Kellari Taverna

4.5
2260 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
"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 2260 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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BB
5.0Dined 2 days ago

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

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GS
3.0Dined 3 days ago

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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WB
5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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OT
5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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J
5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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HB
4.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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i
4.0Dined 7 days ago

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

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DG
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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TE
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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MR
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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OT
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

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

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E
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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D
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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

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D
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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

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OT
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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BB
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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S
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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S
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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J
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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A
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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A
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We had a very enjoyable experience. The food was excellent. The staff was great. The pricing was appropriate. We celebrated my daughter's birthday and had a wonderful time by all.

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DB
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Excellent classic Greek took Greek business colleagues and they loved it.

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BB
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

i have meant to write before--there is no place that combines quality food with quality service and atmosphere like Kellari. To a person everyone who works there is exceptional. It is a joy to go there each time I do and will be there tonight in fact.

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JJ
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

My husband, daughter and I were visiting DC for her college orientation and had dinner here. The grilled fish was so fresh and absolutely delicious! Our server was extremely helpful. She educated us on the fish and helped us determine the amount to order since the fish are sold by the pound. She pulled fresh fish from the ice and brought it to our table for us to view and discuss before making a decision. We ordered a Mediterranean Branzino and a Black Sea Bass caught off the coast of North Carolina. Both were flaky and cooked perfectly. We also ordered the spinach and gigantes. Our server brought us extra hummus and olives while we were waiting for our fish. It was a great meal and was actually very healthy.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Used their Groupon Sunday Night Lobster Dinner deal for a 3-course meal well worth the cost. Started with a glass of house wine (included) and their complimentary bread basket and mixed olives plate. Next came our apps. I chose grilled calamari and received a large serving of sliced, toothsome (but not rubbery) pieces with a nice char flavor. My wife had the soup special (cauliflower and mint) which she really enjoyed. We both chose the grilled (steamed offered as well) 1.5 Lb lobster which was well prepared and easily removed from the shell. Our Galaktoboureko (semolina custard-filled filo "pie") for desert was a good-sized portion with a drizzle of sweet syrup that made a nice completion for a tasty and filling meal. Recommended for food, service and nice ambiance.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Our waitress, Agnes, was so delightful and made the entire meal so pleasant and completely about us! I loved every second of this dinner!

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B
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We always enjoy dining at the Kellari Taverna but our last visit was particularly outstanding in terms of the service and the perfectly prepared fresh fish. The waiter went out of his way to discuss the aperitifs and wines and brought complimentary desserts.

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CP
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great, tasty, authentic, fresh, and a lot of variety Greek food. Prcey but worth it.

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T
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Wonderful food and excellent service.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Best restaurant experience in a long time! Portions are so generous. Food is fresh. Service amazing.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Excellent service, consistently (9 years) great good, easy conversation.

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K
3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was OK. Rather pricey.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

i had a nice time with good food mimosas and bellinis

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l
3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

I’ve eaten at Kellari a few times, dinner, happy hour, lunch. Each time the food is great and the service is unbelievably slow. Dinner took 3 hours (on a Thursday with reservations) and I had to get the hostess to find the waiter 4 times. For happy hour, the bar tender ignored us (empty bar) until I walked to the end of the bar and asked if we could order. Lunch was the best service but took 90 minutes for the business lunch.
I think it is too frustrating to go back which is unfortunately because they do a good job with the food.

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J
4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

A great meal, and delightful staff, the lamb salad is delicious

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OT
1.0Dined on June 1, 2018

I’ve been trying to find a good sit down Greek restaurant in DC, so had high hopes for Kellari. It thoroughly disappointed on service, authenticity of food, quality of food, and price.

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SW
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent restaurant! Its "Thalassina" is a superb dish; perfect for lunch or dinner.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Always a safe bet particularly if you like seafood!

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3.0Dined on May 31, 2018

I do not usually write reviews for restaurants but wanted to submit one based on the terrible service I received during a recent lunch. The waiter, Edward, was so incredibly rude. He did not explain or provide adequate responses to questions and then when I turned down dessert, commented on my entree choice as being "quite large." It was absurd. It's a shame because I really like the food here, but would not risk getting seated at Edward's table again.

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QW
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Their mushroom and corn risotto is delicious, as is the fresh fish. And, their prix fixe lunch and brunch menus are some of the best values in the area.

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