Kokkari Estiatorio

4.8 based on 1478 reviews
Cuisine Type Contemporary European
Price Range $31 to $50
Neighborhood Financial District

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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.
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Cuisines Contemporary European, Greek, Mediterranean
Dining Style Casual Elegant
Phone Number +1 415 981 0983
Website www.kokkari.com
Dress Code Business Casual
Payment Options AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Executive Chef Erik Cosselmon
Location 200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111
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  1. Lunch Menu
  2. Dinner Menu
  3. Dessert Menu

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4.8
Excellent
Based on 1,478 reviews
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Moderate
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.8
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

excellent dinner. we decided to go for our 5th wedding anniversary, the service is 5 stars, the lamb is the best.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The quintessential civilized meal: delicious food, vibrant atmosphere that doesn't interfere with conversation, perfect service..... this restaurant has it all. Highly recommended!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent service - made a reservation for my boyfriend's bday and they remembered to put a candle in our dessert without me mentioning it on the day. Truly knowledgeable about the food and wine menus. Felt intimate with a rustic charm. Food was great, as expected!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful experience. I will absolutely return to your restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not recommended if you can't eat dairy. I didn't try most of the dishes we ordered as there was cheese everywhere. I can't eat gluten, but the giant basket of complimentary bread was very inviting. \n\nThe noise level is very high, it was tiring to keep the conversation with my friends going. Average age of clientele is probably 40+. \n\nOverall, it's a great restaurant. I wish their menu and/or staff would cater better for food allergies.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The experience from beginning to end was amazing. One of the best restaurants I've been into as far as service goes. Food is always wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Richard- and Tara make the difference the food and rest of the staff make up the rest

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Four of us had an exceptional lunch! Our server, Monique was fantastic! We love the ambiance of this lovely restaurant, however, the food is the BEST!! Authentic Greek faire. Can't wait to come back,

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We really liked the pan-fried cheese dish and also the octopus appetisers. We were here for a family special occasion and they gave us a great table, accommodated us when we were unavoidably a few minutes late, and served the food very promptly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful dinner. The food was great and the service was first class.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful dining experience - only flaw, diners at adjacent table were extremely loud :(

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always the most amazing staff ... \nI can't say enough about this exceptional restaurant maybe the best I've ever been to and I've been around the block once or twice . \nLove you all keep knocking it out of the park ! \nMrs Harker

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We drove from Sacramento and had dinner before a show; the meal alone would have been worth the trip. I had meat sliced from one of the whole lambs roasting in a big fireplace, drizzled in olive oil and topped with fresh greens dressed in vinaigrette. The meat was succulent, tender, and delicious. My wife enjoyed the halibut very much also. They offer a broad assortment of appetizers. We tried two winners (lamb meatballs and baked feta with tomatoes) and are looking forward to returning to try the rest. It can be hard to get a reservation if you don't book weeks in advance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Get the lamb chops! I have never tasted anything so good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My Birthday dinner with a friend. Absolutely fabulous meal and service. Very glad I picked your restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every time I am in San Francisco, I ALWAYS come here. Great great food! Never disappoints. The food is always very fresh

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a treat! Service and food were amazing. The pork special was to die for!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous service and food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Due to problems with Uber and bad weather we arrived almost 1/2 hour late. Was absolutely no problem. Shown to a very nice table immediately. Friendly and attentive staff. Overall one of our most enjoyable evenings out.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not great experience. Kitchen errors resulted in food not coming out st the same time (e.g., 5 minutes apart) waiter forgot one of the appetizers, lamb chops--my usual favorite--were a complete fail and nowhere near the flavor I have come to love at this restaurant. Noise was so loud that I couldn't hear the person sitting on the corner of the table next to me. Wait staff kept bumping into my chair. For the prices charged here, this restaurant used to be outstanding and thus he prices were overlooked. When the lamb chops from Costco taste better and at 1/8 the price, given the overall experience, I can no longer recommend this restaurant. Very sad the historical reputation of the restaurant has overshadowed a significant decline in the food, service, and overall experience. Suggest you consider alternatives when dining out for dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing experience overall and our second visit!! Jason our server happened to be the same guy from our first visit last year..he was outstanding in every way possible!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is the best restaurant I've ever been. Definitely worths the price. Thank you, Kokkari!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this place- Year over year, it never disappoints. The food and service are fabulous. Hard to get in to, but worth the wait!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari has been my favorite restaurant in San Francisco since my first visit over 15 years ago. Always my first choice. As a vegetarian, I highly recommend the aginares souvlaki and the galaktoboureko.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant is huge, but feels intimate in our little booth by the window. We can see the meat on the spit over the open flame. All looks very nice. We were brought someone else's order for the first course and sent it back to the kitchen (later we were told that the dish was 'comped'--great, we didn't order it or eat it so thanks for not charging us). The shrimp and asparagus apps were delicious. The vaunted lamb from the spit was very tasty. The minuscule amount of arugula with it was silly. The moussaka was really, really heavy on the allspice. The wines by the glass were very good and well priced.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I can't say enough about their lamb dishes, so yummy!! Everything we had was so delicious and their staff is so professional and so friendly, we had a wonderful time!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Exquisitely grilled and prepared fish, authentic appetizers, pleasant and competent wait staff, homey atmosphere. Bravo sas.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Been wanting to try this place forever! My husband and I don't stray far because we have little kids, but this place was worth it. Love the decor, lively, yet not too pretentious nor too 'cool' of a scene. Great combo of locals and visitors alike. The only thing i regret is not saving room for dessert, which i was dying to try! But the appetisers and main dishes that we had were so good we couldn't hold back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing experience, food, ambiance, service, highly highly recommend this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this place! I come to San Francisco with a tad bit of frequency, and oddly this restaurant is somewhere that I always choose to come back to. The setting is darling, the service is fabulous, the food is always delicious… What's not to come back to? We shared the ribeye which was delightful and we had The Greek salad, we shared everything and it was a lot of food so it was plenty for both of us. I just live this place !

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was outstanding. Service can use improvement.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was very disappointed with the quality of food. I have been to this restaurant but quality have gone down significant. For two people we spent over $250 but we left very unhappy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Kokkari to celebrate our daughter's birthday. We each had a lamb dish and raved about how delicious it was. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine choices and helped us make excellent choices. We sat near a window in the front room near the entrance and open wood fired oven where meats are roasted on a spit, and it is much quieter than in the main dining room adjacent to the open kitchen. The many authentic Greek dishes give you plenty of options from which to choose. The appetizers, main dishes and desserts were equally delicious and perfectly prepared and served. Kokkari will remain on our list of special occasion restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant, hard to get a reservation. Service was fantastic as was all the food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent. The entire experience was fabulous. Have a whole fish!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari has always been great and now with Scott Warner as the executive chef, it seems even more fantastic with imaginative and delicious cuisine!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A wonderful treat to have great food, service and ambiance. We will be back the next trip to San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Difficult to book a reservation, but it's easy to see why. Everything about our special dinner was fantastic. The restaurant is gorgeous and cozy inside. The food is outstanding! We loved everything about our recent Kokkari experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very delicious lamb chops, as usual, and wonderful execution, atmosphere and service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was exceptional. Food was excellent as usual.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I shouldn't tell you this because it's going to get busier than ever, but I Love, love, love this restaurant! Make your reservation and go!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is incredible- our waiter was a bit pompous and not very friendly but the delicious food overcomes any lack of personality on his part. Kudos to the kitchen!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been to Kokkari many times and it is always a treat. A recent business meal with a discriminating D.C. client was a home run because my client loved the ambiance, service, and delicious Mediterranean food as much as I do. Two days later I am still eating the tasty leftovers!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Authentic Greek food taken up a notch! Everything was completely delicious. Melt-in-your-mouth lamb, plump and delicate octopus, saganaki brought sizzling on cast iron to the table. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Great setting. I felt under-dressed and will dress up next time I go here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our favorite restaurant in SF! Food and service is always amazing. Must haves - grilled octopus, baked feta, dips, zucchini cakes, grilled branzino, and lamb chops.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good but not exceptional. Remember it as much better. Desserts were the best.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari was delicious! Service was great! Our server was very attentive and very knowledgeable of all the dishes. All the dishes from the appetizers to our main course were all prepared perfect. Can't wait to go back! YUM!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server really knew the menu and gave perfect wine pairing recommendations. \n\nSignage for restrooms needed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very reliable. Every meal I have ever eaten there has been terrific

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent as always, the lemon chicken and saganaki are absolute musts!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great! We visit Kokkari whenever we visit San Francisco and it is consistently great!\nFood, ambiance, and service are superb!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

San Francisco offers many options for dining. This is one of the truly exceptional experiences in terms of food, service and ambience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good moussaka, share if you order appetizers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

GREAT❤ Will b there again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came here for my roommate's birthday with a small group. The only time slot left for a reservation was 9:30pm but our waiter was so friendly and patient, we didn't feel rushed at all knowing they were going to close at 11. The food was superb and didn't feel too heavy. I would definitely come back again for another occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our first time there and will definitely return. We loved our Booth #2. Bartender knew how to make my favorite cocktail - a Blood & Sand. Many bartenders do not.\nThank you.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

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.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Shane was an excellent server (knowledgeable & friendly)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time here. Came here because someone gave me a gift certificate. I will diffently be back. Love the atmosphere and because it was raining when we went it made it cozy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a special place to celebrate a birthday!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food overpriced for quality and portion. Lamb chops that are 45 bucks were not any better than the corner greek place in houston. Also, this was a highly rated restaurant...Fodors gave it a choice award. Given its location in San Fran, a very goodie city, this place was a solid B at best. Would not go back given hundreds of options in this town.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of my favorite places in San Francisco. Great food, great service. There is a reason why its always busy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious but greasy. My lamb chops were not cooked right and just a little too much oil. That's my only complaint!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent from top to bottom. The food was delicious, the service outstanding, and the ambience pleasant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Attention to detail..classic Greek with touches of creative new flavors.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

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

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was disappointing and service was fairly slow since they were so busy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing service and fantastic wine list! Our waiter was great and looking forward to our next visit!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was spectacular, food delicious, and reasonably priced wine list, \nThe restaurant in not inexpensive, but certainly worth the price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

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.'

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place knocks us out each time we eat there! The food is wonderful, plenty of choices and the service is always very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in the city . Bar non an awesome place !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari is always fabulous. It is one of my friends' favorite San Francisco restaurant, so I take her there each year for her birthday. We are never disappointed. The food is out of this world, as is the service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took inlaws from Italy and they loved it! Great food and impeccable service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really enjoyed the lamb chops! Our server Jeff was very kind and informative about the menu. Overall it was well worth the money for someone who rarely spends in this price range for a dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari delivers one of the finest dining experiences anywhere every time, and tonight was no exception. Spectacular meal from start to finish. They simply nailed it. Best lamb I've ever tasted!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is excellent (farm to table). Best smelts in town, Lamb chops super, Bronzino fresh and super, \nCompliments

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible food, incredible service, incredible dining experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

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!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing! Kokkari never disappoints time and time again! Great food and wonderful services

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not my first time at Kokkari. I am always being pleasantly surprised. The food is amazing. They will occasionally tweak their menu but it seems that it is always for the best.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had lunch with my family while in the Bay Area. The food and service were outstanding and the restaurant had a warm and relaxed feel to it. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and will definitely look forward to eating there again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food and great service! Never disappoints!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food paired with excellent service in a great fun atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing. Everything. Our first time and I'm ready to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari never disappoints. We have been dining here for over 8 years and remain loyal. Food is delicious, consistent and just the right portion. Deserts are creative, authentic and satisfying. Always a good meal at kokkari. Service remains warm and classy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

There's a reason everyone loves this place. It's awesome.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

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.\n\nWe also tried the special dessert---lemon meringue pie. It was great!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful! Cozy environment, delicious food. Felt as if we were in Greece.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful meal and exceptional service from the valet to the waite staff

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have a delightful lunch with delicious food and great service! Pricey but worth it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Family dinner with my daughter

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing is all that needs to be said!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love and highly recommend this restaurant. The food and service are amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our favorite San Francisco restaurant! Food, service, ambiance is always perfect! We have taken guests there on numerous occasions, and they are always very pleased!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

After dining here for the first time on my birthday last year, I can see why this restaurant is highly regarded. The food, the service, the quality of the ingredients, the server's knowledge - all fantastic. Some restaurants that have been open for a while can tend to lose their flare, but Kokkari maintains that high standard, you can tell. \n\nI cannot recommend this establishment enough. After eating here, you undestand why this is a San Francisco staple.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was mediocre. The biggest surprise of the meal was the Greek coffee that had 1 or 2 tablespoons of liquid coffee on top of a sludge of coffee ground material in cup. It was disgusting. The manager came over and asked me if I had Greek coffee before this with an attitude of that was how it was supposed to be. He did take it off of the check but the experience put a dark cloud over the restaurant for me.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This occasion was special but we love this place anytime! Have been dining there since 1999. Never disappoints. Always great food and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waitress was wonderful, answered questions and put up with my friend's humor. Always have a great visit when we come.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was simply amazing. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Greek food. The tastes were so authentic and incredibly delicious. Our waiter Peter was terrific and the ambiance was very cozy. We loved it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Most amazing greek food ever!!! Best in the Bay Area IMHO. Excellent service as well

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I think that the food wins but it's a hard decision to say if I love the food or the restaurant itself more. It's lovely but very warm and cozy. And-the service was fantastic! I am looking forward to going again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing everything except the woman at the front on 12/21/16.\n\nGo out to eat nearly every night for many years and a frequent guest at the PA location. She makes the list of one of the rudest and most condescending. Surprising especially for such a high end restaurant and clientele like myself that comes to a place like this.\n\nPerhaps she was having and off night, but so not appreciated and not how clients should be treated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service are always great. Making a meal of just appetizers can be fun with a group.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always a fantastic meal at Kokkari- exemplary service and quality!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The experience was amazing!! The food was amazing !! Peter our waiter made us feel special and gave us a little history on the restaurant and the food being served.\n5 STARS!!!!!!!! A must for all food lovers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Definitely one of the best if not the best of its kind in San Francisco. Never ever a disappointment

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing as always. Very accommodating for my special diet. Can't get enough of this place. Lamb chops and octopus are always top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our wait person was excellent.......very knowledgable and gracious. The courses were paced perfectly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved our lunch. Ordered tapas style to share many dishes, the grilled calamari and fried smelts were wonderful as were the freshest fava beans just arrived farm to our table.\nExcellent service! We will be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Did not honor gift certificate even though they are legally obligated. I will be sending a letter and filing a complaint with consumer affairs. The restaurant claims they did not have to honor a gift certificate made in a donation to the MSPCA. The gift certificate expired 1 year from the issue date. The rules state it must be honored unless it's a 30 day or less expiration date:\n\nhttp://consumer-fraud-lawyer.com/id42.html \n\nEXCEPTIONS: For gift certificates issued on or after January 1, 1998, AND provide the expiration date in capital letters in at least 10-point font on the front; THEN:\n\nGift certificates that given for free as an award, loyalty, or promotional program;\nGift certificates that are sold below face value at a volume discount to employers or nonprofit and charitable organizations for fundraising, IF the expiration date is not more than 30 days after the date of sale; OR\nGift certificates issued for a food product.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We managed to score a last minute Friday night reservation at Kokkari for a party of 6. And score we did! Fantastic table right in the heart of the main dining room with beautiful light from the windows and a great view of the kitchen. The food, as always, was stellar - the whole roasted fish and special rotisserie lamb were to die for. Also major kudos to the staff for being so accommodating of our group, as we had an 18 month old with us. While the host missed the note in our reservation asking for a high chair, the gentleman who sat us was quick to offer a high chair and our waitress was able to provide a 'kids cup' (disposable coffee cup) for the baby to play with. All in all, a fantastic meal and great dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant consistently turns out excellent food. I have been coming here for years and it does not disappoint.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good souvlaki. Excellent. But I have specifically asked for a good table away from cashier stand at the advanced reservation. It was an important meeting. But got table in the back next to cashier stand. Please read customer requests.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Appetisers were beyond amazing! We had the octopus, prawn, persimmon salad and the fresh sea urchin! However, for the entry, I would have expected the same quality as the appetiser but sadly, both the Mediterranean Sea bass and the lamb chop did not blow us away. It didn't matter at the end of the day because the dessert and coffee lifted us back up again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We're never disappointed in Kokkari.\nThe food is delicious. \nI love the greek speaking waiters.\nThe hostesses are always helpful in getting you a cab.\nThe lighting is perfect.\nWhat more can I say.....perfect!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best greek restaurant in SF. Lamb Chop is awesome. Lamb Tongue is so tender (not liking the tiny portion for it, but I guess I can live with it). Great Baklava Ice Cream. REALLY outstanding service from the whole team from host, bus boy, waitress, to GM.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari meets all the expectations. THis group of 4, all watching their weight, ate\nfrom all the appetizers, the soup and dessert with coffees. Just wonderful!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant never fails to provide interesting, excellent food in a beautiful setting. The staff is extremely helpful in describing the various dishes. Also a extensive wine list with something for every taste and price range.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious! and decor was pretty. The only thing that bothered me was the smell. Couldn't figure it out what it was but me and my husband noticed it right away when we walked in ...smell like a bad fish or something. Same smell also in the inside of their elevator going down to the basement restroom.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good place to enjoy great food options and the company of good friends, and we took in Theatre Rhino across the street at the Eureka Theatre space

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

As a vegetarian I was very excited about some of the menu options. However the dishes were unimpressive and I could get more value going to cheaper place for the quality. I'm guessing the specialize in their lamb and everything else is meh.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Missed appointment time by over half an hour.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best restaurant in San Francisco. The food and service is awesome. Plan ahead, reservations are in demand.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service, and great food at very reasonable prices. I expected a huge bill for all the food we ordered but it was a great value. Can't go wrong with lamb!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A bit pricey but the food was great. I'd go back in a few months for sure.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing, as usual, but service at the bar was bad.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding food and service. Pricey but worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place. Outstanding food and service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love going to Kokkari to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday. Food is delicious, very flavorful. The Greek spreads, Taramasalata and Tzatziki are always a good choice to start. For a main dish , my favorites are Chicken Souvlaki, and Lamb chops for a splurge. Service can be a little impersonal and slow. It is a very popular restaurant, always busy, but for how expensive it is, service should be better.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and atmosphere at Kokkari. Service was spot on. My only complaint would be that the tables are so close together that you have no privacy. If I wanted a communal dining experience there are many other choices.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was impeccable- food out of this world. I had the Moussaka- it came out piping hot, was delicious and the perfect size serving. My husband had the daily fish. It also was cooked perfectly and was delicious. They offer a yummy dessert menu, which was just too much for us that night. We each did have a scoop of ice cream, which was just enough-

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely fabulous food, charming ambience with large fireplace, excellent wines and service.\nA new favorite in the city

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'm usually very please with the food & service here, but I did not care for my lamb special. It was very fatty & not very flavorful. Service was okay.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It is always excellent - three star food and service.\n\nLove it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

An outstanding dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari is a perpetual favorite. I love this place every time I visit for any occasion. I took my best friend there for his birthday and it was exceptional as usual. Jason took amazing care of us and saw to our every need. He was unbelievably knowledgeable about the ingredients and preparations of each dish and happily answered any questions we had. The lamb shank I had was divine! Of course we had to cap off the meal with the renowned hot fudge sundae. I look forward to my next visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing. Three of us had the lamb chops and they were perfectly cooked and tasted incredible.\n\nWe had a raft of the appetizers and they all rocked. \n\nYou can't go wrong here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite SF restaurant! Food was amazing and our server Katie was absolutely fantastic. She was knowledgeable about the wine selection and was extremely helpful and accommodating with all of our requests. I had a fantastic birthday! Thank you!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Received two gift cards to this restaurant and will definitely go back on our dime. Amazing food, service and we were actually able to hear one another talk. The restaurant is large, and people were actually sitting very close to one another, yet you really could not hear them talk--it still felt private and we could talk at a normal tone of voice. Fantastic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything tasted great but the soup and entres weren't as warm as we would have liked.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely fantastic. Wish I could have had everything on the menu. The server was superb and able to answer all of our questions. She made some great choices for us. Wish I lived in San Francisco so I could go here all the time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What ca I say about this beautiful and amazing restaurant?\nThis is one of my favorite place in sf. \nThe food it's absolute delicious anything you order its divine. \nThank you for the amazing experience and I can't wait to go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing place with delicious food and an outstanding ambiance

