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Cliff House

Cliff House

(Now Closed)
American Restaurant$$$$
San Francisco
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  • Dinnidinheart icon on user image
    DinnidinMarch 18, 2016
    Amazing view! Book table in advance, preferably by the window, of course :-) Food is good also, but it's the view you pay for mainly
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 21, 2014
    The food and drinks here are nothing extraordinary, but it's one of the city's best spots to sit for an hour or two, watching the sunset and the tides change.
  • PureWow
    PureWowFebruary 23, 2017
    Perched high on a cliff above Ocean Beach, this restaurant dating back to 1858 has resurfaced after explosions, fires and earthquakes over the years. Come for the view of the Pacific and Sutro Baths. Read more
  • Erman E.heart icon on user image
    Erman ErbakMarch 3, 2016
    Good Brunch with beatiful Pasific Ocean view. Try out the Californian Omlette and of course bread & butter service is very nice though
  • Markeda C.heart icon on user image
    Markeda CottonhamSeptember 25, 2015
    The oysters are amazing. Best oysters I've ever tasted. Clam chowder is thick and creamy. Calamari was perfect. Must get long island ice tea! Its in a barrel for ten days.... Knockout !
  • Janet F.heart icon on user image
    Janet FoutsJune 27, 2015
    Come for brunch and they serve the most amazing popovers. I prefer the "diner" to the Sutro restaurant. The views are just as good and the food is less contrived.
  • Jules B.heart icon on user image
    Jules BelcherOctober 18, 2014
    Nice bar, very welcome cold beer - not too expensive considering location either - spectacular view of Sutro Baths, Ocean Beach and the Pacific.
  • Andrea
    AndreaAugust 10, 2013
    Great place for cocktails (the bar is really cute) with great views. The food is average, but the views are worth a few cocktails. Don't miss the Camera Obscura in back!
  • adriana c.heart icon on user image
    adriana castroNovember 20, 2016
    Amazing Sunday brunch all you can drink champagne, delicious Benedict eggs and great service. Make a reservation if you can the view is amazing
  • Koji K.heart icon on user image
    Koji KOMATSUSeptember 25, 2015
    Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet is the best buffet I have had ever. Fancy food, free-flowing champagne, oceanfront view, and live harp music.. Amazing.
  • Daniel P.heart icon on user image
    Daniel PlemmonsAugust 7, 2014
    The view is really just excellent. Great place to grab lunch before hiking around lands end or heading over to the Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 13, 2016
    With the restaurant's age-old brunch buffet, it earned the title of "Best Traditional Bloody Mary" at the 2015 Bloody Mary Fest SF. Read more
  • Ben O.
    Ben OngJuly 2, 2013
    Omg! How should I start? This is definitely my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area with the best ocean front dining experience! You gotta be there to know what I mean. A-W-E-S-O-M-E
  • Ellie K.heart icon on user image
    Ellie KravetsFebruary 12, 2016
    Wonderful place to enjoy beautiful Pacific Ocean views! Bring your date, have a drink or two & tasty small bites. Enjoy :)
  • Minyi S.
    Minyi ShihDecember 30, 2012
    Clam chowder and the eggs san francisco is a must. If you have ability to share - get the French toast. Comes with apple compote! Perfect with syrup.
  • Rob A. S.heart icon on user image
    Rob A. StofbergAugust 16, 2017
    They serve perfect oisters and roasted duck. Got a good - and cheaper - wine suggestion (although I picked myself a more expensive pne).
  • Yash K.heart icon on user image
    Yash KadaruApril 19, 2017
    The grilled salmon with potatoes, mushrooms and spinach. A classic but the sauce they cook it with is gorgeous: a buttery, slightly sweet, slightly bitter goodness. Irish coffee was mediocre though.
  • The Taste Sheriffheart icon on user image
    The Taste SheriffJanuary 28, 2018
    Fine dining establishment. Nothing too innovative, a rather 90s menu. Stunning views, boring ambience, hefty price tag. That said, it's the perfect way to finish your hike.
  • Evan J.heart icon on user image
    Evan JohnsonAugust 7, 2014
    Sunset, ocean view, great bar with some awesome drinks. The restaurant is overpriced, but the bar is a great date place.
  • Mathew H.
    Mathew HartSeptember 1, 2014
    There is a great sunset view but you can't see it while dining because they close the shades. Everything seemed average so we left to take in the view on the beach and cliffs around the restaurant.
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pan Roasted Corvina - #kvpinmybelly : Yummy, fresh fish for #Christmas brunch. Tastes like cod. Also liked the mushroom risotto
  • Olivier G.heart icon on user image
    Olivier GachotFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great views. Love the diversity on the menu. Try to get Dimitri as a waiter
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdJune 13, 2016
    Very cool spot. The service here seems a little suspect, but I imagine you'd want to take your time here anyway.
