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Nov 16, 1999 04:13 PM

Cliff House

  • j

Can you give me any feedback about this restaurant? Good or bad experiences dining there? Thanks.

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  1. Judith, I haven't eaten there since I was about 15 because of the bad reputation... this is definitely one of those places that draws the crowds based on its location. You won't die from eating the food, but you will be crowded into a small room with busloads (no exaggeration) of tourists for overpriced, unremarkable fare. If you want to enjoy the food+ocean, you'd fare far better by heading out towards the Cliff House along Geary, and eating at any number of the Asian restaurants out there, and then walking off your food in the ruins below the Cliff House. Or go out Judah Street to around 40th St, just 3-4 blocks from the beach, and eat crabs and garlic noodles at the Vietnamese crab house (forget its name, it is green and on the southwest corner of Judah), then walk down to the beach and build a bonfire (it's legal) and roast marshmallows for dessert. If others think I am overstating this warning, please chime in...

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    1. re: Mary

      I think Thanh Long is the place you're talking about. Great roast crab & garlic noodles. They recently completed a remodeling/expansion, so folks who remember it as a small place will be a little shocked.

      btw, La Vie (Geary & 22nd) also has excellent roast crab, and everything else I've eaten there is similarly excellent, and they're reasonably priced. The only downside: an unimpressive wine list, and no full bar (Thanh Long has one).

      1. re: Tom Hilton

        Before many of you were born or even thought of I ate at the Cliff House. It was indeed perched on a cliff overlooking the water and I was fascinated by the sea
        lions lolling on rocks well within view. I don't recall what I ate (I was only 7) but I do remember being treated like a very big girl by our waitress (we
        called them waitresses then). This was in 1945 and my parents and I were celebrating the end of the War!

        Pat (just call me granny)

        1. re: pat hammond

          Had a very good breakfast at the Cliff House. The view was incredible. The popovers acceptable but the tomato, bacon, guac,and cheddar omelet was incredible. A very nice meal.

    2. unremarkable food. my suggestion:go for drinks at sunset and elsewhere for dinner