Kokkari Estiatorio

Restaurants, Greek Downtown
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Kokkari Estiatorio
Photograph: Courtesy Kokkari Estiatorio

With its roaring fireplace, dark wood detailing, and uncommonly gracious service, this renowned Greek spot feels luxuriously old-school. Kokkari’s inventive brand of Hellenic cuisine hits the mark in their quest to create the “food of the gods.” Begin your meal with mezethes (small plates) like marithes tiganites (crispy smelt with garlic-potato skordalia and lemon, also affectionately referred to as “fries with eyes”) or some of the best grilled octopus in town. Once you’ve plowed through those, dig in to Kokkari’s traditional moussaka—a rich, creamy baked casserole of eggplant, lamb ragout and béchamel—or their famed lamb chops. For dessert? Various iterations of baklava and loukoumades, Greek donuts with honey, cinnamon and walnuts, round out the menu. The cavernous space is perfumed by the scent of wood smoke, thanks to the open-hearth grill and wood-fired oven where flatbreads, seafood, and game dishes are prepared.

By: Shoshi Parks


Venue name: Kokkari Estiatorio
Address: 200 Jackson St
San Francisco
Cross street: at Front St
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm, Fri 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm
Transport: BART & Metro to Embarcadero/bus 2, 4, 8, 10, 12, 18, 24, 27, 38, 44, 54, 56, 58, 72, 72X, 74, 76, 97
Price: $$$
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