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service were both excellent. We had the stuffed calamari, fried smelt, grilled fish and some sort of lamb & cheese lasagna (sorry, I forget the name). All were perfectly cooked, with amazing flavors.\n\nThe one small detail that could've been better was that I requested a message be written on my wife's dessert plate during reservation (it was our anniversary), which was confirmed by phone but forgotten when dessert came.\n\nAside from that small slip, the food was great and I'd still recommend it wholeheartedly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tobias was our server for the evening and he was simply perfection. We visit each time we are in town and the ambience, cuisine, and service are consistently five star every time. One of our favorite restaurants in the world.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Favorite restaurant in the city. Lamb shank is a go to favorite. Gigantes and the spanakopita were great starters! The wine list is also great with knowledgeable staff to help with selection.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful! Cannot wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's too noisy for comfortable conversation for me (I have hearing deficits + hearing aids). The food is great, and the Greek selections are not easy to find elsewhere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Underwhelmed. Been wanting to eat here for a while. Food was good, but not the best greek/mediterranean I've had in the city. If you're wearing a hoodie and under 50, expect some snoot from the hosts.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious and we really enjoyed our dining experience. However, both me and the person who dined with me got mildly sick that evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of my favorite places to come to in the City!!! Food is amazing if you love Mediterranean! I would recommend the lamb riblets and grilled octopus to start and the fish of the day or Lamb chops as your main. But honestly I don't think you can go wrong with the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was fabulous. Two of us had the wood barbecued lamb and one of us had the grilled sea bream. Both dishes were outstanding. Calamari, gigante bean and artichoke appetizers were also great. Finally, the flourless chocolate cake, the rice pudding and the persimmons sorbet topped it off perfectly. Service was wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the octopus and the whole grilled fish! Great wine selection too and service was wonderful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I always forget just how good Kokkari is. Lamb riblets were very good. The halibut steak was perfection on a plate. Too bad but understandable that reservations can be difficult to get.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was impeccable but food (main dish = lamb shank) was on the salty side. Everything else was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was one of the best dinners we have had in SF. Sea bream was very delicious and we also liked the calamari, fava and feta-cheese appetizers.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were received and seated right below an air-conditioning vent. There were open tables but we were not reseated. It was really cold and uncomfortable. The whole fish was over-salted and the lamb chops were severely undercooked. There is a difference between medium-rare and RAW. The octopus I have to say was the best I have ever eaten.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unbelievably amazing as usual.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I keep coming back to this restaurant because the food is great, the service is wonderful, and the ambiance is cozy and elegant.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is good as usual, service was decent. Watermelon salad, Moussaka, Whole Sea Bream with a bottle of Kistler Charddonay and the Kokkari Sundae were fantastic.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food on my anniversary. Special desert and very accomodating

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari Estiatorio is an upscale Greek-themed restaurant that, despite its large dining rooms, feels cozy and inviting. We were seated at a quiet booth that still enabled us to see the whole room, which was lively. The food, including the vegetarian options such as the zucchini cakes, and seafood such as the charred paella-like seafood rice were outstanding in terms of the ingredient quality, freshness, and care of preparation. We saw many lab shank orders which is their signature dish that looked incredible. There are also many creative and tempting dessert choices.\n\nService was outstanding-knowledgable, helpful, and appropriately responsive to the diners' wishes. If we lived here, we would come back often.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, however, the food items came out very quickly, the first item even before bread and drinks. This all made us finish our dinner very quickly. I would have rather had a slower pace of service to savor the appetizers. The oven baked feta was not as warm as it had previously been served and contained less tomatoes. The rotisserie lamb, although good tasting, was served with a lot of fat trimmings.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything at Kokkari was very good but not as great as I expected since they are considered by some to be the best restaurant in San Fran. We eat a lot of Greek food and again it was very good but not the best I have ever had. Service was attentive but not special. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant but it does not compare to the Gary Danko experience we had the following night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had lunch with a friend. Was immediately seated when we arrived. Our waiter was very attentive and took very good care of us. The food was great, as it always is. We really enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere of the restaurant. A great place to meet friends and enjoy a fantastic meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second time and it was as good as the first, all the dishes were very good, the quality of the food is very nice and tasty . The service couldn't be better. Looking forward for the next time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

wonderful experience. This is our favorite restaurant which is always fantastic. the wait staff makes you feel like you are a part of the fmaily. Nice ambience, delicious food ,

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything about this place is an A plus. It is a hard reservation to get--so book early.\nEven though the venue is huge--it functions like a small restaurant. Portions are large--so do not hesitate to order an appetizer (lamb meatballs) and a luscious salad (with grilled strawberries).\nThe octopus appetizer was tender and my husband said the best in a long time. He also had the goat stew (a specialty). This is a great place to go with 4 or 6 as it would be perfect to share dishes. The whole fish dishes were all around us and folks were raving. Wait staff very well informed and on their toes. No waiting for a second glass of wine or water.\n\nJust go--you will enjoy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unbelievable food. Well trained and loving staff. Fancy but warming decor.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was no what I expected for the price. I had the smelts as an appetizer. They were overly breaded and a bit cold. This is a dish that has to be served right out of the frying pan. My main course was the skewered lamb-which I thought was a safe bet. The meat was not tender and it tasted like beef. This place is famous and expensive so I was expecting a memorable piece of meat.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was excellent. The food was less exciting than I was hoping.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waiter was a little hard of hearing. Brought the wrong cocktail and salad. Big boss gave us free desserts

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious Greek Food and top notch service. The Daily Roast(Spring Lamb) was very tender and flavorful

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic restaurant. The inviroment and staff was faboules

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Greek Cuisine at it's best in San Francisco. Be aware that various seating arrangements and lighting in different rooms can be a problem.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never disappoints! One of my favorite spots in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Definitely a fancy place and for special occasions only. Not a place that is affordable for normal dinner nights.\n\nWe can because of a birthday. Delicious food. Yes, we got the lamb! We loved the wine Alpha. Great hosting service and overall very nice.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went for lunch as I was told (and confirmed) that it takes up to 30 days to get a reservation for dinner! The restaurant has a great feel and the food is exceptional! I'd like to go for dinner next time and try the Greek wines paired with lamb.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was great. The food was mediocre. Lamb was not well seasoned. Kanella in Philly - one of the best Greek food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went with 3 best friends. I wanted it to be good, fun, enjoyable and remembered. It met that expectation

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time at Kokkari. The service is consistently good and deserves its 5 stars. I found the food less exciting than my first experience. Squash as appetizer had a quite unappealing presentation (but was excellent); entree of grilled octopus was very tender but quantity questionable as the choice of salad to accompany it.\nVery good espresso, which is rare enough to be mentioned.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was great, pleasant & well paced. The food was delicious & the wine list wonderful. We will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari is our go-to place. The food is great and it is very consistent. We haven't had a single bad meal in this restaurant. I cannot say the same about many others in the city (including places such as Gary Danko, etc.). The ambiance is nice as well. Their rotisserie alone makes one hungry before even looking at the menu. The service is great as well. Last time our waiter (Chris) was simply excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding in every way. Do not miss this place!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was terrible I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

An evening at Kokkari is always one our favourites! The food is consistently delicious and the staff is always welcoming. It's one of the best time and time again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent experience and one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. Our waiter, Burak, is a true professional! We were not familiar with Greek food but Burak did a wonderful job helping us choose the most tasty items on the menu. Incredible cuisine and beautiful, warm ambiance. We will come back again when we are in town. We wish this restaurant was in Boston where we live.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the food with great guidance from our waiter. We shared appetizers, entrees and desserts amongst four persons (family style) and it was fun plus gave us a chance to have lots more variety which we all loved. Will go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service by Andres was exceptional! Food delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is consistently excellent; the service is knowledgeable and attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We returned to Kokkari this year with out of town visitors who we took there last year at this time. We had another spectacular experience, having some of the same and some new dishes - all perfectly prepared. Our server, Chris, who was our server last year as well, was, once again, helpful and attentive, contributing a wonderful dining experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant is contemporary-California -Greek style of cuisine. Different from more classical Moussaka, on the sweet side as sugar or honey is added but I am not a chef so could be other ingredients to give it the sweetness.\n\nGrilled fish is excellent but price is $40 which is high. Try other restaurant for grilled fish and compare. \n\nDecor is pleasant and charming. It is an expensive restaurant in San Francisco and popular.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing flavor in every dish. Old-school (I.e. Professional) excellent service. Beautiful, cozy setting. I would come here weekly if my budget allowed.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have to say that we were disappointed. There were some great dishes, but the overall experience wasn't nearly what we expected. The person at the door was cold to us when we checked in, the host led us to the table and then dropped the menus there without engaging us in any conversation, the waiter took quite a while to warm up to us, as well.\n\nWhile we came for the lamb, and were intrigued by the lamb roasting on the spit, when it arrived, the lamb dish was good, not great. The appetizers were the same. Good, not great. The best dish of the evening, and we had quite a few, was the berry pudding, which was fantastic (and a special). The goat stew (also a special) was good, and could have been great with a little more attention. As one of my guests said, if the dishes lived up to their descriptions (by the waiter), they would have been fantastic.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My daughter and I visit San Francisco often and always eat one meal at Kokkari. Normally we do lunch and this last Saturday we did dinner for the first time. Our reservation was early, 5pm, and by 5:30 it was filling up. Our waiter was pleasant and efficient except for one misstep. After our arrival and another table for two in his area, a group of 12 was seated in his area. He was rather busy. Our meals were outstanding. For dessert loukamades were ordered and it took an unusually long time and he made a point to let us know that he was sorry it was taking longer than normal. Very much appreciated that. The problem was we ordered Greek coffee and he placed the order wrong for my preference but I kept it anyway. Because the dessert was so long in coming our coffees had been drunk before they became cold. Eating dessert with the coffee is my preference. This was the only misstep in an otherwise perfectly organized meal.\n\nYou can never go wrong eating here and the service is like watching a play. Everyone knows their roles and performs beautifully. The chef is amazing and the food is always perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is our second time enjoying Kokkari for lunch(mom and daughter). I should preface this review by saying we don't live in San Francisco (my daughter lives 2 hours away and I visit her from AZ.) and I am first generation Greek. My mom was an exceptional cook.\n\n This time we tried the zucchini cakes with mint yougurt on the side. Delicious! Crispy on the outside and the inside was heaven. We both loved the taste of Moussaka last time so we both ordered our own. It was perfection! \n\nDessert was loukamathes( Greek donut holes) which were light on the inside and crispy on the outside. The honey/water ratio was perfect for the donuts being dipped in. We also had a scoop of ouzo sorbet and neither one of us enjoyed it. We each had a taste and passed on it. It was removed from our bill which was much appreciated. The Greek coffee is extremely well made. The bread for the table has a crispy exterior and. Nice light but dense interior. \n\nOur server was even better than last time...her name was Sarah. When I explained how I liked my Greek coffee she explained it so well to the coffee maker that I ordered two cups as did my daughter.\n\nWe left extremely full, happy, and so well fed. This is a restaurant that you want to return to again and again. Whenever my daughter has a weekday off and I am visiting \nher, we head to Kokkari!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service were excellent, as always! But be careful when the temperatures climb in San Francisco-- we were seated in a section of the restaurant away from the windows, and it was absolutely sweltering. (Most days that isn't a problem here, but just wanted to flag the issue.) There wasn't much our server could do - and this definitely won't stop us coming back when the weather is more normal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always an excellent experience... would recommend Kokkari to anyone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had a great dinner with my dad- started with smelt an then had sole and lamb. All fantastic. Loved our waitress.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had dinner recently at Kokkari. We had an amazing experience. Staff was terrific, food delicious. Lovely atmosphere. Great wines, excellent bar staff. I believe this is one of the best restaurants in the USA.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a great place to dine. We were able to step right in and be seated with our reservation and I was on my way to a great meal. The service was awesome too. Very knowledgeable and friendly with great recommendations and explanations of some more obscure dishes. Definitely give this Zagat treated establishment a try.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best meal we had in San Fran ! Our server was excellent -We started with zucchini cakes with a very yummy yogurt sauce , grilled octopus that was so tender and grilled Greek cheese - rich and delcious ! My husband had the lamb kebab - which was marinated and cooked to perfection ( med.) I had the flaky delicious whole branzino-not the slightest bit fishy. Even my ice tea and espresso was great ! If i had to give 2 things to improve upon it would be their Pita bread ( it is too thick and was not warm when served ) and the baklava - it was too dense and not flakey enough with Phyllo - too much clove and not enough moist honey. However, everything else was superb

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always fantastic.......great food, great service........a delight to dine there!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Service, Fabulous food, generally good environment

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and amazing atmosphere! We were visiting SF and so many people told us to eat there. Now I see what all the fuss is about. Delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our 16th Anniversary. This restraint was everything we had heard about, great ambience, waitstaff, and the Lamb, so good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lunch here with a business friend and really wanted this to be the Kokkari that once blew my mind. Zucchini pancakes to start were okay (bland) as was my pork shank gyro (dry bits of lonely meat that even the tzakiki couldn't bring to life). Service on the other hand was excellent and a saving grace and definitely not rushed. Hopefully it was just an off day and Kokkari is not resting on its well established laurels.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful romantic mood dinner setting for our anniversary dinner. A little upscale and a little pricy but what isn't in San Fran.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always fabulous ! Incredible consistent

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my third visit within a year, and Kokkari continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. It's not inexpensive , so it is a special occasion restaurant for us, but I would dine here more frequently if my budget allowed. The food and wine are wonderful, the service is warm and attentive, and the setting is comfortable and welcoming.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I did feel uncomfortable when the maitre d was walking around with a notepad to see if your table was coming open. Too interested in flipping the table?

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

After reading all the yelp reviews with a 4.5 star rating, we were looking forward to dining here.\n\nUnfortunately they did not live up to the reviews. The food was mediocre at best and expensive.\n\nService tried to be upper class but failed miserably.\n\nWe were celebrating our anniversary and were seated at the worst possible table in the house.\n\nWe certainly won't be returning or recommending this place to anyone!\n\nI guess what they say about location is true! Location, Location, Location!\n\nThese folks wouldn't survive their first year anywhere else than San Francisco! 'The Mecca of restaurant business'

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my favorite restaurant always. Great for vegetarian too,

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was fantastic with a great selection to choose from.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service was exceptional. Great ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love Kokkari. Great food, amazing service and a good buzz!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a fabulous dinner at Kokkari. The service was impeccable and the food absolutely delicious. Try the stuffed calamari appetizer - big enough to be an entrée and absolutely delicious!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were really looking forward to our meal here. My husband is Greek & when I found this highly rated Greek restaurant near our hotel, it was a no-brainer. We had such great food our entire weekend in SF but this was our biggest disappointment. Yes, it's a gorgeous restaurant, great service & ambiance but the food just did not impress - especially for the price. The only think we all really liked were the smelts appetizer. But even the dip for it was not that impressive. Our table had the lamb shank, lamb chops & spit roasted pork. None of the entrees was really delicious. My dish, the pork just underwhelmed me ( and I was so excited to get it after seeing & smelling it roasting on the spit as I entered). It needed something, something acidic added to it, or a side veg w some acidity or a creamy sauce. Just slices of beautifully cooked pork & some roasted potatoes. That was it. I was bored after a bite of each. My husands chops were good...but just not that good. He's had many other better lamb chops. My son's shank, again, good & he did like the orzo pasta. But the lamb was just kind of boring. We wanted more flavors - more textures. I'm no expert but I love good food. It all just needed something. We would much preferred to have enjoyed another diner at Boulevard or Coqueta which are both nearby.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great experience. The four of us tried several orders from the appetizers, salads and mains and each was brilliant. Dessert killed . . . really wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have always loved this restaurant. It is decorated beautifully. Well worth your night out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing place amazing food ! Must go !!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, good menu choices, the service was impeccable. Interesting wine list. Overall expensive but definitely worth it for special occasions or if you feel like a splurge..

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful wine selection! Sadly we were on a time crunch do to an event following dinner but they were able to accommodate and get us in and out in an hour. Even got our dessert wrapped up to go! Wonderful experience

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was too salty, it was really disappointing. Our server was not attentive at all.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went here for lunch. I had the dolmathes (very good), crispy fried chicken livers (excellent), and the salmon (very good). Service was friendly and attentive. The place is nice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was exceptional from the service to the food. The location in the financial district attracts a lot of locals but they do have valet parking for those with cars. We both had lamb dishes which were prepared to perfection, and served hot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've chosen Kokkari to celebrate my husband's birthday and I'm so glad that I managed to reserve a table kind of last minute. The food was amazing. We had the zuchini cakes as appetizer and the seasonal peach salad. That peach salad definitely won the appetizer round. My husband choose the lamb chops for entree and I went with the moussaka. Best moussaka that I've had so far, and the lamb was perfection. I was touched by the attentiveness of our waiter, I put in the notes section that it is my husband's birthday and they put a candle in his baklava and wrote Happy Birthday on his plate. It was a perfect closing for this special evening. I definitely recommend this place for special occasions, for foodies and for bigger groups. We were seated in the back area and there were couple of bigger groups nearby. The ambiance is very nice and we both appreciated the attentiveness of our waiter.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

appetizers came before our drinks. everything was off due to a big birthday party next to us. we were kind of crammed in the corner by the bus station. With butts in our face.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the very best in SF. Nicest people, great service, love going there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had an absolute amazing time at Kokkari. The service was perfect. Our server, Brock, was so warm, friendly, down to earth and helpful. He treated us like close family friends! The food was delightful -- can't rave about to enough. Highly recommend the fried smelt, the lamb chops, and the branzino. This is my favorite restaurant in SF and can't wait to go back! Bravo Kokkari!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Staff was accommodating to our last minute add on if two people. They were highly sensitive to our needs as a group and very accommodating as we closed down the restaurant. Food was amazing and we all can't wait to get back for our next meal there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The staff was so accommodating. They really tried very hard to please me. Finding a table to my liking. I really appreciated the time they took. The food was amazing and our waiter was perfectly attentive. A+ all the way around.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari has been consistent - and consistently excellent - since it opened. Fatah is an institution - and a terrific barman! Abel is one of the finest gentlemen we've had the pleasure of serving us. Oh, the food? Outstanding lamb chops, chicken and simply grilled fish with Greek spices. Unique salads. Well-selected wines by the glass.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The spreads were great, as was the saganaki. Beets and grilled octopus were just Ok. Really liked the ambience, and it definitely felt like fine dining while we were there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A few weeks ago we passed by this restaurant only to see it very crowded and people waiting outside . We researched and finally got a reservation. The place is large but full of ambiance \nAnd loads of character 👍 we were seated in a very comfortable room at a very romantic table. Our waiter Paolo was fabulous 👍👍👍👍 he helped us Make food and wine selections. He was fun and personable. Food was d exceptional 👏👏 cannot wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the best top restaurants in San Francisco. Been here at least 15 times in the last 4 years for business lunches & dinners and personal & special occasions.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really like the food at Kokkari. The last two visits I've sat at the bar and had the same bartender. He will take your order and pour you a drink. He doesn't know the menu nor the specials and cares little for creating an excellent/memorable experience for his guests. His focus is getting you out the door. When I indulge and eat at a place like Kokkar i want to take my time to enjoy the food, wine, and company. That is not the experience offered. I may return because I enjoy the menu but, given the service is so cold, it's not a place where I want to be a regular. Maybe that's what they're going for...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food, good wine, good service, and comfortable atmosphere. I will definitely eat here again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the fourth time I've been in Kokkari, as always the service was fast and friendly. The dishes didn't disappointed preserving the quality. Special mention with the moussaka which this time I found less spicy than other times ( less tasty ).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just an awesome experience as usual. Great work!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best place to bring someone who l ows good food. Great waiter🍷😄

