Kellari Taverna

4.5
2394 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
"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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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

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d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Groupon Sunday lobster was chewy and not tasty. Avoid.

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MT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was very dry for the first time. I've been going to years.

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s
New England
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, friendly and knowledgable staff. Brunch was great. Will likely recommend it to others.

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Waitress passed our table but catered to other 3 tables. Patron at other table had to get her attention, then told her about our request for dessert, after 2 requests for dessert menu. Water glass was empty before it was refilled. No not water,in bathroom sink!

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TR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The salads and seafood we ordered were terrible, as if made by a bored apprentice in a big hurry. A total waste of money by anyone's standards. Only our appetizers were acceptable quality.

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CD
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a small retirement luncheon for one of our colleagues. We picked the perfect place ... the food was excellent, service was over the top ... and overall enjoyable time. I’d go back in a heartbeat!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

That was great..

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A
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and fresh! The waiter was very knowledgeable and the food was authentic. Wonderful meal.

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J
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great seafood and fish. Great service

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AM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food at Kellari is inconsistent. We had not been there for a while and on the whole, we found the experience a bit disappointing. We did not like the new dish they bring with the bread, the old one with olives and radishes was much better. We had the King Prawns for appetizer but they were overdone and did not taste that great. You need to be careful when you cook a delicacy (almost 50& per lb). The sea bass ceviche was good. I had a whole fish Tsipoura that was very good and fresh (being from Spain I insisted on having the whole fish served to me as such). Unfortunately my husband had the Dover sole, one of their most expensive fish on their menu at almost 50$ per lb and it was not good at all. It did not taste fresh and was really overdone. I guess in an effort to conceal its lack of freshness they had put capers and spices on it, killing the little sole taste it had. It really did not taste anything like sole. Very disappointing. Next time I go, I will make sure I choose the fish myself so I can look at its eyes to make sure it is fresh. Finally, they used to give you some sweets with the bill but nothing came this time.

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JD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Whole branzino was excellent as was the saganaki. Grilled calamari was delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was terrible. I had the three course lunch. Each course was bad

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friday night is hopping. They bring in live Greek music every Friday. Definitely feels authentic and sounds authentic.

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LD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every table was taken and it was not noisy at all. The food was excellent. Haven't been in a while but plan on visiting again soon.

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S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Work lunch. Good food small portions. Remember your afternoon snack

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WF
Washington DC
212 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time. Excellent! There was a fixed price menu which was quite a bargain. Had the sardine appetizer, bass, and yogurt cheese cake. Wonderful. The bass was superb. The yogurt cheese cake was light and a revelation. The server selected a perfect Greek wine. A well-spaced dining area. I've wanted to go because I saw Ted Leonsis enter the restaurant. I figured he must know Greek restaurants in this town. I'll be back!

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BB
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

had a group in last night--everything especially the service from the wonderful bar staff was outstanding!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My only complaint is that I was so full after our appetizers that we didn’t order an actual lunch! The hummus with olives and warm bread on the table was a nice touch! I don’t live local, but it will be a MUST EAT on my next trip!

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DI
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were in the area for a conference and didn't know it was restaurant week, so finding a place for dinner was challenging. Pulled out OpenTable and went with the closest place that sounded good which could accomodate us. What a nice surprise! They had a restaurant week special menu, too, which was quite economical and gave us a nice taste across the board. The food was wonderful and the portions were just right. The only downside was that there was a birthday party happening in the larger side room and I think the kitchen may have gotten backlogged with that, as there was an excessive wait between our entrees and dessert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing.

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W
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic seafood and excellent service. A great place for business lunch.

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s
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

A special menu for restaurant week. But the first appetizer on this shortened list was unavailable. Our choice of wine was also unavailable. So we chose a slightly more expensive wine. When we got the bill, they had charged an even higher price for the wine! Always check the accuracy of the bill.

The food was generally good, as it usually is at Kellari, but the lamb chops were a little fatty.

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D
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere for a business lunch. The waiter was very attentive. Food was good - not as good as Kapnos Greek - but that’s not downtown.

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HJ
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Really loved the food and our waiter was great. Problem is there were only 2 waters for the place so it took a while to get dinner and drinks.

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A
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I went to Kellari Taverna with my colleagues for lunch. The food was good, but I didn't think it was good enough to justify the price. The appetizers were very good, but the entree was underwhelming. However, the yogurt dessert was truly AMAZING. I would recommend going just for that.

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OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was my second time eating here, and I had a much better experience the first. It may just be the restaurant week menu, but the first and second course was not very good. Dessert and the wine we chose were amazing though! The service was exceptional and the half off bottles of wine on Monday’s is a great deal. We had a great time, but as a foodie, I don’t think I’d go back. Probably just for dessert and drinks next time.

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d
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Once again I had a very good lunch, including the Kellari salad, salmon and the fruit plate. All were very well done and a very good value or the "three course lunch." My companion had the raw tuna that she thought was too heavily salted, but the staff was very accommodating in getting her another item.

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OT
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The grilled calamari appetizer was some of the best I’ve ever had.

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K
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I met a new contact for a business lunch. We were able to conduct a private conversation without straining to hear each other. Food was excellent and given beautiful, fresh seafood, a very good value. I will definitely go again.

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BJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and always very pleased with food and service.

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d
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was excellent. Enjoyed the 3 course brunch. Fish dishes are the best on menu.

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MS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kellari is a very special and great place to dine for all occasions. There staff, (especially) the wonderful twin bartenders that are always making sure that everyone is being cared for. Great hospitality towards their guest. I highly recommended this restaurant for great fresh seafood/food and service.

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c
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went on a quiet Friday night. This is an authentic Greek food restaurant, from the fish display to the nice selection of Greek wines and Ouzo. The service was excellent, and the fish excellent also. My octopus appetizer was the best I have ever had, and I have had the opportunity to try octopus all over the world. If you go here and do not get the octopus, you are definitely missing something. Overall, a very enjoyable experience...

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DW
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose “comfort food” - because if you have ever been to Greece and are longing for some of the flavors, wine and textures of that land, this is the place to dine!

Wonderful selection of wines and delicious seafood. We skipped the entrees and just feasted on the appetizers and small plates.

Only thing missing was the bright sunshine on a rainy evening in Washington DC

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J
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good lunch quiet time

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Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Toda la familia quedó contenta.
La calidad y presentación de los platos perfecta

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p
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Never been disappointed!.
Look forward to another visit next spring !

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l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was great. Food was overpriced. We wouldn't return.

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DC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I liked the fish options and the appetizers. I enjoy sitting in a booth. Our waiter was just terrific.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my meal here! I was dining alone as I was in DC on work travel and it came recommended. I was VERY happy to be pointed to this spot! I ordered the 3-course pre-fixe meal, which was delicious and a great value. They did the lamb nice and rare as requested and service was so polite and attentive. Plus, dessert was delicious. Next time I’m in town I plan to go back!

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