About Kokkari Estiatorio

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.

200 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Greek, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm -11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar Menu: Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Cross Street:
Front St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 981-0983

Website:
http://www.kokkari.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking ($8) evenings from 5:00pm

Executive Chef:
Erik Cosselmon

Private Party Facilities:
The semi-private and private dining areas can accommodate groups from six to two hundred. The restaurant is also available for buy-outs.

Private Party Contact:
Caroline Shea: (415) 981-0983

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Kokkari Estiatorio Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (117)
Good for a Date (103)
Fit for Foodies (101)
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Authentic (100)
Good for Anniversaries (90)
Business Meals (74)
Romantic (73)
Good for Birthdays (68)
Good for Groups (58)
Creative Cuisine (54)
Great for Lunch (54)
Neighborhood Gem (54)
Worth the Drive (48)
Notable Wine List (44)
Cozy (44)
Hot Spot (39)
Bar Seating (34)
Fun (34)
Healthy (32)
Comfort Food (26)
Local Ingredients (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
People Watching (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Casual (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Tapas (17)
Seasonal (14)
Late-night Find (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Organic (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Spicy (4)
Vegan (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Scenic View (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

We were thrilled to get a reservation to celebrate my fiancé’s birthday. We arrived 20 minutes in hopes to have a drink but were seated right away. Our server was great and the food didn’t disappoint. Only complaint is we were seated in the front. We were next to a table of 6 who had been over served, were very noisy and swearing up a storm. The couple next to us also made it hard for us to hear each other. Overall it was a good experience but not as special as I had hoped.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Very upscale Greek entrees. The stuffed grape leaves were delicious. Salad/soup were tasty as well. Thought the lentil soup was salty, but still very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

I love this place - I brought my top clients for lunch on Wednesday but even with a reservation we had to wait so it was awkward and I felt embarrassed. A lovely woman came over and apologized and treated us to some appys but I felt deflated -
I know it’s not always in their control when people want to sit around and chat. It was such an impt day for me.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Every item we ordered was prepared perfectly. Good flavors and presentation. We plan to return! We were also impressed at how the staff could handle so many diners at this very expansive restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely fabulous, one of my favorite restaurants

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Kokkari remains our favorite restaurant in San Francisco. The food and service are always good. It is well staffed; you never feel neglected here. This past time, Majid waited on our table and provided excellent service. We've held parties of 8 here, and we've come here for special occasions and never been disappointed. Try the zucchini cakes, and also the goat stew if you get a chance. It's pricey -- the whole branzino and the lamb chop entrees were $47 each. But we still love it for the occasional treat.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous as always and if you go ask for the dessert that ISN’T listed on the menu...it is heavenly!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Kokkhari has scrumptious food and wonderful wait staff. I have never been so happy with a luxurious lunch that I will remember for some to come. Kokkhari went out of their way to make me feel special; we weren't rushed and the appetizers (lamb riblets, brussel sprouts, sea urchin) were delectable. For lunch, we chose the lamb chops - cooked the way we requested, and they melted in our mouth. The Greek coffee was superb as was the Ouzo. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially for special occasions. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service and amazing food! It was my birthday so it was extra special!

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Lively ambiance. We had divine dishes - excellent whole fish with pan saute lemon sauce. Also "delicato" seasonal squash with pomegranate - wonderful recipes. Not a great place for intimate conversation, rather, a place for celebration. Service very attentive, not overbearing. Leaves you feeling joyous.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Great dinner! Food, ambience, service all first rate! Our server, Daria, was professional, very knowledgeable about the menu and personable. All wait staff we encountered were friendly, professional and timely for our needs. Our appetizers, zucchini cakes, octopus and pan fried Greek cheese, all excellent. Our mains, whole branzino (de-boned) and lamb chops exceeded our expectations, which based on friend's recommendations, were already very high. The host/owner dropping by our table toward the end of the meal was a thoughtful touch and appreciated. Restaurant seemed extremely busy in spite of our early, 5:15pm seating; busy, but not distracting. We will return at our first opportunity.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Looking forward to the next trip to San Francisco to dine here again...truly wonderful!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dinner was great. Good service.
Sat in the main dining room with the bar. Was very noisy. Also lots of traffic as customers and wait staff constantly pass through this area. Will ask for seating in dining area in back near kitchen next time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Wonderful place, really enjoyed our time there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Was too crowded and dark. Food was not bad, but nothing special.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Top notch service and spot on food. We had a
Very romantic table and can’t wait to come back

