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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (61)
Good for a Date (56)
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Good for Anniversaries (42)
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Worth the Drive (27)
Romantic (25)
Hot Spot (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Fun (18)
Cozy (17)
Casual (13)
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Healthy (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Paleo Friendly (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Stellar as usual, not one thing could have been better, even though my waiter mistook my ordering one of each kind of rose for giving me and my friend two of each, we both decided that was an excellent way to do it and didn't correct him. I could eat a pound of those dolmathes, omg. MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN THE PENINSULA.

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Evvia's game has slipped a little, at least for an ordinary business lunch on a recent Thursday. The house was not full, yet the kitchen was extremely slow. Drinks, mains (no starters) and desserts with coffee, for a party of 3, stretched fully two hours. Headed to the restroom, I noticed the "pass" loaded with cooked plates, just sitting there waiting for runners or servers. Too few servers for the room, basically. As for food quality, yes it's good Greek, but so is Opa!, at half the price. Years in, Evvia seems to be a place to be seen, not to be dazzled.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

A Greek restaurant so ordered Moussaka. Very ordinary. Companions dishes okay. A bit noisy. Not the special place we had expected.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

What's to say? The food at Evvia is incredibly delicious. I had the Branzino Fish, with braised greens. We had the Feta, olive, cherry tomatoes. So good! My friends like the Chicken Souvlaki. Never had a meal I didn't thoroughly enjoy.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great food , service was pleasant and helpful,warm reception. We enjoyed the evening very much

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excelente comida y atención, lo hemos repetido
varias veces. Y siempre con ganas de volver

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Appealing, rustic and comfortable decor. Pleasant with windows/doors open to sidewalk on a beautiful day. Bustling atmosphere with interesting clientele and plenty of staff.

Lunches were good (lamb meatballs appetizer tasted a little old) with ample portions, service adequate, but considering everything, a bit over priced.

May return if in the area.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Fantastic good. One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

While Evvia is expensive, it is the perfect place for a special dinner. The food is exceptional!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Well, I have been to Evvia many times in the past, and usually have never been disappointed. This time however, our experience was not quite what I remembered. First of, I had requested a table by the window, since this was a special occasion (a birthday; which by the way nobody asked us about either). When we got there, early, it wasn't yet crowded, there were several open tables by the window, but we were told that those were only for parties of at least four. Ok, understandable, there were only two of us. But then we saw a couple that was seated by the window. When my companion asked the hostess about them, she was told "that sometimes happens." What kind of an answer is that? Either you have a policy or you don't. Considering that I made reservations over three weeks ago with that special request? Bad answer, and badly handled by the hostess.

Now to the food. As an appetizer we ordered a mezze platter, which was outstanding as always. Their tzatziki is par none; the best we've had anywhere. My dinner companion ordered the halibut, and she was happy with the fish as well. I ordered my go-to, the Moussaka. How could I go wrong? It was definitely not how it used to be. The meat was somewhat grainy, and the eggplant was hard and didn't have that wonderful roasted flavor. Very disappointing. This was such a lovely dish in the past. Not sure if they changed their recipe or cook, but it was not up to par.

All in all, I would still go back, but I will dial down my expectations next time. I was very exited to visit Evvia again and have raved to many people about this restaurant, because in the past I have always enjoyed eating there (who can forget that wonderful goat stew? So delicious.). Unfortunately, that was not my experience this time. I surprised myself by rating Evvia only "good", when I always thought it rated excellent, but I guess, nothing stays the same.

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

Consistently delicious! Husband and I shared grilled octopus, arugula salad and lamb shank. This is one of our go to places for a nice dinner and conversation. Service always outstanding.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We came to celebrate our special occasion. Always excellent food and service.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Excellent and authentic Greek food. The Branzino (expensive!) was excellent as was the bahklava for dessert. Excellent wine list. The lamb riblets on the starter menu were too fatty and I would not order them again. This is a Palo Alto stalwart and for good reason.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, People Watching, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Wrong food was delivered to me and the kids. No kids menu.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Excellent Greek cuisine with an excellent set of selections on the menu. Where else can you see the lamb for the evening put on the rotisserie over the charcoal fire? A bit expensive but the combination of great tastes and truly superlative service makes it a good choice. One can have an exceptional meal just from the appetizers alone. For Palo Alto, parking was actually not a problem! Although we live 200 miles away, whenever we are in the area, this is our choice for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Portions were a little small, but the food and service were 10/10!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I selected this restaurant to celebrate my boyfriends birthday however we were disappointed. I called asking for a special table which I know is not always possible. We were sat at a noisy table in the center of room and we unfortunately had to yell to speak to each other. It was a busy Saturday night at 9pm and the restaurant was slammed so I get it. The waiter always seemed very rushed which didn't really allow us to enjoy ourselves. The food was great. No complaints. As we were waiting for the bill the server brought out (what we thought was a complimentary) birthday dessert which was very nice! However when the bill came we found we were charged for a birthday dessert that we didn't order. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great service and excellent food. We will definitely come back to try other dishes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

