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Evvia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.evvia.net
  • Phone: (650) 326-0983
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant can accommodate large parties. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Panos Gogonas (650) 326-0983

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: valet available
A word from Evvia
Sister restaurant of Kokkari, Evvia has been serving beautiful and elegant Greek cuisine since 1995. Fabulous fish, savory roasted meats, and sun-soaked vegetables are jazzed up with a spritz of lemon, a little olive oil, and herbs. There is perfection in simplicity.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful and attentive wait staff. Kind and helpful waiter for avoiding food allergies and ordering dinner for a child. Very relaxed experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service as usual. Without a doubt, one of the best, if not THE best restaurants and menus on the SF Peninsula. Noise level can be high, but it is a vibrant and warm vibe, so somehow it feels lively and adds to the atmosphere. I love how their front window panels slide open for al fresco dining on warm days/ evenings."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "At the suggestion of our server, who was friendly, helpful and prompt without hovering, we decided to select several starters: fried zucchini balls with a yoghurt mint sauce, roasted asparagus, red and orange beet salad and pita bread with eggplant dip. They were all nicely presented and delicious. We split a main course: the rotisserie of the day, which was lamb, served with lemon. It was succulent and tasty. We had been offered water when we were seated, but needed help with choosing wine. We asked our server to select 2 different glasses of white, which were quite drinkable, and took his recommendation for a bottle of very nice red. Our only regret? No room for dessert."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Average food and service for what I thought was high end prices. The lamb was dry and it took asking a server if someone was going to bring utensils for our salads"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It was a beautiful afternoon and Evvia let the fresh air in by leaving their large front window open. It made it a special afternoon. Their hostess greeted us right on schedule and we had a outstanding pita bread and their wonderful dips. It was amazing. I had their wild salmon that was probably the best I ever had. My wife had a delicious chicken Skewers. I would recommend Evvia to anyone."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Lived up to reviews. Excellent food. Had lunch lamb pita sandwich and lamb burger. Pricey if you are not on expense account. Save this place for special occasions or go during lunch with lower priced choices. Nice ambience, upscale feel."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food was sooooo good that even as we were eating dessert we wished we could go back and start all over again. The Lamb here is the best anywhere...we shared (family style is great here) and had Lamb Chops, Lamb Shank and Moussaka...all of which were to die for! We also did a trio of desserts and appetizers and everything was absolutely delicious. But we could not have enjoyed it as much without the great service from Robi! She did a great job making us feel welcome and well taken care of the whole meal! Thanks Robi for making a special night even better than we ever expected."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was another outstanding meal at Evvia. The rack of lamb was great as always, and the octopus was tender and perfect. We have been hear many times and Evvia always provides an outstanding meal and a very special night. Evvia is the best Greek restaurant in the South Bay and we will be back many more times in the near future."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "There isn't one thing to complain about. This place has amazing service, our waiter has worked there for 17 years which really says something. The food is incredible and I suggest ordering family style so you can try more things. Get the branzino fish and lamb meatballs!! I will definitely be returning !"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Evvia is by far my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto / Menlo Park area. Not only it has great food but service is consistently outstanding and ambiance welcoming. I can't recommend it enough!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I love Evvia. It's easily my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto. The appetizers are so good, we just ordered a bunch of those and split them. Spanakopita and tzatziki were the highlights. Greek salad and lamb meatballs also tremendous. Grilled octopus was a little chewy and not quite as crisp as I would've liked. Only true downside this time, though, was our table was located right next to the computer all the servers use to input orders so there was a fair amount of foot traffic near us. Nonetheless, Evvia never fails to deliver."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "As always, a wonderful meal. I could eat here every week. Just outstanding."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Evvia was truly a lovely evening of dining delight, excellent quality and presentation of food combined with superb service in a very pretty setting. Evvia has everything diners are looking for in their evening out. Delicate fried smelt, so fresh! Lamb dishes not to be missed, lamb riblets appetizer and lamb shank entree were luxurious and so tender. Desserts were divine, coupled with Greek coffee. This restaurant will go into our regular rotation of dining choices. If you are taking guests, everyone will be pleased."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Loved the food. Really outstanding, going with the traditional Greek offerings is the best way to go here."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I've had awesome time at Evvia. The food was great and so was the service."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Evvia is one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions. It has remained excellent over the years. Our current meal was no exception. The Greek Yogurt dessert was the best yogurt we have ever eaten."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "A real neighborhood hot spot for good reason. I've never been disappointed with the food, the menu items are delicious and thoughtfully prepared. Reserve far in advance to get the time/date you're seeking. For the best availability, look for early evening reservations (right after opening)."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We went to Evvia for my wife's birthday and amazingly managed to get a table booking only a few days ahead. It's a popular place and it's pretty easy to see why. The food was extremely high quality, especially the whole baked fish. The service was friendly and very efficient. The wine list was extensive and full of tempting options that appear to pair well with the food on offer. The only minor downside is the bar at the back of the restaurant. We waited there for a short while because we arrived a bit early and there isn't much room back there. The few seats were taken and so we had to stand around right where people were trying to walk through to the bathrooms etc. Once we got to our table, however, everything was great."