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.
I marked the reservation as birthday and wrote "Its my girlfriend, Alisons birtnday" in the reservation note. Did not receive a birthday dessert when the two tables near us did. We were disappointed and promptly left.
Make sure to make reservations early. Excellent Greek food. Wonderful place for birthdays, anniversary, business dinners and large parties!!
Great food. Really enjoyed the branzino.
My favorite restaurant in SF. Never disappointed!
Love this restaurant: the food is outstanding and the service perfect. As it’s a bit pricey, I save it for special occasions.
Awesome dinner remembering the tastes of Greece.. Awesome dishes, service and wine ! And the Baklava was the perfect ending for our dinner ! Definitely recommended, but remember to book way in advance !!
Wonderful food and fantastic service. Our waitress was wonderful!
If it’s good enough for the Kardashian’s it’s good enough for me. Just kidding. Was excellent !! Don’t eat the house bread eat the grilled pita !! Get the lamb chops and zucchini pancakes. Also get one or two spreads or dips (Tz and Ti with the grilled pita ). Oh yes !! That’s it !! Of course dessert.
exceptional service is always provided at Kokkari. Food is excellent.
Very good atmosphere and service. The vibe is very chill but energetic with the people moving around. Doesn't ruin the dining experience. Liked it a lot.
Delicious food and wonderful service! We can’t wait to go back!
The food was amazing! Some of the best Greek food I’ve ever experienced. Our server was sweet, knowledgeable and kind. Very professional and went above and beyond for us. The only thing I can say that I didn’t enjoy was how we were greeted at the door. The hostess wasn’t very pleasant and had a chip in her shoulder. And I wasn’t going to allow that to ruin my experience.
We were thrilled. Food is amazingly good and the service highly professional; our waitress Helen was very attentive, knowledgeable and fun at the same time, also with all the guests around us. Within a place that is always so busy with a demanding crowd, an even more outstanding performance.
Wonderful as always
Authentic Greek cuisine. The only restaurant where everything is prefect, from the service to the food, from starters till desserts.
Would recommend again
Amazing food and service. Very fun and trendy. They need a cocktail menu.
This has long been a favorite place for us (for over 20 years), although getting a reservation is impossible. We had our 20 year anniversary and requested (on the phone) for a special table which was not accommodated. we sat by the door and froze. The restaurant was super busy due to a convention; but the crowd spilled over into the dining area and was loud. No control by the manager who should have asked patrons to wait outside or closer to the bar. We were SO DISAPPOINTED by the response by the manager, I am afraid we wont be back anytime soon. Our waitress, however was wonderful.
Everything exceeded my expectations, which were very high.
Great place, great people, wonderful food!!!
Love going here, but this visit was a bit off. Waiter disappeared a lot and showed up at odd times. Forgot things like bringing back forks for the mail course and having the tail and head removed from the whole fish as was ordered by the guest. Noise level was louder than expected too. Four of us sat at a nice small round table, but we all had a hard time hearing the person across the table.
Delicious food. Superb service. Romantic/friendly ambiance.
We had a great time! Delicious food and an outstanding service!
I have been here twice and each time the food blew my mind. The service is fantastic. The specials are always worth waiting to hear about. We had the Zucchini Cakes to start, my husband had the Lamb Shank, and I had the Rotisserie Special which was pork shoulder. Everything was delicious.
Wonderful food, great ambience, exceptional service
The best restaurant in San Francisco. No doubt. Original dishes. Quality ingredients. Very good wine list. Extremely attentive service. Cosy atmosphere. Truly deserves all the accolades.
Kokkari never disappoints. It only excels in outstanding Greek cuisine and service. Kudos to all!
