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  • Kokkari, San Francisco
    2012

    Kokkari Restaurant Review, San Francisco

    Posted by Foodnut.com

    Reviewer: Foodnut.com

    Kokkari

    200 Jackson Street (At Front)

    San Francisco, CA 94111

    (415) 981-0983

    Kokkari Website

    Book Reservation

    Kokkari San Francisco exterior decor

    Kokkari (Small fishing village on the islands of Samos in the Aegean Sea) is a long standing Greek restaurant in San Francisco’s Financial District – Jackson Square area. Our last visit was over 5 years ago, so it was time for some refreshing of our memories.

    Why did we dine here? – To get a sense of how this restaurant has survived the test of time.

    Summary – Kokkari still packs them in. The food is very good as is the atmosphere.
    Insider Tip – Come for lunch if you’re on a budget or get a drink at the bar.

    Cuisine – Greek
    Chef – Erik Cosselmon (Rose Pistola)
    Location – Financial District
    Opened – 1998

    Kokkari San Francisco spit roaster fireplace

    Decor, Vibe – Kokkari has beautiful rustic, earthy decor that has changed very little. A large rotisserie is the center piece of the first room, along with a medium sized bar area. The back dining room is more comfortable as it is partitioned away from people standing next to the bar. We came on a weekday night for dinner and found the place packed with well dressed, middle-aged, Financial District types. No hipsters here!

    Kokkari Menu

    Kokkari’s Menu changes from time to time but features their many time tested appetizers, soups, salads and entrees. Lamb is all over the menu.

    Signature Dishes – Lamb riblets, lamb meatballs, lamb shank, lamb chops, dry aged rib eye.

    Website Kokkari Menu

    Kokkari Food Picks:

    Octapodaki tou Yiorgou – grilled octopus with lemon, oregano & olive oil ($13.75) was recommended by the server and included large of chunks of perfectly cooked octopus. The version at Delfina still remains in our minds.

    Kokkari San Francisco pita spread

    Tzatziki, Tirokafteri with housemade grilled pita ($7.50 each) were two recommended versions. Each came with thick homemade grilled pita and a nice blob of dipping sauce.

    Kokkari San Francisco lamb shank

    Kokinisto me Manestra – aromatic braised lamb shank with orzo & myzithra cheese ($28.00) was also recommended and definitely hit the spot. Very tender, meaty, fatty, and a must for those who love long braised meats.

    Kokkari San Francisco lamb chops

    Arnisia Paidakia – grilled lamb chops with lemon-oregano vinaigrette & Kokkari potatoes ($38.00) included 3 reasonably sized chops that were cooked to our desired medium rare. The potatoes were very nice but bit too lemony.

    Kokkari San Francisco yogurt sorbet granita

    Yiaourti Granita – yogurt sorbet with seasonal fruit granita & mint syrup – ($7) was recommended and hit the spot. The sorbet was slightly tart, while the granita added much more sourness to the dish. Refreshing.

    OK: (Order if you like this dish)
    None

    Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
    None

    Service – Kokkari had a pleasant waiter who helped us navigate the menu and ensured we didn’t have to hail any help. They did forget an item, so they weren’t perfect.

    Value – Kokkari is not cheap, but clearly they deliver hearty portions of rib sticking food.

    Alternatives – Restaurants similar to Kokkari are few and far between. They have a sister restaurant in Palo Alto, Evviva, that is not as beautiful as this restaurant.

    Verdict – Kokkari reinforced its reputation as the Bay Area’s flagship Greek restaurant, with solid food and service.

    Kokkari Estiatorio on Urbanspoon

    Kokkari Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

    Come Back?

    Food Rating: (Very Good)
    Service Rating: (Very Good)
    Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
    Value Rating: (Good)

    Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

    Alcohol:Full Bar
    Attire:Dressy
    Hours:Mon-Thu 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm, Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–11pm, Sat 5–11pm, Sun 5–10pm
    Parking:Street
    Reservations:Yes
    Prices:$21 - $42
    Posted on November 26th, 2012
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