Kellari Taverna

4.6
2303 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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Delivery or takeout
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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
Valet parking is not available.Parking Lot is located under the building at 1700 K St NW.Parking after 5 pm is $13.00 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 2303 People Are Saying
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JK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch great staff. We live this place

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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Interesting fish selection

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JT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Washington for the weekend, We went to Kellari for the first time, influenced by the many positive reviews on Open Table. I can honestly say Kellari outdid themselves. Service by Theodora was impeccable, food was simply sensational as was the wine. Even better it was nice and quiet on a Saturday night. We truly loved Kellari’s age crushing touch was the desert cookies out for nibbles on the way out.

Exceptional job to All at Kellari and we will be back for sure.

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S
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had the Solomos Benedict Style (good smoked salmon combo) and chef special (grouper - good, not great) for brunch. Definitely recommend the Baklava and Galaktoboureko desserts; the Calamari and Spanakopita were tasty for appetizers. Had enough food that the desserts were packed for home. The champagne that came with brunch was very smooth - I believe a brut equivalent. Overall very nice meal, not incredibly crowded on a Saturday (11:30 reservation) and a good deal with the Groupon. Our second time here, likely to visit a couple of times a year going forward. Well worth the visit.

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LL
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My lunch was a happy birthday lunch and I picked this restaurant because of its convenient location on K Street in D.C. What a treat - the food was absolutely wonderful. We each ordered the "business lunch" which I highly recommend. The sea bass was cooked perfectly and the chocolate mousse at the end was wonderful. I hear the happy hour there is great and I plan to go at some point.

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, big portions, well served, quiet table, reasonable price, great experience!

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DH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant for a romantic dinner date. The waiter was very friendly and helpful, and the food (especially the amazing grilled calamari) was fresh and delicious.

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really delicious and the server was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic!

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JJ
Minneapolis
44 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my parents here for their anniversary and my Mom's birthday. The waitress immediately presented us with complimentary champagne! The bread and eggplant spread and olives was very nice. We shared the Greek salad, lobster risotto, salmon over polenta, and green beans in a tomato sauce. All of it was excellent and of very satisfying portions. When we were discussing dessert amongst ourselves, the waitress overheard us and told us she had already ordered us a complimentary dessert! Out came a platter of baklava, Greek yogurt and berries, and galaktoboureka. Plus a lit candle in the center. So wonderful! We will definitely return.

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P
Richmond
71 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, very good service and authentic preparation of the best Greek fish dishes. A bit expensive, but generally worth the extra dollars. But don't come expecting lamb, moussaka or other meat dishes. This is a seafood heaven. We really enjoyed the octopus and cod.

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DL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

One of the dish (seafood risotto) ran out before 8:30pm on a Wednesday which is very disappointed!
Medium well Brizola 49.95 turned out to WELL DONE tough meat!
Good experience for my teenage niece but will not go back!

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DC
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal. Server good have been more engaging. Huge wine list. Lots of fresh seafood options, and plenty of other choices.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was unbelievably slow.

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DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Our server, Brian, was professional, friendly, and had excellent suggestions.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner - great food and reasonable prices

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DZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Kellari has great brunches! Bottomless mimosas, champagne, Bloody Mary! The staff is super friendly and very nice. It doesn’t get that crowded for brunch so it is kind of private. Food is good too but not the best.

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SA
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Happy Hour! nice staff, great food, great value

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SG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance inside the restaurant. Our server was attentive and on point with each meal, refills and etc. most definitely recommend dining here for dinner.

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AJ
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Great location and a perfect setting for a business dinner and dinner with friends/family. Although the dining room is a large open space, we were able to effortlessly engage in conversation during our dinner, even on a Friday night with the restaurant full.

Our server was professional and helpful to accommodate gluten free and other food restrictions. The menu is easy to navigate to accommodate food restrictions, especially with the numerous fresh seafood and side options available.

We visited for restaurant week and based on our experience, this restaurant is now at the top of list for dinner out and when guests visit from out of town.

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C
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really Good.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Y
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AT
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

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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OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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JB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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NI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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M
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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P
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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EB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

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

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BB
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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