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
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.
Absolutely the BEST Greek restaurant! Th ...
Absolutely the BEST Greek restaurant! The moussaka is creamy without the oiliness found in nearly every moussaka we ate throughout Greece. We also had the grilled octopus starter which was prepared perfectly. The meal ended with sweet cheese pastries in phyllo dough, in house pistachio ice cream and Greek coffee, all of which was perfection. We've dined at Kokkari 3-4 times and it's consistently a wonderful experience. The only thing that competes with the quality of the food is the incredible ambience, from an open stone fireplace with a dozen chicken roasting to the stacks of crisp crust bread being sliced cut at a large wooden table. If you haven't dined here you must.
Not the kind of greeting I expect from a ...
Not the kind of greeting I expect from a highly rated restaurant.
Having traveled to the US on holiday I invited a couple of friends to dinner to celebrate us catching up. I was recommended Kokkari by a client in London. I booked the table 30 days prior to dining so this was not a late booking.
Our table was booked for 9.30pm and we arrived promptly. We were made to stand to one side in a draft from the door (!) while others diners arrived and were either shown to their table or asked to wait at the bar.
A large party left at 9.45pm. A few minutes later we were shown through to the room where the kitchen was towards the back of the restaurant. We were put on what I could only describe as a banqueting that would seat about 30 - obviously the table vacated by the large party that had just departed.
We were placed at the far end of the table that was directly in front of the kitchen and also near the waiters counter. The table was wide and had no table cloth like the rest of the restaurant.
After booking a month in advance, waiting patiently near the front door for a table to become free and then being given this space I was obviously upset.
I made my feelings known to the waiting staff and after a 10 minute wait we were finally placed in a comfortable booth like all the other customers!
The waitress we had after the move was so lovely and the service from that point was perfect.
The food was delicious but after the service we had initially received and the fact it was so late by the time we started eating I cannot say I enjoyed the meal.
I would not book this restaurant again.
Went here while on vacation and could no ...
Went here while on vacation and could not recommend it more. Traditional and authentic Greek food that is well worth the price in a nice romantic setting with a helpful and exuberant staff. The lamb was cooked perfectly, the saghanaki sizzling, the galaktoboureko and loukoumades for dessert were delicious. My only gripe is that this is 1000 miles away and I will definitely make this a spot to hit on my return to San Francisco.
I had lunch with my son and wanted to ce ...
I had lunch with my son and wanted to celebrate his birthday. Our table was not good. #7 Our server was somehow indifferent.
We ordered dessert but no one acknowledged the fact that we were there for my son's birthday.
Food is great and the restaurant is beautiful.
Food was outstanding -- every dish order ...
Food was outstanding -- every dish ordered at our table magnificent. Baruke was our server and was awesome! In waiting for our table, we stopped at the bar. The bartender was sarcastic and did his best to embarrass me--didn't appreciate that.
Love this place. Amazing food with the f ...
Love this place. Amazing food with the focus on Greek preparations. All the starters are great. The octopus was a real stand out. The grilled lamb chops are amazing. Three huge chops. One of our party also had the goat stew. Delicious. We got great, unobtrusive service. Our waiter, Max was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine. He recommended a Greek wine which was perfect. Its worth asking for help, unless, you already know Greek varietals, and trying something you cannot get everywhere.
Our waiter paced our order so that 2 app ...
Our waiter paced our order so that 2 appetizers and 2 entrees took 1.5 hours. We didn't order dessert since we thought that would add 30-45 more minutes to our meal and had post dinner plans. Waiter stated that since we didn't order dessert, although he knew it was my birthday, I would not be getting a birthday dessert. I didn't prompt him. He said this after coffee, us paying the bill, and packing up. It was strange timing and unprofessionally worded. Food, wine, coffee and the man who took care of our water and boxing my leftovers were great. Main waiter left us on a sour note. Been here before and disappointed.
I have to say that we were disappointed. ...
I have to say that we were disappointed. There were some great dishes, but the overall experience wasn't nearly what we expected. The person at the door was cold to us when we checked in, the host led us to the table and then dropped the menus there without engaging us in any conversation, the waiter took quite a while to warm up to us, as well.
While we came for the lamb, and were intrigued by the lamb roasting on the spit, when it arrived, the lamb dish was good, not great. The appetizers were the same. Good, not great. The best dish of the evening, and we had quite a few, was the berry pudding, which was fantastic (and a special). The goat stew (also a special) was good, and could have been great with a little more attention. As one of my guests said, if the dishes lived up to their descriptions (by the waiter), they would have been fantastic.
Great Greek food and very nice atmospher ...
Great Greek food and very nice atmosphere. My only complaint was that our server was very unexciting- the server for the table next to ours shared daily
Specials and enthusiastically talked about various dishes-Our server did not and it would have made the meal more enjoyable.
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