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Kipos Greek Taverna
Kipos Greek Taverna

Kipos Greek Taverna Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://kiposchapelhill.com
  • Phone: (919) 425-0760
  • Hours of Operation: Tues - Thurs: 8am - 11pm
    Fri & Sat: 8am - 2am
    Sun: 8am - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Kipos Greek Taverna
Kipos means garden in Greek. It’s a taverna, where friends and strangers gather every day to share thoughts, a glass of wine or two, raki, beer, and often Ouzo. Mezedes (small plates) coming to your table, keep the conversation going.

Kipos is a reflection of my childhood: fresh and robust village foods cooked in wood-burning ovens, honoring old and modern recipes alike. Kalos Orisate (welcome) to our home.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Being from the Detroit metro area, I miss Greek and other Mediterranean food! I was happy to find Kipos. The restaurant is airy and pleasant with a rustic look too. I had the saganaki which was very good, but I missed the flames and the waiter saying Opa! Really missed that. My baked eggplant was excellent. My husband had the trout, which he said was bland and thought maybe the fish was frozen not fresh. He also doesn't like beans and there were a lot of them. His lamb appetizer was fantastic. The service was excellent. We will definitely come back and stay for music and entertainment."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Everything about Kipos is worth rating excellent. The ambiance inside and out is lively authentic Greek with beautiful light fixtures and comfortable tables. The food (we shared the mezzo dips, grilled octopus and one of the salads) and all were of the same quality and delicious. For mains we had two of the specials (salmon and short rib), the rotisserie pork and the naked chicken. Though all were fresh and delicious the real standout was the pork. Breads and desserts are baked on the premises and available to buy to bring home. The night I was there also featured live music and belly dancing. All of us agreed that every detail and morsel of food was worthy of praise. I will definitely return - soon!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was great. I had lamb chop appetizer, watermelon white wine drink specials, beet salad, a trout special and dessert cookies with coffee. All were delicious! Really delicious. Georgio has designed another absolutely beautiful restaurant. From the lighting to the seating to all of the finishing touches - gorgeous! There was a musician playing beautiful music. I don't have the first complaint. His restaurants make you want to spend time. They make you feel good while you eat. Check it out, because it was sparsely populated and I would love to have it around for a long time to come. It's definitely the best food in that location since Pyewacket in the 90s...by far."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Good overall but my sponekopedtia (sp) was dry. Nice place to meet friends with friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We felt transported to Greece as we savored the flavors of our appetizers which included marinated sausage in a lovely clay-fired bowl and a frisee and fennel salad, artfully arranged and seasoned with a delicious dressing. We chose entrees of lamb and salmon. Both dishes tasted special, each bearing the scents and spices of the Mediterranean coast. Service was attentive, professional and warm. In all, it was a perfect Greek evening."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was incredible. I had the fisherman's stew and wish I could have it again right now. I better stop writing about it now, because just thinking about it makes me really hungry and angry that I can't have it today for lunch."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great experience. Terrific dip samplers. The meatballs are huge. The naked souvlaki chicken goes well with the gigante beans (lovely sauce). Fun ambiance as well."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food selection is fantastic. You can get everything from small plates to steaks and seafood entrees. Desserts are wonderful as well. And if you like Greek wines, this is the place to find a large selection. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I love Greek food and everything I got (eggplant dip with pita and spinach pie) was under seasoned (bland) and the spinach pie was dry and over cooked. Nice bright location and friendly service. Other places with better food ."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Since I found out about this restaurant a couple of months ago, I haven't stopped coming around. They make amazing dishes, with fresh baked bread brought to the table. For lunch, their grilled octopus salad is a must-have. The octopus is tender and slightly crisp, not chewy at all. It is quite sincerely the best octopus I have ever had, even rivaling any I've had back at my Caribbean home. I would highly recommend coming to Kipo's and indulging in their amazing dishes!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Kipos has by far the greatest Greek food in the area. It's almost supernaturally good. The people there are very friendly, although on this latest visit my table kept getting passed by without any offers to refill our water or giving us our check when we were finished. Other than that, the visit was terrific."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We have dined a Kipos twice and both times were outstanding. They do everything PERFECTLY!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The menu delivers everything promised. The feta, arugula, watermelon salad with orange vinaigrette was a brilliant combination. I cannot wait to return. The only problem in Chapel Hill is parking can be a total nightmare. Otherwise an incredible dining experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Ok, buy will not visit again. The Spanokapita wasn't fresh and crispy like I expected."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Have been twice for dinner - this was first time for lunch. Menu quite varied and food was well prepared. Two had the chicken souvlaki and the other a special summer salad. Started with a mezze of nava beans, tzatziki and the third a feta combo. All good (but we decided the combo of all 3 was the best!). Had baklava (the size of a piece of pie!) and the chocolate mousse, one with and one without the salt. Two if us worked n the non-salted version and their third devoured the salted one. A good lunch place in a town with not too many of those ..."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I appreciated the variety of items on the menu -- various sized plates, hot and cold, and variety of price ranges."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I am half Greek, and Olga, the kitchen guru and genius, makes the best lemon-roasted potatoes and baklava in the universe. Excellent cuisine, matched by the heartfelt service. Kipos provides comfort with genuine elan. I had been to Kipos about a month previously and raved about the potatoes. The restaurant manager remembered me and brought as appetizer an order of the potatoes for me and my wife, who was having her first Kipos experience — it is by no means her last. The restaurant manager's son was our waiter, and he was exceptional."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We are repeat diners at this wonderful restaurant. The staff is helpful and polite. Food selection is great with healthy, decadent and other types of fares."