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The Cliff House Bistro

by Joan Simon

1090 Point Lobos at the Ocean (Richmond/Ocean)
(415) 386-3330

Cuisine: American

Pluses: San Francisco classics; ocean views

Minuses: No reservations- easiest to get in on Monday- Thursday evenings or late lunch. Some confuse the Bistro with the more upscale, “Sutro’s at the Cliff House”  where reservations  are accepted

Don't Miss: Sunday Champagne Brunch; Popovers; Shrimp Louis Salad; Pot Stickers with Chili Soy Sauce, Scallions, & Cilantro; and Baked Alaska

Prices: Moderate  

Overview: Lunch and Dinner daily, Sunday champagne brunch
No Reservations
Credit cards accepted
Parking on street or in free lot up the hill
Completely non smoking
Wheelchair accessible

Since 1863 The Cliff House has been a SF landmark providing visitors with the city’s premier ocean view. A casual, light filled  bistro provide a full range of family friendly dining pleasures for  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, featuring  Omelets, Sandwiches, Salads and typical San Francisco fare in a casual setting.

The ambiance is historic and today the Cliff House is preserved as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. With a gorgeous tile floor and walls rimmed with photos of celebrities who have dined there, you can’t help but relax. While the menu includes plenty of inventive dishes to insure that the locals don’t get bored, San Francisco classics such Crispy Fried Calamari with Chili Aioli,  Sautéed Jumbo Prawns with Olives, Greek Oregano, Lemon and Feta and Traditional San Francisco Cioppino.

The Bistro’s more upscale, sister restaurant Sutro’s at the Cliff House has inspired the newly remodeled spot to offer some adventurous fare such as an appetizer of Braised Black Mussels with Chorizo Sausage, Fresh Tomato Broth and Chipotle Aioli  or a personal entrée favorite of Macadamia Nut Crusted Petrale Sole with Shallot-Mango Salsa.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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