Beach Chalet

San Francisco Review

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The Owners of the Beach Chalet Enjoy a Cold One...

In a historic 1925 building, the Beach Chalet heralds the end of San Francisco near the sea. The restaurant is located on the far west end of Golden Gate Park with incredible views of the water. The Beach Chalet was restored for millions of dollars in 1997 including WPA fresco murals on the ground floor visitors center.

The menu includes vegetarian, seafood, and hearty meats to pair with the Beach Chalet's microbrews. Appetizers include black mussels, rock shrimp quesadillas, and signature achiote spiced chick wings. Beers feature English-style ales from straw-colored cream ale to extra special bitter (hand pumped!). Live music charms diners on special evenings.

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The terra-cotta tiled building was originally built as a public lounge and changing room for beachgoers. During the depression, the Work Projects Administration commissioned an artist to add mosaics, woodcarvings, and murals to depict San Francisco in the 1930's. The building has served as a tea house, army signal station, and rowdy waterfront bar. The building was declared a landmark by the National Park Service in 1981... and closed for over fifteen years. It is worth stopping by to view the murals, even if you don't eat a thing.

A meal at the Beach Chalet will run you around $30 including tax, tip, drinks and side dishes. Entrees include Grilled King Salmon, Beer Steamed King Crab, and Saint Louis Style BBQ Pork Spareribs. recommend the Beach Chalet as a much better alternative to the tired Cliff House (nearby).

1000 Great Highway


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