Kokkari Estiatorio
Kokkari Estiatorio

Kokkari Estiatorio

  • 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, 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Kokkari Estiatorio reviews from OpenTable diners
504 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (361)special occasion (335)romantic (243)good for groups (208)notable wine list (187)hot spot (179)neighborhood gem (158)great for lunch (109)vibrant bar scene (90)late-night find (32)kid-friendly (13)great for brunch (11)great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Our favorite restaurant in San Francisco
    lewrenVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We have been dining our way around San Francisco for over 30 years and have many favorites. Kokkari, since opening, has been consistently outstanding in every aspect of dining. For years, the lamb chops were essential to the meal. Now, red meatless, we can't wait to experience the wonderful fish dishes as well as the chicken. Try the chanterelles or large beans, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful menu, presentation, atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Our waiter Matt was very professional; attentive & helpful in menu selection & greek wines. He really heightened our 1st dining experience at Kokkari & put forth the extra effort for my son's 30th Bday. This is a deceptively large restaurant and yet it remains intimate. You must book resos 3 weeks, even on a Sunday night which was our last night in SF. I reside in Las Vegas; the last 20 years, I've dined at ALL the celebrity chef's restaurants many times over...Kokkari is a stand out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything we had was incredibly delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I am so happy that we got to finally try this restaurant. We had my birthday dinner here and the food was the best ever. The lamb was by far the winner. The service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, ambience and service!!
    Sanch
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We have been to Kokkaris many times! The vegetarian selection is amazing. The food is outstanding!!!! Everything is 5 star. The high ceilings, soft lights, seating, good portions of food, price is resonable compared to other similar high end restaurants in San francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    SmileVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We love the food and the ambiance at Kokkari. The zucchini cakes, octopus, lamb meatballs, lamb chops and ribeye were all amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and outstanding service
    SLPemberton
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Best place in SF to have a business lunch or celebrate something special. Outstanding food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • never dissapoints
    deek
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We've never been disappointed with the menu or the service. The wait staff is professional without being presumptuous, friendly without being too personal. And the food is outstanding; creative, well prepared and generous. Pay attention to the specials, some true gems there. If you like your drinks straight, as in scotch over, the bar gives a generous pour. All in all a special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still one of the bests
    SarperVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Kokkari once more proved to be one of the best restaurants in the city.From the food to the attentive service and the classic ambiance, everything was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service & Superior Cuisine
    Colleen
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    For a late lunch we ordered a seasonal persimmon salad with a honey dressing and pomegranate seeds that was delicious and beautifully presented. My husband then had the octopus salad and I had a special that was petrale sole prepared with a very light lemon sauce that was perfect for this fish. Both dishes were excellent. Be warned that dinner reservations are usually booked 2 months out, which is why we went for lunch. The restaurant accepts reservations one month in advance through Open Table and two months in advance if you call the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CulturalSue
    culturelover
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Kokkari is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent, the service is superb, and I have never had anything but wonderful times when I eat there. I go to performances at the Eureka Theatre which is across the street, and it's always a delight to know I get to dine at Kokkari again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Greek Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Kokkari was a great experience for me and my girlfriend. The food was very authentic and tasted delicious. The wait staff was also excellent and was able to recommend great wines to go with our food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Food was great! Husband had rib eye, I had lamb souvlaki and zucchini cakes. Love the fact That when I ordered a glass of wine the server said it was very dry and recommended a sweeter version - which I loved. Downside was at 6 pm on a Thursday the restaurant was very crowded with business dinners and a large group.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not what it used to be...
    SFoodie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Kokkari used to be a bit of a tradition to come to for me an and an old friend. It had always been the best Mediterranean in town.. Freshest fish, and most flavorful food share plates imaginable .. Additionally you could always expect to be treated like royalty. Unfortunately the last few times we 've been there we've been finding ourselves commenting that they "must be having an off night ".. Food is still good, but that extra something special from the service is lacking..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service.
    LuvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Great food and service. They need some work on the reservation system as I to call back several time to confirm.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server Michael made our visit great
    finedining4me
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Food and service were of highest quality. Lamb cops, moussaka and the appetizers octopus, beets, smelts and mussels were outstanding ! Was a treat to dine there with our foodie group. One matter does need addressing. Initially reserved through Open Table and was able to get a 5:30 seating. However I didn't get a confirmation and eventually had to call the restaurant to find out if the reservation was kosher.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterranean Gem
    mangezbien3VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This was the first time I tried Kokkari and it was wonderful! Will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Kokkari
    Julia
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Except for a slightly awkward wait to be seated, lunch was terrific. I gave four stars across only because it is not -- and makes no attempt to be -- a pricey fine dining experience. There is no better choice for a lunch between old friends who love food and conversation in an attractive and comfortable setting. We were rushed just a bit -- probably on the assumption we needed to get back to work -- which suggests this would be a great restaurant for those who (unlike us) have not retired and really do have to get back to the office.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Bomb
    carol
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Food was excellent with different choices than most restaurants appetizers were unique and delicious.. Our waiter was superb...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Went for food with a small group of friends after hearing good things from most people. The everything about the evening was excellent with the food being flavorsome but also generously portioned. The atmosphere is fantastic, with the restaurant contained in what seems like a rustic authentic building and dressings. It is a nice departure from the modern, sleek environs of most good restaurants in SF. Our waitress was extremely nice and willing to engage in some friendly banter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Rayraymansf
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant. The food is excellent and the service is as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, bad service
    Diner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was excellent. Well prepared and delicious. The service was bad though. Our waiter couldn't have cared less about us, and constantly made it seem as though we were wasting his time.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    4th anniversary dinner was amazing! Food was to die for and service was outstanding!
