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Kokkari Estiatorio

4.9
4.9
7699 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 111 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek, Contemporary European

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Bar Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 981-0983

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Front St.

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking is currently unavailable at Kokkari Estiatorio.

  • Additional

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

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What 7,699 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Mediterranean

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked

  • San Francisco

    Best Overall

  • San Francisco

    Best Ambiance

  • San Francisco

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Third time I have eaten here. Each time I try to understand why this place is so oft visited or well reviewed. Well, I just don’t get it. I love Greek food. Would choose several other restaurants to get Greek food before this. The avgolemeno soup( one of my favorite soups) is watery and lacks flavor. The only good thing about the place is the ambiance. The lighting and seating is perfect. You are seated close but far enough away from others to make it for a private dining experience but with people watching.
  2. HD

    HeatherDTLA

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Overall we had a nice meal but I was a bit underwhelmed. Food was good but nothing that seems to warrant the impossible to get reservation. The hummus was really bland - pita was delicious. We had the sea bass and the lamb chops. Both were good but not particularly memorable. Service was great and restaurant is very cozy.
  3. DC

    DaveC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal and service as always!
  4. BF

    BarbaraF

    San Francisco

    151 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    151 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The whole Sea Bass was amazing as was the flourless chocolate cake. Appetizers were very good but not as amazing (Lamb rubles, onion and fig flat bread, greek potatoes, and greek salad). Service was excellent and the ambiance was lovely. Definitely a special place!
  5. MJ

    MaryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Overall great experience dining here! It does get loud so consider that when choosing the day and time to dine.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10-year anniversary
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service as usual.
  8. AB

    ArtB

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything perfect
  9. AM

    AngieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Wonderful experience. Will definitely go back.
  10. WB

    WayneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely outstanding! Kokkari continues to deliver, really top notch.
  11. TH

    TravelingHogFan

    Palm Springs

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We heard that a former neighbor was in town too so I invited her and her daughter to lunch. It was great to share the gem of Kokkari with them. Whenever I know of someone traveling to San Francisco I tell them to quickly make a reservation! We are from Arkansas and look forward to our west coast travels especially our dining at Kokkari.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food so goof
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appreciation dinner for a friend.
  14. SZ

    SteveZ

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose to make a meal of appetizers, along with the fresh peach salad. The food was fresh and flavorful, reminding us very much of why we want to go to Greece and soon! The service over all was excellent, prompt and thoughtful, without being intrusive. A perfect place for a comfortably paced meal and thoughtful conversation.
  15. SH

    SoniaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top-notch experience though quite pricy. Great service.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommended for tasting upscale Greek food. Great service from the check in until you are heading out.
  17. g

    galeno

    Mexico City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El excelente servicio y comida
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    This place has no right calling itself a Greek restaurant. They sat us at an uncomfortable table within intimate distance of other guests. Then they would not take my interim California ID as proof of being over 21, which was frustrating. We ordered the saganaki and the grilled octopus, the saganaki was decent, but the grilled octopus was poorly seasoned, mushy, and definitely not fresh. Then we ordered a Greek salad which was brought as a hilariously small portion for two people and very little feta for the price. I must say the olive oil and feta were good but those are just ingredients I could buy at my local Greek market. Then we ordered the oven roasted glossa (sole) at market price, which came out to be $46. Only half of the fish was delivered on our plate, with very little meat on it. The presentation was as if they had loaded the food on a cannon and shot it at a plate, then served that splatter to paying customers. They decided to put avgolemono (egg and lemon) on the fish which is an insult to Greek cuisine of the highest order. This is never something you'd see served as a sauce on a fish in Greece. The fish was tasteless, which is hard to accomplish for this kind of fish. Then there were olives that they decided to roast, these were mushy and salty with a raisin like consistency, I would only expect roasted olive on a pizza. Overall, I would not consider this to be authentic Greek food whatsoever, I would implore everyone to not come here and spend their money anywhere else. They are trying to present an upscale dining experience with some of the most heinous excuses for food that I have ever seen. They are disrespecting the culture that they are making money from. I hope to never have the misfortune of eating at this location ever again.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    some of the bwst food i've wver had
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AHHHHMAAAAAZING!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Server was not great. Everything else, FABULOUS!
  22. L

    josephL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal at Kokkari. The grilled octopus us always excellent, and the grilled whole fish was perfect.
  23. MF

    MichaelF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    While Kokkari checked most of the boxes, I felt that the food, though tasty and well prepared, was disappointing because of portion size. I ordered one of the specials of the day,lamb chops,and was surprised at the paucity of the serving-two small chops (not three, as in most upscale restaurants) from which I was able to get perhaps three ounces of meat in total. This is unacceptable. As a side note, I found the list of wines by the glass quite limited, especially in Greek offerings-it is a Greek restaurant, after all- and rather pricey;it was $21.00 for a glass of middle-of-the-road Assyrtico.
  24. M

