After working late last night, we decided to indulge and go out to dinner instead of cooking. Since it was a beautiful night, we decided to try The Bistro at the Cliff House so we could enjoy the sunset. We arrived without reservations, and were told it would be a 30-minute wait for a table for two. No problem. We went downstairs and enjoyed AH Hirsh 16-yr old bourbon (a steal at $14/glass), and appreciated the amazing view. About the time we finished our drink, our table was ready upstairs.
I'm not crazy about the ambience of the place, but we had a very good dinner, friendly service, and a nice oceanview table. My partner started with the clam chowder, which he really enjoyed. I'm not a chowder fan, so I'll have to take his word for it. I ordered the pork pot stickers; which were wonderfully flavored and had generously sized fillings. The only complaint was that the "skin" could have been a little crunchier.
For entrees, I had the pan-roasted halibut with macademia nuts over spaghettini with curried sauce. Sounded a little weird, but I felt like having halibut. Turns out the fish was perfectly moist and fresh. Really, truly, very tasty with the mild curry sauce. I couldn't stop commenting on how tasty it was, and made a point of telling the waiter. I guess I was surprised to find something that tasty at the Cliff House.
My partner had the NY Steak, with fries. Good, but not earth-shattering.
All-in-all, we enjoyed a lovely evening at the Cliff House. Amazing! You can find good food and a water view in SF.