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Ciopinot

1051 Nipomo St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
(805) 547 - 1111
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
San Luis Obispo, CA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I've eaten here a half dozen times over the last few years and every time it has been excellent. The decor is very appealing: brick walls, open rafters with a vaulted ceiling, nice subdued lighting, and well-controlled acoustics that allow you to converse in a normal manner. Overall the place seems more sophisticated than most places in the area and... More

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Los Osos, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Very good seafood and first rate service, but - you pay a steep price. 15-20% overpriced in my opinion compared to the competition in the same class of restaurant locally. Perhaps it's a growing (unfortunately) trend in SLO as a couple of places are trying out "big city" prices - but, for now, I'll be eating at other places.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Excellent seafood. Lovely atmosphere. Good service. No corkage fee for wine. I highly recommend for special occasions.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I live in San Luis Obispo and suggested to a friend who was visiting that we have dinner at Ciopinot. We were both very pleased with our meals. I had the fish tacos from the appetizer menu for my dinner that was delicious and larger than expected; and he had sea bass dredged in seasoned arrowroot and pan fried. It... More

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San Diego, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

As this was Valentine's Day evening, we have to give credit to the servers and Maitre D'/host for running a tight ship - we sneaked a reservation on the 'phone and arrived on time. We were seated within 10 minutes and dealt with efficiently and with charm. The corkage deal here attracted us but we forgot our wine!! So we... More

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Redwood City, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Followed other contributors advice...but my experience was not as good.... Cesar salad had very little dressing and when asked no anchovies on two of our 3 salads ordered...2 came w/anchovies...no biggie...but....our wine was never replenished in our glasses... no biggie again.....we can serve ourselves...BUT 50 minutes after our salad was served until our meals were plated?..not so good... waitress did... More

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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My husband carefully studied the choices for our first dress up evening out since we began our travels from Wisconsin after Christmas. He checked trip advisor, had studied the menu, knew what he would order and guessed what I would. Reservations were made for 5 PM. We arrived about 5 minutes early. The parking lot was filled already. When we... More

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Santa Monica, CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We arrived, were warmly greeted and promptly seated in this restaurant with nice high ceilings and lots of space. The menu was excellent and the wine list above adequate. We weren't very hungry so started with their excellent calamari – the breading was light and simple – which was served with three sauces. We followed with a very tasty white... More

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Laguna Niguel, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Walked into the restaurant and waited at least 10 minutes to be noticed by someone (anyone). No greeter, the manager was making merry with acquaintances. We got a lot of glances, but NEVER anyone that said they'd be with us in a minute. Yes the restaurant was full. Servers and cocktails were passing us by, but no one stopped to... More

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19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We had a wonderful evening at Ciopinot. One of our group is allergic to shellfish. The staff were very conscientious about making sure there was no cross contamination. They have a great wine list, but also no corkage fee for up to four bottles of wine if you feel like bringing your own. The 'no work' cioppino was easily enough... More

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