News for Seattle's Ballard neighborhood and beyond

My Ballard header image 2

Plaka Estiatorio

Posted by Geeky Swedes on April 30th, 2009

Plaka (Greek)
5407 20th Avenue NW (map)
206-829-8934 “It would be a great place for a family dinner, or for someone’s birthday.”

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (82 votes, average: 3.55 out of 5)
Loading ... Loading ...

Tags: Ballard   Share

51 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 blite // May 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Lovely lunch. The egg-lemon (avegolemo) soup and lamb gyro were perfect. The owner was really nice & I'll definitely return for dinner.

  • 2 Don Meyer // May 4, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Five of us had dinner at Plaka on Friday night and loved it. We split small plates of octopus, sauteed dandelion greens and chard, beets, Greek salad, braised beans, fried smelts and a very reasonably price bottle of wine. The tab? $75, before tip. We were warmly welcomed by the family who owns and runs the restaurant. I wish them the very best and hope they never lose the charm we enjoyed.

  • 3 hek // May 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I took my parents here for an early Mothers Day dinner. Can't say enough about the wonderful food and fabulous staff (family owned and operated)! My new favorite neighborhood restaurant. They have a good thing going here and I wish them the best. I'll certainly be a regular.

  • 4 Scott // May 16, 2009 at 1:35 am

    We had dinner at Plaka for the first time last night. Very nice meal. My favorite Greek dish is fea-stuffed red peppers. I was disappointed not to find them on Plaka's menu which does not have many of the items we are used to seeing the menus of Greek restaurants. The red pepper with feta dip is the closest thing to stuffed peppers and it was wonderful – it had all the flavor just in a different form. The avgolemono was the best I've had. We also had macaronada w/ meat rolls and youvetsi, and both had great texture and flavor without being over-spiced or dominated by any one flavor. The pasta in the macaronada was especially enjoyable as was the red sauce on that dish. On the downside, although the prices are a little on the high side as we are used to at Greek restaurants, the portion sizes are not. Both of us left full after two starters and two entrees, but we weren't overly hungry to start with and there were no leftovers. So their weakness is value. $50 for dinner for two without drinks. But the location is fantastic and so is the food, so we will be back!

  • 5 East Ballard // May 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    The food was fine, but it was noisey. They need to add some soft material to the ceiling or walls to absorb the noise. I'd not go there for an intimate dinner date becasue of the noise.

  • 6 jburgh // May 27, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Four of us had dinner there 2 weeks ago. We ordered several items and shared. I also had to try the avgolemono soup. The service was really good, and the food tasty. Yes, it was a little on the pricey side, but worth it. I want to try lunch…maybe today.

  • 7 Christina // Jun 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Had dinner here with friends last night and LOVED it! Excellent food and great, family-feel service. We sat chatting at the table forever after we had paid, and they brought us a complimentary plate of watermelon pieces “to refresh us” they said. Can't wait to try it for lunch. Reminds me a lot of Vios on Cap Hill. Busy and loud so would be fine to bring kids.

  • 8 em04 // Jul 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I LOVE this place! We sat at the bar and enjoyed chatting with the cooks and our great server. We shared a bottle of wine (they have a very affordable selection) and several small plates. Everything was really delicious. The atmosphere was great too- I felt like I was in a friend's house. We will be back again and again!

  • 9 Reba1 // Oct 13, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Just had lunch there. Very tasty. The soup was soooo yummy! Other than a little bit of gristle in my gryo everything was amazing. Service was good, ambiance was good. Would definitely recommend it as well as go back for more!

  • 10 SarahThayer // Nov 18, 2009 at 6:17 am

    We had lunch there last Saturday. The falafel platter was tasty and filling — and the avgolemono soup was excellent, although it could have been hotter.

    We were VERY disappointed to see the waiter wipe up spills from the floor, then use the very same towel to wipe down tables. VERY GROSS. With that lack of attention to basic cleanliness, we are not sure we will be back. It's too bad — the owner seems very nice but if he hasn't trained his staff in the basics, can you imagine what goes on in the kitchen?

  • 11 ThePeoplesChamp // Nov 18, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I am a regular of Plaka Estiatorio. I just have to say that this place has great seasonal food in addition to their Greek standards. The seasonal quince desserts are to die for!

    As a frequent customer I must disagree with SarahThayer in regards to cleanliness. I have personally never seen such acts. And by the way, restaurants usually have more than one towel. By the way, Plaka has an open kitchen, with bar seating, just in case you DO want to see the food prepared!

  • 12 SarahThayer // Nov 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I agree the food is good. And yes, I understand that restaurants “usually have more than one towel.” But in this instance, we WATCHED the waiter use the same towel. He did not put it down or go behind the counter to switch towels. The towel never left his hand!

    Yes, the kitchen is open. But when you are seated at one of the tables, you cannot see what is going on behind the pass shelf.

    So, just because you have “never seen such acts” doesn't mean it did not happen. I do not make negative comments without basis. People deserve to know about all aspects of a restaurant's service.

  • 13 Roadkill // Nov 23, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Very mediocre Greek food. I give it a 5/10. The saganaki was terrible. The avgolemono was ok (my grandmother's kicks the crap out of theirs, and mine is comparable). The other dishes were edible . But I know good Greek food…I was raised on it. Costa's in Fremont is way better than this place in my opinion. Doubt I will be back.

  • 14 Ballard Beaver // Feb 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Plaka is a great place weekdays or weekends. We have dined many times with family/friends and always have a great experience to keep us coming back. The family staff is warm and welcoming. You will be able to tell how fresh and authentic the food tastes. This is our family's favorite place to eat in Ballard! Best Authentic Greek food by far!