  • keerthi a.heart icon on user image
    keerthi annavarapuJanuary 11, 2017
    Had the best time here, breathtaking views. Definitely going back!
  • Kouros M.heart icon on user image
    Kouros MohitMay 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cut your burgers in half and make sure it is fully cooked. I left mine behind with raw meat. May be the last time there. The blue sapphire martini was good however.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    Don’t leave without checking out the restaurant’s world-famous camera obscura (one of about 20 in existence), with 360 degrees of live images projected from a nearby seal rock.
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerJuly 29, 2016
    The restaurant is touristy, overpriced and has mediocre food, but the view from behind the restaurant (and around its sides) is fantastic! Skip the restaurant, take in a view and continue up the hill.
  • Bar Exchangeheart icon on user image
    Bar ExchangeNovember 4, 2013
    Enjoy the great view and treat yourself to a glass of champagne topped off with a dash of Chambord...
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
    Go down to the viewing area in front of Cliff House. There are fantastic vantages of the ocean, the beach, as well as some interesting rock formations.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Don’t leave without checking out the giant camera obscura downstairs and outside. You can see 360 degrees of spectacular live images of the Seal Rock Area and Ocean Beach.Powered by ParentsConnect.c Read more
  • Greg W.
    Greg WohlenbergOctober 13, 2010
    See the beautiful renovation and views! If you're motivated you can launch a hike up into Land's End Trail from here. Otherwise have a cocktail and then stroll down the beach to see the kites.
  • Noraheart icon on user image
    NoraJune 27, 2018
    You can enjoy good food and a spectacular view ❤️👌🏻 highly recommended
  • Tati ☆.
    Cliche place to go to, however, the seafood here is super fresh and delicious. Great view
  • Heléne B.heart icon on user image
    Heléne BjörkmanJuly 23, 2015
    Fantastic view both from the house and the surroundings. Skip their Sunday brunch
  • Christian F.heart icon on user image
    Christian FengDecember 28, 2018
    Champagne Brunch Buffet, 3 seatings usually but 4 on holidays, open only on Sundays for the time being! Service is excellent.
  • Jafafa H.
    Jafafa HotsJune 22, 2010
    Travel back in time 15 years or so and visit the Cliff House when it was a quirky, fun and exciting place for the whole family rather than a bland architecturally antiseptic yuppie snob mecca.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PSeptember 27, 2013
    Mad expensive food, reasonably priced beer. Factor in the view and this is the best place for beers on the water.
  • hikerly
    hikerlyAugust 6, 2012
    Perfect stop for a drink after a hike around Lands End. If it's a foggy day get the Nutty Irishman (a hot coffee cocktail) to warm up. Read more
  • Dylan M.heart icon on user image
    Dylan MabinAugust 7, 2015
    Great place for a special cocktail and appetizer as a break on a walk down the coast.
  • Tami S.
    Tami SwitsAugust 28, 2013
    Go for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. Once it gets dark it's just an ordinary restaurant with a cold draft!
  • Reid F.
    Reid FelizMay 11, 2014
    Mimosas yum, free popovers yum, amazing views and cool, energetic Sunday brunch vibe.
  • Wayne P.heart icon on user image
    Wayne PanJuly 3, 2016
    Ask for "coffee" and wink to get a mug full for champagne.
  • Dave C.heart icon on user image
    Dave ContrerasSeptember 7, 2013
    Hidden gem: Crab cakes benedict (off the menu) for breakfast & lunch.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KMarch 29, 2013
    Mussels w/Harissa is the best I've ever had. The waiter said regulars won't let them remove it from the menu.
  • Peter P.
    Peter PennyDecember 29, 2011
    Do get here early. We missed the sunset on a beautiful winters evening but we were with Walt Disney. A must visit nearby.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TNovember 14, 2014
    Come for brunch, stay for the view. Good bloodies too!
  • Harry M.
    Harry MyhreJanuary 3, 2014
    I like to go here for breakfast. Easy to find parking at breakfast time
  • Mike S.
    Mike SuggsJuly 20, 2014
    The Mimosas were great! The food was good but the view was better.
  • Sailing Spoken Here
    Sailing Spoken HereDecember 6, 2010
    After dinner and rum drinks be sure to check out the Camera Obscura when visiting, it shows the seal rocks close up using ancient technology
  • Antonio S.heart icon on user image
    Antonio SilveiraAugust 9, 2014
    The Butterscotch Pots De Creme dessert is super delicious.
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