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 email@example.com 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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, 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 visited this restaurant with a group o ...
I visited this restaurant with a group of 4 during brunch on Sunday. We requested to sit on the patio. We didn't see our server right away but the manager came over and took our drink order and answered questions about the menu. Our server, Taylor, came over shortly afterwards and introduced herself and took our order. During service, Taylor failed to come over to offer us additional drinks and we didn't see her until our entree plates were cleared. After asking her for dessert menus, we waited over 20 minutes before asking a busser for them. The busser brought us the menus.
Once Taylor returned we ordered dessert from her. After we gave her our order, she slammed 4 share plates and silverware down on the table and quickly walked away. When she delivered our dessert, she didn't state what the items were (one of which was incorrect). After telling her we didn't receive the donuts she very rudely stated that she would bring us the donuts as if it was our fault the wrong item came out. When we called her out on her rude and defensive tone she came back to the table and basically said I have three other tables inside, I'll bring you the doughnuts and walked away. At this point we requested to speak to a manager who discounted a few items, but the experience was still horrible.
It is my belief that because we were a group of 4 African American women she provided us with less than stellar service or either she just can't handle more than 3 tables. We still tipped 18-19% despite the discrimination.
Food was good, as expected! I would go back but if she was my server I would definitely request another one.
Apparently the meats are quite good, but ...
Apparently the meats are quite good, but the favosalata and gigande beans weren't special. And it's very dark. Also, the service is a bit "too" good, in that the servers and staff are constantly buzzing around your table trying to refill 4/5-filled glasses of water and take unfinished plates away. It felt like they were short plates in the kitchen and had to keep restocking.
We went for Brunch on sunday afternoon 9 ...
We went for Brunch on sunday afternoon 9/18/2016. The manager on duty was exceptionally rude. To the point where I will never dine here again. We enjoyed the food and our waitress was great. I won't be back until they get new managment.
We chose the 5 course menu and were very ...
We chose the 5 course menu and were very happy with our meal. The dips are amazing, each of us got a different one so we got to taste all. The tuna tartare was really good. I was so full by the time the 4th course came, I could not eat it all. My husband and son were happy to finish it off though..... We weren't impressed with the dessert but overall, it was a great meal.
Very Disappointing, The food was only so ...
The food was only so so. The grilled chicken wasn't cooked through and had clearly never seen a grill. It was pink and the skin was flabby. The servers didn't clear tbd used plates or silverware.
The Food was Creative, Delicious and Bea ...
The Food was Creative, Delicious and Beautifully Presented! Service was good...The restaurant was very busy, we had to wait a bit for our check. We will be back again and again! Get the Goat, Tuna Tartare and the Grilled Octopus!!!!!
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).
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