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Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, San Francisco

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  • Friends who live in SF took me here for lunch. The place was a beach house for bathers at the beach across the street and had apparently fallen into some disrepair, only to be thankfully restored and ...  more »
  • This is a twofer: historic spot with art and lovely scenery, and a more upscale priced restaurant and brewery. If you want to skip the pricier upstairs deal, there is a small snack bar downstairs and ...  more »
  • excited to get together to celebrate our birthdays,upcoming and belated. some had visited a long time ago, some for first time. wanted a window seat and willing to wait; waitress just wanted to seat u...  more »
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  • We tried the $13 sampler for all their beer- *every single* beer style was made so perfectly and well-balanced. The food was exquisite and well-portioned, the braised ribs and ceviche were exceptional. There was a chocolate pudding dessert with smoked caramel salt that our server described as a 'Ferrari'. He was 100% correct, it was amazing!! And, of course, the view of the Pacific while you have dinner is a beautiful experience. I will absolutely be returning to this restaurant when I return to San Francisco.
  • It's funny how people, tourists, and others who are just curious go to a place and know nothing about its origins. Take this place as an example. Today, it serves as a restaurant and a place where you can observe murals from long ago. My visit was much more than seeing it as a place to dine, but to look back at its history and how it started, which has always fascinated me. For instance, did you know that this was once occupied by the US Army and used as a barracks? Well, since this is a park of the Golden Gate series I've done, I've added this to my review of places! "The Humble beginnings of the Original Beach Chalet" 1892, was when the "Original Beach Chalet" was built on the west side of the Great Highway and across from Golden Gate Park. That original Beach Chalet had a fascinating history, first perched on the beach, and after, when it was moved twenty five blocks east to serve as a clubhouse for the Sunset District Boy Scouts. In 1870, as "Golden Gate Park" was being developed most of the landscaping and public structures were concentrated at the eastern end, near Stanyan Street. There was the Cliff House on the bluff, and at its base, a roadhouse called the Seal Rock House, and next door the Ocean Beach Pavilion for dancing. All these places were more associated with entertaining adults than providing recreation for families. In 1891, approval was made to construct a building designed by architect William O. Banks to serve as a shelter from the wind, provide bathrooms and changing rooms for bathers, and offer observation decks to watch the waves on one side and the developing park on the other. As the San Francisco Chronicle said, "it will be an elegant addition to the few structures which at present relieve the monotony of sand dunes." In 1892, the "House on the Beach" opened and was described as "a two-story structure having steep roofs with ornamental gables in Queen Anne style." There were towers at each end of the building, one of which contained a staircase leading to the second or "observation" floor. The building is designed especially for accommodation of ladies with children who wish to avoid the crowds at the Cliff House. In the early years, there was no clear identity for "The House on the Beach;" it was sometimes also called "The Observatory." By 1895, there were newspaper references to Chalet Beach at the end of Golden Gate Park, and the building there seemed to have developed a permanent identity, but not a firm foundation. The Chalet served "approved" refreshments, not alcoholic beverages, since that would be out of character for a building "designed especially for ladies with children." In 1906, the earthquake damaged the structure and $2,000 was requested for unspecified repairs. This building was a comfortable place to get out of the wind; yet a building situated on the beach was constantly subject to the encroaching waves, especially during winter storms. The city erected a concrete pile sea wall to try and protect the original Beach Chalet from the waves. In 1909, a plan was approved to build a 300-foot breakwater to protect the Chalet and the Great Highway. In 1911, all phases of work to the seawall was completed. In 1914, the real test of the seawall came in the third week of January when a major storm worked its way down from Vancouver, sinking ships and destroying beach and harbor structures all along the Pacific Coast. The Beach Chalet survived the storm with no major damage to its structure. In 1925, a new Beach Chalet, designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, would be built directly across Great Highway from the old (present building). In 1981, an extensive restoration of the structure and artwork began; the chalet was listed on the National Register of Historic Places that same year. In 1996, it reopened and today the ground floor houses the Golden Gate Park visitor center and the Park Chalet restaurant; upstairs is the Beach Chalet restaurant, with sweeping views of the Pacific.
  • Ocean view restaurant serving up classic American fare and brews in a clean and upscale, yet still somewhat casual atmosphere. Prices are reasonable, but make sure to RSVP for an ocean view table in advance. Can get crowded on weekends, especially during sunny weather with tourists. Service is good and food is excellent. Recommended.
  • Don't believe the hype! My boss and I were exploring the city on Saturday March 25, 2017. It was my first time in the city. We decided to stop by this restaurant. The following were our encounter... We were behind a group of white folk who had no reservation and the waiter give them a table. When it was our turn they said no table was available, but there were - we saw a few empty ones! The couple behind us was white and they got a table while we were seated at the bar.... Racist trash!...so much for the liberal city! The typical white faces in public and the Mexicans in the kitchen! Oh hell the food was mediocre at best and it was expensive!
  • Was a fenced closed shell for years!!; What a waste of a Valuable Asset !! Now one of the Most Famous Bars in SF !! 1, ON the Pacific Ocean, Ocean Beach. Chris Isaac use to surf it. 2, the 30s MOSAICS and MURAL art downstairs. 3, the BEER, try the BERRY and the dark FLEISHACKER ale. 4, busy slow but good service; happy crowd lingers,,, 5,tons of parking ,both sides of street. 6,good food, a bit Expensive. Mystery "salmon" is so uncool. This time,,, 7 months later,,, The Calimari bowl vs plate serving $12.95 seemed smaller. And the waiter did warn me the lemonade $6.25 is per small carafe. And the Lobster,Mac, and Che,,, "has very little cheese in it." Sadly. $15.95 Chauffeur-work day, so no beer. Service was Much Better, a young skinny Asian guy. And the view of the Pacific was Great!! Smoggy, but Great. Too bad they don't have more competition here shore side.