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Sutro's at the Cliff House - San Francisco - Perm Closed, San Francisco, CA

Sutro's at the Cliff House - San Francisco - Perm Closed

4.5
4.5
7323 Reviews
$50 and over
American

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).

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (415) 386-3330

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Weber

  • Private party facilities

    The Terrace Room at the world-famous Cliff House can accommodate up to 120 people for a seated event. With historic ambiance, a private terrace and unparalleled ocean views the Terrace Room is the perfect location for weddings, rehearsal dinners, family celebration, and business meetings.

  • Private party contact

    Virginia Casey: (888) 236-5259

  • Neighborhood

    San Francisco Bay Area

  • Cross street

    Great Highway

  • Parking details

    There are 2 free parking lots nearby in addition to street parking.

  • Public transit

    SF MUNI: 38 Geary

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 7,323 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. GB

    GregB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2020

    overall1food4service2ambience1

    The cliff house was pick up or delivery only. No table and they where closed at the time me reservation was for. This app sucks.

  2. D

    Dzfnz

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My customers have never been to San Francisco- LOVED the view, the food and the service. Outstanding!

  3. JJ

    JeanneJ

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Our server was pretty flat and relatively not attentive. GREAT atmosphere but need work on service.

  4. JL

    JanetL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and had very good service. You can't beat the view.

  5. P

    Pris6061

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The view is unmatched. The food was delicious., but it’s pricey. Great if you want to impress or have a special celebration. There were 3 of us and we splurged: jumbo prawns and oysters on a half shell (a bit small), steak for one, scallops & shrimp scampi for the next, salmon for the third, and two deserts. Definitely would recommend and would return for a special occasion.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    6 of us went to Sutro’s for my Mother-in-Laws birthday. Had reservations, came early and got seated immediately. Ordered flowers from their recommended florist and it was absolutely beautiful. The view is so fantastic. Ordered bread & salted butter, very crusty, if you prefer it that way. We ordered the roasted butternut squash soup. It was okay but ‘something’ was missing. I got the two crab sandwich. It was very small and couldn’t find much of the crab. Sweet potato fries were okay. My husband got the skirt steak, it had a great sauce and he liked it. Three ordered the salmon. It looked great and tasted wonderful. We were too full for dessert. The waiter came with a plate written with Happy Birthday and the smallest cup of vanilla ice cream. Overall, I was very underwhelmed with the meals but the ambiance is fantastic. Go without expectations and it should be a lovely evening.

  7. SM

    SandiM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was superb.. the service was so great! They didn’t rush us we were just enjoying our drink... the beautiful surroundings. They even had a beautiful band playing. Our whole experience was dreamlike... I felt like I was in a movie... it’s my favorite place to eat and again they didn’t let me down! We had an amazing time and dinner!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We loved our first visit to Sutros. From the moment we walked in the door until the moment we left, we felt welcomed. Although we had to send a cocktail back and although the salmon was medium well instead of medium rare, we were not made to feel bad about asking for a redo. If it wasn’t right, they were going to fix it! Tiffany was our server and she was delightful. Readily taking care that our wine glasses were never empty and that our experience was enjoyable. She made the night for us. We recommend the bacon encrusted salmon and the scallops and shrimp scampi as well as the crab cake appetizer and the amazing lemon chiffon dessert. This restaurant came highly recommended and really lived up to its hype with the view, the ambiance, the food, and the service. We will definitely make this a go-to on our next trip to SFO.

  9. S

    Seananon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view of the Pacific! Though admittedly it would’ve been way more epic at Sunset. Very delicious food. They offer Irish Coffee too, though not in decaf.

  10. P

    Phipps13

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Food was okay ... nothing special and it was expensive for what it was I guess we were paying for the view and location

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    Everything was quite good except one thing. No soap in the rest room! I couldn’t believe it, no soap in the restroom while we were in the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak! That’s the reason for 2 stars overall.

