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
My family and I had a wonderful lunch he ...
My family and I had a wonderful lunch here. We sat in front of the spit with 2 lambs roasting and the kids loved it. Our server, Monique, was wonderful! We ordered several plates to try a variety. The cheese Saghanaki was ohh soo good. Other highlighs were: the chopped salad, the meat balls, and the Pastitsio. For dessert: Baklava, Yiaourti me Meli, and Loukoumades. The restaurant is beautiful, very homey and romantic, particularly where we sat. The service was extraordinary and the food superb!
Visiting SF for a couple days and this w ...
Visiting SF for a couple days and this was such a well rated restaurant we decided to give it a try. Friends who live in SF confirmed that it is a top quality restaurant. Our booth was in the bar area on a side wall. Great location as we could watch the action without it being in our lap.
The food was excellent. Wine list is a little overpriced.
But I would highly recommend you try and get a reservation. It is a great spot.
A trip to SF SHOULD not be considered co ...
A trip to SF SHOULD not be considered complete without a meal at Kokkari...from the moment you walk in the door, until you've finished the last morsel of your dessert, this place does not disappoint. Excellent food, excellent service, great wines by the glass, perfect room. Love it!!!
Although my friend, Blondie and I have c ...
Although my friend, Blondie and I have come here several times for our monthly meet up lunches, we decided this would be the perfect place to celebrate her retirement after 45 years of dedicated work as a registered nurse. Everyone at the restaurant is exceptional...from the person greeting patrons at the reception desk, to the waiters, busboys, and anyone else who comes in contact with guests. The menu has so many wonderful choices...its really a difficult decision! The waiters have always been spot on woth descriptions,and reccommendations. I have never had anything that wasn't " the best" I've ever tasted of whatever. Yummy! It is a great restaurant!
Wonderful restaurant! We have been tryi ...
Wonderful restaurant! We have been trying for two years to get a reservation. By chance, we decided to go to the city at the last minute and they had an opening. Well it was definitely worth the wait! I had the lamb chops, we also tried the goat stew and rotisserie lamb. All amazing! The fried cheese was incredible, although extremely rich. Our server was one of the best! Darling young woman with so much knowledge about food and Europe and made the visit so enjoyable. She never rushed us! Would most definitely return-if we can get another reservation.
Recently visited on a vacation to SF. Th ...
Recently visited on a vacation to SF. This restaurant was highly recommended by every one across the board. Food was ok but not memorable. Gigantes were bland. Octopus was ok. Lamb chops were decent. Having been to Greece many times, I can honestly say I had better dishes at the tavernas where Yia Yia was cooking in the kitchen. All in all...over rated, over priced, and disappounting
Food and service was excellent. The expe ...
Food and service was excellent. The experience was great. The only thing I would change is that the bar crowd leaks into the front dining room making it very loud. People sitting at tables near the bar have people at the bar standing right above them while they are trying to eat. Some remodeling of the bar needs to happen for a more designated section.
I ate at a lot of great places on my rec ...
I ate at a lot of great places on my recent trip to San Francisco, but my meal at Kokkari was the best. The food was amazing--I had a lamb shank and my partner had several of the smaller plates instead of an entrée--as was the service. This is a large restaurant, but the food and the atmosphere did not suffer. Be sure to book your reservations a month in advance--that's when they open up, and the good dates and times go fast!
We came in for my birthday on Tuesday ni ...
We came in for my birthday on Tuesday night. Once seated, we needed to ask for our server to order some wine. We ordered Artichoke and Eggplant appetizer. The Eggplant tasted great but the artichoke had spiny bits that couldn't be chewed or swallowed. Octopus appetizer. This was OK but nothing special. We ordered the Lamb Chops wich were so salty and chewy we left them on the plate. We also ordered the whole fish which was so salty we left it on the plate. Our server never stopped by to check on our food or experience. We were crammed between 2 other couples. Our server obviously ignored the fact that we were not enjoying our food and Ushered us out with our bill. Thanks but no thanks. I would definately have trouble recommending this restaurant for the service or the food. Hopefully, you can start living up to the Yelp reviews. To say we expected an entirely different experience is an understatement.
Always one of my favorites, this recent ...
Always one of my favorites, this recent visit found the kitchen to likely have been overwhelmed, resulting in several of the dishes to either not be warm or overcooked. The restaurant was happy to reheat and replace an overcooked dish, but the situation was unfortunate.
A NO rush, take your time, we want your ...
A NO rush, take your time, we want your business enough to see that you get what you want, when you want it, how you want it. (certainly the waiter we had 'exuded' that very attitude.) The four of us split three appetizers and four main courses all "family style" (so we all could 'sample'). Everything was very good. Wouldn't hesitate to return.
It was a really delicious meal. We loved ...
It was a really delicious meal. We loved all the appetizers the most. For the entree, we shared the lamb as well as the fish special. Half the group liked the lamb, the other half thought it was only okay. No one in our group liked the fish- we found it really strong and fishy tasting, and even left a large portion of it. Overall, it was a fantastic meal and I would go back and order mostly just smaller plates!
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