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.
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: 4159810983
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
Was surprised to pull up to the restaura ...
Was surprised to pull up to the restaurant and see how fancy it was even though I read the reviews ahead of time. Beautiful place! We felt a little under dressed. Excellent service and excellent food and wine. We had the lamb shank and lamb riblets and the zucchini cakes and the baklava--all very good. I feel their prices are bit too high though.
I'm from Canada, if I'm ever within a 7 ...
I'm from Canada, if I'm ever within a 7 hr drive of the restaurant I will go. That's how amazing the food is. Tonight was 4 of us splitting 10 appy's, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts, tapas style to try and taste as much as possible. Again it was amazing and would order everyone again.
Our server was hurried, did not advise u ...
Our server was hurried, did not advise us of the daily specials until we inquired. He provided the names of the specials but with no description about the dish itself. We requested tap water and he brought a bottle of still water. He did not seem to care that we had to ask about the specials or that we quickly pointed out that we ordered tap water. I ordered a chopped salad and lentil soup, and requested the salad be brought out first. The soup was brought out first. Again, no acknowledgement much less apology for bringing the soup out first. We were celebrating a special occasion and the series of "mix-ups" made our visit to Kokkari a bit awkward. We considered complaining to management at the time, but decided to just let go of the negative energy and move on. On the upside, our meals were delicious.
My god the food was just awful this time ...
My god the food was just awful this time around. The octopus had the fishy stench that accompanies unfresh seafood, goat stew was way too sweet, and worst of all, the sea bream was totally bland, tough in texture, and reeked of fishy stench. I miss the good ol days of kokkari when the food was actually good.
One of my favorite restaurants in SF. ...
One of my favorite restaurants in SF. Great food, great wine, great service, great atmosphere. The wine list is notable in that they have some lovely Greek wines in addition to a nice selection of Italian, Spanish, French and Californian wines. I know that I'm going to have a lovely time whenever I go there.
I loved the ambiance, the rustic and aut ...
I loved the ambiance, the rustic and authentic appeal was lovely. The bartenders were less than enthusiastic while we waited for our table, but our waiter practically made our night, so fun! I think the food was delicious, good quality and fresh, but be prepared for lamb and tiziki! It was a bit pricey in my opinion for what we were served.
Wonderful experience on all levels. Wai ...
Wonderful experience on all levels. Wait staff was efficient, friendly and knowledgeable, food was creative,delicious with many authentic dishes. Very difficult to get a reservation without planning weeks in advance.
Our entrees, rotisserie duck and roasted ...
Our entrees, rotisserie duck and roasted sea bream, were overcooked and smothered in butter, respectively. The service was good at first but grew mysteriously hostile as the night wore on (and it's not like we complained about anything or didn't drink or weren't pleasant ourselves; this was truly weird). The apps were good-- the octopus and the smelt were winners-- and the dessert (rice pudding with poached pear) was fine if unmemorable. But bad entrees and lousy service for almost $300 for two was disappointing.
This was our second visit to Kokkari. A ...
This was our second visit to Kokkari. And we came for lunch again because they were booked way out for dinner. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. Our waiter provided good guidance on dishes and wine selections. This restaurant is our perennial favorite whenever we visit San Francisco.
Service and ambiance were great, but foo ...
Service and ambiance were great, but food was so so. We ordered the zucchini cakes, which were small and tasted good but we weren't amazed. We ordered the lamb shank and rotisserie lamb and it took a very long time to get the entrees (45 minutes or more). Shank was cooked well, but the rotisserie felt under done and had a lot of inedible fat on it. Overall, both dishes felt incomplete. The shank came with orzo and the rotisserie came with a couple of flavorless potatoes, both needed something else on the plate. Left feeling very heavy from the food. If I were to go back, I wouldn't order the lamb.
Kokkari is not a cheap place, but we fel ...
Kokkari is not a cheap place, but we felt that having food that delicious and authentic, and not overly salty, is worth the price. We had 2 entrees, an appetizer and split a half bottle of wine, and paid just over $100.
This is my favorite restaurant in the Ci ...
This is my favorite restaurant in the City! They always suggest the best wine since I am a novice. The food is great and the servers know the menu well enough to tell me whether or not something has dairy or gluten. They are quick without being invasive. The place seemed quiet at lunch so if you can't get a dinner reso, try for lunch!
Seated promptly. Curtious service. Spaci ...
Seated promptly. Curtious service. Spacious seating arrangements allow for more privacy between the tables. My guests enjoyed rare fish and raved about the rice pudding dessert. The tomatoes in my greek salad could have been more ripe and sweeter. All in all a great dining experience.
Excellent experience and one of the best ...
Excellent experience and one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. Our waiter, Burak, is a true professional! We were not familiar with Greek food but Burak did a wonderful job helping us choose the most tasty items on the menu. Incredible cuisine and beautiful, warm ambiance. We will come back again when we are in town. We wish this restaurant was in Boston where we live.
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