Ikaros Greek Restaurant

4.5
43 reviews
$30 and under
Greek

Ikaros Greek Restaurant brings traditional cuisine straight from the island of Ikaria. This family style eatery features fresh menu items that are made daily from scratch. The combination of this dedication to delicious Greek food and the cozy interior are two of the main reasons Ikaros Greek Restaurant is so beloved in Oakland.

At Ikaros Greek Restaurant, the Oktopodi Sti Skara comes highly recommended; it’s octopus cooked over the grill and served chilled with a splash of balsamic vinaigrette. There are also more casual offerings like the chicken gyro sandwich, the lamb souvlakia, pork souvlakia and a bifteki platter featuring ground meats, steak fries and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 43 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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4.1
Value
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vipTravelingGeorge
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our first meal here, not counting takeout a year ago, and we enjoyed everything. We started with the spanikopita appetizer (shared), then had one order of moussaka and one of the lamb chops, both also shared. The chops were pricey at around $32 but it was two huge chops plus a lot of yummy veggies. The wines by the glass were good and reasonably priced. It was a very good dinner.

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AyeshaH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The waiter was trying but couldn't seem to get it together. Didn't get our order right. The lamb was also cooked WELL rather than medium as I specifically asked. And the beet/feta salad didn't have any of the roasted garlic that was listed on the menu description. I reserved a patio table because it was a nice day. But the hostess insisted that I not walk through the restaurant with my Service dog. I explained that he was service. He was even wearing his vest but whatever, I didn't feel like educating her on ADA . Next time. My friend arrived when I did and I just wanted to have lunch and enjoy the day. The puff pastry desert was good and the salad fresh tasting. Oh yeah. I went to this restaurant dreaming of the calamari appetiser that I noticed on the website menu. They didn't have any calimari. IDK. I may give the place another try since it's in the neighborhood. Not a good first impression/experience.

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StevenK
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience5

We love Ikaros, have for >10 years. But last night we took a table for outdoor seating and it seems our server got "distracted"?? It was a struggle to get service even though the restaurant was very quiet at that time.

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wannabefoodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the food and service was good! We were in patio.outside

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robles101
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Moderate local parking; outdoor seating is informal and casual. Classic Greek/Mediterranean fare. Especially delicious Ikaros meze plate and gyros.

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Squishy
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great cocktail list with a Greek twist. We ate our way through the appetizer menu - wonderful tastes and lots of fun!

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vipChris
Sacramento
347 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Dined outdoors in small patio. Service was okay. They seemed understaffed. Menu has lots of vegetarian options. Food was very good. We ate family style and tried several dishes and each was tasty and freshly prepared. Would certainly recommend for vegetarians.

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vipJamesF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was excellent. The restaurant is owned by a couple who are very attentive and very helpful in assisting with wine selection and food choices. The server was pleasant, but seemed inexperienced. The prices were very fair.

The ambience on the back patio was perfect for a fall evening.

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vipLana
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ikaros was wonderful! The food was extremely delicious and the staff was super helpful. We'd highly recommend the trio of dips. Also, there's a great back patio with heat lamps!

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PhredDeTerroir
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I sat outside on a patio. A little cold, but very nice. Ordered mixed meza + extra spanikopita. All good, particularly spanikopita.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
269 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the WHOLE GRILLED BRANZINO with mixed veggies, t'was GREAT. Again finished with Galatoboureko which I am stuck on and that is fine with me.

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vipElaineD
San Francisco
110 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For a little neighborhood place, Ikaros has great food. BF had meat gyros and I had Dolmas and Falafel apps. ALL were great. The poor waiter was acting as bartender as well and did a fine job with the cocktails. Place is clean and owner is delightful to chat with. Doing a good take out business as well. This is our new go-to place

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SaraP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner's moussaka was the best he had had. We weren't sure we would like octopus, but it was great. The chef said he sources it from Spain because local octopus is tougher. The wait person overheard me say I would get the cauliflower except I don't like cumin and, without us asking, came back to let us know it could be made without cumin. We had a dessert that was kind of like a phyllo dough crepe with lemon custard and it was delicious. Knowledgeable advice on the Greek beers Very professional and helpful staff. We were happy they have a patio and all wait staff wore their masks at all times.

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JudithH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

great food the Ikaros mezes and the octopus are our favorites

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vipDavidF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic Greek food. Friendly staff. Loved the flaming cheese!

