About Kokkari Estiatorio
San Francisco, CA 94111
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: (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
This was our second time at kokkari, and ...
This was our second time at kokkari, and first for guests of ours,. We were disappointed! The food was subpar, although presentation lovely. Our lamb chops were lukewarm to Cold and undercooked and grisly. The seafood stew was a little gamey. And the pork chop special of the evening was cooked much more than we would have liked. Desert was good. For the price of the items we expected much better. Probably won't return.
One of my favorite restaurants! Always a ...
One of my favorite restaurants! Always amazing food. We had the lamb chomps and loved them so much we ordered then 3 times! The octopus was delicous the greek salads and the dips. Cannot go wrong with this place.
Food and service were great . The table ...
Food and service were great . The table we were seated at was an afterthought in traffic area too close to next table. Chairs rickety I thought it would break ! Very uncomfortable Servers and patrons going by had to slide sideways We were celebrating our anniversary and made reservation 30 days in advance I was very disappointed I have dined there several times next time I will request a different table
Had not been to Kokkari in over a decade ...
Had not been to Kokkari in over a decade and a dear friend' s birthday occasioned a return for a late afternoon weekday lunch in early, cold (and this time rainy) January. The space is as welcoming as I recall. The wait staff very attentive and knowledgeable. I checked out the menu in advance and was having problems limiting selections. Then our waiter, Andres, mentioned several special items that sounded even more intriguing. We ended up with multiple starters and one main entree for the 3 of us. Loved everything we had including the wine recommendations. Went thinking we would do lamb (can't beat the rack and ribs) but ended up with fabulous mostly non meat lunch. They really know how to do fish here! Loved it and "we will be back."
Highly rated but the meat on a spit of t ...
Highly rated but the meat on a spit of the day was meager, gristly, and bland. Beautiful place food can be exceptional such as the soup or the Greek dishes. More creative fare is uneven. Overpriced and often dissapointing.
I was so excited to take my kids to this ...
I was so excited to take my kids to this restaurant. I had been a couple times before and loved it. I'm not sure what happened, but the food was horrible. My one son's lamb chop and the potatows were smothered in lemon juice, way too over powering and the other had dry saw dust chicken. The shrimp appetizer was mushy. So disappointing. To make matter worse, our lunch cost $185 for 4 of us. The grilled octopus and soup were great. Our waiter seemed annoyed with us from the beginning. Just couldn't be bothered with us. I was shocked. My previous experiences were fantastic. I wouldn't go here again, ever.
Always a great meal. I always love all ...
Always a great meal. I always love all of their starters and one of these days I am going to just order a few of those for my entree. My favorite starter is the stuffed calamari and if they have lamb tongue order it!
Excellent food and ambiance as usual. Ha ...
Excellent food and ambiance as usual. Have dined here many times over the past years but was a bit disappointed with our server this time. While we didn't feel rushed it felt as though we were being ignored and and at times treated rudely. Hardly a thank you or a polite word from the server, didn't check back to see if the food was good and in the end he forced out a thank you, knowing I'm sure that he sensed we were not happy and his tip depended on it.
We have always considered Kokkari to be ...
We have always considered Kokkari to be one of the best restaurants in San Francisco and our lunch on Thursday did not change our view. We decided to eat just the starters and all four that we selected were excellent. However, the zucchini cakes and flatbread were out of this world.
We also tried the special dessert---lemon meringue pie. It was great!!
If you know good Greek food, then this i ...
If you know good Greek food, then this is not the place for you. This is more of an Americanised Geeek restaurant - not really authentic at all. However if you have little or no experience with Greek dishes, this is great for getting accustomed to it. Do not take a Greek grandmother here.
Kokkari lives up to its high reputation. ...
Kokkari lives up to its high reputation. The food is sumptious (but expensive as you would expect), and our experience with the service was beyond expectations - from the receptionist, the maitre d' to our table server. They went out of their way to welcome us throughout the dinner. Our table server overheard that it was our wedding anniversary, and without any advanced warning, our deserts arrive with a celebratory candle and a message written in chocolate. A special place.
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