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in the City! They always suggest the best wine since I am a novice. The food is great and the servers know the menu well enough to tell me whether or not something has dairy or gluten. They are quick without being invasive. The place seemed quiet at lunch so if you can't get a dinner reso, try for lunch!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love, love, love everything about this restaurant! Hands down my SF fave!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari never disappoint except getting reservations . Kokkari is easier to experience at lunch time but dinner is where the restaurant really shines . During dinner time roasting lamb greets you with the tantalizing aroma of decadence ( not available during lunch ) . The ever present whole fish dishes also provides the non carnivore an experience that transports to the clear waters and fine sandy beach of Greece. \nService is consistently superb never an issue . Food will never disappoint . The ambience is cozy .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Food is good especially for the Whole fish. Steak is also good but almost same as the other fine dining restaurant. Lamb is so so. Give the price is also reasonable, will recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As a continuation for my husbands 40th birthday I booked Kokkari Estiatorio on our first night in San Francisco. It was superb! The food and service was fantastic. We highly recommend this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Impeccable food and service made this restaurant a highlight of our trip to San Francisco

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I searched the top ten restaurants in San Francisco and Kokkari was on the list. We are from out of town and my wife loves Greek / Mediterranean food. It was the perfect choice to celebrate her birthday! Our guests loved it also and were introduced to a great new cuisine. Simply awesome!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love this restaurant, and always try for a reservation for special occasions. The lamb riblets are amazing, melt in your mouth. The service on this past visit was Impeccable, and friendly. It's expensive, but worth it!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

good zuchini cakes, but would be good if more veg options existed

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is amazing. We absolutely loved it. The atmosphere is loud and vibrant. The decor is beautiful and appropriate for a mediterranean restaurant. Our waiter knew the menu and was kind and courteous.\n\nVery hard to get a reservation, we had to eat at 9:30 pm. Our table happened to be the one by the door. We felt very rushed by our waiter, so not a comfortable dining experience. He forgot to bring us bread (and we were so hungry as we had such a late reservation), and (perhaps because the restaurant closes at 10) we were not offered desert or coffee. \n\nSo overall, yes go there, but get your reservation 2 months (not 1 like us) ahead of time, and have it for early when things are a bit calmer. I would like to try again in the future.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious and always enjoyable. Also easy to have a conversation without shouting.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's the only place for a full menu of Greek Food in the Bay Area. Very delicious and our server was excellent, personable and fun. Cozy and warm ambiance. It's great for special occasions.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kokkari is the PERFECT restaurant. Delicious food, great ambience, beautiful setting and impeccable service. What more could a diner ask for?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best in San Francisco. You will not have Greek food better. Great lamb and even Vegetarian options as well!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was extraordinary. The serve staff was so very helpful and respectful. We were encouraged by the complete flexibility around our order and wonderful patient advice on food choices and quantities. The quality and seasonings were wonderful!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Considering the high rating on trip advisor I was expecting more. The service, decor and ambience were excellent, however the food was underwhelming. The starter calamari was very tasty, but a micro portion. I had the spit pork special and it was dry tough and was fatty. Considering the multitude of dining options in the city they need to improve their cuisine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had our anniversary dinner in Kokkari and once more, everything was perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari kills it every time. An exceptional restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome place, great food and amazing service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Probably the best place in SF, or one of the best!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Came here with my parents and boyfriend and everyone was extremely satisfied. I ordered the sole and pita bread for an appetizer and every bite was melt in your mouth good. Definitely a great place for a special occasion. Will absolutely be coming back. Our waiter was a little hard to understand (and spoke at the speed of light), but other than that we thoroughly enjoyed our experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing!! Great food, great service, great value. I still dream of their goat stew and of their yogurt dessert. Best dishes ever!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful restaurant, excellent service and delicious food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Incredible as always. Kokkari's food and service is consistently five stars.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awsome amazing food\nGreat service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The portions are getting small on the Greek salad. There were only 2 pieces of feta on the whole salad. And the glass level of glasses of wine keep getting lower and lower. Stay special!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love that they refill my ice tea without having to ask. Love the bread. All of the staff are excellent and efficient. Frank is the best waiter ever, and I was sad I did not have him this time --- although all of the wait staff are excellent. Seafood is my favorite and it's always fresh (just wish there was more of it!). Chicken skewer was really excellent too. PLEASE have the rotisserie chicken on other days than just Fri -- I wish it was available M-Thurs too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Where were the olives you offered prior to the meal? And you went back to using Splenda instead of Stevia. Keep the healthy mindset going at Kokkari. Love the Greek salad, fish, and all the rotisserie offerings. Yummy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always my favorite. Consistent food, great environment . Seafood is always fresh.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

What Kokkari has going for it is its lovely decor and impeccable service. As for the food, some dishes are quite good; others leave you scratching your head -- especially once you factor in the cost. Why, for example, are all their fish specials served with a clump of steamed greens (mustard greens and chard all balled up)? Is this an homage to Joe's of Westlake? The grilled lamb riblets at $14.50 are no more than an amuse-bouche (and a gristly one at that). The Greek salads, meanwhile, are pretty basic. For example, a small plate of watermelon cubes topped with a sprinkle of feta cheese, pine nuts, and basil: it was actually quite good, but it's just some watermelon cubes with a hint of feta and pine nuts. Same for the 'Greek' chop salad -- a hunk of romaine with pine nuts, feta dressing, and some olives. Nothing wrong with that, but it's diner fare. The pork gyro, one of their daily taverna specials, was another big miss. But be sure to save room for dessert. Their baklava and pagoto baklava are heavenly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful lamb, Greek salad, seafood. Gets a little pricy for their seafood -- but all in all a really good food experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It might be our favorite restaurant in SF ever! The food is always amazing and the service is also always awesome. The dips (all of them), octopus, zucchini cakes, and baked feta are out of this world. The best lamb chops and Branzino!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I'm from Canada, if I'm ever within a 7 hr drive of the restaurant I will go. That's how amazing the food is. Tonight was 4 of us splitting 10 appy's, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts, tapas style to try and taste as much as possible. Again it was amazing and would order everyone again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was surprised to pull up to the restaurant and see how fancy it was even though I read the reviews ahead of time. Beautiful place! We felt a little under dressed. Excellent service and excellent food and wine. We had the lamb shank and lamb riblets and the zucchini cakes and the baklava--all very good. I feel their prices are bit too high though.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The whole fish selections are to die for. The staff and managers are genuinely kind and hospitable. Wine list rocks!!!'

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious from start to finish. But what really set them apart was their service. There was a small mixup with my seabass and not only did they make sure to take my spouse's dinner back so both could be nice and hot when my dish was ready, but they took the cost of my whole meal ($45) off the bill without me asking or expecting it. They made our wedding anniversary and our first time at Kokkari's that much more memorable. We will definitely be back. Thank you Jillian for your special care and attention tonight.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was hurried, did not advise us of the daily specials until we inquired. He provided the names of the specials but with no description about the dish itself. We requested tap water and he brought a bottle of still water. He did not seem to care that we had to ask about the specials or that we quickly pointed out that we ordered tap water. I ordered a chopped salad and lentil soup, and requested the salad be brought out first. The soup was brought out first. Again, no acknowledgement much less apology for bringing the soup out first. We were celebrating a special occasion and the series of 'mix-ups' made our visit to Kokkari a bit awkward. We considered complaining to management at the time, but decided to just let go of the negative energy and move on. On the upside, our meals were delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We took our 2 kids (6 & 9) here for dinner the other night. I got the special lamb dish and my wife got the lamb chops. This restaurant isn't great for kids as there is no kids menu but they split the chicken dinner and really liked it. Our waiter (Scoobylubedubu) was fantastic. That's what he said his name was to our kids but I'm not sure if that was for real or he was just playing. Anyway, he was so much fun and made us all feel like family. Food was very good but cooked with a lot of oil making the meat really rich. We had a sundae for dessert and the Greek donuts with honey. All were fantastic! Loved the atmosphere as well

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My favorite restaurant period. Come here whenever I'm in SF which is less now since I'm retired. This experience was no different. I always order the chef special on the rotisserie, or spit, if you're Mideastern. This time it was a bone-in pork chop, so big it covered the whole plate. Absolutely delicious. I order a Greek wine by describing how I like a wine to taste and our server has never failed to bring something that fits the bill. This should be a must-stop for all SF visitors.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lambchops were very fatty. Artichoke souvlaki was good. Lunch prices seemed a little high, as did wines by the glass. Our server did not do much to help identify gluten-free options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a great surprise...a perfect meal from start to finish! I literally stuffed myself and could not stop eating everything placed before me, and I am pickey! The service was flawless and all and all this restaurant, for the quality of food, was moderately priced for SF's finest...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Chris B. was incredible. This was probably our best dinning experience in the last 5 years. We ordered everything he recommended, and we did not regret it one bit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went to Kokkari with another couple after Beach Blanket Babylon. None of us had been there but all love Greek/Mediterranean foods. The food was outstanding and the ambiance was lovely. We had the lamb chops, the goat stew and the rib eye steak. They were all GREAT! They have a bar (always a plus) and the waitress was an absolute doll and was very knowledgeable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in SF. Great food, great wine, great service, great atmosphere. The wine list is notable in that they have some lovely Greek wines in addition to a nice selection of Italian, Spanish, French and Californian wines. I know that I'm going to have a lovely time whenever I go there.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

My god the food was just awful this time around. The octopus had the fishy stench that accompanies unfresh seafood, goat stew was way too sweet, and worst of all, the sea bream was totally bland, tough in texture, and reeked of fishy stench. I miss the good ol days of kokkari when the food was actually good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent service, food, ambiance. Very elegant space

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Impeccable service and value, even though pricey. We enjoyed the fresh lamb and fish entrees. Wine list extensive and paired well.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

After reading all the buzz for Kokkari, we were very excited to try it. Our waiter was very rude and looked down on us for asking certain questions. We are new to dining experiences and wish we had someone who guided us rather than poo pooed our little knowledge of the menu and cuisine. Other than him being rather rude, the food was great! We got many appetizers and both got the lamb chops. They were perfectly cooked and went so well with our choice of wine! Will definitely go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cozy atmosphere, happy, knowledgeable waiter, great unique Fall flavors! A wonderful place to spend an evening. Highly recommend!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best in San Francisco

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second visit to Kokkari. And we came for lunch again because they were booked way out for dinner. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. Our waiter provided good guidance on dishes and wine selections. This restaurant is our perennial favorite whenever we visit San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was delicious and the service was terrific. The lamb chops are to die for.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was excellent, service flawless and experience beautiful. We loved it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food, great atmosphere, luxurious furnishings, quality service, suitable for couples or groups.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari continues to amaze! Always excellent in all ways every day for all these years. Food continues to be excellent with seasonal specials. Tradiional Greek specials are done as they should be. The Spanikopita is always crisp and delicate. Grilled meats are perfectly cooked and spiced. Always attentive service. Kokkari is always fun and vibrant - excellent for either a special occasion or an after work simple dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari continues to be excellent, even after so many years. The quality of the dishes never falters. New items are added as the seasons change and seasonal items such as squash blossems and fava become available. We are always amazed by how well Kokkari embraces local Greeks, financial district regulars, convension and vacation visitors. They always make us feel like special guests. All this with an energy which makes us feel that we are indeed in a special place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food cant fibd any better lsm chops then here\nThe waiter was a bit of a snob

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I loved the ambiance, the rustic and authentic appeal was lovely. The bartenders were less than enthusiastic while we waited for our table, but our waiter practically made our night, so fun! I think the food was delicious, good quality and fresh, but be prepared for lamb and tiziki! It was a bit pricey in my opinion for what we were served.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was my first time and 25th bday, a friend of mine who is a regular at the restaurant suggested to dine in. Overall my experience was phenomenal. I enjoyed my time and def coming back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely delish!! Service was wonderful. Ambiance was stylish and comfortable. This was a first visit, but certainly will be back and recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Crowded, noisy, hurried service on a busy night

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful experience on all levels. Wait staff was efficient, friendly and knowledgeable, food was creative,delicious with many authentic dishes. Very difficult to get a reservation without planning weeks in advance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

fantastic!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Came here on a business lunch. Highly recommend coming earlier if you want to discuss important matters and being able to hear the discussion.\n\nRemarks: Began the meal with grilled octopus and fried chicken liver. Grilled octopus was good - not chewy and quite tender. Chicken livers were rich; a squeeze of lemon really cuts through the oiliness.\n\nMain course - moussaka, ground lamb layerd with eggplant and bechamel sauce. salt balance was a little heavy and the bechamel slightly overwhelmed the dish. \n\nDessert - galaktoboureko and Greek coffee. The Greek coffee was waterier than expected. However, the galaktoboureko (fried phyllo tubes with semolina custard filling) were excellent. The fried phyllo layers were crispy and complemented the custard interior. It was paired with creme fraiche ice cream, also good.\n\nVerdict: pretty good, difficult to get a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was absolutely outstanding. Food was incredible as was the service. Great for a romantic evening out.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service and ambiance were great, but food was so so. We ordered the zucchini cakes, which were small and tasted good but we weren't amazed. We ordered the lamb shank and rotisserie lamb and it took a very long time to get the entrees (45 minutes or more). Shank was cooked well, but the rotisserie felt under done and had a lot of inedible fat on it. Overall, both dishes felt incomplete. The shank came with orzo and the rotisserie came with a couple of flavorless potatoes, both needed something else on the plate. Left feeling very heavy from the food. If I were to go back, I wouldn't order the lamb.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a lovely experience with Daria a few months ago. She took amazing care of us and walked us through the menu. She was very professional, yet relatable. The food was superb and perfectly timed!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our entrees, rotisserie duck and roasted sea bream, were overcooked and smothered in butter, respectively. The service was good at first but grew mysteriously hostile as the night wore on (and it's not like we complained about anything or didn't drink or weren't pleasant ourselves; this was truly weird). The apps were good-- the octopus and the smelt were winners-- and the dessert (rice pudding with poached pear) was fine if unmemorable. But bad entrees and lousy service for almost $300 for two was disappointing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were visiting San Francisco with the family and visited. The experience was wonderful. The wait staff was outstanding. The unique roasting spits and coffee process were cool.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was terrific and our server was very patient and attentive. This is a very loud space though so be prepared to not hear anyone who is not next to you

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service and atmosphere. Food was solid but disappointing for price. We are not big lamb eaters. Had halibut steak which was average. Salad was average too though small plates were very good. Baklava was fantastic.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was good \nNot particularly Greek\nBaklava ice cream was great

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was absolutely fantastic and our waiter was attentive.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been waiting for about 7 months to come here. They sold me on the pork chop - brined for 3 days and smoked over an open pit. Sad to say, it was a bit dry and under salted. I get it - meat is meat and should be respected, but SALT is kind of life.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari is not a cheap place, but we felt that having food that delicious and authentic, and not overly salty, is worth the price. We had 2 entrees, an appetizer and split a half bottle of wine, and paid just over $100.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We expected good food and that's what we got. Service is very good. Nice, comfortable ambiance. We had grilled octopus appetizer (great!) the lamb chops (really good - medium rare), and the fish special (also very good). We were too full for dessert!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was very busy, even though we had reservations was seated 30 minutes late.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari Estatoria has the finest Greek food of any restaurant I have visited I n the United States -- from New York City to the California coast. Everything is prepares to perfection and the servers make you feel as if you are the most important people in the room.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

the BEST restaraunt in the city in literally ALL aspects

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Two of us were celebrating a third's birthday and enjoyed our meals and the very good service of our waiter, Francis. Even though we were all full from our delicious meal, he insisted that we order at least one dessert. He brought out the dessert with candle lit and 3 plates for us all to share. This is one of those wonderful restaurants that still recognize special events and the dessert was complimentary.\nMy only negative is that the prices are much higher at the restaurant than they are on their website. Even the valet parking was $4 higher at $12. Still, this is a lovely restaurant and I would recommend it highly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best visit to Kokkari's ever. Got my favorite table (not telling which one). Then the server surprised us with not one but two complementary appetizers and was astute enough to realize my companion is a vegetarian. We shared the chef's special dessert which blows my doors off every time -- it's a light and fluffy cross between backlava and cheese cake. Yum! If only I could snag a reservation every time I'm in the city. I'd practically live there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful dining experience in every way. We enjoy dining out and entertaining at home so I bought their beautiful well written cookbook. Can't wait to prepare our own grilled octopus salad!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have always heard only rave reviews of Kokkari, but never had the opportunity to make it sooner. Our waiter was delightful and VERY knowledgable about the menu and details of the food. The food was truly amazing and memorable and surely did not disappoint. I cannot wait to return.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

It has been many years since my last visit but the food was excellent. Our waiter was very friendly but got distracted half way through the meal because of a large party that took his focus.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food and wonderful presentations - and very quick! Outstanding service -\ngave us a wonderful time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of my favorite SF restaurants; always a memorable experience with delicious food. This is a restaurant where you want to take your time to savor the moment.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went Kokkari with my boyfriend for our last night of San Francisco. The food was fantastic and the service was so much cozy. He and I truly enjoyed ourselves there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Thanks to the Maitre D at Kokkari for an exquisite dining experience at this top rated restaurant.! Our server, Jillian, was very attentive, knowledgeable, and had a good sense of humor. It was the last night of our honeymoon and we couldn't have asked for a more memorable dinner and service. This is our new favorite restaurant when we're in San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Simply the best Greek Restaurant in town, but also in general!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious dishes

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

All the wrong food came out

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

awesome restaurant - my favorite SF venue. Veery hard to get reservation - try lunch

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Not the kind of greeting I expect from a highly rated restaurant.\nHaving traveled to the US on holiday I invited a couple of friends to dinner to celebrate us catching up. I was recommended Kokkari by a client in London. I booked the table 30 days prior to dining so this was not a late booking. \nOur table was booked for 9.30pm and we arrived promptly. We were made to stand to one side in a draft from the door (!) while others diners arrived and were either shown to their table or asked to wait at the bar. \nA large party left at 9.45pm. A few minutes later we were shown through to the room where the kitchen was towards the back of the restaurant. We were put on what I could only describe as a banqueting that would seat about 30 - obviously the table vacated by the large party that had just departed. \nWe were placed at the far end of the table that was directly in front of the kitchen and also near the waiters counter. The table was wide and had no table cloth like the rest of the restaurant. \nAfter booking a month in advance, waiting patiently near the front door for a table to become free and then being given this space I was obviously upset. \nI made my feelings known to the waiting staff and after a 10 minute wait we were finally placed in a comfortable booth like all the other customers!\nThe waitress we had after the move was so lovely and the service from that point was perfect. \nThe food was delicious but after the service we had initially received and the fact it was so late by the time we started eating I cannot say I enjoyed the meal. \nI would not book this restaurant again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is definitely fine Greek dining. The food was excellent as was the service, in a cozy, friendly atmosphere.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

In September we had the goat stew and it was so ridiculously good. So I had to get it again right...but this time not so much. It was much chewier and had uneatable pieces in it. I even ordered a batch of it to go for my girlfriend and now she will never order goat again even after calling the first time the best thing she ever ate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Get menu and great food. Location is great. easy in handout of san francisco. The valet parking guys are great and do a great job too.\nThe manager is little bit cacky!!!:) but everyone else is nice and provide great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service, food, ambiance, and customers! \n\nPork belly - yummm, melted in mouth, not too much sauce, just enough to compliment the flavorful pork belly fat \nLamb riblets - soooooo good, tasty, came right off the bones, generous portion for starter\nGrilled Whole Branzino - another delicious flavorful dish, this one is healthier and less fattening, I asked for their corn as the side instead the horta(boiled greens), the corn with cheese is another must-have at Kokkari\nFlourless Chocolate Cake - sooooo good and rich in texture and in flavor, yum

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The word to describe this place is WONDERFUL! They are hitting on all cylinders & have been for quite some time. I do not see how it could be any better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food in a neat setting!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It simply does not get better than this!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My experience at Kokkari was simply outstanding!!! The food was delicious and the service was incredible. I will definitely recommend to friends and return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

