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There is a semi private section behind those curtains, not sure if its something open to private parties or not.
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Ziziki’s Restaurant

5809 Preston Road Plano, TX, 75093
Open Sun.-Mon. 11am-9pm, Tue.-Thu. 11am-10pm & Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm.
972-943-8090 2 hours
December 2014 All year
$50-99 Plano Texas
Website Food/Drinks Greek Restaurants
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Ziziki’s is a Greek casual dining restaurant. It's a grade above regular casual dining places like Macaroni Grill but is below a fine dining level. There are three locations in the Dallas area. As for the menu, appetizers include standard Greek fare like pita bread and spanakopita. Salads range from Greek, Caprese, chicken and seafood. For entrees there are a handful of souvlakis dishes which are similar to shishkebab. There are also specialty entrees like chicken, lamb, lasagna and eggplant. Ziziki’s has a full bar and offers a happy hour service on weekdays.

The first Ziziki’s was opened in Dallas in 1994 by the original owners Costa and Mary Arabatzis. The Plano location opened in 2009. By the way, the name Ziziki’s stems from tzatziki sauce, a delicious yogurt, cucumber and lemon sauce and a great accompaniment to pita bread. The Plano restaurant has a fairly small footprint. A compact bar is located to the left of the front entrance and the main dining room is to the right. A semi-private section of the dining room is partitioned with curtains and could accommodate 30 or so people. Noise levels were moderate on a Tuesday night with about half the dining room full. Background noise would likely be loud on a busier day. A terrace section out front had both tables and couches.

Eating dinner early for a change meant having the pick of the litter as far as tables and locations. A quiet table request was accommodated but turned out to be too close to the kitchen, which you should avoid if want something quieter and more conducive to enjoying your meal. One of the cooks was banging something in the kitchen repeatedly. It was not a cacophonous noise but was irritating. In any event, the server was pleasant and helpful. She was attentive throughout the meal up until a slight delay in delivering the check. It seemed like the servers were slightly understaffed because they were hustling at times to keep up. Even so, food arrived promptly and a bus person cleared dishes upon request. A glass of red wine, pinot noir from Hahn winery in Monterey, California to be exact, started the meal off on a great note. The food here goes well with red wine in general, and the food in general was above average in quality, especially the first two courses - a creamy mushroom soup on the special menu and a spanakopita off the regular menu. The soup was absolutely delicious with a rich mushroom taste and served piping hot. Also, the spanakopita was tasty and light with a nice combination of spinach and goat cheese. A single portion though was a bit modest for the price. The veggie souvlakis entrée turned out to be a dud, unfortunately. Artichoke hearts, potatoes and olives were flavorful, but everything else such as tomatoes, asparagus, onions, etc... were uninspiring. Also, the asparagus was undercooked. A chicken souvlakis was almost ordered, and in retrospect that would have been a better option. For dessert a tiramisu made in-house was a home run, with scrumptious coffee and chocolate tastes and a light cream on top. It was again a modest portion but the taste rocked. Eating here was pleasant, and the food/service combination was good enough to merit a return visit. By the way, the restaurant had an interesting looking brunch service as well, including bottomless champagne and mimosas.
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