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Ettan - Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA
Award-winning

Ettan - Palo Alto

4.5
4.5
1678 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian
With highly personal, vibrant dishes from the country’s most decorated Cal-Indian chef, the rustic chic ambiance at Ettan is simultaneously warm, magical and glamorous; without being intimidating. Located in the heart of downtown, every detail from our craft cocktails and wine list to our lush courtyard patio and private dining mezzanine are designed to appeal to a diverse audience whether you are on an intimate date or entertaining for business.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Californian, Global, International
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 752-6281
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Srijith Gopinathan
  • Private party facilities
    For all parties of 1 to 12 people, you may make your reservation on our OpenTable account. For Large Groups of 13-20 people, we offer a prix fixe dinner for $125 per person, organized for you by our team. We require a 50% deposit to hold your reservation. For parties of 17 or more we offer a Private Dining experience uniquely designed by our team, ranging from a private portion of the restaurant up to a full buy-out. We request a minimum of one week to organize your Large Group event, and three weeks for Private Dining. All events are subject to availability. For both Large Groups and Private Dining we require the menu to be selected ahead of time so our kitchen can adequately prepare to give your group the best dining experience possible. For all booking and inquiries regarding our Large Group and Private Dining, please contact refer to our webpage at ettanrestaurant.com
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Palo Alto
  • Cross street
    off University near Ramona
  • Parking details
    Ettan's entrance is located in a courtyard between Bryant and Ramona, just steps from the Ramona/University Underground Garage at 533 Ramona. On weekends in particular, the second level offers readily available spaces. A second option is the Bryant/Lytton Garage (Parking Lot S) at 445 Bryant St. Both garages offer 3 hours free parking.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,678 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

1,678 Reviews
  1. KAru

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Feel the hype is not warranted for the experience we had... food wasnt bad at all and loved the small plates, but the main plates / entree I felt were definitely overpriced; service was pretty decent -- food arrived in quick time, however knowledge of the food and ingredients could do with some improvement; ambience - eclectic :) couldnt tell if it was Indian, or Greek, or something else (perhaps remnants of what the building used to be prior to Ettan... Vietnamese restaurant is what I hear). Overall, worth trying once... but certainly dont think it warrants the hype it has received.

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  2. JoeL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Cal-Indian food with excellent vegetarian options. Great service.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good. Didn’t live up to the hype. Experience felt like a Udupi restaurant. Love Udupi restaurants but they don’t have the hype that Ettan has. The place was loud and chaotic. Seemed like the staff was just running around with no purpose. Water was tepid - server seemed like he would rather be elsewhere. Wasn’t knowledgeable- couldn’t answer basic questions. Bartender asked what brand of alcohol I wanted and went ahead used another brand. The naan was dry and stiff - could play frisbee with it. Mah ki daal was too smoky - couldn’t eat it. One word - chaos. Won’t be recommending it.

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  4. TerriC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    $46 for a piece of lamb chop? The size is slightly smaller than my palms.

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  5. beverlyluv

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved all the dishes we ordered! My favorite was the Sesame Leaf. The flavors exploded in my mouth! Ettan salad was yummy as was the Black Cod. I want to try every dish!

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  6. Steph

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food, but it was a little spicy. Restaurant should make spice levels clear on the menu. Food tasted excellent and was quality, but I was disappointed with the lamb dish which is considered a “big plate” on the menu. I don’t think it should be because it was one small piece of lamb and one small slice of cabbage with a side of quinoa. Very small portion and more like a starter than a meal. Service was excellent, everyone was so nice and so attentive. Overall had a great experience.

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  7. NohaA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They need to have someone answer their phones. It is always so hard to get a hold of them.

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  8. suenglish

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Elegant food. Ask server to help select items. Our server was very helpful Unusual food to most, but so worth the risk to try this cuisine.

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  9. VivekK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Innovative twist to traditional Indian cuisine, with great ambience and service. What more to ask for! A must for everyone who loves Indian food. The stuffed kulchas are not to be missed. As a vegetarian, the only ask is to have more choices on the menu, which I am sure the chef here will make them tasty as well.

