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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: 5:30pm-10pm (bar open until 11pm)
Thursday: 5:30pm-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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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
The food was excellent. We started with flatbread and one of the yogurt cheese spreads - ahhhh, delectable!!! Every round tasted greater and greater - we ended with the lamb entree. The service was superb and the price was very reasonable. I'm looking forward to going back with friends.
This was my 2nd time at Kapnos and it did not disappoint. This time we were able to sit on the patio and it was just a lovely evening. We sampled a lot of different foods, the Bronzino, some Lamb Filo, Tuna Tartar, and the most amazing chick pea fries. Our server was lovely and engaging and very attentive, without being annoying. It is a great spot to people watch on a week night luckily DC's weather will hold for another couple months.
We have been fans of Kapnos for years. It is always a treat to return. The food was fantastic as usual.
We were a little disappointed with the service. We were not really greeted by the host stand and we had to remind our server that we needed water a time or 2. When the manager came by he asked if we'd like to try a different wine, when we said that we would prefer to stick with what we had and would appreciate another glass-it never came.
Overall, nothing that tainted an evening with nice ambiance and great food but unusual for Kapnos. We have come to expect great service.
We really like Kapnos and booked it for a group of six, though I had reservations about the sharing that's typical with small plates, given a group that size. I need not have worried. Though smaller than a full dinner, each of the twelve items we ordered was substantial enough for everyone to have a satisfying portion. Plus, the food was just plain terrific and we got to try a lot of different things. Our out-of-town family was very happy.
We had gone about a month ago and the food was fantastic, very authentic and not over-powered with seasonings. This time, it was not nearly as good. Not sure if a different chef, but even the steak we ordered for my son (because there is no "kids menu" was pepper-filled and had a big kick). Lemon chicken was over-lemony, and overall the dishes tasted different than a month or so ago. Still recommend it, great décor, we were just expecting more with the food.
Kapnos has the best, most authentic Greek dining in the area. We enjoyed the Restaurant Week tasting menu for four, enabling our group to sample a wide variety of dishes and courses. Kapnos handles the basic comfort foods beautifully while also offering some inventive variations on classic Mediterranean cooking. Combine these highlights with fine wines from Crete, Santorini and northern Greece, and you have a wonderful experience.
The food at Kapnos is always amazing - a great modern take on traditional Greek dishes. Everything I've ever eaten at Kapnos has been superb. Definitely start with a spread! I highly recommend the tyrokaftari and order it every time I'm at Kapnos. The lamb and lemon potatoes are to die for. On my last visit, I noticed the kegged lemonades were no longer on the menu. Fortunately they're still available, just under a different name.
Every visit until my most recent has been absolutely perfect. During my most recent visit, the service was very "off." I think this was probably due to Restaurant Week and/or new staff. Our primary server was outstanding, though.
Outstanding. Went during restaurant week for our Anniversary. Food was amazing. Service was good, nothing outstanding but not bad. Can't say enough about the flavors....well blended, hit all the taste sensations with none overpowering the other. Ranks up in the top 10 places I have eaten, including in both in US, Europe and South America.
I attended for dinner restaurant week, and this was honestly the best meal i had of the 7 restaurants i tried during the week. I was not even hungry. They served a combination of dishes off their regular menu, which was much appreciated as reflective of a normal culinary experience there. The highlight of the meal was probably the lamb. It came as shredded pieces, but was juicy, tender, and tasty. i order the spit-roasted chicken, and i'm not a fan of white meat , so found it a bit dry. You could probably ask for dark meat though. They have happy hour, so i will try to come back for that. Otherwise this is a good place, and definitely worth a trip to!
Spectacular evening. Everyone at the table raved about the food. We enjoyed the Restaurant Week 4-course meal and everything was perfect. I'll definitely be back!! And, when I return I'm looking forward to getting the large $89 lamb dish and sharing it among the table with side dishes. I can't wait!!
Visited Kapnos as a part of D.C.'s Summer Restaurant Week 2017. We arrived 15 minutes after our reservation time due to trouble finding parking. However, we gave the staff a call and we had no issues getting a table as soon as we arrived.
The restaurant looks and feels amazing, definitely enjoyed the atmosphere. It is a little on the louder side, so I wouldn't recommend it as a quiet date spot. However, the noise level was nothing to complain about.
Service was great as well, especially considering the restaurant being full due to Restaurant Week. Servers were attendant and very helpful with the menu options.
Now for the best part of the night: the food. Hands down, Kapnos delivered some of the best food that I've had in my life. We got 10 different options from their menu and all of them were great. The major stand outs where the taramosalata, the roasted duck phyllo pie (really liked this), the marinated spring lamb, and the spiced baby goat. The baklava was also amazing as well. The combination of flavors on these dishes along with the presentation were top notch for sure.
Overall, 5 out of 5 stars experience and we will be returning again soon!
kapnos has a good kitchen but not every dish is worth ordering--falafel were unremarkable and served unadorned which is odd. the room is typically noisy, service is brusque. its expensive for what many of the dishes are-- nicely rendered versions of simple, traditional food.
I have been wanting to try this place and finally went during Restaurant Week (Aug. 2017), which made it a great value. On an everyday basis, I think the plates are a bit more pricey. Nonetheless, the food is delicious and our server was great! The busboy was great too! Very knowledgeable and gave great suggestions on what to order.
I have eaten dinner here many times but this was my first brunch. I can't recommend it enough. We split several entrees between our group and every item on the menu was delicious - Shakshouka, Greek waffles, summer salad, and the shrimp fritatta - all fantastic.
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