Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
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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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4.8
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4.8
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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE KOKKARI! Great wine, great food, great service, great ambiance. My favorite place to dine in San Francisco by far!

p
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently Excellent ~ Our Return Is Certain.

EC
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best all around meals of my life. Truly excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Octopus and Lamb Chops. Great service and knowledgeable staff

GG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone’s favorite!!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We liked it overall. Food was good, nice vibe and ambiance. Server forgot about us a few times.

l
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointing meal. We came here for lunch this time and started with the grilled octopus. It was perfectly prepared. Then we shared the lamb chops and whole fish - branzino. Everything was prepared to expectations and tasted delicious. We had great service and will continue to come here for special meals.

a
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a special place...a restaurant where memories are made. We are so thankful Kokkari exists...has withstood the vagaries of high foodie standards and expectations in a City known to send eating establishments to the attrition yard.

Good on everyone there to make sure our celebratory dinner was simply over the top.

Adam & Laura

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OG
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. My only concern is how small some portions are but it's restaurant :)

PB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing desserts!!

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M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were six of us ladies who lunch. When we went there it was for a birthday of one of us. She requested this place, her favorite, and all of us were impressed with the foods that we ordered, from grilled octopus for appetizer, our main courses: cod, sea bass and halibut. They were nicely presented and cooked to Perfection.

LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, came for the JPM Event. My boss said it was his favorite place. Did not disappoint! Everything from start to finish was amazing! I went back a couple of nights later with a friend who lives in SF and had never been. It’s now his new favorite place! Fabulous!

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Greek food outside of Greece!!! Period!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fsntastic!

ML
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kokkari again exceeded my expectations from the ambiance to service to the amazing cuisine. The best around!

HK
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From a Greek, this is a beautiful restaurant with an authentic menu. Delicious and reminds me of home.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess and server were very kind when my lunch partner couldn’t make it and I became a party of 1.

JB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I invited two potential work colleagues out for lunch whom I had never met before. I chose the restaurant in case either were vegetarian as it seemed like plenty of options. What I didn't know was one person had a lot of dietary restrictions. She was able to select items easily with help from our server Valerie who was so knowledgeable, helpful and fantastic! The food was fabulous, the noise level was perfect (I was concerned) and the ambiance was amazing. I told my husband we have to come into SF for a date night to this restaurant because I need to come back. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My girlfriend’s birthday

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were visiting this restaurant many times,but last time we didn’t like food at all.We returned pork belly,the grilled octopus was not tasty.It was couple pieces of it with no presentation.My friend ordered sea bass which was over cooked and had too fishy taste.The prices are too high for this quality of food and presentation.

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious!! very friendly staff. great atmosphere and I will be returning soon!!

W
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience, but a bit on the pricey side.

MW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in San Francisco! The service and food here is amazing every time I come.

D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I now have a new favorite restaurant in S.F. Kokkari is absolutely wonderful in every way. Loved the Tiramousalta - so tasty, and a generous portion with delicious pita. My Mousaka was the best I have had outside of Greece - very authentic and also a nice portion. Spanikopita delicious, wish there had been more of it. And the chicken was juicy and herbacious! Loved the atmosphere. A special meal for my bday! Thank you. Can't wait to return...

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service

Always more expensive than I would have thought

O
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was our second time visiting and it was just as delicious as the first. The seasoning on the lamb kebabs was perfect

OT
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very nice and informative. Food was great. Octopus was amazing! Service in general was great. Food came out at perfect times. One complaint was that our table was intimately too close to our neighboring table who would were clearly easy dropping into our conversations.
Regardless of that, I would still very highly recommend this place. I would like to return to it, as well.

y
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in SF! The food was cooked to perfection and so delicious. Great, cozy, sophisticated atmosphere with a nice buzz. I will definitely come back as soon as I can.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner experience and great food!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always....

M
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and quiet enough to talk without having to scream at your table mates or keep asking “What”? That’s worth a lot.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La comida deliciosa y el lugar muy bonito. El mejor restaurante de nuestro viaje! El menú no es muy grande pero lo que probamos estuvo espectacular!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Wonderful staff and ambiance. Did I say fantastic food! It was delicious

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant but sadly the food was not great. I had signature lamb chops which were pretty much all fat.... so overall the food was disappointing. For the money, it was not worth it as this is an expensive meal.

l
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is superb in every respect. The food, service, ambiance are so consistent it never fails to impress and satisfy.

AV
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good portion size. Most dishes were around $40. My lamb skewers was tough and chewy even it was medium rare. There’s a white string in all my skewers. The halibut and bronzini were delicious but were on the pricey side.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always!

MJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Celebrating time together after a very demanding year and it was the first time dining at Kokkari for my fiancé. We were seated parallel to the main walk way (with area rug) from the host stand to the dining room, which did not make for a relaxing experience.