Kokkari Estiatorio
Kokkari Estiatorio

Kokkari Estiatorio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kokkari.com/
  • Phone: 4159810983
  • 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, Contemporary European, Greek
  • 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 4159810983

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Kokkari Estiatorio reviews from OpenTable diners
437 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (303)fit for foodies (289)romantic (222)notable wine list (164)good for groups (151)hot spot (135)neighborhood gem (112)great for lunch (111)vibrant bar scene (73)late-night find (31)kid-friendly (17)great for brunch (16)great for outdoor dining (10)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Impeccable service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Came here with my wife and young son while visiting from Los Angeles. The food was great and the ambiance was warm and inviting. Best of all though was the spectacular service we had! Doug, Brit, Jeff and several others were so friendly to us and our son that we felt as if we were family. It was by far the best, most impressive service we have ever encountered. We will be eating here any time we're in the city.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic dining experience!
    Sonia
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I'm glad that I made reservations at Kokkari for our anniversary dinner. Although we weren't seated in the main dining room with the plush full-back chairs & fireplace, I was still impressed with the rustic charm that was present in the back dining area. Our waiter was very knowledgeable & provided excellent service throughout the meal. We brought our own wine to dinner and it accompanied the meal very well. I will say that the portions sizes are very generous, so you could easily share an entree if you wanted to. My husband ordered the lamb chops which were fine except just a tad chewy. I ordered the famous braised lamb shank, and while delicious, I had to give up on the dish after about 10 bites - it was just too filling! Order lightly :)
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HeatherVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I wanted to try this restaurant based on all the excellent reviews I read prior to going to San Francisco for vacation. It truly lived up, and I would recommmend to others and will return when I get back to SF!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • fantastic food and service
    Albina
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We ordered 4 appetizers to share between 2 people and this was more than enough food for us given that the portions were quite generous for appetizers. The service was very nice and the ambiance of the restaurants was also quite lovely. Each dish was skillfully prepared and had a wonderful taste. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at this restaurant. It was one of the best meals we had on our trip to San Francisco/Sonoma/Napa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Kokkari is one of my favorite restaurnts and probably the restuarnts I have gone to the most in SF. It's wonderful for any occasion, romantic dinners, birthday dinners, group dinners, work events. The food is amazing, you wont go wrong
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Kokkari
    LoveGreatFoodandService
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My second visit to Kokkari was just as good as my first. Kokkari is a neighborhood gem. I first decided to go to Kokkari because it was highly recommended by a grad school classmate who was renting an apartment in the area. Although my first visit was drastically different because it was a business lunch, and the second visit was a special birthday celebration, the staff was very accommodating and the food rustic and fresh as usual. I would recommend Kokkari for its ability to please its diners.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I went here for my birthday and I can honestly say that this is one of the best restaurant that we have been to. The service was great and the server was very informative about the menu items. The food was absolutely life changing. I won't go through every dish we had, but I will give you all one tip: Save room for the ice cream sundae dessert!! It's enough for 2 and it's great. They make the ice cream in-house, so you can definitely made freshness. Trust me, you'll thank me for it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 40th birthday in San Francisco!
    Chantal
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Excellent dining experience with an outstanding service...our waiter, nice, charming, funny and not pretentious gave us many great options and a excellent wine choice. Definitely, one of the best Greek restaurant in San Francisco and elsewhere! Would love to have this restaurant here in Montréal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, mouthwatering food.
    audreymay
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I personally enjoyed all of the food we ordered. Great service was given. Saghanaki with the pepper really goes well. Baklava is as outstanding as ever. Chicken and lamb was amazing..
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patron
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It is not our first time at this place. We celebrated my Birthday there. Accommodation was outstanding. Our table was in the corner of the room close to the window. Our waitress provided an excellent service with attention to details. Food was good and fresh. Good selection of wine. Everyone had a good time.
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    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scrumptious
    Sande
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Best way to start a trip to San Francisco. From our bartender, Josh, to the servers. Simply outstanding. Then the menu - wonderful Greek choices, creative special starters and the lamb oh yes and the bread. Oh, my!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • justbeinghonest
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    food is just OK, it is hard to pay attention to details when you've 500+ people in your dining room. it's a factory.
