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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

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
Fit for Foodies (45)
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Authentic (37)
Business Meals (34)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Great for Lunch (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Romantic (24)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Fun (19)
Hot Spot (17)
Cozy (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Healthy (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Casual (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Seasonal (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
People Watching (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tapas (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

This was my first experience but will not be the last.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a great time

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The place isn't anything special, the bar isn't as nice as its sister bar in the city. But, the food is amazing, the staff are gracious and accommodating. The Lamb is a must. It's a loud place and it's really warm, due to open kitchen

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This restaurant always pleases! Food excellence and good service are the draw. I wish it were a little less noisy. Our server was friendly but not intrusive. In an age where many "restaurants" provide both mediocre food and service, Evvia is a standout!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We have heard nice words about the place and finally we got a hard to get reservation. It was absolutely a very pleasant experience: the warm and relaxed environment, the amazing food, the wonderful wine, the great service, everything was perfect!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Romantic, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The service was superb, very professional: 5 stars.
Dining space is just a wee bit cramped, but otherwise the ambiance was pleasant: 4 stars.
Food was good to very good, with just minor nitpicks, but at this price point....
- The lamb on the skewers could have been trimmed a bit more to remove the inedible membrane (silverskin, not fat).
- The lambchops were prepared perfectly, but the only thing on the plate were the chops and two pieces of potato. Whereas the skewers were accompanied by a small salad that brought color and acidity to the party, there was nothing similar with the chops. (This isn't a complaint about the quantity of food, but rather the completeness of the dish).

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

our server was very accommadating although the menu is not designed with a vegan diet in mind.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

You can never go wrong with Evvia. Excellent and authentic Greek food with friendly service in a warm and inviting environment. My favorite Greek restaurant outside of Greece!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Prompt and professional service. Prompt and professional service. Prompt and professional service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Ambience is good. Food was good, not but outstanding.

There was a mistake in my bill, I got charged for something I did not order. When I pointed it out, they apologized and made my appetizer free, so at least that was good.

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food3
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always love the food and our server was fantastic!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Evvia never disappoints, it has a distinctive style, knows its clientele and consistently delivers a memorable meal. The riblets are not to be missed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Superb service. Thoughtfully prepared, fresh, and flavorful cuisine. A gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Favorite restaurant on the peninsula. Never disappoints

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

awesome fine dining place without the pretentiousness, but the with utmost quality of food, taste, and top notch service. also, very good ambience over all, has a nice, cozy vibe. nice lighting, not too bright, and not dark, just right. We had fresh octopus app, and also the artichoke app - both were very good, and very fresh. then we split a brenzino over baked whole fish - was super fresh and moist/tasty. Love this place.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Vegan, Healthy, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Evvia's is one of my favorite restaurants. The grilled lamb chops are outstanding; it's their most popular entrée. We get the pita bread with tzakiki sauce, which is a great appetizer. And the dessert made with puff pastry and custard inside with pistachio ice cream is my favorite dessert anywhere. Great food - great atmosphere - outstanding service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Consistently Excellent.....
Great Service; Delicious Cuisine; Delightful Bar; Warm Hospitality. One of the top PA restaurants.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food is Greek and outstanding. My favorite is the leg of lamb. The squid was fabulous, as was the dessert. Everything was great, but we felt rushed by our waitperson. We were rushed in and out in one hour.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were a little disappointed this Christmas Eve dinner. We usually done at Kokkari but I was not able to get a table. Food was fantastic, the fried smelt, beet salad, and taramasalata. Entrees of mussels and roasted pig was great. Service seemed rushed and disorganized. It took a while to get drinks and the waiter wanted to take our order for appetizers and entrees at the same time. After finishing appetizers, plates were. Lt cleared for 30 seconds and the entrees brought in. No pacing. There was a larger group at the next table that had so many visitors that wanted to loiter and talk, but it made for an irritating dinner. Please do better at guest crowd control. We are veteran Kokkari diners and have been to Evvia several times, it was a bit disappointing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

To my way of thinking, Evvia has the best lamb shank on the planet. I love the unique and redolent blend of spices, the tenderness, the au jus that moistens the perfectly cooked orzo pasta underneath and the most ample serving size. I always have enough for lunch the next day.

Also not to be missed is the heavenly Galaktoboureko. If you usually default to baklava, try this instead. If need be, take more of your entree home for the next day but eat this at the end of your meal with a cup of Greek coffee. Oh, so delicate and delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Had a really good time. I have been coming to this place for 14 years know. They are the experts in lamb dishes which are to die for.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Winter Soltice

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Been a customer a very long time and feel the service has declined. Used to practice my Greek with our server and never felt rushed but don't feel as welcome and relaxed as in the past. We spent 60

70.00 for lunch which I don't mind BUT I asked the server for a small side of Tzatsiki and she seemed confused/frustrated by the request. I literally asked for an additional tablespoon. She came back and said she could only offer a small place for an additional 4.50...we passed.

Service the past 4 times has been rushed, slow and not very friendly.

I'm so happy your business is good BUT the value has been lost and I feel "herded in and out" lately rather than like I'm visiting my family in Greece.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

A favorite to visit any time we’re in town.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Amazing service and customer experience. Make you feel like you are a regular. Very impressive food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The food and service was great, but I felt like I cooked in my kitchen and smelled like the kitchen walking out. Need better exhaust system.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Business Meals, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Evvia is one of my favorite restaurants. The food was terrific, and our server was very attentive. Evvia is a noisy restaurant, but given where we were sitting, my guest and I were able to have a good conversation. The only negative is that parking in Palo Alto is continually getting worse, but that is something about which the restaurant cannot do anything.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Had a birthday lunch with my buddies and the service was wonderful and so was the food. We were seated in a booth and that was such a treat! Thank you to the manager who stopped by our table to answer a question about the flower arrangements and to the waitress who was new but excellent, too.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

A+++++++++++++!!!!!!!!! Best best best best best best!!!!!!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Overall great night at one of the best restaurants in the area. The mushroom and cheese appetizer was solid but needs more cheese and it needs be melted better i think as well. We ordered two fish entrees which were both phenomenal. The service was good but not great and part of our night was frustrating due to rude guests dining next two us who threw their menu on top of a divider and hit my guest and did the same with their bread. A bit of a nuisance and very rude people.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, People Watching, Hot Spot, Authentic
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Evia is truly one of the most astounding restaurants in Palo Alto.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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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