Kokkari never failsCelebrated a birthday lunch here, and they managed to make it very special for us. Food was divine. Lunch prices quite reasonable. Way to go5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect Mother's DayIt was so nice to go out for a well prepared and presented dinner on Mother's Day in a quiet setting like we had at Kokkari. The wait staff was very attentive. Probably the only thing was a recommendation for one of the specials over what my daughter was prepared to order. It wasn't that it was not good, but it wasn't to her taste like the entree she was going to have. I can't fault anyone since we all have different likes. I really enjoy this restaurant for special occasions as it can become pricey with all of the delicious offerings.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible food; somewhat corporateThe food at Kokkari is always spectacular. If you like Mediterranean food, this place can't be beat. The wine list is also extensive and includes a good variety of price ranges. The service was great -- our waitress was wonderful -- but we were seated near the door and we had to keep our coats on b/c of the periodic draft coming through. Otherwise, though, it was great.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMCan remember a better mealMy sister and I went on the recommendation of a friend. The most memorial part of the meal was when I had to tell my sister to stop complaining about work and taste the baklava. She loved it and it trancended the previous conversation. It was stunning. For dinner we had the roasted pork and lamb shank over orzo. Lastly, our cocktails were to die for. Love, love Love this place.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAlmost a train wreckMonths in advance, I booked an 8-top for a birthday dinner.
3 days before, Kokkari called to confirm. I confirmed.
The day of, Kokkari called again - do I really have 8 people? Yes, I sure do.
Our entire party arrived 15 minutes early.
Yet 20 minutes *after* the reservation, we were still waiting. Only vague responses from staff. Then a party of ten came in ..and we saw staff prepping a table for them....shrugs for us.
It took some NYC-style elbowing on our part to get the host staff to seat our party prior to the 10-top. I'm not sure we'd have been seated otherwise.
Once seated everything was lovely. I'd go back for the food and ambiance. But having and reconfirming a res sometimes isn't enough to actually get a table!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding!One of the greatest dinning experiences that can be found in the bay area. The duck, the lamb, the rabbit, the staff service, all come together to orchestrate your stay and to convert it into a true foodie honey moon.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMFor everythingWe continue to love kokkari. I checked almost all the categories because it's right for everything. We picked kokkari to celebrate our last night in San Francisco and as always the food and everything else were wonderful.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMKokkari has everything I likeKokkari has everything I like in a restaurant! Delicious food, personal service and comfortable, happy ambience!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat spotOutstanding food. Been here several times and it has been great.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was wonderful andThe food was wonderful and the service superb. our waiter was excellent. My friend chose Kokkari as her birthday treat (this was her first time there) and absolutely loved it! A table in the front room is a special treat,...so homey and comfortable.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat restaurant! Came forGreat restaurant! Came for an anniversary dinner and were seated in a very romantic table and pleasantly surprised with Happy Anniversary in chocolate on our dessert plate. Very thoughtful! Great service too.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food and WineWe LOVED this place. The food and service was amazing. My husband and I really like Greek food. We tried 5 of the small plates. All were fantastic. Our waiter was Greek and gave us some suggestions. He was very knowledgeable.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter some uneven experiencesAfter some uneven experiences in the past, the chef and his team did a great job this time. We ordered old favorites, including the smelts, lamb riblets, and halibut, and were not disappointed. The wines by the glass were also well chosen. Overall, a very fine meal that made us look forward to returning again.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecail OccasionNice dinner with a pleasant dessert surprise for a birthday dinner!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous findLast night in San Fran my husband and I had dinner with my brother who works in the city. He had made the suggestion of Kokkari but has never eaten there, By the time we had finished appetizers he wondered why he hadn't. The duck and chicken were outstanding and the appetizer special fava beans was out of this world. I am a lover of rice pudding and this was one of the best. The meal was greatly complimented by the excellent Chablis.
