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About Sutro's at the Cliff House

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).

1090 Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
Great Highway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 386-3330

Website:
http://www.cliffhouse.com/

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.

Parking Details:
There are 2 free parking lots nearby in addition to street parking.

Public Transit:
SF MUNI: 38 Geary

Executive Chef:
Kevin Weber

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Come join us for a Thanksgiving Feast!

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.

Sutro's at the Cliff House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (124)
Waterfront (101)
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Good for a Date (77)
Romantic (70)
Good for Anniversaries (67)
Worth the Drive (61)
Great for Lunch (55)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Great for Brunch (24)
Business Meals (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Fun (20)
Notable Wine List (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Casual (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Afternoon Coffee (12)
People Watching (12)
Cozy (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Healthy (10)
Seasonal (9)
Authentic (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Live Music (5)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

I've never been disappointed. It's nice to have a tourist attraction that caters quality. As a local it's a pleasure to dine at the Cliff House.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

While the view and food is still good at Sutro's, the place looks "tired" and the staff, at times, carries on their own private conversations. When you utilize their rest rooms you notice that they are a mess. This is apparent in the inside of the doors to each. The inside of the doors need repainting or at least some touch-up around the handle area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Son’s Birthday

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a favorite and nostalgic for me being a native Californian. The views are breathtaking and the food is very good.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Waterfront, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Dropped in for 3:30 linner (late lunch/early dinner) with my husband. Great views/ambience Both the Steak Frites and special Risotto of the day were excellent. Would recommend for locals and tourists.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing staff. Usually, restaurants with spectacular views don’t have spectacular food. This has both.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is a very good restaurant to bring out of town guests. It has a rich history, is situated on a cliff above Ocean Beach, boasts a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean before nightfall, and on clear moonlit nights and it has excellent food. Parking can be a challenge.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food is good! Beautiful view! Too crowd and long waiting queue make feeling cheap and poor! Long waiting for restroom. Need to improve. Overall is good! Thank!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great location, good food, nice atmosphere, good service and nice views. A good place for meeting friends for a drink and gathering.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a fantastic dinner with great view of the ocean although it was gray outside. :-)
We really enjoyed the delicious meals and cocktails, and thank you for the great service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our meals were delicious and service was great, good cocktails and wines, nice option of half-bottles which is great if you’ve already had a cocktail!
My biggest issue is the plates were not heated so my fish got cold way too quickly ...

Also this is probably unrelated, but we were in the gift shop right after we arrived and they booted us out. I couldn’t even buy the postcards I’d picked up! Quite rude.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I️ was excited to go here but the server was not good myself and my friend both felt the bus’s boy and they guy coming around with the bread and water would have been a better server than we had. He was nice but wasn’t very attentive to us. Both hostess at the door and down stairs did not greet on arrival. The food came out very fast and although the tables weren’t full it seemed a bit quick. The food was over priced I️ would have like it to be more special. I️ choose this place because I️ had gone here 8 years ago and I️ had such a good experience, now not as great. I️ wish I️ didn’t pay that much for what I️ got. As a manager of customer service, I️ did not feel like it was a great experience for the amount we spent and I️ didn’t make the birthday feel as special as I️ thought it would. The buss boy was the best worker there.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

80th birthday

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

My husband and I dined here to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. He made sure to call in advance to request a table along the window in order to enjoy the sunset, however, when we arrived they sat us at a table in the very corner overlooking just the observation deck below with no view of the sunset whatsoever. Although not what we wanted, we were both willing to overcome the inconvenience and enjoy our evening. We tried our best to salvage the experience but the astonishingly poor service was enough to convince us that there would be no point to even attempt ordering after dinner drinks or dessert as we had originally planned. Our waiter had a terrible attitude towards us from the moment we sat down, hurried past our table whilst avoiding eye contact several times when we were obviously trying to get his attention to order, and had the audacity to stand for long periods of time at the neighboring table making small talk about the various tides he had seen throughout the day and generally be very sociable with everyone except us. The food was decent albeit understandably overpriced for the view, but the service was so devastatingly disappointing that we will not be returning.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I've been to the Bistro upstairs many times that serves breakfast and actually has a part of the old beach house original masterpiece in it. This experience at Sutro was quite different and their portion of the building is re-built to keep the look and feel of the original bathhouse, but id new materials. The views are phenomenal no matter where you sit. However, next time I want the window!

