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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.
Washington, DC 20009
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
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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)
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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
Fabulous food but can't say the same about service. Our server had a pretentious air and was lacking in attentiveness. Waiter ignored our request for how we wanted food served and instead went with his own suggestion, which did not suit us since we weren't sharing every dish. My companion sat without food while I had two plates in front of me. We had to ask for drink refills and for empty dishes to be removed. Admittedly, it was a very busy Saturday night but they seemed well staffed so I'm a bit baffled. I truly hope our service experience was an anomaly because the food was excellent and I want to try again. It is very loud and tables are too close together so expect to make friends with your neighbors.
It was obviously a busy night, and we had to wait about twenty minutes for our reserved table. While waiting, we watched four other parties complain to the hostess about their own long waits. When we finally were seated, it was clear the sever was overwhelmed. Not sure it was his fault. Kitchen was backed up, and he had quite a few tables. I realize food comes out "as they are prepared," but I don't think that justified one dish to come out every twenty minutes. We ended up getting my +1's last dish to-go since it was just taking too long. Even then, the server came back to say it was still coming soon.
Maybe I should have complained. I thought the signs were there that we weren't thrilled. A manager came to drop the check, but no comment or apology was given.
The food was good, albeit not hot. I probably won't come back.
We absolutely love the food and service - some of the best in DC - but the crowd has gotten unbearably louder every time we go, to the point that we rarely make eat here anymore. It's to the point that management needs to do something about it; it's a total turn off.
A delicious meal hit just the right spot for my dad's birthday. We ordered a series of healthy, innovative, thoughtfully composed tapas dishes. We appreciated the wait staff's recommendations on food and wine. We enjoyed our spot near the window; other parts of the restaurant seemed a bit trendier, but also also somewhat dark (which would not have been ideal for my parents).
Unfortunately after many wonderful visits to Kapnos, this one was not a good experience. We had to ask for bread a number of times before it was served, the waiters suggestions were not very good--for instance, we did not have enough vegetables for the amount of meat ordered. And the worst was an addition of a 20% gratuity onto the bill ( which was over $500.00) without any mention that service was added. One does not want to feel that a restaurant is trying to take advantage of you. I feel very badly because I am not sure that I want to return to a restaurant that was an old friend. What a loss.
I have been here twice and both times were spectacular. Everyone should come to this restaurant and try feta dip. The waiters are always very knowledgable and good at suggesting foods to try.
I went with a picky eater and he had no problem finding something to eat!
The small plates are great -- the choices for appetizers and sides was especially good. One dish -- roast duck -- was a little greasy, which is easy to do with duck. Others were spot on, tasty and interesting. We went as a foursome with a couple we only see every few years, and we all enjoyed the tastes.
One slight negative -- when we made the reservation we asked for a quiet table so we could visit; the staff didn't reserve one for us, but made special efforts to get us the quietest spot they could. Otherwise the noise level would have been too much for good visiting.
I love this restaurant, but tonight was not so great. While food was great, service was was not ......we were sat for at least 10 minutes before we were even greeted. The food again was great, but took forever to come out along with drinks. Also, water glasses empty and clearing of plates was hit or miss.
I had visited Kapnos once before on a date and liked the decor/atmosphere, etc. and not having insight into the bill (lucky me), thought the tapas we ordered were fine. I enjoyed it.
Last night, I attended with my boyfriend. We weren't too hungry so we each got a glass of wine and 3 tapas to split: the beef tartare, saganaki, and fried cauliflower. While the portions were fair, we were quite disappointed with the food and even more, the price.
First, one of the most oft-committed tartare faux pas is not providing enough bread/crisps/chips to shuttle the tartare from plate to palate. Kapnos was no exception. The potential for flavor was there; the balance was not. The tartare was overwhelmed with mustard and we couldn't taste the quality / flavor of the beef ( I hope that wasn't by design).
Now, the saganaki. Kapnos' saganaki left me unimpressed. It came out nice and hot but unfortunately, the melted cheese stopped at the surface and an overcooked ( I hate to say it, but burnt) cheese quickly followed. That flavor very much overshadowed the black pepper honey that the description boasted; it was barely detectable.
The cauliflower saved the meal. It was cooked to perfection with an incredibly fresh mint spread.
Overall, the service was fine, though they offered every single one of our plates to other tables, multiple times, before getting around to ours ( I know, I know, the hazards of having a food runner. But, for a supposedly high caliber restaurant, this surprised me. The first time, no problem; the second plate - funny; the third....you can't be serious, are we chopped liver over here? ha). The food though, was nothing to write home about and for that pricepoint?! Not acceptable. We went to another delicious 14th St. Spanish tapas restaurant for brunch on Saturday and paid the same price for several signature cocktails and a LOT more food. And...that food was amazing.
