Kokkari serves Hellenic cuisine—essentially an inventive and seasonal update of traditional Greek—that may indeed qualify as “food of the gods,” as it’s described. Start with marithes tiganites (crispy smelt with garlic-potato skordalia and lemon, or “fries with eyes,” as some folks affectionately call them) or some of the best grilled octopus in town. Then work your way up to traditional moussaka—a rich, creamy baked casserole of eggplant, lamb ragout and béchamel—and their famed lamb chops. Get the galatkoboureko and loukoumades for dessert—you saved room, didn't you? The restaurant has a rustic and welcoming feeling; it’s always popular for lunch and dinner, and fantastic for groups and celebrations (get a large fish for the table). It’s one of those San Francisco classics that always feels right, no matter the occasion.
|Venue name:||Kokkari Estiatorio||Contact:|
200 Jackson 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|
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.