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Ettan - Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Ettan - Palo Alto

4.5
4.5
1297 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

7:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

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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 1,297 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

    Most Booked

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  1. VK

    VidyaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, stellar service, absolutely beautiful setting. I would highly recommend Ettan!
  2. SA

    SnehaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb ambience and excellent food. A little overpriced, but overall good!
  3. AP

    AP1234

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very high quality south Indian food with a modern twist and presentation.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    We went yesterday to Ettan to celebrate our family and getting through a rough year. We had been as a family to Srijith’s Taj Compton and just loved the Michelin experience and we still can feel every morsel of the 12 course dinner on our tongues. Since Covid we’ve been constantly calling Taj to go back and were told that they closed indefinitely to our disappointment. Then we discovered that Srijith moved to Ettan. So our expectations were pretty high when we went to Ettan. Unfortunately our experience yesterday at Ettan was lackluster. The food was above average but the service was extremely underwhelming. The food was rushed to literally get us in and out. We constantly had to call someone to clear the dishes so we could get to the dishes coming rapid fire. The cutlery seems pretty old and what you expect at a 1 star place and there was a constant drum of dropped cutlery in and around you. There didn’t seem to be a wine menu. Maybe the person serving us forgot to get us one or maybe Ettan just doesnt have one. We got the spicy tequila cocktail which was very good. Asked for a Syrah on the menu but was told was out. The person helping us serving us suggested a Bordeaux as a replacement which came in glass u would likely find in again a 1star restaurant (nothing against them..again expectation) and which just tasted like swill.. Hoping to see more from Ettan in the future…
  5. l

    luv2eatout

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent meal last night at Ettan. Been there several times and love the quality and consistency of the food. Dining outside is always a treat there too. Service was a little slow for some reason, though. But overall great dinner.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and ambiance. Loved the interior decor. Food was innovative and tasty. Thanks to Sumit for his recommendation on food and drinks.
  7. k

    katp

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very tasty, well-prepared, totally unique food. We travel often; comfortable saying Ettan is in a class of its own. Skillful merging of cuisine, spices and preparation. The kind of place to return to for trying each menu item. High praise and thank you.
  8. V

    Vinay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Indian food I’ve tasted in a long time! Great ambience and service
  9. MS

    MeeS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food but the team asked us to leave in 1hour before we were seated.
  10. AK

    AKIfoodie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    Not worth the hype or the price, would not go again
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had the chicken wings to start, the chicken biryani & paneer makhani entrees, and the guava and passionfruit desserts.The appetizers and desserts were exceptional (5/5). The entrees were fairly good but a bit bland (3/5). I would definitely come back here just for their spicy wings and creative desserts.
  12. VM

    ValeriaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT!! I will return, the venue is great for celebrations!
  13. j

    jrgeorge

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the few fine dining Indian places that lives up to the hype. The setting of course is beautiful, but I’m really impressed with how they were able to maintain the tastes of traditional Indian spices / flavors while still implementing some surprising and tasty fusion combinations.
  14. S

    Sundy

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Ambience is great, nice place to sit and eat. Food types either we picked or the taste didn't suit our family that well, it's an average tasting restaurant. The staff were very courteous and friendly. We had a great evening.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    Food was great but the service was OH SOO SLOW! We had to wait 15 minutes before our waiter even arrived at our table. Then another 20 minutes wait for the entrees and another 15 just to get the check. Very disappointed.
  16. D

    Doge

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    The food was extremely disappointing. No authentic taste
  17. j

    joyk

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    the food is excellent, but they really throw the food at you, Almost all the food comes in about 15 minutes after you sit down, I love that the appetizers come quickly but I don't want to feel shoved out
  18. J

    Jasdeep

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at Ethan. Great atmosphere, amazing food and terrific service. I liked the California spin on Indian food. Will definitely be back.
  19. LR

    LizaR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had a great experience here! The restaurant is beautiful and we were seated at a nice corner table outside (7 of us and our pet) The server was attentive and addressed our questions re:gluten free and some nut free allergies. The food was delicious esp the sesame leaf small plate. The chicken and cheese pizza on naan (on the child menu) was delicious too for my younger nephew. The portions were generally on the smaller side but we ended up having leftovers. We were celebrating my daughter’s bday. We forgot to let the staff know until the last minute but they brought out a little hbd dessert which we were happy with :) I read some of the reviews before we went and was a bit hesitant but overall Ettan was a lovely choice for a celebration or any occasion.
  20. AR