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We love Kokkari and our meal on Friday night did not disappoint. The grilled octopus was fantastic; easily the best grilled octopus we have had. The lamp chop and special sole dish were delicious. We did however feel rushed. The entrees were served very quickly. We had a 6:15 pm reservation (because there was nothing available between 6:30 pm and 8 pm when we made the reservation one month ago). It felt like the servers were trying to turn the table over right away.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    Mmm2eat
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We went to this restaurant based on its reviews and yes, the food was amazing but the a bit overprice. Service was outstanding. They delayed to bring us our desserts and without even a complaint the manager came and told us that they were on them due to the waiting time. The waiter was awesome too. I think you need to try it while in SF.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible dining experience
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Kokkari was our first meal in San Fransico and I think it may have ruined us for the rest of our vacation! The decor, atmosphere, and overall feel of this place is special. The service was exceptional. The food was AMAZING! (I had the zuchinni cakes and braised lamb shank.) I'd eat here again and again if I lived even remotely close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance - food underwhelms
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    For the price you pay the food underwhelms. The octopus has been better on past visits. The steamed veggies (bok choi) were very bland. The lamb was solid, but not outstanding. Frankly, Cotogna next door is half the price and more developed in flavor.
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  • Melt in your mouth lamb
    Chelz
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This was my 2nd time at this restaurant- and the 2nd time I just fell in love with this restaurant. The lamb skewers are perfect- they are so juicy and flavorful. We have the rotisserie lamb as well- equally tender, and the potatoes were delicious that came with it. The Zucchini cakes were amazing as well- their pickled cucumbers that come with the dish are so tasty. Very romantic spot as well- perfect for savoring a lovely evening.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Fantastic food, friendly service
    VMMATXVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Wonderful appetizer of oven baked prawns and the special braised goat dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kokkari is Tops!!!
    BlueMoonVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Want to choose the BEST place to dine in SF (or perhaps in the United States)? Then make a reservation for Kokkari and you will be in heaven! We have never, ever been disappointed in any aspect of our experiences at this fabulous restaurant, and they have been numerous over the past 12-14 years. The team that brought this place together is still riding high, and the staff is by far the best anywhere. And the cuisine? Always spot-on marvelous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal and superior service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Great food, good attention, didn't feel rushed, super delicious
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!!
    llabrada
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Even better than expected, food to die for and top notch service. We got in an hour earlier(forgot to change the watch)and they gladly got us in, thanks! Crowded even on a lunch on Monday, make sure to make reservations.
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  • Very Good
    TabehodaiSanVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Been here a dozen times over the last 3 years, always great service and staff. Kokkari's food great to but this time the food wasn't bad but wasn't as good as many times before. We always get the grilled octopus appetizer but this time it came out within 5 minutes of ordering and it was a bit chewy and luke warm. The duck ravioli was dry and bland. On the plus side, the pan fried Kefalotiri cheese was great and the Moussaka was fantastic. The wine selections are plentiful. The sundae was excellent. One thing I wanted to mention is that the menu on the website wasn't the same as the menu we were given at Kokkari that Sunday evening. Either way, we'll be back again and hopefully things will be back to usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best Greek restaurant
    ChristmasTreeHillGirl
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    OMG!!! Four of us in the group.....The food was out of this world. We were seated in a great banquette out of the main space and it was wonderful. We had the Kolokythi and a lovely mushroom meze to start out with. The entrees we ordered included Lamb Shanks (which were good sized and I took the leftovers home), Lamb Chops (my husband finished his off), Moussaka and the special (which I can't remember). We shared several deserts...Baklava being one of them and Galaktoboureko another. Our waiter was great....he was totally on top of everything. It was the best evening!! We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Todd
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Outstanding food, great service, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. We can't wait to go back!
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  • Exceeded expectations
    Averybigfan
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The whole experience was over the top. The cuisine was spectacular and our server, Jordan, is a master at her craft. There are very few times when I leave a restaurant and say "I can't wait to come back!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    TravelNinja
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    There is a reason this is the number#1 rated restaurant on TripAdvisor. Everything was spot on. Waiter had great recommendations. Octopus was outstanding and the rib eye was one of the best I have ever had.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disapponts
    MelanieVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food is phenomenal, especially the small plates (the saganaki is indulgent and delicious, all the dips are yummy, and their feta is so perfectly creamy and salty). Warm, welcoming atmosphere. The service is always very conscientious. Split an order of lamb chops with a friend, and really appreciated that they were willing to make half medium rare for her and half medium for me. On our last visit, our time was a little tight, but the server made sure everything came out promptly and was standing ready when we needed to get our check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is my most favorite restaurant in SF not only for the food and deserts, but the service, the atmosphere and the ambiance. Always bring my clients here for lunch and they always have a great time and enjoy themselves here. Highly recommended. Can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent and creative Greek food
    bobc
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    the rotisserie lamb was perfect as were the other dishes. The restaurant is beautiful, but the noise level was high - too high for a conversation over dinner. Still, I have been here before and will definitely return on my next trip to the city.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    foodie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    the food, the service, the atmosphere are consistently at the top.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.