Zio Cecio

4.5
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451 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Zio Cecio is an Italian affair with a Sardinian twist; dine on a selection of antipasti platters, or featured pastas and risottos prepared with fresh seasonal vegetables. Or enjoy wood-fire pizzas and signature entrees featuring organic beef, lamb pork, chicken and fresh seafood accompanied by festive wines and specialty cocktails.
What 451 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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T
Dallas
63 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good fabulous as it was years ago - Francesco runs a great restaurant - service was good but waiter lacked a little personality!

AB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner. The food was very good and the service was outstanding. Great place for a special event!

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant! Nice place to enjoy a good meal with friends. Authentic food and a great gem.

DJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there many times and the food and service are always excellent. We had the whole fish encrusted in salt and the lamb chops. Both good choices.

MS
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had not been in awhile. We sat in the closed in patio which was very quiet. They had a large wine tasting party in the main dining area. Food was great!

g
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great, liked Ciopino, calamari appetizer was excellent. Pasta special was great. The wine list could use additions of less expensive choices for those who are not connoisseurs and are happy with a bottle under $30.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It would be nice if they had a few more moderately priced wines.

BS
Dallas
87 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The cioppino was outstanding. Lots of fish and the broth was very flavorful.

p
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great Italian food - I will definitely go back
I recommend the calamari appetizer

RM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I ordered the $44 pork shank, medium rare. It was served medium well. I chose to proceed with the meal rather than wait for another serving while the 4 others with me ate their meal. It is very disappointing that such an expensive dish could not have been prepared as ordered. After several very enjoyable meals, this was the second time I have been disappointed with either the food or the service. I am hesitant to see if there might be a third strike.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have Celiac so I am very sensitive to the smallest exposure to gluten. I had the MOST amazing gluten free fried calamari & gluten free lasagna. I did not get sick! I will be going back soon!! Yum!!!

GM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the items on the Menu are outstanding. But just be honest on what you like and they will accommodate your taste. Real Italian.

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Zio Cecio is very well prepared Italian food at reasonable prices considering the excellent quality of the meal. Homemade pastas, great deserts, fresh seafood. Locally owned with a genuine neighborhood feel. Service is attentive and friendly. The outdoor seating area is very comfortable. Free valet parking. Limoncello cake is out of this world!

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighborhood restaurant is always delicious! Kudos to the valet, who did not need a ticket to have our car ready immediately when we left, and to the manager/host who was so friendly and greeted everyone with a handshake. Our meal was outstanding. Thank you so much!

PB
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Italian cuisine!

PB
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish is prepared perfectly EVERY time!

GM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Food always good, would like more vegetable/salad choices. Only drawback to this restaurant is unbearable noise level. Not good for friends and talk discussions.

KR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding !

D
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

The pasta looked good, but the fish we had was fair at best. Wine was excellent.

PB
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always awesome as is the service!!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place with authentic Italian food. Everything about this restaurant is perfect.

H
Dallas
49 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We have visited this restaurant several times over the years. The "Sardinian" influence is proudly acknowledged. This latest visit on Saturday evening was the least favorable among our experiences there. We were seated at a table for two is along one side of the small establishment. The table is quite long and keeps a loving couple well separated. We asked to be seated at one of the empty tables that would permit us to sit more closely and enjoy a physical proximity as well as speaking in a "soto voce" manner. The request seemed reasonable since there were few customers present, it was very early (5:30 PM) and we were repeat customers. To our amazement the owner steadfastly refused which thoroughly embarrassed the waiter. The experience certainly set a poor tone to what otherwise could have been a delightful evening out. The food choices were good, not great and Dallas has an abundance of better choices. We are done with this one.

GP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceptionally good. Authentic Italian food prepared with the best ingredients and care. The malloreddus pasta is so delicious and light at the same time. I visit many Italian restaurants but rarely I have found this level and complexity of flavor even for a simple dish. Very authentic!!!
The aged tomahawk steak is something to write home about. Better that any steak I have had in any fancy steak houses.
The owner is very friendly and sincerely caring for his guests.
I highly recommend Zio Cecio!!

R
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun, the owner Francesco was great. Really made it a special night

PR
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for a Saturday night birthday celebration and the food was fantastic! Service was awesome and it's a wonderful atmosphere. A little loud, but not too terrible.

L
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good restaurant. The food is great and the restaurant overall y pretty nice

MM
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and fabulous

G
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service impeccable....nourriture moyenne....

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N
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Appetizers great, focaccia fresh but expensive, made nice exception on a dish request, casserole eggplant parm and lasagna dishes disappointing- seafood excellent

C
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service at Zio Cecio was outstanding! Very good Recchia wine recommended by the steward for a reasonable price.

N
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The food was excellent and the service was amazing.

OT
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall wonderful dinner

GG
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, SERVICE, atmosphere and wine selection was beyond amazing. Me and my family had Ana amazing time. This is the best Italian spot in the DFW area. I highly recommend it.

ML
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zio Cecio is by far the best italain restaurant in Dallas and not only for the italian food but they also have the tomahawk steak in Texas

michele L.

OT
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food, and fantastic staff! I can’t think of a negative thing about the experience.

SK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was very creative and thoughtful. Everything tasted good and had the right balance of flavors and spices. The presentation was precise and appealing. The menu is a little dated with a decent portion of the wine list crossed out, but that is more of a pet peeve than a serious knock. The pace of the meal was perhaps slightly slower than I would have liked, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing either as it gave us time to talk.

F
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The patio is a bit too casual. It's more suitable for families with young kids. The food is excellent. The one downside is the smell of sewer. I suspect it's because it rained hard the day before and it wasn't overwhelming but present nonetheless. Service was excellent.

E
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, always delightful.

WB
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amaizing dinner/celebration! The food was excellent, and the attention/service outstanding! Our favorite italian place

l
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow .... simply amazing from the time I drove up , to the greeting by the owner ... Mr.Gilbert your party is waiting . We shared the octopus and it was amazing . We got the sea salt encrusted Branzino , filleted table side , amazing ! The grilled vegetables, amazing , guess you get the point , start to finish an amazing dinner. Oh and the Trio of desserts were a great way to end the evening. I will of course return , highly highly recommend them.