Kellari Taverna

4.4
2428 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

What 2428 People Are Saying
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ME
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & drinks....will definitely be back very soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Too expensive for genre. Waiter very uptight. Not my kinda place. More of a place for upity people.

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N
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We must have hit Kellari on a bad kitchen night. The main course seafood wasn't hot and it took roughly a half hour to be served the main course so no way were we going to wait an extra 5 or 10 minutes to be served. We were a table of 5 and had a couple of waiters. Both were knowledgable and friendly and offered great wine recommendations. Sadly the kitchen ran out of baklava. Overall, you should go because when the kitchen releases the kracken, the dining is fantastic!

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D
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite brunch spots. Excellent Greek food
And service.

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Tucson
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nothing Greek about it, bad food, overpriced.
Not returning.

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KT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was delicious and the restaurant is beautiful but a tad loud. We waited over two hours for dinner and had to ask quite a few times for drinks to be brought (took about 30 min to get a drink). The servers handled it ok, but honestly they should’ve brought us something to snack on or given a better answer than, “it’s coming, we’ve been busy”.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t beat the Prix Fixe brunch deal on Groupon!

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CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant. The food was terrific, very good service, not too loud. I would definitely return the next time I am in Washington DC.

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DH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Was a wonderful time. We all tasted new foods, as well as enjoying favorites. Wait staff was attentive and managed to improvise a birthday dessert for my wife; candle in the Greek yougart. Our oldest grandson enjoyed his entree as well as our multiple selection of apps. First time here in DC. We've been to NYC restaurant several times over the years.

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d
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch at Kellari Taverna included two from out of town and was for business. It was a success and due in large part to the restaurant. We were seated promptly in a somewhat secluded corner which worked well for conversation. We all had the business lunch special which consisted of three courses and was reasonably priced. The food was outstanding, as was our server. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant.

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KW
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Had the business lunch. Fish of the day as my main entree. It definitely tasted like it had been sitting out for a while/prepared much in advance. There are places with much greater value for $30 in downtown DC. Service was fine, ambiance was fine - just the food was not up to a super high level.

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place for lunch with great ambiance. Both our appetizer (grilled vegetables) and main course (Arctic Char) were delicious. Service was decent and the ambiance was lively but not overpoweringly noisy. The only issue we experienced was a rather terrible cup of coffee at the end of an otherwise delightful meal. It was weak and bitter, and quite surprising.

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CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the food. Seating depending on location a bit tight. Hard to have discrete conversation. Over Heard the job interview next to us in great detail.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great, dessert was even better!

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AG
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was much lass good than previous visits - intrusive. Also, the table was jostled multiple times by other servers. Disappointing since I’ve enjoyed previous visits.

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Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh fish!

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WF
Washington DC
219 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grilled seafood is excellent. Wonderful selection of wines. Server was superb. Noisy during happy hour, but afterwards the vibe changes. I like.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business Lunch is an amazing deal. Good portions. Super delicious

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service for an elegant business lunch with white tablecloth. Would be nice for lunch to celebrate a special occasion as well. Will be back!

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My sister and I have been to Kellari on several occasions and a Sunday brunch there never disappoints. Chris always makes our dinning experience enjoyable. It's a great way to dine on Sunday afternoon.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch and pricey fixe was delicious!
Faye was a thoughtful server who come by just at the perfect times!

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DC
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The prix fixe dinner is definitely worth it. The food we had was tasty and the servers were friendly.

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v
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a nice and classy restaurant. High profile K Street location. A great place for business meetings. I had the mixed platter of shrimp, calamari and octopus. It was delicious! It was all grilled or sauteed rather than fried, which I love. The calamari was cover with a greek lemon sauce. It was pricey at $32 but a lot of food. I look forward to going back for more.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service was very quick! Thank you!

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

I went there with my fiance to celebrate our three years anniversary. We waited over one hour to get our main course and it was cold, they brought me a new plate but at this time the food had no flavor. The restaurante was packed due a party that they we're hosting and maybe that was the reason. I was expecting a really good experience due to all the reviews I read from this place. What a disappointment! Also, the music was so loud that we couldn't even talk and pretty much all the restaurant was reserved for this party and they seated us in a really small place. The only thing that was good was the dessert that the waitress brought to my fiancé as a compliment because she didn't ate anything. Our server was good but overall experience was really bad.

REALLY BAD EXPERIENCE AT THIS PLACE

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K
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Kellari Taverna before for the Groupon brunch, and it was just as much a value and delightful meal. The grilled calamari and spanakopita excellent. The day's special Filet of flounder wrapped around zucchini with pico de gallo was delicious. Our server, Chris, took great care of us and we will always ask to be seated at one of his tables.

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JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

This is actually one of my favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, our server was not very good. She never really introduced herself like she did to other tables. They were unusually busy so some items were no longer available. Instead of updating us when we asked what about the other dishes. Her response was she removed it from the bill we wouldn’t be charged. Then come tip time now she wanted to be friendly. She shoved my girlfriends hands to put a plate on the table it was just really odd! Not how any over experiences have been handled there previously. I spoke with the manager on duty. My food was excellent but kind of sad a birthday celebration and first time dining there with family wasn’t as great as I anticipated. I still love the restaurant and will encourage others to dine there. Just left a bad taste in my mouth!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was too expensive for the quality.

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kellari never fails to maintain its standard of excellence. Honestly it is the best grilled calamari in the city- my absolute go to every time at Kellari.

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b
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food at Kellari is definitely high end and for the value you can't beat it. Like Artic Char over a bed of spinach risotto and salad and dessert for $30 for lunch? Unreal....and oh so yummy. Definitely go if you're downtown, its worth it. The hummus is good, the squid and calamari is delicious. Go you won't be sorry.

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Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My wife ordered Lunch set menu. The Sardine she wanted to try was not available (servers said for weeks). I ordered Seafood trio, jumbo shrimps was way salty and very acidic, the chef must had seasoned it twice. Seafood seems to be fresh and in good quality. We love their olives. Our server recommended a Greek white wine was very delicious. Too bad that I don't understand and remember the name. We would like to go back and try their full dinner menu.

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MV
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the brunch. Bellinis are wonderful. Calamari is the absolute best

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Excellent food and service, can't really comment about ambiance (snow emergency in DC meant very few customers).

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d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Groupon Sunday lobster was chewy and not tasty. Avoid.

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MM
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious! I highly recommend the calamari starter; it's the freshest I've had in a while. My only complaint is that the tables are so close together that you can overhear others' conversations without even trying and it feels claustrophobic. The food more than makes up for that though!

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MT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
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
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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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