Chef Mike Isabella opened Kapnos along the Fourteenth Street Corridor in July 2013. Isabella draws inspiration from Northern Greece to create a menu of spreads, breads, vegetables and other small plates, including his signature wood-grilled octopus. Two wood-fire grills with rotating spits and a large oven for stone-baked flat breads service the 160-seat restaurant. Guests enjoy carvings from whole animals that have been spit-roasted all day, including lamb, goat, duck, chicken, and suckling pig. Kapnos is open for dinner seven nights a week.
Hours of Operation:
Bar open between 3pm-5pm on Saturday-Sunday
14th St & W St, NW
$31 to $50
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(202) 234-5000 ext. 9
Mike Isabella Concepts offers Greek catering in the style of Kapnos. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kapnos offers Valet Parking Thursday, Friday, and Saturday beginning at 5:00pm outside the W Street entrance. Please note that Valet Service ends at close of service and is $15 per vehicle. Street parking can also be found nearby.
Kapnos is located 3 blocks from U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station (13th st & U st exit)
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Kapnos can accommodate groups of 40 to 50 for private events. Food and beverage minimums may apply.
Kapnos Ratings and Reviews
I don't know how anyone can hear in the ...
I don't know how anyone can hear in the bar. This was Saturday evening - the din almost made me cancel the reservation and go somewhere else. Thankfully, the dining room was somewhat quieter, but you still needed to raise your voice to be heard by someone 2 seats away.
The food was outstanding. Go with a group to try as many menu items as possible. Every dish had a distinctive taste - no fear of flavor here. The tuna tartare was out of this world as was the roasted cauliflower.
The service was not good. A friend who ate here over a year ago said she had the same experience, amazing food, awful service. Either not enough people have complained or they have complained and management hasn't learned anything. The waiter was MIA; cocktails came well after several dishes were served, and then they only brought 2 out of 3.
There were other annoyances, one of the desserts 2 people wanted was not available, the waiter ended up offering to comp the desserts.
All 6 diners were very impressed with the food. The noise and the service are something else to be reckoned with.
Amazing food and service! The Tasting M ...
Amazing food and service! The Tasting Menu is out of this world. Our server was great! She paired each course with a cocktail or wine and made the experience just truly unforgettable. You will leave full, happy and still talking about it 3 days later.
I met a friend for a weeknight dinner, t ...
I met a friend for a weeknight dinner, totally expecting the food to be as good as it has been in the past. Unfortunately we ordered the special Tuesday night lobster dish and it was terrible...really salty. We almost sent it back and I wish we had. Most of the other dishes were ok but even the salad was too salty. A neighboring table remarked on the salty lobster dish, as well.
Our waitress was not terribly attentive. Bee had to chase her down a couple of times. Portions are too small for the price.
Seems something has changed to the detriment of the restaurant and needs some attention
Like its sister restaurant in Ballston, ...
Like its sister restaurant in Ballston, Kapnos is outstanding. The food combinations in the small plates were wonderful. We went early due to my husband's hearing problem and had no problem with conversation. By the time we left at 7:30 it was getting noisier. If I went back and had to eat later, outside would be great. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. He was super considerate of my daughter-in-law's severe allergy to sesame and tahini, double checking with the chef to make sure noting we ordered contained those ingredients. The four of us shared 8 small plates and 2 desserts and had plenty of food. We also tried some cocktails which were fun. I can't think of a single thing that wasn't fabulous! Can't wait to return.
We were very pleased with our recent bru ...
We were very pleased with our recent brunch experience at Kapnos. Our meal started with an olive bowl and a spread selection which has been a highlight of every visit I have had at the restaurant. My main dish was an adaptation on chicken and waffles, made with chicken that was spit-roasted rather than fried. The dish may have been untraditional, but it was excellent. We ate early in the brunch service when many people were dining outside; as a result, the noise level, which has been high in some previous visits, was moderate.
This was our first trip to Kapnos and ou ...
This was our first trip to Kapnos and our first dinner north of U Street. We were very pleased with both the service and the food. We ended up getting the tasting menu based on our server's recommendation and it was a great choice -- almost too much food and everything was delicious. I would definitely go back.
