Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Covid Closures

After 157 years (a long time for us New World Westcoasters) of business, the iconic Cliff House restaurant closed its doors at the end of 2020. The stretch of coastline where the Cliff House structure stands is controlled by the National Parks Dept. Given the building's perfect perch just above the Pacific Ocean, I can only assume that new tenants will be found by the Parks folk sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, many restaurants without the cachet of the Cliff House are gone from the city permanently. 

Here is a rather exhaustive list of SF restaurant covid closures for your viewing 'pleasure'---

  • Angkor Borei
  • Alfred’s Steakhouse
  • Art’s Cafe
  • August 1 Five
  • Badlands
  • Baker Street Bistro
  • Barvale
  • Beachside Coffee Bar & Kitchen
  • Bistro Aix
  • Blind Cat
  • Bussaba
  • Cafe du Soleil (200 Filmore Street)
  • Castagna
  • Castro Republic
  • CatHead’s BBQ
  • Cha-Am Thai
  • Chili Lemon Garlic
  • Cliff House
  • Cockscomb
  • Coin-Op Game Room
  • Dobbs Ferry
  • Dosa 
  • Estela’s Donburi
  • Far East Cafe
  • Farallon
  • Francisca’s
  • Great Gold
  • Hakkasan
  • Harrington’s Bar & Grill
  • Hillside Supper Club
  • Hinodeya 
  • Ichi Sushi
  • Indian Paradox
  • It’s Tops
  • Izakaya Roku
  • JapaCurry
  • Jeanne d’Arc
  • La Boulangerie 
  • Lefty O’Doul’s
  • Locanda
  • Los Guisados Del PatrĂ³n
  • Louis’ Diner
  • Love N’ Haight Deli
  • Lucky 13
  • Mauerpark
  • Mestiza
  • Mikaku
  • Mozzeria 
  • M.Y. China
  • My Pot
  • Naked Fish
  • Nick’s 
  • Nico
  • Nizario’s 
  • Nommo
  • Nopalito 
  • Obispo
  • Orson’s Belly
  • Ozaoza
  • Palio Cafe
  • Pasta Pop-Up
  • Pause Wine Bar
  • Pera
  • Pesce e Riso
  • Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen
  • Prairie
  • Ramen Underground
  • Recchiuti Confections 
  • Ristorante Franchino
  • Ritual Coffee (
  • Rosa Mexicano
  • Rotunda at Neiman Marcus
  • Rusty’s Southern
  • Salt House
  • Seal Rock Restaurant
  • Serpentine
  • Skool
  • Southern Pacific Brewing
  • Stacks
  • Straw
  • The Creamery
  • The Crepe Houses
  • The Grove
  • The House
  • The Little Chihuahua
  • The Riddler
  • The Taco Shop At Underdogs
  • The Stud
  • Thieves Tavern
  • Ton Kiang
  • Triple Voodoo Brewery
  • Trou Normand
  • Udon Underground
  • Velvet Cantina
  • Vive La Tarte
  • Walzwerk
  • Wish
  • Yiyi’s Mandarin Kitchen
The second Cliff House built to resemble a French chateau, 1896. 

The somewhat bland 21st century Cliff House building.
At least the view is stunning.

So long, Cliff House...may we see you again soon!


  1. One wonders how many of these will never open again.

    1. I think that very many will not, to be honest. Of course, new businesses will open in their stead. I guess the question is when will they?

  2. It's the same all over. So many restaurants are closing here, too. It's hard.

    1. It's a bummer. I mind less the no-name burger joint on the corner when compared to losing the biggies, as it were.

  3. Wow! What a list. We have far too many restaurants closing in SoCal, L.A. and San Diego -- all our surrounding cities, also.

    1. Yes, I can imagine that SoCal has been hit hard as well.

  4. A massive list. The times they are a-changing.

  5. Wow. Quite the list. Here in Boise, we have a sad list as well of local restaurants and bars that shut down. I am hopeful the stimulus Biden is proposing will help out those that are still trying to make it. Take care.


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Covid Closures

After 157 years (a long time for us New World Westcoasters) of business, the iconic Cliff House restaurant closed its doors at the end of 20...