  12. S

    Sweetie

    San Francisco

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My dining partner and I had special needs this visit. I am recovering from periodontal surgery late last week and am confined to soft foods. So he had salad. I had butternut squash soup. He had Gloria. I had mint tea. We still split the huevos but he got the tortilla Even under less than ideal circumstances, enjoyed. Gloomy out and the waves were crashing but not much sun. Excellent service as always. Will be happy to return in much better health situation

  13. OM

    OwenM

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My bride and we’re visiting for the day and wanted to explore the lands area of SA Francisco. Th cliff house was great, good menu, attentive service, and spectacular views.

  14. SF

    SanFranciscan

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    The fish was over cooked, and more expensive than it should be. Waiters was not that great.

  15. BH

    BlueHen

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    The service was great. Food was good. However, the restaurant is in obvious need of a facelift and regular cleaning. Dirty carpet, flies over the bar, dusty walls near bar, food crumbs on window ledges. The view is priceless, but everything else needs some TLC.

  16. TS

    ThomasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was an excellent addition to my family's mini vacation to the bay area. It was an excellent setting with the Pacific right out the windows (might go a little early in winter months - the sun went down on us right at the beginning of dinner). The drinks were perfect and the service was excellent. The bacon Scottish Salmon is fantastic as is the Halibut. Would not hesitate to go here again and would recommend it to a friend. I should add we were there because it was recommended to us.

  17. p

    pprinter

    San Francisco

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The ambiance, the views, the history is unequaled in San Francisco. We’re just plain fortunate to have this wonderful, one of a kind, restaurant in The City.

  18. R

    Rich

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our 21st anniversary and our fourth year celebrating at Sutro’s. Tanya was our server and we will request her service if she’s available next year!

  19. RB

    RalphB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a really good experience. We had a table directly at the window and enjoyed a fantastic view. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was really good and we enjoyed wine at half price as we were there on winelover´s tuesday ;-). Overall ist was very good value.

  20. M

    Magoo

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was my mom’s birthday and she just wants to be by the beach. As has been my usual experience, the host was gracious as were all the wait staff. They are very experienced. The lunch menu was excellent and all our food was perfect. We started with butternut squash soup, crab cakes, and salmon - all very good. Entrees were crab louis, salmon, and ravioli. Also very good. I want to go back for lunch and just order more appetizers as they were especially delightful. I love this restaurant for its history and commitment to quality standards.

  21. NI

    NellyaI

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just breathtaking views. Service is good and food also

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    Our server was great and food was great but front desk had and attitude; honestly it put a bad taste in our mouth, I don’t see us going back in the future. For how much $$ this place cost and the beauty of it the service should be top notch from kitchen to front desk to servers to management there is no excuse for being rude to your guest or sarcastic remarks this place has so much history and beautiful views as customers our experience shouldn’t have to be tainted by bad attitudes. Every one on staff should be working towards the same goal I don’t care how good the food is I have many places I would take guest for not only good views and good food but for a great experience.

  23. LI

    LIngsieJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    Food was excellent, but service not good. The waiter was ok, when we could get his attention, but we were not approached by anybody for at least 15 minutes after we sat down, dirty plates were not removed etc. The waiter left while we were not finished giving our order, etc.

  24. F

    Flores1124

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Took my mother-in-law who was visiting for a 70th birthday lunch. It was our first time eating at Sutro's after living in the Bay Area for 10 yrs! We all loved the experience and would highly recommend. Appreciate that they even had a a kids' menu for our 8 yr old.

  25. r

    rickb

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience5

    When we checked in with the hostess at the Sutro Room she found the reservation quickly and said"I can seat you in soon". We waited and she seated several other parties who arrived after we did. We waited 15 minutes within her eyesight before I approached her. She searched for the reservation and I then asked her if she forgot us, she said yes she did and apologized. This is a critical mistake and the key element of the job. She gets 1 star which causes the overall rating to be 3 stars.

  26. SC

    StacyC

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s amazing each time I visit! The views are breathtaking!

  27. BI

    BenInSF

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Fantastic views of the ocean, sunset, and Seal's Rock. So try to get a reservation at a time when it is still light out. Very nice bar that is not normally busy and is a quiet spot for a cocktail, separate from the more busy bar upstairs. Food and service are top-notch with good views from almost all tables. Free street parking has never been a problem within reasonable walking distance. One irritant was a charge of $5.50 for two pieces of sour dough French bread -- unreasonable when being charged over $200 for dinner and cocktails. Never encountered a charge for bread elsewhere.

