Ever dined somewhere that left you feeling quite speechless? Where every part of the experience was so much more than you were expecting? Where all you could do was just sigh in bliss as your eyes rolled back into your head indicating that it was THE. BEST. EVER. You can find such a euphoric dining experience at Artin’s Grill in the Shops at Legacy.
Opened in 2010 by owner Artin Akilian, a longtime Plano resident and telecom businessman, Artin’s Grill serves upscale American fare with an Asian flair. Seasoned chef Nathan Boothe (the recent Executive Chef for Truluck’s) creates meals for a refined palette using USDA Prime steaks, fresh fish, free range poultry and local produce whenever available. Dishes like Braised Beef Short Ribs, Seared Ahi Tuna and Redfish Ponchartrain are diner favorites.
Chef Boothe’s creativity in the kitchen knows no bounds and he does plenty of experimentation, taste testing and tweaking to get the menu items seasoned perfectly for guests. Perhaps you’re a seasoned customer who takes every client to Artin’s and you’ve grown too familiar with the menu? The staff at Artin’s invite you to request something new from the kitchen so they may accommodate your wishes.
Chef Boothe has free reign to experiment, but ultimately he relies on a special panel of diners to help him perfect each dish. Who is this mysterious panel? Why, the staff of course. Along with Mr. Akilian and General Managers Bud Najjar and Anthony Angelakopoulos, the staff review, give feedback and issue a general thumbs waaaay up for each dish they try. Ask any server in Artin’s about any dish on the menu, and they will be able to tell you what it tastes like, how it’s prepared, whether it’s spicy or not, and the list goes on and on.
According to Artin’s General Manager Bud Najjar, what sets them apart from other like restaurants is quite simply the staff. With a proud gleam in his eye, he explains that he looks “for those who really care to give the customer the best possible service.” Boasting a relatively low turnover rate for the restaurant industry, the staff convey a level of exemplary service that makes Artin’s Grill the first place customers think of when choosing an outstanding dining location. The staff at Artin’s are like a family, and they treat you like their special relative who has flown around the world to visit–every single time you come in. Their job is to anticipate needs you didn’t even know that you had and to make your time with them the absolute best experience it can be.
Mr. Najjar has been in the restaurant business since 1983 and therefore runs a tight ship. The Artin’s Grill staff have been trained to provide outstanding service, whether you have a party of two or 20. Artin’s Grill hosts anniversary dinners, birthday parties, business meetings and much more. The restaurant recommends reservations (they can handle up to six months in advance) and they will ask you several questions when you reserve to help them anticipate your needs.
For us, what sets Artin’s apart is their attention to detail. The word impeccable doesn’t begin to describe every facet of your dining experience. The greeting at the door is warm and genuine. Special care is taken to seat your party. The tables are spotless. The floors are spotless. The linen napkins are starched and perfectly folded. Service is prompt and genuine. The ambiance is warm and inviting. It’s the kind of place that makes even the most casual dinner out with the family feel like a special occasion.
Artin’s Happy Hour may inspire a little euphoria on its own. From 3-7pm Monday through Friday, you can get $3 beers (domestic and imported) and $5 margaritas and martinis, and the bar serves the highest quality labels as their house drinks, such as Skyy Vodka and Johnny Walker Red, to name just a few. Happy Hour also has a fantastic accompanying menu with a variety from crisp salads to mouthwatering Kobe beef burgers and tacos.
Take note folks, Artin’s Grill is working on a second location, and plans are also finalizing for a new Mexican concept restaurant whose name has not been released yet. It’s only reasonable that it too will be a phenomenal dining experience and render one speechless. While special occasions are the reason many customers frequent Artin’s, it’s not necessary. You can visit anytime for any reason. Hey, it’s Tuesday, let’s go to Artin’s! Bliss-inducing food and dramatic eye rolls accompany every meal, no charge.Artin's Grill Website >