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  • Fantastic dining experience
    kr1234
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A friend and I went for dinner here and it was awesome. The food and ambiance were great but best of all was our server, Jeff. He was friendly, accommodating and willing to answer many questions we have including travel recommendations to Greece. Jeff made the great experience even better.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite
    Zisman
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was introduced to this place a couple of weeks ago, when I went for a birthday celebration. I immediately made another reservation for the week after and the food and experience was just as good, if not better. We ordered the octopus and the lamb riblets, the artichoke skewers and the lamb meatballs. There was just two of us, so that was actually enough for dinner. It was all perfection and delicious. I wanted to order more but my tummy was full. The wines were outstanding. I stayed away from greek wines, as I am not familiar, but this would be the place to test new wines, so I will next time. The pro of going with a big group is you try more food (family style) and you are not stuffed. I will have to bring more people next time.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Always good and worth the effort.
    MunchingMarkVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great restaurant and never disappoints. Appetizers, salads and desserts always perfect. Tried the rotisserie last time and was a bit disappointed. Any fish is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Lunch!
    ljwmdphdVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were in San Francisco for 2 days and were lucky enough to have thought of dining here. The whole dining experience was wonderful, from service to food. We definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always my favorite
    Luvfinefood
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This restaurant experience never disappoints. Impeccable service, outstanding food and great energy at bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, excellent service
    foodsnob
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a great time at Kokkari on Wednesday. The host needed to make room for a larger party and asked us if we could move to another table which we didn't mind. After wonderful dinner and excellent wine, they brought us a check with practically half of the bill taken off. It was a very considerate and thoughtful gesture for something that wasn't a problem to begin with. I will definitely go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was outstanding. I had an artichoke and eggplant souvlaki. The plate was beautiful and artfully arranged. I also had a small zucchini cake appetizer that was just as good. The ambiance was excellent. What a beautiful place. I went for lunch and it was packed with financial types - men in suits and ties and women in heels. I wasn't in either but felt dressed OK (not in jeans and t-shirt, though). Service was superb. I will return.
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great experience
    AlexV
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great food (lamb was amazing), great service, nice dining room. Only complain relates to the noise in the room
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    TinTin
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My fiancé and I kept hearing really great things about Kokkari from people we knew and we always pass by it and it's always packed. We finally decided to eat there for my birthday and it definitely lived up to it's high standards. We ordered about 4 appetizers to share and they were all delicious. We really enjoyed the lamb meatballs and the beet salad appetizer. For our entrees we ordered the lamb shank and the lamp chop. Both were perfectly cooked and delicious. Our server and the rest of the wait staff were on top of it and made sure everything was okay. Definitely will go back here to eat and try the rest of their menu. It's moved up to be now one of my favorite restaurants here in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Kokkari has perfected the art of fine dining in a fun and energetic setting! The staff is so professional and well trained, yet still warm and friendly. Philippo was our waiter and he served our table perfectly. The food is authentic Greek and well prepared. Prices are reasonable for the quality and portions of food. Definitely one of our favorites!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great consistency
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I was impressed when i visited the 1st time back in 2009, and still impressed when i came back this month! Great job Kokkari!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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  • Outstanding food!
