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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Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service and loved the table with a view right by the window. Many thanks!

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San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant and every dish is delicious. Great for special occasions. We started with the Shrimp Tempura which was very flavorful and looked like a work of art. Our main courses were the Scallops & Wild Shrimp Scampi - this is my favorite entree and I keep going back for more! The other main course was Sakura Pork Chop Crepinette - definitely a 'must try' for a future visit. The wait staff were very attentive and provided a beautiful dessert to mark the occasion which was 'chef's choice'. Getting something not on the menu was very special.

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Sacramento
93 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great venue with professional service and very good food without pretension . A view back to friendlier times away from the glitz of transitory restaurants that change with the times. Try it out for great food service and a comfortable sense of where San Francisco used to be,

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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except the valet was full so had to park down the hill and walk a ways to get there.

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

The food was amazing!! I will be back. Plus the view is spectacular.

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

Great food, awesome views, wonderful staff. They are super attentive.

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JB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was decent, nothing tasted bad but nothing tasted great either. Oysters were fresh but bland with sauce. Crab cakes could have come from your local super market’s freezer section. The French fries were fresh, hot and crispy and the skirt steak was tender and juicy but needed a pound of salt to taste anything. The chocolate lava cake was solid in the middle, but the chocolate cover coffee beans were a nice touch. They gave use complimentary mini key lime pie triangles on a large plate that said Happy anniversary which was a welcome surprise and the pie was probably the best thing we tasted the whole meal. If it wasn’t for the absolutely amazing view, the friendly attentive service, I would probably not go back.

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Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view was spectacular. The service was good not great. The food was very good but pricey.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a window table (worth waiting for) and a terrific server named Ryan. The bacon-crusted salmon was perfect. The pureed potatoes were so good I asked for an extra side dish of them!

If you want a leisurely dining experience with unparalleled views and great food and drinks, this is the place!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cosy Abs excelent service

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BB
Adelaide / SA
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. They wee incredibly accommodating when we had to adjust our time.

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

We were out on a much needed date. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful with everything. He’s recommendation of the Butterscotch dessert was a huge favorite of ours. We loved the experience and will be back when we are in the Bay Area.

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J
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice meal and excellent service! Spectacular stormy
Day,

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JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional. Shrimp and Scallops were amazing! A little spendy but worth every penny.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The view is spectacular ! Staff professional and always courteous .

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GM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & great food

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

View incredible, we all had the sole - it was incredible! Service was solid.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go back time and time again and walk away happy.

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MC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful views! The Ceaser salad is sharable. We enjoyed the Shrimp, Scallops and Crab Cakes. The Sticky toffee pudding was a decadent treat. You might add time to your visit to walk off the calories looking at the magnificent scenery!

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MG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was just okay. Food was average. View was spectacular!! Don't go expecting anything more and you'll have a good experience.

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TD
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The only thing that we discussed after our lunch was that it was very chilly in the dinning area. The food was severed promptly and delicious .

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s
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife had mussels-- extremely tasty sauce with the largest mussels we have ever been served. Portion so abundant we took some home. I had Dungeness crab louis with lots of crab. Excellent.

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l
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my mom’s 80th birthday and I surprised her with six of her best friends!
Dimitri was a great waiter for the occasion, and we were seated at the very back of the restaurant with a view of Sutro baths and seal rock, not to mention the ocean beach promenade and it’s background!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

New Year’s Eve eve

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BP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular view with amazing food

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great view! Also very enjoyable food and friendly, well paced service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My date went gr8.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing view! Bartender asked for IDs for drinks which partner and I are obviously look above the age of 18. Other than that everything was great! Scene was great

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RH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view from Sutro’s is nothing short of life-vivifying. What an amazing spot. We had a table right up to the window but every table has a fantastic view. The food and service were all excellent. The menu isn’t large but what they do, they do well. If you’re looking for something truly exceptional while in San Francisco, this is it.

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Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and they were willing to seat us immediately. Great service, despite it being a very busy Christmas week afternoon.

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SN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Specifically asked for a window (assuming we’d be able to see the sunset) but got put on one of the side windows, couldn’t see anything. What was the point of making reservations in advance?

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OK - my experience with the Cliff House goes back to the 50's & I wrote about it in my book, San Francisco's Lost Landmarks - available in the gift shop. Note that the decor of Sutro's, including the roof & ceiling are representative of the old Sutro Baths (where I learned to ice skate). While many morn the loss of the old Cliff House, this one is in fact more upscale and better overall.
We both had the scallops & scampi style shrimp. Both were prepared expertly with the large scallops tender & not overcooked. However, the Israeli couscous almost stole the show. Pearls of pasta prepared al dente with a delicious sauce, it exceeded expectations.
Great staff who took the time to be sure we were well served. This may be a tourist destination but it's also loved by locals.

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SZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our time at the Cliff House. The only thing that could have improved our experience would have been a parking service since a couple of us have trouble walking long distances. Our wait person was great!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was kind of pricey and overrated regarding our food and overall experience.

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We went to the Cliff House for Christmas dinner. Probably, the worst meal I have had in years. The best part of the meal was the bread, and they charge per person for the option. The menu is beyond over priced. Since we went at night we weren't able to enjoy the view.. which I think is what draws most of the diners. If you don't care about how your food tastes... than this is the place for you.

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S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Sutro's for Christmas Day dinner. There were 5 of us and we got an amazing corner table surrounded by windows overlooking the ocean. We were there for the sunset which was spectacular! Our server was nice and very attentive. The food was very delicious, way above what you expect in such a touristy destination. And the restaurant had no problem accommodating my mother's gluten intolerance. My husband and I will be back and it will be our "go to restaurant" for dinners with out of town guests AND for special occasions and celebrations!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Sutro's at the Cliff House for Christmas Day lunch. We each had a different dish - one steak, a chicken breast, and a halibut dish. Each was delicious, flavorful and very creatively prepared. We shared one dessert, a creamy lemon sorbet with a blue berry garnish. It was light, refreshing and excellently prepared. We were fortunate to get a window table, which gave us a wonderful view of the wild surf. Our server Tanya(?) was friendly and attentive. The one slight "negative" was that it was all very highly priced. Sutro's prices are normally a little higher than average and possibly increased for a special holiday menu; however, we all agreed that when the food is as good as it was for this meal, we didn't mind paying a premium. We were somewhat surprised that the menu stated bread service would be $2.25 per person. Very unusual to be charged for bread, especially when the menu items were not inexpensive. However, toward the end of the meal (before dessert) someone came around and served really good, hot bread/rolls with butter. Didn't pay attention to the bill to see if we were actually charged for them. Overall, we had a wonderful meal with a beautiful view.

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great views... service was great. Food is ok

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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The views are terrific, service was good and the food was very pedestrian. Bread was delicious, but listed on the menu as a purchase item..seriously? Was looking forward to having a steak, not to be found on the limited menu. Thank goodness jack in the box was open after dinner..I would not endorse the food here, the view was good though...

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, even the basics are made to stand out tremendously. Great for those who much eat strictly gluten free. The interior, the windows, the view are phenomenal. Great service.

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