With the arrival of several high-profile restaurateurs, Palo Alto’s ever-growing food scene is poised to rival that of cities like Chicago and Washington, D.C. Palo Alto is constantly expanding, showcasing increasing breadth and diversity, and these choices for top area restaurants, both old and new, offer an exciting array sure to please any culinary palate.
420 Emerson Street
Bringing the charm of Greece to Silicon Valley since 1995, Evvia Estiatorio marries Hellenic culinary sensibility with only the freshest produce, meats, and seafood in California. Offering classic Greek dishes like pastitsio and moussaka, this Palo Alto eatery has been a favorite of locals and tourists alike for over two decades. With a warm and inviting environment of rustic wood beams, hanging copper pots, and a roaring wood-burning fireplace, Evvia is a draw for local techies and VCs by day, and couples or families in the evening.
NOBU PALO ALTO
180 Hamilton Avenue
Located on the ground floor of the Epiphany Hotel, the vibrant, trendy eatery has gained a cult following, popular with hipsters, celebrities, and business professionals alike. Nobu Palo Alto is a smaller version of the restaurant than those found worldwide in locations like NYC, Hong Kong, London, and Monte Carlo. Signature Nobu dishes like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and black cod with miso, as well as California favorites like lobster ceviche and handcrafted cocktails round out the lunch and dinner menus. For breakfast, look for a modern twist on steak & eggs, made with braised short rib.
260 California Avenue
Drawing on the expertise of French Laundry alumni Dennis Kelly, a master sommelier who worked at the renowned restaurant for a decade, and Anthony Secviar, who cooked there for six years, the much-anticipated restaurant Protégé is aiming for a late 2017 opening. The restaurant concept is being billed as "approachable fine dining,” not too expensive, and not as high-end as French Laundry. The unique, neighborhood-friendly space will offer an outdoor patio and will also feature decor and dinnerware by local Bay area artists.