Kokkari Estiatorio

4.9
6829 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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Elle
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding!

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vipRichardD
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our few opportunities to celebrate indoor dining at Kokkari during the pandemic, only to find out that this was the last day based on the new rules. We had a delightful time and enjoyed a sumptuous meal. THANK YOU!!

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JoeH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch. Favorite restaurant in SF!

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vipShelleyH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best. So happy to be back. 17 year customer. Efharisto kokkari

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vipDebraH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptions as always

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Mamasmaui
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have an amazing experience at Kokkari as have been going to this institution for almost 15 years. Food is consistent perfect and very light and delicious. Service is wonderful and attentive and always great to see the owners inside - very sad to see restaurants having to shut down indoor dining again and wish the team very best

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vipLynnetS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always so good and the very best.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and the food was outstanding

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vipEmmaE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was exceptional. It was the first time we dined inside in San Francisco, and felt safe and isolated enough to enjoy our dinner without excessive worry. The service, food and ambiance are always a stand out — and somehow, despite the chaos and challenge of the times — Kokkari has preserved the excellence and delivered a fantastic experience without compromise.

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vipMelissaR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Apps are all so good!!! Would definitely go back here. And went during Covid and they've done an excellent job of adding plastic between bar seats and the tables without making it look like cubicles. Great ambiance and food!

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Kitty24
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food is ok, nothing outstanding. Our server was nice, but it took forever to get our drinks. We were being served our food before we got our drinks. Seemed like they were unorganized.

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vipLaura
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dinner! Great service!

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TerryW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was nice but I felt that it was slightly over priced. I would have liked to see a more interesting presentation. I had the Halibut which was very good. However, in this price range I would expect it to be “fancier” ... maybe add a few interesting vegetables, etc. But overall the halibut was cooked perfectly and my dinner companion ordered lamb meatballs which were amazing. The atmosphere was just okay.

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vipBlairN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the lamb souvlaki and the whole roasted branzino (Mediterranean sea bass). We also felt very safe relative to COVID concerns as the restaurant had taken great care with spacing and erecting attractive plexiglass barriers as needed throughout the various seating areas.

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viptberryfine
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience - great food and service, with COVID-19 protocols clearly in place. Great menu and wine list. The lamb chops and baklava ice cream are must-haves.

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vipellaschris
San Francisco
127 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in San Francisco ,
If not the best .
Must order the octopus , zucchini cakes , Greek salad and of course lamb chops !
Finish with there sundae.

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PariC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Probably the best Greek cuisine in SF. We went with food indoor seating and good food but I have had better Greek food in Detroit and New York. Best in SF!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service. Highly recommended Greek restaurant in San Francisco.

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vipCAJOREGMO
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great ambiance

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GeorgeR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very irritated by 20% service (plus tax!). Always tip well, but the management seems to want us to pay extra, and waiter wasn’t willing to call it a “tip”. What part of “servizio incluso” isn’t clear? If you want to raise revenue, increase your prices, but don’t confuse and insult you loyal customers

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MarkW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food in a beautiful, safe, open air setting. Fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and experience at kokkari!! Glad it’s reopened! Waited a few weekends for a table on Sunday, but well worth the wait! They are doing an excellent job during the quarantine with distancing and alcohol based hand rub stations as well as masks on employees!

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vipEagleeye
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our party of four dined here for a birthday celebration. We were never able to get a reservation in prior years so finally getting to appreciate Kokkari was wonderful and worth the wait. First of all our waiter was great-helpful, friendly and attentive with good suggestions when asked. We had several excellent appetizers. The octopus in particular was outstanding. I had a grilled trout which was wonderful. Their wine list is extensive with many affordable choices. We’ll be back.

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AmyD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kokkari is by far the BEST Greek food I've ever eaten including the meals my family and I had in Greece! From all the amazing appetizers, to soup and salad, delicious entrees, and decadent dessert, every single bite was absolutely divine!

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vipJoJo
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our lunch and will be back. I would categorize the cost of lunch as expensive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Anna Rose was fantastic !

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food and usually great service makes this restaurant a must try. Excellent wine selection but lacking in spirits.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful time in one of our favorite San Francisco restaurants.The staff were wonderful and they are very aware of the covid requirements and we felt very comfortable while we enjoyed the 1st class service and food .Everything was great.

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vipEricI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing peach appetizer and whole fish petrale sole.

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Magical
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is impeccable. Food is divine. Ambience is beautiful. Amazing as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todd provided excellent service.

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vipdaceymae
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my husband.

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vipSteveP
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be able to dine at Kokkari again. The food is amazing and we were craving their lamb chops! Service was fantastic as always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always everything was amazing. It is our favorite restaurant in San Francisco. We will keep coming back❤️

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vipZelda
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is a reason that Kokkari is always rated as one of the best restaurants in SF. We are so glad to see them open again. Everything was perfect, as usual.

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vipDuckieSF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious as always. Hadn’t been since prior to the pandemic- I’ve missed it. I do wish they somehow were able to have outdoor seating- the food is perfect for it.
Our waiter was not the most warm person ever. He came, took our order, and it was brought to us in a timely manner. A robot could have filled in for him. Even with that, I would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Indoor dining - was extremely well thought out, safe, and professional. Will be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled octopus appetizer was tender & delicious.
The heirloom tomato salad with arugula was light, healthy & also delicious.
The riblet appetizer was falling off the bone, and also delicious.
Save room for the Kokkari Sundae desert.
The wait staff was attentive & extremely pleasant while explaining everything in easy-to-understood layman’s terns.

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vipDavidR
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food as always at Kokkari for our first time back to a restaurant in the Covid era.
I was not quite sure how allowing dining indoors would work but all seemed ok. I think that there could have been more spacing between tables, and maybe more windows open for ventilation, but overall they did a good job with the new regulations.
The food was of course, great. Service a bit slow between courses, but not all that bad, really. My only complaint was that the total cost was pretty high, but I sort of expected that. Overall I would have no peroblem recommending Kokkari, one of SF's long-standing culinary highlights!

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vipCourtney
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very consistently fantastic food. By far my favorite Greek restaurant in SF, and a must if you have never been.

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 6829 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.