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Kokkari Estiatorio
Kokkari Estiatorio
  • Address:
    200 Jackson St.
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Mediterranean
    Price: $31 to $50

Kokkari Estiatorio Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kokkari.com
  • Phone: (415) 981-0983
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm -11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar Menu: Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Erik Cosselmon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The semi-private and private dining areas can accommodate groups from six to two hundred. The restaurant is also available for buy-outs.
  • Private Party Contact: Caroline Shea (415) 981-0983

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking ($8) evenings from 5:00pm
A word from Kokkari Estiatorio
Kokkari (pronounced “Ko-Kar-ee”) is a small fishing village located on the islands of Samos in the Aegean Sea, whose name is derived from the small onions that were once produced in the nearby fields. Its fertile soil and Mediterranean climate translated into an abundance of fresh produce as well as treasured seafood and game. Legend tells that Kokkari is the site where Orion, a mighty hunter and a young man of gigantic stature and great beauty, fell in love with the daughter of the king of Chios. For the love of her, Orion forged the island for wild game and seafood to prepare elaborate banquets in celebration of their love. Today, we hope you will enjoy your own celebration as you dine at Kokkari Estiatorio on food “fit for the Gods” prepared with an Aegean palate and the style of innovative California fare.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "Mediterranean flavor, the lamb is excellent so is the service the hostess and waiter welcome like family, should go there when in San Francisco."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Best Greek food I have tasted anywhere here in the States- I am Greek, and grew up on all the food served here, and it is if my yiayia put her hands in everything. Great atmosphere, restaurant plays Greek music in the background. Have eaten here at least a dozen times, and I live in Dallas but return here every trip that brings me to SF. All menu items are authentic and delicious. You will leave satisfied from this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Lives up to its great name. Traditional Greek menu items but also new and exciting ones to try. Excellent service by our waiter. Would love to come back here if ever in San Fran again (we are from Australia)."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This restaurant came highly recommended from several friends and did not disappoint. The food was perfect, service impeccable, and atmosphere awesome. Will highly recommend this place to friends and family."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My wife and I come here on most of our special occasions. The dinners are good but we usually just get a variety of their wonderful small plates."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We asked to order a specific drink from the bar(no drink menu fyi) and we were told that a specific ingredient necessary for our drink of choice was missing from the bar a few months ago when somebody else ordered this drink.what? Hmm, I was suggesting to please see if it may have arrived today. Waiter insisted that probably not and I had to plead with him to please check again.We really wanted those drinks and were a bit disappointed that there was no drink menu with fancy drinks but a humongous bar. it turned out that the bartender had in the meantime purchased the missing ingredients and voila we finally after pulling a few teeth, we got our drinks. but, boy the hassle to convince him to be a waiter."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Fantastic food and good ambience as always. Had trouble with my reservation and was treated as an outsider until I proved it. Lunch service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had a great time, the hostess was very nice and the food was great! A must do!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had four first courses, two entrees and two desserts...the desserts were good but everything else was truly exquisite! Great restaurant, I could eat there every night of my visits to SF..."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "LOVED everything about the entire experience! Found great reviews on Yelp and our dinner still exceeded all expectations! Wanted to try everything so opted to not to get an entree but dive into all their awesome appetizers. Had the lamb riblets (#1 thing to try), grilled octopus, lamb meatballs, grape leaves, hummus and pita (although its not called hummus), fried zucchini and spanikopita. I would pretty much order everything again because it really was a feast. Then for dessert we got the baklava (I'm a huge fan and had to try it) and subbed the ice cream for baklava ice cream too (our waitress said we could order like this since I was stuck between the too). OMG was all we kept saying all night and I'd HIGHLY recommend this place!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The maître d was fantastic. Upon arrival we told him we're entertaining clients & he insisted (w/ a smile) on putting us in the main dining room. Our clients are foodies & were impressed with the ambiance, food & service. Thank you all very much!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I'm glad I made a reservation beforehand because the place was quite crowded when we went there for lunch on Friday. There were a number of people waiting by the door for a table. Our server was genuinely friendly and attentive. We ordered the zucchini cakes, grilled lamb chops, and baklava, all of which were superb. The grilled lamb chops were flavorful, tender, and juicy. On another note, while the baklava was good, it would have been too sweet had there not been the vanilla-praline ice cream on the side. All in all, I will definitely come back here again to try the saghanaki, salmon, and souvlaki."