1090 Point Lobos • San Francisco, CA 94121 | 415.386.3330 | website
No visit to San Francisco is complete without a stop at the Cliff House which is perched on the westernmost edge of the city. It originally opened in 1863 and completely restored in 2004. Click here for a fun gallery of historical photos that show the various incarnations it has undergone over the years, or here for a brochure. I especially love to wander through the nearby ruins of the Sutro Baths or walk along Ocean Beach when the weather is nice. We brought Mr. K’s parents who were visiting from Minnesota and his cousin from Pennsylvania here to enjoy the first warm weekend of the year. We got there around 11 am, but still had to wait about an hour for a table in the Bistro which doesn’t take reservations, so had time to enjoy the views and the warm sun.
You can enjoy the views of Ocean Beach and Seal Rocks from anywhere in the dining room, and the walls are lined with framed publicity photos signed by famous visitors over the years.
We were served a basket filled with delicious Popovers! What a treat.
The popovers are buttery and flaky, airy poufs, which have a nice density from the amount of eggs included in the batter. They were especially delicious with the housemade jam.
I can never resist Fish and Chips, thick chunks of flaky cod dipped in Anchor Steam beer batter, served with the requisite wedges of lemon, tartar sauce and malt vinegar ($17.95)
Mr. K’s father Don enjoyed the Cliff House Bistro Burger, half-pound burger topped with cheddar cheese and served with Garlic Fries ($14.50). I liked his garlic fries better than the thick steak cut fries that came with my fish and chips…
Mr. K had the Caesar Salad with grilled salmon, lightly tossed with Anchovy-Lemon Dressing and thin tendrils of Reggiano Parmesan ($18.95). The piece of salmon was large and nicely grilled, the flesh tender and juicy.
Mr. K’s cousin Suzanne had the Eggs San Francisco, two poached eggs served over dungeness crab, toasted sourdough bread drizzled with brandy cream sauce ($18.50). There were also house potatoes and a fruit salad with fresh blueberries and strawberries, a treat for those visiting from the cold country.
Mr. K’s sister Casey ordered the Classic Eggs Benedict, with a single poached egg, Canadian bacon, served over toasted English muffin, and hollandaise sauce ($14.50)
We indulged with several desserts which were all $7.25. Suzanne enjoyed the Warm Sour Cream Fudge Cake on a previous visit, which was garnished with a clever cone shaped cookie and topped with hot fudge.
Harriett and Casey split the Apple Almond Crunch Tart with a scoop of caramel ice cream which was rather bland.
I helped Don finish the Roasted Banana Bread Pudding which was like a dense, rich, banana bread that was topped with chantilly cream and drizzled with caramel sauce.
The food was standard fare, everything was well prepared and surprisingly good for such a touristy spot (and a bit pricey). We continued on our drive through the Presidio, stopping at many of the vista points to enjoy the views and gorgeous weather.