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Jan 31, 2009 06:48 PM

Need view of ocean

My mother is turning 80 in February. When asked how she would like to celebrate she requested 'dinner with her family and a view of the ocean'. Where can you find a good view with a good dinner? I've been checking out Half Moon Bay. There is little mention of Crab Landing, has anyone been there? I've also heard Sam's Chowder House has a good view but can't find any info to encourage the food. How about Sutro at the Cliff House? The family means 9 people so we don't need any huge space.

Maybe we could have a drink at the Cliff House then go somewhere else to eat. I'll appreciate any help I can get. Thanks!

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  1. There's a new chef at the Sutro's at the Cliff House who has been getting positive reports. If you get an early reservation you can be there at sunset.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      "A new chef"? It's George Morrone - Aqua, Fifth Floor, etc. etc.

      A friend of mine is a server there, says the food has changed dramatically.

      1. re: realspear

        I had checked Sutro's on Open Table and nothing was available. Following your suggestion I went back and checked again thinking I should call them. I also checked their menu. I didn't think money was that much of an issue with my original post but just learned my brother's wife was laid off making Sutro's too expensive.

        How about entrees in the lower $20s, salads and appetizers $7-10 . . . and of course that view!

        1. re: kateats

          Given those parameters, if it has to be ocean and not bay (and really, I can't think of much for bay either) I'd consider Sam's Chowder House. It does have the real view, and while the food isn't wonderful, it isn't bad...(better than Beach Chalet, in my view, and more celebratory than Louis', which probably wouldn't work for a group of nine anyway).

          Sam's Chowder House
          4210 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

    2. Oddly enough, despite miles of ocean coast, there are not many restaurants with a view of the ocean. Nothing really comes close to the Cliff House for that view. The Beach Chalet has a bit of a view if you get the right table, but it's across the street and I'm not sure you can see all that much ocean. Louis' Restaurant just up the street from the Cliff House has great views, the food is average greasy spoon diner fare.

      If you'd consider a bay view in the equation, you'd have a lot more options.

      Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
      1000 Great Hwy., San Francisco, CA 94121

      Louis' Restaurant
      902 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

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      1. re: Shane Greenwood

        Does anyone really love the food at Beach Chalet though ? Stunning view, I just haven't heard that anyone came away happy with their meal. It's pretty loud and pricey in there. The new menu at the Cliff House would be a better bet for Ocean Beach.

        1. re: sugartoof

          Yes, Cliff House is the better choice and reviews on Beach Chalet are mixed. As the OP noted, CH is booked so that doesn't work.

          1. re: sugartoof

            I use to work for a place that would go to Beach Chalet for special lunches like birthdays and such...the food was as you say. Even simple things like a burger weren't to stuff.

            The sad thing is, the same restaurant group has the lease to a new restaurant on Lake Merritt, where the boat house was...called Lake Chalet.

            1. re: ML8000

              Just shows that location can really be everything. It's just sad when there's really nothing safe on the menu.

        2. Considered Santa Cruz? The Crow's Nest has a lovely outdoor patio right on the harbor. The food is not extraordinary, but it is straight-forward and good. I've always gotten excellent service there.

          1. Mick Ruthven's photos show the ocean and it's a shorter drive and the theme is within her and my memories.

            1. Moss Beach Distillery has a view of the water. Don't remember much about the food. Seemed pretty average-above average.

              Moss Beach Distillery Restaurant
              140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, CA 94038

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              1. re: ML8000

                Nope. The bar food may be okay, the but regular menu is definitely below average.