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Bloody marry was very plain and food portions were very small. Awesome view great venue.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had brunch at Sutro's. Booked for the place a week in advance. The customer service was outstanding. Although the in-store waiting time for seating is still considerably long, the reception led us to our seat and helped our kid to sit down. Overall experience was very nice. The day we went there was with good visibility, warm atmosphere.

Two things to consider:
1. Brunch options are limited, lunch is much better, with a much higher price;
2. Parking is extremely limited.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

From time to time, I've forgotten how much I like and appreciate Sutro's. These days, I am not forgetting. The views are unsurpassed. Food and drinks are excellent, and service is very good. For my money and overall, it's the best waterfront restaurant in this great City.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We came to Sutro’s at The Cliff House for lunch with my daughter, who was visiting from NYC for the weekend. We loved it. Beautiful restaurant, gorgeous scenery/views, great service, wonderful food and drink. I can’t wait to come back again - it was really an occasion to remember.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing views! There is not a bad seat in the restaurant and the food is great. Service is exceptional as well. An overall fantastic experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We showed up early for our reservation and were seated promptly. Since we arrived in the evening, we were unable to experience the spectacular view everyone is talking about. We ate rather fast as we had to hit the road. Came out outside to find out our vehicle was broken into and stuff stolen. Later realized the entire parking lot was covered in broken glass so it is definitely a daily occurrence at this location. Valet didn’t care. Management was unenthusiastic to help, police did nothing and did not show up. Likely, since we ate quickly, only minor items were stolen and seems like the thieves did not have enough time to clean us out completely. Once we came out, there was a tinted BMW outside with two mid-20s individuals sitting in it and staring at us. We had to drive for another 2k miles back home with a garbage bag in place of our window with my kid in the back. No security cameras anywhere even though any ordinary story, such as CVS, would have surveillance cameras around their store(s)—I guess Cliff House makes money as it is and does not care much for well-being of its customers. Food was overpriced and nothing special. Not bad, but nothing worth mentioning. If you decided to visit this place, do not drive (especially with out of state plates) or at least leave your belongings elsewhere.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

One of my very favorite restaurants! Great scenic spot with really good food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great view with excellent food and service. Will come again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great for Sunday morning bruch

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

First time here. Everything was GREAT. Will be returning for another special occasion soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything great. We live out of state and come here every time we visit. BEWARE we parked out front and slightly down the hill and had our car window broken and some things stolen fromr inside the car. Not sure we'd come here again after dark. Would surely come during daylight hours tho.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The oysters served very poorly, not even on ice cubes.
The champagne was old, not cold enough and had no bobbles when served.
Overall not a fantastic experience as the location.
I love the view and sunset view but not the food and service.
Used to be great year a god or so...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Firstly, let me say that as someone who has lived in the area for nearly 45 years...the view simply can not fail to impress me. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Sutro's. In the reservation I noted that we were celebrating a Special Occasion. It was not acknowledged. We each ordered the Half-Dozen Oysters on the Half-Shell. The waitperson threw one order on the table... The oysters were literally thrown into a bowl with a stringy strand of seaweed placed haphazardly beneath. I called him back as he rushed away. I informed him that we had placed two orders and asked him to take the first one back. I also asked him to place the oysters on a bed of crushed ice and to return both orders together... when they were ready....He brought them back in moments. Still thrown in the bowl, but with the benefit of 6 ice cubes that were whirling and spinning in the bowl like pinballs. Pathetic...and I'm convinced that the bonito essence & bottarga infused champagne mignonette..... was not.

