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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What 7048 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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!

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

Good food and beautiful view

TO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey, but worth the view ! The weather was beautiful and when the fog lifted the view was spectacular! Service was great, and now it's a fulfilled bucket list check mark!

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wish breakfast was an option at 11:30 — not a lot of vegetarian choices.

D
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but serving ice tea from a bottle and charging for bread was a little much.

B
Anchorage
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic views. Food was great. Service was excellent

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gobsmacked by the architecture unforgettable.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delightful!

B
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Dust the place. Seriously. Dust the beams all the way to the ceiling. Dust the blinds. It’s disgusting especially for your prices.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch here celebrating my daughter’s birthday. Everything was outstanding. Starting with the gorgeous views, then moving on to the the fabulous food—the fresh oysters, the crab cakes, the Thai curry bouillabaisse, and the butterscotch pot de creme, and then, let’s not forget the great service. It was an experience we will always remember.

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

We had a lovely lunch with great food and marvelous service.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and they seated us anyway. Our waiter Michael was excellent! The food was superb! Most of all you couldn’t beat the view! Hope we get a chance to return to the Cliff House!

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

Our waitor was terrible. He almost ruined our whole family occasion. I haven’t experienced this kind of service ever especially in a reataurant rated so high. I did like the food but it wasn’t good enough to cover the service they had. We were given a steak knife after 10 minutes the steak was out and deliberatly tried to ignore our needs. I would NEVER recommend this place to another friend just for the reason they even might meet this particular waitor.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great views! (Even though the evening was very foggy). We were seated right away and the service was good. The quality value ratio was pretty good, and the desserts amazing.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food overpriced and not seasoned well. Wanted it to be good. Best thing was the 5 million dollar view we got from our table view.

j
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

350.00 for 3 crab Louie’s, 3 ice teas, two crab sandwiches, 2 cream brûlée’s. That’s it!! I’ve been to 5 star restaurants around the world , but I feel this place is a huge rips off!!!!! Oh and the crab and the salad wasn’t even lump crab it was shredded! Go get yourself some friends bread, wine and cheese and enjoy the view else where!

NY
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, who is from Croatia, was really outstanding! The food was delicious, well prepared and perfectly cooked.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Wasn’t what I expected and the waiter was in a hurry. Didn’t check on us until the end. Took forever to get the bill.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was awesome! He recommended some great wine for the discount Tuesday. I wish we were sat next to the window due to the occasion but the food was great.

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of those extraordinary places that we have in San Francisco with a killer view
Our lunch entrees were great and while a little pricey - you ARE playing for the view, too! Makes
it all worth it.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good and the table we were seated at was great, with a great sunset.

K
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service, beautiful view, nice food. We arrived and were offered to wait a few minutes in order to get a seat by the window, which was lovely.

N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views and an outstanding location. The only negative is to get parking nearby.

RK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Nothing to write home about

M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely family dinner. Salmon, duck, steak, risotto, all wonderful

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time we have been here for our Anniversary, and again it was fantastic. Both the NY steak and Lamb chips were amazing. So was the old fashioned!

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, a bit pricey but expected for the beautiful view and location. Definitely nice for a special occasion.

DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

too expensive for what it is.... portions are very small and not that special

W
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and views!

AH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely recommend Sutro's at the Cliff House. Wonderful!!!!!

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