Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
5958 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Greek, Contemporary European
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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
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Phone number
(415) 981-0983
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Erik Cosselmon
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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.
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Private party contact
Caroline Shea: (415) 981-0983
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Cross street
Front St.
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Parking details
Valet parking ($15) evenings from 5:00pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

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.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 5958 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my wife’s 40th birthday and it was amazing. It’s our favorite restaurant, hands down, in the City.

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AA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything. The food was amazing. Great service too.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari has been our choice for the last 6 years. As always, our experience was delightful. The food never disappoint us, the service outstanding and specially on this occasion the staff was so helpful after being almost 2 hrs stuck on traffic we keep our table enjoy our dinner and have a fantastic time.

Thank you to all kokkari staff.

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GC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best places in San Francisco and has been consistent in my visits every year for the last 15 years. Kokkari is great for business dinners, special work events and personal outings.

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AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is my restaurant of choice. I first went to it on year 2000 and I was so impressed that I recommended it to my entire family and friends

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JG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a warm setting. Most comfortable restaurant I have ever dined in. The fireplace adds great ambiance. I go to this restaurant every time I visit San Francisco. Best lamb chops I have ever enjoyed.

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Made another reservation on our way out the door!! The staff are soooo friendly and helpful and knowledgeable and the food is OUTSTANDING!

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N
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and great server!

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AR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was scrumptious. Lamb dishes were well done and the meat just falls off the bone. The lamb riblets were terrific. Persimmon in the salad was sweet and just right amount. We came back with a satisfied feel of good exquisite food.

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C
Naples
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In San Fran and had to return to Kokkari's
great Calamari and Smelts followed by Greek salad and Lamb on the spit and some delicious grilled fish
save room for dessert
great food great servic
book early as they are busy all the time

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was brilliant, food was amazing and ambience was warm and cosy.

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z
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best waiter, extraordinary service, impeccable food. I highly recommend Kokarri.

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C
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though Kokkari is huge, it still felt cozy. A great place to go after 42nd Street Moon theater. Food utterly fantastic.

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G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They don’t even give you a knife and fork. Just a spoon cause it’s so tender.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, incredible service

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was recommended by a friend and immediately attempted to make a reservation on Open Table. The first attempt had no open reservations until 9:45. Too late for dinner. After calling the restaurant directly I was told they don’t take walk in’s, so I went on Open Table a second time and was lucky to find a 6:00 pm reservation for our last night in San Francisco. As you walk in, the ambience reminds you of The Mediterranean. The waitress was attentive and knew the in’s and out’s of the menu. I ordered the fried zucchini cakes which could have used more binding to hold I them together but still tasted great. The grilled octopus was amazing even though I normally don’t eat it. I actually wanted more! For dinner I ordered the braised lamb shank over orzo. The meat came right off the bone and very tasty. I definitely would recommend this place to anyone. It may be a bit pricey but well worth every cent for a nice night out. Great location for date night. Wish I could have dinner here again.

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DH
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Thanks

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We love This restaurant but this week they were off. The appetizers were amazing but the main courses were not up to their usual.

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L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting, the food was delicious, waitress fantastic and the ambiance was amazing! Can’t wait to return!

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My clients (two sisters) arrived 30 min early in error, and your staff seated them right away anyway and when I arrived 30 min later they were super happy and will help lead to some great mutual business between myself and the clients thanks in part to Kokkari! Thx for making a potentially annoying event to the client and Great One! You guys are the best !

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DL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience as always. Excellent service-

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday

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LO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Kokkari....whenever I visit San Francisco, it is a must!

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W
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance! Must stop for any greek food lover.

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CA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall food was great like always-waiter could have been more friendly- he was a bit arrogant.womans bathroom was a disaster according to my girlfriend.

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SM
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant! The menu has something for everyone, the wine list is well thought out, and the waitstaff are professional and very helpful. Our waitperson, Gabby, made recommendations that were spot on. The octopus and fried cheese were amazing and the lamb cooked yo perfection. We'll definitely be back next time we travel to San Francisco.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first trip back to Kokkari in almost a year after being slightly disappointed the past couple of times I had dined there. I am so glad I chose it to celebrate a birthday. It was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite SF restaurants, Kokkari never disappoints!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A very charming English elderly English gentleman took me there. I don’t need to say anymore hehe

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PB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places I've eaten at. Truly delicious and so very satisfying. Our party of 6 had a great time.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and wonderful experience!

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DO
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Wonderful, creative food. The lamb chops were outstanding!

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DL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The food was very mediocre. Some dishes were dry. One was floating in orange oil. The prices so not equate to the quality of the food. It was a very disappointing meal. We have been many times of the years and do not plan to return.

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M
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 3

I made this reservation at least one month in advance. I mentioned it was my husband's 85 birthday and requested a special table. When we arrived we were brought to a table in the back room with one chair facing the wall and the other sticking out from the end of a wall abutment into the walkway. This was outrageous! I asked for another table and that was ultimately arranged. This was extremely disappointing to me and I feel if this was the table you were going to give us, after my request for a "special table," you should have called me so I could go somewhere else for dinner.

Sorry affair. Holly C. Kully

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TT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food

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KP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is a fantastic restaurant, the flavors of the different dishes are always a delight to the palate! The service is great! We love restaurants that allow us to set the pace for our dining and this is a place where you want to take your time and savor the food!

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San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can always count on having an amazing meal at Kokkari . The quality and the manner is which it is served is amazing.
It always seems special.
They make you feel that way.

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S
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here on a recommendation. Loved everything about it. Great food, outstanding waiter, classy ambiance. We shared a number of starters including grape leaves, lamb meatballs, pita bread with different sauces, lamb riblets. All were outstanding. Drank nice glass of Greek wine on waiters recommendation and had their Greek donuts and caramel ice cream with hot caramel sauce for dessert. Terrific experience and we will be back.

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just perfect
Our first trip day of dinner in sanfrancisco
Really good !! also luv greek food!!
I found this place from tripadvisor app.
People are kind and meals are delicious

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