Celebrating 20 years on Wilson Street!

Dine, drink and enjoy the company of friends in this Greek Taverna!

Telly and Nico are serving Greek-style lunches and dinners, plus the traditional "Cleveland's Diner" breakfasts you've grown to love.



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Serving the famous "Cleveland's Diner" breakfasts. Also serving lunches and dinners inspired by our Greek heritage. 


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! 



Plaka Taverna


(Breakfast & Lunch)

Tue-Fri 6 am-1:30 pm

Sat. 7 am-1:30 pm

Sun. 8 am-1:30 pm

Closed Mon.





Tue-Sat  5:00-9:00 pm

Closed Sun & Mon dinner

We take reservations

(608) 251-4455

Call ahead for takeout!

(608) 251-4455


410 E Wilson St, in Downtown Madison. 

(608) 251-4455

Just 4 blocks from the Square, next to the Cardinal Bar. For map, click here.

When in Sun Prairie, visit our sister restaurant, Atlantis Taverna.


239 E. Main St., Sun Prairie

(608) 837-5700


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:


    Most of these posters adorning the walls of Plaka were sent to us by Zoe, our artwork source in Athens.  As soon as a concert or other event has occured, she "retrieves" the advertisement posters, rolls them up and drops them in the mail to Madison.  

Hand-painted wooden signs like this were common in the old tavernas.  This sign uses the Greek currency that preceeded the Eurodollar, the Drachma.