Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
7344 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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HannahT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Greek restaurant in San Fran. Highly recommended.

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vipmimim
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Beautiful ambiance

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vipSharon
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful dinner. So excited to be back after not being able to dine inside for so long. The food, as always, was outstanding. Everything was perfectly cooked and served. Perfect date night for my husband and me. Can't wait to go back.

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vipdngmt
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food excellent, ambiance as well. Service as it seems increasingly in every restaurant was rushed. We barely took our seat before waiter asked us for our drink orders, which were supplied immediately. Our food order was taken promptly after that and within five minutes came our appetizers. Our waiter came over 5 times during the meal just to ask how things were tasting, alternated by the busser filling our water glasses at least 5 times as well (would prefer to have a carafe so we can fill ourselves without being interrupted every 5 min.) right on the menu it says we can have the table a Mac or 2 hrs. I understand this is a very popular restaurant but it is also not cheap. I would categorize it as fine dining, which should be definition offer you the pleasure to relax and enjoy the ambiance, service and food without the pressure of feeling like they want to turn your table as soon as possible. Alas this is not unique, And it seems this has become representative of American restaurant service. I guess I would have thought a San Francisco institution like Kkokari would have finessed it in a more subtle way.

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vipDebbieM
Milwaukee
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first, but most certainly not our last dinner at Kokkari. The food, service and ambiance were top notch. The menu is classic with creative specials thrown in (we tried both) and our server was friendly, warm and very helpful re recommendations. We asked for a quiet table in back, but you can certainly choose a different noise/energy level by the room you prefer. Thank you all for a lovely evening with family.

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vipQuingB
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with the family and the food was very nicely prepared, the service was superb, and the atmosphere was casual but elegant

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch at Kokkari. Initially it took quite long before the waiter came to take our order. But his service was excellent! He recognized how long it took and gave us a free plate to share. Food was excellent! I would definitely go back.

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SassyViv
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lamb chop was amazing as usual and so was the service. I wasn't expecting the restaurant to be filled up in the late afternoon so it was a bit disconcerting since I had thought that the table next to us would stay empty due to Covid-19 that's still a concern.

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vipInternationalFoodie1
Denver
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love Kokkari. Always great food. One complaint this time, the lamp riblets we not good. Full of gristle and kinda gross. But all the other food was delicious. We'd certainly recommend Kokkari but not riblets.

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vipAtilla
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very nice place for a good, relaxing evening out. The service is outstanding, the food very good and the atmosphere good. Possibly some of the tables are a bit too close to allow easy conversation, but there are other tables with a good amount of room. The wait staff go out of their way to explain the menu and specials, and they are attentive without being intrusive. The food is well prepared and hearty with many interesting dishes with an emphasis on simplicity.

The Covid protocols are good.....vaccine proof checked, waiters with masks on & properly positioned, most guests entering & leaving with masks in place and a thorough cleaning of surfaces after use.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is epic. The ambiance is warm and authentic and luxurious. The food seems like it could be basic based on the menu description but don’t be fooled - it’s epic.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spectacular as usual. Especially the seafood.. cooked to perfection

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite restaurant in SF!

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JessicaC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for gluten and dairy free

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vipHollyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, fantastic service, great room, amazing wine options!

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RobertC
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious. Service outstanding as well.

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Mehhhh
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Based on the food, I'm surprised this place was packed. This place seems has all the trimmings of fine dining, reservations hard to come by and manage or update on the day of, even for a weekday lunch. Hostess at the door was great - organized, attentive, and had people skills apologizing for not be able to seat us early. During our lunch, she even saw us looking around and stopped by to make sure we didn't need anything.

We ordered, two entrees, an appetizer and a soup. Afterwards, we noticed there were chickens seemingly cooking cooking rotisserie style in a fireplace, which was pretty cool - behind a table of bread. We waited awhile, before we asked for a basket of bread that we saw many other tables receiving.

We had the fried smelt as an appetizer which was fantastic with the garlic dip and what we used for the bread as well. The soup was a bit sour to me, but my wife loved it.

