The original Cliff House in San Francisco was built in 1863. It was bought by Adolph Sutro in 1881 when he had the railroad running from downtown San Francisco to the Western edge of the city bringing patrons to the the Cliff House. In 1894 on Christmas day it was destroyed by fire. Sutro spent fifty thousand dollars to have it rebuilt in reminiscent of a Chateau in France. It was eight stories high and hosted art galleries, dining areas, various kitchens and entertainment venues. Although it survived the deadly 1906 earthquake it was again destroyed by another fire in 1907. The third Cliff house after being destroyed by two fires was rebuilt by Emma Sutro, daughter of Adolph in 1909. From then on it has gone through many a renovation and now is pictured above as seen from Sutro Heights Park.
Standing high above the cliffs at Ocean Beach it is the main focal point by Seal Rock and Sutro Heights. It boasts three separate dining areas with stunning views. The views from the dining areas are breathtaking, especially at sunset. During the day just watching the waves crash upon the rocks is a sight to behold. It’s just simply beautiful.
The Cliff House holds a rich history and is a landmark in San Francisco. It’s gone through many changes and hardships yet keeps getting better and better in its' look, feel and venue.
This is one of my favorite spots to take photos and video. For more information including the restaurants and menus you can visit The Cliff House website.
I also wanted to mention for those of you who are not aware, you can view the photos in high resolution up close and personal by just clicking the picture.