Just went for some drinks, this place could not ask for a better location. Its a upscale SF restaurant, and they happen to brew their own beer. The beers are conservative although well made. Thats pretty much a clear description of what you should expect. Drinking beer at night on their back patio was pretty nice, and then a walk on the beach. HOWEVER:
their beer is not reasonably priced, pretty sure its $6.00 a pint, and 3 beers+mixed drink+tip set me back more than $40 bucks, so BS on reasonably priced.
If you ran out of beer on the beach or need a night cap from after the beach, this is ok, otherwise, leave it to the SF snobs.
A fun place to go, no question. Reasonable selection, about 8 beers total to choose from. However, service suffered and got so bad that I used the track dork part of myself and timed the server. 9:59, 8:41 and 3:41 for our drink orders. Hey, itís negative splits, but who wants to wait 10 minutes for a beer? Had the fries, figured that would be unfair to give a food score based on that alone. Great ambiance, after that itís downhill.
Located in a really nice spot overlooking the ocean and at the end of golden gate park, the beach chalet is a pretty cool art deco building. The place was extremely busy when we got there, but service was quick and efficient, and our food arrived soon after ordering. Everything was a bit pricy, and we erred towards the more traditional options, which were very well prepared. When we visited they had eight taps of their own brews (of vastly differing quality). It was pretty cool drinking a beer and watching the waves crash.
When I go here I usually hang in the Park Chalet out back when the weatherís nice. The lawn chairs are nice, with drink/food service. Plenty of space for kids to roam. Live music sometimes. I donít go for the beer, although itís not bad.
Good view of the ocean and Ocean Beach is probably the best thing this place has to offer. We had two of their beers (porter and ESB), both dull but ok. Trendy atmosphere, kind of upscale but some of the staff was a little snobby. Waitress was pleasant, though. Large but dreadfully boring selection (all the usual suspects...amber, pale, porter, blonde, etc., etc.). Had some of the calamari as an appetizer, pretty good but nothing special.
Found this place by chance after walking the entire length of Golden Gate Park. It has great views of the beach, and as advertised, some fog rolled in as we were sampling the beers, which were pretty decent overall. Wasnít hungry, didnít eat. They had 8 house beers on tap.
Beach Chalet wins hands down as a restaurant and loses miserably as a brewery. The atmosphere is stunning, overlooking the water, perfect for watching the sun set over your meal. The building itself is a beautiful historic building, worth seeing on its own. The food is equally excellent-- Iíd say, certainly more than good enough to warrant the pricing. The menu isnít huge, but in our party of five our meals ranged from very good to absolutely amazing. The focus is on quality, not quantity--portions arenít huge, but the seasoning is highly creative and balanced. However, the beers simply donít cut it; theyíre not very interesting, and in particular, none of them have any complexity to the malt flavour whatsoever. Bottom line: this is a wonderful restaurant, but if you want to get good beer, go somewhere else (or pick something up at the store).
Wonderful area to stop because of the view of the ocean. This is my 4th visit in August 2005. Beer selection is wide if rather plain and mainstream. Service is good and friendly. A good place to stop if you are biking the Golden Gate park.
Touristy spot with a fantastic view of the ocean. We got there early and wandered the beach at Sunset, really quite nice. The service was good (one exception Iíll explain later) and the food was decent too, just expensive. The beers ranged from not great to really good and the sampler tray was excellent value. Not a place I would necessarily need to go to again, but on this evening during our trip, it was fantastic. Except if you needed to catch a cab. We were staying on the other side of town and asked the wait staff to call us a cab (actually I asked a bartender, that is what I normally do, and I was rudely told go ask your server). We paid our bill, finished our beer and headed downstairs, enjoying the museum while we waited. And waited. After 15 minutes, I asked the manger and he said ďOh, cabs donít like coming out hereĒ. Well, thatís great sir, we just dropped over $100US at your place now get us a cab. 15 more minutes, I exchanged some angry words with him, as did my wife 15 minutes later. If you are adding this up, yes we did spend well over an hour waiting for a cab. I understand they have no control over a cab company, but to service their guests properly, they need to develop a relationship with one or people will away angry like I did. I had a great time up until that point, but I cannot recommend this place because of my post dinner experience.