They had a crazy fire incident in the kitchen and there was a ton of smoke that filled the restaurant. The alarm went off for 5 min at least. It was so annoying. And as much as I love this place they could have done something to accommodate us for the smoke and alarm in an already crazy loud biz lunch spot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been wanting to go to Kokkari forever but even after all these years, it is tough to get a reservation. And I can understand why - the food is amazing, the service impeccable, and the dining room is very impressive. We tried the Zucchini cakes, Spanikopita, lamb meatballs, saghanaki, and lamb chops. Everything was perfectly cooked with great flavor. We were stuffed by the end but there are so many more things on the menu I would love to try. Will definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food and atmosphere!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Visiting SF for a couple days and this was such a well rated restaurant we decided to give it a try. Friends who live in SF confirmed that it is a top quality restaurant. Our booth was in the bar area on a side wall. Great location as we could watch the action without it being in our lap. \nThe food was excellent. Wine list is a little overpriced. \nBut I would highly recommend you try and get a reservation. It is a great spot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari is a destination place for us. Nothing changes. We've never been diappointed be it lunch or dinner. It's a beautiful restaurant.\n\nThe front of the house is where it could be intimate depending on the crowd and bar activities. The action is in the dining room behind the bar. My favorite tables are the farm table, if you have a group. It's right outside the open kitchen. For 2-4, the center table directly behind it. \n\nThe food is fresh, well prepared and delicious. The only miss this time was the smelt appetizer. Best not to get something deep fried when the room is not very warm. We usually order this dish, too.\n\nMake a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went there while visiting San Francisco for lunch. It was wonderful!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was attentive. Smelt appetizer excellent. Taramasalata also good, but small portion and ridiculously small amount of tiny peta pieces--had to ask for more. Grilled octopus appetizer ok, not the most flavorful I have tasted. Lamb chops divine-- their stellar dish. Only major disappointment was the grilled sea bass. It was supposed to bedevil-boned and we had mouthful of bones and asked the waiter to do a better job. It came back to us looking like mush!. But most disappointing was that the fish was oversalted. At this point we just kept quiet. I got a doggie bag for the lamb bones and the fish, which we left over. (Our golden doodle loves fish).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Extremely attentive service, with good suggestions, notable Greek wines and a friendly atmosphere that makes you want to return

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything about our dining experience was top-notch. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful, the fried cheese appetizer was incredible, and the whole fish grilled with citrus was terrific. All this in a beautiful atmosphere with wooden beams and a blazing fireplace. Would highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

borders on fine dining. food is delicious. I nearly ordered every dish on the appetizer section. great family style dining. this place brought me back to my honeymoon in Santorini and Crete. Grilled Octopus, Grilled meatballs, Moussaka, Lamb Riblets, Melitzanosalata, Taramosalata, Tzatziki, Favosalata or Tirokafteri, Baked Feta. Can't go wrong

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We celebrated a friends birthday here. Drank good wine and ate yummy food. The service was great. I would definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My only problem was the hot cheese was much too salty. All else delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food and absolutely terrific and attentive service. Always a pleasure to come to.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome vegetarian options. Very swanky high end fine dining restaurant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had dinner at Kokkari for our anniversary. The restaurant has fantastic ambience and the service is really good. We loved the food and the dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our family loves Kokkari--we come here for birthdays, anniversaries and just to have a wonderful meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a great experience @ Kokkari!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We all ordered the lamb chops. We could not resist. They were delicious and HUGE. Great setting for talking with friends and family.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were on vacations in SF and through open table we found Kokkari. We had a great night with all my family members, food and service were great. The menu is quiet short but has an excellent variety of dishes. It is costly but food is very good.\nWe were a bit concerned due to a couple of reviews in particular one from a Greek visitor, but we decided to try it and as I mentioned before we had great time and food was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always amazing a must in SF

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waiter paced our order so that 2 appetizers and 2 entrees took 1.5 hours. We didn't order dessert since we thought that would add 30-45 more minutes to our meal and had post dinner plans. Waiter stated that since we didn't order dessert, although he knew it was my birthday, I would not be getting a birthday dessert. I didn't prompt him. He said this after coffee, us paying the bill, and packing up. It was strange timing and unprofessionally worded. Food, wine, coffee and the man who took care of our water and boxing my leftovers were great. Main waiter left us on a sour note. Been here before and disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband and I met our daughter and her boyfriend there for a double date. We were in town visiting them from Seattle and were not disappointed! The service was timely and attentive but not intrusive. The wait/bus staff was subtle and professional when clearing the table. The food was amazing and authentic! It turns out that our server - Shane Walker - is a friend that we worked with 30 years prior at an upscale Seattle restaurant! Such a great surprise and it was great to re-connect. He made our evening so wonderful!\n\nThe only negative was the host/manager who came up to our table and introduced himself (I forgot his name because I was taken aback with what comes next). We, likewise, introduced ourselves and said we were there with our daughter and her boyfriend, to which the host/manager made a crass statement about them 'shacking up.' This was absolutely inappropriate and the only black mark on the evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved the berry pudding dessert and service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The standards are so high!! They never fail. Good , ambience , service are exceptional. Branzino is out of this world. Best in the city!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Seated promptly. Curtious service. Spacious seating arrangements allow for more privacy between the tables. My guests enjoyed rare fish and raved about the rice pudding dessert. The tomatoes in my greek salad could have been more ripe and sweeter. All in all a great dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Elevated Greek food, whether classic or updated dishes. For example, dolmaldes made with fresh grape leaves!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious! Absolute fine dining experience. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is remarkable, my lamb fell off the bone, my couscous cooked to perfection, great balance of spices and herbs. Incredible menu, from lamb, duck, whole chickens, steaks. Wine list is huge!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overwhelmingly noisy. De-boned fish had lots of bones - not warned about it until served - too late to change order. Sundae was outstanding.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always enjoyed this fine restaurant even though its very hard to get a reservation. Really enjoyed the lamb chops..Wow! Only problem is that their bar is very small seating and also hard to get service....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is by far one of my favorite restaurants in SF! From the staff to the food, incredible on all fronts. Can't wait to come back again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service was great, and the food was delicious. I want to eat baked feta every day.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this restaurant. Service is always outstanding. Baked cheese, meatballs, whole fish and lamb are outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Still awesome after all these years.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely the BEST Greek restaurant! The moussaka is creamy without the oiliness found in nearly every moussaka we ate throughout Greece. We also had the grilled octopus starter which was prepared perfectly. The meal ended with sweet cheese pastries in phyllo dough, in house pistachio ice cream and Greek coffee, all of which was perfection. We've dined at Kokkari 3-4 times and it's consistently a wonderful experience. The only thing that competes with the quality of the food is the incredible ambience, from an open stone fireplace with a dozen chicken roasting to the stacks of crisp crust bread being sliced cut at a large wooden table. If you haven't dined here you must.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went here while on vacation and could not recommend it more. Traditional and authentic Greek food that is well worth the price in a nice romantic setting with a helpful and exuberant staff. The lamb was cooked perfectly, the saghanaki sizzling, the galaktoboureko and loukoumades for dessert were delicious. My only gripe is that this is 1000 miles away and I will definitely make this a spot to hit on my return to San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

ALWAYS AMAZING...this occasion was no exception. Kokkari sets the standard for phenomenal food, a wonderfully warm environment and service - which is always informed, friendly and understated.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had lunch with my son and wanted to celebrate his birthday. Our table was not good. #7 Our server was somehow indifferent. \nWe ordered dessert but no one acknowledged the fact that we were there for my son's birthday.\nFood is great and the restaurant is beautiful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food, great ambiance. Perfect for families and couples.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant and am sure no one would be disappointed

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant was amazing. People seemed more dressed up here than at other SF restaurants we visited. Just FYI.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambiance decor and service and food were so memorable for my 30th birthday today!! Thank you so much !! I'm already going to book again for Black Friday weekend !!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was outstanding -- every dish ordered at our table magnificent. Baruke was our server and was awesome! In waiting for our table, we stopped at the bar. The bartender was sarcastic and did his best to embarrass me--didn't appreciate that.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good Greek food in Athens, Better Greek food in Chicago, Best Greek food at Kokkari. You will not be disappointed. Tough to get a table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place. Amazing food with the focus on Greek preparations. All the starters are great. The octopus was a real stand out. The grilled lamb chops are amazing. Three huge chops. One of our party also had the goat stew. Delicious. We got great, unobtrusive service. Our waiter, Max was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine. He recommended a Greek wine which was perfect. Its worth asking for help, unless, you already know Greek varietals, and trying something you cannot get everywhere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A must: 1) appetizers: stuffed baked calamari, grilled octopus OMG, a heaven of flavors and noble textures melting in your mouth!!! \n2) Ouzo sorbet as desert if you're ok with liquorice flavor, worth to try it!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Not typical Greek restaurant or food, but a step or two above with classic dishes traditionally prepared combined with inventive twists.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Discovered this restaurant in a recent article on Bloomberg.com about recommended restaurants in San Francisco for business lunches. Booked a table for lunch via OpenTable on the Kokkari website about 1 week before our visit. Arrived about 15 minutes early but hostess was able to find us a table immediately. All food (appetizer, entrees, dessert) was delicious. Service was outstanding. Meal was a reasonable value (considering the high cost of dining in San Francisco).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was superb and we couldn't have been more pleased with the exceptional service we received! The menu selections were extraordinary and every plate that came to the table looked stunning and tasted amazing! I would definitely recommend to get grilled octopus for appetizer, it was so good! Definitely coming back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Greek food and very nice atmosphere. My only complaint was that our server was very unexciting- the server for the table next to ours shared daily\nSpecials and enthusiastically talked about various dishes-Our server did not and it would have made the meal more enjoyable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and the service were outstanding. This is easily one of my favorites in SF. We had the grilled octopus and fresh peaches for appetizers; the lamb chops and goat stew for entrees; and flourless chocolate cake for dessert. All of it was divine. Highly recommend. Thank you to the staff for making my boyfriend's birthday an amazing experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and service were good, but the noise was incredible, and I'm accustomed to loud restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been a great fan of this place for several years now I always look forward to eating here whenever I'm in town

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of my favorite restaurants - excellent food and top notch service. Great for a special occasion or business lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the BEST restaurants in San Fran! It's a must every visit to this city!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We are Greek and were raised with an authentic Greek cuisine. We enjoy the food and variety of food each time we go!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful dinner. We've been several times and we'll definitely be back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is superb. Especially the sundae desert, which is made entirely in-house. The service was attentive but not intrusive, just right. We were celebrating an anniversary, told the waiter a story about how the sundae related to previous celebrations, and they wound up buying us the desert. This is a really first class restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's been almost 18 years since the first time I ate at this place. I fell in love and it's still my #1 spot (which is saying a lot given the growing food scene in San Fran.) Normally I complain when a restaurant doesn't shake up the menu, but here I'm relieved when I see the zucchini cakes and moussaka still in place. On this night they also had my favorite special, goat stew. The seasonings are perfect and the meat is so tender. I just have to not picture their cute little faces. If you are stuffed, there is always room for granita if not baklava ice cream. Servers all treat you like family - in a good way.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service exceptional menu. Was blown away with the fireplace cooking two whole lambs on a spit. Highly recommended. Hard to believe 'Trip Advisor' had this as #2 restaurant in all of San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my husband there for his birthday. The food was great, the service was excellent. We had a wonderful time. Even though the place was crowded, it still felt very intimate. We will definitely be going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari honored my request for a quiet table as one of the diner's is hearing impaired. We were seated comfortably in a corner table and while the restaurant was lively, it was not difficult for us to converse. The food and service were excellent. Our waitress was very polite and patient as we made our way through the menu.\nThe rotisserie chicken and lamb kabobs are definitely worth another return visit. I have dined here several times and never been disappointed. Admittedly, it is a bit pricey but at least, I did not feel cheated by the food, the ambiance or the service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We absolutely enjoyed our meal at Kokkari! My husband and I were in SF celebrating our 20 year wedding anniversary and this was one of two special meals we had planned. It definitely lived up to our expectations!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

always excellent food and our server was top-10 ever - she was amazing - the hostess needs an attitude adjustment (don't bring your life-challenges to your incoming customers --- or get another job please - hostess job is the first face you see and should have a smile on it at all costs, not an unwelcoming scowl) and the bartenders need to stop chit-chatting for 5 straight minutes while their customers sit patiently at the bar waiting to be acknowledged (we were only people at the bar on a late Sunday night .. not acceptable to ignore your patrons while you talk about your date the previous night and then give us attitude when YOU were ready to chat with us) .\n\nFood is always amazing, main servers are always amazing, atmosphere is always outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari serves the best Greek food in a great setting. Save up if youhave to and be prepared for a wonderful meal

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great for a date night! Perhaps not for a pair of vegetarians. Lots of small plate veggie options but only a few stood out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service and the meal were both outstanding. This is a destination restaurant, it is worth the travel! \n\nThank you for a lovely afternoon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed a great lunch with wonderful service. The traditional greek entree's were spectacular. You will need reservations!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Still fabulous. Everything was had was done to perfection.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our first visit and it was absolutely delicious. No complaints, excellent service and food.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Roast lamb - greasy, boring / Grilled Fish - not fresh, fishy tasting / Roast chicken - OK\nAlthough the restaurant has great ambience. the food did not live up to the hype. The only thing we enjoyed was the grilled octopus appetizer . The service was OK, but indifferent. We will not return. It was a birthday celebration, but it was a huge disappointment. Interestingly, I use the Kokkari cookbook all the time and find the recipes quite good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love Kokkari! Our meal was beyond delicious. Great service, a bit pricey but worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As usual, it was excellent. The fish I ordered couldn't have been any better. I will return at the first opportunity.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent on all fronts and consistent beyond any other restaurant in SF over two decades. Preferred over most Michelin 2+ star restaurants primarily due to the unique and extraordinary warmth and authentically Greek ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good atmosphere,friendly staff and great food and wine selection.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and great portions and the service was great as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was the best greek food i've had. Flavourful! Make the detour and go to this place. Awesome.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a great meal .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Still one of our favorite SF restaurants

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

why am i being forced to write a review...aren't the stars enough...have i hit 50 characters yet?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. Food is always delicious, and the wait staff are professionals who do this as a career. They know how to navigate the wine list that has many Greek options (they are delicious - trust your server), and they are skillful at pacing. I've made a meal out of just appetizers many times, and that is always satisfying. The wood fired spit turns out exceptional meat, and the whole fish never disappoints. Consistently good, consistently popular. Great for lunch or dinner. There is a beautiful private dining room downstairs for special events or meetings.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

a bit pricey for what it us.\nHad a $100.00 voucher and still ending up spending $40.00 for lunch for 2, WOW!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Thus restaurant is always booked! Now that I was finally able to get a reservation for my birthday, I see why!\n\nWOW! Everyone there is super friendly from the hosts to the management to our server.\n\nThe food was spectacular! We had Jeff as our server. He was attentive and knew the menu. He was super sweet with my 10 year old daughter as well.\n\nThe food was spectacular. I see why this restaurant is always booked solid.\n\nI'm not one of those people who likes a kid's menu. I believe you give your kids actual food- my daughter loved it.\n\nThis restaurant was amazing! And towards the end of our meal, who should we see walk in, but Jennifer Aniston's father.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best meal we had on our trip. Chris was our waiter. Fantastic Would highly recommend

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

As a second time visitor, I was pleased to learn that the quality of the food remained steady. And it is great to find a place that stays open late.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I wish that I did not live across the continent. I would love key to work my way through the a entire menu.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my ninth time to Kokkari. Each time I bring clients and we make an evening of it. I've never been disappointed but.....I've dropped my rating to 4 stars from 5. Why? Well, to start, they are very popular and they are starting to skimp on portion sizes. Example '1...Kolokitho kiftedes (fried zucchini fritters). A year ago, they brought 3, now they bring 2. 33% markup per unit! Example 2....Beet salad. It is 1/3 smaller than it was a year ago. Example 3...Goat stew is nearly 1/2 what it used to be. All however is still excellent but I feel taken advantage of. My YaYa would roll over in her grave at these prices. Yes it's an excellent restaurant and yes it's San Fransisco, but we are now in the $75-$125 range per person. At that price, we are in a whole new category of restaurants, many of which I will be trying before I return to Kokkari.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

An overall great experience , top notch service with delightful food. a bit pricey\nbut great for any special occasion.\nThe main gems :\nWhole fish - Lavraki\nArthichoke - we ordered 2!\nThe baked feta.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my first time here and have heard several compliments about this restaurant. I went for my girlfriends birthday and it was a great occasion. The ambience is great. The portion sizes are OK.. not great, but OK. It's decently priced, but has some expensive meals. The grilled octopus was great, but was a small portion for the price you pay. It's one of the most popular dishes I think.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely love this restaurant! Great food and lovely wine list. Always a must for a special occasion or person.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I loved everything about this place. Being Greek, I'm very picky about my Greek food haha. The food was authentic and amazing. The wine from Santorini was unbelievable. Service was awesome. The galaktoboureko was some of the best I've ever had in my life!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding dining experience, service, presentation, and just plain old yummy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything we ate was wonderful. Servers recommendation for wine was great. I called ahead and told them it was for a birthday and they wrote happy birthday on dessert without me having to remind our server. Will def come back again since we didn't order enough food the first time

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food, service and ambience are consistently excellent. Extremely attentive and discreet service that is never intrusive. Waiters and staff are careful to wait until all parties have finished with a course prior to clearing any plates from the table too early.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a great place to have a special lunch or dinner with friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food, excellent service. If yu want Greek this is it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, vibe, and service. Love the place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Visiting from a SW state. Food was good, but didn't seem to be of quality it was two years ago. Service was rather rushed, and our 'special occasion' didn't receive an acknowledgement, so that was disappointing. Lamb is still excellent, as were cocktails.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was with a friend in the city doing some business ... we decided, on the spur of the moment, to go to lunch. We made a reservation a block from Kokkari and were seated as we walked through the door. The waiter was knowledgable, friendly and gave us plenty of time to ponder. When I asked for 'Retsina' he gave me a charming (yet brief) history of his experience with Retsina and talked about the wine Kokkari serves. His description was spot on. His descriptions of various menu items were also accurate and useful. We had a fabulous lunch, and when we decided to order 6 different desserts, they were delivered promptly, with good humor - and wrapped to go, just as promptly, and beautifully. All in all, this was a beautifully appointed restaurant with excellent service, sumptuous food and great charm. Kudos Kokkari!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The interior of Kokkari is beautiful and it has a relaxing atmosphere. The food is excellent and the presentation is attractive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A trip to SF SHOULD not be considered complete without a meal at Kokkari...from the moment you walk in the door, until you've finished the last morsel of your dessert, this place does not disappoint. Excellent food, excellent service, great wines by the glass, perfect room. Love it!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food, everything we order was excellent. Decor well appointed and spacious. Staff was attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We dined here last time we were in San Francisco and couldn't wait to dine there on this trip! This is our favorite all around restaurant in San Francisco! We decided to sample several appetizers and then share a salad and entrée. Of course, we couldn't resist finishing with their delicious yogurt dessert! Fabulous evening!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was amazing! Lamb shank so tender it fell off the bone, the goat stew with very subtle flavors, and the lamb rotisserie was incredible!! Finish it off with a delightful dessert of Baklava ice cream, can't be beat! Excellent, friendly, respectful service to top if off!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Finally scored a Saturday night reservation, expected a vibrant atmosphere, exceptional food/wine , and service - absolutely no disappointment! And we were shown a very quiet table where four (senior) friends could hold a normal conversation without over shouting! Server was knowledgeable, patient, and helpful. It was a big splurge but worth every penny! The entire meal offered tasty tidbits from seafood, vegetables, to grilled chops, braised shanks, and topped off with a round of donuts .... not the kind from Krispy Kreme - served with warm honey, a perfect ending for our meal!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A game all the way. Learned fresh new ideas for familiar food. Great flavours. A little strange to see French or Italian bread at a restaurant inspired by Greek dining. But beautiful food all around.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food. Great service. A fun place to go with friends to share tastey food. The branzino is excellent. Dolemathes with lamb was a great special. Even tried lamb tongue. It was different but very good. If we didn't like the waiter said he would take it back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been here a few times for work-related/client dinners and have loved it. I've tried on a few occasions to get a last-minute reservation with my wife when we find ourselves downtown on a date night, but without much luck. But Saturday night (of all nights) we were able to get a last-minute table for my whole family of five. They seated us in front of the rotisserie, which provided exactly the right atmosphere for my carnivorous kids. The waiter worked with the chef to identify the items on the menu that the gluten- and dairy-restricted among us could enjoy, either as-is or with modifications the chef offered to make. The waiter also talked me through the Greek wine list to identify the perfect wine based on my tastes and our meals. The meal was great, including sea urchin and octopus, which our 11-year old daughter liked so much she re-ordered it for her entree. On the cab ride home, all three kids insisted that Kokkari is the best restaurant in SF, maybe the world! (And I cannot disagree.)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delightful. Food and service wonderful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place for special occasions, dates or romantic dinner. Pricey, but worth it...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari's is a famously wonderful restaurant and an icon in San Francisco.\n\nMy husband and I were in the city for a couple of days, and my research lead me to a must visit.\nDO NOT valet. They charge $15.00 (without tip)and while the valet guys were friendly, they drove our car with reckless abandon in front of us....Uber in San Francisco (Not taxis) if you are a tourist without a car, use public transportation, or last option is to simply take advantage of the ample nearby public parking.\nWhen you make your reservation, and you will definitely need one to get in unless you dine extremely early, request the back dining room. This restaurant is huge with a vibrant bar scene, which is in the front of the restaurant. The problem with the front is that if you are a party of two, you will be seated just a few inches away from another couple. \nThe rear of the restaurant is where the real action is: a lively, international crowd and clearly the place where the 'insiders' go.\nOne of the wonderful things, besides the divine cuisine, about Kokkari's is our server made note of our preference, and the hostess entered it under our Open Table profile on our way out.\nOur server was a young woman who I doubted had the ability to help us pick our a wine. And, was I happily proven wrong. She was not only attentive and knowledgable, but she picked a Greek wine for us based on our normal preferences of California and French reds. We were so impressed that we had her order an array of dishes for us, and were swooning as we ate this absolute peerless Greek food. Order at least 4-5 dishes off the Mezethes menu & share. They will happily prepare half versions of all dishes, including entrees. This is fresh, aromatic, mouth-watering food. Refuse the bread & olive oil, and order the house made, grilled pita! The place got too busy, and we waited too long for dessert. They apologized, & served us a delectable plate of Greek cookies and a dessert wine on the house. We can't wait to return!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My top 5 favorite places to go anytime!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

