Cioppino's / San Francisco

400 Jefferson St at Leavenworth St. San Francisco 94109
Opening Hours
Sun, Sat 11:00 - 22:30
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 11:00 - 21:30
Description

Many of the Fisherman's Wharf restaurants are named after the family that has operated the establishment for generations. It is part of the charm of the Wharf, where the heritage of the Italian fishermen continues to this day. Cioppino's continues that tradition. Almost. We are fourth generation native San Franciscans who take great pride in both our city and our restaurant. The only difference between us and many of the other family-run restaurants at Fisherman's Wharf is that our family name is not Cioppino. We would have used our family name, but we were forced to admit it simply does not look good in lights. So we settled on Cioppino's, which is what we do best. Cioppino is a lusty and flavorful seafood soup which is uniquely San Franciscan. The origin of both the dish and the name came from the Italian fishermen in the early 1900's, when Fisherman's Wharf was still called Meigg's Wharf. Someone would make the rounds of the moored fishing boats, calling out for for contributions to a common, festive stew. One fisherman would toss a nice, fat fish into the bucket, another would drop in a succulent Dungeness crab, another some herbs and vegetables. The cry that prompted each contribution was :Chip In!, Chip In!". But coming from an Italian throat, this American slang had to end in a vowel. And the "in" was, of course "een". So "Chip-een-o" was born. It's been 100 years, but the Italian fishermen are still here, and so is Cioppino, which is our signature dish. Our Cioppino is so good we named our restaurant after it.

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Alexa Walls en
I really enjoyed this place. We had a reservation , but we ended up going in early for happy hour, which had some really great deals, especially for the pricey touristy area. The Cioppino was really great and SO filling. Servers and bartenders were all nice. I'd recommend Cioppinos if you're visiting the area and plan to stop at the Wharf. GooglePlace - July 2017
Jackie lovie en
Service was great! it was our first time there we are from Hesperia, Ca. highly recommend it. The food was delicious! and not expensive at all. the pizza is amazing and the mozzarella cakes i absolutely loved but those are a bit pricey to be honest. GooglePlace - June 2017
Georgia Miller en
The staff were extremely friendly, and our waiter was exceptional. However, we waited 45+ minutes for our food to arrive and when it arrived it was wrong and had to be sent back. In the end, we just ended up leaving, waiter very lovely and apologetic. Great staff, average food. GooglePlace - June 2017
Rafael Rodriguez en
Where to start with this place. My fiancee and I went here to get something to eat and my review is below. Service: It didn't leave an impression on me. It wasn't anything spectacular nor was it below par. Atmosphere: It had a sea-faring theme and was pretty casual. Since we sat near the bar, we don't know if this is a family-friendly place to go. I assume since there were seats outside, that it is but I would double check to make sure. Food: Oh man, the food was really enjoyable. We just wanted a kind of quick bite and ended up getting a whole pizza between us. I must say, one of the best pizza's I've ever had. The ingredients were spot on and I could taste every flavor. Very well done. Price: Unfortunately, this is why I have to give this place a 4 star instead of 5. The food here was on the pricey side. Had some of the other elements meet or exceeded expectations, I would say it was a good trade off but this wasn't the case. For a whole pizza and dessert for two, it ended up costing $45 + tip + tax. Other than the mentioned above, not a bad place to visit. GooglePlace - June 2017
John Wei en
Food was delicious. Highly recommend. Staff was really friendly. The shrimp aurora, margarita pizza, and the cioppino was heavenly. The portions were generous with out being too much or too rich. Highly recommend if looking for a family dining option or Italian fare. The service was also very good, our server Edgar was especially nice. He was quick, efficient, and polite; he even gave us an extra chowder soup free of charge! All around a fantastic restaurant. One of my favorites in San Francisco, would definitely recommend and look forward to coming again. One tip is to get here early, as they won't always have tables open due to being very popular. GooglePlace - April 2017