Kapnos
Kapnos

Kapnos

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://kapnosdc.com/
  • Phone: 2022345000x9
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Monday-Wednesday
    6pm-10pm
    Thursday
    6pm-10:30pm
    Friday-Saturday
    5pm-11pm
    Sunday
    5pm-10pm


    Happy Hour

    Everyday
    5pm-7pm



    Brunch

    Saturday-Sunday
    11am-3pm


    Bar open between 3pm-5pm on Saturday-Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Executive Chef: Mike Isabella
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Mike Isabella Concepts offers Greek catering in the style of Kapnos. Please email events@kapnosdc.com for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Kapnos can accommodate groups of 40 to 50 for private events. Food and beverage minimums may apply. Please contact events@kapnosdc.com to discuss menus and pricing.

    Email is preferred first method of contact or call us at 202.234.5000 Ext 5 to leave a voicemail for our events coordinator.
  • Private Party Contact: Events Manager x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th St & W St, NW
  • Public Transit: Kapnos is located 3 blocks from U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station (13th st & U st exit)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 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.
A word from Kapnos
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.
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Kapnos reviews from OpenTable diners
314 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (224)neighborhood gem (117)great for outdoor dining (116)good for groups (108)hot spot (103)special occasion (102)vibrant bar scene (69)notable wine list (65)romantic (52)great for brunch (36)great for lunch (12)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Good greek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my second time at the restaurant and it did not disappoint. The portion sizes on the small plates are decent so 5 plates were enough for 2 people. The food was well prepared and had a good blend of flavors. I am not a fan of Mike Isabella's other restaurant Graffiato but Kapnos is excellent.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this place rocks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food here is really fantastic. Especially like the goat. Have yet to have a bad dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food for price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Expensive restaurant feeding of the 14th street boom. Food service a little slow, and the prawn dish in particular is awful. The best of the menu is the dessert. Staff at reception were gruff. We won't be back.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    Peter
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have been to Kapnos several times and the food and service have always been great. Started off with delicious cocktails (recommended by the server) and then moved on to red wine with the food. The eggplant dip and the taramasalata are favorites. The server recommended the duck phyllo pie and the greek fries (made with chick pea flour instead of potato) which were both hits. We also had the charred octopus, lamb and suckling pig. The only disappointment was the cauliflower (which was cold) and the server offered to bring anothe rone but we declined so she took it off the bill. Desserts - panacotta and the cherry ice cream - topped off a great meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4 hits; 1 miss
    NotCsitsmaVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Small plates are good overall - but of the 5 we ordered there was one miss. Fava beans with corn was listed on the menu. While fava beans was the first-listed ingredient on the menu, one would expect the dish to contain fava beans primarily. However, the dish appeared to be 100% corn. Perhaps there were beans inside the dish but they were crushed and pulverized if they were present at all. There was no hint of any presence or taste of fava beans. This dish needs reworking. Nobody wants to pay $10 for a dish of mushy corn.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 for 2
    la2ralus
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Second time to visit Kapnos, and the food has been consistent each time. Well made, well seasoned, truly delicious. Lamb tartar was quite nice, the grilled octopus is always a favorite, and the goat, well, divine. If there was one thing less than stellar, it was the service. It was good, but it wasn't as good, as the first time we visited. That being said, she was attentive, patient, and accommodating - which we truly appreciate. Look forward to dining at Kapnos again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • branzino
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Amazing! Robin, our server, had the perfect balance of checking in with us and not interrupting. The food is incredible. Subtle and beautifully blended flavors. Ate at Kapnos or G sandwish shop 3 times in 3 days of our visit. Each meal a surprise and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating!
    EAG3
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had Sunday brunch here with a small group (5 women) as a surprise mini-bridal shower for a friend. The restaurant was very accommodating in finding a space that worked for us, along with arranging to have a bottle of champagne delivered to the table when we were seated by the sister of the bride who wasn't able to attend. I've eaten here before and the food has been delicious, but this time I went lighter with the scrambled eggs, and there wasn't much to them. Several others had the omelet and the oven baked eggs, which they really liked. Overall, a great experience and I'll certainly be back...for the spreads, gyro, and bloody marys!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great atmosphere and food
    BareeK
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was my first restaurant in DC area and what an impression it was, I loved the atmosphere, food and friendly service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • uncommunicative
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Too loud. The phyllos were fantastic--out of sight. The sausage was mediocre, as were the grape leaves. All else was very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sophistication in U Street/Logan
    MmfdcVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Delicious and inventive eastern mediterranean food. Super for grazing with groups. Sophisticated take, attentive service and still lively atmosphere. Nice selection of Greek wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great taste and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoyed a great birthday night, the food was delicious and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a Foodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Time tested hearty recipes presented with finesse, beautiful wine selection, a bit noisy (all surfaces are smooth creating a loud restaurant) Overall will definitely go back and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mediterranean food in DC
    ReluctantFoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My boyfriend and I have been working on going to the 25 "Best of DC" restaurants and, so far, Kapnos has outpaced them all. The food was absolutely unreal. Highlights are the taramosalata (incredible flavor, not overpoweringly salty or fishy, unlike other places), the goat, the red snapper, and the stuffed pepper. The portions are the perfect size for sharing - just enough to really experience the food but not too much that you're stuffed. Finally, the wine is delicious. Our waitress (who was lovely) recommended a fabulous white that paired perfectly with the food. The noise level is a bit loud for my taste, but it's not above average for trendy DC restaus. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jgronerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Some dishes were truly outstanding and up to the hype: the chickpea fritters, sea bass and baklava stood out. The cauliflower tasted too much of the cooking gas, or so said my fine-dining companion. The excellent waitress gladly replaced it. The place can be a bit noisy but we were tucked away in a corner, so very little noise there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good, creative, diverse
    LenHVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Love the diversity and mixes. Been there 6 times and haven't repeated anything, would eat everything again. Still have some more to go through before we start over from the top. They could control the noise a bit more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow....
    dcwineguyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Quite simply, I was blown away by the entire meal at Kapnos. From the food, to the wine/drinks, to the service, this was the best restaurant experience I've had in DC this year - and that truly is saying something. Kudos to everyone there -- chefs, bartenders, servers. The dining experience was on another level than almost anywhere in DC. I haven't had that many dishes that were all completely exceptional...well...ever. Kudos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious greek food. seemed very
    Countesse
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great to choose so many different. Mezze. Some food s over garnished or sauced. Simple is best room is too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    VRinA2VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Service was impeccable across the board, and food just amazing. Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Greek
    outotowners
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Over the course of the evening the noise level got a bit more "energetic," but the service remained excellent throughout our dinner. We had a very good bottle of wine at a fairly reasonable price. The three spreads we had were SO delicious, as was the flatbread. We had the eggplant, the yellow lentil, and the feta spreads. Every course after that was beautiful, fresh, and unique. I'd go again to try some of the other dishes, and I don't say that often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated & expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've been looking forward to going since this place opened and finally got there. I ordered the bass and grilled cauliflower. It was fine, but expensive and the portion of fish was small. My friend ordered the chard and beans, with lamb. It was pretty dreadful and the bowl of chard looked absolutely disgusting. The wine was $17 p/glass. We sat outside, which was pleasant. Very noisy inside. Well, tried it, moving on...
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  • Simple but great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    With the roasted meats done right you can go wrong with anything here. We had 4 of the meats and they were all great. The tapas style lets you try more then one. Can't wait to go back, too bad I dont live in DC. Come to Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kapnos is a Keeper
    AuthenticDCgirl
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We ordered everything, spreads, lamb tartar, olives, red snapper, Greek fries, lamb salad, beet salad, chocolate mousse cake, mint tea. Everything was great. Beet salad was an absolute symphony. Smokey beets, meringue cheese spin on a crouton, olives that are fresh, even the dogon pine nuts rock at Kapnos. Of note was the lamb tartar which had depth of flavor, great texture, and the snapper was smoked to perfection without killing the color, texture or taste of the fresh fish. Kapnos is now on my list of go-to spots when I'm hungry and don't want to play guessing games about the ability of a place to deliver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was my first visit, and I ordered the $85 tasting menu. The highlights included the three spreads with pita, the charred octopus and the rotisserie lamb.
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  • Kapnos was outstanding!
    MarthaCritiqueVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Every dish had sublime flavors that delighted the taste. Service was terrific and the meal was a treat!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I'm particular to a fault, but I found Kapnos nothing short of amazing. I went during extended restaurant week with some trepidation but couldn't have been happier. Two of us shared eight dishes, and everything was fresh, flavorful, complex, and beautifully presented as well as ample for small plates. Our waitstaff, Ashley, was fantastic; she was friendly without being over-the-top, checked in frequently but didn't hover, and readily slowed the courses when we mentioned the pacing was a little fast for us. The plate/drink runners and busboys also operated flawlessly (quick and polite but unobtrusive). The space is handsome and feels special without being stuffy. My only complaint: the lack of sound-proofing; it was quite noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative Greek at Kapnos
