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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "I took my wife to Watercourse Way Spa and followed up with lunch at Evvia for our your anniversary. Great experience. Very welcoming staff friendly involved chiefs. Perfect for a late romantic lunch. Not quite fine dining but above standards it was. It was a perfect end to my wife and I day prior to returning to our 12wk old daughter. I would recommend to a friend for a similar experience. Have not eaten dinner so not comfortable giving an opinion for such experience in the evening but sure it brings it's ambience and food choices to the next level."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Evvia is my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto. Love warm colors and modern but welcoming decor. Service is consistently excellent. I always order octopus for appetizer and lamb chops for the main course. I would have rated food 5 stars were it not for the disappointing calamari appetizer, which was over-fried."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "It was my husband's birthday and we were new to this area. Seeing the review on yelp we decided to give it a try. We ordered the lamb chop which was fantastic, very juicy and delicious. We will definitely go back sometime."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Most enjoyable evening -- wonderful food, outstanding service, very attractive ambiance. No wonder it's always crowded!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Last minute reservation graciously accommodated Never rushed despite the crush of diners. Everything was top shelf. Greek salad fresh, crisp delicious as was the pea salad, octopus, sea breem & roasted chicken. Full pour on our wine. Helpful, friendly, unhurried staff. High kudos all around"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Everything I have tried so far has been excellent. There are so many items on the menu that look good, it's hard to decide what to order the next time."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. I ordered the grape leaves and the salmon, as well as a cappuccino and just loved everything. Evvia was recommended to me by my dining companion, and it did not disappoint! I really appreciated that our server took care of everything without being underfoot."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "There is aobviously a very talented head chef in this kitchen and owners who care about being one of the very best places to eat. Try one of the lamb dishes....you won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We came for lunch and the food, service and ambiance were perfect. Not to be missed are the appetizer lamb riblets and the saganaki melted cheese. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Food was delicious, service attentive and friendly. Authentic Greek cuisine. The octopus appetizer, soup, and lamb souvlaki were all outstanding. Valet parking was efficient and affordable. We will be back! Sas evharisto! (I should add that he noise level was rather high: somewhat challenging for the hearing-impaired, and not a place to hold a serious business discussion.)"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My husband and I come to Evvia once or twice a year for special occasions because the food is delicious, the service is wonderful but it is pricey. We had two appetizers, two glasses of wine (one glass for me and one for my husband), two dinners, and we shared a dessert. The total was $130. However, we always enjoy ourselves and the experience the restaurant provides. We will continue to come back !"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "You can't decide impulsively to go to Evia for dinner, because it's booked solid a month in advance, but with a little planning, it's well worth the wait. The golden ambiance with brass pots and pottery on the walls and gorgeous floral displays provides a warm and welcoming Mediterranean flair. Our server was so accommodating without hovering, and comp'd us with a lovely dessert for our special anniversary celebration. We enjoyed the souvlaki (lamb skewers) and tzatziki appetizer; all the dishes are wonderfully flavored and fresh. The wine list is interesting with plenty of choices in every price category. This is a 5-star restaurant all around, and they've earned those stars by providing consistently excellent service and food for years."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Wonderful setting, from the moment you walk in until you leave you receive great service, positive atmosphere. The two main courses ordered were halibut and lamb. Go with anything lamb here and you will not be disappointed. The halibut was overcooked and the litmus test of could you do this at home... yes."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This restaurant is close to Stanford University. I have not had real Greek food for a long time and this restaurant has to be one of the best. The oven roasted Branzino was delicious and the lamb chops were superb. I highly recommend this establishment if you are in the Palo Alto area"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Took my partner to a movie and a late dinner at Evvia and the service and food were great! This is one of our go to restaurants and we weren't disappointed. Our server made sure all the dietary concerns were taken care and really made the night enjoyable. Definitely a good pick but getting so popular be sure you make reservations early!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Few places in Palo Alto are THAT good and THAT reliable. Spot on across the board - love the apps, love the lamb chop, lamb shank, rib eye, grilled fish. You can't go wrong with anything!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Love this place, the food is unique, and the people who work there are the Best! No I do not work there!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I went to have dinner with girlfriends and it was fantastic! The wait staff was super attentive and made great recommendations and I ate every inch of my dinner, it was to die for!