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“Excellent scenery though food is average. Still a must to go.”
Review of Cliff House

Cliff House
Ranked #50 of 5,839 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $40
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The world-famous Cliff House is the crown jewel of the largest urban national park in the United States. For dining we offer the casual Bistro Restaurant and the elegant Sutro’s at the Cliff House. Our Sunday buffet brunch in the Terrace Room is a San Francisco tradition offering free-flowing champagne and a delicious buffet. For over 150 years San Franciscans have celebrated their events at the Cliff House and that tradition continues today with our beautiful banquet facility and attached private terrace. Hike the amazing Lands End trails, take a stroll along Ocean Beach, or explore the famous Sutro Bath ruins. Then stop in to enjoy appetizers and drinks in the Zinc Bar or Sutro’s Bar & Lounge. See awesome sunsets, cozy up by a warm fire, and listen to live Friday night jazz in our Balcony Lounge. Whether you are in the mood for a casual fun afternoon, an elegant evening out, or a play day with the family, there is always something to enjoy at the Cliff House.
Reviewed December 26, 2013

We were recommended this a must go and we're glad that we did. We had dinner at around sunset time and the view was spectacular - we asked for a table by the window. The ambience and setting was wonderful. The presentation of our dishes looked amazing as well - we ordered the surf & turf; fish of the day; seafood dish; and tenderloin/bone marrow. What was disappointing was that while the "quality" and the presentation were both A+; the cooking of the food itself in terms of taste etc... wasn't very good. It's less than what you would expect in this class of restaurant - seems like a bit of a waste of the food if you don't have the right chef to cook it.
Overall, worthwhile to go once, but not for a second time because food is so so.

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Reviewed December 25, 2013

My dinner here is superb. I had seasonal drink, oyster and then salmon. The view is so beautiful. You can expect five-star quality here. This restaurant surely is one of my most memorable restaurant of my vacation

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Thank Anh L
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

We took the cable car from union square to the end of the line and walked to the Cliff House. The ride took about 30 minutes and the car was packed most of the way, but it was so worth the minor inconvenience. We arrived about 4:30, shared a bottle of champagne and enjoyed a wonderful dining experience. The food was good, hot bread, crisp salads and fresh fish, the views were UNREAL. We watched the sunset over the pacific before the fog rolled in. The ambiance was lovely and the service was perfect. I agree, there may be food in SF that's better, but this total experience was unmatched during our visit.

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Thank augustamom
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

The Cliff House is at the western most end San Francisco at the Pacific coast. You have an absolutely stuinning view from there on the ocean, whatching the pelicans, and somteimes also dolphins are coming around. There are two Restaurants, we tried only the upper one, and it was good!

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Thank cjbBheide
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Of our 3 nights in San Francisco this dinner was the one we were looking forward to the most... but sometimes such expectations can be the kiss of death which it was in this case.

Had a nice table by the window, the bread/butter was nice and warm but the meals were a little dry - of the 2 separate meals ordered both were not sensational. The steak was tough and the pork belly was dry and tough. For the cost of the meal and taxi fare there and back it wasn't a great experience...

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