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.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant can accommodate large parties. Please call for details.
Private Party Contact:
Panos Gogonas: (650) 326-0983
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Evvia Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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