Mike, I have been to Scoma's many time, it has never failed. The restaurant is just off the main street down a very narrow alley, easy to miss. The food has always been good, good clam chowder, good seafood and pasta combo dishes. If your eating on the Wharf, knowing how touristy the Wharf is, Scomas is the place. I'm not saying Scoma's Cioppino is the best in SF, I'm saying you will not be disappointed. Eat the Cioppino like an Italian, (Both hands moving) bread in one hand while spooning the flavorful tomato seafood broth up with the other. A great Cioppino should make you want to pick up the bowl and drink every drop...Scoma's is a busy place, try to get a spot at the bar, relax your on vacation in a real busy tourist area..........Make the waiting part of the journey, have fun Mike..................Bill
Sadly, I have to say that Scoma's was the only bad meal I had in SF last month. The clam chowder tasted like it was from a can with flour added so you could stand the spoon up straight. I ordered fresh halibut and it seemed more like frozen. The prices were ridiculous for it too----$10 for a CUP of chowder.
My picks for great meals? The Hog Island Oyster Company in the Ferry Building was awesome. Clam chowder was different but some of the best I have had. Scala's Bistro had awesome duck liver terrine and roasted duck breast.
Cioppino? It's been a while since I have ordered it out, since it is one of the more popular dishes I make when I have company. I might have to try that place "Cioppino's" though----I do love cioppino!
Ed, at one time Scoma's was the place to go, it was the old New York kind of Waiters and the food was great. I think in todays world there are better places to get a great meal in SF. I'm not sure I would put Scoma's at the top of the list anymore, it has a following that the food didn't keep up with the hype and tradition. It's really to bad, but it looks like the whole Wharf is a tourist trap. San Francisco is like any other town, the Roadfood places need to be sough out with some new fresh ideas.................pnwc...........P.S I remember the words to a Niel Diamond song
It used to be so natural
To talk about forever
But 'used to be's' don't count anymore
They just lay on the floor
'Til we sweep them away
I hate to see the old time great restaurants go away. I think it's time to say, ' used to be's don't count anymore they just lay on the floor Til we sweep them away. If someone asked me if I could relive a special memory, I would be 4 years old sitting on a stool at Woolworth's, next to my Mom, eating a English muffin and drinking hot chocolate. ........................Bill