Ciopinot

4.6
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191 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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About

Featuring fresh seafood, American Waygu steaks, oyster bar, premier wine list, all in an urban downtown location. Voted 'Best Of' in several categories year after year including Best Restaurant, Best Seafood, and more.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steakhouse, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(805) 547-1111
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Robson Holland
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Higuera
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 191 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for 9 business partners from different countries, the experience was perfect and they all enjoyed the evening.

EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was good but very expensive. Not many gluten free or vegan options.
This is a sea food grill and NOT a Chilean restaurant as is posted elsewhere. We had a good experience but our pocket book was pinched. I am willing to pay top dollar for truly amazing food and this fell a bit short of that so good food but not great value.

RT
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent our anniversary here and were not disappointed. The cioppino was excellent (better be...right?) and service attentive.

P
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our top favorites in San Luis Obispo. Consistently fabulous service and food.

DV
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday group of 8 people; everyone raved about their choice of entree. Our waitress was exceptional!

M
Washington DC
229 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend who I hadn't seen in nearly 3 decades was in SLO and wanted to meet for a nice meal to catch up on life...my first choice was Ciopinot, not only because of their amazing seafood, but because of the brilliant service! We enjoyed an amazing evening, thank you for providing the ambience and nourishment! :)

MS
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service from Annie. Love the food and atmosphere. Our favorite special occasion restaurant.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

25th anniversary

p
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating here! The food is always good. Although on the expensive side, we have never had a bad meal. Love the oysters and the cioppino!

JK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go after touring vineyards - no corking fee for the first 4 bottles! And very good food with a cool ambiance. We'll be back!

MS
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to restaurant for special occasions. Love the food, service and no corkage for the first four bottles of wine we bring in.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Despite reservation table wasn’t ready.
They made it up offering free appetizer but service wasn’t fast enough.

DS
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and overall great experience. Food delivery was a bit slow but that was more an issue with the kitchen not our wait staff.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!

EG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciopinot never fails us! Whenever we are in the area, it is always the first place we plan to go. Tonight was no exception. Be sure to try the Greek Calamari and Shrimp entree. Soooo delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our first time at Ciopinot and we had a fabulous meal. Service started slow, but as soon as we ordered our drinks and oysters casino, service level picked up. I loved the Work Cioppino, it tasted divine and it had a LOT of seafood. My husband ordered the diver scallop special and it was nicely prepared. Oh, and the bread was awesome!

HM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a day of wine tasting and bottle buying, this is the perfect place to enjoy your purchases with great food. There is no corkage fee for the first 4 bottles, which makes this dining experience even better.

CA
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food is very good. Have been here many times. However this time the swordfish was on the verge of being over cooked. The garlic mashed were dry and thick I would have liked my veggies to be different other than the same old pencil thin asparagus. The mussels were delish.

MS
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails to deliver, my favorite in SLO.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time!

C
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The snapper was delicious. Dessert was been better!!

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Given the prices, I expected better. Warm bread was nice but pretty difficult to spread rock-hard nearly frozen butter. For a place that touts its wine selection, no vintages are listed on the wine list. That's inexcusable for a restaurant at this price level. Ordered a bottle of Champagne. Server came out with something different (and not on the list) asking me if it was okay as she couldn't find what I ordered. Fine by me. Each Champagne flute they gave our table was different. Whatever. Ordered a bottle of Chardonnay. There were nice Burgundy stems on our table which would have been ideal for the wine. Those were whisked away and we were given standard red wine glasses. Again, whatever. Didn't want to make a fuss.

Food-wise, everything was very overcooked. Swordfish was dry and tough. So were the prawns. And avoid the ill-conceived Stuffed Mexican Prawns - prawns stuffed with Jack cheese, wrapped in bacon, breaded, and deep fried and served with a sweet cocktail sauce. Probably one of the most bizarre dishes I have ever had. I blame myself for ordering it. Desserts did not go well. Blueberry cobbler seemed like it had been made quite a few days ago as the topping was totally soggy and had lost all of its texture. Chocolate mousse parfait was grainy.

We will not be returning.

AR
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night for my wife and I. The service and food were Turkey exelent . We both had Chilean Sea Bass. It was prepared perfectly

D
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Buen sitio para comer o cenar pedir el CIOPINO , es fantástico

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WK
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional, the food 100% good... even for the non-fish person in our group. Nice wine selection, terrific mixed drinks. The appetizer was a terrific pick as well.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our final, celebratory “say goodbye” dinner to our son, who was starting school at Cal Poly. It was perfect!

DX
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This restaurant is the culinary equivalent of “meh”. It’s an Applebee’s at twice the price.

NW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite lovely

DC
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good, we went back the next night for more! Enjoyed it very much! And Alex was an EXCELLENT server, paid real attention to us and our party all night both nights!

TV
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I try to make it to Ciopinot whenever I'm in the SLO area.
The food is fantastic, the vibe is great, and they have fantastic wines to chose from.
hat's not to like? Nothing!

JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, ambiance and service. Prices very reasonable.

w
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spectacular fresh fish. Our server was very attentive, yet unobtrusive. A fantastic dinner!

BG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family gathered at Ciopinot's to celebrate my husband's birthday. The restaurant is located in a very old brick building and in interior is lovely. Our waitress was excellent as was the food. I would highly recommend Ciopinot.

L
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening - great wait staff person!

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a real find. We happened to come across it online and we were not disappointed. From the moment we walked in, we were greeted as if we were regulars. Bartenders were knowledgeable and friendly and once we were seated, the superb service continued. Everything was amazing from the food to the service to the knowledge from the staff. We recommend the place to 3 other people the next day and will continue to recommend it. By far, one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been too.

NC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Cheese plate excellent. Mixed seafood grill special excellent also

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good seafood and steak options. Warm bread was a hit with our kids. Enjoyed the "No Work" Ciopino

BG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been here three times now and have enjoyed all of our visits. The food is excellent and we (again) split the generous portion of cioppino and the beet salad. We came in just after a multi-hour power outage in downtown SLO, so there were very few diners, but the service from Molly was great, and the food excellent as always.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in SLO. I won’t eat Chipinot anywhere else!