420 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA | Directions 9430137.445249 -122.163669
Mon thru Fri 11:30 am to 2:00 pm : Mon. thru Thurs. 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm Friday 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm Saturday 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sunday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown North
A++ on Food, D- on Reservation Management – We had 8:30 pm reservations for a party of 4 this past Saturday night. With the menu fresh in our heads and the GPS set , we got ourselves to Evvia's on time and plenty hungry.
The place was crowded, and we were parked at the small bar to wait for our table. For what I thought would be a few minutes. But then 10 minutes go by, and 20, 30 and 45 more minutes before the maitre 'd unapologetically announced our table was ready. If our friends weren't so fascinating, I would have been totally annoyed.
The food went a long way to making up for the inexcusable delay. We shared 4 appetizers -- the smelt were crisp and light and the beef tongue perfectly grilled with heavenly spices. But the grilled octopus, while flavorful, was overcooked and tough. I didn't sample the steamed mussels but was told they were just fine.
Our 3 entrees consisted of the daily special filet of sole and grilled pork chop, and the menu's lemon-oregano rotisserie chicken. My companions ooh'd and ahh'd. But what clinched the deal for me were the desserts we shared. Traditional arborio rice pudding with pear, a sweet chocolate sundae and a very yummy baklava. The crown jewel was the homemade yogurt drizzled with honey, walnuts and surrounded with perfectly sweet figs. For that alone the wait was nearly worth it. Nearly.
Service was okay -- our waiter seemed distracted throughout, then mixed up our dessert order. Patrons for the nightclub next door were lined up on the sidewalk, making for a bit extra volume both on the ears and eyes. But we'll go back again, on a weeknight. After all, there are just too many top-drawer restaurants out there that have a better grasp of their reservation system on peak nights than Evvia's. Divine yogurt notwithstanding."
Not as good as sister restaurant Kokkari in downtown SF – After having an excellent dining experience at Evvia's sister restaurant Kokkari in downtown SF, I was quite disappointed with my experience at this restaurant. I could hardly believe the two restaurants were related. Portions were small and prices high. Several items were not fresh, especially fish, which had also not been boned properly. Desserts were great! Staff was professional but cold and also a little slow. Wine list was lacking and highly marked up. The place seemed busy though, mostly with a blue shirt business crowd and a surprisingly large number of Israelis. The valet service employed by the restaurant was very unpolished.
This is my favorite restaurant! – After being here 4 times with friends, and ordering 22 items on their appetizers, main entrees, and dessert menus, they are 22 for 22 at simply AMAZING food. The fried calamari is to die for. Somehow they magically were able to fry the calamari, yet keep it so soft it melts in your mouth. The Lamb Shank just "falls" off the bone. And finally, the Ravioli is simply one of the best comination of food ever! Try it out, you won't be disappointed!
I just don't get it. – Look, these are nice guys but I don't get it. They all have the requisite european accent but how is the food. I have been to Greece and this is not the food that I had. This is some kind of Cal Greek hybrid at best. And, for such a nice restaurant what's up with their wine list. Hardly any decent selection, like the wine buyer has been hanging out at Bev Mo. Go figure?
Evvia is amazing! – Everything we had was wonderful. Spanakotiropita was unbelievably creamy and sweet. Horiatiki is the best "traditional greek salad" I have ever eaten. The feta is plentiful, the veggies are fresh and crisp. If I could only recommend one entre it would be Arnisia Paidakia. The lamb chops were so lushess and cooked to a rare perfection. Kokinisto me Manestra, Souvlaki, and Kritharaki were also unbelievable. But save room for dessert especially if you choose to order Galaktoboureko or Yiaourti me Meli. Both are like eating heaven.
Elegant Greek cuisine served in one of the Peninsula's most attractive settings. – The Scene
This popular spot successfully creates a scene one might find at a rustic Mediterranean country inn, with fresh flowers and handmade pottery--a perfect setting for special-occasion dining. Exposed beams run across the ceiling; windows overlook busy Emerson Street. The dimly lit space is intimate and romantic, although usually buzzing with noise. On cool nights, diners stay warm in front of a large fireplace.
The menu balances Old-World traditions with modern flair. Start with grape leaves stuffed with beef and rice and flavored with mint and egg-lemon sauce or crispy calamari. Satisfying main courses include decadent moussaka, a baked casserole with eggplant, potatoes and lamb ragout, and the ravioli, four fluffy pillows stuffed with a rich zucchini-feta blend. Souvlaki is another reliable choice, with mesquite-grilled beef, mushrooms and onions served over wild pilaf rice. The wondrous sokolatina, a small chocolate cake shell containing warm, gooey chocolate, is the perfect finale.
Wonderful! – This is not a place for the uncultured- read weaker reviews with a grain of salt. They will say it's over priced. I completely disagree. The dolmathes (grape-leaf rolls with spiced meat and rice inside) were wonderful, not bitter like you'll find at other places that serve Greek cuisine- Evvia must use fresh leaves (you'd think it wouldn't be that hard in CA!). The lamb chops were one step away from filet mignon, the lamb shank was also incredibly tasty. Great red wine selections that accompanied our meals including the classic Greek salads very well. If you know your wine and your cooking, Evvia will not disappoint. Presentation was flawless, waitstaff quick and unobtrusive.
Greek Specialties at Inflated Prices – With a menu complete with upscale versions of Greek specialties and a dining room packed with rough hewn tables, Evvia offers patrons a glimpse of a local taverna in the Greek isles. Appetizers include Feta and Olives, Greek Salad, and a combination plate of Dolmathes, Taramoslata, and Tzatziki, while entrees include grilled dishes such as Lamb Chops, Striped Bass, and Rabbit. The cozy, noisy atmosphere is punctuated by tables that are alternately too bright or too dark, but the conscientious service makes up for any inconvenience. Anyone who has been to Greece would be outraged at the miniscule portions, and, despite a wine list that abounds with selections from Greece, California, and beyond, Dionysus would be furious at Evvias inflated $10 price for a glass of poor Sauvignon Blanc. While Evvia provides excellent, authentic Greek specialties, your wallet will be lighter by many drachma when finished (dinner for two $150).
Great food – Older crowd, nice decor, great food. The lamb dish was excellent and they've got a great selection of wine.
Best Greek Food!!!! – Best Greek food I've had....and this includes having spent 3 weeks in Greece. Wonderful (but loud) atmosphere, although the food IS on the pricey side. Well...compared to Greece.
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