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
My second time dining at Kapnos was even ...
My second time dining at Kapnos was even better than my first! The food was great and coursed perfectly, and our server Sophie went above and beyond for us. We asked for a taste of the gin lemonade and she returned with a sampling of all 5, which was helpful for me because I was unaware that their lemonade a change seasonally, and I ordered one I wouldn't have thought to before - the rum lemonade. Can't wait to come back again!
Kapnos is consistently one of my favorit ...
Kapnos is consistently one of my favorites for food, cocktails and service. The host staff, bar staff and servers go above and beyond. The food gets better every time I visit. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the DC area.
This is an interesting restaurant! Very ...
This is an interesting restaurant! Very tasty food though not-cheap. However, there are some negatives.
Firstly, the restaurant is very noisy on busy nights. if possible get seated outside.
Secondly, don’t order too much food. Some reviewers have said that the mezzes are too small. Not so. Except for the grilled octopus and the spanakopita, all of the mezzes we chose were best shared by two people. Five fezzes shared by two people is about right - six if you are really hungry.
We started with two spreads: Melitzanosalata (eggplant) and Taramosalata (Cauliflower). The eggplant was marvelous; the cauliflower was too bland.
For the next course we had Spanakopita and tuna tartare. The spanakopita was delicious - lots of fresh spinach. The tuna portion was generous and so good it was to die for! It may be their best mezze.
Third course brought charred octopus and roasted cauliflower. Both were excellent but the octopus had the edge, however the octopus portion was a bit small for two people.
We ordered one more mezze to share: the marinaded lamb. It disappointed, being overcooked and very fatty. I would not order it again.
For dessert we both had the baklava, which was excellent. Unfortunately by that time we were so full that neither of us could finish it.
Regarding drink, we tried the greek chardonnay and the greek Sauvignon Blanc by the glass. The Sauv Blanc was better balanced and the more interesting of the two. That will be my choice going forward.
Lastly, the service was excellent.
Overall, this was one of the better dining experiences I have had in Washington D.C. Not perfect but still very good. I deducted one star for the noise level and the two disappointing mezzes.
Past few times we have been there for br ...
Past few times we have been there for brunch the service has been really really slow. Slow to get refills and clean up table. Have to ask for things to get done. Not enjoyable to pay good money and have to complain. It's a management issue. Either need better servers or more of them. I think the later is more likely the issue
What I especially love about Kapnos is t ...
What I especially love about Kapnos is that it's the perfect place to go with a group of people with different tastes: it worked for equally well for a vegan, a gluten avoider, and a Paleo dieter. Healthy AND gourmet, with many delicious choices. Hard to find anyplace that can fit such a bill!
Tried during restaurant week. Some item ...
Tried during restaurant week. Some items were really great, especially the first course and the shrimp. The Greek fries were a disappointment and so was the cake for dessert. Our table for two was tiny and it was challenging to find space for the plates. The wine suggestions were top notch and overall the service was really good. The main entry for this restaurant has steps and the side door, near the bar, is the accessible entrance. But, it was locked when we arrived and a note said to use the main entrance (with steps). This started the meal on a bad note. The manager did reach out and said the accessible door had not been working correctly. When we left, the door was unlocked and the note was gone. But...
We dined here for dinner during restaura ...
We dined here for dinner during restaurant week, and the food was absolutely incredible. The flavors were authentic and rich, but not over done.
I was not happy with the seating arrangement, as they pushed together several two-top tables in one small area; as close as they were, it may as well have been a communal dining experience. The really nice waitress was even having difficulty squeezing between chairs to get to her tables.
My friend and I participated in restaura ...
My friend and I participated in restaurant week. We had a delicious smoky eggplant dip and a tangy pureed cauliflower dip with caviar in it. Loved both. The warm pita bread was amazing. I had some unusual (but delicious) Greek fries. I also tasted the spanakopita. The spinach was very fresh. I was stuffed by the time the lamb came out, but it was smoky and delicious. I ended things with the tahini cake, but wish I had gotten a chance to try the baklava. Overall the food was amazing and our server was awesome (he was personable and attentive).
Sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the ...
Sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the kitchen make their creations. Tasting menu is perfect for foodies. Service was impeccable; great knowledge of offerings, great recommendations and no rushing you through courses.
Mediterranean is one of my favorites and ...
Mediterranean is one of my favorites and they do it well. They tried to seat us in a weird corner table that had me leaning against an uncushioned wall. Ridiculous. I refused and they moved us to another slightly odd, angled table against a window. Food was pretty delicious. Service was fine but not exceptional. Hostess upon greeting was very unfriendly. I walked away with a poor taste in my mouth from her. Anyway, the dishes were all nicely done.
The roast chicken with lemon potatoes wa ...
The roast chicken with lemon potatoes was the moistest I have every eaten. The small plates and spreads were excellent. The service was responsive and while the decor lacked drama it allowed the food to take center stage.
A bit pricey, but mostly worth it. The ...
A bit pricey, but mostly worth it. The spreads were absolutely amazing and are a must. We scraped the plate on those. The roasted apple "pressed toast" (panini) was very good, but a little too sweet and could have used something savory like onion. The beet salad was incredible. One of the best brunches I've had.
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.
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