Ettan - Palo Alto

4.6
455 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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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KhushbooM
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambience, I am big fan of dal makhani served 😍

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Aastha
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We loved the food and ambience!!! There was a bit of a wait despite taking reservation. That was a bummer. Nevertheless, loved our time there.

MA
vipMsAzuma
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was professional and patient about our girly chit -chatting. The rest of staff who helped us were friendly and knowledgeable on the questions we had over the sauces

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AISHWARYAG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 2nd marriage anniversary.
It was worth it!
The food, drinks oh my god just perfect..

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vipNandA
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, surprising dinner for Father's Day. The service was great, especially considering how busy they were, the food was eclectic and tasty, creative cocktails.

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BradW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The music was too loud and very TikTok generation, food was okay, but had beautiful presentation. Service extremely slow none attentive waiter, appetizers were all late and didn’t arrive at once for a large dinner party.
Too overpriced for everything.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome food with amazing ambience

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was absolutely fabulous! The brunch menu had just the right kind of food and such amazing renditions to some of the favorite Indian street food. We will be back for dinner for sure :)

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the setting and Ambience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Half the party was running late because of a delayed flight, but they were so accommodating allowing us to order before the kitchen "closed" but didn't start making our food until we got there. Every dish is unique and flavorful. The portions are on the smaller side, but it just gives you an excuse to order more and try different things. Love the people, the decor, the food. Moving to the east coast and will miss this place dearly!

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Ayushi
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an experience dining at Ettan. The food was delicious. I would highly recommend the Vada pav and the monkey buns.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good was good - not great - cocktails were below average - overall a decent place

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and food excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and environment. Had a few issues with allergies

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Paddu
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The non-alcohol drink and vada pav were tasty - but the vegi options we chose were average or below average. The menu says moong panneer, but what is the usual palak panneer with some raw moong sprouts thrown in. The other item was a dish with asparagus cooked in banana leaves. Sounds exotic but really nothing memorable about it. Both are called “large” dishes and are priced at $30 each the portions were very small.

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vipRicky
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For my husband’s birthday we went for the first time to Ettan last night. The event was truly memorable, we loved the ambiance, the energy, the friendly and competent staff. Our server José Mendez was above and beyond!!!! But let’s not forget the food, the wines and the cocktails! They were absolutely amazing, we tried the caviar, sesame crisps, chicken, octopus. The bread and the coconut rice stood out! We will certainly come again soon and would recommend for special occasions or date night.

Ricky Gumbrecht

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Bett
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Creative dishes for whole family!

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Suni123
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance, amazing food and amazing service. Already been there twice now and will go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great time. Our waiter was a delightful person and we will definitely be back. Thank you!

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Vivek
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and amazing taste. I would certainly come back for the food & ambiance. There was absolutely no flaw in any of the dishes and the chefs suggestions were awsome. Drinks were imaginative and refreshing. However there was a lack of imagination in the plating and presentation for the dishes, which i did not expect from the chef Sri. But the food was a delight and portion sizes were awsome..

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MrCookingPot
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Tldr; not really worth the money you end up having to spend.

The cocktails were okay, nothing to write home about. Good fried chicken, monkey buns were quite novel. The rack of lamb was the most expensive item on their menu, but very disappointing. The meat itself was lacking quality, and wasn’t cooked well either. One side was medium and the other well done. Flavors didn’t really come through either. The grilled pineapple dessert was different, but not genius.

Maybe sticking to the more “desi” items on the menu will leave diners happier.

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baklava
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I have been to Ettan for lunch and then for a family dinner. We really liked Ettan and their hospitality when we went there for lunch. However, our most recent experience (last night) was drastically different from the lunch we had at Ettan a few weeks ago.

We had made a reservation online in both cases.

When we made a dinner reservation, we requested a high chair for our 3 year old nephew. It turned out to be the first dinner the little guy had at any restaurant. We were asked to wait for a couple of minutes & our special requests - high chair + a birthday cake were not acknowledged when we checked in although I reminded the person who greeted us about the high chair.

A high chair was not given to us initially and we had to ask for it multiple times. The table we were offered at first did not meet our expectations either as I had emailed Ettan earlier and specifically requested if we can be seated at a relatively farther & quiet corner. When we asked for a different table, one of the Ettan team members asked us if we had a reservation. They were not on top of things at all! The staff who waited on us & served food did not give the child water although we were served water in glasses / place a plate in front of him either. The child was waiting patiently and did not fuss about it at all. We had to ask them to make our nephew comfortable several times. Most of the dishes we ordered were either cold / not reheated properly. Nothing seemed particularly fresh. However, the staff did not even apologize for the lack of courtesy. Very disappointing!

If you make a request for a birthday cake, please be warned that it is not a cake that can be shared as it is complimentary & very small. We could've brought our own birthday cake if we were informed when we inquired & made a reservation earlier. When I shared this feedback & requested to get some cake / desserts to go, we were not even offered the desserts menu / asked if we needed any other desserts.

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Will
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service from the arrival to the end of the meal. well balanced flavors for the dishes and great recommendations from our waiter

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RamyaI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good experience. Food was delicious and there were.plenty of vegetarian options. Sesame chat and black pepper cauliflower were crowd favourites. Deducting a star since we told them that it was a special occasion and had asked for an outdoor table. They seated us indoors at a table in front of the service station, so the ambience was not great. But the service was super attentive. Overall a good experience.

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juliafoug
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, and the staff was so nice. Beautiful interiors too.

VM
VikasMarwaha
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to have Indian food in the bay area. I drive all the way from SF. The delicacies offered by Chef Srijith and his team are awesome. I am vegetarian and love the: Vada Pav, Seasame leaf chat, Edamame Vada, Naan, Roti, Dal Makhani, Mung bean paneer, Paneer makhani and chocolate puck desert.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Food, ambience, service, location

VS
vipVivekS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My second visit to Ettan did not live up the expectations. The food was so so and the overall experience was not as good as I was hoping it would be.

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vipFOODIE
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service

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vipBreakfastforDinner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Great ambience, but this was not cal-Indian cuisine. We had both North Indians, South Indians, and Californians in our party none of them could decipher the cryptic menu. On top of that the food was bland and the portions were tiny.

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Lena
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to visit. Would recommend more to go there for dinner, lunch had less choices. The restaurant is very nicely decorated and the food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was great and the setting was fantastic. Beautiful interior. Service was very slow to get our food. Hard to get any server’s attention in general. Considering the amount you pay for your meal here I would expect more impeccable service. Definitely needs major improvement.

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MarF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, nice music and the food is amazing!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an absolute experience. The food was on point all the flavors and pairings went so well. The decor added so much character to our dinning experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the ambiance is the cutest I’ve seen.

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Neko
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is full of sunlight and have beautiful decor. I'm usually not a big fun of Indian food but I still think the food is delicious!

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KeerthiP
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday celebration, restaurant could have had something personalized for the event.

AP
AnnP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & ambiance. I would definitely recommend trying it out. Just make sure u have a reservation especially for weekends.

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vipCialti
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our first visit. Food was very good, service was quite slow.

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You can order delivery directly from Ettan - Palo Alto using the Order Online button. Ettan - Palo Alto also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ettan - Palo Alto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 752-6281.

Ettan - Palo Alto is rated 4.6 stars by 455 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.