Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8
6220 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.

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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.
What 6220 People Are Saying
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Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic overall

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The hostess said our table was available and to wait “a few minutes”- if it’s ready, why wait? I went to the bar to wait and told them I wouldn’t be eating, only ordering a drink before sitting down. The bartender ignored me for 18 minutes when only 6 of 16 seats were taken. Purposely avoiding eye contact. The server was nice and the food was good. I will go back but didn’t feel good about this experience.

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

Absolutely delicious. But pricey small portions. Would like to return and make a meal of the appetizers.

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

Amazing food and service as always. Order small plates if you want to taste as much as possible. The dolmathes, lamb ribs, arugula salad w/feta mousse, rice pudding w/ roasted pears, meatballs. It is hard to say which was my favorite.

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KH
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night! This is an amazing restaurant that will NOT disappoint! Please put it on your TO DO list for San Francisco.....

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AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went here for a child-free date. The restaurant was charming and the atmosphere was welcoming and homey. We had a few appetizers and they were delicious! The ravioli was refreshing and different from others I've had before. I especially loved the fresh seasonal vegetables that topped it.

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

Wonderful location to down town; lovely building; ambiance, service and food.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and friendly service!

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kokkari was a fantastic meal in a lovely environment. I would highly recommend. We got the pork chops and the sea bass as entrees and they were amazing. Shaved ice dessert was great as well. Very light and not too heavy after a big meal.

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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's not cheap - but everything was delicious. Great ambience. friendly professional service
No one prepares lamb and calamari dishes as well as Kokkari

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The place was ok but the food took ages to arrive. Between each plate (including starters) we had to wait about 25 min between each. We got so annoyed that we ended up by not ordering entrees. Service was ok. I also had asked a request for a surprise bday cake for my boyfriend as we were celebrating his 30th bday and it never arrived. A bit disappointed with the overall experience. I would NOT say it’s the best restaurant of San Francisco.

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LC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! The food was also very good. Our server was really attentive and well informed regarding menu. It was one of my favorites! Highly recommend

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z
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the lamb chops were the tastiest dish ever! would definitely recommend kokkari to a friend

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. The food is great and it is a great space.

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Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic! He was knowledgeable and super friendly. Made the experience even better.

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WC
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service and outstanding cuisine. A true San Francisco gem

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SS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food as always. We had dips, ravioli, and octopus salad. All excellent!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!! The food, the service, everything was perfect!!!!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect!
Food was outstanding!

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kokkari is fabulous in every way. Period. This was a return visit because it's one of our top favorites in the city. The food is flavorful and delicious from start to finish and the service is unfussy but attentive.

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GB
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited this lovely restaurant recently on a trip to the Battery Club. The food, service and ambiance were all very good and can wholeheartedly recommend. Artichoke and chicken souvlaki were both delicious!

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

Excellent choice to meet a friend and enjoy a delicious lunch. Poor parking!

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family Easter dinner

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The grilled octopus was outstanding. Every dish was high quality and original, except perhaps for the Greek salad which had too much cucumber and not enough black olives. The restaurant kindly prepared a special dessert for our first anniversary.

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DD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant, always try to have dinner here when we are in San Francisco! Food is delicious, so many choices. I always have lots of the appetizer/small plates-often make that my dinner. Excellent service and attention.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was amazing but service was lackluster, it took a long time to be greeted, or to get us different basic things we had asked for our servers took our food before we were done without asking and it just wasn’t up to par for the Caliber of restaurant it is.

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MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant, but extremely loud. We ordered several appetizers: prawns and zucchini cakes -- both excellent. Duck dolmas were a bit dry. Asparagus was... asparagus. Dessert (custard with pistachio ice cream) was AMAZING. Great wine list. Will have to go back and try more of the menu.

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CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with great atomsphere, and delicious wonderful food. I highly recommend the lamb Chop melts in your mouth. Definitely a must!!

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San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing meal and experience when you dine at Kokkari .
The wait staff have worked there for years .
They are knowledgable about the menu.
They actually seem to care about your experience.
The atmosphere is relaxing and transporting.
One of my favorite restaurants for years

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PH
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome

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DR
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated immediately and the service was on-point. The food was classic Greek style, and prepared wonderfully. My beets with skordalia were excellent and the dolmades were hand made and very flavorful, not like usual - all too often from a too-cold refrigerator or from out of a can. The saganaki was very authentic and I was glad that there was not the usual cheesy "flaming saganaki" fanfare. Rounded up with a wonderful Greek coffee, it was a great success. The only detraction is that the seating is close and it was difficult to get in and out of the seat without hitting or being hit by a neighboring diner. Great job!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent company

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e
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good. Not as good as I remembered it to be.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

our server ignored us. He had too many tables. suggest getting more servers.

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D
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner there. Delicious food.

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HR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except for the seating arrangement for two is waaaaaaay too close - almost as if you’re joining strangers for dinner. Makes conversations really hard if you’re seated next to loud guests, and extremely unromantic if you’re there celebrating a special occasion. An anniversary in our case.

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LM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic from the kind hostesses to the waiter (Johnny ( sp?) and the bus boy. Johnny ‘s service was over the top and he really knows his wine. He even offered to take our picture in front of the fireplace.

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KT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never had a bad meal here. I've been coming here for over 10 years and never been disappointed. The grill octopus and saghanaki for appetizers and the lamb chops for dinner is my perfect meal at Kokkari! Love this restaurant!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Javier the manager is amazing. Not only did our food come out perfectly, each dish was excellent. We enjoyed their housemade sangria (2 full pitchers for the two of us). Will definitely be back when we’re visiting the area again. Thank you Javier!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance, amazing food and hospitality.

Make reservations well in advance if you need a specific time and date. We were very lucky to be able to make reservations late at night (a week in advance) after arriving from the airport, and they were very gracious in accommodating us.

The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated, and I would recommend wearing business casual or something more formal than jeans.

As a vegetarian I had a lot of options to choose from and particularly enjoyed the saghanaki, gigantes, and galaktoboureko for dessert. It was all very delicious and can’t wait to come back again to try more dishes and order a bottle of wine next time!

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