I wouldn't spend here for 3 dishes what I would pay for a 3 course meal, elsewhere.
Came down to DC for some Mets/Nats baseball and couldn't leave without having dinner at Kapnos. It's an amazing meal - truly some of the best
Mediterranean food we've ever had. Its impossible to say what dish was the but we highly recommend the spreads, (pita is warm and incredibly perfect for the spreads) beats, saganaki (sweet and savory) and chicken with lemon potatoes.
We will be back next time we are in town.
Let's go Mets!!!
Great food! My husband and I tried the brussel sprouts as well as the orzo with lamb in a red sauce as starters, and the whole dorado as our main entree. Everything we had was very tasty. We thought the dorado was slightly overpriced at $44, but delicious nonetheless. The service was good. We sat outside on a spring evening and it was wonderful. Would recommend this restaurant as a casual place to get good food.
I was disappointed with Kapnos on my third visit. The food has been outstanding until now. the Bronzino which used to be accompanied by vegetable in a clear broth is now served with a tomato sauce that tasted like store bought. The tomato sauce overwhelmes the delicacy of the fish. I also ordered a trio of appetizers and found the portion size to be much less than the individual appetizers. It would be great if there would be an indication that the serving size of the trio is much smaller. I ordered 2 baklavas which previously have been moist. However the baklavas were dry and hard as a rock.
Initially the waiter was friendly. However when I mentioned to the waiter that the branzino was not as quiet as tasty, he went and spoke to the chef about it. Afterwards the waiter attitude toward our table became less than attentive.
Lesson learnt "don't criticize the food at Kapnos".
We were told to order two to three dishes each as the plates except for the proper entrees were for sharing, but we found that we had to take almost two whole dishes home in a brown bag! Try the roasted and grilled meats, we enjoyed the goat and pork. But ignore the advice to over order and pace yourself. Two to three choices is probably enough for two moderately hungry people.
The food was great. The service was pretty slow and our waiter gave us blatant attitude twice during our meal. The first time was when someone in our party found a hair in his water and brought this to her attention and asked for a new water. Instead of apologizing she was snippy and said that we would have to hold on because she had something in her hands. The second time she gave us a rude attitude, the waitress forgot to charge us $40 on our credit cards. We brought this to her attention because we did not want her to be shorted $40 on our meal. She was extremely rude to us (she should have been thanking us). We were able to speak to the manager and the manager apologized. We never did receive an apology from the waitress.
We were in DC for the March for Science and wanted to try one of Mike Isabella's places. Kapnos did not disappoint. True to his Mediterranean roots with a Top Chef twist. We tried the tasting menu of course. Spreads, mezzes, salads, and small plates with veggie bites, seafood and local ingredients. We're suckers for saganaki but Kapnos's sweet/savory version was unexpected (and delicious). Sea bass, octopus, grilled meats including an incredible lamb over potatoes. We were stuffed but the waitress convinced us to try a couple of dessrts. They were fine, but then she brought out the last of the evening special -- a fluffy cherry mouse cake/pie. We will be back.
Food was excellent, but service was very haphazard. Entrees were served separately for the party of two, and yet the desert course was served at the same time that the second course was served to the second diner. Waiter had to be asked several times for a simple thing and no one checked to see if we needed anything until we were nearly finished with our meal. We were really rushed through (3 courses in 45 minutes) and the restaurant was not full, so it wasn't like they needed the table. Overall, not a terribly pleasant experience.
The dining room was lively on a Saturday night. I have dined before at Kapnos but in the Bethesda location. This time I was disappointed. And while the food was good, the main course of a shared cod fish came to a halt when I discovered, in my mouth, a piece of hair. I called the waiter over and whispered in his ear what I had discovered and then without missing a beat he brought the manager over to address the problem. This is when everything became strange. She proceeded to take the strand of hair from me and inspected it. She stated that , "we don't have anyone working here with light hair." Then she looked over at me. I have brown hair but I could tell what she was thinking--could it have been my hair. Regardless, where was her training as a manager of a well-known restaurant?? She should never question the customer--and rather than expressing her apologies, she just said that I should pick another dish. At that point, no offense, I had lost my appetite. In the end, rather than deducting the dishing from the bill, we received a complimentary dessert--which in my opinion was beside the point.
Went to Kapnos for the first time to experience their brunch. They seated us 20 min before our reservation. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather in their nice outdoor area. The inside is beautifully decorated with the aroma of various meats filling the air space. It was divine. The menu was quite extensive for a brunch offering. We started with the pikilia and the proportions were just right to enjoy a sampling of their various spreads. Our entrees included the shrimp frittata, herb marinated lamb chops, and baklava french toast. They were all delicious! Service was a little slow- took a while to get the service to actually come back to get our main entree orders but overall very nice. Will definitely come back to try the dinner selections!
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