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Kellari Taverna
Kellari Taverna

Kellari Taverna Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kellaridc.com
  • Phone: (202) 535-5274
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Gregoy Zapantis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: •Custom Designed Menus, Waitstaff, Bartenders, Theme Stations (Raw Bar Station, Pasta Station, Curving Meat or Fish Stations, Omelette Station and more).
    •China, Glassware, Barware, Linens, Floral Arrangements, Decorations Bands, DJ & Greek Music, Jazz, Piano and more
    •The restaurant is available for parties large and small. We have two semi private dining rooms (seats 50), and main dining room (seats 120).
  • Entertainment: Live Greek Music Every First Friday of the Month! Music Starts at 8:00pm
    Outdoor Dining Now Available!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Live Greek Music and Dancing every first Friday of the Month. Music Starts at 8:00pm

    Complimentary Cheese, Olives and Crostini

    Happy Hour Monday-Sunday3:00-9:00pm: Happy Hour Beer Domestic $5.00,Happy Hour Beer Import $6.00 Wine $7.00, Cocktails $7.00

    Greek Wine Happy Hour Every first Monday of the Month. Authentic Greek Wine Varietals:Glass $5.00, Half Carafe: $11.00

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17 th Street
  • Public Transit: One Block from Farragut north and Farragut West Metro Stations. We are located on K Street in the Middle of the block between Connecticut Av. and 18th Street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet after 5:00pm Monday through Saturday.
A word from Kellari Taverna
"The dining experience should be sharing appetizers so that everybody can get to taste different flavors and textures " Chef Gregory Zapantis.

"Many people ask me if this is Greek Cuisine , and I don’t know what to compare it to, either to Greek cuisine of 1962 or 2009, but my answer is a seafood restaurant with a Greek Flare to it " Chef Gregory Zapantis.

"Our Menu of Simply Grilled fish but simplicity with elegance ! " Chef Gregory Zapantis.

"we are bringing to the people of Washington Something they haven’t experienced before " Chef Anthony Acinapura.

