Come to Kokkari Estiatorio in the Financial District to feel like a big shot. Maybe even throw on a suit and tie. It's a Greek temple of lamb.

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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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4.7

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4.7

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4.7

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4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (112)
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Good for Anniversaries (92)
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Business Meals (75)
Good for Birthdays (72)
Good for Groups (58)
Great for Lunch (55)
Creative Cuisine (55)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Notable Wine List (46)
Cozy (43)
Hot Spot (42)
Worth the Drive (41)
Healthy (36)
Bar Seating (31)
Fun (31)
Comfort Food (26)
People Watching (23)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Casual (21)
Local Ingredients (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Tapas (16)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Seasonal (13)
Late-night Find (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Organic (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Spicy (4)
Vegan (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food and great service! Came in with a half full Starbucks coffee and a gentleman took it away, and came back to the table with it warmed and in a mug! Baclava was the best we’ve ever had and the ravioli was super tasty!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Memorable meal and evening in SF

Highly recommend

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·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food. Great service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Very special food!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

One of my favorite restaurant in town. I've been going there for many years and every time I am delighted

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing dinner place!! They have good vegetarian starters.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Good overall experience, very inconsistent service. 15 minutes before we saw a waiter, appetizers came extremely fast, while main course took over 30 mins.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was absolutely outstanding!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was amazing along with the environment and friendly staff.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

This truely hearty,warmly,simple,cozy,excellent skillful foods and atomosphere restaurant,Sanfrancisco iconic.My favorite definitely

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Healthy, Fun, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Brussels spouts were awesome and Moussaka was spot on. You could just sit and make a meal of the appetizers, they are all wonderful!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We have been dining at Kokkari for a decade. It is possibly the most reliable place for a satisfying meal in the City (admittedly we live close, which helps). Food, service, all around hospitality never fail.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Upon entering you are greeted with the aromatics of a wood burning stove. Then the warm glowing light fills the room with an inviting ambiance. The tables are arranged thoughtfully inviting conversation that you can actually hear. The menu offers a delicious variety of fish, poultry, lamb and beef and your table can share if you wish. The wine list offers both old and new world varietals and a wide range of price points. Our server was well prepared to describe all the dishes and specials and was helpful in suggesting combinations we could share. The name of the restaurant means “little onion”. There is nothing little here. The portions are generous and beautifully presented. A few of our favorites were the grilled octopus, stuffed calamari and the brussell sprouts. If you’re a fish lover, you can’t miss. Truly outstanding experience.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

It is very nice and upscale here.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Kokkari restaurant offers authentic and delicious Greek food. In my opinion it is the best Greek restaurant on the West coast.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Terrific food matched by excellent service. Our seating request was honored by the restaurant which was an added bonus.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We loved Kokkari and will return! We chose 2 starters so that we could taste more of the menu. I had the octopus with olive oil and watercress - superb - cooked so well that it was tender. My dining companion had zucchini cakes which were crispy on the outside - also just right. She ordered the ribs which were delicious, and I could not pass by the smelts with skordalia. If there were nothing else on the menu, I would return for the smelts. Our waiter was friendly and efficient. When I requested a half glass of wine, he responded with, of course, no problem. That's good service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

To be honest, I was a little disappointed in the service. Our waiter had a terrific personality, and is clearly a professional (rare in the restaurant biz!), but when he saw that only half of us ordered drinks and we weren't ordering a bunch of appetizers, he seemed to lose interest in our table. Which didn't feel really hospitable. We were made to feel like second-tier diners because we don't drink and weren't going to be a $500 table.

My fish, however, was excellent!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Did not offer any rotisserie items that I was looking forward to the evening I was having a birthday celebration for my partner. I also noted on my Open Table reservation that we were celebrating my partner's birthday and the restaurant did not acknowlege this special occasion.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fantastic place ...... one would often not think Greek is such a refined cuisine, but this is the best ~ very top-notch "Mediterranean". Great food, great service, great ambience. Just fantastic. And try the Greek wine too ..... the waiters will steer you in the right direction.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent all around. Not much more I can say than that, Kokkari is back! It had been several years since my last visit here, but after a short time, I recalled why I fell in love with this fine establishment all those years ago. From the moment you walk in, the ambiance is still quite lively and energetic, there is certainly a warm positive buzz all over the restaurant, it's a place to see and be seen. The wine list is extensive and offers quite the selection of Mediterranean and Greek wines (highly recommend the Little Prince from Crete). But the best part of this dining experience? The food of course. I don't think Kokkari has a rival in all of San Francisco in terms of quality and authenticity. For starters, the pan fried Greek cheese, the prawns with feta butter, and the grilled Octopus are to die for. As a main course, the grilled lamb chops are the signature dish, and are absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. The dessert was the baklava and rizogalo, both super tasty and authentic. All around, the best Greek food I've had in SF, possibly the entire Bay Area. Thank you Kokkari, we definitely will be back soon! Yamas!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, People Watching, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Service