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!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love the energetic feel of this place –for me it's a must at least once every other week. Love the sushi and the Toro sashimi because it melts in your mouth like butter . I never ask for a salad in a sushi place but the kale sprouts salad is to die for. Another interesting thing to try is the edamame Humus, simply delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best Greek restaurants in the U.S. and hands down the best one on the west coast. Never disappointing--with regard to atmosphere, FOOD, and SERVICE. If you make it to the entrées, since the starters are so fabulous, get the lamb chops. They are to die for. Every dessert on the menu is incredible but the Kokkari sundae is epic.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service is attentive, the food selection good, and the taste great.\nI am looking forward to fall when the pumpkin ravioli are back ;)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic experience. A real gem.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always excellent…..Have been coming here for years (over a decade) and it never disappoints.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excelent ,nice ambiance,good service and amazing food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We ordered appetizers and made a meal from several of them. It was a totally great meal!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

About the fifth visit. A word of thanks for the moderately priced and good red wine selection. We did mainly the small plate Apps. The special roast cauliflower was a hit. As were several others like the octopus. But a few flaws that I note - like the tomato in the Greek Salad are those large flavorless soft ones - they can be so much better. And the souvlaki while beautifully presented - I wish would have that charred outside - though that is just a personal preference. Great bread and butter! And the server were just the right amount of attentive.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Third time. Keep going in search of the dishes which inspire a 29. So far I've had great Greek food - but still haven't found the 29 pointer. One small frustration - the online wine list is out of date - vintages posted on line were no longer available which for some wines can matter a lot. List however is strong with several value priced options. I would even go back a fourth time - all this praise has gotta be based on something I've not yet ordered...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a fantastic meal! The lamb chops alone are worth a long journey to get to. The roasted fish, stuffed grape leaves, watermelon feta, grilled octopus, heirloom and cherry tomato salads, stuffed calamari, fried smelt, lamb riblets, and of course dessert, baklava ice cream and stuffed filo fried with ice cream. Certainly a lot for two people, but we ate everything! Service was excellent as well, thank you Jordan. He orchestrated the meal perfectly. Can't wait to take others there!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I just love this restaurant. It was the place my husband took me to 16 years ago to propose and have been thrilled to come back time and time again. The decor and atmosphere are warm and inviting...as if you were in someone's cozy yet beautiful home. The service is impeccable...the wait staff always checking to make sure your meal and experience is to your liking. And the food is prepared perfectly...interesting flavor combinations combined with traditional fare. Portions are just the right size. You know they must be doing something right when after 16+ years the place is still packed with satisfied dining guests.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been here before and everything was great. This time our server seemed annoyed that we did not want to order wine with lunch. She asked us three time. Then she took 10-15 minutes to come back for our order. She so spoke so softly that we had to repeatedly ask her what she was saying. Food arrived and was great. Then water ran out at table. We after a long time I got her attention and asked for a refill. She said 'sure.' She left and proceeded to wander around doing nothing and then left the room. After several minutes I go up, took our two glasses to the bar, and asked for a refill. The bartender wouldn't help me but motioned to a different server. The bar tender gave him the refill nozzle and then they gave me my glasses back and I took them to the table. This behavior should be corrected by management.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dinner was delicious, service was great, and ambiance was warm and inviting. Highly recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server rushed until we put the brakes on. Appetizers showed up minutes after we ordered, before our wine arrived. Not cool.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is always excellent and the service stellar. We dined on a weekday evening and the place was packed. Despite this, the service was warm and efficient our table had some of the specials as well as the roasted fish. It was all excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Spectacular Greek cuisine; excellent service, notable wine list. Would definitely recommend it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a good meal. Have never been disappointed. Reservations recommended. Best Greek restaurant in SF . Can be a little pricey but what is not in SF.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. I have to eat there whenever I visit! Scrumptious and elegant in it's simplicity, the food is just stellar! Truly professional bartenders make perfect drinks, and the ambiance is lively and lovely.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a fantastic foodie find. Our server was truly the best. The food was to die for. My wife and I had a great night here trying a lot of the appetizers and they were all very good. I definitely would recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

outstanding service, ambience and food, a perfect place for a VIP business lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari was recommended by a local and did not disappoint. Try something you haven't before! Portions are large so sharing is encouraged by the staff. We loved all of it! Best Tzatziki sauce I've ever had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

They always have amazing service at the front of the house. Then, to the tableservice and, it is top notch! The food is always prepared perfectly, and the entire experience is always something that has you wanting to come back as soon as you possibly can. Overall, five stars time, and time, again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant is gorgeous. The folks that work the door are always outstanding (it's always packed & there is a lot of pressure to get in,) and the servers are extraordinary. Heirloom tomato salad, the lentil soup, beans gigantes, and the chicken dishes are awesome. I am convinced that there is nothing better in the world than the dolmades here!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We sat in high backed chairs, lamb was roasting in the fire place. I felt like we were dining in an elegant living room. Pricey, but worth it. Very good service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I ate at a lot of great places on my recent trip to San Francisco, but my meal at Kokkari was the best. The food was amazing--I had a lamb shank and my partner had several of the smaller plates instead of an entrée--as was the service. This is a large restaurant, but the food and the atmosphere did not suffer. Be sure to book your reservations a month in advance--that's when they open up, and the good dates and times go fast!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very good restaurant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great restaurant\nLoce the food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delish and they did not overuse mint in their dishes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic food as usual. The rotisserie meat and fish were outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A great place for a couple of friends to meet for a wonderful experience. Everything is perfect! From the hostess at the front desk, the wait staff, the food choices, the comfort of the room, the noise level, to most importantly the taste of the yummy food. Everything was so tasty with agreat mix of flavors! Love this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My family and I had a wonderful lunch here. We sat in front of the spit with 2 lambs roasting and the kids loved it. Our server, Monique, was wonderful! We ordered several plates to try a variety. The cheese Saghanaki was ohh soo good. Other highlighs were: the chopped salad, the meat balls, and the Pastitsio. For dessert: Baklava, Yiaourti me Meli, and Loukoumades. The restaurant is beautiful, very homey and romantic, particularly where we sat. The service was extraordinary and the food superb!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Although my friend, Blondie and I have come here several times for our monthly meet up lunches, we decided this would be the perfect place to celebrate her retirement after 45 years of dedicated work as a registered nurse. Everyone at the restaurant is exceptional...from the person greeting patrons at the reception desk, to the waiters, busboys, and anyone else who comes in contact with guests. The menu has so many wonderful choices...its really a difficult decision! The waiters have always been spot on woth descriptions,and reccommendations. I have never had anything that wasn't ' the best' I've ever tasted of whatever. Yummy! It is a great restaurant!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great but our server not so much. We had tickets to see Wicked at 8pm and dinner reservation at 6pm. My 2 friends arrived 20 minutes early and I arrived 5 min early. The server took 10 min to come get my drink order and then another 15 minutes to bring it over. Took forever to order apps then dinner and get the check. We wound up being 10 minutes late to the show even though I told him we needed to go. The check came late too. \n\nGreat food! just wish we would have had a more attentive server but I still stupidly tipped him 20%.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was extremely good, service was great also. The only complaint would be that it was fairly loud therefore not relaxing or romantic at all.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Hands down the best restaurant in San Francisco. Great food, fantastic service and staff that knows what they're doing and talking about.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful wonderful. Fish exceptional. Lemon chicken soap to die for.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I brought my family here for my dad's birthday and it was one of the best meals we've had at a restaurant. Kokkari is hands down one of the best restaurants in SF.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed our most recent dinner at Kokkari - as we always do. The food, service, ambiance, and variety of seating places are very pleasing, some with quieter spots, which we appreciated. We were bringing friends from the East Coast and they loved it too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

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 . \nAll items on the Mezedes list are great , no matter what you pick.\nGalaktoboureko is not to be missed as dessert !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was very tasty with different flavor combinations. Staff were all attentive and friendly without hovering. Very enjoyable dining experience. Restaurant had a nice feel to it....warm and cozy in front room, not too noisy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was the best Greek food I have ever had! Exceptional service and a truly remarkably food and wine list. I strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting or living in SF.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We did all small plates to get the best of the best in tastes. All dishes were flavorful except the Greek salad and Spanakopita .. both were dull on flavor. Order anything else. It's delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service, lamb and branzino were all amazing. Can't wait till I am in San Fran again to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is fantastic. We had the watermelon and feta salad, artichoke and eggplant skewer, shrimp in garlic sauce and the whole grilled Seabream which was all prepared and to perfection. The drinks are pricey which is normal for the City. The service is excellent. The only complaint is the air vent - it pointed directly at our table and blew the entire time which made us and our food cold. \n\nWe will definitely we back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari is wonderful. I have been going to this restaurant since it opened in 1998. (I think this is right) \nCheck Kokkari out and see for yourself.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went here for a late lunch and loved the atmosphere, service and food. The server was very knowledgeable about the foods and wines. We were pleased to have booked far in advance.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good is great. They seated us in a booth next to the window with a nice view :) the prawns, meatballs, and lamb chop were great. I kept thinking about the lamb chops afterwards. I can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was very good but expensive. The waitstaff was great

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best service I can recall, phenomenal experience all the way through!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful!! Probably the best lamb chops ever! Salad was very unique with green figs and tuberous greens--all seasoned perfectly. Beautiful dining room and great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokarri needs to be on everyone's go-to list. The Greek food is authentic, and perfect each time we have been here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Waited 20 min to be seated, even with reservation

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

No better ambiance and food in San Francisco\nThe pita bread is the most delicious I have ever tasted and so are the appetizers.. Love the platter of spreads and fresh vegetables.\nI always get the grilled branzini--our waiter chose a perfect Greek wine for me to pair with it. It was heavenly! Best baklava, too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful delicious meal. Great location. Easy city parking. Friendly, efficient waitress, Candles on our desserts for our Birthday celebration. Finest Greek food in San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my first time dining at Kokkari and it was an excellent experience. I plan to come back very soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love Greek food and this restaurant knows how to cook.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food, good service & good ambiance-

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have lived here for two years and grown up in the Bay Area, this is by far the best restaurant Bay Area wide.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food great service nice decor Loved it!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.'

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had the usual excellent service from a waiter who has waited on us before. Excellent ambience, and the food was great, as usual. It's always a pleasure going to KE. Highly recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service was excellent. Great energy from our server and the bus staff seemed to know exactly when to remove a dish, freshen coffee, etc. We ordered small plates and they timed it like dinner rather than force feeding us & rushing us out the door. The food was good to very good. Normally that wouldn't be a cause for concern but my previous meals here have been great! This was among the top 5 restaurants I have ever eaten at but no longer is. It is still worth eating at and I will return. Specific food issues, lamb riblets were over cooked-this is a signature item, pay attention. Not sure what the wrapping was on the duck ravioli, could take it or leave it, that said, the duck inside was excellent! Baklava was good, the 2nd desert was nothing like described & now that I've checked the menu it appears they brought us the Galaktoboureko (bland filled filo) and not the special we had expected. I'm still leaving the service rating as excellent and will blame that one on the kitchen & myself. I should have asked once I realized its taste was not as expected. To end on a good note, Spanakopita was good and the Tzatziki was worth the visit

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went to Kokkari this past Monday night for the 1st time. Where have I been??!! \n\nFirst of all, when you walk into this place it feels very intimate, even though it's not small, it feels like someone's home. Secondly, it was Monday night and the place was packed. Also, every single person I encountered was LOVELY, friendly and totally professional. I already felt well taken care of just being brought back to my table.\n\nFood? Astounding! We ordered all kinds of good things. Lamb meatballs, zucchini cakes, dips with the GREATEST grilled pita bread I've ever had, white beans with tomato + feta, grilled octopus with lemon, spanakotiropita. Then there was more. Local king salmon, raviolis, grilled lamb chops.\n\nWe brought in our own wine for $20 per bottle corkage. PERFECT.\n\nI cannot believe I had never been there. I was truly, truly WONDERFUL.\n\nHIGHLY RECOMMEND.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Have never had less than a wonderful meal here. Food always good. Service always outstanding. A favorite in SF for good reason! It's the next best thing to being in Greece!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Couldn't have a better option for my fancy honeymoon dinner! Excellent food, best lamb in my live!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Only one word needed - PERFECTION!!!!!\nBut since I need to write more, I can say this was the best Greek food we've had outside of Greece. Incredible food, amazing service, beautiful atmosphere - this is a must if you're in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The prawns are to die for and the zucchini cakes are amazing. We have the lamb they cooked on rotisserie for hours and it was amazing. The wine list is vast and the service is friendly and professional. Every time I've been lucky enough to have dinner at Kokarri, I'm left more and more impressed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of my most favorite places. Was the place I selected to eat to celebrate my retirement. The lamb chops were great like usual.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful restaurant! We have been trying for two years to get a reservation. By chance, we decided to go to the city at the last minute and they had an opening. Well it was definitely worth the wait! I had the lamb chops, we also tried the goat stew and rotisserie lamb. All amazing! The fried cheese was incredible, although extremely rich. Our server was one of the best! Darling young woman with so much knowledge about food and Europe and made the visit so enjoyable. She never rushed us! Would most definitely return-if we can get another reservation.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Recently visited on a vacation to SF. This restaurant was highly recommended by every one across the board. Food was ok but not memorable. Gigantes were bland. Octopus was ok. Lamb chops were decent. Having been to Greece many times, I can honestly say I had better dishes at the tavernas where Yia Yia was cooking in the kitchen. All in all...over rated, over priced, and disappounting

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

All round great experience - ambience good food attentive service . Would definitely come back next time I visit SF!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is just simply one of the best restaurants in town. I've had the good fortune of visiting more than a dozen times and it always delivers on food, service and ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is the best Greek restaurant in the City. I love it and recommend it 100%.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My date and I enjoyed everything about our lunch. The food, service and ambiance were lovely.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My friend and I really enjoyed the food and the ambiance. The lamb was fantastic. I would have given 5 stars if the service had been better. Unfortunately the waiter was too 'mouthy'. In particular I don't need to be lectured by him about placing my credit card in the credit card pocket rather than just put it inside the folder. Moreover the bottled water is not free. I would have expected him to at least ask if I need another bottle rather than just replenishing it without asking.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and ambiance were exquisite. However, service felt rushed to get another seating in. Courses were brought out immediately after each other.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A special thanks to the staff for a beautiful evening

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my first visit. I came because everyone raved about the lamb chops! Well they were good but way over cooked. The waiter insisted on replacing the order which was appreciated. My four star rating however stems from the goat stew. I have never tasted goat nor would I have ever ordered goat but I always consider the waiters favorite so I tried the dish. The goat stew was amazing! I was so happy. My girlfriend and I shared both plates and she loved them both as well. I'll be back. Thanks for the excellent service and creatively tasteful dish!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food at this establishment is outstanding. The only complaints about this evening are that it was a little too warm in the restaurant, and a little too loud. It would be great if you could actually hear the Greek music in the background but it was difficult. These are minor complaints in the big scheme of things.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and service was excellent. The experience was great. The only thing I would change is that the bar crowd leaks into the front dining room making it very loud. People sitting at tables near the bar have people at the bar standing right above them while they are trying to eat. Some remodeling of the bar needs to happen for a more designated section.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a fabulous dinner here last night. Really a nice menu with many options including for vegetarians. We shared some great app's then moved on to our main course. It was not a cheap night but at least we had a wonderful dinner so it was worth it. I will be going back again after I save some money!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent, will definitely come back. Service was efficient and friendly

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

We came in for my birthday on Tuesday night. Once seated, we needed to ask for our server to order some wine. We ordered Artichoke and Eggplant appetizer. The Eggplant tasted great but the artichoke had spiny bits that couldn't be chewed or swallowed. Octopus appetizer. This was OK but nothing special. We ordered the Lamb Chops wich were so salty and chewy we left them on the plate. We also ordered the whole fish which was so salty we left it on the plate. Our server never stopped by to check on our food or experience. We were crammed between 2 other couples. Our server obviously ignored the fact that we were not enjoying our food and Ushered us out with our bill. Thanks but no thanks. I would definately have trouble recommending this restaurant for the service or the food. Hopefully, you can start living up to the Yelp reviews. To say we expected an entirely different experience is an understatement.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were delighted to spend a late evening in the restaurant, and created am amazing dinner from the small dishes

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was really good, service was good, atmosphere is good but I thought the pricing was high for this type of food. I have eaten at other Mediterranean restaurants that were just as good but less money. $42 for a fillet of fish was well overpriced for what you got. But most of the prices were much higher then you would find in other 'good' restaurants serving this type of food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

After nearly 8 years of hearing how excellent Kokkari was, I finally managed to get a reservation for dinner. My wife and I and another couple visited the restaurant on a Sunday night. The restaurant was packed. This wasn't surprising given how difficult it was to get a reservation. The dining room is huge, which surprised me. Despite the size, it looked very classy.\n\nAfter a wait this long and all the stellar feedback I've heard, I was worried that my experience wouldn't live up to expectation that I've slowly built up. (Aside: I watched the movie, Argo, for the first time much later than most of my peers . I heard from many of them that it was 'It was the best movie they'd ever seen'. Then, I watched it, and I thought it was just OK. Btw, Argo, like Kokkari, is a Greek word!). In any case, Kokkari actually EXCEEDED my expectations. The meal was fantastic! It wasn't like the movie, Argo, at all!\n\nFor dinner, our group shared a few starters, including a corn+feta cheese special (Kalambaki), a Greek salad (Horiatiki), and a combination plate of flat bread with tzatziki, eggplant, and feta (Pikilia). The corn dish surprised me to the upside the most - very flavorful.\n\nFor my main, I had the Lamb Chops (Arnisia Paidakia), a dish that I've heard about for years. My wife had the Lamb Souvlaki. It arrived on the biggest skewer I'd ever seen, which was pretty cool! The waitress promptly slid the food from the skewer to my wife's plate so that we'd wouldn't hurt ourselves trying to deal with the bad-ass skewer for the rest of dinner. Both lamb dishes were really great.\n\nBeyond the actual food, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the service was outstanding.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

