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Kokkari Estiatorio

If you’re ever wandering the alleyways of the Financial District in search of non-street meat and an establishment serving food post-3pm, you better hope you have a reservation at Kokkari. Kokkari serves some of the best Mediterranean food in San Francisco in a massive space that doubles as a fancy living-room-cum-hunting-lodge with plush chairs, high ceilings, and oriental rugs. The constant lamb aroma emanating from the enormous fireplace with spits of roasting meat is worth pitching to Glade as a new Plug-In scent. Your home, too, could smell like a Greek taverna.

Despite how good the food is, we tend to only hit up Kokkari for special occasions, particularly if we're dining with parents or grandparents. Or when we’re feeling particularly iron deficient. The #MEEEEEATS are incredible, and overall our meals have been awesome and authentic, but it’s definitely more of a “let’s make this a DINNER” than a usual rotation type spot. You need to have reservations, table manners, and be prepared to drop some dime. We've even considered having a huge meal, lots of drinks, and walking out, just hoping that some nice German ex-physicist lady rolls in to pick up the check. This is not a "gnawing a leg of lamb at the table place." This is a white tablecloth, use the appropriate fork situation. Also brace yourself for the swarm of Uber black cars (or maybe real, live, personal drivers) hanging outside. We fancy.

One bone to pick in the design of this large, large dining establishment. The bathroom is downstairs and you need to take an elevator to access it. It makes zero sense.

If you want to roll like a big shot, drop a corporate card, and wine and dine in a suit and tie, Kokkari is the dream. If you’re just one of the little people, it’s still a great place to treat yourself and all the carnivores you love to a meat festival, and definitely worth checking out when you want to celebrate the magic of filo dough and baby sheep.

Food Rundown

Saganaki

A glorious piece of cheese. And since we aren’t at adult Chuck E Cheese, they don’t light it on fire. Sorry, five-year-old version of yourself.

Feta

Spicy, but not any better than grocery store cheese sitting in oil. Skip.

Zucchini Pancakes

Light, airy, and welcome. They come two hearty cakes to an order, with excellent tzatziki.

Grilled Lamb Meatballs

The meatballs are super tender in a fantastic tomato sauce.

Grilled Artichoke & Eggplant Skewer

This is kind of dry and not too exciting, save your money for the #MEEEEEATS

Goat Stew

This isn’t always on the menu, but if you manage to wind up at Kokkari when it is, get it. Goat is good.

Lamb

In case you’ve missed it, lamb is the theme of this place, because it is heavenly. Go for the chops. They're grilled with an awesome lemon sauce and thick, crispy potato wedges. YEAH.

Semolina Custard

Semolina custard? This is delicious. Sort of like rice pudding but better. The crème fraîche ice cream is crazy tasty and the filo is light and delicious.

Loukoumades

The best way we can describe these are honey doughnut balls. They rule. And you get a whole, heaping tower of them.

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