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Something must have changed at Kokkari that's to its detriment. Food just isn't the same. Must be a new chef. Have been here many times and loved the creativity and flavor. Food was bland and a side of potatoes tasteless. Prawns used to have a marvelous tomato sauce that's gone. Won't be returning."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "After all these years I'm impressed that Kokkari continues to shine. The food is always delicious and the service is friendly, professional and knowledgeable. It continues to be one of the best restaurants in SF."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Kokarri is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. The lamb chops are fantastic and the fish very fresh. Other favorites are the Tzatziki and the grilled octopus. George is the most fun waiter."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The best greek food out of greece we have eaten - we ordered a lot of mezze, and all were great, particularly the zuchinni fritters and the calamari. Would have loved to see santorini tomato fritters on the menu too, but cant have everything! Will be back (just as soon as we can get another reservation!) and try the larger plates. If in a group of 6, the table infront of the fire, where they spit roast meat, is a must-have table. Extremly fast and attentive service."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Instead of tzadziki, melitzanasalata, taramasalata etc separate at $8.50 each w lots pita + some cucumbers on EACH plate, why not offer a combo? Not enough room on table for 3 plates. We ended up taking pita home. We had also been served French bread!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! From appetizers to entrees to dessert, superior quality and preparation. Really excellent."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This has become my "go to" restaurant in SF for business meetings because it's comfortable and not unbearably loud, and it is also a great place to eat, which is the point. It is breathtakingly expensive and I don't eat there often if it's not for business, though. Everything I've had on the menu is excellent. The vegetables are fresh and well-prepared, and not needlessly drenched. The meats are very flavorful and have incredible sauces. The dishes are right sized. The waiters are excellent and make sure you have a great experience. There is always something good to try, and it's always good. Oh, and so far they are holding the line on putting bacon or bacon-derived products on their food. Yay. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Daria was spectacular! Great, friendly service in a crowded restaurant. Exceptional."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had an early reservation (6:15). The hostess was very pleasant and we were seated promptly. We were in the back dining room, where it seems to be a little cooler because you are away from the fireplace where the food is being spit roasted. The staff was spot on, very familiar with the menu and service couldn't have been better. Then there was the food. Excellent. Everything was wonderful. The lamb chops are fab and the wood-fired fish was perfect. Although we did order main courses, I could have been happy just having appetizers. Couldn't have had a lovelier experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything was excellent except that our guest was made to wait for 15 or 20 minutes before bringing brought to our table. The maître d' had our name (it was on our reservation ) and we gave him our guest's name. He assured us that he would bring her to our table as soon as she arrived. She was caught in the shuffle, apparently and we had to go looking for her after waiting for half an hour. That was the only downside to the meal. But it was unfortunate because our guest had traveled a considerable distance to meet us at this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Every time I eat here I fall more and more in love. The food is authentic, delicious, and high quality. The presentation of everything is wonderful. I ordered a cocktail before sitting down and the bartender was a little stuffy, but that's really the only negative, and even then, who cares? Daria is fabulous. She's waited on me multiple times and I highly recommend asking for her as a server. She's very knowledgeable about the menu, friendly yet professional, and is always at the table when you need her, no matter how busy she is. Between spectacular food and some of the best service I've ever had, the ambiance really tops it all off. It's pricy (easy to spend $200 on dinner for 2), but worth every last penny."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We wish this restaurant had come to our attention sooner. We can't wait to go back. Three of us shared 4 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 3 desserts for 3 people & were well fed. We enjoyed the roasted lamb and the raviolis (with mushrooms) which were cooked to perfection. The watermelon appetizer with Feta cheese and pine nuts was even enjoyed by one of us who doesn't care for watermelon. Even the drinks were perfect! The ambience is very cozy yet also sophisticated. Our waiter, Max, presented with just the right amount of attentiveness. We live out of the immediate area or we would return right away. The evening was well worth the price!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Wonderful place to go for a special occasion- warm, inviting atmosphere, welcoming and professional staff, great selection of delicious dishes and wine. Just walking through the dining rooms you can sense the enthusiasm people are feeling for their individual experience. Reminds you of what fine dining was like before it became so trendy and "style over substance". The owners have a good sense of how to provide a wonderful evening- and they deliver. A little more pricey than I would like- but probably no surprise to someone looking to spend alittle more for a special occasion- not exorbitant. The fact that every table was filled with happy people as we left on a Saturday evening at 10:00, is a good indication of how good the place is-"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Used to love it...now i like it. Been here a few times and this time they missed the mark. Service is good but the food is salty to a fault and it lacked that special something you look for in a $100 lunch. We'll be back...probably for dinner"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A friend who used to live in SF recommended this to my wife and I. We owe her a great deal. This was an excellent meal and very reasonably priced. If you are looking for good Greek food, or just a solid restaurant with great atmosphere, this is the place. Not pretentious, but upscale. Will repeat every time we are in town."