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Evvia

4.8
4.8
3903 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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What 3,903 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. L

    Luv2dinesanjose

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very welcoming, and friendly service. We had as starters meatball and smelt, and they were delicious. Every time we try a different starter. The main dishes were good too: grilled fish, rib eye, and lamb shank
  2. BS

    BonnieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful dinner to celebrate our 47 anniversary. We enjoyed the grilled octopus, Greek salad and the lamb chops. We finished our meal with delicious Baklava and ice cream. Our waiter was delightful! The outdoor seating is very nice with small olive trees and wonderful lighting. A very special evening!
  3. B

    Bulldoglvr

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Polite, attentive staff from host, server and server assistant. Nice outside table, delicious food and wine served in a timely manner. Good value and lovely afternoon. Highly recommend.
  4. DT

    DarciT

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal in the outside seating - all appetizers and we are still full!
  5. CC

    CCG8

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A warm welcome, excellent food and service make this a favorite!
  6. RS

    ReteshS

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and service. Pretty noisy restaurant. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  7. F

    Foody

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place can’t be beat The food, the service, everything is spot on. Best best best managers Maria, and Panos they are the dynamic duo. We love Evvia because of them!
  8. FS

    FaribaS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I love Evvia. The ambiance is great, the food is fantastic and staff is very nice. Just a few issues on which I based my star ratings: -Food-I ordered the lambchops, which was delicious. It only came with potatoes, delicious too, but the dish needed some some vegetables to brighten up the dish. My friend ordered the souvlaki (lamb meat skewer) and that came with a small portion of tomatoes and cucumber salad and tzatziki along with the potatoes. Perfect!! -Price-This place is expensive but not too unreasonable for the quality of food. I would be more at ease with the prices if they did not rush us to order, eat and get out (see below), in a very nice and respectful way of course! -Staff and service-We felt very rushed by staff. I realize that Evvia is very popular and they want to turn the tables around as quickly as possible. However, for such prices, we should be allowed to relax and enjoy our food without being rushed to order and to eat fast, specially if we also order drinks and starter items. Various staff asked us so many times in the middle of our meal if we were finished so they could take our plates. We may have been just setting our utensils down to chew or take a sip of our drinks or just talk in between bites. We were in and out less than an hour! I hope that the restaurant managers read this review and change their ways accordingly. Thank you.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our servers were extremely professional. The food was excellent! I can’t wait to return!
  10. VH

    VHuffman

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience at Evvia. Top.notch service. Delicious food with sn amaxing choices on the menu. Celebratory and warm vibe.
  11. T

    Themblues

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Presentation and service was excellent! I normally don't like Mediterranean/ Greek food, but this was excellent in every dish.
  12. L

    Local

    San Francisco

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Evvia is better than most Michelin-starred restaurants in the area. Perfect. Very Greek. Authentic. Delicious.
  13. A

    magdaA

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have Evvia on our dining radar screen, and we always need our ‘Evvia fix’ at least 1-2x a month!Food is always consistent in its quality and taste, and service is always attentive and quick. Yamas!
  14. CB

    ChristineB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in the bay area. An extra special treat.
  15. SD

    StanforDrew

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Simply wonderful food. And the continuation of outdoor sidewalk dining after COVID is a wonderful addition to what always has been top notch Mediterranean food and service. Always a stellar meal.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Designated "special occasion" place and never,ever disappointed! Food, service, and ambiance is always on point.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the price are very worthy and delicious. All the waiters are very kind and nice. The quality of food was amazing
  18. GM

    GregM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Evvia always is a good choice for well-prepared, fresh and tasty food. We had a little glitch this time, with the chicken being dry, just too dry. However, and graciously, they removed the item from our bill. Highly recommend!
  19. C

    Cookie

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary celebration with excellent wine and food. Outdoors was so comfortable. Top service.
  20. CM

    ChrisM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great lunch! The food was so good and the ambience was so nice we spent four hours there!
  21. CB

    CarolB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal with many outstanding appetizers. Our waiter Hichem is a gem. Superb service from a real pro. Give that man a raise!
  22. VR

    VicRoyFromTROY

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A nice restaurant with a good ambience. The appetizers were excellent, actually next time we will have several appetizers for a dinner. Unfortunately, the pork was over salted and on the dry side. By the time we left at about seven, they started to play rather annoying elevator type music. We would prefer no music at all or jazz or Greek folk, but this is the matter of taste.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Was our first time here. Our server was excellent with suggestions and attentiveness. Food was fantastic. Loved it.
  24. S

    Sierra

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambiance were exquisite as always. The service was great, and the new summer dishes were fun!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Delicious starters, entrees, and an amazing wine list!
  26. SH

    SharonH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Server was very professional, polite and accommodating. I have intolerances to gluten and garlic so sometimes hard to find food that works. Wait staff very attentive to our needs.
  27. C

    Carol

    San Francisco

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The sea bass was fresh and delicious! Lucas was an efficient and delightful server.
  28. RJ

    RobertJ

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Evvia is our favorite and it never disappoints. We are always taken care of. Thank you to Lyle and his amazing staff!
  29. L

    Luv2stealrecipies

    San Francisco

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful birthday dinner for our daughter and husband. So many delicious appetizers from octopus to flatbread to grilled zucchini and artichoke! We enjoyed lamb shank moussaka roast lamb ant branzino- all had enough for lunch the next day. The wait staff was prompt and friendly. Always a great experience here.
  30. J

    Jayashree

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Note and request to management team: if your employee is sick please have them wear a mask! My Experience was I wanted to quickly exit the restaurant seeing your employee cough around guests eating. Also definitely not let them handle food! Not ok. Not returning as even after confronting the gentleman who was coughing, he did not wear a mask. Mentioned it was allergies and walked away to continue handling food!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Originally booked for outside, but they ran out of tables so they gave us a window seat which was still nice. Ambience outside is more energetic while inside is a bit calmer. Food was delicious and came out fast. I plan to take my family back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  33. JV

    JohnV

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was unrushed so we enjoyed a leisurely pre lunch cocktail, sequenced appetizers, main course, and dessert (btw, the Arborio rice pudding was fabulous!). The wine list is comprehensive but a bit pricey - we did find a half bottle of Sonoma Pinot that was excellent).
  34. s

    suniln

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was attentive and prompt. Vegetarian appetizers were plentiful and superbly executed.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience can’t wait to come back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another outstanding experience at Evvia. The service provided by Rajiv was exceptional. He was attentive without being overbearing. The pace and awareness were perfect. Everything that we ordered was absolutely delicious without a single exception. We will continue to recommend Evvia to friends and colleagues
  37. p

    patm

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Greek food and desserts. Excellent service.
  38. RC

    RonaldC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter Anastasia was awesome. The food was great, but a little pricey for Greek food. But considering the area I guess that's kind of a standard.
  39. LK

    LoriK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Birthday celebration. Too full to Order dessert. Would be nice to receive a little something for birthday since we spent $200.
  40. B

    Beehive

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is great and the food is delicious every time no matter what we order. Salmon was cooked perfectly!

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 3903 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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