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We dined on Saturday at 6:30. The restaurant was crowded but not packed. We were seated at a table for two, among other small tables lining the windows that overlook the street. We ordered starters (SKORDALIA and olives) and mains (MOUSSAKA and XORIATIKI salad). The waiter did not return to the table for at least 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, a "runner" brought only the olives and the salad. At about 20 minutes after starting, the waiter noticed that the other starter and main had not arrived and apologized. Eventually we received the other portions but no Peta bread for the SKORDALIA--we had to ask the waiter to bring it. With the sun shining directly into the window, we were soon baked. The food was OK, but we won't hurry back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've been to Greece several times, love the food. This is the best and most Greek-like restaurant in the state...really.....amazing array of menu items, greek wines, a bouzouki player (and a belly dancer once a week)...the decor is mindful of places I ate at in Mykonos, rustic-modern. The owner, who is Greek, and a well known local restaurant owner, brought his sister over from Greece to manage the baking, amazing, and his manager is also from there. Now my favorite restaurant in the town."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Creative Greek food with attentive service in especially exuberant setting. What's not to like?"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food is sooo delicious...fresh, quality ingredients! I would highly recommend the xoriatiki salad, souvlaki, lamb burger and just about everything on the menu is a can't miss! I've never had feta cheese that is as fabulous as the cheese they serve there! They also have an extensive Greek wine list that complements the food...just ask for help, and they will recommend a great bottle of wine!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Sitting outside in the perfect weather was great. The service was perfect. The food was very good, but one dish was too salty - i have had that happen here before. Does the chef have taste buds?"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed our dinner here on a Sunday evening of a holiday weekend. The food was very good, albeit a little pricey. The only drawback was the service. Admittedly, we were sat just after a couple of large parties, but the restaurant should have been able to deal with the rush. I still recommend Kipos and plan on going back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Fun place with live Greek music and even a belly dancer. Food was authentic, creative and really good. The staff was very friendly. Our server was a little slow, somewhat inattentive, but we were not in a hurry so it wasn't a big issue."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I had been to Kipos a couple of times before with a large group and the service with our group of 30+ was phenomenal. So this past weekend I took my mother and father who were visiting from out of town there and the service and food was just amazing. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and very helpful with choosing dishes. The atmosphere was very bright and lively unlike most restaurants where you can barely see the food, let alone your guests. Now the food is always the best part and I'm not really one to go out of my way for greek food but you can rest assured that Kipos is now at the top of my list of must go places and I will be returning again very shortly."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Since Nikos closed in Durham, we've hoped for a Greek restaurant nearby. We're so happy to have Kipos not too far away in Chapel Hill. We only wish it wasn't so noisy (all hard surfaces and loud diners, including one shrieking woman at the next table). But the food is all very good, varied and creatively done."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Always fun to go to Kipos. The vegetables and Salads are wonderful. ALways enjoy our evening out at Kippos. Lots of fun."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Five of us went to Kipos and ordered a number of appetizers family style so we could each try a lot of different things. The octopus was really well done, as were the grilled vegetables. We went through so many different plates. The service was great. Our server really helped us understand the menu and had many great suggestions. Barely left room for dessert, but glad we did."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Kipos many times; it is consistently outstanding. Great atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "A really great addition to west franklin street. The food and wine are excellent -- lots of locally sourced ingredients, very fresh. Not the sloppy over cooked fare of your typical american Greek restaurant -- this is really good food. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Have been here many times for lunch and thee menu is great and it is quite and one can hear yourself talk. DO NOT go for dinner unless you want to be shouting the whole time. The noise level is very high and the Greek piped music even louder."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Wonderful staff, great choices and ambiance. Lively yet very comfortable."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Kipos is my absolute favorite restaurant in the triangle. I love greek music, greek food, and the furniture, lighting, atmosphere and vibe of this place. I try different dishes every time and I have absolutely loved every one of them. There is nothing here that isn't fantastic. The desserts are amazing and I love that there is a bakery to pick some of them up when you don't have time to dine in. The owner, manager, and wait staff are super friendly and cool."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We decided to go Greek for our Easter dinner, having been in Greece for that notable, festive occasion. Our menu: calamari, which we found a little too breaded. Lamb chops: 3 lean chops on top of a small smattering of overcooked tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes. Disappointing at $28.00. And not even a 'wow' in terms of flavor. Dessert: chocolate mousse with a drizzle of olive oil (no need) and sea salt. And, a big baklava which made up in size what it didn't have in flavor. Best part: coffee, freshly brewed and large cups. And atmosphere, lively, fun, and as Greek as you'll find in these parts. Would we go again? Yes, for atmosphere, drinks and a small mezze."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food was the best we've had outside of Greece, and the belly dancer made the evening especially fun! Fantastic atmosphere!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Kipos is like a snazzed up Greek restaurant, just missing the arbors and the shaded tables, though there are a few in the back courtyard and an upstairs terrace. It is a bright, whitewashed cheerful place with a menu that is more Greek than most Triangle Greek restaurants. Some things are a bit heavy on the spice, whether it is oregano, lemon, pepper--it seemed the chef's hand was a bit heavier than you find in Greece. Many mezzo on the menu in addition to entrees and roasted meats though my partner's rotisserie lamb was well-flavored but as chewy as a shoe. Service was quite pleasant."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "In its year of existence, Kipos' quality standards have failed to maintain its initial high attainments for consistent authenticity., and the Triangle still lacks a true Greek traditional restaurant. Gone are the days when owner Giorgio patrolled with olives and things to be tried, replaced by a more workmnlike effort and more fusion of cuisines."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Food reminds me of the restaurants near the ancient agora in Athens."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "first time at Kipos. Excellent pork chop special and egg appetizer."
    Dined on 4/8/2014