Kellari Taverna is very sensitive to sustainable seafood.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Everything was really good. And we had an outstanding server. Would have rated overall experience 4 or 5 stars but entree was very slow."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Fantastic menu and service. Wonderful atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Too pricey for simple Greek fare. It's gotta be the high price rent on K street driving the costs."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I requested a relatively quiet table and at first they wanted to seat me in a 'private" (dark) room in the back. After some hemming & hawing, two possible tables in the front room were 'found'. I believe they should have given me those options to begin with. Food 'ok' but not as good as previous lunches. I thought calarmari & octopus, which I requested on the Greek salad, was not cooked to order. Waiter also opened and poured a second bottle of sparkling water without asking if we wanted it. That being said, salad ingredients were fresh and service friendly."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Kellari Taverna is my no. 1 spot for business lunches. The food is consistently delicious, light, healthy, interesting and attractive. The service is impeccable -- attentive, but not intrusive -- and the noise level is low enough that conversations can be had easily."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is a gem in Washington DC with the outstanding food, drinks and service. I always felt there at home being a foreigner in DC, hence far away from home. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "One of the best authentic Greek Restaurants in town!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "From its consistently good good to its excellent service and lovely dining room, Kellari Taverna is an exceptional restaurant. Grilled calamari is outstanding."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I enjoy this Greek restaurant in downtown DC and take friends there for special occasions. The food --especially the seafood --is always fresh and the service is always good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Always top flight very fresh food. The fish and lamb are terrific. The lobster salad is particularly excellent. Pleasant, light room."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Ate here in a group of 6 before heading to the DC Improv. It was very convenient, had good food and a nice wine list and great service. My mild fish was cooked very well and paired nicely with a salty Spanish rice and sweet beets. I would return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went for a special birthday dinner. Food, as always, was excellent Nice setting. But the music playing was quite annoying. Didn't want or expect Greek music. But something conducive to spending $300+ for dinner. I may as well have been at Hooter's or TGIFridays. My office is around the corner, so I stopped in this morning to speak to a manager and give my feedback, as I didn't want to do Saturday night and ruin the celebration. The hostess wouldn't even let me speak to a manager. Ran interference and thanked me for my input. Pretty sure where it got filed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Started with Spanakopita. Theirs come in a roll in place of the little triangles or layers. Very tasty, would have been better if they had been hot instead of just warm. This is a pet peeve of ours food that is not hot when served. Seems particularly odd given the number restaurants that use runners to deliver your food in place of your waiter doing it. We selected a Fagri from the beautiful display of fresh seafood. It was simply fixed, broiled with olive oil and served with lemon. A very mild fish as described by our waiter. I would of preferred a little more flavor. It was slightly overcooked, a little dry and chewy. It's hard to cook fish, I understand. Nest time I'd just get a number of appetizers and call it an evening."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I dined here solo while on a business trip after a client had canceled last minute; the fish wa outstanding, and prices reasonable for fish. Menu is simple and focuses on the fresh fish. I had a watercress salad and greek yogurt for desert. Good simple meal."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant...a favorite of the group. Good food, nice ambience, comfortable decor, warm and atttentive service."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I had a great brunch and the food was also very good. The bottomless option was reasonable as far as price and the amount of food you get on the fix prix.The service was attentive and friendly, I would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "If you want to have a great lunch in a relaxing atmosphere with a client, book a table at Kellari. Never disappoints."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It's always good and is one of our favorite in-town restaurants."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We totally enjoyed our dinner. The ambience was great and our service was fantastic. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The tzatziki took me back to when I lived in Athens. The grilled fish looked and tasted like perfection. The pasta dish was meh and could have used a little more feta to bring up the flavor profile. Nice place for a business lunch."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We thought the food was very good. Portions were European and pricing a bit high."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Special birthday dinner was very disappointing. First time we visited. Manager would not honor the Happy Hour drink prices at the table so we had to fetch drinks at the bar for a place that serves $35 a plate entrees. Waitress forgot the main food order item we came for!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Outstanding experience good food nice place, live music night is very good, I would recommend to all my friends."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Unbelievable fresh fish that can be shared with the people at your table."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "food was really good along with the service. lots of suits for lunch and the cost is worthy of that but the food was just good. enjoyed very much."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Kellari serves the freshest seafood in DC! It has the best value for lunch...with a prix fixe of $28 for a three course meal..."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This taverna specializes in fish. Portions tend to be a bit precious and prices a bit high; drinks are quite expensive. Nevertheless, the cooking is professional and the ambiance pleasant enough to warrant a special occasion visit."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We had eight in our party and everyone felt well served. The brunch menu is varied to suit diverse tastes. Great bilinis! Service was attentive, but not overly so. We started with the octopus (4 stars) and the Katsikisio (5 star, outstanding). Most in the party had kalamari, which was nicely seasoned, though some of the pieces were a bit chewy. Most of our group had the Avga Cheasapeak; the little crabcakes were lump as advertised and contained little filler. The Shrimp Salad was a hit, with wonderful, grilled large shrimp. One of our party had the Kavouri Burger, which is actually a crabcake sandwich. Again, nice lump crab meat with just enough filler to hold the crab meat together. There were several other large parties. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We have eaten at Kellari many times over the past five years and most recently celebrated our daughter's college graduation here. The food is delicious, service is fantastic and the atmosphere is warm and inviting! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Too expensive for level of food and services. We were "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I took clients to dinner here and couldn't be more pleased. The ambience was very warm and inviting. The waiters were attentive and friendly. The food was great. My clients were impressed and happy. What more could I ask for?"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Took a visiting group for dinner on basis of recommendations from this site: several problems, it is expensive for what is provided by comparison with others in the area. The servers tried (unsuccessfully) very hard to pitch fish cooked by the pound to the group, clearly the most expensive menu options; the server when asked to accommodate food allergies was not initially especially helpful (and one of the allergens appeared on the dinner plate served); at the conclusion of the main course, the server did not offer dessert, just presented the check. This latter part was extremely disappointing, since members of the group (afterwards) indicated that they would have ordered dessert. It was embarrassing and I would not return. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Wonderful cocktails. Excellent food. Mixed reviews on service."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Kellari is a great business lunch location in the area. Great reasonably priced Greek/Mediterranean food, particularly strong on seafood and fish items. Also a very nice "Happy Hour" bar setting. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My daughter and I took my 91-year-old mother out for Mother's day. Kellari was a hit with all of us. Everyone loved their meals and the wait staff was fantastic...knowledgeable, friendly, patient, attentive...very nice. We'll do it again!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Salmon melted in my mouth, waiters were very knowledgeable, friendly and have a great sense of humor, great find for us."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Overpriced and not large portions. The bellinis were ok. The service was quite good, and the wait staff was very attentive."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Loved Kellari! A restaurant not to be missed. The food was exceptional! What a neighborhood gem. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Always enjoy Kellari Taverna. The wait staff is always friendly and professional. The food is always good."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Went for our anniversary. Not only was the service fantastic but the waitress could not have been nicer! "
    Dined on 4/24/2014