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About 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.

420 Emerson Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Greek

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

Cross Street:
University

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 326-0983

Website:
http://www.evvia.net/

Parking Details:
valet available

Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant can accommodate large parties. Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Panos Gogonas: (650) 326-0983

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Evvia Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for a Date (52)
Authentic (50)
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Fit for Foodies (48)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Business Meals (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Romantic (24)
Hot Spot (18)
Fun (18)
Cozy (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Casual (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Healthy (12)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Comfort Food (8)
People Watching (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Seasonal (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

A busy night, but from the poor table location - near kitchen and wait staff walking lanes - chair bumped numerous time. Loud - silverware noise being sorted/cleaned. Waiters grabbed plates before food done on several occasions. Did bring a small desert - but then rushed us out without offering coffee or an after dinner drink. All nite it was about moving us along fast. Our main server was good - food excellent. Not our first visit - had many good ones - but it is likely our last.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The best restaurant for Greek food and more. We always go to Evvia

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Another wonderful experience at Evvia. Also, when I called Evvia all tables were taken. Snagged a last minute cancellation on OpenTable! Amazing service from Loukas!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very popular restaurant that has excellent food, great service and a charming atmosphere. Had reservation, but worth it. Not inexpensive, but worth it.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I have been to Evvia many times lamb dishes are the best. This time around the octopus was not as good. I must said with many times there this time the service was the worst ...the waiter John Russell was very rushing and overall RUDE I never ever complained about any waiter services at any restaurants this is my First.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of my top restaurants in the Bay Area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Evvia is an all time favorite especially when they have goat stew. Food is excellent and service is sharp but not pushy.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a great time

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Amazing food like always! Best restaurant in Palo Alto.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Very disappointing lunch experience. We had heard many friends praise Evvia, including some serious foodies. Overall, the food quality was mediocre to poor. The service was efficient and professional but neither warm nor enthusiastic. Ambience, however, is excellent; very cozy and chill.

Starters: Very poor. The Brussels sprouts were undercooked, hard and not flavourful. The octopus salad was bland and uninspiring, although the octopus was fresh. The squash and ricotta was dreadful- bathed in oil and not a good mix.

Mains: Two of us had the grilled Branzino, which the waiter strongly recommended. It was over cooked, dry and bland. The mixed vegetables on the plate however were tastefully sautéed.

The lamb sandwich was extremely disappointing. A tiny portion of dried up meat in a very big flatbread. We were really surprised that a place like this would serve such a concoction.

I can’t comment on the other dishes ordered although I’m afraid no one had a good thing to say about the food.

Very, very poor value for money. I hope dinner is much better.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

One of my longtime favorite places! Never disappoints and is always a treat. Everything about Evvia is exceptional.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Evvia was outstanding. Simply put, it was the best meal I've had in the past year.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fantastic food and service in a warm, cozy atmosphere. Try the lamb souvlaki. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food as always. Highly recommend the Lamb shanks, though I think its best served for dinner since they need the entire day to prepare it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Having been a long time Evvia fan I was disappointed in my most recent experience. I was here for a business lunch (party of 2). We did not receive our food for over 50 minutes. The waiter did not check on us during this time but when he brought the food he said it was our own fault because my dining companion had ordered lamb kebabs. The food was good but not as good as I had remembered.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wonderful, flavorful, high quality food! Attentive service and warm environment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

My wife and I had our 1st wedding anniversary here. The grilled sea bass, while expensive, was amazing. Everything was great. To top it off, somehow they figured out it was our anniversary and gave us a complimentary dessert which was extra delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

It was excellent as usual. Took out of town guest there for dinner and they though the same.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very nice place. Overall the ambiance and class is quite high. But the layout makes it difficult to have a conversation if the people next to you are loud.

The food is fresh and well seasoned. Options for sides are disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I love the way they prepare the fish here! I always come back!
I also recommend the lamb, in any of their ways, it is amazing :)

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

No question, Evvia is the Best Restaurant in Palo Alto. Fantastic food, great service and
attention to detail. Totally worth it, even tough we had to make a Rez two weeks in advance.
The Best.

Tags: Disabled Access, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fantastic food and wine. Great friendly service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We really enjoyed the food - good appetizer selections with the drinks and since we had a lot of appetizers we requested to split Entrees and the restaurant gladly brought them out with already splitting them for us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Sam, our server, was amazing. Super-friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Lamb dishes are great

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The lamb was very tasty, but the calamaris weren't very good. The dessert was excellent!
The service was normal, the only problem was they don't leave the wine in the table and when our glasses were empty we have to wait somebody notice and serve more wine.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Delicious food with enough variety to find something for everyone. Flexible chef to accommodate some special dietary needs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Usual excellent food. Curt Service - maybe being a Sunday night he was in a rush.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Tulsa)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This restaurant is excellent. Definitely a must stop on my next visit to Palo Alto.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Was ok. Food was good, not worth the money. Definitely overpriced. Service was fine, ambiance was nice but loud. Probably won’t go back and don’t know that I can recommend

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

From the wonderful ambiance created by decor and furnishings, through an interesting menu, to terrific service, to great food, Evvia is a real hit. Top notch.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Evvia is the same as Vive La Vie. A wonderful place with an amazing team welcoming and serving. Being there feel like a celebration of love and friendship. I try to go every week.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Overall very good, but was disappointed in the sea bass which was recommended by our server and unfortunately was quite dry as well as bland. Also the veggies served with were on the oily side. Apps and dessert were delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent grilled and open hearth roasted meats. Efficient service.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I have been ordering the lamb chop for 20+ years. Do not stop!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent experience, although the service was so prompt, it almost felt like the restaurant was hoping to free up the table.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

I’ve had dinner at Evvia’s many times over and I swear it keeps getting better and better. It can get a little loud but other then that, the food and service is OUTSTANDING!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My husband and I were in Palo Alto for a weekend getaway and dined at Evvia. It didn’t disappoint on any level. We had several fabulous meals during our weekend, but this was my favorite! Everything was so flavorful, the meat dishes were tender and amazing, and the atmosphere lovely. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We loved it. Service was exceptional and food was delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for a Date
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