Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
6154 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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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.

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Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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F
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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e
Mexico City
11 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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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son was promoted

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FD
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food-and always consistent. I highly recommend this restaurant

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT meal EXCELLENT service. Food was INCREDIBLE. Zucchini cakes, grilled octopus, saghanaki, whole grilled branzino, and manestra were our favorites of the night. Service was impeccable; warm and attentive but not intrusive or annoying. Didn't feel rushed, and didn't feel forgotten either. Great decor, very cozy where we were seated. HIGHLY recommended.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time, delicious food and service over the top. I love everything about Kokkari👍👍👋👋

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ZM
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived a bit late to our 7:45 pm Saturday night reservation, due to traffic, but were promptly and courteously seated in this packed restaurant with amazing energy! We haven't been to Kokkari for a few years, and can say, without hesitation, that all aspects of the restaurant continue to improve, from very good to great.

We had the grilled octopus for appetizer with the standard but very good spanikopita. Great wine selection... we selected the fine Kistler chardonnay for the meal. We shared the pork shoulder and goat stew specials, which were both delicious. Our waiter, Johnny, was extraordinarily fun, helpful, sociable and made the evening so very enjoyable. The manager, Demetri, was also exceptionally gracious, sharing stories of how certain dishes came to fruition of this fine example of regional Greek fine dining cuisine. Congratulations to all!

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NF
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Husband’s birthday

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

Loved it as always

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing !!! A Culinary Delight and wonderful location!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding - a haven & little piece of Greece on Jackson Square

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for our Anniversary.

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RG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food wonderful service

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is excellent and employee is friendly.

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had lunch with a client and both the food and service were amazing. It had been way too long to have that lamb!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant, food was absolutely unbelievable! Great service and very thoughtful! I simply noted on open table under occasion that this dinner was for an anniversary and never mentioned it again. After dinner they brought a surprise celebratory dessert to our table on the house which was so sweet. Definitely want to come here for every occasion!!

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AE
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For me dinner at Kokkari Estiatorio is a special occasion dining spot. We celebrated my daughter's birthday and thoroughly enjoyed each bite. My only wish is that there would be a larger selection of wines in the $50 or less category.

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