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Tag: Cliff House Tacoma


First bite: Cliff House in Tacoma’s Browns Point neighborhood

Grilled salmon with hazelnut butter.

Last week, I told you about the transformation of the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms at the Cliff House, the legacy restaurant that has been closed more than it’s been open since 2009. Today, here’s an update on the food. Three weeks after reopening, the restaurant is doing brisk business and I can see why – the take-it-down-to-the-studs remodel has restored the restaurant’s charm, and a menu of Northwest fare is predictable, yet well executed. Read more »


Finally open: The Cliff House in Northeast Tacoma shines

In February, owner Joe Nappo stands in the upstairs floor of the Cliff House, the bar and restaurant that he extensively remodeled. The restaurant reopened for business about a week ago. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

The two-year saga that has been the on-and-off closure of the Cliff House in Northeast Tacoma is over: The iconic restaurant has reopened for business. I stopped in and found a beautiful restaurant of restored, gleaming wood, a handsome dining room showcasing historic Tacoma maritime photos, and a knock-out downstairs that diners won’t even recognize. The menu is just what you’d expect from the Cliff House: seafood, steaks and grill-centric dishes with Northwest accents. Read more »


Construction update: Cliff House closer to opening, but not quite yet

In January, I told you that the Cliff House was hoping for a late January or early February opening. Well, early February is here, but the Cliff House is not yet open. After a slowdown from the icy weather a few weeks ago it became clear that a late January opening was out of the question. Owner Giuseppe “Joe” Nappo put the brakes on rushing opening to avoid something that could be a disaster for a brand-new restaurant – a Valentine’s Day opening. Read more »


Construction update: Northeast Tacoma’s Cliff House expected to open later this month, or early February

In November, I told you that Giuseppe “Joe” Nappo, best known for his Federal Way restaurant Verrazano’s, is restoring Northeast Tacoma’s Cliff House. He was planning a January 2012 reopening. He gave an update last week by email: Read more »


Northeast Tacoma’s Cliff House looks at January opening under new ownership

The Dumpster out front was the first sign that the Cliff House is about to get a makeover for its reopening this winter after being closed for most of 2011.
It’s about time that the dated decor disappeared. Diners are ready for a change. OK, well, I’m ready for a change. I reviewed the restaurant in October 2010, and I noted the building was showing serious wear.

Giuseppe “Joe” Nappo, best known for his Federal Way restaurant Verrazano’s, is in the process of restoring the building and continuing its legacy of prom-night dining, waterfront views and upscale regional cuisine. He plans a January 2012 reopening. Read more »


Cliff House closed? Looks that way. But a sign on the door says they’ll reopen

The Cliff House restaurant has closed again. A sign on the door says the closure is temporary and that the restaurant will “look forward to serving you in the near future of February 2011.” The website for the restaurant is not working, and the voice mail at the restaurant makes no mention of the closure. I’m trying to reach someone at the restaurant.

The restaurant had reopened in June 2010 after abruptly closing in December 2009. I reviewed the restaurant in October here. The restaurant is one of the region’s oldest. It opened in 1925.


Bar Burger Noshdown: Hundreds of napkins, plenty of heartburn and 20 bar burgers you should eat before you die

The bacon cheeseburger at the Beach Tavern in Tacoma.

Bar noshing doesn’t get any better than a big, cheesy gut bomb of a burger. It’s the anytime accompaniment to a cold pint at your favorite watering hole.

I’ve spent the past six months touring South Sound bars, taverns and pubs in search of perfect bar burgers. (Yeah, I know it’s a tough gig I’ve got here.) What follows today through Friday is my report of the top 20 bar burgers I wrapped my hands around.

I compiled this report largely based on recommendations from TNT Diner blog readers. Other recommendations came from chefs and foodies about town.

Here are the bars I’ll be writing about:
Tuesday: Powerhouse Brewery, Cliff House, Matador, Blazing Onion and Beach Tavern.
Wednesday: Engine House No. 9, El Gaucho, Katie Downs, The Parkway, Ram
Thursday: Crown Bar, Harmon, Bite Restaurant, West End Pub, Cheers South Hill
Friday: Asado, Maxwell’s, Pacific Grill, The Hub, The Right Spot

I set up a burger mission statement from the beginning. Read more »


Cliff House upstairs dining offers much to savor, but lunch needs some work

The scenic view from the dining room of the Cliff House Restaurant in Tacoma. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Readers started calling within days of The Cliff House Restaurant’s closure last December. Then followed e-mails. More phone calls, then e-mails. Never have I received such an outpouring in response to a closure.

As many readers noted, the Cliff House long has been a Tacoma treasure. “A Browns Point landmark,” one caller lamented about the closure. “I loved going down there,” said Federal Way resident Mark McConnehey with dismay when he phoned after the restaurant shuttered. He wistfully recalled his habit of taking out-of-town visitors to the Cliff House to soak in the sweeping Commencement Bay views with the backdrop of downtown Tacoma and Mount Rainier. Read more »