Kellari Taverna

4.5
2283 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
"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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Monday-Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday 3:00-10:00 PM. , Sunday 3:00-9:00 PM.
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Phone number
(202) 535-5274
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gregory Zapantis
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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).
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
17th Street
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Parking details
We do not offer valet parking .
Parking Lot- is located under the building at 1700 K St NW.
Parking after 5 pm is $10.00 and is through Colonial Parking.
Garage closes at 11 PM



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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.
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Entertainment
Live Greek Music Every First Friday of the Month! Music Starts at 8:00pm
Outdoor Dining Now Available!
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Special events & promotions
Live Greek Music and Dancing every first Saturday of the Month(except July & August). Music Starts at 8:00pm



Complimentary Cheese, Olives and Crostini



Happy Hour Monday-Sunday 3:00-9:00pm: Happy Hour Beer $5.00,Happy Hour Beer Import $6.00 Wine $6.99, Cocktails $6.99



Greek Wine Happy Hour Every first Monday of the Month. Authentic Greek Wine Varietals:Glass $5.00, Half Carafe: $11.00
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Choose Kellari Events & Catering for your next event! Our goal is to make sure that your event, or a Private event at your house, is a great success. We bring our Greek hospitality to you and make sure your event runs smoothly and without a hitch.

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Sun 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

What 2283 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Brunch was exceptional! The choices for the 3 courses were great, and everything was well prepared. Service was top notch.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Have always enjoyed Kellari since I first dined there in New York. So was very happy to find they had the same restaurant in Washington DC. We went for restaurant week and had a fabulous meal. My favourite grilled sardines (although they seem to have gotten much smaller than last time), and a wonderful fish entree which was also delicious, followed by a yummy light yoghurt cheesecake. Scrumptious.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It was really Good.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great wine and food. A wonderful pick for restaurant week.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

What I had (sea food pasta with cream sauce) was excellent and I was totally satisfied with it, but more generally, I would like to have a greater choice of fish. For example, you once had an excellent trout dish, but I have not seen it for many years now. You have all sorts of fish on display at the restaurant, but most of them are not on the menu. Theoretically, we should be able to order whichever fish, as long as it is on display.

The waiter we had that evening was great. He was quietly attentive, not pushy but convincing in his explanations, willing to accommodate our special preferences, and knew exactly when to check on us and when to leave us alone.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Brought a friend for the 1st time, it was really quiet and was so full when we left.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

This was a special anniversary and this is a special restaurant. White tablecloths, nice spacing between tables, outstanding food and service. We cannot say enough good things. If you want a meal where you are not rushed and you love seafood, this is the place.

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This low rating is for their waiter. Not for the restaurant. The food was nice, slightly pricy (even for downtown DC). The restaurant was beautify and sufficiently quite for business discussion. They placed desserts on the entrance area which was a nice touch. So, the restaurant actually deserved a solid 4 stars.

Regarding the waiter, he needs to be better trained. His job is to serve, including accommodating reasonable requests from customers. I had a business lunch there on 8/7. I ordered Chop Salad and asked the dressing on the side. The waiter told me they cannot put dressing on the side and assured me that the dressing was very light and I would like it. For entree, I ordered grilled shrimps, squids, etc. Again, I asked if they can go light on oil. The waiter again told me that they cannot do it and said it is olive oil and very light. Since it was a business lunch, I decided not to argue with him any more and trusted what he told me.
When the salad came, it was so slaughtered with dressing! It was way too greasy than I like my salad. Similar things happened to my grilled seafood. I think their food is decent, but their waiter is terrible.

I do not believe asking dressing on the side and asking grilling to go light on oil is reasonable requests. Since I go out to eat a lot and prob will come to this restaurant again. I hope someone from this restaurant read my review and train that waiter better! He ruined my otherwise a great experience. Also, if I am waited on by this very same waiter again, I would immediately walk out (or tell the host that I do not want him to be my waiter)! That is how much I dislike that waiter. He ruined my experience with this beautiful restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

A taste of Greece in downtown DC. Grilled royal dorado was super fresh and simply cooked, just as in a true Mediterranean seafood restaurant. Perhaps a bit expensive, but really good food and service.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Went went to Kellari Taverna for their weekend bottomless brunch and had a great time. There's a 3-course menu with lots of variety. The grilled calamari was our favorite appetizer. The staff was friendly and they certainly keep your glasses filled. My only dislike was that the Mimosas and Bellinis are made with a very inexpensive Brut champagne AND they serve it in a traditional wine glass as opposed to a flute - that means it's not as light or sweet and the bubbles fall flat quickly. But, I guess that how they still make money on their bottomless brunch because you won't drink as much! However, still an Excellent Groupon Value and we're going back!

