Washington, DC 20009
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:
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
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)
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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
Dinner before show at the nearby Lincoln theatre was just what I wanted! Had a fancy cocktail and tasty bite at happy hour and then went for dinner. Really enjoyed the wine by the glass with Greek blends. The shared small plates were delicious and about the right amount of food before a show. Easy to recommend, especially if you want to get several tastes of new Greek cuisine. The Friday special beef dish was rightly described as very popular, as was the cauliflower veggie plate. Need to come back for the calamari.
Brunch food was excellent. We had several spreads to start, all super tasty. One of had an excellent pork belly special that should be added to the menu. Another pide also excellent as well as soft eggs and sausage. Unfortunately the service was not good. The woman who took our order was nice but after that down hill. She then seemed to drift outside to other tables. The spreads took forever to come. 3 of us ordered bottomless mimosas which because no waitress was really watching our table they were seldom refilled (and then not what we ordeted) the fourth diner was never asked if she wanted a refill on her drink and we had to flag people down for everything including water and the check which we asked for 3 separate times before it came, then took forever to bring back credit card. We still tipped 25 on a 108 and the cash tip was immediately picked up, though we walked through a gauntlet of staff when we left and not a single one said thanks for coming or how was your meal
Service. The server was knowledgeable, attentive and gave accurate recommendations. The host and hostess were also complementary and pleasant. Ambiance. Kapnos has a classy, but comfortable atmosphere, with dark wood everywhere and the wine display, fire oven and meat spits in the kitchen as the aesthetic anchor. Execution. The meal was well-paced, with plenty of time for conversation in between courses. Food, we had the tyrokafteri (server's recommendation), which a delicious soft cheese spread that was really portion to feed up to 4. I won't talk about the next two courses as they were not normally on the menu, but I will say that they clearly pay close attention to detail back in the kitchen. Lastly, we finished off with baklava. It was a fantastic experience and we will be back.
The food was outstanding but our seating was terrible. Kapnos has tables for two in the worst places. We were sat next to the host table, which I ask to be moved. So they moved us to the back of the restaurant where it was very noisey. The service was slow and the server was not helpful with the menu. The only time I would ever go back would be to sit at the bar facing the kitchen. These are the best seats in the house. The food was very good but over priced for the portions.
Hosting service was great. Accommodated extra people due to my own mistake with making the reservation. Otherwise service was meh. I can't stand having brunch and struggling to get coffee refilled. Food was thoroughly unexceptional. Scrambled eggs were bland. Roasted lamb was savory but otherwise boring. Friend ordered the baked egg dish which was overcooked. Proper cooking is basic professionalism. No one would accept blurry family portraits. Improperly cooked food is an equivalent failure to perform a basic skill of a profession. Hummus appetizer and Greek fries were fun, but not enough to overcome other shortcomings. Unlikely to return.
Food was truely great . The wood fired lamb was really outstanding. Tuna Tatare was spot on. We had a variety of starters including the grilled octopus, spanakopita, taramasalata, favasalata, melitzanosalata .Didn't care so much for the pork....seemed a little too much on the rare side. The grape leaves are served cold... but almost icy cold which I didn't like. The server was knowledgeable, personable and extremely helpful with the menu. Only downside is the noise level....very hard to carry on a conversation without raising our voices!
Just amazing food!!! Their octopus was so tender and the roast pig brought me back to flavors that I used to get from street kababs in NYC when I was a teen, then elevated those flavors to a refined, fine dining experience. Not one dish disappointed. I'll go there again, and again, and again...
We went here for my birthday dinner and did the Restaurant Week tasting menu. The flatbreads and spreads were amazing. We got a selection and all were great. Honestly everything was great and they kept the food coming at a good pace. Would definitely return.
Our server Chris was wonderful. Very attentive. Salmon kabob, tyrokafteri, spanakopita, and marinated lamb finished off with the Greek diner for dessert - scraped every plate clean. Ate at 5:30 on a Saturday night and sound levels were perfect; easy to hear table conversation and we were seated between two other tables so it could have been really bad with the wrong layout and acoustics, but it wasn't. Great experience and great food. We will definitely be back!
I went to Kapnos with my husband and another couple during Restaurant Week. We had a great time and thought the food was delicious! We started off with the agiorghitiko red wine - the server's recommendation - which went great with all the courses. For the first course, we ordered the tzatziki, revithosalata, and melitzanosalata dips - my personal favorite was the latter eggplant-based dip. The second course was beets for me and falafel for my husband, both of which were great. The third course was also a winner - lamb for me, spit roasted chicken for another. Finally, we shared all the desserts to top off the meal! Will definitely come back outside RW.
Kapnos never disappoints! The selection is amazing. Even though our brussel sprouts were a little too crispy, they replaced them at a drop of a hat, and they were excellent! The lamb and goat are spit fired, so that is a one-of-a-kind taste, and the accompaniments are complementary and yummy!
i went with a friend for restaurant week dinner. 4 courses was quite a lot of food, and all of it delicious! The hummus with roasted eggplant and the salad with pears and haloumi were unexpected standouts. The lamb and spanokopita were excellent as expected at a Greek place. Service was friendly and efficient. They offer several wine choices by the glass and the waiter was quick to help with choosing between unfamiliar wines. I didn't even look at the regular menu, but I will definitely go back to try it soon!
We found most of the tapas to be pretty lack luster. Some of the fish ones were well flavored like the salmon and halibut, but even they had some overcooking issues. We basically felt the place was overhyped and overpriced for what they serve. Service left a lot to be desired as well. We asked for more bread that did not arrive until we were close to done with our spreads and tapas already. The desserts were a lot more flavorful and pleasing. The greek diner in particular stood out among everything we ate and drank here.
It is an unusual menu, partly in the selection but mostly in how it is offered. It's sort of a Greek tapas. And I am not a huge tapas fan. But once you figure it out it's okay.
It's not a place where you can get usual Greek favorites on demand. If you like the unusual dining experience with very good food, this is a good choice.
Kapnos was amazing!!! as always. I brought my parents and some family friends here for dinner and it was absolutely delicious. All of the food was perfect. Our server (I can't remember his name) but he is tall, light-ish brown hair, used to live in Chicago) was really attentive. He continually came back to the table to ask if we needed anything, brought out our food in a timely manner and at a good pace for eating and having conversation.
Everything was great, I will definitely be back, and bring my family again when they are in town.
Kapnos was amazing! We went by recommendation from a friend because of our mutual interest in Zatinya. It was a little pricier than Zatinya, but I thought the food was much better. Some of the best falafel I've ever had and there wasn't one tapa that came that wasn't outstanding. We will definitely be going back.
The only negative was that our table was a little close to the door, so we got a breeze each time it opened.
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