With its roaring fireplace, dark wood detailing, and uncommonly gracious service, this renowned Greek spot feels luxuriously old-school. Despite the white tablecloth flourish, it’s named after a small fishing village on the island of Samos in the Agean Sea. (In Greek mythology, that’s also the place where Poseidon’s son, Orion, prepared elaborate feasts for his beloved.) The emphasis is on citrus-spiked seafood and rich game dishes prepared on the charcoal grill and wood-fired oven, including lamb chops in an oregano vinaigrette and calamari stuffed with feta, orange and fennel.
There’s something deeply satisfying about Greek food, from the meze smorgasbord to the juicy, slow-cooked lamb (only the best steakhouses in San Francisco can compare). Many of the best Greek restaurants in San Francisco are family-owned and operated, which translates to traditional, no-shortcuts cooking. Whether you’re seeking a roasted slab of lamb or a quick and tasty wrap, there’s a Greek spot nearby (or check out the best Greek restaurants in the USA) to fulfill every craving. Crack open the retsina and dive in.
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