Kokkari Estiatorio Revisited (What to get: apps, entrees, desserts, wines)

109 Posted by - July 11, 2014 - Restaurants, San Francisco

Ok so, this might be my favorite place to eat in San Francisco.

Like, it should be mandatory that everyone enjoys a delicious Greek meal this good once in a while.

Side note: they’re ranked #1 out of 4,918 SF restaurants on Tripadvisor, ranked on Zagat’s “Best Downtown Restaurants in City of SF,” and ranked on Yelp’s top 100 restaurants in the U.S.

You get the point.

From the giant brick fireplace with roasted lamb inside- to the rustic wooden décor and intimate ambiance- Kokkari is the perfect place to impress.

It’s makes for an awesome evening to hang with old friends- and of course, a perfect business dinner environment to close that deal.

So let’s make this easy and I’ll tell you exactly what to get:

Appetizers:

(Since everything is freshly prepared, you really can’t go wrong with any dish you order)

Zucchini Cakes – with cucumber & mint yogurt dressing – $10.75

Packed with tons of grated zucchini, had a touch of pine nuts, fresh herbs and bits of feta cheese…all enclosed within a light crispy outer layer. The mint yogurt dressing and crunchy slices of cucumber brings a light and refreshing taste all together. The cakes are large (2) and each are a little bigger than the size of my palm (I have small hands).

Greek Salad- $12

Had just the right amount of feta cheese- cucumber- olive- bell pepper- red onion ratio.

Honestly, it’s not hard to make, but it’s also the best Greek salad I’ve ever had.

Ps: The appetizer portions are generous #sharingischaring

Entrees:

(Anything roasted or grilled is going to be phenomenal)

 Grilled Lamb Chops- with lemon oregano vinaigrette & potatoes – $29

The tenderness of the meat is unbeatable and the way they grill the chops melts with each bite you take. I order mine medium rare plus and it comes out perfect every time. I’ve been OMG-ing ever since the first bite.

Side: I’m usually not a huge fan of lamb- in fact I almost never order it. But after trying it for the first time at Kokkari, I’ve ordered it every time since- no joke. #lifechanging

Whole Fish- traditionally grilled with braised greens, lemon & Cretan olive oil (MP)

Ask the waitress what the fish of the day is. We’ve gotten it every time and each time, the fish comes out steaming hot & we’ve never been disappointed. The fish is so succulent and delicately seasoned every time that it’ll be hard to find another place that can prepare fish this good.

photo 1 (20)(Sorry for the dark pic & lack of pics// lighting is super dark in there!)

Dessert

 I wish I could tell you guys about their other desserts here, but I can’t.

Why?

Because.

I get THIS every time. 

Kokkari Sundae - Chocolate and vanilla ice cream with hot fudge, whip cream, and toasted hazelnuts – $10

I can’t handle how delicious this is. & lemme just say, you’ll love me for this one. MUST GET!

Wine

We ask for a bottle of Blackbird every time and if we’re lucky, they’ll have it in stock. If they don’t have it, ask your waiter for other pairings. This one goes especially well with the lamb chops.

 Other pics:

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Yes, that is a fire place is meat roasting inside it! ^

kokkari sf gate

So anyway, guys & girls will fall in love, birds will sing, & bells will ring over dinner at Kokkari Estiatorio.

Because honestly? It’s THAT good.

PS: make your ressies at LEAST a week in advance. Digits below!


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6 Comments

  • Brian April 8, 2014 - 10:33 pm Reply

    This place is fantastic and is also on my top list of favorites is San Francisco. I’ve been here a few times with my family and the food has been spectacular every time. Great post!

    • CynEats April 12, 2014 - 2:21 am Reply

      Thank You! :)

  • leah46 April 12, 2014 - 2:19 am Reply

    LOVEEEE this place! You should try the goat stew there next time!

  • CynEats April 12, 2014 - 2:23 am Reply

    Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to try it out next time!

  • Rick H. July 11, 2014 - 8:39 pm Reply

    WOW. Those lamb chops tho!

  • Andreas August 5, 2014 - 5:57 pm Reply

    I tried making reservations here, but they were fully booked during my trip to SF. GAhhhh. I’ll plan better next time tho, thanks for the rec!

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