Only one San Francisco restaurant makes TripAdvisor’s ‘Best of the Best’ restaurants list

On Wednesday, TripAdvisor released its 2021 Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” restaurant awards, and only one San Francisco restaurant made the cut. 

Kokkari Estiatorio came in 10th place on the annual ranking in the “Fine Dining” category. 

“Always the best,” reads one of the reviews on its TripAdvisor page. 

Kokkari has long been an establishment in San Francisco, known for its wood-fired rotisserie meats and its Grecian flavors. 

More than two decades old, Kokkari seems a fairly safe and straightforward choice. As former San Francisco Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer wrote of the Financial District restaurant in 2015: “With the smell of oregano and burning embers, diners could imagine themselves on the Greek Isles. For those who dream of going there, the simple, pure food at Kokkari is an inducement to fulfill that desire.”

TripAdvisor’s restaurant awards are calculated based on the “quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings” from Jan. 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021. Awards this year were given in eight categories: fine dining, everyday eats, quick bites, picture-perfect restaurants, date night, best brunch spots, hottest new restaurants and best vegan spots. 

Kokkari wasn’t the only Bay Area establishment to make the cut in the fine dining category. Three North Bay restaurants also clocked in on the list, including Valette in Healdsburg (No. 17), The French Laundry in Yountville (No. 21) and Bistro Jeanty (No. 22), also in Yountville. 

Gott’s Roadside in St. Helena also made the list for best quick bites, clocking in at No. 15.