San Francisco is famous for a few things: the Golden Gate Bridge, fog and cioppino. We’re in the thick of crab season, the perfect time to order a bowl of the fish stew that originated in the City by the Bay. When it comes this tasty tomato sauce-based dish, every restaurant seems to have its own style. We’ve scoured the area for the best cioppino in San Francisco and come up with these places, including one in Sausalito.
1 Murray Circle
Executive Chef Justin Everett takes great pride in all of his food but one dish in particular that has always been on the menu at Cavallo Point's signature restaurant: the fresh ocean stew. What started out as a very classic bouillabaisse has grown into a deep red broth, inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge that diners can gaze at as they devour this dish that includes gulf prawns, shellfish, Monterey squid, housemade chorizo and Rancho Gordo heirloom beans. One thing we particularly love about the fish here is you can best believe it has never been on an airplane! You can even learn how to make your own during Cioppino Night at The Cooking School at Cavallo Point.
602 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965
2 Tadich Grill
There's a reason this San Francisco institution serves over 22,000 orders of its seafood cioppino every year. The signature dish on California's oldest restaurant, which has been around for over 160, includes includes clams, prawns, scallops, bay shrimp, crab meat, mussels and white fish, all simmered in a tomato-based sauce and served with garlic toast. Know that you'll have to wait for a seat at this fave seafood eatery that accepts no reservations, but also know that it is worth it to eat this cioppino.
240 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
3 Bar Agricole
Bar Agricole chef Melissa Reitz’s take on San Francisco’s traditional fish stew features local Dungeness crab, cod, clams, mussels and saffron mayonnaise. It's on the menu every day but every Sunday night during crab season there is also Bar Agricole Cioppino Nights, where for $50, you can enjoy salad, cioppino and dessert (service fee included). Photo: Chris Hanawalt
355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
4 Woodhouse Fish Company
Whether you dine at the Pacific Heights location or the Woodhouse Fish Co. on Market Street, you're sure to love the incredible cioppino that includes massive chunks of fish along with crab, clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops. The meal would be incomplete without delish garlic bread!
1914 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
How could we NOT include a restaurant named after the famous dish on our list of best places for cioppino in San Francisco? Even Mario Batali has praised the cioppino at this Fisherman Wharf's tradition owned by fourth-generation San Franciscans who take great pride in their city and restaurant. The signature dish at Cioppino's is a bountiful seafood extravaganza of dungeness crab, clams, mussels, snapper, calamari, shrimp and tomatoes braised in a fennel scented stew. Served with sourdough toast, of course.
400 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94109