Went to dinner at Scoma's my first night in town. I visit the restaurant every time I am in San Francisco specifically for the cioppino. I realize it may not be the best in town and surely the locals know of better, but when you are visiting San Fran and staying on the Wharf it is an excellent option and one worth considering. In my travels it is the best version of this dish I have had. Being able to walk from your hotel in less than 5 minutes certainly helps, but I would catch a cab to go if I was staying somewhere else in the city.
The building is older and the views not an impressive as others places in the area, but honestly I would give up the view for better quality food every time. I have certainly not eaten at every restaurant in the area, but I have been to enough and always come back to Scoma's for my seafood fix.
Of note, Scoma's does not take reservations and works on a first-come, first-serve basis. During busier times, the wait can get to a substantial level. In talking with the hostess, their busy times are between 7 pm and 9 pm nightly. We went at 5:30 and were seated immediately and upon leaving at 7:15 there was a crowd waiting for tables.
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