Our server was named Johnny. You may already have a favorite Kokkari server but if you do, trust me, ask for Johnny. Not only is he the most knowledgeable server I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, his attention to detail was superb, his understanding of the food immeasurable and the phrase "he's a cool dude" was made for him. It is unbelievable that he is a newcomer to Kokkari. It was a pleasure meeting Johnny.

Food

The food was nothing short of spectacular. The arnisia plevrakia (grilled lamb riblets) fell off the bone and melted in my mouth. How the hell can a chef do that? The lentil and vegetable soup was unique and tasty, The grilled whole fish was to die for and the presentation artistic and the pan roasted halibut steak was cooked to perfection. This is one place where you can believe the hype. The folks doing the cooking at Kokkari can flat out "throw down."

To be fair I want to point out two SMALL items of concern

Confirmation Personnel

My latest visit to Kokkari was November 7, 2017..............................................

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We had a fantastic time. After hearing about Kokkari for years, I was worried it wouldn't live up to the high expectations. But it did, can't wait to go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Awesome lamb chops. Great service and atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

La comida deliciosa. El servicio
Un poco lento pero vale la pena!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I enjoyed the Kokkari again, it is always an excellent night out. We especially enjoyed the zucchini cake appetizer and halibut entrée

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Cozy, warm environment. Classic vibes and wait service style. The food (with the exception of the lotosalata) was stellar. The lamb chops deliver every time. I'll be dreaming of them until my next visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The best restaurant in the world

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Another great lunch at Kokkari. Never disappoints. Great appetizers. Professional staff and great service. Try the yogurt with walnuts and honey for dessert!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Amazing food, beautiful decor and ambience. Excellent choice.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Fabulous ambiance, service and food. Truly great Greek food. Opa!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Went to this restaurant on the recommendations of a Greek friend. I have been to numerous other Greek restaurants and ALL of them are inferior to Kokkari Estiatorio.

When we got there, we ran into two other friends who also had a two person reservation. They had no problem sitting us together at a four person table. The service was excellent.

We ordered the fried cheese appetizer, an artichoke appetizer and the grilled calamari to start. Everyone of the dishes was excellent. I would not hesitate to order any of these dishes.

We ordered the rotisserie lamb, the Petrale sole and the lamb shank. All were excellent. My lamb was the best lamb I have ever had in my life. It was great. The sole was cooked to perfection. The lamb shank was delicious. Once again, everything was perfect.

We didn't have much room for dessert but did split a plate of Greek cookies. Guess what? They were really good.

I would not hesitate to come here again.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went here with a friend to celebrate her birthday. It has been years since my last visit but just like the last time I was not disappointed. Our waiter did a wonderful job explaining the menu, answering questions and making recommendations that were spot on. He checked in on us on a regular basis to make sure we had everything we needed. The food was perfect and very flavorful. The ambiance was great as it was a nice evening and the large windows next to our table were open...it was as if we were sitting on a patio but we weren't. :-) They topped the evening with a birthday dessert with her name & happy birthday written on the plate. It was truly a special evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was fantastic. The best Moussaka I have ever tasted. Lunch was a good value and the portions were generous. I will be back the next time I visit SF.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Was disappointed for the first time after at least a dozen visits to this eatery. The food wasn’t to its normal high standard.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Fabulous food and service . The tram really makes it an experience

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

One of my all time favorite spots in the whole Bay Area. Never disappoints, always fresh ingredients and wonderful service and ambience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Cozy, Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Probably the BEST Greek restaurant in the country, and we’re Greek, so that says a lot. Our meal was exceptional from beginning to end, and our waiter, Max, made our night. We shared the grilled octopus and the Greek salad to start, which were both so fresh and delicious. The lamb shank and spanakotiropita, which were our entrees, were both wonderful. We shared the loukoumades for dessert, which brought back wonderful memories of having this dessert at our local Greek Food Festival with our daughters. We’ll be back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Best meal we had when visiting San Francisco! Hard to get a reservation and now I know why! If you love lamb, this is the place for you. The lamb chops are phenomenal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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