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Ettan - Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Ettan - Palo Alto

4.5
4.5
1211 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 78 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Californian, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:30 am–1:45 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 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

  • 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, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,211 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Indian

  • Peninsula

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our experience here. The food is delicious, the service was quick and the staff was friendly.
  2. PS

    PremalS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome food, loved every dish we ordered
  3. TM

    TinMond

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Exceptional beautiful decor and ambiance. Great and friendly service offered much explanation of cuisine. Small plate scallops was the star of the night. Other dishes were overly salty to my taste. Still yummy but just bit too salty. Overall a great date night experience.
  4. m

    multipass

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding, from the server Victor to the attentive bussers/runners. Victor had terrific recommendations and an excellent memory for which dish was ordered by whom. Food was delicious, with options for varying dietary choices. The meat eaters were happy with the Kerala inspired fried chicken, flaky halibut, and butter chicken. The gluten free vegan enjoyed the variety of starters, especially the sesame leaf (w/o yogurt) and the Ettan salad. The basmati rice was fluffy and not oily. Beverage choices were also excellent! The old fashioned was smooth and well balanced. The menu was easy to follow, with demarcation for vegetarian (v), items that can be made vegan (*), items that contain gluten (g), and items that contain nuts (n). The globally inspired decor, including tableware, is elegant and elevates the experience. This is truly a worthy dining destination for special events. It was a pricey evening, but worth it. Our family had experience to remember.
  5. TY

    TingY

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. Service was outstanding. love the decoration and the atmosphere. Highly recommend!
  6. A

    Aparajit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing service. We ordered a couple of large plates and were really full.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. We had monkey buns and ettan wings for appetizers. The wings were heavenly. It had a perfect amount of spice. I tried their Vellore chicken curry. And that was delicious too!!! As soon as the food arrived we devoured it. Did not even take time for pictures.
  8. P

    Purva

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really awesome food!!Went to celebrate Father's Day dinner. We don't eat spicy and it was just the perfect spice blend for us.
  9. ST

    ShilpiT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I love dining there. Love the character of the restaurant and the food is creative. Service is good. However, would be wonderful if the staff could be a bit more enthusiastic! It would elevate the experience to a level higher.
  10. P

    Patricia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience. Wonderful food, pleasant outdoor patio, very kind and friendly staff
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    It was good experience and food delivered faster than expected
  12. LF

    LeonardF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good place for a date on Saturday night. The food is excellent.
  13. D

    Deepak

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Thank you Ashu and Andy! And Daniel! Ettan is our special occasion restaurant of choice. Always a great time. Thanks team Ettan!
  14. DD

    DushyantD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative fusion menu with Southern Indian accent. Outstanding service. Menu is a collection of one of a kind entre and small plates. Highly recommended.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Andy was great! This restaurant is an experience from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave. There’s so much to look at, amazing food, and incredible service. Now I see why it can be hard to get reservations! This place is great!
  16. VN

    VeronikaN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    We were really looking forward to our reservation, especially to celebrate our special occasion, but unfortunately service did not impress at all. it’s like 50% of reason why i come back usually. Our waiter could not care less. But The host person - he was very nice! we ordered lamb - it was delicious, chicken curry which my mom absolutely loved and my husband ordered wild mushroom ‘one pot’ and it was nothing special, too much cauliflower! On dessert we ordered passion fruit with merengue - ended up being too sweet and the overall taste was kinda unbalanced. The main reason why I gave 3 starts is because the waiter did not pour water, never asked how the food was and didn’t guide us at all on our ‘food journey’, just took order and came back with the bill.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Food was not okay
  18. a

    anonymous

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We came on the night of a TV show recording but they were wrapping up as we arrived. The restaurant didn't meet expectations for food, service, ambiance, etc. It seemed like too much was being attempted with the flavors so everything was muddled. It was bustling inside with lots of diners, background music, and conversation. The decor was popular with many taking pictures throughout the restaurant. Overall we were expecting more. It was good but didn't come close to our expectations.
  19. R

    Renee

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Interesting food for sure, but I thought it all tasted the same. The Garlic naan was more like a tortilla with garlic paste only in the very center. Not like other naan I've had before from Indigo or Amber India. All in all just okay for me. But atmosphere was awesome. I'd probably go back but keep my expectations a little lower next time.
  20. NM

