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Ettan - Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Ettan - Palo Alto

4.5
4.5
1147 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 34 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 1,147 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

                      Loved For

                      • San Francisco Bay Area

                        Indian

                      • Peninsula

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                      1. A

                        Adit

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall3food2service3ambience4

                        The quality of the food has dropped tremendously since our last visit in January 2022. It is now at the level of many other Indian restaurants in the Bay Area, which are also much more cost effective. The waiters never bothered to check on whether we were enjoying the food. The edamame vadas were served cold. The asparagus koftas tasted indeterminate, with the only clear note being that of lots of garam masala. It was a very disappointing visit -- definitely not worth waiting for a reservation or the amount spent.

                      2. N

                        Nagendra

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        wonderful place with great food and ambience, totally loved it.

                      3. SG

                        ShravanGunishetty

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Good but very expensive. Service is good at the same time

                      4. B

                        Bakk

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Ettan was outstanding and I can't wait to return for another meal.

                      5. VB

                        VinodB

                        San Francisco

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great service. Delicious food. Loved the spicy Ettan hot wings and lamb bao. Highly recommended.

                      6. MS

                        MathangiS

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great food, service and ambience. Highly recommend!

                      7. S

                        Snehm

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing ambience and food , loved the service and vibes

                      8. AG

                        AmitG

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Good food and ambience. Great service. Highly recommend.

                      9. AS

                        AndreS

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                        the chicken wings were cold and entrees were a little overpriced. Portions need to be increased for sure

                      10. S

                        Sasmit

                        Cincinnati

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We absolutely loved the place!! It is one of the best Indian Fusian restaurants that we have been to and would absolutely recommend this to everyone!

                      11. V

                        Virinchi

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing food. Different than the traditional Indian food. I would call this a modernized version of Indian Food. So much more value for money as well compared to other nicer Indian places.

                      12. V

                        Vish

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall3food2service4ambience5

                        Limited menu options with average taste. Expectations were much higher

                      13. PJ

                        PratikshaJ

                        Central Coast

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        Everything was good but it was my sister’s anniversary dinner that’s why we came to celebrate it and also which I had mentioned during reservation but I thought there would be some celebratory gesture from your side sadly I didn’t see any!!!

                      14. P

                        Picky

                        New York Area

                        21 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        21 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Wonderful food, beautifully presented. Relaxed and very pleasant atmosphere

                      15. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Francisco

                        3 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                      16. B

                        Bill

                        San Francisco

                        26 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        26 reviews

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Fabulous creative food. Everything we ate was delicious.

                      17. d

                        delilahsunshen

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                        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.

                      18. D

                        Deepa

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                        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.

                      19. B

                        Baris

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                      20. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                        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

                      21. DM

                        DMA2

                        San Francisco

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                      22. S

                        Sak8

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        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.

                      23. j

                        jynette

                        San Francisco

                        8 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        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!

                      24. LT

                        LisaT

                        San Francisco

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                      25. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 12, 2022

                        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

                      26. 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!

                      27. SH

                        SaurabhH

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                        Excellent food and service. Will definitely be back.

                      28. 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.

                      29. 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.

                      30. 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.

                      31. D

                        Dover

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent!

                      32. 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.

                      33. 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.

                      34. 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.

                      35. S

                        Sp32918

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 5, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                      36. 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.

                      37. 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..

                      38. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Salt Lake City

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 4, 2022

                        overall5food5service3ambience4

                        Anniversary

                      39. 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.

                      40. 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

                      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 1147 OpenTable diners.

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

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                      Booked 34 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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