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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Andrew De Young en
To big and busy. One bartender working very hard and fast, can't blame him for zero time to answere questions. They should have 3 bartenders. Apps small portions but good. Drinks, lots if ice high price. GooglePlace - October 2017
Ádám Máté en
I can recommend this restaurant. Had a bowl of clam chowder (really great), a plate of fish and chips (good), and two beer-flights (tastings of four local craft beers). The meals were great all together, and the Family liked theirs as well. Our service was great too. Worth to check it out. GooglePlace - September 2017
Jessica Al en
Awesome! We weren't sure whether this would be a tourist trap or not- it sure wasn't! The server was very friendly and prompt. I can't remember her name but she was a very kind red-headed girl; she did a great job! My husband and I shared the Cioppino dish, it was to die for. A little spicy, but if spices don't bother you then you will definitely enjoy it. We sat on the patio, which was great for people watching and had a great Italian bistro like atmosphere. Their menu had a lot of different seafood dishes, I recommend giving this place a try. GooglePlace - August 2017
Ambrose Chan en
Great selection of food in the menu. The atmosphere was fun and inviting. The waitress was super friendly along with great service. The other waiters all seemed to work really hard and a great pace. I would definitely go back to this restaurant the next time I visit San Francisco. GooglePlace - August 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