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Evvia

4.8
4.8
4046 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Sister restaurant of Kokkari, Evvia has been serving authentic rustic Greek cuisine since 1995. Our fresh fish, savory roasted meats and grilled and roasted vegetables are perked up with a squeeze of lemon, a splash olive oil, and Mediterranean herbs. There is perfection in simplicity.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 97 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 326-0983

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mario Ortega

  • Private party facilities

    The restaurant can accommodate large parties. Please call for details.

  • Private party contact

    Maria Arizu / Maria@evvia.net: (650) 326-0983

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    Between University and Lytton

  • Parking details

    Valet is available Thursday, Friday and Saturdays during dinner service only.

  • Public transit

    CalTrain - University Avenue

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Mediterranean

  • Peninsula

    Best Food

  • Peninsula

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible flavors and everything cooked to perfection. The charm of the place just added to the great food.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I thought the food was fine. In my Greek salad the tomatoes were not ripe. The octopus was ok. I think if I go back I’d get the lamb.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    48th Wedding Anniversary. Wonderful food great waiter and a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! I had the Lavraki and my friend had the Arnisia Paidakia, and they were both perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. Generous portions for both dishes. I loved the Evvia Salata, as well. Unless you are deadly allergic to something in it, you CANNOT go wrong with Galaktoboureko. Warm phyllo with the custard is a heavenly combination. Hichem was very attentive and made excellent recommendations. Will definitely visit again.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant. Greta service and excellent food!
  6. p

    papadoc

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was wonderful, service very professional and accommodating, if only it was easier to get a reservation! Incredibly popular for good reasons.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were excellent. Thank you for the experience.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    WE LOVE EVVIA
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Antonio our waiter was AMAZING. Food was incredible.
  10. TN

    TNNS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  11. SF

    SumieF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here fir my husband’s birthday and it was excellent. Thank Maria and Stavro for the food and accommodations, thank you to Dr Ken Frangadakis fir sending us appetizers, thank you to David Limberatos for excellent service and keeping up with our adult beverages, and of course to all the kitchen, bussing staff, and bartenders for everything that you do. It was a magical night.
  13. JS

    JoyceS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely! Meals were delicious.
  14. c

    cappy

    San Francisco

    173 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been here many times and the food, cocktails and service are always top notch. We love this place!
  15. HI

    foodiefromHI

    Hawaii

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent service and food was delicious
  16. CM

    ChrisM

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic meal at Evvia to celebrate our anniversary. We ordered several appetizers and enjoyed those before trying the Rack of Lamb and Moussaka as our entrees. All of the dishes were thoughtfully prepared and delicious. The service was fantastic and staff were incredibly helpful. We're already talking about what we're going to try next time!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic everything
  18. DS

    DanelleS

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Forget the long flight to Greece if you are seeking incredible Greek food. Your next stop should be Evvia (or Kokkari in San Francisco). You will never ever be disappointed with any thing at either of these two restaurants. Cheers and many, many thanks to the entire Marcus team!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is great, the staff is helpful and the atmosphere is welcoming. Great place.
  20. R

    Regina

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    The lamb moussaka and lamb burger were great. The soup and salads, in our opinion, are much too small for the price. The salads, in particular, were pretty average. The service was exceptional; friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was beautiful both indoors and outside, where we ate.
  21. JK

    JaneK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Surprisingly, the brussel sprouts in the appetizer were way over-cooked. No freshness or crispness in them. Disappointing. Everything else was good. But the prices were awfully high!
  22. h

    hmbfoodie411

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. It is always amazing. The service, food, ambience - although it can be impossible to get a reservation when you do it's worth the wait.
  23. A

    Amerino

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every bite was heavenly.
  24. c

    cassandra

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and authentic. I really enjoyed the following: Octapodaki Tou Yiorgou/Octopus Arnisia Plevrakia/Lamb Riblets Spanakotiropita Lavraki Servers and employees here were very friendly and accommodating. I definitely want to eat here again.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!
  26. RS

    RSun

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Evvia was disappointing for the second time in a month. I have been going to Evvia for over 20+ years and I have to say it has sadly gone downhill. A month ago I was there with work colleagues for lunch and had ordered the chicken Souvlaki and it was extremely salty and practically inedible. I was willing to give it another try - maybe the kitchen just had a bad day. Went back again this week with family. Ordered the Chicken souvlaki and fish yesterday. The chicken was dry and chewy and practically inedible. Service was super slow and it was not even crowded. For a $$$$ restaurant you would expect better. After 20+ years , I sadly have to say that I will not be going back here again.
  27. d

    dayna

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best restaurant ever. Fantastic ambience, service and the food is not to be beat. Special night with our daughter who had never been before. LOVE Evvia.
  28. K

    Katie

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food, specials are consistent with the choice of fish and appetizer. This week service was exceptional.
  29. JT

    JonT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My initial meal choice was not to my liking, but my replacement was amazing. The wife also greatly enjoyed her meal as well. Servers were attentive and considerate.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful and delicious Christmas Eve lunch and fantastic service! Thank you for experience.
  31. K

    Kuze

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant continues to impress and exceed expectations. Zivjeli!
  32. E

    Elio

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lambs and yogurts are very delicious
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we entered, manager was accommodating - helped with table choice in concerned and jovial manner. From reviews, we were expecting an interesting and tasty meal - substantiated. Our waiter explained the menu offerings - once we made our selections he helped us navigate the wine choices many of which were Greek to us. At his suggestion we settled on a lovely fruit forward ripe red = a good accompaniment to our diverse course choices. Overall, our experience outpaced our high expectations in all aspects of a complete evening meal.
  34. PG

    PatriciaG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Evvia is amazing! I can hardly wait to go back! The food is outstanding, every dish was delicious. The service was absolutely lovely, attentive & highly skilled. Our server, Loukas, was so charming & made fantastic recommendations. The Galaktoboureko may be the best dessert I have ever had. Certainly the best of 2022!
  35. a

    anon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good food! The food actually all tasted fantastic, we especially enjoyed the artichoke and egg plant appetizer.
  36. RR

    RRCL

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Waiter and Host were great. Food was very authentic and tasty.
  37. K

    Kellybelly

    San Joaquin

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambiance are delightful - we always order our favorites at Evvia. The best restaurant in Palo Alto in our opinion! Everything was absolutely delicious!
  38. DD

    DickD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch was delicious, the whole experience was akin to what I remember of the finest New York City high end restaurants. The noise level is pretty high - there was not a table without a very pleased diner.
  39. F

    Fels

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My friend and I had a better experience this time. Last year, the concierge placed us in a very cold spot with a lot of traffic even though I made reservations ahead of time. Last year, I was with my Asian friends and this year I was with my English friend, maybe that's the difference. I find the concierge a little racist.
  40. MB

    MarkB

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best. Panos and company are unparalleled in providing the warmest hospitality. The kitchen is constantly excellent.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • 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

FAQs

Evvia is rated 4.8 stars by 4046 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 97 times today
Google Map for Evvia

420 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between University and Lytton

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet is available Thursday, Friday and Saturdays during dinner service only.

  • Public transit

    CalTrain - University Avenue

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mario Ortega

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 326-0983

  • Private party facilities

    The restaurant can accommodate large parties. Please call for details.

  • Private party contact

    Maria Arizu / Maria@evvia.net: (650) 326-0983

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