Kokkari Estiatorio

4.9
7119 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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4.8
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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POOGIE
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

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

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Agni
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Todo excelente

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dining experiences ever.

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vipSusanM
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LeniL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely my favorite restaurant in San Francisco!

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SukhjitD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress, Valerie was outstanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
Yosemite
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and food great!

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vipPantu
Mexico City
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy buen lugar, excelente ambiente, comida deliciosa, buen servicio!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I picked this restaurant to celebrate my birthday with my BFF, the staff were amazing and so kind with us, food was exquisite and the service from hostess, busser and our server Gilberto were outstanding, this experience is so far the best and my guests were happy and even to tell other friends to join us for future dining
Thank you so much for make my birthday celebration unforgettable the place is beautiful

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vipInternationalFoodie1
Denver
59 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST experience. We decided to order only appetizers; smelts, prawns, zucchini
cakes, sampler plate. Plenty for two. All super delicious. Our server (wish I could remember his name) suggested cocktails called Paper Airplanes. We loved them. Dessert was the one with apricot pastries and pistachio ice cream, yummy. The table was so comfortable as we could watch the passing parade of customers. The whole experience was sublime. I wish I could remember our superb server's name for shout out. All the servers were top line professionals. Friendly, helpful staff. Thank you Kokkari!

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vippick4bun
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine there. Truly excellent. Lunch is a perfect option, too, because dinner reservations are so hard to come by.

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vipFranchescaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep coming back to Kokkari. The food and service is just absolutely amazing!

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
194 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lamb and chicken. We’ll prepared and tasty. Very crowded and no masks at all on customers.

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vipDerek
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had four appetizers and the roast chicken and lamb. As always, everything was delicious and service was 5 stars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience too good bottom

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in San Francisco! Always consistent.

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BeckyK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Server had too many customers all at the same time. But when she did get to use, she was a perfect server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess did a wonderful job managing the large crowd of people arriving at the restaurant at the same time. Our server was top notch. The food was absolutely delicious.

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service per usual. Amazing ambiance.

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FernandoL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service. Our winner was the grilled octopus.

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hutchss
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite SF restaurant. I have been here numerous times and the food and service do not disappoint. Fabulous all around. Lamb is a speciality! We asked to sit in the corridor connecting the front dining room with the large dining room where the kitchen is. It is my favorite place to sit as the noise level is less. Great service, fabulous food -- such a treat!

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MarkT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is consistently delicious and the service is excellent. It is a pricey restaurant, but the quality of the food and service make it a good value. Recommended.

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vipNetta
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valerie is a gracious, efficient, perfect server

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viper1956
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was delicous, and the service impeccable.
many declious things to choose from.
i'd go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I have yet to be blown away by the SF food scene. Everything from food to service was good, not great. But definitely a better choice than other dining options in the area that charge about the same but serve poor quality food. Would have to return and try some other items on the menu to get a better idea of their menu. Overall was please by the quality and experience of our meal last night but just can’t quite give them an outstanding score yet.

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vipMarinLocal
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food has been consistently great with good service!

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CrystalMP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been years since I enjoyed a meal here. I cant believe it fell off my radar for so long.

Service:
- The service was incredible. Attentive and professional without being stuffy, while also being warm like a trusted friend who’s advice you respect. The waiter helped with recommendation and every single one was perfect. Honestly, some of the best I’ve ever experienced and I dine out often.

Food:
- Brilliant! Everything was fresh, beautifully presented, flavorful, exciting, balanced.

Wine:
- The Greek wines were like taking a much needed vacation. Loved them all.

I’m looking forward to returning and already have another reservation booked.

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JohnS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kokkari is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. Fabulous Greek food, wonderful ambiance - especially if you are near the large fireplace with various meats roasting, great service, a little expensive but worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter and Thomas were excellent!

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vipsusans
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every bite! Such delicious food - really incredible experience.

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vipSamG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Comfortable elegance.
This is a guaranteed winner regardless of the reason for being there.

Exceptional service.
Terrific bar.
The ambiance is one of my favorites in the City.

The food is superb from appetizer to dessert.
The worst thing about the place is you eventually need to leave.

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 7119 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.