  • 15 Sarge // Apr 21, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Really like the food, service and people here.

  • 16 use this link // Oct 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I simply want to mention I am just newbie to blogging and certainly liked you’re web site. Probably I’m planning to bookmark your site . You really come with terrific posts. Thanks a lot for sharing with us your web-site.

  • 17 Neoma Brazzel // Oct 22, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your website. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems? A few of my blog readers have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any tips to help fix this issue?Comment

  • 18 browse content // Oct 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm

  • 19 visit homepage // Oct 22, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  • 20 full article // Oct 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm

  • 21 home security systems reviews // Oct 22, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good success. If you know of any please share. Thanks!

  • 22 clear muscle muscletech ingredients // Oct 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people consider worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  • 23 great content // Oct 23, 2014 at 2:37 am

  • 24 read website // Oct 23, 2014 at 3:39 am

  • 25 browse website // Oct 23, 2014 at 3:46 am

  • 26 Deneen Hulslander // Oct 24, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Some genuinely nice stuff on this web site, I enjoy it.

  • 27 Stefan Shemper // Oct 24, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I am glad to be a visitant of this staring weblog, appreciate it for this rare info!

  • 28 guaranteed facebook fans // Oct 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

    We’re glad to get one of varied visitants within this outstanding site (:, thanks for posting .

  • 29 facebook fans // Oct 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    obviously much like your internet site but you have to look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Some of these are rife with spelling problems i in locating it very bothersome to see the certainty however I’ll surely come again again.

  • 30 Chong Fletchen // Oct 25, 2014 at 1:14 am

    I was looking at some of your content on this website and I think this website is really informative! Keep on putting up.

  • 31 cara download video di android // Oct 25, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Hiya, I am really glad I’ve found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is actually annoying. A good website with exciting content, this is what I need. Thank you for making this web-site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

  • 32 Keitha Brigance // Oct 25, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Simply wanna remark on few general things, The website design and style is perfect, the content material is rattling good :D.

  • 33 Cheap facebook poker chips // Oct 27, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Awesome write-up. I’m a regular visitor of your website and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the excellent site. I will be a frequent visitor for a really long time.

  • 34 samsung galaxy custom case // Oct 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this info. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and net stuff and this is actually annoying. A good website with interesting content, this is what I need. Thank you for making this web-site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

  • 35 Moving Quotes Chicago // Oct 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    No-Fuss Chicago Long Distance Mover Plans – The Options at:^:- Long Distance Moving Companies in Chicago

  • 36 elegant table skirts for weddings // Oct 28, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Wonderful beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear concept

  • 37 Sacramento Irs Levy // Oct 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

    at::- Tax Attorneys

  • 38 Jordon Stancill // Oct 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Its comparable you read my mind! You appear to identify a lot on the subject of this, like you wrote the book in it or impressive. I think that you could achieve with some pics to constrain the message dwelling a little crumb, but other than that, this is great blog. A abundant glance at. I will undoubtedly ensue back.

  • 39 Ben Shaheen // Oct 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Some really choice content on this site, saved to bookmarks .

  • 40 Elayne Bickler // Oct 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

    You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I find this topic to be really something that I feel I’d by no means understand. It seems too complex and very extensive for me. I am having a look forward in your subsequent put up, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  • 41 mens wool shirt // Oct 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Excellent pieces. Keep writing such kind of information on your page.
    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hey there, You have performed a fantastic job. I’ll definitely
    digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited
    from this web site.

  • 42 Oda Rains // Oct 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Ciao at hand, in words of one syllable turned keen on alert to your weblog through Google, and located that it is truly informative. I’m gonna watch not on used for brussels. I will be pleasing when you proceed this in future. Frequent ancestors will prone be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  • 43 Jestine Taddeo // Oct 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I am so jovial to recite this. This is the type of info that needs to be set and not the inadvertent misinformation that’s on the additional blogs. Value your sharing this greatest doc.

  • 44 锘垮鐨囧悗 DVD // Oct 30, 2014 at 8:06 am

    锘垮鐨囧悗 DVD 2000鍐? 姣庢棩鏂板搧銇撱亾銇汉姘楁捣澶栥儔銉┿優 鍥藉唴銉夈儵銉濪VD銇嬨倝銆併偄銉嬨儭DVD Blu-ray銇俱仹锛岄煋鍥姐儔銉┿優銆併偄銉嬨儭銉夈儵銉炪€佹棩鏈琓V銉夈儵銉炪€佷腑鍥姐儔銉┿優銆備汉姘桪VD鐗逛尽銈汇兗銉腑!鍏ㄥ搧閰嶉€佺劇鏂欍€

  • 45 Payroll Tax // Oct 30, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Critical Factors Of A Tax Attorney – Insights

  • 46 Moving Quotes Chicago // Oct 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Swift Secrets Of Chicago Long Distance Mover – An A-Z at:^:- Long Distance Moving Companies in Chicago

  • 47 Extra resources // Oct 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Hello, i think that i saw you visited my blog thus i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to enhance my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  • 48 try this site // Oct 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I have been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.

  • 49 941 Payment // Oct 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    at::- Tax Attorneys

  • 50 Calandra Mullinex // Oct 31, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I’m honored to receive a call coming from a friend immediately he observed the important recommendations shared in your site. Browsing your blog post is a real wonderful experience. Thanks again for thinking about readers at all like me, and I desire for you the best of success like a professional in this surface area.

  • 51 Tax Lawyer Accountant Seattle // Nov 1, 2014 at 2:16 am

    The Latest On Clear-Cut Seattle Tax Attorney Systems cartica038x7 Tax Attorney Seattle

Leave a Comment (read our comment rules)

News from the Seattle Times