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“Fantastic Views and Good Food at (Sutro's @ Cliff House)”
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San Francisco Coastal Walking Tour from the Golden Gate Bridge to Cliff House
Ranked #71 of 542 things to do in San Francisco
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Tampa, Florida
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“Fantastic Views and Good Food at (Sutro's @ Cliff House)”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

While this restaurant is a bit out of the way (a $30-$40 cab ride each way from Union Square), it was well worth it. Make your trip to the Cliff House an event. Walk along the ocean path that includes the Sutro Bath Ruins, and a winding trail along the coast to the north and Ocean Beach to the south. Then have dinner at Sutro's watching the sunset, the waves, and the rocks from a whole wall of large windows that overlook the ocean. The food is very good, but don't come for the food. Come for the view and the experience of walking the beaches and trails. A nice dinner is just a bonus. Highly recommended if you can spend some time before or after you eat enjoying the area and you have your own car or can afford to drop $80 for round trip from the main SF tourist areas.

Visited September 2012
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“Great view!”
Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

A house with great view!

The only thing is that I recommend arriving there a bit early to see the sunset. Because at night, you can't really see anything...

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“Who would have expected this classic tourist attraction to be GREAT?”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

My husband and I rented Segways and spent the day whirring thru all of Golden Gate Park. After a long stretch along Ocean Beach, up a steep but smooth concrete concourse, we arrived hungry and tired at Cliff House the only restaurant visible since we entered the park hours ago. We didn't expect much, knowing that most customers are tourists who don't have the power of failing to return to incentivize good food and service. Well, weren't we the wrongest people in San Fran that day!

The food was great, starting with the unexpected delight of a basket of popovers and chilled butter. The fish and chips could not have been better -- so good that we had to ask our waiter how a tourist attraction pulls that challenge off so well. Answer: they change out the oil and the batter throughout the day.

Speaking of our waiter, I wish I could tell you his name. He was a joy to know and be served by. Probably the best, most knowledgeable and personable waiter we encountered in our 8 days in S.F., a city full of professional wait-staff. I hope the house knows what a treasure he is.

I should mention that we ate in the casual side of the restaurant at a window table. It was a wonderful lunch on a totally wonderful day. The last leg of our Segway adventure -- up the granite trails through Land's End -- could not have been more splendid and rewarding.

Visited September 2012
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Blaine, Washington
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“Great Views”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

We traveled to this location to see the original cliff house. We didn't know that it had been rebuilt. The views were amazing and the beach is huge.

Visited September 2012
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Redwood City, California
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“A meal with a view”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

View is worth the price of the food. Especially pleasant since the remodel a few years back. Good food and wine menu. Upscale, but relaxed.

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