Evvia

4.8
3047 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Jackson Hole
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has never disappointed! It is always the best in food, service and atmosphere!! I have eaten here since it opened and it is always sublime and consistent! It is one that is a must visit

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service met expectations. Lamb shank was exceptional.
Soup not really hot, barely warm. I didn’t send it back fearing further delays.
Ambience such as table spacing and lighting OK. Noise level not OK. Unfortunately inimitable to normal dinner conversation. People at adjacent table apologized as they were leaving, having realized they were essentially shouting at each other to talk during the meal. It wasn’t just them. It’s the room.

We’ll return, but they need better acoustic management and sound absorption in the room.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Best octopus I’ve ever had. The lamb was to die for. Everything was just great.

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JY
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It is difficult to get a reservation, so expectations are higher.

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BD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent modern Greek food. The restaurant has comfortable yet elegant feel, wait staff very professional, the food is high quality and prepared to make every ingredient shine.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Limited menu. Very very overpriced. Food was just okay.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, will definitely come back

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SC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evvia is one of my favorite restaurants ever. Every single thing on the menu is amazing. And lots of vegetarian options!

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KP
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love my meal at Evvia. I go there about every 3 months when I'm in Palo Alto

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m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food (especially the fish - perfectly cooked) - our only comment was that we wished the grilled octopus was more grilled!
The service was very attentive. The noise level was a little higher than we expected, but the warm ambiance made up for it.
There was a man that probably was moderately drunk (almost non-responsive) but they literally picked him up and brought him out a side door - it was done very quietly and professionally.

We will be back!

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S
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Evvia! I could make a meal out of the appetizers alone, but the fish dishes are so great as well. The ambiance and service are always perfect. Because of this it is a challenge to obtain a reservation but when we can get in, we always say that this is one of our favorite restaurants on the Peninsula. We enjoyed it very much. Thank you!

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from David.

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AF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Evvia. Previous reviews have always noted the quality of food, expert use of ingredients etc, but at this visit, I’d like to comment on just how pleasant they are to work with. I had an atypical request that Opentable’s app could address in time, and the time the host/owner worked with me at least try and find a solution was really appreciated. One can’t always get what one wants, but the time they put in made me appreciate Evvia just the same.

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DH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The service was impeccable and they didn't rush us at all. I will go back soon.

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E
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Evvia numerous times and they have never failed to deliver the best meal and exceptional sesrvice of all of the restaurants we have ever enjoyed.

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B
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, amazing food. If you like lamb chops, they grill theirs to perfection and serve it with lemon and garlic. So good!

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DJ
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a very comfortable atmosphere. Had a bean appetizer that was so good and reminded me of a dish my Greek Grandmother used to cook. The lamb sandwich was very tender and flavorful. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evvia is terrific. Outstanding in every way thanks to the work of Panos, Maria and the extremely professional and responsive team. I always want to go back for more of their delicious, consistently great food and relaxed and beautiful surroundings.

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RW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered too much food. The menu makes it sound good and it was.

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evvia has a fantastic selection of authentic Greek food. I had been craving decent Domades, Spanikopita, and Baklava for ages and I have finally found a place that knows what they are doing and does it well! Furthermore, while at Evvia we met the owner and he was extremely generous and kind. I would recommend getting a reservation well in advance as the restaurant is super popular!

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l
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I wouldn't recommend the lamb sandwich as it has very little lamb, mostly just bread. But the egg lemon soup was very good as was the baked feta appetizer.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great! Had the grilled lamb chips which were cooked and seasoned perfectly. Wife loves the halibut and for the little guy we were given orzo and lamb meatballs which were fantastic. Would definitely go back next time we are in Bay Area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary celebration

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. It's also close to local bars and shopping. You need to reserve with time because they are always booked.

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KT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great service. Much quieter at lunch than at dinner.

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MK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good! The artichoke starter and the lamb are absolutely amazing.

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b
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal courtesy of Evvia. They always provide an enjoyable evening and great food too!

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SS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect--as always. We've been going there since they opened. Amazing consistency and excellence for such a long stretch!!!!!!!!

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MJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s rare an Opentable can get a 5 star review but this is one of the top 10 in Northern California .

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R
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host, who i can't remember her name, was fantastic. We came in 50 minutes before our reservation and within 10 minutes move things around and had us seated so quickly... Love this place more because of her...

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F
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Evvia is a long established and popular restaurant often ranked among the best in Palo Alto. The room is comfortable and attractive and the service excellent. However we found the food to be ordinary and the prices high. A hunk of lamb grilled on the rotisserie was just a hunk of meat - neither interestingly spiced, nor exceptionally tender - yet it cost $47. The salmon came covered in a tomato based sauce that seemed a bizarre combination. In all, disappointing.

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MD
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to restaurant in Palo Alto. Actually, we believe this is the very best restaurant (outside of San Fran city) in the entire Bay Area.

Always first class service, Food is excellent. Place is always packed any day/time of week. Always a great atmosphere. Tables not on top of each other.

Highly recommended.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. Great food, ambiance and just the right amount of everything

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AM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service at Evvia as usual. Highly recommend the lamb and the whole grilled fish.

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RV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's clear why this place is always full: From ambiance to food, it is perfectly packaged. Got here after an evening performance at Bing Concert Hall to find it still bustling; while I have eaten here a few times before, I was glad to discover that it open beyond 10pm on the weekends—an exception here in suburbia. I typically go for the same main dish—grilled whole branzino—as I think Evvia does the best job of it in the area and almost makes me believe I am back in Portugal where I grew up. Also had the octopus appetizer: wonderful! My companion had the lemon soup (avgolemono) and moussaka and polished both off happily too. The wine certainly didn't detract. We were surprised to realize it was past midnight when we were ready to leave: that's how little effort they made on shuffling us out the door.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and i

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C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, high quality raw ingredients assembled in innovative ways. Well executed traditional dishes plus interesting salads and small plates. Great service, warm ambience. Quiet enough for conversations but convivial.

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L
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Totally overrated. Spanakopita was cold, Moussaka was hotter than anything i’ve ever been served in a restaurant.... bill came in at over $100 per person???? It’s hyped because the cool silicon valley peeps eat here, but the quality of food has nose dived in the last 20 years...

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San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evvia has been our go to special occasion restaurant for 20 years. Fresh, vibrant Greek food so exquisitely flavorful, you can’t help but savor every bite. Authentic dishes, excellent Greek wines and a convivial atmosphere. We hope to keep coming back for another 20 years.

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