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Ettan - Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Ettan - Palo Alto

4.5
4.5
1133 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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Booked 109 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Small Plates

  • Jalapeno Kulcha$13.75

    • Tender Jack Vada Pav$16.00

      Jackfruit slider, chutney powder, ghee and mint chutney

      Large Plates

      • Wild Mushroom 'One Pot'$32.00

        Slow cooked mushrooms, potato korma, cauliflower with paratha

        • Vellore Chicken Curry$33.25

          Coconut, roasted chilies served with basmati rice

          Accompaniments

          • Butter Naan$5.75

            Butter or Garlic

            • Garlic Naan$5.75

              Kids Menu

              • Chicken and Cheese Flat Bread$16.00

                Kids Chicken and Cheese Flat Bread

                • Crispy Chicken$16.00

                  Kids crispy chicken with rice crisps and tomato ketchup

                  Drinks

                  • CocaCola (Bottled Soda)$4.75

                    • Fever tree Ginger Beer$4.75

                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                      What 1,133 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

                      NoiseModerate

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                      • San Francisco Bay Area

                        Indian

                      • Peninsula

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                      1. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Francisco

                        3 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 1 day ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing food, every time a new amazing dish, with unheard of tastes and a combination we never tried anywhere

                      2. B

                        Bill

                        San Francisco

                        26 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        26 reviews

                        Dined 1 day ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Fabulous creative food. Everything we ate was delicious.

                      3. d

                        delilahsunshen

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall2food2service2ambience4

                        We were highly looking forward to trying Ettan -- we had been trying to make a reservation for many months. We were very underwhelmed and disappointed. Our reservation was for lunch at 1:30pm on Sunday afternoon -- which we discovered is their "final seating time", but essentially the restaurant is closed. We were seated around 1:35pm, and placed our order around 1:48pm. We then found out the kitchen closes at 2:15pm and we were rushed through our meal. We even offered to put in our dessert order with our entrees but our server said its a separate kitchen so we could order it later. Our server brought out us our bill before we finished our entrees and plates were cleared. He also did not offer to refill our water at all during the entire meal. AS mentioned above, we really wanted to order dessert.... so very awkwardly asked if we could order one dessert, and our server begrudgingly brought out a menu. We left at 2:35pm and all the wait staff were waiting for us to leave. I would NOT have made a reservation for 1:30pm had I known the restaurant was closing/closed.... This time should not be a seating option. We won't be coming back. Very disappointing.

                      4. D

                        Deepa

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Ettan was truly a wonderful brunch experience. I was really looking forward to the jackfruit vada pav (because it's such a novel and creative idea) and boy, it did not disappoint! In fact, it was even better than I thought it'd be. The combination of flavors that I wouldn't have ever thought of combining, was just spot on! The pindi chole and naan, and paneer butter masala were really flavorful too. The mocktails were okay but interesting, and the baked eggs were not a favorite. The service was fantastic too. Was prompt and very pleasant. Would definitely go back to try out the dinner menu.

                      5. B

                        Baris

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Probably had the best butter chicken and dessert I've ever had in my life there.

                      6. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall3food3service4ambience3

                        Ambiance could have been better, we were also expecting a more formal setting. The food was good overall. We did appreciate the anniversary gift dessert! 7.5 out of 10

                      7. DM

                        DMA2

                        San Francisco

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                        Loved this place. The lamb dish was 5 stars, simple chicken was 4 stars. Very nice ambience.

                      8. S

                        Sak8

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall1food2service1ambience2

                        Okay Very disappointed with the service we received at Ettan. I was there for a special occasion and was with guests visiting from international. Firstly Ettan dint honor the reservation (8:45) time. We got our table after 35 minutes at 9:20 and then we were rushed into ordering as soon as we got seated because the kitchen was closing in 5 minutes. So we placed our order in a rush. When we asked to add one more item to our order (just 8 minutes from the time we were seated) the waiter refused to take order and said we were “too late to order”. Ridiculous! Dint expect such poor service from this restaurant.

                      9. j

                        jynette

                        San Francisco

                        8 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great food, very innovative yet well use of Indian spices, flavoring. Restaurant decor and ambience very lively, it brings life to down town Palo Alto, much needed! Your servers are wonderful too! We just wish it’s easier to get reservation!

                      10. LT

                        LisaT

                        San Francisco

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Everything we ordered was delicious. Great place to share foods with big and small plates.

                      11. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall4food5service3ambience5

                        Server was pushing us to get more food. Commented on how a large plate is a small portion and if we don't want more food? We didn't ask about the portion sizes. Server also didn't get back to us about a substitution they were supposed to confi n with the chef

                      12. S

                        Sunbunny13

                        San Francisco

                        7 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        7 reviews

                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Loved the experience! I can’t wait to go back!

                      13. SH

                        SaurabhH

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                        Excellent food and service. Will definitely be back.

                      14. BK

                        BlamaK

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great job, the food was Amazing the and the staffs pay attention to detail. Also the customer service was first class.

                      15. CB

                        CelesteB

                        San Francisco

                        16 reviews

                        5.0

                        16 reviews

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        The brunch food and drinks were amazing! It's an expensive outing, but worth the money once in a while. Outdoor seating was alternatively hot and cold and noisy because of the people waiting for tables, but they've done as good a job as they can given the space. Definitely recommended for a special occasion.

