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Sutro's at the Cliff House - San Francisco

4.5
6264 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
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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Neighborhood
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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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Come Celebrate Mother's Day at the Cliff House!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 6264 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Went with my wife and one other couple based oon a recommendation from a business associate. The food was delicious but the service was extremely disappointing. Sat for 20 minutes before initial contact. Watched three other tables get served before us. We were given dessert menus which we were interested in, but the waiter did not return for an additional 20 minutes and we needed to leave.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We decided on Sutro’s for a special birthday dinner, and from the photos online, it appeared to be fine dining. Not so! People wander in with shorts on and the place is filled with walk in tourists. Perhaps Sutro’s should have one dining room for reservations, and one dining room for walk ins.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was phenomenal! Will definitely revisit restaurant when in San Francisco!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We went to Sutro's for the first time (it was a birthday celebration). The food was amazing, but the service made it an even more pleasurable experience. Fantastic! Not only will we go back for regular dining, but we will recommend this restaurant to all our friends!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Celebrated our friend/sister's birthday at Sutro's Cliffhouse SF. Reservation was for a party of 8. From the hostess, our waiter Michael, our table( w/great view), good food, drinks and the birthday girl had
had a wonderful time. Customer service was excellent.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The occasion was an afternoon getaway and personal treat.
Food was very good (crab cakes as starter & crab sandwich as main), the sweet potato fries were both crispy and fluffy and, so far, the only ones I've had that I really liked.
The dessert (butterscotch pot de creme) was killer.
Service was also great.

The unfortunate side effect was that I was so full I couldn't eat anything else the rest of the day but, as they say, no pain, no gain.

I would have preferred sitting right next to the window but I still had a great view.
My experience is that either the tables next to the windows or the banquettes along the back wall would be the best ones (though some people prefer to sit in middle tables).
I suggest including seating preferences as part of the special requests when making the reservation.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The high point of this place is the location. The view is outstanding and I wish I could say the same about the food. It is not bad, but nothing special. Worth it to enjoy the view over a nice glass of wine and in good company.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service! As usual

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Wine is limited to California. They should include good wines from Spain, Italy, France. Even though some California wines were not even available.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great place to take out of towners. We had a nice table by the window and saw whales, birds and ships. Very good Crab Louie. My guests were thrilled with all. Good service.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Four of us had lunch yesterday on an absolutely beautiful day. We get together at Sutro's every couple of months and my friends enjoy the food. BUT, the vegetarian options that do not have mushrooms is horrible for me. I end up with a little Caesar Salad and then I fill up on bread.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The Cliff House had come highly recommended so we had to try it. The food did not disappoint. We had the salmon and the scampi for a Wednesday night dinner. Fabulous delicious experience. :)

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The food was tasty and the view was amazing. We even saw whales from our window view table. We had great service and would recommend you try Sutro’s at the Cliff House!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The view from the seat was wonderful!
I really enjoyed lunch with my friend.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

While the overall experience was nice with a gorgeous view and very good service, the food was very good, but the portions were too small and the prices too large, especially for lunch. I ordered the tuna tartare, and while the flavors were very good, the portion was tiny, and was missing my quail egg on top; I thought they would adjust the price accordingly from $21, but they did not; so I was disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Always excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Old world charm, great food and atmosphere.
The manager even gave us a tour of the entire place!
Don't think twice about it, a little pricey but definitely worth it if you can afford it! Places like this won't be around forever. Enjoy!!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was my sister's birthday. My family and I asked for a table next to the window (for the Oceanview). It was a 20 min. wait so we rejected it. Once we were seated, my sister noticed a table across from us. The party just left. We requested to be moved. The staff accompanied the request. We ordered the Chicken Cesar Salad, Crab Cakes, Vegetarian Pasta, and the Halibut. My sister and I enjoyed the Halibut. It had a lot of favor and it was moist (than expected). The Chicken Cesar Salad was mediocre. It was nothing but the last of romaine lettuce, cheese and Cesar dressing. The lettuce were not cut up. It looked as if it was throw together rather quickly. The Crab Crabs were okay, however they were covered in excessive flour and not enough crab. The Vegetarian Pasta was taken back because it wasn't what we expected. The waiter's service was okay. It could have been better. He was more attentive towards the end of his service.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Roger sucked. Thanks for no birthday love

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Brought my boyfriend here as a surprise birthday dinner. Sutro's did not disappoint! We did have to wait a little while for our table, but the bar was a great place to start. Wonderful service, breathtaking views, food was prepared perfectly. I recommend the oysters on the half shell for starters, the duck dish was delightful, and the crème brule was wonderful. Very, very romantic place as the sun sets over the water. Really couldn't have asked for a better setting, and this was our first visit ever. Rich history to the site, and great ambiance. We will certainly be back!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was my friends birthday and he wanted a window view. But the staff said they couldn’t seat us until the whole party was there. So instead we were pushed to the rear. There was only 4 total. Not like it was a big party.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The views are incredible! Parking was relatively easy to find near the restaurant. Our meals were delicious but the portions very small. I had two shrimps and 2 scallops on a pile of saffron pasta pearls. Desserts were good but also small. I was hungry just a half hour later.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

