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This is the famous "Cliff House" restaurant in 1959, which, in one form or another, has been a fixture in San Francisco for over a century. Located on the edge of Golden Gate Park, it's still there today in a modernized form. I'm sure it's a great restaurant, but judging from the current prices on the menu I'm guessing that our family of four were just on a sightseeing tour and ate dinner somewhere else! View full size.