    Rosalind
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was incredible, very fresh. We had fresh roasted lamb on a spit and whole grilled fish. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Ambience and Excellence
    NYNative
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Kokkari restaurant is a city gem for locals and visitors alike. There are no words to describe the high quality of food, service, and ambience. A must do for San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    SFeater
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Everything is done to perfection at Kokkari. They don't let anything slip. Nothing is substandard. I try to focus on the appetizers because there are so many incredible ones from which to choose. The lamb souzoukakia (meatballs) were phenomenal this last time--as was the watermelon/feta salad. The taramosalata dip is a must have as well. It's served with delicious pita bread. You can't go wrong with any of the entrees but a lamb dish is almost a must. Their chops are #1 but so are the souvlaki dishes. And last, the desserts at Kokkari are to die for. While the Kokkari sundae is my old standby (irresistible), the authentic Greek desserts are all wonderful as well. One of my favorite restaurants!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greek food to cuisine status
    BruceCT
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was excellent Service was professional which is so rare. It is number 1 in SF for a reason.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic food, service, setting
    seattlediner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My 18 year-old daughter and I recently enjoyed a dinner at Kokkari on a Saturday night. Book early, as booking 27 days in advance (rather than 30) yielded 5 pm and 9:30 pm as the only options. Service was outstanding, as was the meal. Was surprised -pleasantly - at the families who brought relatively young children, and how well they were welcomed and accommodated by the staff. Wonderful experience overall - do not miss the lamp chops and the daily rotisserie (pork), both were perfectly seasoned and served.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meal and staff
    Longview
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Took our friends from Washington DC out to dinner. Impeccable service, the waiter was attentive, informative, and genuinely interested in making our experience marvelous. Then the food--shared appetizers were great--the watermelon and feta was our favorite at the table. Peaches with figs were stupendous. Zucchini cakes with cucumber mint yogurt dressing too. For my entree I had the duck--roasted in the open fireplace. I was so into the duck I paid no attention to my wife or friend's main dishes. Everyone was so happy at the end of the meal that we went out to a nightclub after to keep the evening going.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Very special Lunch
    51foodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Dined on a Friday afternoon with work friends. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Starters were fantastic, especially octopus, fried cheese, lamb riblet and smelts. Our group also enjoyed their entrees. Delicious ravioli dish was a hit as was the grilled octopus salad. We enjoyed a lovely Greek white wine from Santorini and several desserts, including the amazing baklava with ice cream! Service was spot on from the warm greeting when we entered through the entire meal. Consistent Excellence!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Even better than the hype.
    head
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I expected a lot when I got here because everything I had heard was stellar, and I had rationalized that young techies might have reviewed and maybe they didn't know crap. I was wrong. From constant calls I had made to try and get in early to the over accommodating bus boy the service was tremendous. I had forgotten my reading glasses. They had a choice of 30 for me to use that were shown to me by the extremely professional waiter. The wine list matched the excellence of the food. The octopus was great and a must. The salad was creative, my lamb shank was out of this work and my wife loved the king salmon. The $200. Tab incl. Tip was well worth it. The bottle of wine (Saldo Zinfandel) was tremendous!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    zorro
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    the food was exceptional and the ambiance and the service was as good as the food
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!!
    Franespinosa
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We went for late dinner. The service was very good and the food is incredible! We had the watermelon with fetta cheese and grape leaves with rice for starters, and the grilled lamb chops. For dessert we had the rice pudding. Everything was original and exquisite.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We are franch and we think that a very good restaurant !
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WallaceVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Kokkari is an outstanding restaurant. I find the food, the service and the whole experience of being there consistently outstanding and memorable.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Never fails to disappoint
    MACK
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    It had been some time since I last had lunch at Kokkari. It's just as good as it always was. The service is polished, and seems to be really dialed in. And the food remains excellent. Started with the spreads and zucchini cakes, and then had the lamb schwarma, which was right off the grill and cooked a perfect medium (just as I had asked for it). I'll keep coming back.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Delicious throughout....from the appetizers to dessert!!! Ambience is nice. Service is excellent!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating the Marathon Dinner
    CircusdogVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My boyfriend ate here last Sunday, after he ran the SF marathon. We simply loved the restaurant. It is beautiful, the service was simply amazing. Our waiter Jeff, was perfect. All the staff we came into contact with were top notch. Food -- unbelievable!!! We tried the prawns, the duck stuffed grape leaves, the roasted eggplant, the goat stew and the grilled whole fish. Scrumptious, all. The only down side is that we were so full, we didn't leave room for dessert. Next time...
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Sunday Evening Dinner
    rosie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food is excellent and creative, however the warm octopus stuffed with feta was not a personal favorite. Kokkari potatoes are wonderful, the chicken roasted perfectly, and fantastic desserts particularly the house-made ice creams. The service was impeccable and the restaurant appears to run flawlessly smooth for such a large busy place. It was a little uncomfortable having another party very close to our table, and the noise level is too high, making the experience not as relaxed as I'd like.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant!!
    Elbeto
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Mediterranean flavor, the lamb is excellent so is the service the hostess and waiter welcome like family, should go there when in San Francisco.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.