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Good service at a good pace despite the popularity. Host/owner checks in before/after the meal....good touch. Appetizers and salads were good. Lamb and Branzini could use a little more flavor but was good. Dessert was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food and ambiance was great, but our server truly elevated our dining experience. Her knowledge and honesty with the perfect amount of attention showed her professionalism and experience, which we greatly appreciated. Thank you for making my moms birthday so memorable.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Everything on the menu was delicious and service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Absolutely amazing lamb..... I’ve been to great restaurants all over the world and this is top notch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was perfect. I would highly recommend!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

An all-around good place to meet friends and sample good food, albeit, it is not
"authentic" Greek, but does have some Greek dishes. The food is mostly well-prepared
" Greek-inspired" and very tasty.
Restaurant has an "elegant - taverna" feel to it; very conducive to conversation
and enjoying your meal. I was surprised to learn that it is very popular, but that did
not affect the quality of the service and the food. I would make reservations as soon
as possible as reservations can be hard to get at the popular times.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I have been here a few times and have never been disappointed, whether it is with my wife, my work colleagues or clients. The atmosphere is frantic, noisy, busy and basically of people having a good time. While at times it appears chaotic with tables having up to three sittings and the bar jammed with diners, one has to take it as all part of the whole package. Love it. Great wine list and the lamb here is unbeatable.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Overall a superb dining experience! Service was impeccable and food delicious and perfectly prepared as always . Wine recommendation was great. Tab was a bit high but likely because we ordered too many of the yummy starters. Next time we will share entrees. Only complaint was that we were seated too close to nearby table and overheard conversation on political topic (yuck!)

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Best Greek food since I was in Greece. Amazing service and perfectly prepared food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

As Usual it was perfect

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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on November 29, 2017

great food and atmosphere,
the starters great and the neat exelent

Tags: Vegan, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

As usual, the service and food at Kokkari was exceptional. The lamb riblet appetizer was fantastic. I had the whole fish as an entrée and it was deboned and tasted delicious. I've never been disappointed at Kokkari and will return again soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Always a great experience: best restaurant in San Francisco!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Hot Spot, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in San Francisco!! Top notch everything!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and she loved the meal.

However, our waiter brought birthday desserts to the tables on our left and right, but not to us, despite my informing Kokkari of her birthday in the reservation. One table was clearly not expecting a birthday dessert, so it seemed like service was sloppy enough to give it to the wrong table and not realize the mistake.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food & service was spectacular as always. The lamb chops were fantastic

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in SF and the best greek food I have had outside of Greece. Must try!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Life changing meal. Which included fantastic service and wine list. We can't wait to go back on our next date night in SF. Food was amazing and dessert was devine...

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Far exceeded my expectations. A fabulous experience all around.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything is consistently excellent. We always come when we are in town. The food is beautiful creative and delicious. Gorgeous atmosphere. Expensive but well worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was superb as always and our server, while busy managed our table as best he could. However, the hostess was quite rude and ruined an otherwise great lunch. She was dismissive and unapologetic when we followed up on our table after a 20 minute wait. We asked if we should just grab a drink at the bar first and her response with an eye roll was “whatever, if you want to but the table is being cleared”. Which is what she said when we first checked in. She could have handled it in so many different ways that didn’t warrant such attitude. My husband and I were taking my 71 year old dad. Maybe you could offer to have us sit and wait at the bar and have a drink while the table is set up for 20 mins. Again, the food is fanatastic but wow the hostess really ruined our impression and made us feel unwelcome.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

One person’s main course was not good, which was a disappointment since wear regular customers

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was outstanding; we tried four different appetizers and it was hard not to devour everything. Service was attentive, but not intrusive. Sat in front room near bar, but back of restaurant was set up for larger parties, near kitchen and wood burning ovens. The atmosphere was fabulous.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great place for Greek food, quality of food is high. You would not be disappointed by the lamb, it is always so good, certainly it is one of their specialties. Main room is a little small and crowded, you'll have other couples very close to you as your neighbors. Make reservations with enough time, always crowded.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy
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