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  10. Varsh

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Aesthetically pleasing ambiance, the seating for two facing the railing could have been better. Ordered the tenderjackfruit vada pav twice! The dessert was totally lip-smacking!

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  11. JojoMojo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great! Some of the flavors were slightly off - the quinoa’s in particular, but a lot of the food was amazing and the service too!

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  12. DSPaloAlto

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Mysore masala dosa was not prepared well. There was no red chutney in it. The chole served were not hot. The edamame vadas only had edamame topping and not blended in the dough, which used to be the case. The food quality was not as good as earlier we have been to this restaurant.

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  13. BrookeR

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Some of the food was very good. Some was mediocre. One dish I could not eat as the spices were not for me, and there was too much soupiness. Service was great. Ambiance very nice. Wine selection was poor.

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  14. EGff

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was nothing spectacular. Our server was rude and he constantly forgot to bring our food and what our order was.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is very good, but white expensive. We were surprised by the lack of a few small finishing touches we’d expect at this price point and reputation, like small bones left in the fish we ordered. It’s a great ambiance, but we were disappointed to learn their section marketed as an “outdoor patio” is actually fully enclosed with clear siding and a roof — it is no longer Covid cautious as we had hoped.

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  16. SKaul

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We l tried typical and atypical dishes on the menu and liked them all. Great food and awesome ambiance!

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  17. SanthoshN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dish is delicately prepared with utmost care! Loved it.

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  18. DeepC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went with very high expectations, which were severely dashed. The ambience was good, but we got an outdoor table, and the heating was not sufficient to provide adequate comfort. On the brink menu - some of the favorites like Mushroom pot, and Kerala chicken were unavailable. Were dissuaded from ordering chicken wings by the aiter who said they were uncomfortably spicy. So ended up with Jackfruit Vada Pav (which was goo), Potato Peas Kulcjha (mediocre) and bay Lamb which was chewy and terrible. Saffron Shikanji was good too. Service for fine and the decor good, but will not go back again.

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  19. Imi11

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Ettan and we were not disappointed. The vegan and vegetarian options were excellent and the service was great. Will come back again! They were nice enough to let me bring my dog to the patio area.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter disappeared. No table check after food arrived. No offer ever for additional beverages. Disappointing.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good and not your typical Indian restaurant food. This was particularly true of the appetizers. The mango lassi was pretty standard and expensive for what you get. Our favorite item was the sesame leaf chaat.

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  22. KarenM

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat inside and it was very very very cold outside, but the front door was open the entire evening. Everyone dining inside was warring heavy coats! Prob would have been better off requesting a table outside but under a heater!

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  23. PriyankaM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Today was the 6th time we had been to Ettan in the past year & a half. But the service we received today was terrible. The waiter - Shannon was in a rush to have us order the entire course of the menu at once in the beginning & even before we finished eating the entire meal, he brought us the dessert menu without checking with us if we wanted to order additional main course items . I told him that we would like to order more food from the main course & he did not react kindly about it. I have come back to Ettan only for the good service thus far but todays incident really threw us off. We were there to celebrate our 10th year wedding anniversary but the waiter ruined the happy occasion for us. I wanted to speak to the manager on duty today but I figured this was going to be more effective bringing the waiters attitude to light.

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  24. thecuriousperspective

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    amazing food, and vegan options.

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  25. SreeramK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We decided to sit outside but it was raining a bit and even though its outside, there is a nice shaded area. The decoration was like many colorful umbrella's and it was a nice experience. the food was in small quantities which is fine for me as I am a very picky eater, but others who want quantity, look elsewhere. Drinks were good but service took a while for attendants to come and check on you.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with the restaurant. Everything was just slightly better than average with the service being the best thing overall. Sadly it just didn’t live up to the hype.

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  27. PeterP

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique take on classic dishes. Every recommended dish was high quality. Service was attentive and pleasant. Great ambiance fit for a romantic meal or a group outing.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Over hyped, over priced and poor quality. The food is not authentic Indian food. Don’t waste your money.

