Best Greek/Med Restaurants in San Francisco

July 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here's the top rated Greek/Mediterranean restaurants in the city of SF. 

Kokkari Estiatorio
Greek · Downtown · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

A Downtown "star for many years" , this "sublime" Greek "continues to shine" with "lamb shanks from the gods" , "flawlessly" spit-roasted meats and other "fabulous" specialties served by an "exceptional" crew in an "inviting" , "rustic-chic" space favored by "fashionable" crowds; the "memorable experience" requires a "difficult rezzie" and deep pockets to meet the "high-class" cost, but it’s widely hailed as a "must-go" "for a good reason."
Zuni Café
French · Hayes Valley · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

"Emblematic" of San Francisco, this "always-true" Hayes Valley Mediterranean is "still at the top of its game" with an "incredibly well-executed" menu of "delectable" , locally, sustainably sourced seasonal dishes, "fab oysters" and "must-haves" like the "succulent" brick-oven chicken for two; with "expertly mixed cocktails" and "pro" service enhancing a "lively" late-night scene in "stylish" yet "comfortable" duplex digs, it's a "culinary legend" that's perennially "hip and unique."
Foreign Cinema
Californian · The Mission · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

This "semi-hidden" "hipster" Mission stalwart may be known for its "fun drive-in movie accents" , but the "inventive" , locally sourced Cal-Med dinners (and "amazing" brunches) get a "standing ovation" too; whether dining alfresco on the "awesome patio" beneath the "twinkly lights" – while the likes of "My Dinner With Andre" screens "on the wall behind you" – or nestled inside by the fire, the "festive" vibe, "delicious" cocktails and "accommodating" service all help make it the ultimate "first-date" or "special-occasion" go-to.
Truly Mediterranean
Mediterranean · The Mission · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.8

A "fave" "for people on a budget" and the post-bar crowd, this Mission storefront turns out "awesome" , "filling" Med–Middle Eastern staples (e.g. "delicious" falafel, shawarma to "dream about" ) at a "great value" until late night; there’s "super-nice" counter service to boot, but given the "tiny space" , most truly feel "takeout is best."
Greek · Hayes Valley · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

"Succulent" rotisserie meats are the main attraction at these "simple" Greek sandwich specialists in Hayes Valley and NoPa, where the "short menu" also features salads, Mediterranean wines and frozen Greek yogurt for "a unique sweet" finish; the "vibrant flavors" and "value" ensure the all-day counter-serves are often "packed" , but getting it to go is also "an easy option."
Mediterranean · Russian Hill · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

Atop "lovely Russian Hill" where you can "watch the cable cars pass by" , this "intimate" "date-night" destination "couldn't be more charming" , with a "well-conceived" Cal-Med menu and a "thoughtfully curated" wine list; "attentive" staffers contribute to the "cozy" mood, so fans ignore seating that's "a bit tight" and parking that's "a drag."
Mediterranean · Cow Hollow · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

Regulars "order a lot of small plates to share" at this Cow Hollow Mediterranean where chef Mark Gordon "keeps whipping up delectable new dishes" with "organic and seasonal" leanings; prices can be "fairly high" , but a "romantic interior" and "incredible servers" are part of the package.
The Flying Falafel
Vegan · SoMa · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.8 · Service 4.2

"Crispy" , "awesome" falafel is the star at this Mid-Market option for all-vegan Mediterranean and Middle Eastern plates with gluten-free choices; there's "really great service" at the counter, so even if it's "very much a hole-in-the-wall" , the wallet-friendly food is "sooo worth it."