by Stacy T. on
Meh - it doesn't hold as much appeal to me as the Vegas location. The food is average and scene are average, but the drinks on the 2nd floor are outstanding. The Bartender was the highlight of the night. He was efficient and poured a proper drink for our large group whether it was a Margarita, mixed shot, or something as simple as vino. We ordered a smattering of everything off the menu. The notable picks were the Chilean sea bass, wasabi crusted filet, and the Chinese sausage fried rice. We also got some sushi, but it was only ok. Service was a strong plus, so it doesn't do that much wrong. I'd classify it as a great place to grab a drink before dinner.
by Perla Lellig on
Update (3/5): Last time we went, the music was on so loud that a reasonable conversation was impossible, even on the exterior patio. To add insult to injury, the rabbit is off the menu. I can no longer recommend this restaurant. Old Review (5/5): Wow, lots of hating going on here! I've been to Taverna Plaka with both family with friends, and it's always a great experience. A few tips: - If you want to sit in the main dining room, the one with belly dancers and lots of other patrons, you'll need a reservation. However, if you like quieter dining, just ask to be seated in the overflow area. Management seems to think the overflow is inferior, but imho it's nicer all around. - That said, you might want to call ahead/get a reservation if you're not going out with a flexible group, because Taverna Plaka is known to host 500 person Greek weddings more frequently than you might imagine, and even the usually empty overflow can fill up. - Skip the entrees and stay with the inexpensive ($6-7 average) and delicious mezes (c.f. tapas). Vegetarians will find plenty of options as will the meat-eating crowd, and 2-3 tapas per person is enough to more than satisfy most people. Remember, you get a free hummus appetizer and bread to start. I can eat dinner for $7, and hungrier folk can easily eat two or three dishes (not including the free apps) for $14-18. That's a lot of variety for the price of one entree at a chain restaurant or an appetizer at one of the places we'd normally go. - It's pretty much valet only. This is the only caveat to my 5 stars. I like to self park, especially when there is plenty of parking available right next to the restaurant, I'm with a group, and the valet is super busy. I'm not feeling a 5 minute wait to do a 20 second job. Long story short, the eager valet guy and I have a conflict of interest -- I want to just park, dine, and leave, and he wants to provide me with service no matter how nonsensical. It got awkward. - I'll leave alcohol recommendations/reviews to someone who tends to drink more at restaurants. I usually just get retsina. - The rabbit (surprise!) is ridiculously good, despite my natural trepidations. I also like the lamb meatballs and spinach pie (despite other rateclubsers' complaints regarding the latter). I've heard great things about the mussels, mixed veggies, lemon potatoes, and orzo. So, the verdict. Everyone I've eaten with loves the food. For the price, the ingredients are good quality, and the service is both friendly and attentive. For a fun night out on a budget, this is one of my favorite places to go.