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, 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
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!
I left feeling underwhelmed by the servi ...
I left feeling underwhelmed by the service and the food. I have heard some great things about this place, but today they did not live up to that hype. I ordered the stone oven baked eggs and the eggs were slightly overcooked and the dish lacked flavor and seasoning. In addition, my table waited almost 15-20 minutes after ordering our initial non-alcoholic drinks to place our order. The server did not check up on us once before then. A positive about this place was the lemon potato hash. I wish those flavors had been incorporated in the stove oven baked eggs dish. I'm not sure if I will come back to this place.
Our first visit to Kapnos for brunch. I ...
Our first visit to Kapnos for brunch. It had a very different menu, not the same old standbys. The food was as described, with a number of spit roasted meats. The waiter gave us some god advice on choices. Service was quick and efficient. Bloody Mary's were well made.
Bad service. Waitress could not/never lo ...
Bad service. Waitress could not/never located peeper mill ? ! Some of the help did not speak English, I do not speak Spanish, and it was a hustle to even have coffee refills. Food arriving at different times for our table, some where eating and some were waiting. I asked for toast with my eggs which was served ten minutes after eggs were served.
Loukoumades were burned and served dry without honey/cinnamon.
Sorry , will not return to Kapnos
Our reservation was not available for al ...
Our reservation was not available for almost 20 minutes, even though we were on time. We are in the industry though so we did not sweat it, but instead of checking in with us, The hostesses sat many reservations after us and kept looking at us like "who are you again". Once we were sat, Delia, our lovely waitress, was the highlight of the evening. She was sweet, non intrusive, knowledgeable and anticipatory. The other staff, however, were a constant source of stress and awkward encounters. She did a great job in spite of them. The wine stewardess was especially rude and cold. She never smiled once. Our first wine was one line off from the one we wanted, we caught it before she opened it, and she made it so uncomfortable. We have always had amazing experiences at Kapnos and even had a large catered party there for my birthday, the service was always knowlegeable and warm. I manage a restaurant in Adams Morgan and have lived in DC working in the industry 10 years. I have never experienced such an unprofessional wine steward as the one we had Saturday night. She went a far as to yell at our poor server on the floor in front of all of the tables. Delia handled it like a professional and a champ and never lost her smile or step even though she was being grilled by her team instead of supported. Food 5 stars, Delia 5 stars, the rest of the team could work on their demeanor, specifically the hostesses and wine steward.
Outstanding food, great service, and fun ...
Outstanding food, great service, and fun atmosphere. This is one of my favorite spot to bring people from out of town to show off the best DC dining has to offer without dressing up or breaking the bank (though this comes close on the latter).
The food was excellent but I was less th ...
The food was excellent but I was less than impressed with service which took away from the night. We had empty plates on our table for at least a half an hour while waiters walked by us mulitple times. The food was delicious, especially the octopus so would recommend for authentic mediterranean experience.
This was our first visit and we most lik ...
This was our first visit and we most likely will not return. The plates were brought out at various times and one main order was never served. We asked for a wine list and did not receive it. We thought it was quite expensive for the very small portions and poor service.
We went on Saturday night -- I must say ...
We went on Saturday night -- I must say it was "as good as it gets"....and can't wait to go back. read a lot about service issues but our service was AWESOME...over the top....Mark and Taylor couldn't have been more helpful and fun...and let's face it we do go out to dinner for fun as well as great food and to have a memorable experience. These two were so focused on the customer experience -- and with every table that it was a joy to watch.
The food....we started with way too much but worked our way through it....the tyrokafteri (a hot feta spicy dip) was so good they should bottle it and sell it. Truly amazing. We worked our way through another dip that was okay, olives that rocked, Brussel sprouts carmelized to perfection with a surprise curry piece to it; oh yes! The "Greek Fries" so light and tender we could have eaten another plate -- they are made with chick peas. And then at the end a lamb tapas that was so smoky, flavorful, tender and perfectly prepared I just can't wait to go back.
Everything, yes everything, was served hot, beautiful to look at and so much attention to detail with small bits of herbs or other seasonings that were just perfection. This is food meant for people who enjoy really good food and appreciate the small, attention to detail. These folks have figured out what many other restaurants have not. Well done to the entire Kapnos st
This by a pretty good margin was the bes ...
This by a pretty good margin was the best place dined while in this area of DC we had been referred by a front desk agent at our hotel and was thrilled she gave us a winner restaurant .From start to finish our waitress was a really great help too.
This was my third visit to Kapnos, and i ...
This was my third visit to Kapnos, and it has yet to disappoint. The service was a perfect balance of attentive and observant (e.g. not making us feel rushed to order). The seasonal dishes were delicious, and they tweak the menu just frequently enough to keep things interesting without forsaking favorites. It will take several more trips yet to try everything I want to try. Huge fan!
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.
We went to Kapnos for brunch. The food ...
We went to Kapnos for brunch. The food was great, and the service started off ok, but then the service deteriorated. We seem to have been forgotten several times, including when we wanted to order entrees. One of us did not get the drink he ordered, and when it did come it was not made correctly. And so on. Food was great, but the whole experience was not.
The food was great! The service was very ...
The food was great! The service was very poor which led to an average overall experience. It took a while for the server to acknowledge our party (6 people) so we had to ask a different server if we were going to get served. The server never once checked on our food once the food was served and she forgot one order. To add insult, she gave us a check before we could even order dessert.
The service really ruined what would have otherwise have been an excellent brunch.
Food was delicious! Authentic Greek dish ...
Food was delicious! Authentic Greek dishes with a modern twist. Each dish was wonderful -- could not pick a favorite. Only thing I'd change is that the food was all brought out at once (tapas style), and with a lot of food, it got cold before we could get to some of it. Would come back again!
Service was more uneven than I'd expect ...
Service was more uneven than I'd expect from a higher-end restaurant--hostess was not friendly at all and our server was not as attentive as I'd like (we kept having to look for her). Food, however, was outstanding. Only complaint is that the lamb kapama had hardly any lamb--almost all orzo.
The menu was fun and interesting. We enj ...
The menu was fun and interesting. We enjoyed sharing several small plates, the smoked lamb was our favorite. Our server was Taylor, she was an enormous help walking us through the menu and helping us select a wonderful Greek wine. When we return we will asked to be seated in her section.
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.
The food is good, though the falafel was ...
The food is good, though the falafel was a little dry. I love the lamb though, extremely tasty and it melted in your mouth. However, everything was too spicy for my taste. For similar food but a better experience and not every dish being spicy, just go to Zaytinya.
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