Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
6429 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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tutto perfetto, locale, cibo, personale. Bisogna andarci per riconcigliarsi con il cibo e la qualità europea

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JM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and recommendations.

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

Excellent food that's reasonably priced. Loved the restaurant.

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

I had been to Kokkari once before with my family, so when my boyfriend and I were planning a trip to sf this past few days I thought this would be perfect for our dinner. The food was amazing as well as the whole experience!! It is pretty pricey so be aware of that before choosing to dine there, but if you are a foodie like us it is totally worth it. :) highly recommend the kalamari!!!

B
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food. Definitely will be back. I was there for a business meeting, but equally I’ll be great for a date too.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fish and souvlaki where excellent service was attentive good afternoon peace and quiet

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

I've been to Kokkari a few times for business lunches and I don't get the hype. The decor, service, location and ambiance were great, but the food was just okay. I've had the same impression on my previous visits.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Fabulous food and ambiance. However, our server was extremely condescending and unprofessional which made us feel uncomfortable. We wanted to stay for what looked to be an amazing dessert menu but we were too uncomfortable. Disappointing way to end our time in San Francisco, but overall we had a wonderful experience. We will definitely be back (although hopefully with a different server)

S
Austin
77 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never, ever disappointed at Kokkari! Food was perfection, our server was very helpful & knowledgeable about wine selection & the Greek dishes we weren’t familiar with.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always love when we visit kokarri. If you haven't been, do yourself a favor and go! The last time we went it was unusually warm for the city and the restaurant was just a smidge warm. Other then that, everything was outstanding!

LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and our waiter, Peter, was the perfect host.

PJ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service; wonderful place for a business meeting or a romantic outing

AW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is hands down the best restaurant in the western half of the United States. Once the best ingredients have been chosen it is not necessary to over medicate the food with elaborate sauces and too many spices. The chefs at Kokkari strike the perfect balance in their preparation. The service is first class: friendly and not intrusive. There is a confidence that all of the staff exude that is based on the knowledge that they serve fantastic food in an unmatched setting to appreciative knowledgeable customers. It’s as if all participants know it is a privilege to be there.

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and service. We ate our way through the appetizers and thought we were in heaven. Can’t wait to return (again).

CM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third, and definitely not our last, meal at Kokkari. Each time has been extraordinary--elegance without pretension in the food, the ambience, and the service. Even the simplest dishes are prepared with wonderful attention to detail, but without pretence.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The stone fruit salad was hard peaches and none of the fruit was ripe...no flavor and it is stone fruit season. The spanikopita phyllo dough appetizer was cold and had gone sent back. Overall was expecting much better food flavor.

CK
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Wine choice was outstanding

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An all around wonderful experience

RS
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place.

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KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and great food. It is my favorite spot for special occasions.

L
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best waiter I’ve ever had. Please let him know

WE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Kokkari recently. Love the ambience. The server was very friendly and helpful. We ordered the artichoke, octopus, and apricot salad appetizers which were all amazing. For dinner we had the chicken and sea bass, and our friends had the salmon and lamb. We all loved our meals. Baklava and flourless chocolate cake for dessert were the perfect ending to a perfect evening! Loved it!

g
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was good but they totally forgot about the birthday which I had mentioned on the open table as a request. So basically it was awkward to ask the waiter to bring a candle with the dessert we had ordered. Food is good but it wasn’t mind blowing! I liked the ambience. Seems pretty popular for some reason. And the place was very well set up.

M
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful, as usual.

MP
Oklahoma City
48 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another visit to the Kokkari Estiatorio and another very good meal. Our table started out with appetizers of the watermelon salad and octopus. Both excellent. Wine pours were generous. Server was friendly, attentive and provided the long list of specials and offered good advice. Main courses were salmon, branzino and chicken. All tasty. Only minor complaint was the branzino had more than a few bones left in the fish. However, taste was excellent. Dessert was the flourless chocolate cake and filled pastry with mint soaked apricot pieces on the side along with a scoop of ice cream. Chocolate cake was the absolute best. Filled pastries were also excellent, although the apricots were overly minty to the point they had no apricot taste. Ice cream was good. Great ambience here too. A go to place for a memorable meal.

C
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The last time I dined at Kokkari was about a year ago. While the prices have increased, the quality has decreased. I may have to wait a couple of years before I return. By then, they may realize that competition in the Financial District is steep for the dining dollar. If their prices and the quality do not improve, then they may no longer be in existence.

FP
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We created a lunch out of appetizer specials for the day and each was outstanding. Our waitress was very well informed about every menu item. She was helpful and personable. In short, we loved it.

MF
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, one of the best i’ve ever tried. And staff is very friendly

JK
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Service was old school... Everyone on the staff engaged us to check on our experience at this restaurant. Good was amazing. Rare experience these days. Top notch all the way around. Can't wait to go back.

P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff, fantastic food, a delightful experience

f
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place when seated in quiet corner, per my request. Great food and service, too.

E
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was delightful from starting to finish. The food and dessert selection, presentation, and preparation was outstanding. Our server also made an excellent wine recommendation. We will be back hopefully sooner rather than later!

O
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frank, Dimetre, Abel and Jeff were all so welcoming. The food was terrific and service impeccable. It’s our favorite go to restaurant! Dine date 7/29/19

AN
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and healthy food and service! Celebrated my husband’s birthday and he was a very happy man!

K
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic restaurant located in the financial district. Decor is elegant, food is superb and service is nearly perfect. My husband and myself do not have a strong stomach to eat a lot of foods, so are regret to have only 3 dishes; grilled octopus, Napa peach salad, and Ravioli with mushrooms & toasted pine nuts, but all of them are more than our expectation. Service staff is very professional and accurate to respond our needs, especially selection of glass wines and grappa. We spent a wonderful time there.
Definately, we would love to re-visit there with more our friends to share various great dishes. Many thanks.

TS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary evening... fantastic food!

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location for a special occasion; spouse's birthday. Menu items are all so descriptive and appetizing; our meal experience was great! Service was prompt and attentive. Cost is what I'd expect from a fine dining establishment and this was a special event. Will come back again.

FD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of our favorite restaurants. This evening the service was exceptional!

HJ
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful place. Hostess was cold. Food just ok. Service very good. Next time would stick with a bunch of starters and ask waiter for recommendations. Although said it was a birthday lunch did not offer birthday dessert perk or even acknowledge birthday person.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the peppers and riblets as starters. The lamb souvladi for an entre was perfect.

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