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
269 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Second visit, had the double cut Lamb Chops and a Mini Salad with Galaktoureko for desert, which is a Lemon Custard wrapped in Filo Dough (yummy). I think I requested the wrong temp for the Lamb Chops, as they were tender but a little over cooked which was my fault. Will order medium rare next time.

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GeorgeB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Went for lunch. Service was very good. Food choices were new to my group and all enjoyed their choices. Tried the Greek beers, not to my liking, but wanted to try as a new item for me. Other options available . Two had a nice white Greek wine. Refreshing and enjoyable. Agreed it is a place we’d come to again.

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vipBarryB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was very good if a bit disjointed. Food quality was better than it was in the past. We will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Attentive waiter. We sat outside in the back and it was quite pleasant.

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jefferyb
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very well prepared dinner, staff was great, food very good, highly recommended

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
269 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

T'was my first visit, started with the Kavoura Meze and then Beef/Lamb Gyro and steak fries. To drink I tried the Ikaros Margarita (interesting, I had 2). The food had a different taste than I am used to but boy was it good. I will return. Service will get better as Ikaros recovers.

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JessicaR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brandon our server was a delight. He also made the most delicious drinks. The food was fresh and served in a timely manner.

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vipElaineD
San Francisco
110 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our first time there. Gyro stacked is a HUGE amount of very tasty food. Dolmades and spanakopita apps were great and enough for me for dinner. Nice, cozy patio. Felt like someone’s back yard. Parking wasn’t nearly as difficult as I expected. Very easy to find a place in the lot. We will def go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Usually everything is better than what we experienced last night. Every dish was lukewarm and service was slow. I think and hope this is just a post-covid blip. They were doing a lot of take out and the cooked food seemed to be waiting out a bit too long. I’ll go back because generally the food is delicious.

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Homesick4Greece
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I'm afraid that Ikaros has lost it's truly authentic Greek cuisine and atmosphere. I would call it more of a Mediterranean restaurant now. BUT THE LAMB SHANK AND BAKLAVA ARE SUPERB! And they do offer a good selection of Greek wines.

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VictorP
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was just ok-took a while to get the food- overpriced for the quality

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Adventurer
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Three of us had a delightful lunch on the deck. Edgar, our waiter who is also the bartender, was most helpful and kind. We ordered two Gyro bowls with gyro meat, tomatoes, red onion and cabbage salad, and a Gyro pita sandwich with onion and tomato and fries on the side. Our orders were generous, nicely spiced and hit the spot.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Hot day, took seat from snide. Prompt, decent service. Food unexceptional, but fine. I was hoping for more of a gourmet experience. Food prepared well. OK overall.

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YummyTummy
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great flavors. We ate inside with adequate fresh air from the front door. Very friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

The food was disappointing and the waitress did not know the menu items.

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KatieR
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Wish you had some music playing on the back patio to add a little more ambiance. Also wish the white wine a little colder but overall it was lovely and we'll definitely be back!

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CaitlinM
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, server was also. Fun atmosphere outside and they had a heater which was nice.

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TerryM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and great service. Definitely be back again soon!

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vipMichaelO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The food was good but not wow! The shrimp was over seasoned, but much of the rest was a little bland.

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vipAnita
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is good
Not too many places have saganaki and smelts
We’ll be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great experience! It is difficult to find good vegan restaurants, but we were lucky to come across Ikarus.
Bella was our server and she was amazing!!! She made great suggestions for the menu in order to make sure we were getting tasty vegan food!
The hummus, babaganoush and muhammara were delicious and the cauliflower mezze was excellent. But the falafel was one of the best we tried!
Will be back when around Oakland!!!

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monpote
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience2

I arrived early. Plenty of table space. Location is very clean. The service staff were excellent. Food was ok. The portions aren't very generous. Prices have increased
a lot since the last time I visited this restaurant a few years ago. I will not be returning.

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BrendaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it. All the food was wonderful and our waiter was very accommodating. Great experience in every way! Thank you!

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vipNancyJ
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

BRUNCH menu items - Wonderful surprise! We were expecting to enjoy a salad at our 12noon reservations. Instead we reveled in the delicious egg dishes. GREAT late start to our Sunday.

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KaterinaA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was delicious! Dinners we ordered were great. Deserts OK, but nothing fabulous. Maybe it's because my grandmother made Greek pastries that were absolutely over the top. Could be because we were all full from the generous dinner portions, also.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ikaros Greek Restaurant using the Order Online button. Ikaros Greek Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ikaros Greek Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 899-4400.

Ikaros Greek Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.