Seafood and San Francisco…can two things possibly be any more perfect together? If you are looking for Italian and seafood, Cioppino’s is one place to put on your list for sure! Located right on Jefferson Street in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, it would be hard to miss this cute little place! Cioppino’s was all decked out in red, white and green with flowers blooming everywhere. It was easy to see why they had a patio full of people soaking up the warm sunny day. Such a welcoming place for lunch.
Cioppino’s is a very warm and inviting restaurant. They really make you feel like you are coming into their home instead of a business. The hostess was nice enough to sit us next to one of the giant windows right up front. We were able to see out onto the patio and feel the breeze coming in thru the large window without getting too much sun. The restaurant bar was located right next to the main entrance and featured a giant sculpture and bright skylights. It was really nice to have so much natural light coming in.
Taking a look at the menu, we found that there were many options available and they all sounded pretty wonderful. We asked the waiter for his suggestions and he gave us a few ideas that were spot on for what we were hoping to find for lunch! For an appetizer, we decided on the Caprese and the Red Chili Shrimp and Calamari and for the main, we couldn’t pass on trying their signature dish and namesake, the cioppino, along with the fish & chips and the roasted shellfish medley.
Appetizers came out just in time because we were starting to get hungry! The Caprese was a fresh mozzarella with roma tomato and large fresh basil leaves finished with a drizzle of balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper. This appetizer is very light and refreshing while the balsamic drizzle was a bit on the sweeter side. The spicy red chili shrimp and calamari was just as described…a red chili sauce with garlic, white wine, bell pepper, onion with a side of gorgonzola crostini. For those who may be wondering…yes it really is a bit spicy, but a very tasty and flavorful dish!
Following right behind the appetizers was the main course. What did we get again? Oh yeah, the fish and chips, roasted shellfish medley and cioppino. The fish and chips was such a treat! The pieces of fish were pretty generous portions and the breading was not too thick. The breading did not seem to be spicy and it was not greasy like fish and chips can be sometimes. The seafood platter ending up being a gigantic mound of food that seemed like an impossible task to finish it all. This dish came overflowing with Dungeness crab legs, jumbo prawns, clams and roasted mussels. WOW…what a dish! This one could easily have been shared by two people! Last but certainly not least..the cioppino. A chunky tomato sauce with calamari, crab, shrimp, mussels and some slices of bread. This one was so yummy and even though there was no way I could eat it all, I definitely did not let the seafood go to waste! The cioppino was amazing and I can see why this is their signature dish!
Having eaten way too much food (totally worth it!) it was time to head out and start walking. We needed to work of some of that lunch! We decided to head over to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Madame Tussauds San Francisco using our Go San Francisco Card to skip the ticket lines and get right in!
If you are heading that way be sure to check them out or visit their website: http://cioppinos.letseat.at/ to see the latest menu or make a reservation.
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