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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OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
50 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

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.

PD
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my go to place for guests. It is not inexpensive. However, the prices have gone up since I was last there.

My previous visits I was a walk-in at just ahead of the lunch schedule and got a fabulous table right at the glass. This time I made a reservation for 12:30. I was seated in the downstairs room close to an exit door that was proper open for air. I was told I would have to wait a long time to have a window seat.

It worked out ok for my guests but I was unhappy about seating and the comment.

AL
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sutro’s was the highlight of our first visit to San Francisco. The food and service was excellent, though we didn’t get a window table to fully appreciate the sunset over the Pacific. My wife and I had a wonderful time.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Place is beginning to get a bit out dated. The carpet and chairs are looking old and the paint color could be more modern to give the place nice pick up to bring everything together with the gorgeous view. The food and service was great. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu. Its on the pricey side but worth it for a special occasion.

PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a business meeting over lunch and the server was quite understanding that we were not in a rush and gave us just the right amount of time to discuss things that we needed to discuss but not 'crowd' us.

JS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Our drive there was unusually long. The view of the ocean is always spectacular. Food was pretty good and the service was very good. A bit pricey but expected for a tourist spot. Too bad traveling to the City from the East Bay is so dreadful.

JE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Only for a special occasion, it is a bit pricey for the food and service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wonderful view!

RO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Hostess was not a good first impression. I made reservation a week or more ago and requested an ocean view table; we were celebrating our 15th anniversary. She said she didn’t have a ocean view table and then escorted us to our table past a table by the window with a spectacular view. I insisted on the table we passed and she gave it to us. Great table and made our dinner special. Cliff House dining is all about the ocean view in my opinion. Food is good but not outstanding. No wow factor. Michael our server was good although it take some time for him to engage us.

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