining experience. Thank you!

X
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

But dońt ask for special seating,as they always ignore

KB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, we are already looking forward to going back.

TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends were visiting from the East coast and were pleasantly surprised with the great views, food and service.

LN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and beautiful view

TO
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Tries to be something it is not - a high end restaurant. Service was slow and unremarkable in working our table. You'd expect better service with the price point of their menu. The view is great, but you don't need to eat at the Cliffhouse to appreciate it. Food was ok, again, unremarkable.

SD
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was fine, way over priced - the cheapest glass of wine is $17.00 - and the host who was bringing us to
The table was breathing heavy when we mentioned that we would
Prefer sit at another table - not in sunshine.
Awe found her rude.

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