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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.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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: (415) 981-0983
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
Wonderful on all accounts. Doug greeted my wife and I as we went to our table and made us feel more than welcome. We had just driven in from Monterey (visiting from Houston) and couldn't have had a better experience. This was our second time here and we are making it a staple to visit every time we are in SF. The food was prepared with great care and detail. Everything is delicious.
There are no secrets, this restaurant is always simply amazing. There are no off day or quiet days
every day the restaurant is thriving with excited
Happy Diners. I had rack of lamb and my wife had
the roasted lamb from the fire place
You must go at some time in your life
We wanted to try it because of the high rating. The place is beautiful, service is attentive, the food is just ok though. The chicken souvlaki was very average, the end pieces are a bit dry, but the middle piece was a bit raw and pink. Homemade pita was ok, but nothing out standing. Grilled octopus was very tender, but I didn't really like the flavour, and it was sitting on top of a pile of oil which made it a bit greasy. Zucchini cake was pretty good, crispy outside and soft in the middle. Overall I would say it doesn't live up to the hight rating for me, and not quite worth the price.
Our second time in Kokkari, this time for dinner. Food was really good, everything we ordered, the four of us. We had a nice quiet table in the back. Service was also great, you don't see them, bet they're there when needed, very discreet. Highly recommended for any occasion.
I highly recommend this beautiful restaurant. I came here with my wife for the first time for our wedding anniversary. This was our first time ever trying Greek food and I would say it was amazing. Our waitress was well-informed with the menu and was really on point in giving her recommendations. The food was delicious and well prepared. The atmosphere was perfect and the rest of the staff was very helpful and courteous. My wife and I enjoyed the evening at this wonderful restaurant and will definitely be coming back to try other items on the menu.
I have been wanting to come here for a long time and I wasn't disappointed! Everything was delicious, the only problem was choosing what to order. I need to go back just to try more of the items I missed. The place is very loud and they had several large groups which increases the volume. If you are sensitive to the noise, request a table in the front section.
I am a regular diner at Kokkari -- 10 years now. The food is consistently fantastic, the service on-point (the only reason I rated it only "very good" not "outstanding" was that our busser wasn't quite keeping pace with our meal; a quibble in the grand scheme of things, but then again, who likes looking at dirty plates?), and, finally, the room is beautiful and that magic Kokkari lighting makes everybody look great. Highly recommended.
I went for a business meal and was very happy that we were seated at a round table. It made the conversation easy to follow and we could avoid the yelling down the table that happens at a long rectangular table. I've heard great things about Kokkari and it did not disappoint. My only complaint was the numerous calls that the restaurant made to confirm my reservation. Normally a restaurant calls once to confirm a reservation the day or two before. I had booked the table a month in advance and got 4 phone calls, 4 days in a row to confirm my reservation. Each time I either answered or called back to confirm. I do understand that tables were in demand that night, but I don't think you need to confirm 4 days in a row.
Never had such good Greek food, not even in Greece.The ambiance is very nice, service gracious and food sublime.
Valerie made our lunch experience even more special with her professional recommendations and constant care.
I will visit San Francisco again just to go to Kokkari.
Wow, what a lovely experience! Our server was spot-on, and all of the service was amazing. Food was so delicious and authentic. We had lunch and ordered taziki dip, lamb dolmathes, spanakopita, and moussaka. All were perfect and it was just the right amount for two adults and a 2-year old to share. Lovely ambiance - not cramped like many places in SF. We'll be back!
Visiting San Francisco for the first time, we did not know about this restaurant. We found good reviews on the web and were not disappointed. Very chic restaurant but with a warm ambiance. To me this is a five star restaurant. Exquisite service, very attentive and never rushed. Food was good from beginning to coffee, had three excellent Mezze and a greek salad, and then we shared the main dish. Everything was more than delicious. Price was very reasonable for the quality. Total for two was about $150 with service and we had a glass of wine each. This is certainly one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. Make sure to reserve though.
You can't go wrong with Kokkari! Excellent food and service. We had the Saganaki, Moussaka, lamb kabob. All amazing!
For dessert we had their special, which was strawberry, rhubarb with whipped cream and crushed pistachios on top. Don't even think about even ordering anything else! It's to die for!
We had just attended a 42nd St Moon performance, so walking across the street to Kokkari makes for a perfect afternoon and evening. We have always enjoyed our meals there and this time was predictably the same. The waiter suggested a perfect side dish to go with the lamb shank dinner and the dessert he recommended was equally as good. We left satisfied and will return again, soon!
We tried to go to this restaurant about 5 years ago and weren't able to get in. When we knew we were returning to San Francisco, we made reservations early so we wouldn't miss out. It is not cheap, but everything was outstanding. Will definitely go back when we visit again.
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