Kokkari Estiatorio

4.9
7131 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toya
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in SF. This was a wonderful birthday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food & service!

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vipPresidio
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kokkari is outstanding in all respects. The food and service were above and beyond. We both had fish entrees that were perfectly cooked and seasoned.

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Oldie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid and special experience. Service was exceptional.

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AlexSF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great selection of food and drinks. Good service. Busy place. Most dishes taste really good. Planning to return when craving for Greek/Mediterranean food.

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JoeB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food was overpriced for lunch portion. Waiters push items that are high priced. Not as good as NY.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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TinaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Second time here in the past year and want to try to come back every month!

Grilled fish is always amazing. We got the moussaka this time which was also great. Grilled meatballs appetizer 10/10 :)

All the desserts so far are amazing as well (tried 3 of them)

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Mari
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Always have a great experience from the food to the service to the ambience. Highly recommend, especially for special occasions. Just make sure to reserve in advance. I usually book about 3 weeks out.

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vipSabina
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Our waiter was attentive but not hovering over us. He made fantastic recommendations. The bartender made a special cocktail for me that was out of this world just based on the flavor profile I wanted. All the mezzo plates were delicious and the waiter took his time to arrange the order of their arrival to create a culinary experience. I was disappointed they didn’t deliver the saganaki on fire to the table but it was by far the best item on the menu! Note: the restrooms are far away and you have to take an elevator to a lower level. Expect to take time going there.

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vipSanFranciscoFoodFan
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and drinks. Attentive and friendly service. Truly outstanding experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in SF! The service and food is outstanding.

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vipLePetiteChef
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time! If you want a true taste of Greece then this is the place. Our waiter Jonathan was so attentive as was everyone else. Highly recommend

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Tommy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , delicious food! The salmon was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous, exciting and new! Greek food on a whole different level.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was awesome - great food great waiter great experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was elegantly presented, the flavors were superb . Atmosphere was a bit noise but manageable.

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JaneB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Greek food but this was by the best I have ever tasted. We had the Street Corn Salad, the Watermelon Feta Salad, the Greek salad and the lamb riblets and finished by their delicious homemade yogurt with dates and toasted pine nuts. The wine recommended by our charming waiter paired perfectly with the food and he went on to explain that the higher sugar content of the grapes caused by the volcanic soil in which they grown created not a sweeter wine but a wine slightly higher in alcohol which was very helpful to know . The restaurant is beautiful, the service charming and food divine. Altogether an experience fit for the Gods which the Greeks evoke so beautifully.... In addition it is steps from the Embarcadaro where you can stroll and burn off some of the calories in this delicious and actually healthy meal

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DebraR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was great. Was a little concerned sitting so close to a 2- top. Due to Covid-19. Couple was not their out entire meal and no one was seated there after they left.

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vipMercouriFan
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kokkari has always been excellent, and one of our favorites. But during our latest visit the food and service surpassed even our very high expectations. The service we received from Valerie was simply outstanding, and the soutzoukakia and the plevrakia were incredible. And of course, every other dish we ordered was excellent as always (lavraki, tsipoura, oktapodaki, marides). Wow, what a treat!

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ZachK
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience all around. Great good, great wine, great service.

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oboek1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service. Highly recommend.

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POOGIE
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The food was really good but just a little pricey. The service was beyond great!

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Agni
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience, and unique interior design. The staff is super polite and well versed - all the suggestions and combinations were spot on. Great for a date night!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

It really really breaks my heart to have to write a negative review for my beloved Kokkari. We have been coming here for over 10 years and it has been our favorite restaurant in SF.
But judging from the past 2 visits, there is reason for concern. Last night our main course consisted of: Branzino, Ribyeye Steak, and Moussaka.
The fish was dry and over cooked. Moussaka was really overwhelmed by cinnamon and thin white sauce. But the steak was the ultimate disappointment. Very lump and tons of connective tissue that make it hard to cut and chew. What’s more disappointing is that I specifically asked our waiter if he could make sure we get a good piece of steak.
The desserts I am happy to report were as lovely as always.
I hope the overwhelming number of new staff will not result in a permanent drop in quality. One more negative experience and even die hard fans like us will have to look for a new favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time together in SF and our lunch and service could not have been better. What a treat! The octopus and zucchini cakes were exquisite!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Todo excelente

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vipcarolyn21
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kokkari every time is a hit!! Food, drinks, service is all stellar super star amazing.

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JenT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family of 5 visiting from NJ. We had Jimmy as our waiter and he was a great source of tips and advice. He was also very funny. Our dinner from the appetizers to the main meal to the desserts we shared- was perfect. It was delicious and totally worth the time and money. Go here if you want an excellent and unforgettable meal- and don’t eat anything before you go ;)

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PatB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time. Our waiter was perfect, great service, attentive but not too attentive and he had a great sense of humor. The grilled octopus was to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dining experiences ever.

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vipSusanM
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance in each of the rooms offers you a wonderful experiences - high ceilings, beautiful bar, nice lighting with windows and a quieter smaller back room! The service is terrific and they time the dishes to your pace! We have always had servers with the right balance of friendliness and helpfulness, never overbearing or rushing! The food is so consistently good and wonderfully spiced!

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ANA1
Mexico City
40 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El pulpo espectacular, todo delicioso, muy buen servicio, nos encantó.

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LeniL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I love this restaurant and it is my yearly birthday treat. It was not up to normal standard for Kolkati this time & I was dissatisfied & disappointed. Our server was not friendly at first, he ignored us and was verging on rude. We weren’t asking for anything unusual just asked him to repeat himself( I have hearing issues especially in a noisy restaurant). He seemed put out & ignored us for awhile until we started ordering big-then we got his attention. The food was average this time-not up to their normal standards. The octopus was way overdone, bordering on being tough. My partner said he wouldn’t order it again. The beans were excellent but the special, the peppers, were very average. My dessert was excellent. The highlight should have been the octopus salad but it was rubbery and tough. Anyways a miss from a restaurant that is usually a hit. Disappointing especially on my birthday.

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JillN
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was terrible sitting so close to the next tablet especially because the couple next to us was having a very loud disturbing conversation and really ruined our special dinner.
Our waiter was really great!!

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vipBeacon
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely my favorite restaurant in San Francisco!

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SukhjitD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great except the Greek coffee arrived after the dessert. We wanted coffee with dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress, Valerie was outstanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and food great!

FAQs

Kokkari Estiatorio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 981-0983.

Kokkari Estiatorio is rated 4.9 stars by 7131 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.