Zio Cecio

4.6
543 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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Momo
Dallas
22 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
7 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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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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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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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
11 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
8 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
293 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
15 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
1 review
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
7 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
13 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
1 review
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
18 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!

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DavidP
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal. Really good value Sardinian red wine.

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BillD
Shreveport
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Very loud. Couldn’t understand waiter. Ordered Lasagna with meat had to have received vegetarian. Gross. Told waiter and he politely argued I received the right meal. Wife’s eggplant was bitter. We did not finish our meal as they did not taste well. Portion size was small for the price charges. Table next to us patron was two feet away from me as no social distancing was happening. I absolutely hate to complain but our night was ruined by this experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was pretty good

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WhitneyB
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Overpriced for portion sizes! Everything was yummy though.

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vipKamieP
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional Italian menu and beautiful food. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend!!

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vipScottS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best in town. Small place, good service, nice wine list and easy parking. Never crowded.

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PercivalG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in town. Outstanding food and service. The salt crusted fish is the best I've ever had. Great pastas. All around just a fantastic place.

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vipDavidP
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood gem. Francesco is the best.

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vipKnscully
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love eating here... nice people, good service, great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, but it was slightly over priced for what it was and the amount you got. None the less, a rather romantic spot with delicious food and fine wine!

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ScottA
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a great date night here. She is a vegetarian and gluten-free, so we thankful that the restaurant and several items that she could eat. Great wine too!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salted fish was wonderful - Francesco has a great team of chefs and servers - we loved our time here.

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vipscott
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Francesca has done an excellent job with traditional Sardinian food! I will definitely return.

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vipSueM
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good dinner. We were very comfortable with the environment

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vipSuzyS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. I’ve known Francesca for over 30 yrs.
Delicious food, service, and atmosphere. I highly recommend this local restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal and Francesco is a great host!

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danielf
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and nice place! Nothing to complain about

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vipJohn
Dallas
108 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice, small restaurant - Sicilian style Italian. Nice people, good food, good service. Salads were delicious but rather expensive, given the size. Boar sauce pasta and branzino in salt crust were outstanding. Good wines as well.

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vipScott
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Francesco and his team provided a superlative dining experience...personalized our meal choices...and our drink choices...Scott Brown

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Karen
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the owner was very attentive. We had a wonderful time!

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 543 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.