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200 Jackson St. (at Front St.) San Francisco
(415) 981-0983

Cuisine: Greek

Pluses: Restful, elegant interior and delicious appetizers.

Minuses: Some entrees overcooked.

Price: Appetizers $7-$12; Entrees $14-$24

Overview: Hours:Lunch weekdays; dinner Monday-Saturday

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.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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