We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Old School Diner Food with a View”
Review of Louis' Restaurant

Louis' Restaurant
Ranked #345 of 6,272 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 12 - US$ 12
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: View, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 13 March 2017

If you are a foodie, this is not your place, but if you like good traditional diner food, give this place a shot. Omelettes, burgers, fish and chips, soups and salad are all solid in an unpretentious, old school way. Most breakfast items come with an English muffin, rather than toast. You can substitute sliced tomatoes, cottage cheese, or a salad (two bean, croutons, and lettuce). With lunch items you can substitute soup (nice red clam chowder on the day we visited). What is exceptional is the view. The restaurant overlooks the ruins of San Francisco's famous Sutro Baths, Seal Rock, and the Pacific Ocean. I love the stand of very old cypress tress on the hill above. Two cautions: Especially on weekends waits, can be long for a window seat (recommended) and parking can be hard to find. I recommend wearing a pair of sturdy shoes and hiking down to the Sutro Baths or ocean views above (a 20 to 45 minute activity depending on your range and speed) after you sign in at the restaurant and get advised of the wait time. For parking, look above rather than below. These a parking lot opposite and one on the same side behind the Sutro lookout. Street parking is also easier above.

Thank Mark H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (275)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

53 - 57 of 275 reviews

Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

It is something horrible. Plates served as for pigs, burgers and sandwiches only in their menu. And cash only! Very very bad. Don't even think to eat here.

Thank Дай Н
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 February 2017

I have eaten here more times than I can count. Rachel with the flower in her hair was my wait person for a couple of decades. Since her retirement, the newer wait staff are fun and helpful, but, they are not Rachel. The food is basic and delicious. There are several Vegan options. I LOVE this little restaurant.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank gamcaldwell
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This place is a hidden gem. If you're not looking for it specifically it's easy to drive right by. It's a tiny little diner on the side of the cliff in Point Lobos. When you read the menu, it's got an 80-year history. So cool.

We got sat at the bar stools so we could eat right away. Our view was of the coffee machine, etc. But if you sit at an actual booth, the views are stunning. Huge crashing waves, the old Sutro Baths. Amazing location.

My friends had breakfasts and loved them. I ordered the organic, vegan burger. This is how vegan burgers should taste! Loved it! I was surprised a tiny diner like this had such an awesome option for me as a vegan.

Cash only! Bring some or use their ATM.

Thank HatRez
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Visiting San Francisco? Ocean Beach is a must see. A perfect place to grab a bite and watch the water. But Cliff House is expensive and The Beach Chalet's food is Ok but not great. Want a good place to eat with a view of the Pacific Ocean on the longest most beautiful beach in the city? Check out Louis' for really good affordable food - eggs, waffles, burgers, salads, BLTs, soup, sandwiches. Situated above the ruins of historic Sutro Baths, on a clear day you can see past the Marin Headlands to the distant Farallon Islands. After breakfast or lunch walk the beach, climb the baths, stroll around Lands End to see the Golden Gate Bridge, or just sit on a bench by the beach and watch the surfers. When I feel like spending a lot of money, I might go to Cliff House. If I want a beer I'll go to the Chalet, but for a good meal, a little relaxation and an amazing view Louis' is the best.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Bosoxx33
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Louis' Restaurant also viewed


Been to Louis' Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing