Sutro's at the Cliff House - San Francisco

4.5
6489 reviews
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$50 and over
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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).
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(415) 386-3330
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kevin Weber
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Cross street
Great Highway
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Parking details
There are 2 free parking lots nearby in addition to street parking.
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Public transit
SF MUNI: 38 Geary
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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, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

this lunch treat was a big splurge on my part to celebrate my niece's special b'day & had noted as such thru opentable.inc's reservation. h/ever after meal, the bill came w/o any complimentary dessert recognition. i secretly caught our waiter's attention, wrote a note on the receipt informing him of the occasion. he got the message & later brought out a beautiful, creative mini cake w/candle on it for my niece! seeing her so happy w/that extra treat really capped the luncheon. plz make sure all reservation comments thru your site gets relayed to the restaurant staff.

we were also 1 of the few parties who arrived early, yet the sutro hostess sat us at a less open scenic side table. what the heck?! we walked ourselves over to more optimum ocean side table.

also note: the receptionist at the st. level main door did NOT have a friendly nor warm attitude when i walked in to ask her questions about where the sutro was, where to register, etc.. it felt like she couldn't be bothered answering anyone in-person vs. on the phone. a more receptive, friendlier type personality would better suit that position for the cliff house.

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SG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with a beautiful view. The food was excellent. I will recommend Cliff House to everyone who is looking for a great dining experience.

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PP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch at Sutro’s has been a treasured tradition for our week in San Francisco for the past 15 years. Service staff is personable, attentive and the food is superb.

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R
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent view matched by excellent food. Highly recommend although a bit pricey.

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FG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Chef Ralph’s cuisine at Sutro’s is stunning. And oh, those tomatoes!!

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

Fantastic SF landmark with incredible food, scenic ocean views, and friendly service.

The only minor suggestion I would make is to have tables a bit further apart. My fiance and I had lunch and were seated at a table for two about two feet parallel from another table for two. Really uncomfortable.

Other than that, this would've been a five-star review!

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MN
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great job evertime, ask to sit in Mike’s section, a professional server

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A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Beautiful waterfront location. The food is sometimes great and other times off. Seafood is their best. I had the pork chop last time and my stomach was in knots for 4-5 days after. Prices are very high! The view is worth a cocktail at the bar.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and views

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner with delicious food, a gorgeous view and the worlds most outstanding waiter Richard!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super wine selection, great service and fantastic food. Views were also amazing.

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JE
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my family always celebrate our birthdays and anniversaries at Cliffhouse! good food, nice ambiance and the service is great! Their salmon and crab cake are the best!!!!

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M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First Class dining experience with beautiful view of Golden Gate

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful table, wonderful waitress. Thanks for making my birthday magical.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food, perfect setting and ambiance.

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OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

We have been going to Sutro for over 20 years and this last time was very disappointing! They seated us in front the fire exit. The waiter was very slow and forgetful. It is really sad that you are charging for a bread. That is very tacky! I’m not sure we will be back! What is going on?

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t
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a clear day, one can't beat the view at sunset.
The food is a little pricey, however.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our table for two was a little too close to the other table for two . Had servers rearend in our face as he took their order. But, food was excellent and service as well.

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EL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall good food. A little expensive, but I guess you pay for the view. We got a decent bottle of wine for a reasonable price. Service at the table was good, although I was disappointed by front desk person.
It is not my first reservation at Sutro. I like to bring guests from out of town since the view over the water is great on a sunny day. During my reservation, I asked for a table with a view. Although tables right by the water were available at our arrival, we were told those tables were already booked. Fine. However some of them stayed available during our entire meal. Disappointing.

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OT
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place to show off San Francisco's ocean views to our out-of-town friends. We had crab cakes, oysters, the two-crab sandwich, and the lamb sandwich. Excellent service. Quiet enough to talk in normal voices. One of our go-to spots for a good meal in a spectacular setting.

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O
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful sunset, very good food and very nice service. Definitely recommend, particularly for visitors.

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CL
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ryan and Jamie were very kind and accommodated our early arrival. Food was a delightful I opted for the crabcakes with a side of sweet potato fries because there was quite a bit of bread on the crabcake sandwich and I prefer Dungeoness two soft shell crab. My husband selected the bacon crusted salmon which was very bacon forward but a delightful dish. We also had a bloody Mary and some wine and a beautiful view of the ocean. Overall a delightful place to spend a special occasion or an afternoon with a scenic view highly recommended.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

High expectations. Low overall experience. Took my brother for birthday celebration. No candle brought in dessert. Server got a salad wrong. Would not return.

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PJ
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our lunch today was very good. My wife and mother-in-law enjoyed immensely the risotto entree and jumbo shrimp tempura appetizer.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the very few restaurants that had both top-notch food and top-notch views. Crab cakes are the best! Crispy on the outside and all tender crab on the inside. Fun appetizers and good drinks too.

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VM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

View was nice, but service was meh. and Food was okay, but for the high price I would have to say it was not really worth it. First and last visit. Sorry, I was overall unimpressed which is sad bc it is a very pretty place.

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing crab sandwich and bacon crusted salmon. Its pretty pricey but you get an amazing view when sitting by a window. The sangria is also very good. I would recommend for a nice date night.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The soup was not good, it tasted like it was from a can sadly. Waiter was a little impatient with us

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V
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Food quality was dissapointing for the price. The view is stunning so that's what you are paying for at the end of the day.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have a family lunch gathering!

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M
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Website appears to confuse/merge Sutro's with Bistro, both housed inside The Cliff House. My heirloom tomato soup was delicious but was served without an underliner and no soup spoon! My request for a spoon went completely unheeded. Crab cakes were delicious.

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LW
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is spectacular if you are in San Francisco and want a great dining experience go to Sutro's at the Cliff House. We expected the incredible views to be the highlight, were we ever mistaken the dinner was wonderful.

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AR
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful server who had excellent food and wine suggestions!! He was absolutely outstanding and made our girls trip end on a high note! Worth it.

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PC
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

On Vacation. My husband and step son had never been to restaurant.

Fantastic view and great food! Can’t beat that combination. Even though they were busy, they were able to upgrade our reservation to a table by the window with an ocean view.

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l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great view but food was just so so. Price is for the view clearly.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The food presentation was very nice. The portion was VERY small and the price was exceptionally high given the portion and what it included.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Demetri was fabulous!

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We made a reservation and were seated promptly at a window seat with an amazing view! I’ve eaten at restaurants all over the world and have to say the food was average at best for the price. Dessert was excellent but should be for the price! Staff was very friendly and service was good. Definitely worth it for the view!

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal for 50 th anniversary. We had a great window table and a complimentary anniversary dessert.

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P
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful steak halibut and salmon. Oysters were wonderful. Service was great. Thought it weird that there was a bread for about three dollars per person. We had experienced this in Italy but not in America. Might as well just raise the price of the menu items and give the bread as usual for free. Good bread.

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