Food is good. Not as good as it used to be. Service is terrible. Just abysmally bad. Been there 3 times - every time the waiter we had was just the worst - they'll stand around with your order in hand while they chat idly with the other staff. Other times the up-sold us shamelessly to pad the bill, just because we didn't know the menu. Will never return. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere where your business is appreciated.
Posted: 10/01/2012 • Link to this review
I had heard ravings about this place and have lived in the area 10 years, so I wanted to try it. The food was not outstanding and the service definitely left much to be desired. Also, the online menu does not match the menu onsite. I have used restaurant.com and Groupons and have always tipped on the full amount without being instructed. Once, at another restaurant, I even double-tipped because the tip was included and I tipped on the full amount. The kind server at that restaurant did not run my charge card for the extra tip. However, I was QUITE Surprised when our server at Taverna Plaka calculated her 20% tip and wrote it on my bill and then told me to transfer it to my charge card slip. I have never been so shocked. I would have tipped her 20% on our full bill anyway even though service wtasn't the greatest. I have another Groupon to the the same restaurant. I will use it and never visit this restaurant again. I need to find out who makes the food at the Greek Festival and visit those restaurants for better food and hopefully better service.
Posted: 12/18/2010 • Link to this review
I purchased 2 $50 Restaurant.com gift certificates for Taverna Plaka.My friend and I were very excited about trying out the restaurant and finally went there last month.I followed all of the terms & conditions of the certificates.I presented the gift certificate at the beginning of the meal before ordering as required. AFTER receiving the bill, the waitress informed me that "they don't accept restaurant.com gift certificates." I explained that it was a gift certificate purchased for their restaurant and paid for and they already received the money. When I spoke to the owner, he said that the restaurant was under new ownership and they would not accept the certificate. I explained that the waitress should have informed me of this before we ordered $100 of food (as required by the certificate). They would not accept the certificate and argued with me saying that Restaurant.com would refund my money. I explained that they only refund if within 90 days of purchasing. I attempted to use one of my two certificates last month and was going to use the 2nd one this month before it expired. I don't feel that it is my fault that they changed ownership and I should not be penalized when I paid for these certificates. He finally agreed to deduct $25 from the bill which he said he was going take from the waitress. I never received additional $25 value of the certificate and have another $50 cert that they refuse to honor. VERY bad new owners!
Posted: 3/13/2009 • Last edited: 12/18/2010 • Link to this review
We go here often! The food is great (especially the dips and calamari). They are not the cheapest place in town, but it is worth it! The entertainment is exciting! It's a good time all around! Great place to bring friends or out of towners!
Posted: 10/20/2008 • Last edited: 10/21/2008 • Link to this review
We were seated at a table in the outside patio under falling rain drops from the leaky plastic above. It was also by the server's station so we asked if we could move. Despite the empty tables on the inside, they refused. I have dined in a lot of places in Atlanta and beyond and I found Taverna Plaka to be mediocre at best. Aside from the hummus, the food was nothing special. The entertainment consisted of 2 average belly dancers, and a bunch of middle aged men drooling over them. I have seen much better dancers in other places. I heard that it is fun after 11 on the weekends when it turns into a club, but I would not go back for dinner.
Posted: 1/17/2008 • Last edited: 12/18/2010 • Link to this review
Good food and fun, casual atmosphere. Friendly waitstaff. They have small plates for sharing and large entrees, too. Great for groups, but you may want a reservation on busy nights.
Posted: 11/07/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
This place is so much fun. Great place for an office party during the week - losen up, eat great food and enjoy the high energy belly dance performances! The weekends kick it up a notch with more belly dancing, Greek Dancing - find the Zorba in you - and international music after 11pm. Ladies bring you hip scarves - its music like you won't hear anywhere else and really gets your groove going. Don't forget to try one of their delicious signature martinis!
Posted: 10/25/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
This is the best greek restaurant to take your older family or friends to, especially for a birthday. On weekends a bellydancer is there from about 7:30 till 9, sometimes later, if you get the chance to see the stunning Aziza Nawal, Amira Haddad, or Amani Jabril, you are really in for a special treat. These three will definatly wow your socks off. Ive never made my own hummus until I came here. Its fun, they bring you chick peas inside a morter and you mash it and spice it just the way you want! The food is pretty tasty here and as close to real greek that your gonna find in this neck of the woods.
Posted: 8/14/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
while the food is not necessarily the best - the atmosphere makes up for it and more. fun place, good enough food, and just about the only place i've ever seen a cucumber martini (which is quite good - much to my surprise)
Posted: 12/13/2005 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review