While the food is the old standard it has always been, the price has gone up to the point where I no longer feel I am getting the value for my dollars. Also, whatever happened to creativity and exploration of new recipes? Same old same old Greek/Mediterranean is so 1990's!\n\nBut if you are looking for those familiar menu items you can find everywhere, and are getting paid by your company to have lunch and they do not mind spending $40-$50 on your meal, this may just be the place for you!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I just can't say enough good things about this restaurant! First of all, when it comes to service, their staff is top-notch and works as a team to deliver nothing but the best service. The food has always been perfectly prepared, is delicious, and is delivered to the table at the right time. The grilled fish is a favorite as well as the beet salad. Never rushed in this fine restaurant! Prices are a bit high but worth every penny!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food, terrific service, perfect atmosphere. A top dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had eaten many times at Kokkari's sister restaurant, Evvia which we enjoyed immensely. We were turned on to Kokkari by a family member who had never been there but thought we might enjoy it. And enjoy it we did! The staff is professional, courteous ~ and did I say professional? It's delightful to dine in the excellent hands of professional wait staff. Our meals were remarkable. Both lamb dishes we ordered were fully cooked AND succulent. The wines recommended by our waiter were outstanding. We saved room for dessert and shared the special: a creme fraiche cheesecake with a shredded wheat crust, pistachios, honey... to die for. Can't wait to go back to Kokkari!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food. They bake their bread, which was sinfully good. Grilled brancino and lamb chops were amazing, everything else was very good. Wine list was also good, not confusingly large, but not limited either. Service was very professional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My colleague is gluten and dairy free and the restaurant / server was amazing! They have modified menus for gluten restrictions and can make modifications for dairy restrictions as well. They could not have been more helpful - really truly wonderful. The food - always amazing! We sat in the front room on a cold day with the fire place going... that was a great way to enjoy lunch! Grilled Brussel sprouts and fish... amazing as always. I always walk away with a great meal and this time with service that was beyond compare. If you are gluten and/or dairy free, this is a MUST try restaurant - be sure to mention it in your comments when making a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've eaten at Kokkari a number of times and they never disappoint. Food is consistently fantastic, and the quality of service is always impeccable. Great for a special occasion or just because you want fried cheese (yum!) and a great glass of wine. \nAnd if you like dessert, don't pass up the Galaktoboureko. It's simple and delicious and to me, one of my top 5 favorite desserts ever.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Reservations are a must. The food is fantastic. We started with the Zucchini cakes with yogurt mint dip and the Taramosolata spread with fresh pita. Then on to a fresh garden salad topped with fresh peaches and a bowl of Avgolemono (creamy lemon chicken) soup. For dinner, I had the braised lamb shank with orzo. My husband tried the goat stew. It was his first time trying goat, and he said he preferred the flavor of lamb (true Irish farm boy). Healthy portions and, needless to say, we didn't make it to dessert. Wonderful meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Impeccable Greek cuisine. Fresh and quality products. Amazing grilled octopus, and whole fish cooked perfectly. Friendly, professional and helpful service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been to Kokkari before, about a year ago, and always meant to return, but it wasn't until James Bezaitis (an employee) suggested we have lunch there. Although we had a table reservation, we chose to sit at the bar, because it looked friendly. We ordered everything James recommended: grilled octopus and dolmas appetizers, lamb chops and lamb souvlaki entrees, and the honey beignets (sorry, can't remember the greek name). Everything was beautifully prepared, arrived in a timely but not rushed manner, and yes, it was delicious. It was quite an eye-popper to see the lambs roasting in the main dining room too! I will make Kokkari a regular stop, and love that the food portions are just right and perfectly prepared and presented. Many thanks to James for reminding me about it, and for his great service too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely Delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was really good. The appetizers had a kick to them and were very tasty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

knowledgeable, attentive service...terrific food...impeccable, but relaxed ambience...peak experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous fabulous fabulous. My dining companion said 'why don't we come here every Monday?' He's right - we should.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Kokkari is living in the past. Food still very good but unimaginative, and prices have risen way beyond the quality. Seems to be focusing on business dinners and tourists.\n\nTheir sister restaurant, Evvia in Palo Alto is much fresher, more vibrant, more inventive.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our service was friendly, attentive and professional.\nOur array of small dishes were varied and delicious. \nThe atmosphere of the restaurant was warm and charming. \nWe plan to return soon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious greek food and great ambiance! Server was very friendly. They honored our reservation even though we were running quite late.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent in every way - service, ambience, cuisine. Expensive. $45. for 3 lamb chops. Delish, but pricey.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a delightful lunch this week. Nice fire for warmth on a chilly day. Yummy lentil soup and moussaka. So not the usual branzino or lamb for me, but excellent as always.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Aside from the good service and nice atmosphere, the food was disappointing. The Greek salad was so cold it was clear it was just pulled from the fridge and had zero flavor. The grilled vegetables and flatbread were average at best. And while the grilled lamb was good it was uninspiring as was the whole fish. In the end the cost to eat here is not worth the experience. You eat significantly better at many other Mediterranean restaurants for a fraction of the price. Even if it was an off night, the cost still won't match the food quality.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Not the best waiting area, but luckily we didn't have to wait long. The rest of our dining experience was flawless.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

best meal I've had in a while. every dish was EXQUISITE-- spanakopita, grilled octopus, greek salad, dolmathes, moussaka, BAKLAVA.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lunch. Not an opportunity for dkisplay of virtuosity. As always (4th time) food was food,service competent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

No negatives here. Will go back next tme we are in the Bay Area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding food, service and ambience. Definitely one of San Francisco's finest eateries.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food, amazing service, and a definite recommend for a special occasion. Perhaps the best lamb chops I've tasted.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beyond amazing!!! Ambiance, service and food were an A+++

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Got food poison. Over rated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

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!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service and food were fantastic. This was hands down the best Greek food I have ever had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you like lamb chops, you are in for a real treat! Best chops I have ever eaten!\nRecommend ordering several appetizers and sharing. The grilled octopus was tender and worth trying along with the other Greek specialties.\nWine list was amazing!\n$$$$ but worth it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As always a wonderful time

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My favorite restaurant in the country! I can not say enough good things about this place. I was told to make reservations a month ahead of time and it was well worth the effort. The calamari was like nothing I've ever had it was so tender and not a bit chewy! The lamb and everything we had was amazing. Planning our next trip to San Fransisco just to eat here! I have recommended it to everyone traveling to the area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server (s) were all top-notch, particularly our main one...the food was fantastic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were only in San Francisco for two nights. We made the reservation to dine here one month ahead. Our hotel concierge said it was great planning on our part that we did because he would not have been able to get us in. Before our trip we searched online for the most romantic restaurants in SF. Kokkari came up on the list, and since we love Greek food it made our choice on where to go one of the two nights very easy. The menu was extensive and everything we ordered was fabulous. We will definitely go back to Kokkari the next time we are on the west coast! We have already recommended it to others.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.\n\nThe 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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

truly delicious, authentic greek food in a beautiful dining room

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

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

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good place with great food and nice ambience. Large groups, friends dinner and date for.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have been going to Kokkari for both lunches and dinner. The food never disappoints.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was absolutely fabulous! First time going to San Fran and I would come back because of this restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A very memorable meal. Our waiter was amazing. Such a nice personality. The food perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

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

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service and ambiance were great. Food was very expensive and my lamb (rotiserrie special) was too well done for my liking.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

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.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Surprisingly good food with a Greek emphasis but not your neighborhood Greek, high end.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

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!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great apps, mediocre pork gyro, meat was dry, lamb casserole was very good. Too bad most of its ordered the gyro;-(

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Although I live in Napa, whenever friends come to visit, we make the trek into SF, to have lunch here. It never fails to impress. Highly recommended!!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Although we had requested a quiet table and arrived at 11:45 am for lunch, soon after we were seated, two men were seated at the next table about two feet away from us. Their voices were so loud, as was the noise level throughout the restaurant, that we were unable to carry on a conversation. Our food was good, with the exception of the petrale sole. Service was somewhat slow but cordial.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and atmosphere were fantastic. The tables are somewhat close together which lead to us being able to hear a lot of our neighbors' conversation, but wasn't so loud that we were completely distracted. Service was good as well, but a little bit hands-off until we were finishing the meal. Overall really enjoyed our dining experience and would definitely go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Flavor wise everything was great. Service was wonderful. My husband wished he had extra potatoes with his fish which was the reason he left 1/4 of the fish behind. We were hoping for the food to be more traditional greek. After visiting Greece we thought there would be a family style meat plate with tatziki and pita on the side but I understand being in SF untraditional is what people want. Maybe make that a special one night. Don't get me wrong everything was great. We just wanted to revisit our food memories and it wasn't what we expected.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant is one of the best if not the best I have ever had the pleasure of dining at. We travel quite a lot having friends & family in Italy, France, Germany, Hawaii, & more, so we have eaten at many restaurants on and off the usual tourist/business circuit all over and rate this as a true dining experience. From the attentive and friendly staff to the unique and varied menu, everything was perfect. Plan ahead to get a reservation and you will not be disappointed. I must also say that we have been several times when we are in San Francisco and this last time we did not even look at the menu, when we heard the specials that was it and they were perfect. Also remember to finish with a cup of greek coffee from the sand urn, truly special.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I usually go to Kokkari at least once a month. Has fabulous lamb and always has two or three good fish dishes on the menu. Everyone seems to love this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great selection and service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Came here on a suggestion from a stranger i met earlier in the day who was also visiting San Fran. I went to make a reservation but it was all booked on open table. I waited a few hours and tried again and something opened up. My wife and I always order grilled octopus from Greek restaurants and this one did not disappoint. I was in the mood for fish but I also like to ask the waiters for their most popular/signature dishes. He said without a doubt, the Lamb Chops. My wife and I ordered them and they were amazing! We topped off the night with a nice baklava desert. \n\nI'd recommended this place to anyone.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Ambience was out of this world!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This is one of the best restaurants overall that I've ever be to. The food, service, wine and cocktail selection, service and ambiance are all fantastic. I have recommended this restaurant to everyone I know who may be in the SF area and absolutely will not travel in to SF w/o going to this restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Wonderful service

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Open, airy dining room with helpful staff. We ordered lamb tongue, grilled octopus and giant beans for starters. The giant beans were the stand out- Deliciously done with memorable seasoning. The lamb tongue and octopus were good by not the best I've had. For dinner my husband had the goat stew- which was full of flavor and perfectly cooked. I had the whole brassino fish, which was expertly grilled and deboned. For dessert- Greek yogurt and balklava ice cream. Nice finish to a satisfying meal. Our waiter suggested a nice Greek wine they went well with our meal. Overall excellent meal and we were happy that it meet our expectations.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Service was attentive, but not pushy. Food was exquisite. Loved the feta!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great place to spend a romantic date, the service was supreme, the food was quite good, I order the special and it was really good, my wife order a grilled whole fish, it had a couple bones left but nothing bad, over all the food is really good and it's priced appropriately

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Georgie our waiter was excellent!! Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We had a wonderful dinner here. The food is delicious -- I think it's impossible to have a bad meal at Kokkari! The service is very good -- helpful and attentive. We had a nice table in the back room, which was much quieter than the tables in the front room/bar area -- so be sure to ask for a table in one of the back rooms if you want to be able to have an audible conversation and a relaxing meal. All in all, a great experience, and I look forward to returning (hopefully soon!).

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing food, really great space that adds to the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

With an 8:00pm curtain at the Eureka Theater across the street, my wife and I had plenty of time to enjoy this outstanding restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience! After being promptly seated at 5:30pm (table #2) we soaked in the beautiful warm tones of this establishment while enjoying food that was carefully prepared and cooked to perfection. The filo pie was delicious, followed by the grilled octopus appetizer that melted in our mouths with subtle texture and flavor. We ordered the roast lamb that we saw spinning in the rotisserie fireplace when we entered the restaurant. It was expertly seasoned and garnished with rosemary resulting in a sublime entree. The dessert was outstanding too, with Greek stone ground coffee to complete the experience. Jillian, our server, couldn't have made us feel more welcome; taking the time to explain in detail what each dish entailed in this unforgettable old world eatery!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Went while visiting San Francisco for a long week end. Napa Lamb and Pacific Halibut were just perfect. Outstanding service. Definitively would return

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I am not from San Francisco but I make a point to eat at Kokkari's every time I visit.\nDelicious food.\nExcellent staff.\nGreat location.\nA gem.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our whole experience was amazing, the waiter, the food, the ambiance. Everything was top notch!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Proud ambassador of Greek cuisine. Thanks for this culinary journey

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We truly enjoyed our sumptuous lunch at Kokkari. From the welcoming greeting to the sweet attention to my one year old nephew it was a treat. The lamb dolmathes with pine nuts, chopped salad, octopus salad, roast chicken and special fish, everything was great! Thank you Kokkari!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food was good - bit too expensive for what it was; but just glad I didn't have to pay. I only chose the place - having been many times ages ago and was curious to try again. Our waiter was very attentive, nice place, good atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We loved it! Especially the lamb appetizer and beet salad. Ambiance and service impeccable.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

It was my third time in Kokkari; it is always special. The place, the food, the staff. I love it and will go whenever I am in San Francisco.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

So disappointed, was told this is one of city's best and have been looking forward to trying this place for years.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food was excellent, and our waiter was extremely helpful with my food allergy concerns.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari never disappoints. Great food this time I had the chicken and some of our favorite Greek dips. The grilled asparagus was fresh and wonderful. The service was great, not too loud there for a 1:45pm lunch and needed lots of time to catch up with my friend. Just perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Everything was outstanding as usual, but the time has come where dogs do not belong in restaurants. I understand if someone is blind, but seriously, just for comfort?

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I LOVE this place, the food is phenomenal, but the egg lemon soup is not the best, and the portion is much to small.., everything else was really well seasoned and prepared and presented. The only drawback is the prices seem to have gone up quite a bit since I have visited it last..I am not sure I will be back for a while as a result.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Selected Kokkari based on recommendation from the InterContinental Mark Hopkins staff. This is a short cab ride from the hotel and we found the food to be outstanding. Service was also quite efficient. Followed dinner with a night cap at Top of the Mark. Great evening in SF!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This a wonderfully run restaurant with an enthusiastic staff funtioning like well oiled machine\na very good and interesting meny, perfectly cooked dishes, with ample and just right portions as well as moderate prices compared to most restaurants a great value.\nWe left really happy to have been there.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Portions were generous, so between the 2 of us, we only had one starter, one main and one dessert to share. We had the kalamari stuffed with feta, fennel, olives and orange, the famed lamb chops, and baklava to finish.\nThe kalamari was well prepared and very flavorful. However, the lamb chops were the real star of the night. They really did live up to the hype. These had none of that typical lamb smell and were seasoned and cooked perfectly. The baklava was disappointing - not for my taste.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Brought my father here while he was in town visiting. the food was delicious, we enjoyed everything from the hummer to the lamb chops. The service was excellent and our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. We will be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Probably best for a group of 4 to 6 so you can sample more dishes. Food was very tasty, especially the octopus. My husband's lamb shank was a little disappointing. I ordered the branzini and it was very tasty. Would like to try it again with a bigger group.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

great value and fresh fish. potentially stuffier scene with VC crowd but service is unpretentious.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Overall this restaurant is okay. Service was adequate althrough there was a few servers who did not seem very courteous. Dropping our food and walking away without a word does not help with service points. Our waiter who took our order was good not great. Food was good for starters but not so much the entrees. Definitely a one time spot to try.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The restaurant has a great feel which the staff mirrored, professional yet personable and pleasant. They worked very easily with special needs. The waiter gave us good advice, especially on the lamb chops, which were the best I've ever had -- so juicy that it will be hard to eat them anywhere else again. the special of the day, goat stew, however, was not so good and too much of it was pasta. Salads were also very good. That's all we tried. We did not try the fish. I would gladly go there again, but it's definitely for meat-eaters.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This restaurant is amazing. If I lived in SF, I'd come back next weekend. The vibe was great, drinks were perfect, food was amazing, and the service was phenomenal. I can't find one thing to criticize. I almost want to come back to San Francisco just so that I can eat there again!!!\nLoved it.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Always love Kokkari for a special occasion. It's hard not to get the lamb chops though!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Asked for medium rare got well done, didn't have time to change it as it was taking awhile for lunch.\n\nWe all left 18% tips and server came up and asked if the service was bad, we weren't sure why he's asking so we wondered, and he said, the tips are so low...... I am sorry but I didn't get the memo that we are supposed to leave more then 18% tips as a requirements.... \n\nNever again this place.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our party of 4 went to Kokkari for lunch. We tried two appetizers, the spinach and feta wrapped in filo and the zucchini cakes. Both were delicious. For the main entrée, we had two chicken skewers, ravioli and the lamb burger. Everyone of us enjoyed the food thoroughly. The portions were generous and the flavors were amazing. We did not pass on desserts either and we were glad we didn't. Portions were generous; the dulce de leche ice cream and baklava ice cream had three scoops in syrup. The service was excellent--very attentive and described the specials in detail.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Front dining room is wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The service is absolutely perfect as it makes you feel taken care of and special without being overbearing. This was our fourth visit and we have loved everything we have eaten. The most simple dish - Asparagus with feta and dill may have been our favorite this time. Simply the best ingredience in perfect balance. Do not miss the zucchini pancakes! Enjoy!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We ordered the stuffed calamari as an appetizer and trust me it is memorable. We ate there a week ago and I'm still thinking, dreaming, and talking about this dish. \nIt was stuffed with feta and topped with orange segments, micro sized arugula, kalamata olives and drizzled with a citrus/olive oil that I literally mopped up every drop with warm bread. When you cut into the calamari the feta oozes out and is so incredible delicious infused with the citrus oil. A little bit of heaven!!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Always enjoyable. Very good food and service! Great menu!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurant's in the USA. Every bite is delicious and magical !

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Soups were great. Bread was wonderful and the service great.\nBut the main entrée did not impress us.\n\nThe fish was barely edible. The item in the menu was named 'Whole Fish' but the choice of the fish was anything but wholesome (don't get me wrong, I know we asked for the head and the tail to be removed) but the body wasn't much to write home about. The green stuff that came with it was more filling. The fish fillet were filmy thin and even they were half crested. Maybe better served as an appetizer.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing food & wines, we always dine here whenever we're visiting\nfrom Los Angeles.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Never disappoints! The calamari stuffed with feta was incredible and while I did not order a main coarse the Greek salad did not disappoint- it was fresh and light. Everyone at the table raved about the food, baklava was delicious. Kokkarri is a must on any foodies list.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Exceptional food and experience, time and time again.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

As always amazing

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great food and OUTSTANDING SERVICE

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Second to none for quality of food and service

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Definitely out of the ordinary if your from the east cost. Everything was delicious. Real cool place. Be ready to step out of your comfort zone for dinner but worth the risk.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

while not entirely Greek style, the lamb was delicious - the chops were huge and the special roast of the day was........lamb! we had both but should not have had appetisers. Too much food .\nwait staff were great, nice ambience, you can dress up and feel special here.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My wife and I wanted an excuse to enjoy a celebratory occasion. That event materialized when\nThe Golden State Warriors crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena.\nI was in the mood for Lamb, so KoKKari was an obvious choice, the restaurant provides the ambiance, the efficient and attentive servers, and of course, the marvelous food.\nFor starters, we shared the Wood Oven Roasted Prawns, the Zucchini Cakes, and the house made grilled pita, we used the pita to dip in the Greek olive oil the house provides their guests.\nFor the second Course we had the Kokkari Salata, which was seasoned to perfection. At this point the bottle of Pinot Blanc was gone, not to worry, I brought a bottle of Planeta Cerasuolo Di Vittoria – 60% Nero D’Avola 40% Frappato for the main course.\nFor the entrée, I ordered the Grilled Lamb Chops served with French Fries, my significant other ordered the Lamb Souvlaki, I know of no other restaurant that cooks lamb as well as Kokkari. I’m just saying - \nDessert, I had the latte, and the large, very large Sundae, (Happy days) my wife ordered spearmint tea, Baklava ice cream and Greek Donuts to top off a magnificent celebratory experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

One of my all time favorites! Kokkari never disappoints. From the food to the service, everything was perfection. New favorite menu item: the pita and Mediterranean dips. Delish!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great service, great food, great wine. Had a lovely evening with a girlfriend here. Our experience was aces.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

One of our all time favorite restaurants, with exceptional, authentic, upscale Greek food in a beautiful, warm and quiet setting. The normally flawless, friendly service was marred on our last visit by a rude and inattentive waiter. This is very unusual in our experience at Kokkari, and hopefully won't happen the next time.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Highly recommend the beat salad, calamari stuffed with feta, the Seabass, and of course The LAMB!!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This has consistently been one of my absolute favorite restaurants in SF. I've been going for years and they have maintained their high standards of great food and wonderful service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Best meal in SF this week

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

A truly outstanding dining experience. I recently came with a large group for lunch and had such a great meal. The front room ambiance was so warm, welcoming, and comfortable. There were ducks cooking over the open fire when we were there, which made the room smell amazing. The service was friendly, attentive, and helpful with suggestions or answering questions. Everything else aside, the food is obviously the reason to go. Every single dish was delicious. We particularly loved the starters- it seems that you can't go wrong. We got the zucchini cakes, fried cheese, octopus, greek salad, and lamb tongues. I recommend that you order plenty of starters and split mains. We all loved our mains, but didn't come close to finishing them. They also have a nicely curated wine list with plenty of Greek and non-Greek options ranging from table wines to rare reserves. Be sure to book several weeks in advance as the reservations fill up very quickly.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great restaurant and great waiter, but the manager gave us an attitude when we politely asked him to take a picture of our table.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari was a dream come true. My husband had been asking for some place to dine in San Francisco that felt European, as his favorite restaurant is in Belgium. Kokkari satisfied on all counts: the ambiance in the front room is fabulous with the fireplace burning, staff is properly dressed and trained, the service was excellent, and they paid special attention to us with a special dessert because it was our Golden Wedding anniversary. We couldn't have been happier. Thanks team Kokkari!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

From the live sea urchin with moving spines, to the succulent souvlaki lamb. Fresh food cooked with delicious simple elegance - and served with a smile.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari was the perfect spot for a date night and the food was delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

- Our 6 month wedding anniversary. \n- First time here for husband. \n- I loved the appetizer. \n- Order: Him lamb, me steak\n- Having a good time until drinks got spilled all over my husbands shirt, pants, and chair by waiter. \n- Mood was then ruined for us. \n- Spill got cleaned up pretty fast, chair was replaced and many towels given. \n- Manager came to apologize. \n- I got kinda sad because husband was quietly upset. \n- We tried to forget about it.. But not in the mood to eat anymore so we took our food to go\n- Dessert was offered, but I just wanted to get out of there. \n- Husband was a good sport and ate the cake with his shirt wet. \n- Surprise! The whole bill was paid by the restaurant. \n- Gave a gracious tip

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari is our go to place when we have visitors or we are celebrating a special occasion. The food is amazing and the service is top-notch. You will not be disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I dine out often and I was BLOWN AWAY on how amazing everything was. I went on a Monday and they have a special pork dish that was cooking on the fireplace which was out of this world. I would recommend it for anyone.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our waiter was quite knowledgeable and friendly. Food was excellent as always.\nHighly recommend this place.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Best food in sf very awesome

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari does not disappoint. From their wine list & appetizers - the grilled octopus and lamb sausage special are delicious! And of course the sizzling feta cheese. Roast lamb special is outstanding! Desserts - donuts, the Cake with caramel & pistachio, ice cream sundae - to die for!\n\nDefinitely our favorite restaurant. And worth mentioning is our server Max who was very engaging and so good at what he does. Excellent service !