                      16. I

                        Ilovefood

                        San Francisco

                        8 reviews

                        5.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Went for Mother’s Day brunch and food was delicious at a beautiful venue. Servers were attentive and friendly.

                      17. D

                        Dover

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent!

                      18. S

                        Sita

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall3food4service3ambience4

                        Loved the taste of food. I wish they had more options for vegetarians/vegans. The menu lacks assortment of veggies. Menu pretty much revolves around cauliflower and cream based dishes. I wish they add more options in the future especially Veg. Biryani.

                      19. A

                        Adam

                        San Francisco

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Awesome food and service. Can’t recommend the veal or sesame leaf enough.

                      20. r

                        ratedit

                        San Francisco

                        11 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        11 reviews

                        Dined on May 5, 2022

                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                        Birthday- it was a very good meal and the service was very good and attentive. Great dishes and nice evening out.

                      21. S

                        Sp32918

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 5, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Very Good Restaurant. Would visit again here. Good Job.

                      22. b

                        barles

                        San Francisco

                        7 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        7 reviews

                        Dined on May 5, 2022

                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                        Service and food were excellent, but because the restaurant is so popular the noise level made it hard to have a conversation.

                      23. S

                        Smal

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 4, 2022

                        overall3food5service3ambience5

                        Ettan is my go to my place for special occasions..I love the vibe, ambience and food. One thing that is bit disappointing is Ettans’ run out of certain items on menu every time I been there. I always want to try the Monkey bread on the menu but every time I was told it was out..

                      24. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Salt Lake City

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 4, 2022

                        overall5food5service3ambience4

                        Anniversary

                      25. b

                        burt78

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 2, 2022

                        overall4food4service5ambience3

                        Food was very good and different from usual Indian fare, though somewhat overpriced. The service was quick and excellent. The outdoor seating was average in ambience.

                      26. MS

                        MarianaS

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                        overall2food3service4ambience1

                        Not too bad but nothing spectacular also the table placement a little bit awkward

                      27. S

                        Sneha

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                        overall3food4service2ambience4

                        Good food. But,despite having a reservation, we were made to wait 15minutes. We were made to sit in a very tiny table and when asked if they could move to a nearby empty one, they said we could after they cleaned it. But, even after it was cleaned we were not moved. The dishes were great. I especially enjoyed their guava ice cream. Overall, for the price, the service could be better.

                      28. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New England

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                        overall3food3service5ambience5

                        Overpriced. Decent food.

                      29. MK

                        MadhaviK

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                        overall1food3service4ambience1

                        I booked 4 weeks back for outdoor and when we went in they put us next to a pillar and horrible spot near a pillar

                      30. R

                        Rahul

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                        Amazing, tasty food. Great ambience. I felt the portion sizes were rather small. Overall a great place - highly recommend. They should open another location in East Bay :)

                      31. JC

                        JaniceC

                        Chicago

                        1 review

                        vip
                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great food - we loved everything there. The black peppercorn cauliflower, chutney samplers and saffron slice are the most memorable! We celebrated our anniversary there and they surprised us with an extra dessert (which is free).

                      32. TD

                        TimD

                        Washington DC

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        There's a reason it's so hard to get a reservation here. Fantastic food, service, and atmosphere!

                      33. HB

                        HimanshuB

                        San Francisco

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Delicious food. Unique one of a kind items on the menu. Wonderful ambience. Amazing service. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Ettan. Will definitely return to try out the stuff we couldn’t all in one meal!

                      34. AW

                        AbhijitW

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 29, 2022

                        overall5food5service3ambience5

                        Food was really great. Loved the authentic and fusion recipes. Service was slightly slow and it was a little noisy for a week night.

                      35. AJ

                        AnujJ

                        Hawaii

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on April 29, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing food - i was totally blown away. Special mention for the scallop, octopus, chicken and bass!!

                      36. R

                        Rasika

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        They rocked in all three - food, ambience and service. I had mentioned about my husband's bday and they brought him a small complimentary bday cake with candle. It was a very cute surprise. I definitely recommend this place. Loved the Indian food with American twist. Totally worth it.

                      37. KP

                        KushP

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                        overall4food3service4ambience5

                        Great ambience, decent food and good service. We visit often more the vibe tbh though.

                      38. AJ

                        AngelaJ

                        Washington DC

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        This place is beautiful and both the food and drinks are delicious. This is my 4th or 5th time visiting, so I can confirm consistency. The jackfruit sliders are probably the best thing on the menu, but everything we had was really tasty. No complaints. Also, this should count as 3 reviews because the feedback is from me and 2 friends. We all agree on the jackfruit and Ettan in general.

                      39. p

                        prathyusha

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 27, 2022

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                        Appetizers and Ambience were Amazing. It would really be nice if there could be more veg options in main course Overall Had a wonderful time with family

                      40. d

                        deepikam

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 27, 2022

                        overall3food3service3ambience5

                        The food tasted very average with awesome ambience . The server needs to allow time for us to finish . He kept coming to the table asking if could clear the table which added to the disturbance . The food really needs a better taste

                      FAQs

                      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 1133 OpenTable diners.

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

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                      Booked 109 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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