Washington, DC 20009
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:
Monday-Wednesday: 6pm-10pm (bar open until 11pm)
Thursday: 6pm-10:30pm (bar open until 11:30pm)
Friday-Saturday: 5pm-11pm (bar open until 12am)
Sunday: 5pm-10pm (bar open until 11pm)
Happy Hour - Everyday from 5pm-7pm in the bar area only.
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)
Mike Isabella, George Pagonis
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Kapnos can accommodate groups up to 250 for a standing cocktail reception and we also offer a semi-private dining room that accommodate up to 50 guests seated and 75 standing. Our entire dining room can seat approx. 160 guests plus about 40 guests in our bar area.
Kapnos Ratings and Reviews
We have been here once before and wanted ...
We have been here once before and wanted to bring our friends this time. This time it took a little too long to get seated and to receive our food. We were there for a total of 3 hours without having dessert or coffee. Despite our 8:30 pm reservation, we still had to wait a while to be seated- which wasn't terrible since they extended happy hour and had great drinks. Everything seemed to be going well until the last plate of lamb seemed to be forgotten - or maybe we were forgotten (as it was almost 11pm)? Overall, I like the atmosphere and food. Server was nice and knowledgeable- just gave service a lower mark since the wait was a bit long (finally finishing by 11:30pm). But had a great time despite that and still recommend highly.
Taylor our server was outstanding!!!! sh ...
Taylor our server was outstanding!!!! she's the Top Chef of servers. You can tell it's a profession for her and not a job just to get through the week. She guided us through our entire meal. The meal, atmosphere and evening was a culinary experience. You will not only try dishes you'd never try in a hundred years, but you'll love them and it will open up your future culinary experiences when dinning elsewhere.
Kapnos DC is wonderful! Extensive, imagi ...
Kapnos DC is wonderful! Extensive, imaginative menu featuring Greek flavors. Long list of mezze dishes to share for a complete meal or before one of the grilled entrees. After three mezzo plates -- farmhouse salad and gigandes beans our favorites --, we 4 shared grilled bronzino and rack of lamb -- both good sized entrees for two. Spit-grilled pork and lamb on huge platters looked exceptional. The flat bread is excellent, and we finished with delicious baked apple dessert.
The spacious restaurant is divided into several dining and bar areas. High black ceiling embellished with crystal chandeliers is functional and attractive. Plenty noisy but the noise level didn't inhibit table conversation. We were greeted warmly and the service was efficient.
Great experience at Kapnos. Service was ...
Great experience at Kapnos. Service was excellent. Our server noticed that we had oredered mostly vegetarian appetizers and also veg sides and kindly pointed out that the potatoes we had requested were cooked in animal fat. I thought it was very considerate of him. Food was excellent. The meat eaters loved the lamb and the baby goat. The falafel was excellent.
Food is ver good, but very over priced f ...
Food is ver good, but very over priced for the amount you get. There are many restaurants in D.C. that are just as good but much better value. The beets for $10 were excellent, but the pieces amounted to one beet!
This was our first visit to Kapnos, and ...
This was our first visit to Kapnos, and hands down, it was one of the best meals we have ever had.
We opted for the tasting menu with wine pairing. We told Darcy, our server, a few things we weren't particularly interested in and a few things that we definitely wanted to have and she and the kitchen handled it flawlessly. The tasting menu is crafted by the chef and could change depending on what is being served or on what one of the specials might be for the evening.
We started with three spreads that came with flatbread. Each one had layers of flavor.
For the next course, we were served three cold mezze plates and three hot mezze plates. Each one had it its own sauce and accompaniments. Darcy did a fantastic job of explaining each dish and how it was prepared.
The next offering was the fish course which consisted of cod, salmon that had been put on skewer and cooked on the wood grill, and a shrimp dish. Once again, each dish was excellently prepared and presented.
For our meat course, we had the suckling pig, the goat, and beef short ribs which were a special dish for the evening. Like everything that came before it, each was perfect.
For dessert, we were presented with baklava and a chocolate mousse torte.
The wines that came with each course were also very good.
Darcy was very nice, polite and she was very knowledgeable about everything she brought to the table. It is obvious the management of the restaurant does a good job training its staff.
I highly recommend Kapnos for any occasion.
Top notch food, service, and ambiance. A ...
Top notch food, service, and ambiance. All of the meals were meticulously prepared and full of flavor. All of the meats were cooked perfectly. The service was very good. The best part was the price. Lots of food and a drink per person for about $50/person for the evening.
We had made a reservation but, when we a ...
We had made a reservation but, when we arrived, found that it was for their DC restaurant. Nevertheless, they graciously found us a table. In agreement with almost every other review, the place is extremely noisy, clearly not a romantic spot. The ambience is nice, trendy. We ordered a bottle of wine, which they were out of. They recommended a substitute which was very good at about half the price. The food was quite variable. My wife's zucchini fritters were charred and I thought unpleasant. The brussel sprouts were fair. My wife's shrimp dish was good and my octopus was very good. Clearly need to be selective with the menu.
Had a lovely brunch for three there for ...
Had a lovely brunch for three there for my birthday. Easy to make and adjust a reservation based on bad weather, quick service, friendly waitstaff, delicious food with good portion sizes. The only thing I didn't like was the pineapple mimosa my sister got- it seemed weak and too small of a pour for $9. They do offer bottomless, so that's probably why individual mimosas are expensive and smallish. Very pleased with my experience and will definitely be back!
An authentic and creative greek menu tha ...
An authentic and creative greek menu that allows for mutual sharing of dishes. Diverse choices in all menu categories, and the menu does change to allow you to keep trying new dishes. A very extensive wine list including a nice choice of both red and white authentic greek wines. When in Rome... Service was great too.
My boyfriend and I are huge foodies, and ...
My boyfriend and I are huge foodies, and Kapnos certainly did not disappoint our palette! All of the small plates we ordered were incredible, we especially loved the tuna tartare, zucchini fritters, and salmon kabobs. Everything tasted extremely fresh and authentic. Finally, our waiter was absolutely wonderful! I would recommend Kapnos to anyone, and can't wait to go back next time I'm visiting DC!
We live close to Kapnos and visit for a ...
We live close to Kapnos and visit for a treat. The food is adventurous without being pretentious. Meat is especially well done- lamb and goat are specialties. If budget is an issue,
you should be alert when ordering small plates; they can add up!
I liked this place. Surprised at the di ...
I liked this place. Surprised at the dish quality: we had Icelandic Cod and Baby Goat. Perfectly done. Pita bread was a more filling, chewy texture than typical which fit the mood of comfort food perfectly. This is comfort food, but healthy. The downside is it's popularity with groups. The ambience was extremely loud. The walls are brick, so sound reverberates. While it's good for a date, probably much less so if you want a quiet evening together.
Holy heck- order two of the brussell spr ...
Holy heck- order two of the brussell sprout dishes- you won't regret it! All the food was amazing- I have a dairy and gluten allergy and they took them very seriously. The waitress was extremely knowledgeable and really had a great experience.
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