Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
5722 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Greek, Contemporary European
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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
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Phone number
(415) 981-0983
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Erik Cosselmon
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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.
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Private party contact
Caroline Shea: (415) 981-0983
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Cross street
Front St.
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Parking details
Valet parking ($8) evenings from 5:00pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

Come to Kokkari Estiatorio in the Financial District to feel like a big shot. Maybe even throw on a suit and tie. It's a Greek temple of lamb.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
Reviews from verified diners
5,722 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
87%
Very Good
10%
Good
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Fair
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Poor
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4.8
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4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
4.0Dined 2 days ago

Great place, beautiful restaurant, amazing food !

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OT
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Hands down my favorite place to dine in San Fran:). All elements of the experience are pleasurable. The food is amazing and our server, Jillian, was pleasant, attentive, knowledgeable. Octopus, lamb, branzino, donuts, ice cream, oh my!!

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AO
4.0Dined 3 days ago

Ordered octopus, maroulosalata, halibut, lamb chops, and loukoumades. All prepared to perfection. Flavors and sauces delish and balanced. Meat tender. Service attentive without hovering. Would order all dishes again but will likely explore the menu further.

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BP
5.0Dined 3 days ago

I have been to Kokkari many times and I am never disappointed. Always excellent. Yesterday's special dessert was amazing

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D
5.0Dined 4 days ago

The restaurant is beautiful. The tables were very comfortable. The food was spectacular. The wine was first rate. Our waiter was attentive, kind, helpful,and very nice. We had a wonderful experience.

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MR
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always outstanding! Great meal and service. Too many appetizers to choose from. Everything was very very good.

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LN
4.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was excellent and the food was very well prepared and presented. The roasted meats were excellent, especially the lamb dishes. It was very expensive, especially the drinks and wine list.

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J
3.0Dined 5 days ago

Great service but food was not worth the price and a couple with a small child was seated next to us which reduced the ambiance

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L
5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food and service was fantastic.

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TK
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our waiter was knowledgeable, had terrific suggestions, and went the above and beyond.

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N
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Delish! Every thing recommended was great!

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O
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Thank you Kokkari for contributing to a lovely afternoon.
We visited at lunch for my spouse's birthday. As we are both inclined to enjoy sampling, we crafted our meal of a six shared starters. Kokkari's menu provides many from which to choose and every one of them is delicious. My favorites, each of which is excellent, are the octopus, the saganaki, and the gigantes.
As we did not want everything at once, our server provided perfect guidance in pairing up our selections. Plates complimented each other and were delivered and cleared at just the right pace with a hospitable feeling.
After many years, Kokkari remains one the very best restaurants in S.F.
On the expensive side but worth it.
P.S. Dessert was lovely too with a "Happy Birthday" decoration and candle.

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n
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Best service hands down! Provide the best lamb ever. The calamari is a must try.

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LG
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Very rarely do I ever walk out of a restaurant feeling completely satisfied...this was the exception. From the minute we arrived until we left it was nothing but a pleasant experience. Our waitress was AMAZING. She answered every question about the menu, knew exactly what type of wine to recommend and was even able to pair a dessert to our palate. And we were never rushed!! Even the people sitting next to us were kind. I had the lamb chops and my husband had the lamb shank...2 very different dishes, both excellent. Highly recommend!!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Calamari starter was fabulous.... entire experience made for a great lunch and good meeting!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Kokkari is always a good idea.
The food is always consistent, fresh, and delicious.
The service is superb, and the servers are well versed on the wines, specials, and menu; always able to suggest items to make ordering a breeze.
One always feels at home at Kokkari...synonymous with Greek hospitality. Iconic Kokkari is a true gem amongst San Francisco’s traditions. On this visit, we enjoyed one of specials of the day, the baked anchovies & tomatoes*, I had the classic lamb chops & potatoes*, and we finished off with the crisp and sticky Greek doughnuts with honey & walnuts*. [*pictured] A++

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OT
3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Sat in rear dining room by open NOISY kitchen! Table was in server dirty dish pathway and constant knocking into the back of my chair by wait staff!! Not relaxing or enjoyable at all! Food was ok, but overpriced for lamb burger.

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EG
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Great food: octopus grilled, lamb riblets, whole fish branzano. Recommend highly.

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SF
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Absolutely delicious! Fresh, real food. Elevated to another level. Enjoyable food. Their roasted potatoes are elevated to another level. Out of this world. Yes, for a potato. Not many places can turn out delicious food. Will be coming back very soon. I will try everything on the menu.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Love this place

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JA
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Always a memorable dining experience. Enjoyed it as much as your sister restaurant Evvia.

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J
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The dinner was outstanding! Best sole ever!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Excellent service & food! The lamps next to the small tables are annoying but everything was great otherwise.

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K
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The restaurant is very chic and the food & wine are very good. However, the price is too much for something not so crazy.

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S
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Classic SF restaurant that is as good as ever.

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CE
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Amazing in every way possible. The food is to die for. The service is amazing. Hard to get a reservation sometimes. Book at a reasonable time.

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JK
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Fantastic food that is consistently good! The service was top notch as well!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Get the lamb chops!

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JW
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

1st anniversary date with my girlfriend! This is definitely the restaurant where we will be celebrating future special occasions. Service was excellent and so was the food. Highly recommend you visit!

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G
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Wonderful birthday dinner! Food, service, and ambience delightful! Even our neighbors at the next table were like belt. All around excellent experience - as always!

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G
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Good food & drink; good ambiance; good service from Jason.

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JF
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

My favorite lunch and dinner spot in SF! And I have been to a lot of them.

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PL
2.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Would never come here again. The food was so mediocre and super small portion size for how much they’re charging. All 5 of my starters came out lukewarm and bland. Just bad...

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S
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Celebrating a family birthday at Kokkari is always a good idea! Octopus appetizer and lamb chops are perfect. Service is impeccable, server professional. We really love it here...20+ year patrons!

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P
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Beautiful restaurant. Excellent staff and the food was outstanding. I had the fish and I would highly recommend it as well as the Octopus which was like butter. One person had Lamb chops and said they were the Best he ever had, as well as the chicken shish Kabob dish another diner had... I would definitely go again, and again, and again. Our server was Grace and she was excellent. Cannot wait to go back.

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a
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Great service and excellent food.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Birthday .., “Todd” our waiter was outstanding!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

As fabulous as we’d heard.

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p
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Food not as tasty as it used to be, good restaurant overall

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OT
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Every experience we’ve had at this restaurant has been exceptional in every way but even so, after going on and on about Kokkari with our out of town guests I was still hoping it would live up to all my hype. And it did. Our guests were blown away by the food and service. The octopus was tender, the fried cheese amazing and the Moussaka was better than any we’ve had in Greece. The only thing that we didn’t care for all that much was the baklava ice cream because while the taste was delicious the texture was a mess. Otherwise it was another divine meal at Kokkari. Our guests were still talking about it the next day.

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