Greek food is the one cuisine that has been missing from the Bay Area. Ex-pat East coasters speak longingly of velvety moussaka, lamb cooked in all sorts of ways, pita with yogurt-caviar dips and stuffed grape leaves. All those wonderful dishes can be eaten at Kokkari, plus an appetizer of addictive fried smelts, whole grilled fish, rabbit stew and a gigantic lamb shank. The restaurant spans two dining rooms, the more formal fireplace room with floor lamps, over-stuffed chairs, a huge fireplace fronted by a table laden with urns full of luscious olives. Throughout weathered wood, ancient urns and tasteful fabrics create a comfortable and upscale environment. The second dining room is set back from the display kitchen and its most prominent feature is a family table that seats 14, just right for sampling all the appetizers. Don't miss the Greek coffee - very like Turkish coffee - and some honey ice cream for dessert. Soft classic Greek music plays in the background.
Pluses: Restful, elegant interior and delicious appetizers.
Minuses: Some entrees overcooked.
Eat and Drink Awards 2008
Hit the Town
The Best of San Francisco
Dine - The Best of SF Restaurants
Great Chefs @ Home: Erik Cosselmon
Greek Food Elevated to an Art Form
Kokkari serves romantic fantasy
Food Fit for the Gods
Contra Costa Times
Best Impression of an Authentic Greek Taverna
The Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants
Kokkari profile by Q San Francisco
Specialites De La Maison