I am almost afraid to mention this to so many foodies, but I have eaten at the Cliff House 3 times in the last month. The food is excellent! Cannot beat the view, of course. Ate downstairs in the more formal dining room (and more expensive) two times and once upstairs. No reservations taken upstairs, however. The food and service were very good for a touristy place. Only weak point was downstairs when I had the crab/lobster cakes. Pretty bland. Soups are fabulous! Try the prawn cocktail downstairs. Really superb and beautiful to see. Upstairs by the way, for brunch, they bring a basket of hot popovers.