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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Kokkari Estiatorio Ratings and Reviews
I cannot remember our waiters name but h ...
I cannot remember our waiters name but he was one of the best waiters we ever had in our many years of dining experience. Hope he gets our high, high recommendation. I never fill these out but had to this time because of our waiter
Elegant but not stuffy. Excellent service.
Simple food, well prepared. Get the lamb chops. Our waiter was great. They've got their systems perfected. That's why this place is so booked up even though it's expensive.
A very memorable meal. Our waiter was am ...
A very memorable meal. Our waiter was amazing. Such a nice personality. The food perfect!
We always stop by when we're in San Fran ...
We always stop by when we're in San Francisco and we're always happy to be here. Restaurants have a feel, and this one is among the best. Looking forward to next time.
Service and ambiance were great. Food was very expensive and my lamb (rotiserrie special) was too well done for my liking.
Surprisingly good food with a Greek emph ...
Surprisingly good food with a Greek emphasis but not your neighborhood Greek, high end.
Fantastic service and great food to matc ...
Fantastic service and great food to match! We are both vegetarians, but our waiter did such an excellent job reciting the specials that we listened to all of them, even those including meat! The food was incredibly flavorful and beautifully presented. The desserts were heavenly. The place had a nice buzz both in the bar and the restaurant but we were able to carry on a conversation without shouting. We'll definitely be back!
Great apps, mediocre pork gyro, meat was ...
Great apps, mediocre pork gyro, meat was dry, lamb casserole was very good. Too bad most of its ordered the gyro;-(
Food was good Not particularly Greek ...
Food was good Not particularly Greek Baklava ice cream was great
Our server rushed until we put the brake ...
Our server rushed until we put the brakes on. Appetizers showed up minutes after we ordered, before our wine arrived. Not cool.
This is one of my all-time favorite rest ...
This is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. Food is always delicious, and the wait staff are professionals who do this as a career. They know how to navigate the wine list that has many Greek options (they are delicious - trust your server), and they are skillful at pacing. I've made a meal out of just appetizers many times, and that is always satisfying. The wood fired spit turns out exceptional meat, and the whole fish never disappoints. Consistently good, consistently popular. Great for lunch or dinner. There is a beautiful private dining room downstairs for special events or meetings.
Excellent food. They bake their bread, w ...
Excellent food. They bake their bread, which was sinfully good. Grilled brancino and lamb chops were amazing, everything else was very good. Wine list was also good, not confusingly large, but not limited either. Service was very professional.
Although I live in Napa, whenever friends come to visit, we make the trek into SF, to have lunch here. It never fails to impress. Highly recommended!!!!
Flavor wise everything was great. Servi ...
Flavor wise everything was great. Service was wonderful. My husband wished he had extra potatoes with his fish which was the reason he left 1/4 of the fish behind. We were hoping for the food to be more traditional greek. After visiting Greece we thought there would be a family style meat plate with tatziki and pita on the side but I understand being in SF untraditional is what people want. Maybe make that a special one night. Don't get me wrong everything was great. We just wanted to revisit our food memories and it wasn't what we expected.
Excelent ,nice ambiance,good service and ...
Excelent ,nice ambiance,good service and amazing food!
A Bucket List must
This restaurant is one of the best if not the best I have ever had the pleasure of dining at. We travel quite a lot having friends & family in Italy, France, Germany, Hawaii, & more, so we have eaten at many restaurants on and off the usual tourist/business circuit all over and rate this as a true dining experience. From the attentive and friendly staff to the unique and varied menu, everything was perfect. Plan ahead to get a reservation and you will not be disappointed. I must also say that we have been several times when we are in San Francisco and this last time we did not even look at the menu, when we heard the specials that was it and they were perfect. Also remember to finish with a cup of greek coffee from the sand urn, truly special.
The food and atmosphere were fantastic. ...
The food and atmosphere were fantastic. The tables are somewhat close together which lead to us being able to hear a lot of our neighbors' conversation, but wasn't so loud that we were completely distracted. Service was good as well, but a little bit hands-off until we were finishing the meal. Overall really enjoyed our dining experience and would definitely go back!
