Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
6045 reviews
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Mediterranean
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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

Come to Kokkari Estiatorio in the Financial District to feel like a big shot. Maybe even throw on a suit and tie. It's a Greek temple of lamb.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our third time to the restaurant and it was once again excellent. Can't wait to return again.

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EO
Istanbul
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the first time that every dish we tasted PERFECTLY DELICIOUS.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat. Love the octopus and lamb shank.

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A
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a class act and delicious food. Every time.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous dinner for date night and delicious roasted fish and lamb. Perfect!

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SM
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality, service and ambiance. Couldn't have been better.

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R
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service!!!

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RM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am very pleased with my visit at Kokkari. A beautiful restaurant, fantastic service and great food. I read great things online about Kokkari, so I made sure to book a reservation in advance of my trip to San Francisco. It's definitely a bit on the pricier side, but it's also an upscale restaurant with amazing food!

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DH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about it was magical. Love this place.

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TH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. One of my favorite experiences in SF to date. Highly recommend

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LB
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I had a special lunch at Kokkari which is a very classy place in all ways- ambiance, service and food.
We shared a chopped salad that had a feta dressing and scrumptious olives. Then we had meatballs, squash ravioli with hazelnuts and the moussaka. We finished off our meal
the amazing ‘special dessert’ that was a Greek tiramisu. It was outstanding! Highly recommend this place for a special and infinitely comfy lunch.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect as always!

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Has a business dinner and the service and food was awesome

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was delicious. You can never go wrong with the lamb chops!

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d
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was phenomenal!!!

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EW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A delicious feast!

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Does not get much better...perfect food because: ingredients/quality/recipes/creativity/variety/masterful cooking techniques.We had octopus/saganaki/zucchini cakes all 3 infamous (Yelp) so no need to discuss; bread is etherial Acme sourdough. 4th was a special pan fried pork belly....somehow crusted over w/butter&pork fat ultimate umami with roasted cauliflower (small bite size) & baby kale salad w evoo/salt/lemon traditional ingredients that married and created heaven on a beach in the agean! This bloody dish was a masterpiece swimming in some kind of heavenly herb butter. The pork belly steak itself was as good quality as I have ever had. The pork was so sweet it had to be a high end boutique raised piggy.....that was surely loved......well at least by me.

We are small eaters at 10:30 on a saturday night......we were actually pretty full after 4 mezze which is pathetic......and I only had 1 slice of bread wife had none. The portions were very reasonably sized. Value for all mezzes is excellent almost too good to be true. We don't eat entrees here, we like the mezethes ingredient variety/flavor profile with vegetarian choices. The possible combos/mixes are endless and plenty to make for repeated exciting culinary experiences no matter how many times you go back. We do tend to order most of the same items but always try 1 or 2 news ones and add to the list. We usually order 8 mezze and take home a lunch for one of us the next day....because we can never eat 8 between us.....so we pace ourselves and leave some of every dish behind to take home. Mezzes almost all do good the next day. For some reason this trip we ordered 2 at a time and after the 2nd 2 were full. I almost ordered the meatballs/kokkari potatoes/Melitzanosalata to go but chickened out. Did have the hot fudge sundae for dessert. Our server Gaby was the best.....we became friends and recommended our favorite birria place in Oakland for her to take her Jalisco mom.Get her if you can!

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G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must haves: zucchini cakes, the octopus, the grilled lamb chops! Wonderful service!

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AM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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d
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I visited on a recent trips to San Francisco. We started with calamari and meatballs appetizers. The meatballs were delicious and calamari was grilled perfectly.
He had the lamb burger and I had the halibut both of which were excellent. The tzatziki sauce was the beat I had.

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good but not Amazing like reviews. Meet was fatty and tough. Service was outstanding. Very good but to be honest overrated

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ST
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is the best restaurant in San Francisco.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience of fine dining with sumptuous food and outstanding ambience. Would definitely recommend.

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DP
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cuisine. We went twice during our one-week stay in SF. We had lamb chops (the best!), octopus (amazing), greek salad (good, but as any other good greek salad), halibut (we liked it although we are not a fish-family). The greek yogurt dessert is spectacular (better than Milo's). The flourless chocolate cake is also very yummy, although a little bit heavy. They have an Amarone wine in half a bottle size at a fair price, which is perfect for two. Service is also great!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family loves Kokkari. As usual, we enjoyed ourselves

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San Francisco
172 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dependable restaurant. Well prepared excellent service very tasty...we will return

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aniversario

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GC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience dining at Kokkari. The service was exceptional. We enjoyed a couple of starters (octopus & zucchini cakes) which were both yummy. I really enjoyed the roasted chicken. My wife had the special young lamb roasted on the spit. While the lamb was tender & delicious. The presentation of the dish was lacking & reflected a huge plate of meat & potatoes...a little bit of color would have completed the presentation. We did complete our meal enjoying baklava with ice cream.

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic food, service, ambiance, and value.

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MR
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good option in SF area for Mediterranean Food, Lambs Chops and Zucchini Cakes are really good.

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F
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Meghan, our server, was very professional and courteous.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and cooked perfectly! Service was also very attentive and accommodating.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal of 2018.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Kokkari is an SF institution and one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. It feels simultaneously upscale and fancy yet homey and cosy. Amazing Greek food with a touch of California flair. Outstanding service. Great for a romantic dinner or a family celebration.

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, and great ambiance!

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VT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places in Sf.
Must Go!! You can’t miss this out!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Eating earlier @ 5:15 the venue was quieter and less crowded. The lamb was exceptional as usual. Enjoyed our meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years celebration with my family.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. I can’t thank the service staff enough for going the extra mile to make my wife’s birthday dinner special - THANK YOU!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite

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