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420 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1604 (University)
(650) 326-0983
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Palo Alto, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Been eating here for years and it is always delicious. Great for special occasions and with good friends.

Thank Jim H
Reeuwijk, The Netherlands
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86 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This popular restaurant is big but manages to provide an intimate atmosphere. Perhaps the colors and open show kitchen add to this. I had two appetizers, the octopus and a artichoke-eggplant skewer. Both were absolutely fantastic! The price of my glass of Cabernet however was outrageous ($18)! The warm chocolate cake with sour cherry ice cream was exceptional. Service was... More 

Thank Ericv58
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238 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have dined here several times in recent years and fully concur that this is the #1 restaurant in Palo Alto. This time we had a larger party and were able to share more dishes; yet there were still more dishes that we wished we could have ordered. Portions are reasonably sized. The starters are especially good. Order several to... More 

Thank bamboola
Menlo Park, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been coming to Evvia for many years now. Need to book in advance for reservations, hard to get table otherwise. Ambiance is quite special with view to kitchen/grill action, feels quaint and like you're in Europe. Specials are always great, but I typically get the Branzino, it just melts in your mouth. The traditional grilled octopus with oregano, lemon... More 

Thank Karla M
Montreal, Canada
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378 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was very much looking forward to lunch at Evvia as everyone spoke highly of it, and I believe it has a "Bib gourmand" by via Michelin...totaly disappointed. Maybe my expectations for it were too high. Had the fried zucchini, was slightly watery, but okay, the beat malls were good, but nothing revolutionary, and the moussaka was served scolding, also... More 

Thank Rob B
Redwood City, California
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Evvia was a wonderful experience It it nice to go to a restaurant where everything is in harmony. The food was outstanding . the service was the same.my wife and i went there for special occasion, we will return We thank the staff for a good time

Thank allan1818
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138 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first visit to Evvia, and I was hoping for the best considering its cost. Exceptional restaurant! Reservations highly recommended! The food was delivered in small portions but undeniable delicious, the overall ambiance was great and the staff was extremely attentive. Will definitely return!

Thank GaeaTraveller
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful and tasty. Atmosphere cheery but too noisy to have a normal conversation. Service was adequate given how busy the restaurant was for dinner. Perhaps more staff would have alleviated this concern. Expensive unless for a special occasion.

Thank Karen W
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Evvia is one of Palo Alto's most consistently good restaurants. Our service was excellent that might - and the octopus and the baby lamb cops were particularly wonderful!

Thank Kathryn S
Palo Alto
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since Evvia opened many years ago, it's always my go-to special occasion restaurant as well as when just looking for the best lunch or dinner in Palo Alto, hands down. From appetizers to dessert, you will never be disappointed. The only problem is getting a reservation…you need to plan, or go in for a late lunch or dinner when the... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $45
Mediterranean, Greek
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 420 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1604
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 326-0983
Sister restaurant of Kokkari, Evvia has been serving beautiful and elegant Greek cuisine since 1995. Fabulous fish, savory roasted meats, and sun-soaked vegetables are jazzed up with a spritz of lemon, a little olive oil, and herbs. There is perfection in simplicity.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?