Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
6258 reviews
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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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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 6258 People Are Saying
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Amsterdam
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Authentic Greek food in a nice urban setting!

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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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

We’ve been here several times and it’s always great. White tablecloth and service accordingly.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST Greek food I’ve ever had!!! A must do on your visit to San Francisco.

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KG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco! Food is amazing, good service and lovely location!

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Munich
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sehr gutes Restaurant. Haben den Jahrestag dort gefeiert. Etwas teuer aber lohnenswert.

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ZY
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The goat was out of this world. The service was amazing. One of the best restaurants you’ll ever try.

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BM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the service was exceptional and both the lamb chops and lamb kabob were to die for!!!

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Italy
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Locale magnifico, sevizio veloce e attento, molto ben frequentato. Indirizzo top da non perdere tempo in questo momento a Frisco ( maggio 2019).

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you have the pleasure of having Jillian as your server, your night will be one to remember. We can here to celebrate my husbands birthday and the lamb chops and rotisserie duck were some of the best dishes I’ve had in a while since moving to SF. You can’t go wrong with the honey walnut donuts and flourless chocolate cake for dessert!

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NF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service & food. One of my fav restaurants in SF!

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J
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come before and the food was outstanding
However, the service was lacking the typical warmth you find in Greek restaurants
This was not the case this time
Valerie our server was warm and inviting
Must go restaurant in San Francisco

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the restaurant, fabulous menu well executed. Noise level after 6:30 deafening and almost painful

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great as always!

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service experience. Decent foreign beers. Good food, especially appetizers. But entrees were quite expensive, good, but not overwhelming. Would go again but maybe do heavy apps and split an entree.

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Wilmington
26 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing Greek restaurant. Walking distance to market. Beautiful and bustling interior all the time. Food was great as was service. Treat yourself!

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

Hi! Fun night. It had been awhile since we where at Kokkari. Last summer’s vacation in Crete continued the mood for Greek food all through the year! Glad to have dined again at Kokkari and next time I know to ask for the front room. :).

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HJ
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lamb shank I've ever had!
The food was great, nice service and atmosphere.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and delicious meal!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Valerie was an excellent server and helped create a memorable dining experience.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal. Check out the artichoke and eggplant app and the grilled octopus. Lamb chops were fantastic. Main complaint it was so busy. Waited almost 25 min past our reservation and took a while for service to get started when we first sat down. But overall great and would definitely go back.

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

Excellent food and service

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YC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is great.

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KD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant with excellent service- the food is exceptional. So fresh and flavorful!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food as always!

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m
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was as good as the next
We were celebrating a birthday and the special dessert was fantastic
Amazing restaurant

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AA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding lunch. Perfect menu options. Perfect seating for 2 in bar area; a bit more private than back in the more open area. Great receptionist, waiter and table assistant. Presentation was excellent. Flavors well developed. Not rushed. Perfect place to entertain a guest. Thank you for a great experience!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best experience!!!!

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AJ
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an amazing experience! After 20 years, Kokkari is still setting the standards on how things are done right. From ambiance, service to quality of food and drinks, everything was superb. Jillian took care of us. She patiently described specials of the day and answered our questions. When our water was refilled with water with ice when we had asked for just water, she promptly changed the glass without skipping a beat. Amazing. Thank you!!!

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KA
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful and the food was insanely good!!

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JH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh Branzino, fabulous Greek food!

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TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It would be nice to have more bar space or another bar in the restaurant where you can sit. Maybe roof top? Just need a little more bar space.

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1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, great service amazing food overall enjoyed a lot.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, outstanding. The food was spectacular. The ambience perfect. Our server Was exceptional. Definitely five-star dining.

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SK
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, amazing food and lovely presentation. Great for business or special guests. Iconic SF restaurant!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just simply wonderful! staff was as perfect as the food! Delightful!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & Service was superb!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic overall

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The hostess said our table was available and to wait “a few minutes”- if it’s ready, why wait? I went to the bar to wait and told them I wouldn’t be eating, only ordering a drink before sitting down. The bartender ignored me for 18 minutes when only 6 of 16 seats were taken. Purposely avoiding eye contact. The server was nice and the food was good. I will go back but didn’t feel good about this experience.

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