I went to Cliff House this last Saturday, excited to see the renovations they had made. It was a beautiful day and the view from our parking space was amazing - not a cloud in the sky, the waves gently crashing into the shore, and a few birds flying overhead. We arrived in time for our reservation and were promptly seated at a table next to the window with a gorgeous view. (Note: we were dining at Sutro's, which is more formal than the upstairs Bistro where they don't take reservations).
For starter's I ordered the Dungeness Crab Sutro Roll, Chili Garlic, Unagi, Avocado, and Tempura Crispies (that's what the menu said). $14.00. When it arrived the presentation looked very nice - 4 pieces came on a banana leaf, with the chili garlic squirted out into a geometrical pattern on the plate. It looked much better than it tasted. This was just like any other california roll I've had - except there was crab meat. I actually think I've had better tasting rolls from the takeout section at the supermarket. The tempura crispies seemed like leftover crumbs from the frying pan when making tempura - you could barely taste them. I was disappointed and hoped that my entree would make up for this dismal dish.
I had ordered the Grilled Lamb Sirloin Sandwich with Red Hawk Cheese Fondue ad Truffled Frittes, $22.25. The sandwich came open faced - actually, it was just the lamb sitting on one slice of french bread that was soaking up all the sauce/juice from the meat, along with some greens (couldn't tell what they were - maybe spinach or broccoli rabe?). This dish tasted much better than the appetizer and the fries were amazing - plenty of parmesan cheese perfectly fried. The lamb was well seasoned - I usually don't like lamb but this was actually pretty good.
For dessert I had this Chocolate Tres Leche cake with coffee gelato - $9.00. The chocolate birthday cake from Costco tasted better than this. Another disappointment. I did sample someone else's Mango and Orange-Ginger Parfait and tasted much better than my choice.
Overall, I don't think I'd go back again. On a positive note - The service had definitely improved from what I had read in earlier posts.