Our waiter was great, however literally ...
Our waiter was great, however literally everyone else at Kapnos was rude and horrible. The hostess seated us to the worst seats, and the lady who served the wine gave us the very minimum possible for which we ended up paying $20. I will not recommend this place to anyone and won't be coming back either. The food is great, but I don't see the value for the money I am paying.
I've been wanting to go to Kapnos and it ...
I've been wanting to go to Kapnos and it did not disappoint. Our foursome was able to try ten of the small plates, so we got a pretty good sampling of spreads, veggies, seafood, and meat. All of it was great, but we would especially recommend the suckling pig. The list of Greek wines was long and gave us new things to try. Maybe because it was a weeknight, the restaurant was only about half full and therefore blissfully quiet. I'm willing to take my chance on a weekend, though, because for sure we'll go back.
Went to Kapnos based on the Washington P ...
Went to Kapnos based on the Washington Post review, but found it disappointing and not worth the price. Had better taramosalata, for instance, at a Greek place in Manassas. Very loud. Not exactly quick to come by and ask for our drink order after we sat down even though the place was not full; the service felt fairly ambivalent about us as diners.
This was my third experience with Kapnos ...
This was my third experience with Kapnos. It's my go-to brunch place to take out-of-towners. As a result, I've had the opportunity to taste most of their vegetarian dishes. Their Greek coffee waffles are pretty hit or miss - sometimes they are dry, but the cup of Greek coffee is always delicious. Not a fan of any of their veggie egg dishes. I wouldn't come here for them. Neither is their beet appetizer with the pickled strawberries all that good. I love a lot of their dips and the bread that comes with them is always good! Their apple and honey grilled cheese is interesting to try, but not something I would consistently go back to eat. The one time I tried their falafel sandwich, it was really fresh and delicious. I also liked their spring greens phyllo pie. Their baklava is unique and pretty good. I also really like their spiked lemonades. Overall, Kapnos has a great ambiance, it's spacious, and it's got a unique twist on the common American brunch.
The food was great, particularly the mea ...
The food was great, particularly the meats (pork, goat) although they could have used a touch of salt. Try the lamb tartare--where else will you get the chance? The server accommodated my allergies graciously (the dairy/nut labeled menu was helpful) and the outdoor patio was a lovely place to enjoy the evening.
We both ordered the tasting menu, which ...
We both ordered the tasting menu, which was wonderful. It included many of the dishes we wanted to try and was a good value (for a special occasion) so it was an easy choice. Our server was wonderful. She was friendly and attentive, but not intrusive, and made great wine recommendations,
The tastings menu was excellent with exc ...
The tastings menu was excellent with excellent flavors of Greece. What was offered seemed a bit different than what was described on menu. We asked to have a tasting of the kapama, the special for Saturday, and it was not allowed. The tasting menu had plentiful choices and was quite expensive (over $200) and only one of us had the wine tasting associated with the meal. Not much wine was served. The noise level was so high it was difficult to hear our server describe what was on the menu.
Great food! We love the tuna tartare, oc ...
Great food! We love the tuna tartare, octopus and lamb small plates, and the eggplant dip. We got around 10 small plates for six people and it was perfect. The kitchen was luckily open until 11, because we got there at 10:30.
Not as great as we were hoping.
Service was great but food was hit or miss. The seafood and meat dishes (wonderful kibbeh special) seemed more flavorful than our vegetable dishes which was a surprise given that we love Chef Isabella's vegetables at Graffiato. For example, an order of Swiss chard that looked good on the menu came out as sort of gloppy with undefined flavor. Cocktails were good but nothing spectacular.
Good food ok service
The food was really good-nice octopus which can be a rare find, but my favorite was the lamb and the duck phyllo pie. Delicious! Our server was very nice but slow to bring out the wine we ordered-we would have done a second bottle as we were a larger group, but given the initial delay and the fact that she was so fast to take away the bottle without asking if we wanted a second,we ultimately decided not to order again. Other than that, great location for a special occasion dinner!
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