Zio Cecio

4.6
563 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three generation family dinner. They are mindful of our grandson’s food allergies. We can relax snd enjoy a night out.

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vipMichaelM
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We always have the salt encrusted fish and it’s always great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit, food was great! Owner was very nice and made sure we were taken care of throughout

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vipJimmy
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian dining!!

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vipESmall
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. Modest environment... Great service!

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JKJSW
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible local gem! We shared the snapper for 2, as recommended by our server Brad, and it was divine. Perfectly cooked and the vegetables accompanying it were delicious. We added a side of the gnochietti with the Texas boar ragu and finished with a slice of limoncello cake. We will certainly be back!

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Nattywatty
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible neighborhood gem. The service was wonderful and the food was out of this world. We are definitely going to be making this a regular date night and family dinner spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic we loved it and we will be back

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vipDraye
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in every way. Authentic Italian food. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always, highly recommend!

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vipNicG
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with great friends. Menu is always creative, phenomenal, and definitely a variety for everyone. Service was awesome and we will be back 10,000% Xo, Nic

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Captain
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place with very good food. Some of the very best fried calamari to be found in town. All of our dishes were excellent.

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vipmaryfromdallas
Dallas
70 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food is really wonderful. It is a great place to actually have a conversation instead of having to yell across the table.

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SherinaS
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We did not feel welcomed. The service was slow and the waiter never acknowledged the long wait between his visits to our table and our drinks and food arriving.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great!

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vipJeffS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian cuisine in North Texas!

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vipKRWJ
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Zio Cecil! Wonderful food and wine… great place for dinner with friends or a date night.

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vipdonnab
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious dinner. Excellent service. A good time.

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DanielS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, make sure you say hello to the owner, Francesco

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Was the 3rd time going here. First two were solid experiences but nothing fantastic. We very much wanted this to be a great restaurant for us as it is walking distance. Instead, last night will likely be out last visit. We entered and were seated immediately; the restaura to was not full and had plenty of open seats. To make a long story short, we never got bread at the table (others did), it took an hour to get our main meal (pizza and steamed seafood), the quality was only fair, service was polite but inattentive.

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Momo
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So glad they survived (so far) the pandemic! A little pricey but wonderful food.

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Michael
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

The food was excellent, though a bit overpriced. It was clear from the moment we walked in that new diners were not going to be a priority for the service staff. Regular customers were catered to as old friends, but we struggled to receive even moderately adequate service for most of the evening as the staff treated us as an inconvenience. Why leave reservations open for new diners to experience your restaurant? Turn it into a private dinner club, as that appears to be your preference.

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vipKathyR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was very average-no big deal. The pricing on the wine was ridiculous-4 times cost. Our waiter was killing himself to wait all his tables, as one of the waiters didn’t show up for work, so he was having to cover 7 tables. Normally he should only have to cover 4. The kitchen was very slow. After being there almost an hour, we had only had our appetizer. We were seated on the patio next to the wall, where there were 2 two-top tables. The chairs were as wide as the table, so they couldn’t be scooted in under the table . As a result, we were wedged into our space, as were the other diners on the wall next to us. Overall it wasn’t a terrible experience, but certainly with so many other restaurants in Dallas that don’t have these combined issues, I doubt we will make a repeat visit.

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Mazjjjjjjjjjjfffffffffff
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Italian food. Great presentation. Outstanding hospitality. Highly recommend.

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vipNancieW
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We went at 6:30 and the place was full of very young children. Our server had too many tables to handle by himself but did a good job considering. The food was marginal and very expensive. We haven't been there for about 18 months because of the pandemic but we will not go back.

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SBSTex
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The crowd was moderate for a Saturday night, but the waiter was very helpful and professional, and the food was quite good. It was a little overpriced, but the suggested house red wine was better than expected.

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GregoryS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Zio Cecio. The food is excellent and the owner treats you like family. He has some outstanding Sardinian wines that he pairs perfectly with the food. Highly recommend.

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vipLiverman
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef Francesco consistently produces incredibly tasty and beautiful looking food. Zio Cecio is a great addition to Dallas, following in the stead of its predecessor, Arcodoro Pomodoro, also Francesco's prior to his moving North from Routh Street to Lovers Lane.

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Jlew
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant was very accommodating to teenage son and his guest. Excellent food and experience.

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JoelW
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time and definitely will return. Ordered the seafood ravioli and lemon cake. Both were very good.

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vipGregg
Dallas
296 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

After not having been here for awhile we forgot how good the food is. We had an excellent bottle of Italian wine recommended by the owner and great pasta dishes. While eating we made another reservation to return in a few weeks. We will not forget ZIO again.
Gregg

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vipscott
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience....
Will definitely go back again..
Highly recommend to anyone looking for outstanding southern Italian cuisine!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesco and company always deliver top notch service and food. If you want to take a trip to Italy, Zio Cecio is your choice!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never even got to order after sitting at our table for almost an hour. No manager on duty, and we basically were told we were overreacting. So we asked for the check to pay for drinks and the app that we ordered. Manager/host told us to just go without paying. No problem for us to not have to pay for terrible service. Not worth the prices on their menu. Stay away. Terrible service.

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5StarsYes
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been dining at Zio’s for years.
Good food, good service, warm cozy atmosphere. I would not feel comfortable bringing a very young family member to dine here. Best Tiramisu anywhere.

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vipBrianR
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just a wonderful restaurant. The whole salt baked fish is over the top. The pizza is exactly what you get in Italy.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesco and team always have top notch service and food. If you want to feel like you are in Italy, go to Zio Cecio!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

We had a reservation for 745 and didn’t get seated until 845. Food was bland and very slow to come out

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viptexacalijillfood
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love this place. The owner is always there, and he suggests amazing wine and food. Their ragu is like you’d get in Italy, and their focaccia is light and airy. I also love their house sale with marinated artichokes and slices of Parmesan. The burrata on tomatoes was heavenly! The lasagne is great too. The pork chop was dry, and so I wouldn’t order that again. However, if you stick with the pastas, wine, salad, and bread, you can’t go wrong.

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AliceToo
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this little neighborhood gem! Food was wonderful - my fiance is a picky eater and was asking questions about some of the dishes when the owner came over and asked what he would most like to have for dinner. He said cheese ravioli (which was not on the menu) and he said "you got it"! It was perfect! We also loved the wine recommendation - we are both wine lovers but not as familiar with Italian wine. We told our server what we generally drink and he picked out something for us that was just perfect. So yes...We will be going back to Zio Cecio!

FAQs

Zio Cecio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (214) 351-1100.

Zio Cecio is rated 4.6 stars by 563 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.