Plaka Taverna Home
410 E Wilson St
Madison WI 53703
Note: Some of our parking has temporarily gone away due to road construction, but the city-owed parking lot across the street is still in use. It is FREE after 6pm, and all day on weekends. The lot is behind the concrete platform on Wilson Street (turn at Rubin's Furniture). There is also street parking in front of our restaurant, which is metered until 6pm, but free after 6 and free on Sundays. For more information please go to our parking page.
** Update May 2, 2019: Franklin Street (the side street near us, just before the Cardinal Apartments & Nomad Pub) is blocked from Wilson Street, due to construction. HOWEVER, it can be accessed a block away, from Main Street. Though Franklin is normally a one-way street, it has been made two-way temporarily. Most drivers don't seem to know this, and have been avoiding this block of Franklin Street. This means there is generally PLENTY OF PARKING on Franklin Street because people think it is blocked. Just come at it the "wrong" way.
We are near the Essen Haus on Wilson St.; go one block up toward the capitol...on the same side of street as Essen Haus.
Telly and Nico are serving Greek-style lunches and dinners, plus the traditional "Cleveland's Diner" breakfasts you've grown to love.
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 6am - 1pm
Sat 7am - 1pm
Sun 8am - 1pm
Monday - Closed
Dinner hours: (Thu,Fri,Sat)
Thur 4 - 9pm
Fri 4 - 10pm
Sat 4 - 10pm
See our new dinner menu HERE.
Sister restaurant in Sun Prairie is now closed permanently. Thank you for supporting us!
Check out our
"Gyros 4-packs to go"
For the family, or the office!
Click HERE for all the details.
Fully cooked, packed in bulk, you assemble them yourself. Makes 4 meals.
Details on the 4-packs HERE.
Now serving dinner again, 3 nights a week.
Regular Dinner hours:
4-9pm on Thursdays
4-10 on Fridays and
4-10 on Saturdays.
Thursday drink specials, beginning 4pm (dinner):
All wines by glass: 1/2 price
Greek white sangria: 1/2 price
Domestic bottled beer: $3 / bottle
You can also get email updates, by following the link below.
Enjoy a Bloody Mary for breakfast, or any time!
Flaming Cheese appetizer
Our hidden patio, with some color added to it.
In Greece, a "taverna" is a lively place where friends gather to enjoy drinks, home-style foods, and each other's company. Plaka Taverna is such a place, owned and operated by Telly Fatsis, a native Madisonian, who incorporates many of his Greek mother's recipes into the menu.
Transformed from the old Cleveland's Diner on E. Wilson Street (where you still find Telly & brother Nico serving those delicious breakfasts), Plaka Taverna has added Greek lunches and dinners to the menu as well. Enjoy juicy gyros, homemade spinach pie, mouthwatering grilled kebobs, moussaka, hummus, falafel and any of our special combination platters.
Plaka features a full bar, with six beers on draft and a nice selection of bottled beers. Want the true "taverna" experience? Try one of Plaka's Greek lagers or a glass of Retsina, the unique Greek wine. If you dare, take in a shot of licorice-flavored OUZO. Or for fun...try one of our creative specialty cocktails, all while listening to live streaming Greek music!
Once you try us, you'll be hooked!
Offering dine-in, or "to-go."
Call (608) 251-4455 to place your order ahead of time.
If you are ever on a trip to Greece, look at this helpful website before you leave. It's full of advice and recommendations from experienced Greek travelers.
What does "PLAKA" mean?
Plaka is the name of the old neighborhood in Athens that sits directly below the Acropolis. With winding streets and old buildings, you'll be entertained by the unique cafes, the variety of stores, the museums, and the eclectic atmosphere.
If you're interested in learning more about the Plaka area of Athens, click on the link below:
Our walls are decorated with carefully curated authentic Greek posters, most which were imported here by our Greek-American friend, Zoe.