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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (31)
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Worth the Drive (24)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Fun (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Romantic (19)
Healthy (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Cozy (11)
Casual (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
People Watching (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Seasonal (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 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 29, 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 24, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 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 21, 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 20, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always love coming here. great service and food

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Been here several times over the years since it opened but it has almost grown too popular. The restaurant is noisy, the chairs are very uncomfortable, the tables are too close to the neighboring tables, the small plates are lacking creativity and flavor. The main menu although good is not exceptional given the price and the loud atmosphere. Its should be exceptional and it is just ok.

Kokari, which is their sister restaurant in San Francisco provides an overall better dining experience. I would rather drive the 33 miles from Palo Alto to San Francisco for a better, more sophisticated dining experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Simply GREAT food and service. The Giganta (sp) appetizer and salmon dish were exceptional!!!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My all-time favorite restaurant in Palo Alto. The food is fantastic! However the services are not as good, such as being impatient.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great place - best in Palo Alto

Great food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Amazing!! Waiter was great!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food at lunch was decent but very small plates for the money!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

There were two BD people in my party. Waiter told us he has their dessert figured out! I thought he was doing that as complementary. But we were charged. The cost is not even worth a minute of my time but as a matter of principal if it was not a treat then we should have been given a chance to chose. If a nice gesture of a treat had been carried out I would have left a tip to compensate anyway. It left me wondering what was it about... sounding like it was a treat and then finding out that it was not.
The moussaka was also not so good.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food is great here, one of Palo Alto’s best restaurants. Our waiter was very experienced but could have spoken louder. We could hear more from the waiter next to us than our waiter.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Really nothing much to write about this place. Everything great has been written. I just want to let them know that they need to keep doing the great work they are doing already. Good luck!!!!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 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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vip
 (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 1, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 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 24, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 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 23, 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 22, 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 22, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 18, 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 17, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 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 14, 2017

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

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