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "well.... it was a slow sunday.... lots of empty tables.. yet Evvia wanted to hoard them and not set our reservation of 3 at decent table that wasnt facing a linen closet and service door. not like there werent other tables of four free and larger tables as well. were they thinking a bus of people were coming in at 830 on a sunday...."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We've eaten at Evvia many times. The kitchen is absolutely outstanding. While the food is more on the rustic Greek style, the quality of the ingredients and the preparation are outstanding; even for a restaurant rich region like the bay area. The service can be spotty. They do have uniformly top notch servers, but far too often wine glasses go unfilled, water glasses are empty; and food delivery is a little spotty (one person gets served but the others wait), etc. It must be something to do with the layout and staffing, because the attention is good, and some of the servers are people we've had at other restaurants to much better effect."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Wonderful place to dine. The only draw back is; it takes so much planning to make a reservation."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food was FABULOUS! We had the pea/ feta salad and the octopus as appetizers, and moussaka, raviolis, salmon, and roasted chicken for main courses. All were terrific. Very flavorful, perfectly cooked. However, at our table for 6, it was very difficult to hear each other talk. And a couple of our number were older and had real trouble hearing. I would say go here for a wonderful dining experience, but not as a place where you need an intimate, well-understood conversation. Service was very good and friendly."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "dinner was great, would definately go back and recommend to friends and family"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My dining partner and I both are food service professionals with discriminating tastes for the complete dining experience. Excellent restaurant with interesting, unique, and well written menu Flawlessly executed with touches of European service seen only in fine dining restaurants. Warm and friendly. Very loud, but will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We had a most delightful meal. We liked the lamb ribs so well as an appetizer that we ended up ordering the same lamb for our main course. We paired the lamb with an excellent pinot noir from the Navarro River/Anderson Valley area. (Good list of California and French/Italian wines. Would have liked more Greek wines) Our server was excellent. Moved us when the couple nearby was a little too loud, but did it in a smooth respectful way so the couple never realized that we were moving to get away from them."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Wonderful place for lunch (or dinner). Very happy with service too."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Everything I've ever had there has been wonderful, and the food and service is incredibly consistent. Hands down my favorite restaurant in the area."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Great food, except fries were soft and cooled off quickly. Love being in Evvias, but wish I didn't have to shout to my lunch companion--always a problem for me. Very attentive, friendly wait staff this time."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We have been to Evvia now twice and had lovely meals both times. The food is delicious and the interior is elegant but not stuffy. A great place for a special occasion meal. Also they have good food choices for diabetics and healthy eaters, and are accommodating with substitutions and leaving things out of their dishes when feasible. Flexibility is always a plus in my book. Attentive professional wait staff."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Took a friend here for lunch to celebrate a special birthday. This was my second time here and the service was again outstanding and that is why I decided to come back for this occasion. I ordered the lamb chops and it was tasty. However for $29, both lamb chops were small and one was a little on the fatty side. I think it would have been nice to add some vegetables with the meal instead of just 2 small potato wedges. Overall, we had a good time at Evvia."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The service was excellent, the food flawless. We had an appetizer on special that night - grilled mushrooms and corn with feta - that was delicious. I had the Moussaka, which was perfect, and my dining companion had the best Branzino I've had in a while. The wine suggestions were spot on, and dessert, vanilla bean custard wrapped in phyllo and served with pistachio ice cream, was excellent. The only down side is the noise level. It's difficult to talk. But that doesn't detract from the wonderful food and service."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great food for a special occasion. Received a wonderful service! Our waitress knew the food list and was able to advise us on the wine. She surprise my friend by bring her a wonderful dessert with candles."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Came in for a late dinner on Friday evening with a friend and experienced the incredible food, relaxing ambiance (yet lively and still packed) and incredible service from Evgenia that went far beyond the ordinary. She went above and beyond to not only make sure every detail was taken care of for our table but also we had a lovely dialogue with her throughout the evening. We will definitely be back. Five stars across the board. Thank you and Cheers!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Lunch at Evvia is one of my most favorite things to do when in Palo Alto. The aromas that emanate from the kitchen are moth watering. The look and feel of the dining area is very warm and inviting and makes you feel very comfortable. From the dolmas appetizers to the lamb chops and the desserts all is delicious. Thanks Chef Mario for another wonderful experience."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "No wonder you need to make reservations in advance, this place is so good!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The 3 of us had a wonderful time sharing different entrees and desserts. This was my first time at a Greek restuarant. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. The food and service were great. The lamb sandwich and lamb skewers were my favorite. Vegetables were prepared perfectly. Moussaka was tasty but my least favorite because it's made with gound lamb. Desserts and coffee were delicious. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We had a fantastic lunch and when we ordered a desert they brought it with a candle and did not charge us. Really a fantastic place"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "This is my third time here this year AND I have been going to "Evvia" for 12 years............STILL my favorite restaurant in the South Bay."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, and the wait staff professional and knowledgeable. We will definitely return to this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Evvia is our favorite restaurant. Late lunch (after 1 PM) is our favorite time to go to Evvia. Love the lamb chops and grilled whole fish."
    Dined on 5/9/2014