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Reliable source of a nice lunch in an area that lacks a large number of tablecloth restaurant options. Fish specials are usually quite good. Service is quick.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Used a Groupon for the Sunday Night Lobster dinner. Appetizer, Lobster and Dessert with a glass of wine for a fixed price. My wife chose the Lobster Bisque for her app and I had the grilled calamari. Bisque was potato-based but still creamy and flavorful. Lobster was a decent-sized and tasty. Came out without the shrimp sauce but the kitchen quickly replaced it. Desert selections are nice. We chose the Galatabourecko. House wines are fine.
Note: If using a Groupon remember to note that on your Open Table reservation. We didn't know to do that so they didn't have enough lobsters available which meant we only got one. I chose a NY Strip as a substitute since they have a good grill. It was cooked to my temperature and very tender.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We love seafood so Kellari was a gem. We liked the ceviche appetizer but the bronzino main course was more than memorable. Will be back to try other dishes.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We like using a Groupon for their weekend Brunch and Sunday night Lobster specials.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

My second time at this restaurant and I would go back again and again. We have sat at the bar and got food from the bar menu twice - excellent value and top quality food. Absolutely love the Octopus and the shrimp bruschetta. Can't wait to go back again!

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

desert - chocolate mouse was so hard and couldn’t eat at all

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Excellent food and very good, unobtrusive service. Always a pleasure dining at Kellari.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Very nice service! The food was great! I try new things off the brunch menu all the time.

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1.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Worst restaurant ,menu with New York steak ,and they didn’t have .

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

running out of compliments for this outstanding place--the most welcoming place in D.C.!

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Have gone to that location twice. For a Greek restaurant, little Greek ambiance. No Greek music (even popular Greek music vs traditional) and no Greek speaking staff the second visit. Made a special fish request when I made the reservation a week earlier. Didn't seem to have looked at the request until we arrived. Not available. It's the only reason I go there. Told my first choice was sold out. Told my second choice, scallops, the chef did not like the look of them. I would not have told a customer that. My third choice, seafood rizotto was good. My wife mentioned the limited meat choices - only two selections. Wish the bread was more traditional Greek bread. The tarama was good. Melitsanosalata not so good. Overall overpriced for what you get. It's a shame as I would have liked to have been a regular.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We went to Kellari Taverna, as a test -- to try the food, since we are hosting a big birthday dinner here next weekend for 16. I discovered foods I hadn't tried before and it was all beautifully prepared. the Kellari Chips with Tzatziki were amazing -- like fried green tomatoes. the beet salad was excellent. We shared a grilled fish -- perfectly prepared.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We love fresh fish and the selection and quality here is always awesome.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Another fantastic experience. The service was exceptional and the food so fresh.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Kellari Taverna offers outstanding food and ambiance on K St - much nicer than its neighbors. A great place for an important business meal.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

An excellent meal, especially the grilled octopus, with very good service.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The grilled octopus and dip dishes were really good! And the dessert of goat cheese, honey and nuts was superb!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

This restaurant consistently provides outstanding food. The atmosphere is elegant, nicely decorated. Wait staff friendly and responsive. Probably not the best place for kids, but the wait staff tried to accommodate.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I have actually been to the brunch several times and every time it just keeps getting better. Next I plan on trying the Lobster Dinner because i hear it is amazing. I know for sure if dinner is anything like the brunch is will be DELIOUS!!

Thank you,
Tammy Edwards

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Nice location. Great service. Delicious food. And bottomless mimosas... what more could a girl ask for?

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Excellent venue for business lunch. Variety of salad and seafood choices. Tasty. Great service.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

We selected Kellari Tavern because of its location on K Street. The food was disappointing, given the price. The final tally was more than $100 for three salads and iced tea. The meal was undistinguished and one salad was not particularly fresh. The service was very good.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Always a fine dining experience with superb service. Faye took great care of us

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We had a Saturday brunch. Our server was fabulous and so was the food.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I really loved this place, very authentic Greek food with an emphasis on seafood. Our waiter was wonderful (I wish I remembered his name) and he was great at helping pick out wines. My seafood risotto has a little too much octopus for my taste, but otherwise everything was delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

There is no friendlier and more accommodating bar than Kellari hands down. Best proof is the high number of regulars who come there. I know. I am one

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Poor service ( the server was badly overstretched and the supervisor barely lifted his eyes from the computer). Food was indifferent (badly made crab cake and cold French fries, calamari with no taste).

Will not return

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

My go-to place for a business lunch. Food is always good, meals are healthy and not too much but incredibly fresh ingredients.

I have been there about 50 times and never tire of it.

The business three course menu is a very good deal.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Best brunch ever! The food was fresh and well prepared. Service was friendly and professional. The ambiance was great. Bathrooms were clean. Overall, it was a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Absolutely perfect! Our first time there and it won't be our last.

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