Last night my husband and I saw Tacoma from a new perspective. We decided we didn't feel like cooking, so we drove over to Brown's Point to have a light dinner at the Cliff House Restaurant, a local icon at 6300 Marine View Drive, Tacoma, WA 98422. According to some history told to us by an employee, the first version of the Cliff House appeared in 1925, a small tavern that later burned down. Then a real restaurant was built on this site, literally at the edge of the steep cliff, and it became the popular place it has remained for decades. I had not been there for a long time, but I'll be back. After recent renovations, it's now nicer than I remember. You can click here to see photos of the interior as it is today.
But no matter how lovely the inside is, we had come for the view, which is great from any window. We decided to eat in the bar to partake of the happy hour menu but then changed our minds and ordered salads from the dinner menu, mine the Herb Grilled Chicken Caesar, his the Fresh Blackened Salmon Salad. Both were scrumptious with nice fresh greens.
My husband also enjoyed an interesting Washington State beer on tap from Iron Horse Brewery. It was called "Quilters Irish Death." I'm not Irish, but I am a quilter, so it was a little scary to try a sip! Wow. I'm glad I did. And I lived to tell about it. That night I chose to just go with water, but the beer was deliciously different and I'd recommend it.
With that gorgeous view, relaxing atmosphere, and excellent service, we loitered a bit, but even after we went out the door it was hard to leave. I took more photos from the parking lot.
I'm looking forward to going back to the Cliff House Restaurant. I'd like to see a colorful sunset from this vantage point and to try some of the tempting dishes on the menu. They also have live entertainment. If you haven't been here, come check it out. You can make your reservation by calling (253) 927-0400. Just the trip along Marine View Drive is a treat in itself and a reminder of how good life is here in the Northwest.
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