    MSE1210VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My Greek-American wife and I tried Kapnos for the first time, and we were dazzled by it. Atmosphere is fantastic. Service is excellent. Seeing rotisserie meat on your way in to the restaurant. It definitely has a buzz of being a trendy restaurant. Our server made a terrific wine recommendation of a Greek bordeaux blend, which was fantastic. Creative twists on some traditional Greek dishes, and the presentation is fantastic. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Each dish better than the last
    AgentKathy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dishes great for sharing. Love the smokey flavor in many of the dishes. Even the fritters for dessert were wonderful..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    ALMASRI
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This place offer fantastic food . The lamb shoulder, OMG , it's to die for. I went to this place 3 times & the last one for my anniversely . We enjoyed everything . Robin the host is so nice & her smile added some more to our specific day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We celebrated birthdays and were blown away by everything, best meal I have had in a while!
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a restaurant week visit
    great4greek
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We just returned from a greek vacation, and were looking forward to eating new versions of our favorite foods. 2 couples enjoyed the 4-course restaurant week menu. We each ordered something different to share, and liked them all-- except dessert. Plenty of food on those small plates. Starters and drinks were great: smokey beets and eggplant, lentils, roasted peppers, the bread is fantastic too. If you like bourbon, try the "Hollywood." The bass crudo, falafel, and lamb tartar were great, and all the mains were tasty. For dessert stick with Panna Cotta. Baklava was OK, the other offering, karidopita, reminded us of an unloved fruitcake.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely going back!
    CandLonthetown
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went during restaurant week. The Tzatziki and the Melitzanosalata with the warm, salted flatbread was an excellent start to the meal. The second course of Spanikopita and Falafel were just as enjoyable. Infact , we able to enjoy the second course with the spreads from the first course. Marinated lamb was extraordinary! Perfectly seasoned and melt in your mouth tender. Red Snapper was perfectly seared outside and flaky and tender inside. The desserts were great. Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta was excellent, a little less custard like than we're used to. The Karithopita had good flavor, but a little dry for our taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, poor service
    kas4186
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Maybe it was just a bad night for our server (it was Sunday night after all), but I was disappointed with the experience. We felt very rushed and when we asked for recommendations for starters, she responded that "it's all good." Yes, I know that -- I've been there before. But I asked for a recommendation because I genuinely couldn't pick. Our server just seemed disinterested and in a hurry to get us out of there. I usually really enjoy Kapnos, but not this time. Will think twice before booking here again with friends.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skimpy on the mains
    chismeVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Maybe it was just restaurant week, but the mains were tiny. A 2x3" piece of fish is a couple of bites, not dinner. This spoiled Kapnos for us, as the dips and desserts were lovely. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    Djs73VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    First visit and it will not be our last. We went there for brunch and it inspired us to plan on going back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything Was Tasty
    Nick
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Four of us went for restaurant week and even with the limited menu everything we had was very good, no low spots. The spreads, the smoky beets, the lamb tartare, the spanakopita, the bass and the lamb. The noise level was high, but not as bad as some other places. The service is a bit spotty. For the first and second courses the food arrived in waves, but since we were sharing all around that was not a big deal. Still if that were not the case it would be a bit off-putting. Kapnos is on our list for a second visit.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but did not order well
    steph920VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went for brunch this weekend and sat outside. Some of the food was really delicious. I wish I had gone more with my gut when ordering though. The green tomato bloody mary would have been okay had it been like a shot. A whole drink of it was WAY too much. The scrambled eggs had no cheese on them, even though I asked the server if they would and she said yes. The spreads we ordered were amazing though! I will be back for dinner and hopefully some better ordering.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Where to start!!!
    Jessie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is amazing, the service was impeccable, and made for one of my favorite dining experiences ever!! Kapnos has wonderful food that is very gourmet without being to stuffy and pretentious. The decor is awesome, the drinks were very good, the place was packed on a Friday night but definitely worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Octopus & Lamb!
    ChristineDC2014VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Lovely outdoor dining experience with 2 friends. Appetizer dips and fun cocktails at the bar! Choose the regular menu over the Restaurant Week menu and absolutely loved the charred grilled Octopus and Marinated Lamb. Great experience for diners. Feel sorry for the wait and hostess staff who have to stand/walk on concrete floors, though. Plus, the concrete floors make it super loud. Was quieter outside with the cars!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kapnos
    KatMan
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Was not impressed by the food. Impeccable service, however the food was blah. The drink fantastic, flat bread very good, desserts also very good, but the rest of the meal has lots to be desired. Considering the cost, checked it off my to do list, however would not be going back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic