Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
6114 reviews
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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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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.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is excellent and employee is friendly.

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had lunch with a client and both the food and service were amazing. It had been way too long to have that lamb!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant, food was absolutely unbelievable! Great service and very thoughtful! I simply noted on open table under occasion that this dinner was for an anniversary and never mentioned it again. After dinner they brought a surprise celebratory dessert to our table on the house which was so sweet. Definitely want to come here for every occasion!!

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AE
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For me dinner at Kokkari Estiatorio is a special occasion dining spot. We celebrated my daughter's birthday and thoroughly enjoyed each bite. My only wish is that there would be a larger selection of wines in the $50 or less category.

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

Fantastic meal. Their whole fish is the best fish I’ve ever eaten!!

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NL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant in SF. Nice lamb chops and grilled octopus, experience but worth

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Really great food and always great service!!

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T
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, Kokkari continues to be the best fine dining experience in town for both value and overall experience. Lamb chops we're not as good as usual, but maybe it's because my wife ordered them medium-well. Let's blame it on that.

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SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent atmosphere... Definitely one of the best in SF Bay Area.

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LJ
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really lovely menu with a wide range of Greek/Mediterranean dishes from starters to main courses. The food did not disappoint, really tasty lamb and fabulous side dishes.
The service was excellent.

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MK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is next level - always a smash hit! Been going there for years and never tire of their excellence - excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance, excellent experience. Every. Single. Time. We especially love the zucchini cakes, the meatballs, the spanakopita, and the gigantes beans on the appetizer menu, the horiatiki salad, and the goat stew and the souvlaki. But seriously it's all so excellent.

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

Our first vacation

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SV
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First rate. Well worth the $100+ per person tab. Although they do not have a dedicated staff for each table, the two person team in our section worked very hard to anticipate every need. Very impressed by the person who worked our table with the waitperson.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines and 15YR Aniversary

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good

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SS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply marvelous....never disappoints!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s was Valentines Day and our server was a little frazzled. But it was still wonderful.

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MI
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Chose this restaurant for my wife’s birthday dinner and we were not disappointed. The place was full but our server was excellent, the food was on point and we had a great dining experience. I highly suggest making a reservation in advance if you want to experience a fine Greek meal.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Leanna was amazing! It was her first week and she did a great job with recommendations

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent. Only one comment (not a complaint), was our server spoke quietly, making it difficult to hear. Otherwise, another excellent experience at Kokkari.

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DL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since I am Greek I can say great authentic Greek food. Too bad it's so difficult to get dinner reservations.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the citrus salad, lamb souvlaki, artichoke souvlaki, and the gigante beans appetizer - all was absolutely delicious! The service was outstanding as usual too.

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RM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints! Thank you, Kokkari!

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TC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is an excellent restaurant. The ambiance is top notch, the food is amazing! We had the pork chop, sea bass and roasted chicken and they were all delicious! We were so happy to finally make it here!

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal! One of the best meals we’ve ever had. We sat at the bar and the bartender was great too. It’s worth the wait, i have zero complaints.

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CD
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food and series’s great. Beautiful decor.

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Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is one of the best entire city. Get a reservation, it’s hard, but worth it. The authentic Greek food is second to none. The whole fish is always a great way to go. I had the special goat stew this time and it was rich and extremely flavorful. The fried saganaki is always a must to start the night with.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Had to wait 30m for reserved table

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The service and lunch was very good. The take out halibut was too salty and fish was on the dry side. I had a very different experience with this dish in the past and it was a disappointment for me (especially for the price $35.00)

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San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been trying to make a reservation for a long time without much success but finally got one. Our family decided to celebrate our Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner here. Food was delicious and service was excellent!

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e
London
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari never disappoints in every aspect—food, service, wine, overall experience. We go back often, and we feel the same after each meal.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Have eaten here several times, and will again. However this last dining experience was spoiled by a delay in getting our meal. A long delay, over an hour. And although the multiple apologies were appreciated, remain disappointed because we'd been looking forward to a romantic evening anticipating the high standards of timely excellent service. Next time.

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TG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and delicious food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Turkhis and Greek food, this is a great restaurant for.

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P
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best waitress and the food is mouthfuls of heaven! I have traveled the world and this is my favorite dining experience!

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L
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great restaurant. The food is excellent and the service was fabulous. It was a business/fun lunch and you guys knocked it out of the ballpark

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m
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently good at Kokkari, but I think that without a lot of creativity, the prices are too high. It’s a common problem in the FiDi. I wanted a more memorable experience for my birthday lunch, that I delayed nearly two weeks because it was difficult to get a reservation.

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m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

When we walked in, the host didnt greet us . There was no line and no busy at all but the host just looked through paperwork and did not even acknowledged us. we waited for about 3 minutes until someone else walked in who was greeted immediately. The server must of realized that shocked us that she asked someone to seat us. We didnt make a fuss about it but it was very odd and unusual so i have dined with Kokkari a few times and never bad bad service.

When the server came to our table and listed out todays specials, one being a dolmathes with lamb. We decided to go with those but i asked if they had nuts as I have a nut allergy. The host said no and said he would let the chef know of my allergy. We get the dolmathes which my friend took the first bit and I followed. The second i took a bit, my friend had me spit out my bite informing there were pine nuts in them. We let another server know who questioned my allergy “well pine nuts arent tree buts” which i told her I was allergic to all nuts, pine included. Someone else (assuming a manager) stopped by asking if everything was ok. I said yes, but was lucky for that situation. They brought out another plate of regular dolmathes and theb our server came bu and said “im sorry i forgot!” I didnt know how to respond to that so i just didnt. We got our check no sincere apologies, no accommodations- nothing. ): extremely disappointing and I definitely will not be returning. My friend said the same.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent Greek restaurant Loved the roasted lamb and loved the fact that they are roasted over a fire located in the dining room! Unfortunately gave the food 4 stars because the side order of potatoes were under cooked and the starters were really not great value. Small portions and very expensive. Would have rather stacked up on more lamb of sea bass.

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WB
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Four of us had a very enjoyable dinner with three apps and entrees. The food was very good and the service was great except for the wait (we had a reservation). I don't understand why this is on the list of best restaurants in the country. Although the food was good, it was not special by any means. I wouldn't call this an upscale restaurant, certainly not a five star experience. However, the menu prices were not exorbitant like some places. It was a good value overall.

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