Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
5916 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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 ($15) 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.
What 5916 People Are Saying
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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant. The standards are first class.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always. I’ve been dining at Kokkari for many years and the food is always delicious and the service and server recommendations do not disappoint. I dined here to celebrate with my wife for our anniversary. I will continue to give this place my business since they have always kept a great quality of cuisine and service for many years. As long as they keep it up, I will continue to dine here!

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London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari never disappoints! Grilled Octopus and lamb chops are a must. This time we also enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli which was spectacular. Always one of the best experiences in the city.

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

Excellent food and fantastic service. This is definitely a place to come to celebrate.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is always a must try in San Francisco.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends ugh

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just three things:
Reservations were hard to get.
The service was phenomenal.
We absolutely loved this place.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Kokkari has become more and more difficult to get into over the years. It is hugely popular and I make my reservations a month in advance. We got there late Thursday night (8:30) and still had to wait about 20 minutes. They recognized that (we had just flown in from the East Coast), apologized graciously, and gave us a lovely complimentary starter platter as an appreciation. The food itself was, as usual, excellent. I had a whole sole, grilled to perfection (not easy to do) and very flavorful. I would say it rouse to my top rating (from fair, to good, to very good, to excellent, to yummific). It was yummific. My 3 colleagues had the goat stew. They liked it but didn't rave. We all raved about the started: lamb meat balls, calamari, and an excellent veggie dish or two (one containing a yummy eggplant. We did not do desert as we were all stuffed and by the time we were finished with the meal, it was about 2 a.m. our time. The service as also excellent. So, all in all, a fine dinning experience, in both meanings of the term. My only complaint is noise level. It is WAY too noisy for someone getting to be elderly, like me.

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Chicago
252 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Greek salad and grilled octopus . The bread is dangerously good , the wine by the glass selection broad enough . There is also good people watching , Celebrity watching here but everyone is quite low key about it . I will definitely return .

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GT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional yet warm service, consistently delicious food prepared simply but perfectly, with great ingredients in generous serving sizes. My favorites are the fish any way, the ribeye and the ice cream sundae.

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

Great ambiance. Superior service. Whole fish, lamb chops. Lamb shank, octopus, zuccini cakes, beans all great.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Our waiter lied to us as to what certain items translated to on the menu. I ended up googling it and the items were not what he said they were. Also, he described the specials wrong to us. He barely checked in on us and had to ask other people for items or questions. Our wine was very warm too! All and all it was not a great experience. I have visited Kokkari many times prior and this time it was just awful. I don’t think we will be returning or at least until something changes. Disappointed.

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EL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Kokkari is one of my favorite restaurants in the city, but my visit this time wasn't wonderful as our waiter was not as attentive as we'd like.

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PP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food at a decent price for fine dining. Greek cuisine is about the community and the ingredients so should be experienced for its Mediterranean flavors. As a pescatarian (fish, but not flesh), every course has wonderful options. The desserts are incredible, and nothing beats a Greek coffee at the end of dinner! We arrived an hour ahead of our reservation (forgot about daylight saving ending), but managed to be seated anyway! A wonderful 16-year anniversary spent at Kokkari!

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love to come for the fresh flavors. I live for the rib eye steak 🥩 Most importantly, the atmosphere is perfect and the waiters have a great vibe

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at kokkari and my wife’s 4th time I think. This is definitely one of the very best restaurants in the city. We had exceptional service on this most recent visit, including a perfectly paced meal and some really fantastic recommendations. Greay for special occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries.

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IS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in San Fran

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DE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari never disappoints. Truly an exceptional dining experience. Superb food/ the lamb chops are without doubt the finest available anywhere; the service impeccable and the ambience warm and lush. The absolute perfect place for a date.

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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very well run kitchen and floor staff. I would go as far as to say one of the very best in SF. The food, straight forward not risk taking cuisine but high quality, well made and in the end satisfying meals. Will return and recommend.

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful meal. The food was outstanding and the service was impecable.