I ordered the whole fish Sea Bream which was pretty good - I've had better.
My wife ordered the halibut, which i couldn't find on the online menu, but was quite awful. Really bad in fact - it included some chickpea thing that resembled mashed potato but tasted terrible and the halibut was covered in some type of cut up olives which made the halibut taste like bad medicine.

I probably would not go back

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vipJohn
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested a specific table for our anniversary which our Hostess made ready upon arrival!

Our waiter, Ben, and his support team were professional, friendly, and very responsive!

When we requested a bottle of Mediterranean wine to accompany our meal, Ben, quickly gave us two selections based upon our red wine blend preferences.

His recommendation was a perfect compliment to the wide variety of dishes we ordered!

It was almost like the chef has a sixth sense, because just minutes after we selected a dish it was delivered fresh and hot!

When we requested a special order Ben was responsive and timely!

We have been enjoying Kokkari since it opened. We look forward to many more memorable meals.

Thanks to all of the very hard working staff who make our experience special!

We look forward to enjoying another gastronomic experience with Kokkari soon!

John and Nancy Zeravich

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Court
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and cuisine! It was our first time dining there and we will definitely be returning!

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EasterBrunch
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection absolute great food and service

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GKim
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very nice food and ambience. But the server's voice was so low and I can't really understand.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible, the staff is attentive and informative, and the ambiance is warm and welcoming. The zucchini cakes and lamb chops were the stars of the show, but everything was so delicious it was difficult to play favorites. 5 of 5 stars all around.

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KellyH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Every dish was interesting and delicious. Our waiter was a great combination of humor and knowledge. And the atmosphere is beautiful and warm. We loved our entire experience.

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MattO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Your front desk was phenomenal. Kind. Accommodating. Welcoming. Everything you could want. Our server Valerie was amazing. Everything about our first visit exceeded our expectations. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always incredible and the service as well. We had a great meal celebrating a birthday. Always recommend Kokkari!

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RosieH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff were friendly. Would definitely recommend!

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MT123
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was fantastic! We got the saganaki, feta calamari, lamb chops, whole fish and persimmon salad. Best meal we had while visiting San Francisco.

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vipRingLeader1
San Francisco
306 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Dining in the front room with the fireplace is best, we had the saganaki, avgolemono, halibut, the sundae and apple upside down cake, all good. All who came to the table were pleasant.

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vipGusA
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi Paul, Bebe and Mikela,
Dinner and service was amazing as always!
Thank You for stopping by to say hi and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families.
It was also nice running into George Marcus, he’s funny!

Thank You,
Gus

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mikalap
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great! Would absolutely go back

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MIGUELM
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Muy rico todo mis hijos devoraron
El vino espectacular, la cena y el servicio.
No me hizo feliz la mesa compartida iba con hijos y en el otro lado u grupo de gente adulta tomando y haciendo mucho ruido

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and service . . . as always!

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vipEleftheria
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding—food, service, and ambiance. The lamb chops and loukoumades are not to be missed. A must for anyone searching for a foodie dining experience.

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vipVic60
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kokarri is a wonderful restaurant. The food is great, the ambiance is lovely and the service is excellent.

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vipTimmySF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A San Francisco classic. Always delicious. Highly recommend.

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vipLovestodine
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer lunch. Kokkari never disappoints!! We had the best waiter. So nice and knowledgeable. Food over the top. Thanks!!

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Rrpars
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding restaurant. Every dish was superb.

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vipJmac
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were thrilled to get a last-minute reservation and loved being seated near the fireplace. The food, as always, was spectacular and the service was excellent. Our waiter was incredibly accommodating, personable, and gave us just the right amount of attention. It’s always a special occasion to dine at Kokkari!

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GalaxyGoddess4689
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kokkari hasn’t skipped a beat! Consistently delicious food, excellent service, comfortably elegant ambiance. In my humble opinion…has been and still is one of the best restaurants in SF.

FAQs

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

Kokkari Estiatorio is rated 4.8 stars by 7344 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.