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Francis picked out our whole meal and not 1 dish was not super amazing. I can't wait to go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

When you make your reservation, request seating by the fireplace, and away from the door (especially on a chilly night). Everything was exceptional from the martinis to dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Had a great time here! Out waiter was so nice and really knowledgable about the menu. The ambience is beautiful, classy and elegant but also makes you feel at home. The food was amazing, and to top it off the baklava ice cream was heavenly. Can't wait to come back!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great lunch spot. Fast and delicious. Got served quickly, perfect for a weekday lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Met friend for lunch. Upscale venue without being intimidating, buzzing with activity, clearly very popular. Food was excellent, very flavorful, and served promptly. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Would definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Kakkari Estiatorio never disappoints. Great food, great service, fine ambiance. What more can anyone say!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

First time eating there and perhaps I expected too much as a friend had always raved about it. I ordered medium rare lamb and it was very rare. Didn't send it back as it was lunch time and the others were eating but also noted than none of the staff asked how our food was. I can highly recommend the pita bread.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Have been coming here for years and its always great. The lamb is amazing but I've never had anything bad.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I was looking forward to a visit at Kokkari. My concerns arrived with an appetizer of a baked crispy duck ravioli. It was not a ravioli but a ball of grounded tough meat meat, wrapped in dry hard dough. That to me does not constitute for a crispy ravioli. I had six pieces of it and until the last one I did not taste duck at all. It was horrible. Definitely not made on the premises. Had I want reheated food from a supermarket I would have stayed home. For my main dish I had moussaka of spiced lamb. I would describe it as a perfumed lamb. Not a hint of any spices but sweetness in a sauce and meat, nasty taste. That I could not finish to eat. The only thing in the restaurant that resembled ambition of quality was the price of dishes. Perfumed moussaka reheated in the oven was about $26.50. My husband's undercooked fish was $37.00.\nMy husband had grilled octopus which was overcooked therefore too though. His main dish of grilled petrale sole fish was undercooked. Fish was grilled on top, swimming in oil and water at the bottom thus bottom was totally differently cooked from the top. Fish was pinkish-red by the spine bone. He had to scrape the meat of the bone rather than just remove the bones. It was accompanied by kale - the main cores not removes. Kale was tasteless, seemed to be just boiled. The worst dinners we had in a long time at top San Francisco restaurant. Who rated this place? Do they have a new chef? They used to serve good food. It is not acceptable to me in a restaurant of their pretense to serve any food not prepared from scratch in their kitchen.\nLet's not forget the caviar of the experience at Kokkari. Throughout the whole dinner, I had our waiter's bottom in my face as he served the table next to us.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Went for lunch on a Monday in December. Food was just ok in general but did not meet our expectations at their price point. I was told the lamb chops were a favorite. I ordered them cooked medium but they showed up mostly rare. Also, the food is very much overpriced for the smallish portion sizes. For example, the zucchini cake appetizer was about $12 but you only get two small cakes with a good amount of yogurt sauce.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Title says it all. There is literally nothing you can order here that is not phenomenal. The lamb dishes are the signature items on the menu, but even once you've been a few times and venture to order something different, every other entree is equally delicious. The kitchen is unbelievable. Bring an appetite though. The appetizers are impossible to choose from, so you'll end up ordering way too many for the table, but won't be sorry you did! Make sure to ask for a side of skordalia! And they have a wait staff to match their chefs. They don't miss a beat, and seem to attend to your every need at just the right moment.\n\nThis review might sound a little over the top, but it isn't it. Kokkari is world class.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Always a perfect meal. No better menu anywhere. Everything you order is always prepared to perfection. The wait staff is friendly and professional. Seating is very prompt. I appreciated the extra attention for a birthday.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My wife and I truly enjoyed excellent food served by excellent wait staff (Tobias) in a homey, comfortable setting. The lamb chops came as advertised - tender and flavorful. My wife had the roast chicken. The staff was attentive to our gluten free needs. The pace was also good and we were not rushed - no plate stealers here.\n\nWe were in San Francisco on vacation and this was our big night out so we appreciated the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This was my 4th time dining at Kokkari, and I am constantly impressed with the food and the service. I have never ordered the same thing there, but everything I have had has been more delicious than the last.\n\nIt is a bit more on the pricey side, but I believe it's worth every penny. I would recommend this to anyone who loves to eat!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Wonderful food, marvelous service!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I made a reservation for the first available spot as I'd heard amazing things about this place (month or so in advance) ...unfortunately, I was completely underwhelmed. The octopus app was chewy/rubbery and my moussaka main was just so-so (My friend had a bland branzino). \nOne thing I will rave about was the ambiance. This place is the definition of romantic....3 engagements happened around us as we ate (seriously!)...very entertaining for 2 single girls enjoying a ladies night out ;)

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I'm a long time customer of this gem. The ambience is wonderful. The service is usually very good to excellent. I love the food, wine, coffee. It's a favorite!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Went twice during our trip to San Francisco. Fantastic both times. Very consistent. Amazing food.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Two lunches on consecutive days. On day one, as unknowns, we were seated at an interior but comfortable two-top in the back room: fine cooking, excellent service of food and wines. On day two, promoted to a featured table in the front room, our server was totally slammed with groups of eight, four, four, and two besides our own, and service totally collapsed. Two apps and two mains arrived essentially all at once, in a crowded pile which grew cold before tasting, leaving no opportunity to order further wines appropriate to each, or even a refill of current glasses. So the tasteful decor, thoughtful menu and wine selection were simply WASTED by unprepared service. Unlike the top places (in SF, this means Boulevard and Gary Danko), Kokkari is not equipped to deliver above the Michelin one-star level. If shooting higher, it will need the equivalent of what sports teams would call a 'deep bench.'

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Overall the food was good and the service was great as usually. We were a little disappointed that the pita bread changed from our previous visit as it was not as soft and a little salty this time around. All of the other dishes were great. We enjoy coming here on special occasions.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Really great experience. A friend gave us a gift card to go there and I think we tried just about everything on the menu! Everything was really great.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food great. Get the octopus and sundae. Must haves. Best ambience in SF. The fish is great. Unfortunately......the service was terrible. The waiter knew nothing about wine and when I asked to speak with someone about it he said no. He then brought us the wrong wine. They kept removing our glasses and plates from the table before we were finished eating or drinking.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This has been for years one of our top favorite restaurant. Only Evvia can compare.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

A great restaurant with excellent food and service at a very good price. Unfortunately, it's become more popular than ever, which means reservations are a must (we had to eat dinner starting at 9:45 p.m.!). The ambience is both elegant and charming with outside walls at least 2 feet thick -- ironically, though a Greek restaurant, it feels as though one is eating in a French country manor. I will definitely be going back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excellent on every level! Surpassed my expectations! Lovely decor during the Holidays!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

It must be hard to be this good for this long. Hats off to Doug Dietz for being such a great guy. This place is a real power spot for lunch these days! Food is really excellent and service is among the best in the entire city.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This place is an absolute must! I'm adding it to my list of all time favorite restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Attentive service, great food, horrible espresso coffee: too acid and strong at a point that I couldn't drink it. It is the only (and forgiven) flaw. Great place.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

A very memorable meal. Great food, great service; a great restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

5-Star food and service experience. George, our waiter in the Front Room, provided exceptional service. The food and wine was excellent, and the ambiance was romantic and private. Kokkari lived up to its billing. Thank you.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I shared an amazing lamb grape leaves, an excellent lamb burger and exquisite lamb chops. Coupled with two glasses of delicious Greek wine, this was a meal to remember. I would come back in a heartbeat.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The salads were fine. We ordered three appetizers and two out of three were not great - octapus was somewhat overcooked - smelts were salty - lamb riblets were great. Service was great, as always and the room was lovely. They also seated us at a wonderful booth.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The menu changes daily. Food is carefully and authentically prepared. Service (when we visited) was truly outstanding. This is a well run restaurant with a top-notch kitchen. The only problem we encountered was reserving a table, because it is so popular. You cannot reserve more than a month in advance, but three weeks in advance is too late. We reserved about three weeks in advance and the only table for two on a THURSDAY night was at 9:30 pm.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food was outstanding, everything mostly prepared in a wood oven-delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We went to Kokkari to celebrate my husband's birthday. The ambience was lovely and the service was very attentive but I must say we were a little disappointed with the food. Everything was kind of bland not to mention overpriced. I liked the food much more on previous visits. Maybe we just ordered the wrong things that night.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Wonderful ambiance, delicious food, excellent service.\nAppealing to children and adults alike.\nA bit pricey, but worth every penny.\nOur new favorite restaurant.\n\nTip: Kokkari is very popular. Make an advance reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing experience as always! Will Continue to go back when I visit. Demetri the manager was wonderful as well and made sure our evening was great.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This place will make you rethink food. Say you are served a lamb chop. How good can a lamb chop be, you ask. Oh boy, you are in for a surprise.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Best dinner ever. Had engagement dinner and restaurant staff was amazing in setting a surprise. Thank you very much. We will be back each year ;)

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We decided to celebrate our anniversary here after hearing great reviews from friends. Everything we ordered was delicious and filling. Portions were generous. I requested vegan dishes and there were quite a few options. The pita is amazing. We would definitely like to go back. The only thing I was disappointed about was our seating. When I had called they said they'd try to get us the best table. I'm not sure what that meant but would have, at the least, appreciated a private table. We were seated right next to another couple and that took away from a romantic ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Incredible

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great food, particularly the lamb dishes. The fried cheese appetizer was too salty but everything else was great. Our service staff were very friendly.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love this restaurant. Highly recommend. Perfect for date night.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We went here for a business lunch and it was excellent. The service stood out the most but the delicious food was a close second. We were lucky to have a table a little more private as it might have been a little loud otherwise for a business lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Dinner consistently very good. Great wine list. Great service... Beautiful space ... This place has the total package ... From beginning to end.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Incredibly authentic and delicious Greek food. Something for everyone from fresh roasted fish of the day (Bronzino) to lamb specialty dishes. Appetizers are amazing, but beware of filling up before the main course arrives. Terrific service and lovely atmosphere though can get a bit too loud. A perfect choice to any occasion. Love the sister Palo Alto restaurant Evvia as well.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Absolutely my new favorite place in SF! The entire experience was heavenly. Don't miss the goat stew, which was incredibly tender and flavorful. Also enjoyed the rotisserie lamb, grilled octopus, and topped it off with galaktoboureko, which is to die for! Wow! Our server was extremely pleasant and professional. We'll be back for sure.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

A took a Greek lady there and she resumed it with 'it tastes like made-by-grandma'. Awesome!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Beautiful warm spacious restaurant. Portions are large. Food is good. Lots of options. They use a lot of lemon

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our server was fabulous and his suggestions made our dining experience an excellent one !!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

You know it will be great when you walk in and it is. Every dish cooked with care and skill. Staff is wonderful, helpful and informed. Worth the effort to get a reservation and sitting at the bar is a great option for last minute dining and fun.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Overpriced, salty. Not sure why everyone raves about it.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari is our go to place for delicious Greek food. \nJust go and see for yourself.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great food. Management, wait staff and service staff are very attentive. Bathrooms are a little difficult to find, but staff is very aware of this and are throughout the restaurant to direct patrons. We have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the country and world (Noma - Copenhagen, Denmark, etc.) and the ranking of this restaurant in open table, trip advisor, etc. is accurate. This is a very good Mediterranean restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The bar is very good, the ambiance with moderate noise level, beautiful place, different rooms, very good wine list (one more popular and another one with reserve wines), tastefull food with greek style, lambs, chicken, salads and sauces very nice. Good for small groups or couples,

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I always wondered about this place and curiosity took over and I finally tried it! The ambiance is exquisite, the food amazing and I would suggest asking the very knowledgeable waiters what their specialties and recommendations are. Everything that was suggested was absolutely delicious! The place can be pricey so this perhaps may not be for the thrifty on beer budgets. But worth every penny. :)

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The waitress was very knowledgeable and welcoming the whole night. It was a birthday and I noted that on Open Table and they went above and beyond to make it special for the birthday guy!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I considered myself poorly attended\nwe waited table despite scheduled schedule terms.\nThey put in a poorly located table and show that although not like the localization were indifferent .\nso we ask wine after the food arrived they informed us that it had not been found

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing food!! We ordered the grilled octopus and fried smelt for starters, Halibut and pork belly medallions for entrees and chocolate cake and ouzo sorbet for dessert. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. We will definitely return!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Incredible venue highest quality food, service is excellent. This is San Francisco's hot spot to see and be seeing! \nThe staff is friendly and certainly make the experience memorable. So many dishes to chose from and the wine list is superb!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excellent service and good food. Would definitely go back

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Every time I come here, I am so happy with my decision to choose Kokkari over any other number of amazing SF restaurants. The service is great, the ambiance is lovely, but really where it matters is the food. It's fresh, inventive and yet authentic. Love all the variety of dishes and the way they are presented. Will always find a reason to come back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great food, upscale, terrific wine, great service!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The foods were great, although some of the appetizer dishes were a little salty i.e. the cheese, and octopuses, but they're all still good.\nService was not bad.\nThe price was very reasonable. \nWe certainly will come back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This restaurant is hard to get into because it is so busy so you have to make reservations 3 - 4 weeks prior to going. The reason it is so busy is because it is so good! Great food and wines, great service, interesting and pleasing décor.\nMy wife had the Arnisio Souvlaki and I had the Kokinistro me Manestra, ( lamb Shank). Everything was prepared perfectly and the food was really tasty and the meat was very tender and the quantity was just right. \nIt was an interesting and delightful meal made that much better by the great Greek waiter that we were lucky to have. Unfortunately we can't remember his name but he was terrific.\nOverall a great dining experience - one of the best for us in a long time.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My favorite restaurant in SF. The only real annoying part is getting the table and reservation time you are looking for. The food and service is always fantastic. Our server, Georgie (sp?), was fantastic. He has served us several times and he is the gem of the restaurant--quite a charmer!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I love Kokkari. I go a few times a year and it always leaves me wanting more. This time around we purchased a Reserved Bottle of Wine, and it was amazing. I love their extensive wine selection paired with the delicious food selections. Will I return? You better believe it!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great greek food! The stuffed calamari was to die for, we used the crusty bread to soak up what was left on the plate. Also, enjoyed the kale salad, lentil soup, lamp chops and an eggplant special. Would definitely go again, and recommend to you.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We had several small plates to begin including the zucchini, the flatbread and the chicken livers all very, very good. Then the four us had lamb chops for two of us, one had the lamb sliced off from the roaster and one had the Bronzino. Then we had the birthday cake for desert and shared it among four of us. We had champagne throughout the meal.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Nice and beautiful place with attractive private rooms and a very beautiful dinning room just past the entrance. There was another dinning room inside in which you can see the kitchen, but it´s a very noisy and hot place. Very nice the lift to get the restrooms.\nThe food is correct for the entrees but the mains was very poors with bad Price/quality relation. We order fish (sea bass) that was for a restaurant with a prixe fix menú about 12$ not for a place about 90$. The lamb.......well,....the lamb maybe average, undistinguiesed or humdrum for a place like this.\nI think that we have to be strisct or exigent with a expensive place like this and rated in some guides like one of the best 3 in SF. I think the food isn´t between the first 100.\nSummarizing: Very nice place in which you feel high expectations but the food is not according or appropiate to the place.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari is one of our favorite restaurants in the City. The service is always professional and attentive. I was disappointed with the $45 rotisserie lamb entree. The texture wasn't as it should be if had really been slow roasted for several hours. It needed several more!!! However, don't miss the whole roasted branzino! It's fabulous!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

After all of the great reviews, and the trouble getting a reservation, we expected it to be better. Only one of the 5 dinners we ordered was notable. Grandma was sick in the middle of the night after eating the Moussaka. Nice ambience and attentive but a little pretentious service. Wouldn't go back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We have eaten here many times and always left feeling like it was a great night out. This time the food was just Meh. The rotiserrie lamb tasted odd and the Greek fish baked in the oven was tasteless. The octopus appetizer was grilled nicely but at the same time was half mushy. We left feeling sad since this has always been a place we felt excited about. Considering the prices, the food simply needs to be better.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We started with the meatballs and octopus both of which should be hot when served. The octopus looked liked it was thrown on the plate and barely covered half the plate. For paying almost $20 for an appetizer you'd think they'd at least cover the plate. It was over cooked and barely warm. The meatballs, also supposed to be hot were barely warm when coming out. Both items came out in a matter of minutes so it was blatantly obvious that the food was prepped ahead of time and not warmed properly when served. \n\nThe waiter was great and did take off the meatballs on our order. When the manager was doing his rounds at tables we mentioned the issues with the food as well but told him the waiter was nice enough to take off the meatballs on our order. Then the manager said 'I will make this right,' went over to the waiter, then came back over to our table and told us he took off the meatballs, which we already knew...since we told him that. Then he said 'Well I don't like to hear you had a bad dining experience, I'm still going to go and make this right.' HE NEVER DID ANYTHING. We were waiting at the table for another 20 minutes, thinking he was going to bring out a dessert or something to make up for the horrible food. We didn't even want or expect that but since he TOLD US he was going to do something we waited. \n\nAfter waiting for 20 minutes we got up and left. I saw the manager and told him we were leaving and that we thought he was going to do something and he said 'Your waiter took off the meatballs.' I just looked at him and said 'Ok then, bye.' I couldn't believe he said he was 'going to make this right,' and walked off and then did NOTHING. \n\nI LOVE Mediterranean food and I never write reviews and I was genuinely really really looking forward to going to this restaurant and was prepared to drop a significant amount of money on this meal. I was completely disappointed all around. We didn't even order main dishes because we were so disappointed with the appetizers :(

