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Cliff House

Things to do Outer Richmond
4 out of 5 stars
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Cliff House
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/kiltron Camera Obscura at Cliff House

Time Out says

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, complete 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.



Address: 1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco

Cross street: at the Great Hwy
Opening hours: Bar/restaurant 11:30am–3:30pm, 5–9:30pm daily. Bistro 9am–9:30pm Mon–Sat; 8:30am–9:30pm Sun. Walkways 24hrs daily
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4 out of 5 stars