Smyrna is one of our new favorites. The food is delicious, the service is friendly and the location is ideal. There is plenty of outdoor seating for people who enjoy that, but we prefer to eat inside, as the dining room is pretty. Our favorite starters are the calamari and the tzatziki.
Exceptional service...and very very good food! We will be back.
Wow! Our first time here and we can't wait to go back.
The service was friendly and attentive, and the food was absolutely delicious! We had the grilled octopus and the Greek salad as appetizers, the scallops and the lamb lasagna as entrees, and the baklava and kunefe for dessert. Everything was excellent!
We were ignored most of the night and we couldn't order or get our waters filled in a timely manner. It seems as if the restaurant was short-handed because we didn't have a dedicated waiter/waitress, which made it difficult to flag a person down for service. The service wasn't unfriendly but not warm or attentive either. The food itself was just fine, but nothing special, and at these prices, there are much better restaurants in terms of food, service, and value.
Great establishment for a business or personal get together.
Halumi appetizer outstanding. Quiet elegant. Loved it.
The food was really excellent from the yummy bread, 2 kinds of soup were both good. The branzino & lamb chops were both excellent & tender.
Delightful dinner at Smyrna on Friday - this will soon be a neighborhood gem. :)
Bread arrived at the table shortly after we sat down, still hot from the oven.
The eggplant pure made for a perfect dip - so flavorful and satisfying.
Moscow mules were well-made and refreshing on a hot day. Grilled octopus were perfectly grilled and seasoned, and came with grilled cucumber and braised beans - could've been a meal all by itself. Grilled prawns were plump and juicy, with 6 large ones for a serving.
My companion had the spinach fettuccine, the portion was so large she took half home.
The only downside was that the air conditioning wasn't working (it was 95 that day). The fan kept the restaurant from being sweltering, but still slightly uncomfortable.
Will definitely return! Next time we'll bring friends.
A lovely atmosphere and it was easy to talk with four people. The staff was terrific -- professional, helpful and kind enough to bring a special dessert to celebrate a birthday. We really enjoyed the food -- great bread, spreads, lamb and fish.
Loved the grilled halloumi & beets appetizer and the grilled olives & feta! Delicious! Our entrees were all tasty though the grilled steak and grilled lamb chops were unevenly cooked - maybe a cold spot on the grill? The flavor was fantastic, so we're rooting for Smyrna to work out its kinks.
We loved everything about this restaurant. The service was excellent & the food was delicious.
We will be back.
The food was incredibly delicious and beautifully presented. The service was very, very slow. We’ll go back because our dinner was worth the wait!
Food was mostly good. Risotto was a little more al dente than I normally prefer. Eggplant based dip as appetizer had a very nice smokiness to it.
Food portions are medium to small. A bit PRICEY!! Lunch for two $75.00 OUCH!!!!
Lovely new restaurant on Cal Ave. Friendly and welcoming staff. The halloumi and beet stater was unusual and delicious. Hubby had pasta with smoked chicken, mushrooms, etc.; I had game hen. Both very good. Not cheap, but in line with other restaurants in the area. A very nice addition to the Cal Ave. scene. Thank you, Zubi. We’ll be back.
They had me at Turkish and Greek food. Innovative takes, tasty spreads, superbly succulent lamb kebabs, perfectly cooked shrimp and feta appetizer, divine Turkish sauvignon blanc, well mixed G&T, outdoor seating available on California Avenue, fast and attentive service.
This place has been open for two months. It's a splendid addition to Palo Alto's "other" downtown. Don't miss it!
Lamb shank was delicious, so was the grilled olives. Fresh bread too. Loved trying the Turkish wines. Service was excellent! Highly recommend!
Great food and service
Spanakopita was good. Family enjoyed some dishes but not others.
Great food and service! We could have made a meal from the appetizers!
Great addition to the Palo Alto food scene. Delicious dishes, served with this amazing flatbread.
Great food! Very poor service - we had to get up three different times to ask our waiter for something - and there were very few people in the restaurant.
This new Greek restaurant on California Ave serves up delicious food with great service. As a vegetarian, I especially enjoyed the Vegetable Moussaka. It's one of the more robustly tasteful vegetarian moussakas I've had. My friends tried the meatballs and the octopus and enjoyed both. The finale with the Turkish coffee mousse, fruit coulis and candied orange rind was very well executed and a fitting end to a most enjoyable meal.
We really enjoyed this restaurant! Good food and fast service. We felt at home here.
Everything about our meal was fabulous. It's just overpriced.
Food was interesting and well prepared. Small but very good wine list. Service was spotty.
We had a wonderful meal on the patio. The hosts were welcoming and the restaurant is really beautiful. In my opinion is some of the best Mediterranean food around the Palo Alto neighborhood (and I lived in the Mediterranean for over a decade and have a high standard for this genre). We had the fish which was beautifully prepared and stuffed with vegetables, the most delicious eggplant appetizer and the lamb shank. Plus the best baklava I ever had! They also have a selection of Mediterranean wine and beer. We will definitely go back for more as I am wanting to eat my way through the menu. Planning on taking some friends for their next special occasion. We are so happy to have a place like this on California avenue!
The service is outstanding, apparently the service staffs are all well trained. I love their deserts.
The staff was super attentive in a friendly way. The menu items were very pleasing. Lovely new restaurant with delicious food!
Brought to you by the same folks who created Urga Bistro in Los Altos. Just opened so a little short on staff, but the same welcoming environment and same excellent food.
Too pricy for teachers and budget conscious diners
Smyrna is a good eatery. We enjoyed the food very much. The service was a bit slow. It was not easy to get the attention of the waiter. The price was reasonable. However, perhaps when we were there the crowd was especially noisy, we had difficulty hearing each other. It seamed very noisy to us. I do recommend this restaurant.
Just opened. Food and service is outstanding. Highly recommend