Evvia
Evvia

Evvia

  • 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 6503260983

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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Evvia reviews from OpenTable diners
255 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (182)special occasion (163)neighborhood gem (122)romantic (100)notable wine list (88)hot spot (82)great for lunch (77)good for groups (69)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • One of the best on the peninsula
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Have been a few times, and this visit was no different - simply superlative. Took my brother for his birthday dinner and he was over the moon with every dish. The fish is amazing, the lamb is off the hook and the rib-eye is the best I've ever had. I could also go and eat just appetizers - they are all so good. Service was excellent and comfortable, I felt like family. I really can't recommend this restaurant more highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good good as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We got an excellent diner! I d like to do a small comment on the starter we took i.e. The octopus was Good but very few pieces for 16usd. Service is nice even we had to remember them to bring us the bread two time. Only problem for me is the noise level. It was quite high. Beside this we would recommend this restaurant for a Mediterranean envy :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evvia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Fantastic as always! By far, best place in Palo Alto.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The place is tugged away in a university town which was very quiet. Nice to have such Good finds. However, it is not very convenient to get to the place unless you drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    GRandhawa
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Just awesome. Always. Without failure for years now I have had the best experience here. Great food. Very personal experience from hosts. Love it every time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    luvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Was looking for a place to meet up with a friend from college that I hadn't seen in a long time. I wanted to meet up with him on his way north to SFO and thought that Kokkari would be too far of a drive. Settled on Evvia. We were both very late but I called Evvia and explained that we were old friends, trying hard to meet up, and coming from different directions and accidents on the freeways . . . etc. They were super gracious and accommodated us for the loveliest, coziest, most delicious and heart warming meal I've had out in -- I dunno -- forever. Service is impeccable and friendly. The food is superb. The ambiance warm and rustically elegant. Beautiful Santorini white completed it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evvia never disappoints!
    MartyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is a perfect restaurant. There are some fabulous tables. On a nice day, lunch by the open windows -- or a chilly enening or afternoon, across from t he fire. One can't awlays get the best table. But, the food is always the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful every step of the way!
    Fortheloveofit
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Fantastic food, top-notch service. Fantastic experience with this gem of a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KatieBreenVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great business lunch! was recommended by one of my clients and really enjoyed it. we shared a bunch of apps and they were awsome. lovedddd the greeek salad!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant in the Peninsula
    MiltonVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Evvia has fantastic food. Everything is great but our favorite dishes are the branzino (fish) and the lamb chops. As starters, I always have the octopus and the lamb meatballs. The ambiance and the service are also excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant on the SF Peninsula!
    halfdomeVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Have never had a disappointing experience at Evvia. We love going here when we can get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, good food, warm atmosphere
    Loveofquality
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    What a pleasant, warm restaurant for a great evening. The menu gives you many choices that satisfy all; the waiter selected perfect wine for the meal; and the feeling of the place is warm and cozy. While salmon is not one of the star entrees, it was great, and we enjoyed the zucchini fritters as a start. My son raved about his goat stew special. Surprisingly, the desserts were well worth trying - pistachio ice cream with its accompaniment was delicious, and we're not a dessert family. All agreed that we will meet there again when we're back in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, better for dinner
    JNFoodie
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I've been here for dinner, which was amazing. But lunch isn't as great. It's standard Greek food that you can get anywhere, but plated fancy. The service is fine, but not the friendliest.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lamb chops were fantastic
    anirvan
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Went with a friend on a Sunday evening, place was packed. The lamb chops were impeccably seasoned and came out a perfect, tender medium rare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I always love Evvia
    mmtasty
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It's a great, warm restaurant with delicious food. The grilled whole fish and lamb that we had this time were very good; I also really enjoyed the Pinot Noir that our waiter recommended. No matter what, Evvia feels cozy and welcoming and will give you a delicious meal - grab your sweetheart and make it a date!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palo Alto favorite hot spot
    C141FLYER
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Charming and classic greek restaurant. A must if anywhere near. Service top notch. Great menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    oakland
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had three appetizers, two main courses, and two desserts. One of the entres was not even good (ravioli). The rest were completely outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Firday Lunch
    Likesfood
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Evvia delightful as usual: the crowd lively, the food well prepared and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. The fish, greens and amazing yogurt with honey and dates, great way to end the week and welcome the weekend! Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    GTGeorgeVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My opinion, one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area, and only five miles from home. Can't beat that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Fritz
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We dined here for our anniversary celebration and made reservations. They gave us a nice table that's a bit private as requested. Food was excellent, we had the branzino and moussaka. Service was excellent and Gina our server was very attentive. To top it all, they gave us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. Will definitely go back again and would highly recommend this to friends. Make a reservation though as they were very busy evennon a Sunday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Kabob