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I'm a vegetarian. Although there are plenty of starters/appetizers, there aren't too many main courses that you can choose from. Overall, very good and relatively quick service, excellent ambiance, but a bit disappointed with the food quality/options, being a vegetarian.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Ambiance and service was great.. Food was ok- didn't have a wow factor.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Lamb chops were juicy and tender and the flavor by the bone delicious, grilled skilled is popular and did not disappoint. I woulld definitely come back here and recommend to everyone.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Lovely presentation of some classic and new dishes. Have heard of skodalia being made from instant potatoes. This tasted like it. Lamb dishes were wonderful. Fish/ocean based dishes were unremarkable (did not remind me of Greece). service seemed a bit rushed, or perhaps, anticipatory v. Listening to guests.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Lamb chops were incredible!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

If you are a lover of food you will enjoy this spot. The help staff love the food and let you know it. The food stands up to their enthusiasm! The best lamb I have ever eaten anywhere - truly. Totally amazing. Try the Greek wine. Special.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This is a great location to take a client out for lunch in the Jackson Square/North Financial District area.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This 4th time we are dining in this facility and experience so far was nothing short from outstanding. Great food, great service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great for vegetarians. Zucchini fritters, veggies skewers, dips....all so good.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari came highly recommended by a trusted foodie friend so I was excited when I was able to get a weekend dinner reservation 3 weeks out. The Ambiance is outstanding, and the wait staff were both personable and attentive. The stuffed squid tubes that we ordered as an appetizer were very small for this type of dish and a bit overcooked, which unfortunately made them on the chewy side. (A sad start for a restaurant that came this well recommended.) The Kokinisto me Manestra I had was quite good, but should have had some type of green or vegetable paired with it, as the orzo seemed not enough to balance this as a main course. Overall I'd say the food was good, but I wasn't 'WOW'd', and though I don't mind spending well for a fantastic meal, I felt it was over priced for what was delivered.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I took a friend here for her birthday lunch. Food and service were both perfect. Waiter recommended a glass of white wine from Santorini that was just lovely. I splurged on the Kokkari cookbook as I have had the pleasure to work with Chef Eric and am a huge fan. Can't wait to prepare some of the recipes. I will return to Kokkari again. Hopefully soon!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Service and food were exemplary! They truly made our Anniversary very special.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great service with excellent cocktails and food. Very reliable.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari has a lovely setting. The noise level is quite loud.\nThe food was mediocre. This is my second time there and I didi try different items. I felt the feta cheese was too heavy, a little less in the dishes would have been fine.\n\nI'm not sure I need to go back for another try.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I went with my wife and children to Kokkari for the first time to celebrate her birthday. They sat us immediately--we came early--and served us water, wine and an appetizer while we waited for the rest of the group to arrive. We started with the small appetizer plates--the grilled octopus and duck ravioli were out favorites. We then order a good selection of main dishes--the goat stew, open roasted lamb, moussaka, salmon. All were delicious. The most notable experience was the services, which was first rate at all times. We were not wanting for anything, but did not feel intruded upon. I would definitely go there again for any occasion.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Long lag between apps and dinner and it was particularly warm throughout dinner. The food however was amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My concierge,Yahell,in Napa recommended this restaurant while we were in San Francisco.What a great restaurant!! Food was delicious and with a lively ambience it was a prefect!! Recommend the rotisserie lamb and the baklava for dessert yum!!!will definitely come back when in San francisco.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Cute little restaurant with outstanding service! Food was great but nothing out of the ordinary. Overpriced in my opinion.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Just an overall great experience. I went with 8 others and we shared pretty much all of the appetizers. I believe the hype is valid and would very much love to go again and try some of the main dishes. The zucchini cakes were probably the best thing, but 85% of everything else was in second. If that means anything!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Best restaurant in the city

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great food. Fun and energetic ambiance. Terrific Service. Couldn't ask for more.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I've dined here a few times and every single time, the dishes never cease to amaze me. It's the kind of food where you say 'mmm' after every bite. The ambiance is nice, a little more romantic of a setting because of the lighting, but I've only gone with girl friends and still had the BEST experience. The service is top notch, our waiter was witty and he knew what he was talking about.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I've been meaning to try Kokkari for quite some time, always hearing rave reviews. Unfortunately in the end I was disappointed. I know Greek food well, having spent much time in and around the country. I love its freshness and simplicity that can be so rewarding. This was not the case for my weekday lunch with a friend at Kokkari. The saganaki, one of my favourites, was rather poor, too bitter, too cooked and salty. The grilled lamb riblets were tasteless - we had one each and decided no more, the excellent service noticed and took it off our bill. The melitzanosalata and the tzatziki were fair (and served in separate huge plates with bread each, best make it one dish) but not worth the class of such a seemingly famous establishment - maybe my expectations were too high? No, I could have gotten the same quality from a supermarket. The greek salad was ok, nothing special, as was the souvlaki, the best part of the meal but again, nothing worthy of real Greek standards. So overall a very nice setting with great service, a nice and tasty wine list but mediocre food. Doubt I'll be back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Everything from the food, service, to ambiance was fantastic. Can't wait to go back. Our server Chris was amazing. He was super courteous and didn't try to up sell anything. Thanks again Chris!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Most amazing food, service and atmosphere! One of my favorite all time restaurants! Fresh, creative and tasty!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Good atmospere. Good food. nice ambience. highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excellent food and service. great ambiance! We ordered crab cakes and octopus for appetizers, goat stew and lamb as entree - recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I love food and almost never write a review, but I had to for Kokkari. The food here is amazing (a must try is the fried smelt (screw garlic fries, the Giants need to be serving this at games), the duck ravioli (Fuggedaboudit!! What can I say, I'm Italian), and the lamb chops (Medium rare people!) were so tender and full of flavor (the best I've had). Not to mention the wine selection was great. I ordered some Duck Horn Cab Sauvignon and the waiter recommended another great white wine after that one. To top it off we had a great little fried cheese dessert thing, I dunno, amazing though! Plus some Greek coffee. But perhaps one of the best moments of the night was our waiter, YES, can't believe I'm sayin' it either. You the man, Max! He's a sassy guy (but in the best way), very professional, actually knows his stuff! Brought out the dishes at the perfect time. Funny as hell! Giving just the right amount of attention as to not ignore us nor talk our ear off. I know it's a tough business, I used to work in the service industry and it can suck, but he seemed genuine when talking to us and helped make the experience more than amazing! Like I said, I rarely write reviews and I appreciate Max making our experience a great one. Now what are you waiting for, get your butt to Kokkari!!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

OMG. I don't even know where to begin. This whole experience was so amazing. First of all the setting of this restaurant is awesome. It looks like Restoration Hardware and it's all open air with huge windows that open to a quiet street and it's a big space. Our waiter, Burak, was OUTSTANDING. He made the experience even more enjoyable (he claims all the waiters are that awesome but I doubt it). His recommendations were so genuine- he asked us how much we had eaten that day, how much bread we had, etc to figure out how much food we would need. He was so passionate about the dishes. We loved him. And the FOOD. The best part. We took all of Burak's rec's and everything I'm writing was DELISH....and we did everything family style. We started with the fried cheese and peppers, the zucchini cakes, and HOLY MOLY THE OCTOPUS. They take hours to make that octopus and you can tell. It is insane. For dinner we got 2 lamb chops each that came with some really good crispy potatoes. We all agreed it was the best lamb we had ever tasted. And we got a whole fish which they deboned for us. We were so full by dessert but had to get something. We got the Greek donuts and a scoop of the chocolate ice cream. Perfect end to our meal. We bought the cookbooks too and since the chef wasn't there that night Burak wrote notes in our cookbooks. Can't wait to make that lamb!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I am so glad I was able to eat at this dining establishment. We ordered five appetizers, two main dishes and one dessert. Presentation was gorgeous, food delicious, wait staff efficient. Highly recommend this place!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My favorite restaurant I only wish it would take less planning

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My boyfriend and I had dined here several times in the past, but on this visit we invited my sister and niece for their first dining experience at Kokkari. Everything we chose was exceptional -- grilled octopus, lamb riblets, Branzino and 3 types of spreads (eggplant, chickpea and creamy jalapeño with feta). What topped off our experience was our friendly and knowledgeable server.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Another great lunch at Kokkari! Usually eat the smelts, the watermelon and feta salad, the whole fish of the day. On Monday, mussels were the daily special so I had them, just great.\n\nLots of appetizer, and the heirloom tomato salad was really to die for.\n\nDesserts we had the whole gamut, my favorite the ice cream sunday and the granitas.\n\nJust consistently great food and service.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I found the food lacking flavor for most of the time. I ordered the famous lamb chops, but was disappointed at the taste and portion size!\nIf I were to go back, I would get the baklava only!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Very impressive! Our server Burak provided excellent service!!! He went above & beyond to ensure we had an amazing experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The flavors literally explode in your mouth, especially the Taramasalata and the lamb dishes we had (chops and shank) Our only slight criticism is that we would have liked vegetables served with the mains. The desert was a light pistachio, semolina type of cheese cake. The service was attentive, the atmosphere very special.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The Octopus appetizer I ordered had large patches of black burnt sections. I could not eat my dish - even though I really like octopus. The Salmon main dish was tasty, but I am still wondering why the waitress did not recommend I order a side dish to go with just the fish and the corn? \nThe worst part of the dinner experience was that I could hear every word of what the couple at the table next to mine were saying to each other. All that separated my table from their table was a lamp.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We have always loved Kokkari. Great location, great atmosphere and service. Had lunch there recently and we were both disappointed in our entrees. The lamb souvlaki, a regular kebob menu item, was ordered medium rare and arrived with the meat ranging from virtually raw to very well done. And tough! How does that happen? Underseasoned and disappointing. The 'special' of the day, a roast pork, was dry. Salad was good, bread good, service good. Hope things improve with the rest.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Overall food was very good. Roasted fish seems to mean swimming in sauce. Greek coffee heated in sand is a illusion. Charging for an extra pite for Taramosalata defies logic and inducement to return. Overall a reasonably good dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We who come here together are becoming regulars. Delicious everything, especially the small plates. Gives everyone a chance to try things, and if someone doesn't like octopus they can have the lamb riblets. We love it here.-Maria

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Always excellent - fresh Mediterranean and especially the Greek fish cuisine.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food was excellent. Moussaka was rich and flavorful. The grilled lamb was out of this world and done perfectly. \n\nThis place is very well decorated and set up. I love the brick oven in the dining room where lamb roasts on a rotisserie. Also, our server went above and beyond.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We entered the restaurant at 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday, expecting a lull. It was bustling, and we were seated immediately. The service was as professional as it gets, yet relaxed. The food was one of those amazing experiences, where you remember every dish, and every bite. The combinations were creative without losing the main ingredient's original purpose and flavor. The wine was served at a perfect temperature. We had to try the baklava - it was an amazing blend of sweet and savory. We are from NY and love to eat Greek food. Kokkari has now spoiled us - we're not sure we'll be happy to eat Greek anywhere else!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I am familiar to Greek cuisine so I didnt expected that good food in US, it was like Greece .. Zuccini cake was amazing and rib chops was outstanding .. I highly recommend this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great place for a grilled steak or lamb. Greek appetizers are tasty. The rustic ambiance makes you feel like you are eating in someone's home. I've been here 4 times now and the menu is starting to feel stale. I had the special 'spit roasted lamb' but every piece looked and tasted the same. Service is very good.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Ambiance and Service still excellent! Someone in the kitchen has developed a heavy hand with salt!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Cannot say enough positive things about the restaurant. I asked for a quiet spot and we had a lovely quiet table. The setting is lovely, the servers perfect amount of attention, and of course the food is incredible! Well worth the money.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Never anything less than perfect! We have celebrated many special occasions at Kokkari. Mom makes this a special outing every trip out from Chicago, as the offerings blow away any place in greektown. Lamb cooked to perfection, padrones with the saganaki, Petrali sole, and divine desserts. Service with a smile.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Service was good. Food was just ok.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This restaurant was recommended by a local. It is impossible to get dinner reservations so plan weeks ahead. We ate a late lunch with our children and the food was simply exceptional. It has a very upscale yet casual vibe with a chic, rustic interior. Server was very attentive and friendly. This is one restaurant I will plan to revisit on our next trip to San Francisco!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

At Kokkari you will be presented with a sumptuous meal, a warm and relaxing atmosphere, and excellent service. The restaurant is always bustling, and for good reason. It is a great place to meet for a business meal or to enjoy lunch/dinner with friends. Pricing is not inexpensive, but quite reasonable for what you receive.

1.0
Poor
Dined May 1 2018

This restaurant always does very well in ratings, but every time I've eaten here I have come away underwhelmed. This experience was no different; started off with the zucchini cakes. They were fine, but nothing special. Next we shared the greek salad, which was very good, the ingredients were all extremely fresh. For entree, my companion had the lamb chops, which were quite good. Unfortunately I ordered the Goat stew upon our waiter's recommendation. The meat was tough and chewy, and the flavors were very muddled.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Such great food! Noise level was higher than expected. But the service and the food- delicious. Ordered appetizers, entrees, and a dessert and me and my boyfriend were more than pleased.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Food tasty, but chicken entree must have been sitting around, as it wasn't the least bit hot (nor were the potatoes). In retrospect, I should have sent it back (but I didn't want to fuss and I am not accustomed to doing so). Salads ordered were good. Very surprised- server should have realized entree was not fit to be served (based on the temperature of the plate/ no steam rising). We did dine on the later side- 1:45 reservations, so perhaps everyone was tired- though still plenty of patrons. Bottom line, really not acceptable.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing food from appetizers to dessert. Service was spot on with our server Josh. Highly recommend!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Best octopus I've ever had!!!\n\nGood bread, fresh fish, and tasty but rich moussaka. Excellent service.\n\nNo cocktail list but full bar.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We heard amazing things about this Greek restaurant so we had to try it for ourselves. Starters like the watermelon salad and flaming cheese were delicious, however, the lamb kabobs were not. They were extremely fatty and uneatable. Had to return the dish. The Moussaka was very good, but would recommend sharing it. For desert, ordered the Greek cookie platter and the waiter gave us on the house a ice cream dish. Both were very good as well. Overall, the restaurant fulfilled our Greek fix, but we did not think the food was the best Greek food we had ever had, nor was the restaurant worth all the hype.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This place has exceeded my expectations totally, the service was excellent, and the food was delicious.I love it! Highly recommended

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

On a recent trip to San Francisco, we wanted to try a fantastic restaurant where we could also take our well-behaved 6 and 9 year-old kids. My husband used to live in Greece, and incidentally we are vegetarian, so we tried Kokkari and it was wonderful. We ordered mezedes (many small plates). Every dish was terrific, especially the gigantes (giant beans) and zucchini cakes which were exceptional, and the waiter and other staff were amusing. Lovely experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari is one of my favorite restaurants but this last visit fell very short. I got the rotisserie. I don't know if I got there too late, but I felt like I got the left overs. It was messily plated and very dry. The rotisserie is slow cooked so should have been very tender, but this was not. My husband ordered the fish and found a lot of spines. At nearly $50 a plate, I expect perfect execution.\n\nWorst of all, this was a special occasion. My cousin was visiting from out of town and I wanted to really treat her. Unfortunately, I treated her to an OK meal.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Once again the food and service was fantastic. I tried the greek coffee for the first time and it was really good. I would however leave the sugar out next time. I have never had a bad experience here.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Very homey relaxing ambience, wonderful service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love it every time I go. Always unique! Staff is great!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Loved everything about this restaurant. The food was amazing, the service impeccable, the ambience welcoming. Wish I could remember our server's name, because he was outstanding. My husband loved the goat stew, my son raved about the duck special (roasted on the rotisserie in their fireplace) -- he claimed it better than his previously favorite duck in Paris!! My chicken was outstanding. The baked feta --- I could eat that all day long. The octopus was amazing, too, and the heirloom salad with that amazing feta. We were visiting SF and somehow got a reservation Sat at 10 pm. They were turning people away that just walked in. Don't hesitate, just go. Even bought the cookbook because we loved the food so much.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I went here for my birthday and it was amazing. the fried cheese appetizer and grilled octopus appetizer are both so delicious. The heirloom tomato salads were so great but are only offered when in season. the lamb chops and steak are to die for. Everything is fresh and delicious. The setting is great. We sat maybe ten feet from the bar but you would never know it. it was still a private dining experience. I didn't feel like i had to talk over the other tables conversations. Our waiter Todd was excellent as well. If you get him you are in for a treat. Best service I have ever had.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Overall very enjoyable lunch. The salmon was cooked to perfection and paired with a tasty cherry tomato corn side. The orzo sorbet with pineapple was very refreshing. The only negative was the price. The meal was a bit too costly to make this a regular lunch spot, but nice for a special occasion.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I live very close to this restaurant so pass by it frequently - it is always packed at lunch and diner time.\nI ate diner there a couple of times several years ago when Kokkari first opened. I was not impressed then and didn't go back until last Friday, when we went for lunch. I figured since the restaurant is always crowed I must have missed something on my first visits and decided to give it another try. I still don't get it. The food wasn't bad but, at the prices they charge it should have been excellent. I read somewhere 'you can't go wrong with anything off the grill' so I ordered grilled calamari as an appetizer and it was very good. \nI ordered the grilled lamb chops with high expectations. What a disappointment! Two small chops were overcooked and were served well before we finished our appetizers. My luncheon companion did not follow my advice to order from the grill and rated the food 'mediocre' at best. \nI really wanted to like Kokkari given its proximity but I doubt I'll go back. There are just too many other choices in the area.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

First class service with the very knowledgeable Chris. \nThe menu is diverse, with multiple options to cater to every food enthusiast. The daily off-the-menu offering is a must!\nThe comfortable atmosphere create an intimate environment for couples, while allowing larger parties to enjoy a great time.\nBook in advance!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

delicicious - we always love Kokkari - not the most creative food but excellent quality, taste and presentation

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

consistent, along w evvia in palo alto; best place in sf. the lamb chops are to die for.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our Kokkari experience can only be described as Excellent. Every aspect of our luncheon was first rate. We selected 4 appetizers, 3 entries and 2 desserts -- all money!\nMy only mistake was leaving Kokkari to last day of our trip ..Next visit to SFO will start and end here. Not to be missed.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I would highly recommend this restaurant if you're in San Francisco.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I don't know why, but this place was never on our radar until recently. What a gem. Beautiful environment, professional staff and great food - not gimmicky or trendy - just excellent preparation and use of fresh ingredients. First class Greek cuisine. Can't wait to return on our next visit to the City.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We were visiting San Francisco and found this restaurant online and reserved it before we got there. It seems to be pretty busy. Everything was just perfect and the food was amazing. We would definitely come back when ever we're in San Francisco. I really recommend this restaurant to any one who likes mediteranean food.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Best Greek food on the west coast. We loved the goat orzo and the octopus

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

My husband and I did enjoy our lunch and just wished the food were a little more elevated for a special occasion spot. Service was great, wine was excellent and the desserts both knocked it out of the park. \nWe had a selection of appetizers that all sounded fantastic on the menu. They were all tasty and you could tell they knew how to prepare the ingredients (tender calamari, perfectly roasted beets) but each dish lacked a certain sparkle, that'something extra' that makes a good dish great. We do want to see if dinner is better.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Kokkari has become one of my absolute favorites a couple years back and has remained at the top of my list. They are great for lunch and dinner. Reservations are a must. \nService is fantastic. Listen to your server. They always have wonderful recommendations. \nEvery special I have ever had here has been top notch. \nThis last visit we were a party of two and had 3 special appetizers to share and then shared the Bronzino which was simply amazing. \nBest dessert I've had here is the Galaktoboureko. Do yourself a favor and splurge on the extra calories.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The food was excellent! Service was awful, ruined the entire experience. The server (I'm not even sure he ever told us his name) was terrible from start to finish. We had several questions about the menu which he answered by saying he would give us a few minutes to decide what we wanted to order instead of answering our questions. We were almost done with our 3 appetizers when he brought our drinks (brought my husband a drink he didn't even order) He was non attentive the entire meal, brought our check when we were not finished (we wanted to order coffee but were not asked). There are many other fine restaurants in the city with excellent service. Don't waste your time here!