    AvinashR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love the ambience and seating, it was great. The food itself was not up to the mark. It was very rich, malabar paratha was just breaking up into crumbs, overly cooked to make it extremely flaky. I was hoping that the coconut rice would be good, it was just plain and bland. We liked the Monkey bun, nice warm and moist. Black pepper cauliflower was good. We also liked the stuffed pepper main course but the Brentwood corn was just not up to the mark. Almost same gravy in everything, just different veggies or kofta or panner in them. Tried it one time just because of Michelin Guide but won't go again. There are like 5 or 6 vegetarian options.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for a birthday celebration. The atmosphere and deco are perfect for a moms night out. We all had a wonderful time.
  22. LR

    LindaR

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed our dinner on a Sunday evening. Service was very good and our server helped us navigate the selections since it was our first time. Especially liked the sesame leaf and black pepper cauliflower. Prices are on the higher end and there is a 3% staff surcharge. Will return. Do plan ahead to get a reservation.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner experience for our anniversary! The server even brought out a surprise dessert for us to celebrate.
  24. S

    Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very expensive.
  25. Y

    Yorz

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Don't get why it's popular. The food was so-so (fresh ingredients but tasteless) and highly overpriced.
  26. M

    Mealsmama

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Terrific outdoor venue with imaginative Indian dishes--pricey, but worth it on a special evening or for a splurge.
  27. A

    Aaarkay

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    I dined at Ettan on a day when there was a private dinner party hosted indoors. I would expect them to reach out to me earlier to let me know that they can't have us sit indoors. Instead, when I reached Ettan and then they told me, and I didn't have an option to go elsewhere. The private dinner party inside was loud and killed the experience for us sitting on the outside. The food overall was okay. I particularly like the sesame chaat which had a nice sour zing to it. The vada pav slider was below average because it had an aftertaste coming from the oil they used. Service was good, our server explained to us what each dish was, and food was sent to our table right on time. Overall, I wasn't too happy with the experience. I had way high expectations and was very excited so had saved the occasion for my fiance's bday. I wouldn't go to this place again.
  28. L

    Lavanya

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Not great food, its average. Over priced for the quality. Beautiful decor, very colourful. The brand value seemed more for the artistic decor than the food itself.
  29. SB

    SarangB

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    some of the starters were boring, and my passionfruit daquiri was too strong and very unpleasant. I really enjoyed the corn kofta and Victor's service was superb. I don't know that I agree with all the fuss that Ettan is getting, but it was a solid meal, though quite pricey for vegetarians. 7/10. Would only come back for a special occasion or if someone else was paying.
  30. AL

    AnnaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The food was delicious and I enjoyed the patio. It was beautifully decorated. The service was quite slow for us -- we waited about 40 minutes for our food. We were also surprised by the 3% surcharge added to our bill. I would prefer that the prices on the menu reflect the amount charged for the food.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food, ambiance, and service!
  32. s

    siri

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We went there really excited but were disappointed with the food. We had a chutney sampler, sesame leaf, sheeb kabab, monkey buns, chicken biriyani, corn kofta, black pepper cauliflower, one pot mushroom, dessert, and a few drinks. In spite of trying different items, nothing really stood out. everything was just ok which was disappointing given the price point of the restaurant. It wasn't on par with the other Indian fine dining restaurants in the bay area.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great. Food amazing.
  34. JC

    JamesC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The fried chicken was my favorite. We will be back. And thank you for the birthday pastry for my wife. Much appreciated.
  35. AK

    AbhipsaK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Love to such amazing creativity in the Indian culinary scene. The menu was exciting and I looked forward to tasting each creation. The service left much to be desired. Our waiter came off as awkward and abrasive. As an Indian, I also felt he did not have a knowledgeable grasp of the menu…despite how arrogant he came off as. The menu and placing in a full dimly lit area when much more aesthetic areas were available left a bitter taste in my mouth, tainting the rest of our experience,
  36. TS

    TinaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son’s bday was special! My family loved everything we ordered!
  37. R

    Raquel

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food and service. I’ve recommended this restaurant to so many people, and the ambiance is great.
  38. J

    Jess

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A perfect place for a special occasion dinner. The outdoor seating was beautiful, and the service was impeccable. All of the dishes were excellent, and some were incredible. Save room for dessert!
  39. K

    Keerthi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for a wonderful time. Appreciate it very much
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    It is an ok restaurant. Ambience is good, food is ok.

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Ettan - Palo Alto is rated 4.5 stars by 1297 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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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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