    NM90

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was great! The flavours were quite homely, but the presentation could’ve been better at the prices being charged. Waitstaff were friendly and attentive, but the staff at the front desk didn’t really seem to be able to handle the rush of incoming guests on a Friday night and didn’t call out to guests when their reserved tables were ready. The decor is beautiful, but the place can get very noisy indoors and it was a bit of a mood-kill.
  21. TV

    TV225

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food, and a beautiful restaurant! Highly recommended!
  22. KL

    KarenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place to celebrate our anniversary. We sat outside and the patio is decorated very nicely. Our server made excellent recommendations and the service from the entire staff was very attentive. The small plates that we ordered were delicous and the main was also very good. The portion size for the price of the main was on the small size. The only nit was our request was for a nice table and we were originally seated between two very large party tables which would have made conversation for us impossible. We were moved to a much better location.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was served cold, quality seems to have dropped from before!
  24. AP

    AnaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    In my opinion it is overrated, I am saying this for a design and an originality of the kitchen.
  25. HS

    HSHA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Loved the diversity on the menu and the ambience.
  26. ND

    NitinD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Some excellent - some awful! Excellent and exquisite: Scallops and kulcha! Awesome!! Scallops were to die for! Bad: Kale chutney: Come on guys - chutney needs to have some spice, some flavor, something zesty. Otherwise call it a dip. Don't cater to a baby - cater to adults! Chicken curry: A few large pieces of chicken in a small amount of flavor-less spice-less curry. Awful: Biryani: Oh boy! Guys - this was a disaster. 3-4 large pieces of (albeit well-cooked) chicken pieces in rice with some onions and cashews is not biryani. Instead making me Ettan-less, this biryani itself was Ettan-less! Add some flavor - add mint, coriander, cumin, give some more salaan (gravy) to mask the bland taste. You have got to send your chef to Urvachalu, Paradise, or some place like that to get some ideas of adding flavors to it. And please don't tell me " that's their way and this is our way" - that's the most lame excuse in the book!
  27. R

    Rango

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience1
    We got outdoor seating. The sun was on us. We were sweating. There were umbrellas but they wouldn’t open it. We were offered a shady place only if we vacate it at a particular time. So we refused. Otherwise we enjoyed the food.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as usual. My third time going there and loving everything there. Highly recommending this restaurant to everyone.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food didn’t live up to the expectations I had.
  30. SV

    SureshV

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    They were half hour late seating us. Would not let us go to the bar and have a drink. So had to wait outside till they seated us. We got a table where the door to the kitchen basically hit you. We were done with appetizers before our drinks arrived. Dinner was mediocre. We were rushed to order and eat as they were in a rush to close. Very disappointing.
  31. NV

    NileshV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb! A place to visit on a special occasion.We love it.
  32. AG

    AarGee

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our third visit. The food and cocktails are consistently good.
  33. r

    roscales

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Visiting Palo Alto. Beautiful outside venue. Great variety of menu options. Everything was great, especially cauliflower, octopus, scallops and salad!
  34. FS

    FionaS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    outdoor seating was granted, but given a very small table. we are both tall and felt very crammed. other tables enough for 4 people were available (and granted for another couple during our dinner) but not offered to us when we asked. our reservation was made over a month ago and to celebrate a special occasion, honestly expected better seating. Food was delicious, except for the monkey buns which (although seemed popular) were not well done. everything else was superb. our waiter was very pleasant, but main course was very late (adding on top of being crammed) meal took much longer than anticipated.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Camamero was excellent making sure my water was always full. Only thing was the curry flavor was just ok.
  36. AP

    AmitP

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great ambience and service. Vegetarian appetizers are incredible, unfortunately the entrees were a bit of a let down. The edamame vada, sesame leaf and cauliflower appetizers are worth coming back for
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb quality friend, fantastic service
  38. KM

    KenM

    San Francisco

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, superb menu! Beautiful decor!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Very fulfilling. We had outdoor seating and it was a beautiful day with beautiful decor. Customer service was on point very friendly and courteous staff.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a reservation at 9:30PM and got a table bang on time. The ambiance was stunning and so was the food. For vegetarians, the sesame leaf was really good! The delta asparagus kofta with the kerala parotta was authentic yet refreshing!

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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 Chow Now and 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 4.5 stars by 1211 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 78 times today
Google Map for Ettan - Palo Alto

518 Bryant St Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Cross street

    off University near Ramona

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:30 am–1:45 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • 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, 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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