Most interesting was the waiter who owned a property in Maine, where we are from. Small world and a wonderful ending to a great visit west.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSave room for dessertsSave room for desserts-they're just as wonderful as the food there.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and service!We were looking for a special place to have our last dinner in SFbefore returning home. This was definitivley the place. Great food (recommned the octopus and the lamb chops). The desserts were to die for. Service was impecable.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous foodAlways a great meal. A special place for Greek food: great selection, well prepared and knowledgable staff.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Greek!Authentic Greek food. Lamb with potatoes that remind me of home-cooked meals I had growing up. Delicious goat stew. Saganaki.
Service was excellent (thanks to our server, Jeff!) He even provided a brunch recommendation for the next mornings.
This was the perfect way to spend a birthday dinner for a milestone year.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time at Kokkari,We had a great time at Kokkari, as we usually do. The food is very tasty and the fish was excellent. Waiter was attentive without being intrusive and helpful for recommendations, such as wine and the choices of fish. As it is popular (for good reason) it is crowded but not too noisy. On the expensive side but worth it.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMDefinitely a San Francisco FavoriteKokkari is definitely one of the better restaurants in San Francisco. The food is top shelf! I love the lamb but got a chance to taste the oven roasted fish and it was to DIE FOR. The servers are very helpful in giving their opinions on what wine would best suit the dish. It's fairly hard to get a reservation, so you would at least need 2 weeks. WORTH IT!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was perfect. TheThe food was perfect. The service was by far the best I have encountered for the past several years. Sentiment shared by all four in our group.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's Greek to Me...ThankfullyAll the essentials for a memorable luncheon join to make the diner happy to be here: a warm welcome, sure and careful service, comfortable seating, and -- most important -- a menu that makes one want to eat his way through it, day after day, with dishes that taste as delicious at the table as they appeared on the carte. If the noise is a little higher on the scale than I would prefer, at least it's the noice of people having a good time together. I like this restaurant better each time I try it. Unfortunately, the weather has not yet accommodated my wish to dine on the terrace.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and service is outstandingThe food and service is outstanding. The ambiance is cozy.You feel like you are in a very nice home.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe ambience was warm andThe ambience was warm and luxurious, from the well-stocked wood bar to the huge fireplace with chickens and lamb roasting. Tables were set out with informal comfortable chairs as though you were in a small family dining room, even though the restaurant is quite large. The service staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The food was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday Dinner for Marc!Food was amazingly delicious, service good, wine impeccable, booth romantic; loved everything! I also liked that our server called us by name right from the beginning--nice touch.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was superb! TheThe food was superb! The Sea Bass is consistently outstanding and the service could not be more attentive.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOur experience was just wonderful--Our experience was just wonderful---food and service! We were from out of town and this was recommended to us by a friend long before we got there. We will try to go again when we're in town!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and service: Outstanding!A restaurant is great when it is always consistent on not just its food, but also its service.
I have eaten at Kokkari at least ten times and its food and staff's service level has always met my expectations of:
great food = fresh, well prepared, and delicious
great service = an experienced staff that takes pride in providing excellent service, knows its menu, and is personable4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and me likes thisMy wife and me likes this place, the food was so tasty and the staff were great.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was the second time thatIt was the second time that we have visited Kokkari and really enjoyed the experience both times. The food is outstanding along with the overall friendliness. We plan to go back the next time we are in town. Would highly recommend.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMDined here for my friend'sDined here for my friend's birthday and had a wonderful experience. As a party of two, I couldn't try everything I wanted to because everything sounded so good! I will definitely have to return!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely! One of my favoriteLovely! One of my favorite restaurants in the city!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was well reviewed placeIt was well reviewed place that we hit just to check out. The online menu looked great and the wine list looked magical, which actually tempted us. Being a huge fan of mediterranean food, we looked forward to a lot in Kokkari and yes, we were glad we went! It was gem. Jus loved the feta (The waiter kind to let us have big chunk of it when we told him that it was delicious). The lamb dishes are not to be missed either!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMNever disappointedGreat food, wonderful staff and waiters, priced reasonably. The greek salad is hearty, the halibut is a favorite as is the chicken skewer. It's never too oily, always fresh. Portions bring me back.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful service and veryWonderful service and very interesting selection of Greek influenced dishes. The service was very attentive without being overly so.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent dining experience,Excellent dining experience, we were treated very well.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI took my friend here forI took my friend here for her birthday and they were very sweet to offer us extra friendly services. My friend, coming from France, has particular taste for food and she loved this place. I highly recommend going to Kokkari. The food was fresh and the service evoked a great first experience at Kokkari. Will definitely go back.
