Fun place to bring the tourists to the area, the food is always quite well prepared and they are kid friendly during the day when I have been there. The beers are all quite nice and varied. It can get rather crowded later at night. Awesome "museum" downstairs with the coolest model of GoldenGate Park.
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).
Visited during RBSG 2009 with kp, beerguy101 and STLWill
Great view of the ocean with plenty of parking (which is always a plus in San Francisco)
The food was pretty good; the beer selection was nice, and overall it was worth going to.
We had a few brews in the (enclosed) patio area behind the Beach Chalet proper- crowded with Sunday brunch customers.Bartender was attentive, amiable enough, willing to talk about the beers without being too chatty. Beers were good, but not terribly exciting. Liked the Rauch and Cal. Kind, didnít care for the Wit. We visited on a drizzly overcast day, so unfortunately no comment on the fabulous view others have written about. Still, seems like a decent place with decent beer.
We were at a campfire literally across the street, so I convinced the wife to stop in. We only hit the downstairs bar area, which was quite interesting, and basically open air. Not busy on a Saturday night, but I guess the restaurant is the main draw. Flights of beers for $13 and growlers to go for $25 including some cool looking glass. I thought the saison was pretty good.
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.
Had breakfast here recently and was pleasantly surprised. The food I and my girlfriend had was solid. The beer I tried was mostly average to above average. The biggest problem was that the food was fairly expensive. This was an obviously beautiful location with a great ocean view. We had good service to go along with the good food and good beers.
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.
IrishBoy (116) Bakersfield, California | August 3, 2010| Updated August 4, 2010
Just happened to see this as I was leaving SF. Right at the end of Golden Gate Park on Highway 1, museum on the lower floor restaurant and bar up above. I did not eat the food just sampled 9 beers (one a cask version of the draft IPA). Barkeep very friendly and helpful.