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“Incredible wine list”
Review of Ciopinot

Ciopinot
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Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 13 January 2014

The name indicates what to expect. Ciopinot is an amalgam of cioppino and pinot noir, and that is the reason for selecting this restaurant. Of course, there are many other dishes on the menu and many other wines, but I would suggest that diners go with the flow. The ciopino is very good, and the servings are so large that we were unable to finish them. Of course we might have passed on appetizers. In talking with our wait person afterwards, she told us that we could have split one order.

I did not count how many pinots were in the wine list, but I believe there must have been about 150, probably all of them excellent. Several outstanding ones, from my experience, were Dehlinger, Dumol, and Kosta Browne. But the wines are pricey, and I did not select one of those three because I am averse to cracking three figures for a bottle of wine. Instead, I chose Roar, which was the restaurant's recommendation to accompany ciopino. It was an excellent wine.

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Reviewed 7 January 2014

We had a fantastic New Years Eve dining experience, under the stars on the heated outside patio at Ciopinot! The place was so festive and although every table was full, we had excellent service! We split the "no work" ciopinno--so delicious and more than enough for two, with wonderful warm bread for dipping. The dark chocolate mousse for dessert is the best I have had and went well with champagne! By the way, there is free corkage, so this is an added bonus for dining at Ciopinot!

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Reviewed 6 January 2014

Stopped in on a recommendation from vineyard and it didnt disappoint! We had the no work cioppino, wonderful blend of flavors! Tuna trio appetizer was great also and...... Best.... No corking fee brought our wine in! Best experience of the trip

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We stayed at Granada Bistro and loved it and where able to walk to this place.
We came on Thursday night around 8:20 pm (around craziness of Farmers market) and had great food especially their signature dish "no work" Ciapinot which was amazing and delicious. The salad and sauteed mushrooms were amazing as well and we brought our own wine and they didnt charge a corkage fee!

The only downside was felt the service was a little slow (friendly but slow) for not being really busy (it was about 60% capacity) and felt that it wasnt waiters fault as I felt they had too many tables (management issue ?, understaffed?)

Other than that would recommend this place and come back here.

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Reviewed 18 December 2013

This was our first visit to SLO and had only one evening for a meal. We couldn't have made a better choice. We had dinner at the bar and Paul the bartender greatly enhanced the dining experience.He was knowledgeable about the menu and the SLO area.
We started with the tuna trio appetizer which was excellent, fresh and tasty. The beet salad was a great second course. For an entrée we shared the "No Work" Cioppino with fresh crab (no sharing charge). One of the best seafood dishes I have ever had.
The décor and furnishings in the establishment are extremely tasteful and the restoration of the building is extraordinary and well done.
I've never been to a restaurant that allows you bring a bottle of your own wine without a corkage charge and they don't make you feel guilty for doing it.
Leonard the owner is a most gracious host and truly makes you feel at home.
We'll be making a repeat trip back to SLO and this restaurant will be a main reason for returning.

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