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
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.
Not the best waiting area, but luckily w ...
Not the best waiting area, but luckily we didn't have to wait long. The rest of our dining experience was flawless.
Always my favorite. Consistent food, gr ...
Always my favorite. Consistent food, great environment . Seafood is always fresh.
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.
One of the best meals ever! Greek food ...
One of the best meals ever! Greek food at a whole new level - even great pairings with Greek wines if you're feeling adventurous. Service was very attentive. They made a birthday celebration all the more special.
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!
Great for a date night! Perhaps not for ...
Great for a date night! Perhaps not for a pair of vegetarians. Lots of small plate veggie options but only a few stood out.
Beyond amazing!!! Ambiance, service and ...
Beyond amazing!!! Ambiance, service and food were an A+++
We came to Kokkari for our 1st dinner on ...
We came to Kokkari for our 1st dinner on our honeymoon in San Fran. Being a fellow Greek, I was excited to try out what I had heard was one of the best Greek restaurants outside of Greece. The food was exceptional as expected and out server Iain was great. No complaints on good or service!
Amazing food, amazing service, and a def ...
Amazing food, amazing service, and a definite recommend for a special occasion. Perhaps the best lamb chops I've tasted.
My husband was looking forward to going ...
My husband was looking forward to going to your restaurant because he had read about the good reviews. We both ordered the oven roasted sea bass. His was fine but mine was lacking in taste and I had to ask for pepper. Instead of having the lemon sauce on the fish it was on the two slices of potato. The fish was supposed to be deboned but I encountered four large bones. I was upset that the waiter never came back to see how we liked the entree but he never asked. Surprised that the baklava was just ok.
Could have been much better. Expectation ...
Could have been much better. Expectations were high. Previous two visits were outstanding. This one was somewhat disappointing. Order spanikopita and lamb meatballs as appetizers. Spanikopita was OK but nothing exceptional. Meatballs were tasty, but nothing imaginative in the seasoning. Similar to what I would expect from an average Italian restaurant. Then we shared a salad, which was outstanding, especially the dressing. Main courses - my wife had smelts - super disappointing. Soggy, fishy and nothing imaginative, in terms of sauce or dip. I had the special of the evening - Goat Stew, which was quite good. Dessert - we shared the Baclava. Tasted stale and texture was FAR too dense. I've tasted much better at low-budget delis. So - not sure we need to come back.
Fabulous fabulous fabulous. My dining c ...
Fabulous fabulous fabulous. My dining companion said "why don't we come here every Monday?" He's right - we should.
As usual it is always a pleasure to dine ...
As usual it is always a pleasure to dine here. This time our service was exceptional with a server who truly knew his wine and was friendly and accommodating . All items on the Mezedes list are great , no matter what you pick. Galaktoboureko is not to be missed as dessert !
Service and food were fantastic. This wa ...
Service and food were fantastic. This was hands down the best Greek food I have ever had.
The food is always delicious . Our serv ...
The food is always delicious . Our server was friendly and attentive. We always feel comfortable from the moment we walk in. This is a great place for both lunch and dinner. The bar is always fun.
As always a wonderful time
As always a wonderful time
Delightful. Food and service wonderful.
Delightful. Food and service wonderful.
If you like lamb chops, you are in for a ...
If you like lamb chops, you are in for a real treat! Best chops I have ever eaten! Recommend ordering several appetizers and sharing. The grilled octopus was tender and worth trying along with the other Greek specialties. Wine list was amazing! $$$$ but worth it!
Always amazing a must in SF
Always amazing a must in SF
Our server (s) were all top-notch, parti ...
Our server (s) were all top-notch, particularly our main one...the food was fantastic!
truly delicious, authentic greek food in a beautiful dining room
Came Highly Recommended
My friend and I enjoyed our vacation in San Francisco and Kokkari came highly recommended for those who love Greek food. I personally appreciated the service and attention given from the hostesses to the server (I wish I could remember her name) to the manager who was courteous enough to see that we were satisfied with our visit. I will definitely continue on the recommendation.
Highly recommend Kokkari
We ordered an appetizer with beans w red sauce, can't remember name; but it was sooo good! Foods ordered were a pork dish (special for the evening) and lamb chops (3), all dishes came with potatoes
Consistently a Delight!
This was my second visit and it met expectations which rarely happens when I return to a restaurant a second time. The first time my boyfriend visited San Francisco I picked this spot for a date night after hearing so many positive things. Both of us had a great time and we enjoyed everything about our waitstaff and our dishes. He came to visit so naturally we wanted to go back for our date night and we we more than pleased again! We tried new dishes and dessert this time and it was excellent. The only experience I would change are the attitudes of the hostess'. They are the customers first experience and both times, they have had snooty attitudes and lack no greeting. They should set your expectations when you check in that although you have a reservation, they will come get you and lead you to your table when it is ready.
We have been going to Kokkari for both l ...
We have been going to Kokkari for both lunches and dinner. The food never disappoints.
Good place with great food and nice ambi ...
Good place with great food and nice ambience. Large groups, friends dinner and date for.
We enjoyed a great lunch with wonderful ...
We enjoyed a great lunch with wonderful service. The traditional greek entree's were spectacular. You will need reservations!
Loved almost everything about the place except...
The food was great, waiter was very nice, low key, not in a rush, told us to take our time and we enjoyed it all. What I don't like is the snooty hostess who attempts to greet you. She is way, way too full of herself, not very friendly, and she needs a reality check. Just to avoid her, I'm going to try other places. Sorry, ma'am, but you're not "all that."
Everything was absolutely fabulous! Firs ...
Everything was absolutely fabulous! First time going to San Fran and I would come back because of this restaurant!
A month in advance reservation - the tab ...
A month in advance reservation - the table was a high traffic table- actually the same table interviews are held at. They made us wait 15 min at the bar where there was no room for us. Wondering if the treatment would've been different if we made a reservation directly.
I cannot remember our waiters name but h ...
I cannot remember our waiters name but he was one of the best waiters we ever had in our many years of dining experience. Hope he gets our high, high recommendation. I never fill these out but had to this time because of our waiter
Elegant but not stuffy. Excellent service.
Simple food, well prepared. Get the lamb chops. Our waiter was great. They've got their systems perfected. That's why this place is so booked up even though it's expensive.
A very memorable meal. Our waiter was am ...
A very memorable meal. Our waiter was amazing. Such a nice personality. The food perfect!
We always stop by when we're in San Fran ...
We always stop by when we're in San Francisco and we're always happy to be here. Restaurants have a feel, and this one is among the best. Looking forward to next time.
Service and ambiance were great. Food was very expensive and my lamb (rotiserrie special) was too well done for my liking.
Surprisingly good food with a Greek emph ...
Surprisingly good food with a Greek emphasis but not your neighborhood Greek, high end.
Fantastic service and great food to matc ...
Fantastic service and great food to match! We are both vegetarians, but our waiter did such an excellent job reciting the specials that we listened to all of them, even those including meat! The food was incredibly flavorful and beautifully presented. The desserts were heavenly. The place had a nice buzz both in the bar and the restaurant but we were able to carry on a conversation without shouting. We'll definitely be back!
Great apps, mediocre pork gyro, meat was ...
Great apps, mediocre pork gyro, meat was dry, lamb casserole was very good. Too bad most of its ordered the gyro;-(
Food was good Not particularly Greek ...
Food was good Not particularly Greek Baklava ice cream was great
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