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Kokkari Estiatorio

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

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Inventive Hellenic cuisine at its best.

With its roaring fireplace, dark wood detailing, and uncommonly gracious service, this renowned Greek spot feels luxuriously old-school. 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. 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. Lamb dishes like kokinisto me manestra, braised lamb shank with orzo and myzithra, dominate mains but there are still plenty of options for those who would prefer fish, chicken or veggies.

By: Shoshi Parks



Address: 200 Jackson St
San Francisco
Cross street: at Front St
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: $$$
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30-10pm, Fri 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30-11pm, Sat 5-11pm, Sun 5-10pm
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4 out of 5 stars

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Kokkari was my first foray into Greek fine-dining, and it was a great first experience. Before going to the restaurant, my friend raved about the lamb shank, so of course, I had to get the lamb. My friend ordered rabbit, which was a special that evening. I can’t remember which ones, but we also got an appetizer or two. Wow, the food was delicious. I love lamb, and this was drool-inducing lamb. The restaurants itself has a very homey feeling which made the experience that much more wonderful. I have to give a shoutout to their sister restaurant Evvia in Palo Alto which is equally tasty.