The Cliff House

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6300 Marine View Drive
Tacoma, WA 98422
(253) 927-0400

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Bistro, Northwestern, Seafood
Credit Cards Accepted, Full Bar, Live Music

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Reviewed by: Jennifer Johnson

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Sue Glenn is not new to the restaurant game. Owner of The Green Turtle in Gig Harbor, Glenn knows a bit about good food, atmosphere, staffing and ambiance. Earlier this year she became the proprietor of one of the 253's nicest dining views - the Cliff House Restaurant on Marine View Drive in Northeast Tacoma. Live plants in the bistro downstairs, a rock garden in the entry and a two-tone light jade paint job, along with the talent of The Green Turtle's Executive Chef Roman Aquillon, have brought a breath of "comfort dining" to the restaurant.

The bistro menu still has many of the same items from the days of Guido (owner for 30 years), and pizza, chicken piccata with cappellini and pastas like seafood linguine have been added to the menu. Burgers have been  improved with a better patty.

"We got a great response on that one - couldn't believe how many burgers we sold," laughed Aquillon in a phone conversation this last Tuesday. "Depending on what's in season or available is what I run for specials," Aquillon shared.

Surf and turf and a macadamia nut-encrusted halibut dish with pineapple chutney are hits. Cajun spiced scallops and prawn puri are lightly breaded, pan-fried and served with roasted jalapeño and herb puree. Entrée prices may raise eyebrows at $20-$32. But happy hour includes half-off all appetizers 3-6 p.m. Lunch is served daily in the lower bistro; enjoy live jazz and blues Friday and Saturday evenings.


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Steve said on Apr. 20, 2011 at 5:21pm

So is this ever going to re-open or what?

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Dick Goddard said on May. 17, 2013 at 8:59am

We really enjoyed the evening downstairs on a recent SUNDAY (not Saturday mentioned above). Had great service, food and loved the band (TRIO, A BAND OF THREE). Looking forward to our next visit this Sunday.

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