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant in the City. Met friends for dinner. Fish was superb. A bit noisy"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have been wanting to go to Kokkari for several years. We live in the East Bay, and it is not super convenient. However, when my husband asked me where I wanted to eat for my birthday, the restaurant came immediately to mind. It was a lovely finale to a great day in the city. We were greeted warmly by the receptionist, who immediately wished me a happy birthday. We were quickly seated in the front room. Our head waiter, Max, was engaging and his suggestions did not disappoint. Wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. We decided to order only appetizers (about 9). Favorites were the zucchini cakes, grilled artichoke and eggplant, grilled calamari, and grilled octopus. Yogurt dessert and Greek coffee yummy too!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "At the top of SF's best restaurants. Consistently one of our favorites, on all fronts."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great Greek salad. Had the chicken kabob -- and it was really overdone and dry. I'm a regular, so this was disappointing. I probably should have selected the lamb dishes, which always seems to be the best. The half chickens on Fridays should be offered every day because it has less chance of being overdone on a spit roaster, and it's FABULOUS. My partner really enjoyed all the appetizers."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Kokkari, and it didn't disappoint. Kind of a rustic chic decor that we enjoyed very much. Food was innovative in preparation and presented beautifully. Waiter was efficient, paid attention, and had a personality. One problem that turned into a favorable outcome - we were initially seated at what I would consider the worst table in the restaurant immediately adjacent to the waiters kiosk, so at times we had three butts facing us. After 10 minutes I went back to the hostess stand and politely registered my complaint. The restaurant was busy as always, but they made swift work of finding us another table without any complaint. I suspect we weren't first to complain about this table. Nevertheless a 5-star result."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Kokkari is one of THE top restaurants in San Francisco, and coming from New York, the entire country. Absolutely the best Greek cuisine outside of Athens. Their mezzes are "to die for"--meatballs, gigantes (amazing), and kalmata pita (sensational). Add to that the best galaktooureko on the planet!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We were glad to have an Open Table reservation as this place filled up quickly around us as we changed our 12:15 pm reservation to 11:30 am as our schedule permitted arriving when Kokkari opened. Monday taverna mussel special was an easy choice, served with grilled bread to sop up the tasty sauce, and did not disappoint. The smelt starter was generous, served with garlicky Skordalia purée. The waiter revealed chickpea flour and soy oil preparation was the secret to the light, miraculously virtually greaseless fried smelt. Lamb riblets were tasty as was eggplant 'melitzanosalata' with pita bread. Kokkari for lunch was more pleasant and quiet than the Palo Alto sister restaurant Evvia, where tasty food is also served."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Just can't praise Kokkari enough, except to say that any trip to SF absolutely MUST include an evening at this divine restaurant (if not two!!)"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I go to Kokkari as often as I can, because it is such a special place. I feel well taken care of every time I go. Food is fantastic, ambience is welcoming and comfortable. I look forward to going there in the early summer, especially, because it is squash blossom season. They prepare this delicate seasonal ingredient so well. I have had this dish at other restaurants but no places does better than Kokkari. I will be looking for another excuses to go back soon!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " I am part Greek and familiar with the food. I invited my friend to try Greek food. We had five appetizers and shared an entree and dessert. They were so bland. The dolmas had no flavor, it was like eating dry mint on it's own. The baked cheese was covered with red peppers, capers and tasted awful. The spanakopitas had barely any filing and over baked... The greens that came with the fish had the stems attached and they tasted boiled than sautéed. The baklava was even worse, my tongue burnt from the cloves and cinnamon and the filo was burnt, we did not finish. I Paid almost $200.00 for what I considered one of the worst meals I've had. I was so embarrassed that i took my friend there, and apologized repeatedly. Never again. Hated it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything here is always great. I have learned to make reservations at least a week in advance, and on the way in, to have a look at what is roasting in the fireplace. That is usually the key to enjoying a very fine dinner here."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This place would not even be in my top 50 places in the Bay Area. Lamb chops were Luke warm. The strawberry pudding was unedible as it was totally drenched in syrup. The roasted beets was smothered in a cream sauce. Overdone How this has gotten good reviews is surprising."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Kokkari´s mix of excellent food and outstanding ambience make it a great venue for a romantic dinner, despite the higher than expected noise level. We had a wonderful evening with my wife and will be sure to come again next time we´re in SF."
    Dined on 6/27/2014