Kokkari very very good
I usually go to Kokkari at least once a month. Has fabulous lamb and always has two or three good fish dishes on the menu. Everyone seems to love this restaurant.
Very Busy and Very Noisy!
Although we had requested a quiet table and arrived at 11:45 am for lunch, soon after we were seated, two men were seated at the next table about two feet away from us. Their voices were so loud, as was the noise level throughout the restaurant, that we were unable to carry on a conversation. Our food was good, with the exception of the petrale sole. Service was somewhat slow but cordial.
Ambience was out of this world!
Ambience was out of this world!
Expensive but worth it
Great food and great portions and the service was great as well.
Food is consistently excellent; the ser ...
Food is consistently excellent; the service is knowledgeable and attentive.
Great selection and service.
Great selection and service.
always excellent -- our server was top 10 ever
always excellent food and our server was top-10 ever - she was amazing - the hostess needs an attitude adjustment (don't bring your life-challenges to your incoming customers --- or get another job please - hostess job is the first face you see and should have a smile on it at all costs, not an unwelcoming scowl) and the bartenders need to stop chit-chatting for 5 straight minutes while their customers sit patiently at the bar waiting to be acknowledged (we were only people at the bar on a late Sunday night .. not acceptable to ignore your patrons while you talk about your date the previous night and then give us attitude when YOU were ready to chat with us) . Food is always amazing, main servers are always amazing, atmosphere is always outstanding.
A beautiful interior and wonderful food.
The interior of Kokkari is beautiful and it has a relaxing atmosphere. The food is excellent and the presentation is attractive.
Great dining experience
We had a fabulous dinner here last night. Really a nice menu with many options including for vegetarians. We shared some great app's then moved on to our main course. It was not a cheap night but at least we had a wonderful dinner so it was worth it. I will be going back again after I save some money!
Open, airy dining room with helpful staf ...
Open, airy dining room with helpful staff. We ordered lamb tongue, grilled octopus and giant beans for starters. The giant beans were the stand out- Deliciously done with memorable seasoning. The lamb tongue and octopus were good by not the best I've had. For dinner my husband had the goat stew- which was full of flavor and perfectly cooked. I had the whole brassino fish, which was expertly grilled and deboned. For dessert- Greek yogurt and balklava ice cream. Nice finish to a satisfying meal. Our waiter suggested a nice Greek wine they went well with our meal. Overall excellent meal and we were happy that it meet our expectations.
Outstanding overall restaurant
This is one of the best restaurants overall that I've ever be to. The food, service, wine and cocktail selection, service and ambiance are all fantastic. I have recommended this restaurant to everyone I know who may be in the SF area and absolutely will not travel in to SF w/o going to this restaurant!
Amazing food and atmosphere!
Amazing food and atmosphere!
Our family loves Kokkari--we come here for birthdays, anniversaries and just to have a wonderful meal.
Service was attentive, but not pushy. Fo ...
Service was attentive, but not pushy. Food was exquisite. Loved the feta!
Gift certificate well spent
Best place to bring someone who l ows good food. Great waiter🍷😄
An all round terrific dining experience
Extremely attentive service, with good suggestions, notable Greek wines and a friendly atmosphere that makes you want to return
Great place to spend a romantic date
Great place to spend a romantic date, the service was supreme, the food was quite good, I order the special and it was really good, my wife order a grilled whole fish, it had a couple bones left but nothing bad, over all the food is really good and it's priced appropriately
Makes any night feel like a special night
The prawns are to die for and the zucchini cakes are amazing. We have the lamb they cooked on rotisserie for hours and it was amazing. The wine list is vast and the service is friendly and professional. Every time I've been lucky enough to have dinner at Kokarri, I'm left more and more impressed.
Always wonderful !
Georgie our waiter was excellent!! Can't wait to go back!
Amazing food, really great space that ad ...
Amazing food, really great space that adds to the experience.
The food was amazing! Lamb shank so tender it fell off the bone, the goat stew with very subtle flavors, and the lamb rotisserie was incredible!! Finish it off with a delightful dessert of Baklava ice cream, can't be beat! Excellent, friendly, respectful service to top if off!
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