    Monkeyjewelry

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambience is like a big home with lots of space so you are comfortable eating inside. One of my all time favorite restaurants. Traditional yogurt and date with Marshall honey delicious and everything else also.
  25. TH

    ThomasH

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They do so many things well here: mainly, of course, the food! It was a pleasure to be back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Just love Kokkari. Always a special meal. Service is impeccable and pleasant. Food is consistently delicious. Octopus salad for lunch is my go to and can’t pass up the yogurt with honey and dates for dessert. Sooo good. The only downside is it is very very loud and some tables are very very close so don’t plan on having a private conversation.
  27. DB

    DallasB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal and exceptional service. A great place for a business lunch. We will be back.
  28. FS

    FoodieStar

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great classic dining for celebrating a special ocassion, work dinners, or even just a date night out. They have fairly large (and beautiful) space which is rare in SF. They also have a variety of dishes and dessert selection. Only item to improve is perhaps a little variety but that is a minor note - there are plenty of dishes to select. The staff is wonderful and so is the ambience. Definitely would go again (and again)!
  29. M

    Mekel

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere with excellent food, service and wines. Deserves its outstanding reputation.
  30. M

    Mikky

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent from beginning to end. That was to be expected. Kokkari is one of the most popular restaurants in SF.
  31. MO

    MO44

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food continue to be top notch. The server made the experience special for my granddaughter who was there for the first time celebrating her 21st birthday. Many thanks for keeping your high quality.
  32. DS

    DuckieSF

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love dining here. This was a business lunch so we sat at a table. My favorite is dining at the bar - easy access to the bar tender :) and fantastic service. Fun spot for whatever the occasion might be.
  33. CH

    ChristineH

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hilberberto was amazing! His suggestions as well as service was outstanding! The food of course was outstanding….always a treat!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I expected more for an anniversary dinner
  35. HW

    HawaiiWriterGirl

    Hawaii

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This restaurant is very large and well appointed, with an open kitchen that offers Greek and Mediterranean fare. Unfortunately, we arrived 30 minutes early for our rez, so we were treated as somewhat of a bother by the hostess, who dismissed our offer to wait at the bar by saying that reservations are made months in advance for bar seats. So we cowered by the front door until we were led to a two-top next to another two-top, separated by 10 inches and a floor lamp. This type of seating dismays me because we could hear every word of their convo, and I'm sure they could hear ours. Hubby and I shared the dolmathes, which were exceptionally fresh. I think Hubby also had the octopus starter, but I don't recall his opinion. For our entrees, Hubby had the lamb chops. I made the mistake of ordering "the special," which was duck, supposedly roasted five-hours on the spit, but was so tough, I could not eat much of it beyond the tender leg portion. I told my server that it was tough, so a higher-up offered to provide something else, but I was too far into the meal, time-wise, to want the bother. Hubby was already through with his meal. In retrospect, I should have ordered something else. HOWEVER, the restaurant comped our desserts, which was not necessary but welcomed. I must say that the flourless chocolate cake (Greek?) was the best I've ever had. I can't recall what Hubby had, but he was so delighted to have a glass or two of retsina Greek wine, he was a happy man (Long ago, he served in Turkey). Perhaps I should not give this restaurant only three stars, but the snooty hostess and the tough duck spoiled my meal. Will we return when we visit SFO? I don't think so. There is a way to provide upscale service without being snotty to patrons. After all, these people work in a restaurant. During our seven-day stay, we dined at several other five-star restaurants and found them far more welcoming and enjoyable settings.
  36. G

    Gary

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It was a very nice place but a little over priced for what you get. The flavor and quality was very good but I expected more. Everything was nice but not memorable.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just great
  38. J

    Julie

    New York Area

    83 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    My husband could not eat (and could hardly cut) his lamb kebabs, so the waiter offered him the lamb chops instead. When we got the bill, they had charged us $63 for the chops. The kebabs were about $42. I’ve never seen this done! My moussaka was just adequate, I can do as well at home. We won’t be back. The service, though, was very friendly and lively.
  39. FG

    FelicaG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely AMAZING!!!! We loved everything about this restaurant. The reviews were accurate and the food was delicious! Next time I’m in San Francisco I’ll definitely eating here again.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!!

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    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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 7699 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 111 times today
Google Map for Kokkari Estiatorio

200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Front St.

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Bar Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking is currently unavailable at Kokkari Estiatorio.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Erik Cosselmon

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (415) 981-0983

  • 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

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