  28. AD

    AditiD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Were very accommodating of our 1 month old infant! Service and the food was impeccable.

  29. ET

    EstelT

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were celebrating my husband retirement, it was a great place. We loved the beautiful veiw and the food was wonderful!

  30. GC

    GilC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Always a lovely experience; consistently good!!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stunning view and fabulous food.

  32. CC

    CodysCharm

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    The food was great but dessert, wasn’t so much. The lava cake doesn’t hold up to its name. Will skip dessert next time. At least our waiter tried to fix the issue. But even then, the ganache inside the lava cake didn’t ooze out as it should.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service. Food was incredible- fresh, wholesome, presented beautifully. Specially prepared Birthday dessert was “the icing on the cake”. Most memorable lunch with Dad.

  34. c

    cineman

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the Tuesday 50% off on bottle of wines . . . and the dry aged steak.

  35. JZ

    JenniferZ

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall4food3service2ambience3

    We lucked out and had a beautiful evening for our dinner and a beautiful sunset. The food was good, but not amazing. Unfortunately, our waiter seemed annoyed with us and was not very attentive and, at times, rather snarky. He got better as the dinner went on, but it was disappointing. I would recommend for a night of great weather, but primarily for the views and location- not really for the food or service.

  36. DM

    DiMa

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    meh - okay food, aggressive service & I went for dinner so I did not get the view. I think what makes this place good is the view so I may try to come back for earlier service. Maybe 2nd time won't be as disappointing

  37. EB

    ErikaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall3food5service4ambience3

    This was mine and my husband’s first time in San Francisco. We were celebrating our anniversary so this time in SF was extra special. To be honest, I was expecting a place that was better taken care. The hostess were super nice and allowed us to check in an hour early and wait at the bar until our table was ready. As we walked towards the bar to wait for something to open, we noticed a table that was empty but was apparently ready for another couple. We waited a couple minutes when the waitress told us to sit at that reserved table. We proceeded to sit down when a guy who seemed to be the manager told us that table was for someone else. We were about to get up when the waitress said “no, you’re good”. The manager then came back again and was rude and said “like I said, this table is for someone else”. We got up and moved to the bar. There was definitely miscommunication between waitress and manager and there was no reason for him to be rude to us. Once at the bar, I expected this area to be more clean. There were flies flying around, the bar was sticky, and just looking at the liquor and wine bottles on the shelf, it didn’t seem like the restaurant took pride in keeping this area clean. From here on out, our experience with the food and the service at our table was great. The waitress was attentive and surprisingly, the atmosphere in this section was completely different from the bar. I understand SF is a very tourist-y area but it would be better to have a dress code for those eating here. Judging from the website, it seems like a place where you’d go to celebrate a big and/or special event with a more formal attire. When we arrived at 5, we felt out of place as we were overdressed for this place. Like previously stated, the food and service at our table was amazing and I would recommend it for these reasons only.

  38. JB

    JesicaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    love eating here wonderful food, server was nice and personable. Had a great time!

  39. TN

    TatianaNatashaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Really poor customer service, and food quality was just plane. Although we got a terrific table with beautiful views, I'm pretty sure I won't go back to this Restaurant.

  40. 2

    22cjc22

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply amazing! The best seafood and wonderful butterscotch dessert!

FAQs

Sutro's at the Cliff House - San Francisco - Perm Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 7323 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Great Highway

  • Neighborhood

    San Francisco Bay Area

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There are 2 free parking lots nearby in addition to street parking.

  • Public transit

    SF MUNI: 38 Geary

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Weber

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 386-3330

  • Private party facilities

    The Terrace Room at the world-famous Cliff House can accommodate up to 120 people for a seated event. With historic ambiance, a private terrace and unparalleled ocean views the Terrace Room is the perfect location for weddings, rehearsal dinners, family celebration, and business meetings.

  • Private party contact

    Virginia Casey: (888) 236-5259

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