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    For our last special occasion we went to Boulevard in SF and were so disappointed with their food that we vowed that we would never go back. Their ambiance and service was good but the food was terrible. We chose Evvia To celebrate our anniversary. We were impressed with the ambiance, service and everything we ordered from out appetizers to the desert was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Always excellent food but also always on the noisy side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu and service rocks!
    Goodeatz
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Everything on the menu is both unique and appealing. The waiters/waitresses are quick to take your order while also not making you feel rushed. They are also very knowledgeable of the menu and give lovely/fitting recommendations. They have never steered me wrong!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Friendly, courteous staff, superb lamb riblets and chops
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greek cuisine at its best
    happypatron
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Dined here for a weekday lunch, with reservations. We were greeted warmly at the door and seated shortly.Our waitress, Anthy, was very knowledgeable about the menu and attentive throughout the meal. My chicken souvlaki was superb and my friend said her lamb sandwich was very tasty. We ordered Galatoboureko desserts (custard filled fillo rolls) and Greek Coffee. The galatoboureko rolls were baked just before serving which allowed them to remain crisp with just the right amount of honey drizzled atop. The Greek coffee was prepared within view, in a traditional breeki on a bed of hot sand. Served in small demitasse cup, it was wonderful. If you are out anywhere near Palo Alto and want a unique eating experience, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chris
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Very authentic and well prepared. Didn't over sauce everything and let the natural flavors of the wood burning fire bring out the best in the food. I live on the East Coast, but if I am ever back in the Bay Area, I will make a point to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special evening
    Happy2
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Evvia takes the time to to make your dining experience effortless. Friendly good service, not too intrusive. Food is all exceptional and unusual. Wonderful for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We go to Evvia usually for lunch and love their dishes. So, when we went for dinner this time, intestinally tried ones on the dinner menu - rib eye steak and halibut. The halibut was good, but the steak was a big disappointment. The service was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Bgswm1VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The meal and service is always full of flavor, freshness, and smiles. I always look forward to a meal at Evvia.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT!!
    JohnE
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Panos Gogonas, the General Manager and Partner is the perfect host. The food was fantastic. I had the Salmon - grilled wild salmon with lemon potato puree & tomato ouzo sauce. My guest had the Lamb Chops - rib-cut, mesquite-grilled lamb chops with olive oil roasted potatoes. This was my first visit. Looking forward returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Not for College students
    Goldmantis
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food here was fantastic, the zucchini falafel type dish with mint lemon yogurt sauce was one of the best tasting dishes I have ever had. Baklava with ice cream was also phenomenal. The prices were fairly outrageous but I guess you can charge whatever you want if it tastes that good. Looking for mediterranean in Palo Alto I would still send you to Oren's, best hummus around hands down and 1/3 the price of a meal. That being said, Evvia has a much more conducive atmosphere for an anniversary dinner and the wine list is really extensive. So undergrads, walk down the street, unless you really really really like your date.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lamb, Great Dessert
    JieGhost
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Lamb chops is awesome. We tried another lamb appetizer which is also very very tasty. Pistachio ice cream and rice pudding are among the best dessert I have ever had. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food/service, large portions
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband and I had dinner on a Tuesday nite at Evvia. Our waiter was helpful and attentive without being overbearing. We enjoyed an octopus appertizer and two lamb entrees. The portions were very large and, in retrospect, we could easily shared an entree. Evvia is one of our favorite places to go in Palo Alto.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Evvia
    ARabbani
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Amazing food!! What a gem!!! I recently moved to the bay area and this is by far my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FAB!!!
    KAMareeVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Love this place! We did small plates for lunch. The lamb riblets were just fall-off-the-bone tender and perfectly flavored. The serving was so generous, I took some home (and this was an appetizer). We split a pan of roasted padron peppers. A don't miss item and be forewarned. They range in intensity from bell pepper sweet to the far side of jalapeno hot. But worth the heat. On a lark we ordered dolmas and were blown away. Warm and olive oily and packed with flavor. I am usually so disappointed with dolmas. These were perfect. I had a lovely salad, but was so enchanted with the lamb and dolmas I don't remember much of it except it was excellent. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just perfect!
    Anna
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The best Greek restaurant I've ever tried... everything was outstanding, just perfect!!! I enjoyed the atmosphere but above all the food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food (especially appetizers!)
    Debbie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Very good food and service, I will go back again. However, I was spending one night with an out of town family member and my husband, and the noise level is too high if you really want to be able to have a conversation and catch up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service
    HunterGatherer
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My wife and I had an enjoyable dinner dining on Greek specialties done right. Evvia excelled at all the Greek mainstays including avgolemono soup, great dolmades, lamb souvlaki, and of course a nice selection of Ouzo and Mythos to wash it down with. The galaktaborika was expertly paired with pistachio ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for foodies
    PeterK
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    As always the food, service and experience was wonderful. Even though we were the last diners there they never hurried us. Thanks again for a great lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Every aspect of dining @ Evvia is top quality, which makes for a memorable occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.