You go to Sutro's for the view, which is unparalleled. Really. There are lot's of tourists, but there's a reason for that, the view, again. Surprisingly, the food is quite good. Is it going to set some kind of new standard for creative cuisine? No, but that's not really why you come to Sutro's. Did I mention the view? The service was great and very attentive. Overall, a really nice experience and we were lucky enough to get a window seat, although the view is great from everywhere in the restaurant. Definitely one of our go to restaurants in the city!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Touristy but in a good way, and actually many locals here too, with first class seafood ingredients and a slyly well chosen wine list - half bottles, hoorah. Impressed by the Dry Creek Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc. I had never heard of it, but looked it up and was doubly impressed to find it well rated by British wine guru Hugh Johnson. The views are indeed great and whatever your table - none are bad - you can also admire the views fully, after your meal, on the promenade below the restaurant windows.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Two of us went there for a birthday lunch on Saturday. Please be aware that parking is quite difficult on weekends. I had the crab cakes and risotto . The food is quite good. It is nice to have a window table so you can see out to the ocean.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Came here for a special birthday dinner. Requested to be seated by the window, which we were, but there was a giant beam on running across that window obscuring our view. Our waiter was outstanding but the service was incredibly slow. Food was excellent, thought the portions were smaller than expected considering the price. I would come here again, but probably not too often.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Friends outung

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Lunch here on a Monday. Not crowded at all. I had the crab Louie salad that was loaded with fresh amazing crab, various kinds of lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumber and asked for blue cheese dressing instead of the Louie that comes with it. Our server went out of her way to go upstairs to the cafe to get my dressing. We shared tempura jumbo gulf prawns with cucumber and onion salad. Tempura was a bit soggy but shrimp was wonderful. My husband had breaded rock cod and green bean salad and it was really tasty as well! Beautiful space to drink wine, stare at the ocean and enjoy a great meal. Service was very good as well. Will definitely be back!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Brunch was good. Service wasn’t as attentive as previous experiences at this restaurant. Bloody Mary was average just tomato juice :(

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

waiter and hostess were great. Food is not that good, plate price is bay area avg. View was nice but nothing special. Also, they only have two restrooms, genderless, which will create a long line during busy hours.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Perfect venue for our get together. Our table had a great view of the ocean, the wait staff couldn’t have been better and, for,the most part, I understand the pricing of the food. I the $2.75 they charge for a small serving of Acme epi bread was unjustified; it should be complimentary considering the pricing on the other menu items. Honestly, it was off putting.

We were all pleased with our meals and enjoyed the overall experience. I do suggest revisiting the bread charge, to whoever makes that decision.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This place used to be very tough to get reservations months ahead, it's not the case anymore. It is a pricey visit, and I feel the food is very overpriced here, be prepared to spend well over 200$ for 4 people (starter, main course, and drinks) no desserts! For the value of how much you pay, the service, ambiance, and quality of food doesn't quite justify the hefty bill. It's really not worth it, it's more to me now a mediocre restaurant, the food is good, but it has a casual feel to it and staff are laid back. I wouldn't return.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

All was great. Great waiter. Special birthday surprise plate
Thanks

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

When you go know that you are going to enjoy the view. They do need to update their water closet on the lower level where the price is high, the view is fantastic , the food is good but not excellent plus they do not serve their delicious calamari on the lower level-- what a miss!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This was my second time at The Cliff House. I took my friend for an early birthday celebration date. We had the oysters on the half-shell, Ahi Tuna, Maple Duck and Scallops. The staff were wonderful and even brought out this beautiful "Happy Birthday" dessert free of charge. Def left a hearty tip for going above and beyond.

If you get that chance, try to get Richard as a waiter. He is AMAZING. He was our first waiter but was not working this time around. Anyway, it's always a lovely experience. Highly recommened for special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries etc...

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

It was my sisters 60th birthday. We had the perfect window seat with a gorgeous view. The waiter was exquisite. And the food was beautiful and delicious. Good wine selection. We had a wonderful time.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our server was amazing and very attentive. The food portions were small for the price paid. We had the scallops and shrimp dish and the two crab sandwich with sweet potato fries. There was very little crab on the sandwich, but the fries were good. Enjoyed the view most of all!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was good, hostess was very nice, view was amazing but the servers were quite rude.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Aussicht war wirklich beeindruckend

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