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
Kokkari honored my request for a quiet t ...
Kokkari honored my request for a quiet table as one of the diner's is hearing impaired. We were seated comfortably in a corner table and while the restaurant was lively, it was not difficult for us to converse. The food and service were excellent. Our waitress was very polite and patient as we made our way through the menu.
The rotisserie chicken and lamb kabobs are definitely worth another return visit. I have dined here several times and never been disappointed. Admittedly, it is a bit pricey but at least, I did not feel cheated by the food, the ambiance or the service.
Restaurant is contemporary-California -G ...
Restaurant is contemporary-California -Greek style of cuisine. Different from more classical Moussaka, on the sweet side as sugar or honey is added but I am not a chef so could be other ingredients to give it the sweetness.
Grilled fish is excellent but price is $40 which is high. Try other restaurant for grilled fish and compare.
Decor is pleasant and charming. It is an expensive restaurant in San Francisco and popular.
Excellent on all fronts and consistent b ...
Excellent on all fronts and consistent beyond any other restaurant in SF over two decades. Preferred over most Michelin 2+ star restaurants primarily due to the unique and extraordinary warmth and authentically Greek ambiance.
Had lunch with a friend. Was immediatel ...
Had lunch with a friend. Was immediately seated when we arrived. Our waiter was very attentive and took very good care of us. The food was great, as it always is. We really enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere of the restaurant. A great place to meet friends and enjoy a fantastic meal.
This was my first time here and have hea ...
This was my first time here and have heard several compliments about this restaurant. I went for my girlfriends birthday and it was a great occasion. The ambience is great. The portion sizes are OK.. not great, but OK. It's decently priced, but has some expensive meals. The grilled octopus was great, but was a small portion for the price you pay. It's one of the most popular dishes I think.
I have always heard only rave reviews of ...
I have always heard only rave reviews of Kokkari, but never had the opportunity to make it sooner. Our waiter was delightful and VERY knowledgable about the menu and details of the food. The food was truly amazing and memorable and surely did not disappoint. I cannot wait to return.
I loved everything about this place. Be ...
I loved everything about this place. Being Greek, I'm very picky about my Greek food haha. The food was authentic and amazing. The wine from Santorini was unbelievable. Service was awesome. The galaktoboureko was some of the best I've ever had in my life!
Kokkari continues to amaze! Always exce ...
Kokkari continues to amaze! Always excellent in all ways every day for all these years. Food continues to be excellent with seasonal specials. Tradiional Greek specials are done as they should be. The Spanikopita is always crisp and delicate. Grilled meats are perfectly cooked and spiced. Always attentive service. Kokkari is always fun and vibrant - excellent for either a special occasion or an after work simple dinner.
Everything we ate was wonderful. Server ...
Everything we ate was wonderful. Servers recommendation for wine was great. I called ahead and told them it was for a birthday and they wrote happy birthday on dessert without me having to remind our server. Will def come back again since we didn't order enough food the first time
Visiting from a SW state. Food was good ...
Visiting from a SW state. Food was good, but didn't seem to be of quality it was two years ago. Service was rather rushed, and our "special occasion" didn't receive an acknowledgement, so that was disappointing. Lamb is still excellent, as were cocktails.
We dined here last time we were in San F ...
We dined here last time we were in San Francisco and couldn't wait to dine there on this trip! This is our favorite all around restaurant in San Francisco! We decided to sample several appetizers and then share a salad and entrée. Of course, we couldn't resist finishing with their delicious yogurt dessert! Fabulous evening!
Everything about our dining experience ...
Everything about our dining experience was top-notch. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful, the fried cheese appetizer was incredible, and the whole fish grilled with citrus was terrific. All this in a beautiful atmosphere with wooden beams and a blazing fireplace. Would highly recommend.
I just love this restaurant. It was the ...
I just love this restaurant. It was the place my husband took me to 16 years ago to propose and have been thrilled to come back time and time again. The decor and atmosphere are warm and inviting...as if you were in someone's cozy yet beautiful home. The service is impeccable...the wait staff always checking to make sure your meal and experience is to your liking. And the food is prepared perfectly...interesting flavor combinations combined with traditional fare. Portions are just the right size. You know they must be doing something right when after 16+ years the place is still packed with satisfied dining guests.
What a fantastic meal! The lamb chops a ...
What a fantastic meal! The lamb chops alone are worth a long journey to get to. The roasted fish, stuffed grape leaves, watermelon feta, grilled octopus, heirloom and cherry tomato salads, stuffed calamari, fried smelt, lamb riblets, and of course dessert, baklava ice cream and stuffed filo fried with ice cream. Certainly a lot for two people, but we ate everything! Service was excellent as well, thank you Jordan. He orchestrated the meal perfectly. Can't wait to take others there!
The food and the service were outstandin ...
The food and the service were outstanding. This is easily one of my favorites in SF. We had the grilled octopus and fresh peaches for appetizers; the lamb chops and goat stew for entrees; and flourless chocolate cake for desert. All of it was divine. Highly recommend. Thank you to the staff for making my boyfriend's birthday an amazing experience.
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