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Jun 19, 2009 12:27 PM

Enjoyed The Bistro at the Cliff House

After working late last night, we decided to indulge and go out to dinner instead of cooking. Since it was a beautiful night, we decided to try The Bistro at the Cliff House so we could enjoy the sunset. We arrived without reservations, and were told it would be a 30-minute wait for a table for two. No problem. We went downstairs and enjoyed AH Hirsh 16-yr old bourbon (a steal at $14/glass), and appreciated the amazing view. About the time we finished our drink, our table was ready upstairs.

I'm not crazy about the ambience of the place, but we had a very good dinner, friendly service, and a nice oceanview table. My partner started with the clam chowder, which he really enjoyed. I'm not a chowder fan, so I'll have to take his word for it. I ordered the pork pot stickers; which were wonderfully flavored and had generously sized fillings. The only complaint was that the "skin" could have been a little crunchier.

For entrees, I had the pan-roasted halibut with macademia nuts over spaghettini with curried sauce. Sounded a little weird, but I felt like having halibut. Turns out the fish was perfectly moist and fresh. Really, truly, very tasty with the mild curry sauce. I couldn't stop commenting on how tasty it was, and made a point of telling the waiter. I guess I was surprised to find something that tasty at the Cliff House.

My partner had the NY Steak, with fries. Good, but not earth-shattering.

All-in-all, we enjoyed a lovely evening at the Cliff House. Amazing! You can find good food and a water view in SF.

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  1. My wife and I have been there a couple of times It is highly recommended. Not a tourist trap at all, and the food is very good.

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    1. re: Jack

      What have you ordered and liked?

      I went for breakfast just after the remodel and found the food unremarkable. If they have improved it would be nice, but I would need a lot of positive reports to give it another try.

      Sutro's at The Cliff House
      1090 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121

      3 course prix fixe dinner $19.09 per person on Wednesdays through September to celebrate 100 years at the 1909 Cliff House

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      1. re: Cynsa

        Gee, and lobster thermidor at that. I wonder if sun-dried tomato vinagrette existed in 1909. Also, they have $5 Irish Coffee and Ramos Fizzes.

        1. re: Cynsa

          Before the 8 pm Pro Am basketball game tonight at Kezar Pavillion, we chowed on the Celebration Prix Fixe dinner at the Bistro at the Cliff House. This special began on July 1st and continues through September. No reservations. Service begins at 4:15 pm.
          It's a great value and a lighter and healthful version for 2009: the Lobster Thermidor was half a lobster with mushrooms ... the mixed greens were perfectly dressed lightly with the sun-dried tomato vinaigrette — the pièce de résistance was the strawberry shortcake - a crumbly, tender, and sugared biscuit that was perfection topped with whipped cream and berries.
          This is a Chowhound Happy Meal. We're camping out here on Wednesdays for this prix fixe dinner.

          1. re: Cynsa

            The view was crystalline..the waves crashed, the sun set, the seals were 'summering' at Pier 39 and the meal was just about perfect...I want to go again next wednesday...I'll even order a Ramos if they only had Popovers for dinner!!!

            1. re: ChowFun_derek

              yes, Derek! Lobster Thermidor in Popovers would delight us!