Kokkari Estiatorio

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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.

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas lunch

VS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The lamb dish was undercooked and since it had to go back, we ate at different times. The room smelled awful. I gather from cheap holiday decorations. Regardless, it was a major disappointment. Not sure I will ever go back

n
Melbourne / VIC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best restaurants in SF. Ordered a variety of small plates and the goat stew as the main entree. Everything was beyond spectacular and authentically Greek!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was perfect, but the tables are too close what makes us seat right next to strangers, something that I personally don’t like.Ask for the octopus! Delicious

GH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

S
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here many times, mostly with other couples, or relatives, but this time we came to celebrate a wedding anniversary (ours). This was possibly our best trip yet. Much of the delight was due to our waiter, who was engaging, but not intrusive. My wife had the Moussaka, and I had the Lamb Chops, both of which were absolutely wonderful. Ordering dessert, I mentioned our anniversary to our waiter, who brought not one, but two "specialized" desserts. My wife's flourless chocolate cake came with whipped cream, and a candle, and the extra dessert had "Happy Anniversary" spelled out in Chocolate Syrup script on the rim of the apple fritter plate. The Ouzo Sorbet was my tasty treat. Our seat was in the front portion of the restaurant, in a window nook, and we could actually hear each other's voice. All in all, a marvelous evening.

JG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Table service was not rushed and servers efficient and respectful. Food absolutely fabulous. The lamb chops best in the USA in my opinion. The menu has excellent choices for starters through desserts. Anyone who enjoys Greek food must visit Kokkari Estiatorio to fully experience San Francisco cuisine.

TE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding. Good service and ambiance.

SF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a late holiday lunch for 9 of us and they couldn’t have been nicer! The food and service were excellent. The ambiance is lovely and we really enjoyed everything about our lunch. We are a foodie group who appreciates good food and service and Kokkari delivered all that plus more! Will definitely be back soon! Thank you!

b
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Greek food in the area. A bit expensive but great for a special occcasion.

N
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Birthday Celebration

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and the attention to details and excellent service - 2nd time eating here and so happy!

K
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, pricey, amazing service!

S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday . The restaurant was beautiful for the holidays but the staff was over the top from the moment we arrived until we left. Our waiter was perfection personified. The food was over the top fantastic with complex flavors meld to blend perfectly. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, ambiance, and service. Feels like an expensive place because it is. Really authentic and delicious and worth returning to or visiting no matter the occasion.

TM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine list outstanding in selection-especially Greek wines
Fresh seasonal food is served from vegetables, fruits, to sea food, beef, and lamb.

LM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been going to Kokkari's since the year 2000 and have never had a bad meal. We totally enjoy the food, the waiters and the bar selection.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

wonderful service and excellent meal

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Loved the food! But we were in the back room and it was hot and the lighting was too bright. It felt like that room was an afterthought.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, and a warm and welcoming venue.

AM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an amazing meal. You can never go wrong with Kokkari. Best restaurant!!

G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant seemed dated with average tasting meals and service

PG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatly recommended. As always this place delivers excellence in food and service.

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took my two adult children out for lunch to celebrate their return and pre-Thanksgiving. Although the restaurant was busy and a bit louder than usual, everything was wonderful. The food is consistently delicious. Must try the octopus and whole fish. Also the lamb and desserts. My kids truly ate too much! It’s difficult not too here.
Service is always slightly formal and courteous yet very attentive.
My only mild issue on this trip was the table location was on the main thoroughfare and in a booth. I will request a window table next time.
A very special place with consistently amazing greek-focused food and wine.

F
San Francisco
184 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Wonderful food service and ambience..we will return love this restaurant very tasty

PH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say? Everything, from the greeting at the front desk to the nice, quiet table to which we were immediately taken, to the ambiance, to the friendliness of the server, to the high quality of the food. We had our main meal for the day, at 1:45, and it’s an experience we’re going to repeat.

c
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Reasonable quality, but seriously overpriced. A cup of tea should not cost $6.25 or a minimal salad over $25 --at lunch. And they fail to mention the prices of their special fish entrees (for lunch $48 --"or $49, I can't remember" said the waiter). They also put us at what was basically a table for 4 because they had two tables of 2, and we were arm to arm with the people at the adjacent table.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Los q recogen los platos muy mal y muy confianzudos, lastima del servicio

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mesa de dos personas muy pegada a la de enseguida

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LS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Inventively prepared and incredibly tasty dishes. We had mostly appetizers and did not regret our decisions. The place is tastefully decorated and the restrooms were among the most aesthetically pleasing I have ever seen in. My 70 years.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Food was cold and service was poor.

L
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambience and setting was wonderful, as was the service.
The food did not live up to expectations, with regards to the ratings it receives.
It would have better, had they served the food family style.
It is a special occasion restaurant, and I will try it again to experience the other house specialties.

t
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the lovely lamb chops and the goat stew, which they should really name yiouvetsi!!

The service is great and the ambiance is nice but not traditional Greek decor.

We liked it overall

t
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant fabulous food and excellent wine list. We were exceptionally well looked after by Johnny our server who was on point all evening.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional evening

ES
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious. Excellent service upon every visit. Beautiful space and every dish is beautiful. Don’t miss this place.

S
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

always a great experience at Kokkari. Service is friendly and professional. The restaurant always utilizes fresh ingredients and is delicious with interesting takes on Greek/Mediterranean food. Great quality
and consistently good.

OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un lugar delicioso gran carta de vinos, buen lugar para pasar un reto en familia o en cena romántica.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every part of the evening was superb—from the service to the food to the ambiance.

DC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

just don't get stuck in a s#!!... table like I got