We then proceeded to the Anchor Steam Beer Braised Mussels with Harissa. I don't believe there was even the smallest amount of Harissa in my dish...and the onions were cooked, but they certainly were not carmelized by any means. The Mussels were remarkably moist and tender., and quiet tasty themselves. The Braising Sauce was mounted with a very large quantity of butter making it a bit unctuous...Finally, the Mussels were swimming in far too much of that same sauce. It had become a Sauce Dish with a few Mussels on the side....Speaking of Mussels.... Five of mine were unopened. That's almost half. (?) No one checked? What's going on back there in the kitchen guys?

Sutro's is in an absolutely incredible location on the Pacific Ocean. The views are outstanding...The menu is ambitious, but they have real difficulties bringing it all together. Especially, for a San Francisco restaurant. If this restaurant were downtown, without the view...they'd be in big trouble...But Hey..Go for the View!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

It’s difficult to rate this restaurant since it’s really just ordinary. We ordered the salmon, the shrimp and scallops and the crab louie and found the first two very good. $30 for a very plain crab louie (which was the cost of the others as well) seemed high even considering the historic location and view. If you must, for nostalgia reasons, go to Sutro’s, order a drink and appetizers. Unfortunately, we found the restrooms old and not clean enough.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The service was sloooooowwwww. No excuses, just hey, be right there... Kinda ruined the whole evening. The food was fine, the wine too.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I proposed to my wife 5 years ago at this restaurant; we came back for our anniversary. View of Pacific was great (sunset) waitress was excellent, staff was warm, and courteous, and food was excellent. Highly recommend for special occasions

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was amazing- steak, lamb chops, salad, shrimp tempura. OMG! I want more. We were in town for our anniversary weekend. The view was awesome! Will definitely go back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Couldn’t enjoy the meal because of the flies!! Pretty disgusting!! Flies landing on our food!!

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and OK service. We were sat in the corner at the back so didn't really get to appreciate the view. They forgot the birthday dessert, I had to remind them. But the food was delicious!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Sutro's is a S.F. classic. Upstairs bar area has more casual dining, downstairs formal dining. Both have fantastic food with sweeping views of the Pacific. Our server couldn't have been more attentive. He obviously was formally trained as he checked in every 8 minutes or so. Upstairs is for Sunday with friends, downstairs for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Fabulous menu at Sutro's. The mussels are to die for....OMG.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I picked up a friend from the airport and took her to lunch at Sutro's. At first glance, there are two strikes against Sutro's: it's a tourist attraction and it's owned by the National Park Service. Nevertheless, we had an excellent lunch.

The service is top-notch. We did have to ask to change tables, as we were first seated in the kind of table that two women together are always offered -- next to the dish station.

The food is very good verging on excellent. I had Thai red curry bouillabaisse. The seafood was very good, fresh-tasting, and plentiful. I have never seen such big mussels. I thought the broth was bland, considering that no one is forcing the restaurant to offer Thai food. My friend had scampi and said it was good.

The desserts were fantastic! Kudos to the pastry chef. I had a creamy frozen lemon souffle that came with a dab of fruit, a cookie, and black pepper and herbs on the plate. My friend had a butterscotch creme brulee that was also delicious.

All this and the view, too. I would definitely come back here for a special occasion.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Perched at the side of the sea, WOW!! Dinner at sunset, waves crashing down just amazing and the food and service were even more so! Go, eat, relax and enjoy! A delightful meal and a very cool building and history. Get there early to walk around a bit, fascinating !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Perfect venue for lunch with our son who lives in Portland, OR. We were seated at the window on a beautiful day with magnificent view of the Pacific and entrance to the Golden Gate.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding view of the beach and ocean. The food was good-plus; short of excellent. The service was very good, and the staff appeared honest about the choices on the menu and their personal thoughts.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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