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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(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, 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 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
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.
The food was amazing and the service was ...
The food was amazing and the service was prompt. Our table of four ordered 7 tapas to share and every one of them was beautifully plated and delicious. I highly recommend the roasted eggplant dish and the suckling pig. I would love to go back and try everything on the menu.
We found the staff really caring and att ...
We found the staff really caring and attentive. Maybe they had read our review about noisy Bethesda Kapnos but they went out of their way to give us a table in a quiet spot with no mention of concern from us. As always, the food was fab.
Mike Isabella is a food genius! We were ...
Mike Isabella is a food genius! We were visiting from out of town and had reservations at Graffiato and our friend strongly recommended Kapnos (we've eaten at Graffiato many times). We were not disappointed! Everything we had was amazing and the portions sizes were generous. I hear he has some other concepts that we will definitely check out next time we're in town!
I organized a work dinner at Kapnos for ...
I organized a work dinner at Kapnos for a group of people that included vegetarians, as well as meat eaters, and we were not disappointed. The ambiance was trendy, but not too loud. The cocktails were handcrafted and well worth the day. The food was fantastic. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Went for Sunday brunch. We had the omele ...
Went for Sunday brunch. We had the omelet and Baked eggs with Lamb. Both were very good. Had the Greek coffee (not worth the price - You get 5 small sips).
Service was very spotty. Wait staff was friendly but tended to disappear for long periods.
Even though I would recommend Kapnos in general; their brunch is not their best feature.
Charred fire-oven prep with all Kapnos f ...
Charred fire-oven prep with all Kapnos food is just so delicious. From eggplant spread (& some of us don't even like eggplant) to brussel sprouts (best ever) to suckling pig. Octopus and goat...I mean everything served was fabulous. Server attentive but not overbearing. Martinis were cold. One of our favorite restaurants.
This was my first time at Kapnos and I c ...
This was my first time at Kapnos and I can't wait to go back. We had several items and everything was fantastic. The eggplant spread and homemade flatbread was a great start to the meal. The mushroom philo was really excellent with the sweet potato schmear it was served with. The shrimp, octopus and salmon kebabs were all wonderfully engineered dishes which brought together interesting combinations of flavors with perfectly cooked proteins. Finally, the honey infused oil the saganaki is cooked in is just delicious. And the sausage was perfectly grilled and came with some incredibly tasty vegetables. Kapnos is just fantastic -- the meats are to die for but I am most impressed by how delicious they make vegetables taste.
absolutely fabulous dining. my three fri ...
absolutely fabulous dining. my three friends and I split 5 small plates and a sampling trio of spreads and were incredibly happy with all of our dishes. delicious and thoughtfully crafted menu items... will be back!
I thought the food and service were good ...
I thought the food and service were good for the most part. Pleasant waiter. Great dips -- that's the best part. Nice to have GF options too. My one big complaint is that the meat dish we ordered came out at least 30 minutes to 45 minutes before the two veggie dishes. It's not like we knew when the food was coming out, so we went ahead and started eating the meat. Next thing you know, saving meat on your place doesn't make sense because it'll just get cold so you eat it all. Then we waited idly for the two veggie dishes which didn't make sense to eat alone. I mean, I love brussels sprouts and cauliflower but without any meat or anything else to pair it with, I was literally trying to force down these veggies at the end. I think being mindful of the entire meal that the customer orders would be helpful. Each dish was great individually but I did not get to enjoy it as a meal, as I would have envisions. Too much delay between dishes.
Fantastic night here with two friends fr ...
Fantastic night here with two friends from out of town. They're already planning what they want to order when they come visit again from here! We would recommend the Agave Lemonade, tsaziki, cold feta salad, hot Brussels and cauliflower dishes, plus the shrimp and half roasted chicken with potatoes. It totally filled up the three of us and Every. Single. Bite. Was. Delicious. Everyone ordered one drink and we shared the dishes and it averaged $50 each. Again, we'll be back to try more and would highly recommend this place!
Kapnos is my favorite kind of meal - sha ...
Kapnos is my favorite kind of meal - shared food, wide variety of textures and flavors, so much attention to detail in how each dish is put together. We loved every single thing we ordered (and we ordered way too much), but standouts included the Brussels sprouts, the beef souvlaki, the cauliflower and the tzatziki (tip: if you ask, they'll bring you veggies instead of/along with pita for your dips). The Greek wines are a good deal and very tasty. Our server did an excellent job of timing our dishes while remaining unobtrusive. I will definitely be back!
My 2nd time there and it confirmed how e ...
My 2nd time there and it confirmed how excellent the food and service are. Mike Isabella is a creative and innovative chef and his ingredients and ideas are awesome. DC is lucky to have him. Excellent menu, ambiance, and service. Highly suggested.
We had a Sunday reservation. Restaurant ...
We had a Sunday reservation. Restaurant was modestly filled. Table was ready on time. Waite staff friendly if a little busy. Most plates were Mezzes which were perfect for the two of us. We had at least one from each category. They were all great. Eggplant tasty, octopus small serving but delicious and goat tender and smokey. In short, great food, some very authentic. Near our daughters apartment. We will definitely be back, Yum.
The food was delicious. There was howeve ...
The food was delicious.
There was however a problem with little flying bugs. Either fruit flies or gnats . Two drowned in my beer, and others had to be scattered from the food during the entire meal. I was disappointed with management's response when I brought this problem to their attention.
Very refreshing take on Mediterranean cu ...
Very refreshing take on Mediterranean cuisine with a variety of excellent vegetarian dishes. The idea of small plates is perfect to try several different dishes without feeling overwhelmed! The ambiance adds to the experience- pretty without being overly stiff and formal...casual enough to be comfortable and chic enough to be classy. Definitely recommend this restaurant!
One of our favorite spots! And it only t ...
One of our favorite spots! And it only took one visit! Food was amazing delicious and though it is shareable but the portions were amazing and we topped it off with the rack of lamb...: highly recommend ! Our server Nabil made it even more special! And guided us through the menu his suggestions were spot on
Food was great! I was disappointed in th ...
Food was great! I was disappointed in the service. I felt ignored once we were seated. Drinks took 15 minutes and I got the wrong drink. Our waitress left so quickly I didn't get a chance to mention it, then she didn't come back for 10 minutes. I ended up with a free glass of wine which I appreciate, but I would have preferred to have he mistake correct a little faster. After the mistake our waitress was more attentive.
Great food- only surprise was that our w ...
Great food- only surprise was that our waiter didn't offer us tap water (he only offered sparkling or still) and then we were charged $6 for water. In hindsight- we could have just asked for tap water but it was strange and a bit confusing and we weren't paying 100% attention when it came over with that question. Otherwise, excellent dinner!
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