Cliff House


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After a fire in 1894, a magnificent, eight-storey Victorian turreted palace replaced the original 1860s house on this site. However, only a year after surviving the 1906 earthquake, the second building also burned. Its subsequent 'restorations' involved more demolition and rebuilding; the current, contemporary structure, completed in 2004, includes an upscale restaurant and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that make the most of its breathtaking Pacific views. Public walkways allow the less well-heeled to amble around the building. The whimsical camera obscura, a 19th-century optical marvel, was saved after a public outcry halted its demolition and is still accessible on the walkway; it projects an image of the outside world, including a large stretch of Ocean Beach, on to a giant parabolic screen using mirrors and lenses.

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Cliff House details

1090 Point Lobos Avenue,
at the Great Highway

Area San Francisco

Transport Bus 18, 38 .

Telephone 386 3330

Cliff House website

Open Bar/restaurant 11.30am-3.30pm, 5-9.30pm daily. Bistro 9am-9.30pm Mon-Sat; 8.30am-9.30pm Sun. Walkways 24hrs daily.

Admission $10; $6-$7 reductions; free under-12s. Free 1st Tue of mth.

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