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.

200 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Front St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 981-0983

Website:
http://www.kokkari.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking ($8) evenings from 5:00pm

Executive Chef:
Erik Cosselmon

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

Additional:
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

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (126)
Fit for Foodies (117)
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Good for Anniversaries (100)
Authentic (95)
Romantic (86)
Business Meals (80)
Good for Birthdays (75)
Good for Groups (61)
Notable Wine List (55)
Great for Lunch (55)
Creative Cuisine (52)
Worth the Drive (50)
Neighborhood Gem (48)
Hot Spot (39)
Cozy (38)
Bar Seating (36)
Fireplace (34)
Wood Oven (30)
Fun (29)
Healthy (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (27)
Open Kitchen (26)
Local Ingredients (25)
People Watching (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Comfort Food (22)
Private Room (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Tapas (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Casual (14)
Modern Decor (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Family Style (12)
Paleo Friendly (12)
Seasonal (11)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Historic (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Vegan (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Organic (4)
Outstanding Value (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Spicy (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Live Sports (2)
Waterfront (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing meal, amazing service. Our waiter Shane was just fantastic!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Consistently one of the very best in SF.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Well worth the money. Very good food, professional service and a long list of wines to match your mood and food.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We sampled a number of mezes which was a great strategy. The food was wonderful!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

As usual just great restaurant, great fresh food, we always have a great time there .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

It was a birthday dinner and the staff was amazing and very helpful. It was perfect

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Superb service from a professional waiter whose timing, recommendations and care warrant commendation. His wine recommendation was outstanding... Dinner fare was good, maybe very good, but not exceptional, not memorable as I had come to expect from prior experience at Kokkari. Lamb rib appetizer was fatty and over-salted, but more disappointing is they are a lower quality cut than before (thin cut from rack). Roasted chicken was seemingly on the spit a little longer than optimal...

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Excellent Greek food, wonderful fresh fish, great wine list end outstanding service. What more to say?

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Server forgot to bring many of the items requested (at one point I had to ask 3x). But love everything else. Fresh, tasty, love the wood fire, love the bread. Glad they don't tack on then SF Health fee.....

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

My birthday

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Love this restaurant! Service is attentive from the manager, hostess, and well trained servers who know their menu and wine selections well. I have never had anything I did not like here. The lamb chops are the showstopper, but frankly every other entree is pretty darn close.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Kokkari is an excellent restaurant in every way. The food was delicious, and the service was superb. If it wasn't so hard to get a reservation I would go there far more often.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

It's amazing food with variations in options but their grilled octopus is amazing and so are the desserts!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Always great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Loved everything about it and will return. Menu was original and service impeccable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Delicious food and is always consistent. The only draw back is some tables are a little too close together and it makes it difficult to have a private conversation. Restaurant is also quite noisy which is hard to converse with clients while enjoying a nice meal.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Sea Bass was good -- but portion size is way too small for the price. Love the bread. Service was responsive and quick to notice unfilled glasses. Ambiance is 5 stars.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

A wonderful dining experience! Outstanding food and service!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 6, 2017

"The" greek restaurant of San Francisco. Been there many times and I think it is OK but way overpriced for what it is (mediterranean, familial cuisine, not a Michelin star place). Good but not really refined nor sophisticated. Nice ambiance and service but food definitely kind of average, especially the entrees.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Such great food! Always perfect.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Loved the food, service was outstanding. Wonderful experience

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Great
Wonderful lamb riblets

Tags: Organic, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Excellent food and service, as always. There are so many delicious appetizers that it's hard to choose, the fish and lamb chops are always superb, and the desserts! They're incredible. Everyone who works there is also so welcoming.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Business Meals, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The food was mostly good (though the special appetizer we ordered was very salty). Service suffered a bit though, when my wife cut herself on broken glass.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Kokkari is easily one of the best restaurants in San Francisco! The service is always well above average. The food is phenomenal. And the atomosphere is very classy but modern at the same time. Great for date night or special occasions! I would recommend the lamb chops or the lamb shank. Quite impossible to be disappointed

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Food was great, as usual.
Service could have been a bit more attentive, it took multiple requests to different people to get more bread and water.
We were seated at a table in front of a rotisserie with a hot fire and it was uncomfortable for at least half our group even thought there was a banquette between us and the fire. Some of my guests got up and went elsewhere for a while to get relief from the heat. There needs to be more distance between that table and the fire or just eliminate it from the room.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Five stars! Food is better than ever. Some new menu items. Fantastic service!! Make reservations early. Lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu with lots of specials.
Only negative was the sea urchin. It had too much vinegar.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Special neighborhood restaurant with exceptional food and service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Amazing. There's not much else to say.

The pork belly appetizer is phenomenal, avgolemono just like Yaya used to make. We did the rotisserie of the day, which happened to be lamb and it was excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Oustanding restaurant. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly, helpful and knew well the items on the menu. Our server had very good recommendations.
We look forward to eating there again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 1, 2017

I came here with a girlfriend for lunch. It was the first time I had been here. First impression is that this restaurant is very large but entirely welcoming and friendly. The food was the star. The spanakopita appetizer was the best I have had . . . even from my Greek family and friends. The lamb kabob was delicious and the star of that dish was the garbanzo bean salad (and I am surprised to be say this, but it was excellent). Wine pours were generous and the dense chocolate cake (gluten free) was sinful, caloric, and gone quickly. A bit pricey for everyday dining but perfect for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Best meal in San Francisco. Everything fresh, carefully prepared. Attentive service and... amazing food!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Love this restaurant. The food is excellent and the service is very good.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (South Dakota)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Service was on point, food was amazing, and the manager was present walking around from table to table making sure his customers were happy. Great experience! Not from SF, but we will be back and we will come back to kokkari :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Really one of the best if not the best restaurant in San Francisco. I would eat here every night if I could.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Every bit as good as the last time we were there. A bit pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Ce fut une tres belle soirée, notre serveur Criss nous as tres bien conseillé pour la nourriture

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2017

An impeccable array of fine dining from start to finish. Flavors are spot on, well done.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Quite frankly, blown away.

Get thee there!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Very nice and welcoming staff and environment; nice decorations in the restaurant. The food was magnificent and delicious. Prices were good for the venue. Servers were attentive and polite. This is a excellent restaurant, will return here soon.

ReneM

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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