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JB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, varied menu with unique twists on Greek quisine, would definitely go back

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot for lunch or dinner. Hostess, Alison, is delightful.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lamb chops in the city

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VM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and always the absolute BEST lunch or dinner downtown San Francisco.
Greatest food and service anywhere!

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, nice ambiance.. the food was amazing..

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OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just love this place, always fabulous food, friendly service, and the staff are so accommodating.

My only hesitation this visit was that we were accosted by three very drunk patrons in the bar areavwhile trying to order a drink (had to squeeze in between a very drunk couple who had spread across a section of the bar that could have accommodated four people allbeit tightly) as we waited for our table.

The bar is very small and tightly placed against the corner wall. You can spill, and by that I mean stand, into the dining area before 5:30pm because they don’t seat patrons until then. However, it did not help in this case because these men had (as they so aggressively pointed out to us) been waited for over an hour to sit at the bar.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect - bar scene before our seating, bartenders, hostess, and especially our waiter. Food was mouthwatering and such a beautiful room. Thank you to all!

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RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants!!! The ambiance, the service, the food, the beverages are beyond spectacular. It’s a must try and then will become a favorite!

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CG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We had reservations but had to wait against the wall in a very crowded entry 15 minutes. I was a regular for 20 plus years, but moved overseas. Was in SF on business and wanted my favorite lunch special a spicy lasagna with Lamb... no longer serving... , so already disappointed had their fish special / salad 2 deserts for 3 of us and it was 240 including tip... pricey ... service was excellent... but the food just ok... not what I remembered as one of my go to restaurants adjacent to the SF Financial District...

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ES
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. Never had a bad meal here. The seasonal food is delicious.

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Kokkari! I went there for an early dinner and was seated immediately. Wait staff are very attentive without being intrusive. Loved the grilled octopus and the lamb chops! These are my fave dishes here as well as the branzino. Had the apple crumble for dessert. It was delicious! I had a glass of sav blanc and the bill with tip was $122.00. Great value? Not for my pocketbook. Definitely a special occasion type of place.

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We came here for my birthday. The food was fantastic but the service really bad. We had a waiter, an older man, who actually gave us a bad time. He was rushed, distracted and detached. He did not speak to us about wine! Our food came and I had to get the attention of the sommelier to get a bottle of wine. The sommelier was great, but the service for this level of dining was terrible. It put a real damper on our overall experience.

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ER
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tig, Sergio and the team were amazing! Food and ambiance were also wonderful! Thank you!

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An impeccable lunch with excellent Greek wines. We had the best every service. Our waitress was Anna Rose - flawless service.

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food, amazing service, and a comfortable but not casual atmosphere.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food choices, great service and of course great wine selections.
Must come and try for yourself. Local Gem here in San Francisco.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food.

Started with the Octapodaki tou Yiorgou (grilled octopus with lemon, oregano & olive oil), Garides Skordates (wood-oven roastedprawns with feta butter & Kalamata olives), and Saghanaki (pan fried Kefalotyri with lemon & oregano).

Ordered a bottle of Ghostwriter, Amaya Ridge Pinot, Santa Cruz Mtns. '13 and it was great.

For the mains we got Arnisia Paidakia (grilled lamb chops with lemon-oregano vinaigrette & Kokkari potatoes), and Psari Psito (traditional grilled whole fish with horta & lemon - Sea Bass).

Ended with a Woodford reserve on the rocks.

For dessert we got Galaktoboureko (Semolina custard in filo with blood orange spoon sweet & pistachio ice cream), Yiaourti Granita (Yogurt sorbet with seasonal fruit granita & mint syrup), and a delicious macchiato.

I recommend everything ordered above. It was all amazing.

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JA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation a month ago. Everything we ate from appetizers to desserts was delicious! Our waiter Raphael was very attentive. He answered all of our questions about the menu. The service was superb! Pricey but it was all worth it!!! Will be back next time we visit San Francisco, for sure!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice! Wonderful!

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K
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always order the grilled octopus as our appetizer and as always it is good! Their wood oven roasted prawns was delicious. The grilled lamb riblets was very tender that it melts in your mouth.

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