I have been a frequent customer since Kokkari opened two decades ago. The staff never disappoints. The food is authentic, healthy and always delicious. The managers are on top of every little detail and very attentive to the needs of the patrons. I have entertained clients and politicians there and they have all raved about the food and service. On this last visit I took my sister and her husband to Kokkari (who are relocating to Edessa, Greece next month) and they were blown away by the authenticity of the food. Now mind you, my sister, a wonderful cook of Greek food (she cooked all the fund raising meals for St. Sophia Cathedral (Los Angeles) until recently, has received praise for the taste and quality of her food from movie stars and lay people alike who are members of the Greek Orthodox Church. But even she was blown away by the horyiatiki salad, the marides (fried smelts) the avyolemono soup, the horta (greens) and various other appetizers. She was so overwhelmed with the quality and volume of food that she just stuck to appetizers. Marcus and Frangidakis have had a winning formula since they opened. So much so, that some years ago they opened Evvia in downtown Palo Alto. A must visit if you like authentic Greek Food. Parking is never a challenge but can be daunting on rainy cold SF nights. However, the courteous and always available valet parking staff (evenings only) could not be more helpful to people with special driving needs.
Overall, I rate the food, the depth and authenticity of the menu and the service five stars. The ambiance is beyond reproach. You will never ever have a bad meal at Kokkari regardless of the reason for your visit.
This popular Greek restaurant was attractive, warm, cozy and friendly. The appetizers (octopus, calamari, taramosalata Tzatziki) were outstanding. We were somewhat disappointed with our waitress who advised us to go ahead and order the four appetizers even if we were planning on a main dish, because they were of small size. It turned out each appetizer was the size of a full meal, so this advice was not truthful. My wife's goat stew was excellent, but it came on a bed of rice, to which she is seriously allergic. We had sent a list of our food allergies with our OpenTable reservation, but nobody bothered to read it. That is a serious oversight. Perhaps worse of all, the special of the day, rotisserie lamb, a well-known Greek specialty, was poor at best: it came in small, 1-inch cubes, as if it had been removed from a kebab, and it was dry, chewy and had no taste. If a Greek restaurant can't prepare a delicious lamb dish, it should not be in business!
I hadn't eaten here in probably a dozen years and both my dining companion and I were sorely disappointed with the meal. Bread was served without olive oil - we didn't realize that was an option until we looked around and saw it on every other table. The octopus we were served had just half the quantity you see in the pictures above. The Greek salad everyone seems to rave about consisted of large chunks of tomatoes, large chunks of cucumbers, and three olives, with small scatterings of onions and feta in a forgettable dressing. The one dish we actually enjoyed was one we didn't order - we ordered the shrimp, but were served calamari instead.
I do not recommend Kokkari Estiatorio.
We always enjoy this excellent restaurant but it takes patience to get a reservation and even with one it is so fillled with happy eaters that you always must wait for your tabl. The food is beyond excellent and the portions are huge.
Kokkari is always fantastic - one of our all-time most favorites in SF. Ambiance, fabulous food and the best of service - can't be beat. Thank you, Mickie Lloyd in Sausalito, CA
Reservations and the people handling seating are extremely intolerable. Also I asked for a doggy bag for the remainder of my meal, I got my salad box open and my desert in the salad box?!?!?!?
Extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgable staff. Jeff!
Food was delicious.
The most amazing healthy mix simply of olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and fresh seafood!
Delicious food and pleasant, professional service. We usually dine here on a special occasion, if we can get a table...it's hard to grab a reservation unless you plan months out.
Enjoyed a return visit to Konkani, and with one important exception, enjoyed a very good experience. This is a pricey but inventive Greek featured restaurant. We split several dishes, all of them wonderful, but one dish -- Greek salad -- was ordered but never delivered. The server acknowledged the mistake, but no effort was made to offer compensation for the mistake. A complimentary dessert would have been appropriate, but was not offered. They have a good wine list with numerous decent value choices.
Always a great place to enjoy wonderful Greek food. Nice bar scene and the staff is always professional and accommodating. Noise level can be quite high (not for quiet intimate dinner) but it is a fun location with delicious food and drinks.