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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.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking ($8) evenings from 5:00pm
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
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
The food was delicious! Fresh, vibrant, delicious. The grilled octopus was off the charts, and the tarmasalata so tasty. The lamb chops were tender to the bone. It was a little noisy when we were there, so not as romantic as we remembered. The last we went, they were clearing out the restaurant for a special event and so it was a lot quieter.
Brad, our server, made the experience absolutely phenomenal! My friends and I were there for my birthday and we were able to simply tell what characteristics we were looking for in wine, and Brad presented selections that were spot on. The food was amazing and we will definitely be back.
We love going there every time we are in San Francisco but this time the food was really bad. Extremely disappointing. The fish was way over cooked, the chicken was dried, the augolemono soup not that good, and the tomatoes in the salad way too ripened. Sadly we will not returned.
Excellent Greek cooking with top quality California ingredients. The avgolemeno soup was about the best ever. Salad was incredibly fresh and tasty. Lamb chops were done perfectly. Kokkari is a lively, bustling, cheerful place. The menu isn't extensive but everything is fine very well.
Each time we are going to be in San Francisco, we make it a point to have lunch or dinner at Kokkari. This has become our favorite dining venue for three reasons:
delicious, well-prepared Greek/Mediterranean food; friendly, professional service from the wait staff; and an energy laden vibe from patrons enjoying wonderful food. This time we were celebrating my wife's birthday, followed up by an evening's entertainment with Tony Bennett. Both our lunch and evening entertainment were incomparable. Perfect!!
This was one of the best meals of my life! Wow! Kokkari knocks it out of the park. The zucchini cakes, octopus and stuffed pita appetizers were delicious. My halibut was phenomenal, and my bfs lamb was perfection...and I don't even like lamb! Went with the classic baklava for dessert. It was great, and not overly sweet.
Our waiter was excellent and service was spot on. They left us alone enough to talk, but someone was always around when we needed anything. This is now a must whenever I'm in San Fran
Kokkari was recommended by a friend that travels regularly to San Francisco and is a like-minded "foodie". My wife and I fell in love with the restaurant from the moment we stepped in the door. The concept is warm and inviting. Many tables are situated such that you have close dining "neighbors", which we usually enjoy because we always seem to get into interesting conversations and get tips for visiting whatever city we are in.
Regarding the food, it was creative and exceptional. I felt it was a bit expensive, especially for lunch; although it is San Francisco and I expected it.
Peter was our waiter. He was friendly and efficient. His recommendations were spot on. He may have had us order one too many dishes; we left stuffed. However, we won't be back to San Francisco for a while and are glad we tasted all we did. When we do return, we are sure to repeat Kokkari.
The staff was superb, and our server, Matthew and host Doug were extremely gracious and attentive! I would highly recommend the succulent Berkshire rotisserie pork if its available on their specials of the day. We also found the chicken lemon soup to be the perfect balance, not too lemony and a wonderful creamy texture. I'm a grape leaves fan so the grape leaves stuffed with local duck breast was a nice spin on the traditional fillings. We look forward to our next experience there when we visit SF.
Great food and attentive service. Goat stew was fantastic. Wife's chicken was cold. Manager noticed she was not satisfied before we said anything and had it heated up quickly...all turned out good. Unique special for desert. Would definitely go back for a special time out.
The highly-rated Kokkaria did not disappoint with food quality, plating and variety. A modern Greek-inspired menu with many small plates or entrees to choose from. We ordered the corn and feta, potatoes and Greek salad to begin. Our entrees (the halibut and the lamb chops) met our expectations in that all food was delicious and fresh with nice and simple nuanced spicing and flavor combinations allowing the freshness and high quality of ingredients to impress. Our table service was really good, pleasant and low-key but attentive. Very professional. Our server responded with knowledge to our menu inquires on dishes and wine pairing but without aggressive up-selling. Very nice.
The only negatives were 1) our table was distinctly uncomfortable-crowded closely to another couple- almost a 4-top setup- who were not appearing to enjoy themselves. We understand space constraints, but Kokkari has a huge footprint and eliminating a couple of tables would contribute to a better experience for those diners crowded into the front dining room and 2)we stopped by on a walk earlier in the day for a drink at the bar and the bartender was very unfriendly, and seemed to be expressing a perceived disinterest in his job. This wasn't necessarily directed only at us, but at others at the bar as well. There is no excuse for this absence of hospitality, I don't care what restaurant you serve in or how you misunderstand snobbish poor service for upscale attitude.
We will definitely return for the food and good table service, but will likely skip the preprandial bar drink unless we see a friendlier face mixing.
Was looking forward to trying after so many good reviews. Took a couple of weeks to get a reserve. with all of that said, we were disappointed with the food quality and preparation especially at these prices. The lamb shank was overcooked, dry and somewhat flavorless. The shish kebab was just ok with gristle in each piece. I've had much better quality of lamb at Dish Dash in Mt. view or even from Costco cooking myself. Lamb was more like you'd expect at a cheap trattoria in Greece. It did bring back memories of a wonderful trip though! Did like the zucchini cakes and stuffed calamari and the Moussaka was quite nice, not overly greasy as some can be, however it was a little under-spiced. Doughnut balls were delightful and the apricot fig crumble had a total of 1 fig and somewhat sour apricots which was a shock, maybe too much lemon -- would skip that "special" dessert.
Well prepared food and good wait staff. I did find it odd the waiter tried to talk us out of our entre choice and into more expensive ones. As per usual I made a reservation as far in advance as possible and got a table by the kitchen service area and right at the intersection of two very busy pathways so my chair was bumped by the waitstaff all evening. Probably won't go back. It was a birthday and the people at the next table got a lovely desert, we got nothing. Oh well. At these prices I would rather go to a cheaper restaurant and have lower expectations that are met rather than high prices and high expectations that are not met.
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