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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
We have been coming to Kokkari for years now and it just keeps putting out great food in an great atmosphere with professional service. No wonder it stays so busy. It is out go-to to impress out of town visitors or for a date night. Don't miss the lamb chops!
We have eaten here many times before. When I asked my wife where she would like to go to celebrate her birthday, she immediately replied Kokarri. We had reservations for 6 pm on a Sunday evening. Arrived a few minutes before 6 pm, seated almost immediately, but we were being steered towards a table that had another couple sitting right next to us, almost as if you were sitting together at a 4-top. My wife immediately noted this and asked if we could sit at the table for two that was right around the corner, 4 steps away, and although closer to the front of the restaurant entrance, it allowed us to not have to be sitting right next to another couple. Wife explained that it was her 60th birthday dinner. The host said he had to check first to see if it wasn't already reserved. Came back and said it was fine and here is the part he added that was totally unnecessary...."but your food will taste exactly the same if you sit at that table or the other table". Duh, it's not about the food, it's about the privacy and atmosphere. I didn't appreciate that snide comment he added. Our waitress was fine. Efficient, somewhat robot like in her recitation of the menu, ingredients, etc., but fine. We splurged and ordered three appetizers. One was a grilled Greek cheese that came out bubbly hot and delicious. The other was grilled octopus which arrived at room temperature, but we were hungry and just gobbled it up. The third was the lamb meatballs. The meatballs were also at room temperature. Fish entrees arrived, mine was warm, wife's was room temperature. A mentally disturbed man with two large backpacks came in and sat down next to the fireplace. He then tried to engage the patrons in conversation when he wasn't talking to himself. They eventually asked him to leave, but there was a little shouting and yelling on his part after he finally left. So....don't think I'll be back there again for a while. There are plenty of other delicious places to go.
Delicious food and wonderful service! The meatballs were a highlight for our group! We didn't leave a bit of sauce or food on any of our plates! We shared everything family style so that we could all enjoy - I highly recommend the lamb dishes! It's a bit pricey, but for a special occasion, it's well worth it! The service is spectacular!
We have been to Kokkari the last time we visited SF. We loved our first meal so much that we went back again! We really enjoyed our starters of the spanikopita, gigantes beans, and corn- amazing. We also ordered the chicken and didn't feel it was up the the standard of the last time we had the chicken. In addition, the staff wasn't as nice to us as our first experience. We felt a bit more of "we are doing you a favor" kind of vibe. Nonetheless, the atmosphere and food is generally great.
We had a middle table next to 2 other tables on each side, next to the way leading to the bar, so it was very noisy with too many people standing in that walk way near our table waiting for their table. The restaurant needs to have these people standing somewhere else, since the bar was full when we had dinner. Very uncomfortable with too many people standing close to us.
So it is very hard to have a conversation with my dining companions. We also had a hard time hearing our waitress presenting the specials of the day. And tables are so close to each other so we keep getting waiters/waitresses butts serving for the next table.
The appetizers were very good. The entrees' portion are huge. I had the steak and it was great.
The Ouzo sorbet was excellent.
Overall a good experience with good food but not enough to be in my top 10 list of San Francisco 's restaurants.
Although I've been going since opening, no recognition . Kept waiting 20 minutes with reservation. Requested corner table. Shown to middle of room. Rejected table. New table had pieces of food on banquette seat. I pointed out they cleaned. Terrible start. .no apology from management for any of mishaps. Food was fair--not as remembered. Excellent server but that did not make up for errors and no communication from manager for entire evening. Never even said a goodbye to us. We will not be returning.,rude, too rushed to properly get table cleared/clean.,catering to tourists in slap dash was does not translate well to this regular. As an investor in Gary Danko, Cyrus, Postrio, Hawthorne Lane I expect more.
I've been to the Kokkari Estiatorio before and left with the best of impressions. Service remains impecable but the food did not seem as impressive this time. The Moussaka was dry and somehow tasteless. The appetizers were ok and so was the dessert. It may have been the choices I made this time but I'm not as inclined to have the restaurant among my first choices when in San Francisco.
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