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  29. SkyelerM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ettan is our favorite restaurant for a reason. Every time the food is fantastic and the service incredible. We love to eat outside and enjoy the heating lamps, lights, and fun umbrellas.

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  30. SuzanneS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Second time at this restaurant: First time was FABULOUS!! All the dishes were spectacular; this time; not so much: more ordinary than before; all good, just the dishes were not composed as interestingly as before. The Ettan Salad was the best dish of the evening.

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  31. charliec

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Based on a previous dinner, I was excited to get back to Ettan, but I was disappointed this time. The food was good. but evertyhing came to us barely warm even though we were indoors, The service, though, was mediocre: 2 snacks we ordered never reached us; no wine list was presented, nor were we asked if we wanted wine or a 2nd drink; we did not find out that the food came family style until we were already committed to our orders; the dishes were barely described when they arrived and they were placed haphazrdly on the table; a dessert menu was taken from us before we had made a decision; and finally, a part of my dinner was taken away before I had a chance to put it into the take away container they had brought. My hope here is that this was an issue in training or staffing and can be rectified

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  32. Banaras

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Poor service. Food came out before wine. When the main course came out we didnt get new plates. They gave us our check before we got our dessert orders. For the money we paid, i would hope for much better service.

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  33. AyeletM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful flavors, warm and friendly staff, incredible dishes!

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  34. Rumesha

    Yorkshire

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I was sadly disappointed by my first experience at Ettan. Service was lacking but the lack of flavor and texture in the food was surprising given the upscale ambiance and higher relative costs. For example - edamame fritters are regular bland vadas with an edamame topping. Not enough flavor - sesame chaat was overwhelmed with the pomegranate purée - copra beef had to be sent back. Beef was over cooked and tough. - $45 for a lamb chop offers you a single piece - did enjoy the kulchas and black cod. Can’t justify traveling to Palo Alto for subpar experience. Fingers crossed for better experience at Copra in SF

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  35. Anonymous

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was extremely slow. Had to check with the server a couple of times. In the fourth course they served half dessert and that too to be shared between two and they didn’t even acknowledge the fact that they were out of it.

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  36. AmyB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Too blend food; much modernized; not worth the price --> too expensive

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic ambience, Loved the vibe and food :)

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  38. SagarM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ettan is an amazing place. Food was great and service was amicable.

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  39. Dinenwine

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So yummy! We shared the monkey bread, sesame leaf, scallops and black cod, all recommended by our server and would recommend all of them. The outside seating was lovely under upside down umbrellas and not too noisy. It was warm enough in the evening with the heaters.

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  40. Rahulv

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Food and Ambience. One of the best indian food in bay area

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Ettan - Palo Alto is rated 4.5 stars by 1678 OpenTable diners.

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518 Bryant St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    off University near Ramona
  • Neighborhood
    Palo Alto
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Californian, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Ettan's entrance is located in a courtyard between Bryant and Ramona, just steps from the Ramona/University Underground Garage at 533 Ramona. On weekends in particular, the second level offers readily available spaces. A second option is the Bryant/Lytton Garage (Parking Lot S) at 445 Bryant St. Both garages offer 3 hours free parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Srijith Gopinathan
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (650) 752-6281
  • Private party facilities
    For all parties of 1 to 12 people, you may make your reservation on our OpenTable account. For Large Groups of 13-20 people, we offer a prix fixe dinner for $125 per person, organized for you by our team. We require a 50% deposit to hold your reservation. For parties of 17 or more we offer a Private Dining experience uniquely designed by our team, ranging from a private portion of the restaurant up to a full buy-out. We request a minimum of one week to organize your Large Group event, and three weeks for Private Dining. All events are subject to availability. For both Large Groups and Private Dining we require the menu to be selected ahead of time so our kitchen can adequately prepare to give your group the best dining experience possible. For all booking and inquiries regarding our Large Group and Private Dining, please contact refer to our webpage at ettanrestaurant.com
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