Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
6170 reviews
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Mediterranean
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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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.
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious chicken. Two women could share and then order a salad each or something to compliment. Service perfect. High end Greek. Fun bar also. I’d go back. Yum yum

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great! Lamb chops were amazing!

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San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a Greek waitress which made the experience more apecial

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always our experience at Kokkari was second to none. The food, the service and the atmosphere are always a guaranteed pleasure.

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CB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was recommended by colleagues in Macao as a ‘must go to’. We were lucky to get a reservation and had a fabulous lunch. I will absolutely recommend it forward.

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San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Todd was terrific as was our hostess

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VS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Kokkari! Chairs are not as firm as they should be though. Need better chairs but other than that, great place!

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LP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. The food and the vibe can not be beaten anywhere.

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AnnaRose is the best server we’ve had in a long time. Helped us wii he menu, was warm and efficient. Not a stitch was missed.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming here with the same group for 15 years. Food and service are consistently solid. Our experience is usually excellent.

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JL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and the service is excellent. Great for celebrations!

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DM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Great location and ambience. Good service. Food was under cooked and we had to send it back. Average value compared to other similar menu items.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was hopping on a Tuesday night with an 8:30 pm reservation. The crowd was indicative of the quality of the greek food offered here. Everything we had was wonderful tasting, prepared well and nicely presented. The hostess, servers and others were very friendly. I would visit again.

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San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This could be my favorite restaurant of all time. Jeff was our waiter and he was terrific, especially knowledgeable about Greek wines which have been Greek to me until he advised me. I went at lunch this time and missed the usual leg of lamb on the rotisserie which is only available for dinner.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. What happened? The decor is quite dated. The chairs look withered and like they could use a cleaning. The appetizers we had were pretty good - asparagus and octopus. The house made sausage was not very good. The entrees were both bad. I had the pork and it was a giant slab of meat with no sauce and no flavor, dry. I had maybe 20% of this giant slab of meat. My husband had the wood fired fish and it was bland as well. Our server didn’t ask or care that our entrees (mine especially) was hardly touched or asked to be taken home. Such a bummer!

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OT
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten here at least ten times, maybe more and I am always happy to come back !!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Worth every penny.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the experience. Apps where all great. My lamb was tough. Struggled to cut through it.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food in a great atmosphere with very friendly, professional service. Never disappoints!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great, service was impeccable and the food was amazing! We have been waiting for a while to get reservations at this restaurant because they are always booked so Plan way in advance!

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Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked the same day and were lucky to get a table at 2130 . Food , atmosphere and service were 1st class . Not cheap but good value for quality

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

I was pretty disappointed with the service. It was super slow for one. We probably sat for 15 minutes before anyone came over to our table. Our finished entrees also sat for a long time as well before they were taken. Most disappointing was that it was my fiancee's birthday and I asked when confirming the reservation that they bring a candle with the desert and write happy birthday on the plate for a nice surprise. They totally forgot about that and we didn't receive the candle or the note.

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SK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday at Kokkari and it was a fabulous experience. The service was amazing, the food was so so delicious and the ambiance was everything I wanted it to be. Thank you, Kokkari! We will be back.

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P
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our dinners were good, but not great. It use to be better. The service was incredible though and great cocktails and bread.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Branzino with lemon sauce, Octopus appetizer - all dine perfectly!!

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, ok service. Seemed like our waitress was overwhelmed in our area, especially since there were some VIP guests at a corner table. Will have to try again on another night to see if the service would improve if we sat somewhere else.

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DM
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always so delicious to eat at Kokkari and this visit was no exception. Walking into the restaurant you are met with the most delicious aromas which start the taste buds popping. Their regular menu is chock full of all good things. We tried their goat special and we loved the flavors, complimented by the Mosso Malbec. You will not be disappointed .

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SS
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Best lamb chops in the City, truly outstanding!
A vibrant bustling place to enjoy.

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P
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent dinner at Kokkari.

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RT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always exceptional service, wonderful food, a thoroughly enjoyable evening

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is always a wonderful experience. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, the food is simple but flavorful, and the service is attentive.

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MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is really a 5-star restaurant, the Greek food, great people, amazing atmosphere! Everything about it is absolutely amazing!

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FA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great lunch.

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Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our last evening of our vacation and the best meal to end our trip. Everything was wonderful from the service to the food!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service as always!

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top 5 restaurant in SF and has been for years. Best lamb in the city.

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BW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The lamb on the skewer has always been outstanding - not this time. The lamb was tough, hard to slice and lacked the old delicious flavor. The lamb shank was chewy and stringy. Is there a new chef or are they buying their lamb from a different source ??? The salads were delicious. Drinks very good.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent!

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Mexico City
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fifth time in this place, 4 for dinner this time since I had only one day in SF only could attend for lunch.
Wondeful food and easier to get a table than during night.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The espresso martini is incredible, quite possible the best in SF. Well done!

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