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "sometime. The spanakopita was good, the zucchini balls were not good, the mint sauce did not work. The lamb sandwich was dry and had to many herbs on it, especially rosemary. Need the staff to try their lunch specials so they know what it tastes like."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Evvia is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is delicious and the service is polite and attentive. You must reserve a seating in advance because this restaurant is so popular."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Outstanding service. Our waitress Evia was very energetic, gave good recommendations and always said 'YES' to our requests. All the food was pretty good. We had the griller octopus, the lamb chops and amazing desserts."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Evvia has fantastic food with good service and a nice ambience. Every dish was excellent."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My friends and I had a wonderful lunch at evvia. Two of us ordered the lamb chops cooked medium rare and they came out perfectly cooked and well-seasoned. Also the potatoes that came with the lamb were delicious and I ended up wanting more of them. The third member of our party ordered the lamb souvlaki and was also very impressed. I ordered the soup of the day which was a tomato and red pepper with feta and olive oil on top, which I enjoyed but I was unable to tasted the roasted red pepper; I could only taste the tomato. For dessert we all shared an evvia sundae and a galaktoboureko. Both desserts were amazing. I usually dislike whipped cream but the whipped cream on the evvia sundae was delicious."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Very good Greek food -- well prepared and healthy -- great service, good wines by the glass, and a comfortable atmosphere for a business lunch. (Not too noisy, good separation between tables.)"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Evvia is a wonderful restaurant, very good food, food service pros and just a good vibe. I would go more often but one needs reservations well in advance, not a spontaneous choice."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Having never been to this restaurant before we were very impressed with our server (having moved here from Greece three years ago) and our meal. Everything we ordered was delicious and we will definitely come back again. It was a very enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food here is simply wonderful-- high quality, nice portion sizes, flavorful, and obviously prepared with care. The wine selection is top-notch, and the service is always attentive but unobtrusive. A great choice... if you can get in! It's often full, so reservations (even for lunch) are highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Eaten here before; the repeat visit was everything we expected."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I travel a lot and find Evvia to be one of my Top 5 favs! Great all around."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Busy neighborhood gem, so reserve days in advance. Sound levels reasonable for a completely full restaurant. Food and service were both wonderful. Grilled Fish and Lamb spectacular. Very high wine prices, so bring your own and pay the $25 corkage, unless you plan on spending $100 + per bottle ! Come early as parking is very difficult to obtain."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food was incredible. The rotisserie left a little longing for more, but every other thing we ordered was out of this world. The service started really strong, but they couldn't really handle a busy crowd, and we ended up waiting around for quite some time. Overall I'd recommend it."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food was good as usual but the noise level was over the top. Hard to carry on a conversation and we were there early. It was also a lovely evening out but they didn't open the windows/doors which was a bit of a disappointment."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "In particular, both the food and service were disappointing. The plates were collected while some of us were still enjoying the food. In a restaurant of this caliber, the service should be impeccable. I had the great salad which was okay and the grilled octopus which was so rich, it must have been drowning in butter. The rice pudding dessert was excellent except in its presentation, please remove the yucky end of the pear before serving. Evvia is very successful and it is riding the wave of its popularity but it needs to revisit training of its staff regarding proper service."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The most incredible restaurant in the Peninsula. Lamb chops and bronsini fish."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I have dined at Evvia for lunch on several occasions and each time I have not been disappointed. The food and service is consistent every time I'm there. The service is outstanding and the food is even better."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My all time favorite! Have been coming here for the past 18 yrs. I was never disappointed. Only challenge is getting a table."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Evvia is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently good and the service excellent. It's a great choice for dinner or for a special lunch. The only downside is the dining space lacks intimacy."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Fine food, great service, always a treat, especially if you choose a table along the back wall where it's quieter."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "My bestie and I have gone here at least the last 3 years to celebrate our March birthdays. Again, they didn't disappoint. Food was fabulous. And, how nice of the server to give us each a free dessert. Was a little noisy when we arrived at 1:15, but by the time we were done with a leisurely lunch, it was much quieter. Must not wait another year to go back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Service was thoughtful if slow. Food was tasty if pricey. Finally the wine was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/6/2014