My friend had the rotisserie, which was lamb on that particular day, and I had the chicken. I usually cannot stand the taste of lamb but it was phenomenal. The chicken was amazing and was cooked perfectly.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMService was perfect. AmbianceService was perfect. Ambiance was perfect. It was our first time dining at Kokkari and we look forwatd to going back. There is something to be said for a restaurant that is still seating and in demand at 10:30pm, including a group of 16 at a communal table near the open kitchen.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a well run restaurantThis is a well run restaurant serving very good food. The staff are polite, professional and very helpful.
The setting is very pleasant and the atmosphere is lively, friendly and relaxed. Good job!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and excellent service.Great food and excellent service. Definitely, will return again.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love Kokkari. Our familyWe love Kokkari. Our family goes to meet my brother and his partner every year for a special birthday dinner. We are planning to bring friends there too. We come all the way from Santa Cruz!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMIts Great to Me . . .Wonderful place! Feels like a country inn with a fireplace continually roasting meat. Greek food, of course but even the items you never heard of are great. Good wine list. Super service -- seems that everyone is trained and motivated. Can get noisy in the bar area and in the big dining room.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMProbably my best restaurant in SF.I had an amazing meal in Kokkari, I had booked a table in advance (thank God as there was quite a lot of people waiting for a table when we arrived. The service was fantastic but the food was even better. We ordered some mezza for starter and it was so good we ordered extra, the waiter had to tell us that we wouldnt have room for our dinners. I had the steak for main and my husband had the lamb, it was all succulent, with lots and lots of flavour and juices. The wine list was extensive and they even had a great variety by the glass. All in all I would definately go back next time im in San Fran, fantastic food, great service, all round enjoyable experience. Oh and they dont rush you from your table, you can just sit and enjoy your meal4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial Greek food in an internatioFirst night in SF, and did not expect to find such a gem. Really vibrant restaurant, with efficient competent and charming staff. Very good food/ quantities, and delicious wine recommendation. Only sorry we were so tired from our London flight.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMgood dinner but don't order wineThree of us had dinner at Kokkari's. We were seated promptly in a "booth". Our waitress was good. I had the lamb chops and it came with three large chops. I could barely finish them. They were delicious. The wine prices were astronomical - there was one bottle at $90 a bottle and the rest were over $100 per bottle. Ridiculous prices. We ordered beer instead. The wine prices were more than double those at La Folie, where we'd eaten earlier in the week. So go for dinner but don't order any wine.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely place for dinner &Lovely place for dinner & feels private. Excellent service. I'd suggest you go by their recommendations. Sinful Baklava & Galaktoboureko!4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother Fantastic meal at KokkariThis was our 4th visit to Kokkari and as always the experience did not disappoint. We started with the grilled octopus, which was so tender and perfectly prepared. We followed by sharing the grilled whole fish as we always do and the rotisserie of the day which was Berkshire Pork. Wow. Two wonderful dishes. Both are simply prepared in order to enhance the flavours of the food. We followed up with Galaktoboureko for dessert which was a perfect way to end the meal. Service was outstanding throughout the evening, and our meal at Kokkari was the best of our recent stay in San Francisco. We have never been disappointed here.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Greek food!This is my first time at a higher end Greek/Mediterranean eatery. I loved the ambiance, it was romantic and classy. The food was amazing, especially their appetizers like Gigantes and Kalamata Pita. For the main dish, I had the heavy Makaronia. It's not what I expected and that is a good thing. I also had a couple bites of their lamb which was also the best lamb I have ever eaten. Service was good and could be better. On the other hand, I did come in on a busy Easter night. Didn't try any desserts because I was so stuffed! I will definitely come to this great place again.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMMmmmmm goodWe visit 2-3x per year... The food keeps getting better...along with the hospitality3/31/2013 12:00:00 AM