This was my first meal at Evvia and it was fantastic! My husband and I went for a late lunch date and ended up having a feast -- lamb riblets, artichoke souvlaki, greek salad and whole branzino. I was a little worried we had ordered too much food, but each dish was really delicious, especially the lamb riblets. I normally do not like lamb, but tried one and was hooked. We ate everything! And amazingly, did not feel overstuffed afterward, though neither of us needed to eat dinner that night. The service was also excellent: attentive, friendly, professional. Evvia is pricey, but I definitely feel like it was money well spent. I look forward to many more meals here!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Evvia is my absolute favorite Mediterranean restaurant in Palo Alto. Always great food and the service is fantastic. Its a little loud, but there is always a very fun vibe since everyone is having a good time.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food, service. Deserts are amazing. They executed my surprise well.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

When we first arrived (early) we were greeted by friendliness and a welcoming manager. A very important aspect of our visit was the ample parking nearby. Although I did not give the restaurant all five stars, I do believe the outstanding service by Sam and other staff gives the restaurant a five star recommendation, and the food was prepared exactly as I had requested and expected. I have already recommended this place to several of our friends.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fabulous meal. Energetic atmosphere. Professional service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

My husband and I go here as often as we can. It's very difficult to get reservation no matter weekday. We often just go early or late without reservation and more often than not they can accommodate us.
We love their griled octopus which we often share. Their grilled branzino is to die for. Skin is crisp and slightly charred You just have to eat it. You get that with a side of seasonal greens ( more healthy than delicious. But OK). Their home made you hurt or their baklava. OMG!
Service is always in top. It is one of my absolutely favorite restaurants in PA.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Love the lamb chops! Consistent quality and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was fabulous, the service outstanding. We had been looking forward to their yogurt dessert, and it appeared even though it wasn't on the menu! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Authentic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The best place to have lunch in Palo Alto!
Delicious food, great service, wonderful ambience! It's especially nice in the winter if you sit near the fire. I love the grilled octopus, lamb meatballs, roasted prawns as starters followed by their baked whole sea bass and Greek yogurt with dates and walnuts for dessert. Book ahead to get a reservation.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Really great healthy food with excellent service. It's always packed so reserve in advance and k ow that it can be a little noisy

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great all around. We were seated right away, our server was amazing!
Vey attentive and friendly. Nice ambiance, not stuffy at all. The food!!! The food is outstanding!
I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The steak taste was disappointing. The spice yield a sour taste. Not for me. Salt and pepper rub is much better in my opinion. Lamb Chop the same

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Wonderful food and ambiance!
I would give 5 stars except for the noise level.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The fish was EXCELLENT and the service was super friendly. They were also very accommodating when we arrived early to get us in quickly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

As always Evvia didn't disappoint...Chris our server was fantastic. Will be back soon!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

One of the best meals we have ever enjoyed. Lovely, lively Greek restaurant that transports you to a street cafe.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great food and service. I'm especially fond of Greek food. Nice ambiance. A little noisy.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We enjoyed celebrating our wedding anniversary at Evvia. Great food and service. Grilled octopus is a must try.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Excellent food and service. Loud and difficult to have a conversation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

My husband and I love going here before or after a movie next door. Also like to meet friends for lunch even though it's a bit of a drive. Food is great, ditto wines and service is excellent. Fun place run by pros.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Excellent service, delicious food well prepared and beautifully served.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The lamb shank is fantastic- consistently excellent. The grilled eggplant appetizer shouldn't be missed.
I will continue to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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