Kellari Taverna

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2556 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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New York Area
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointing across the board. Really high prices for average food, average service.

BB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We had a party for about 20. Everything ran perfectly thanks to Wanda George Tatiana and of course the wonderful twins. It was for a person finishing her PhD and she had best time of all

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Food was good but I found it to be very expensive for what you got. Service was just ok.

SC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was a business lunch and although we had a reservation we were seated at a table that was too close to a booth. So very close that we had to move to allow the party to seat. In addition, we virtually got poor service and it took so long for our waitress to come back to us we waited too long and no longer wanted coffee or desert.

MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and great service. We will return!
Faye was a great server. Unfortunately, they were out of bellinis

CM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great happy hour options

SG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Felt very rushed by Walter ! He didn’t explain the dishes well

DL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service. The food is excellent, everything we had was perfectly prepared, and this comes from a Greek customer with very high standards. Highly recommended.

VA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The quality of Greek traditional food is not what it used to be and fewer options for Greek food available on their menu.

J
Charleston
123 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Inattentive waitress and we had a Vip guest that we had advised the restaurant about. Globally known. She poured our bottle of Prosecco to the brim of each glass - very déclassé. She hardly checked on the table. To top it off they were out of many items that are very popular and it was quite embarrassing. No calamari, no tuna, no bronzino for a Greek restaurant that is unforgivable. No apology from manager until we saw our vip guest off and brought it to her attention. She did visit the table during service. I have been here at least 15 times and this was the worst. Table of 5 and $500.00 later - terrible.

D
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch with a Greek atmosphere.

B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Quality has gone down significantly

JO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We felt very rushed through lunch.

While service was prompt, it was perhaps over-eager with water pours and clearing the table.

TC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very accommodating for my large group of 13 for brunch!

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have an excellent experience!

S
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite happy hour spots. Wonderful service and delicious food.

l
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

If you like Mediterranean cuisine, fish, capers, oil....that’s your place! Weirdly the calamari were a little chewy but the fish was really well done

U
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

This is our second visit to Kellari. We were disappointed the first time and only returned because a friend said we have to order the whole fish. Unfortunately the fish was not impressive either. We can not recommend Kellari Taverna.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very nice, had the calamari and Icelandic Cod, which were phenomenal. Our waiter was very personable and prompt.

N
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good . We loved the bronzeno fish and side dishes . Service was excellent and we appreciate the extra break and humus . The free dessert for our anniversary was very much appreciated . The only reason for 4 stars is little bit pricy specially for side dishes . We will be back

J
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. If there was any issue, albeit a very minor one, it was that I had to ask for the prix fixe menu that I saw on-line, since it was not provided with the original menu.

ER
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; great service; great ambiance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and exceptional service

MD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed at Kellari Taverna. Food, service, wine & ambiance make this restaurant one of my favorites!

N
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

So this place is a tad bit expensive but the brunch prefixe was absolutely delicious. Our waitress on the otherhand acted as though we were not good enough to be there. However, the manager was attentive, polite, and welcoming. There were 5 of us and I don't think anyone got a bad dish. Expect too spend some money but if you want a beautiful, peaceful, tastey brunch I so recommend this place.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have been to this establishment several times and each visit was pleasant. Everyone is always is inviting and accommodating. The servers always make you feel like "it's all about you". They are one of the few places that serve brunch and have "bottomless" mimosas. Another plus is the servers don't hang around and make you feel like you have to leave. Love the place and will continue to go.

c
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

we ordered three standard greek items and in each case we have had better elsewhere. In addition it was expensive for what we got. We won't return.

Y
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

The middle-aged waiter attending our table was terrible. He was insolent, inattentive and slow in his response. As he did not answer when I asked for more bread, I repeated my request for more bread, and he said, "I heard you!" and went away. It was toward the end of our dinner that the additional bread was brought to the table, and the person who brought the bread was not the same waiter, but the man who was pouring water around the tables. So, we asked him for some spoons, and he immediately brought spoons and forks to all three of us. This was the courtesy and attention we expected from the staff, and we got that from the water man, but not from our waiter. Our waiter was very terse when we asked him about some of the menu items. He frowned when he answered, as if to show his displeasure at having to answer such basic questions. He answered very abruptly, so we were afraid to ask the same question again. Likewise, his attitude was offensive and disrupted our plan to have a pleasant dinner with our guest.

TE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was amazing helped with our selections . Love this wonderful spot .

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best calamari I've ever had!! Go for the brunch 3 course prix fixe!

N
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the grilled lobster was done to perfection and the dessert was delicious

MG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love your food and service and the friend I brought said she will definitely be back. Food is always fresh and beautifully presented

RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have come here for brunch a number of times and each time it has been great. Not over the top, but a good go-to spot where we have not been disappointed.

TE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and the atmosphere was very great . The food was great and I enjoyed every minute of my time with my family. I will be returning.

JC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

dined for an early Saturday night dinner before a show. Service was great. We shared as salad and three appetizers. The Kellari Fries (actually eggplant) is wonderful, and enough for a party of 4 or 6 to share as an appetizer.

S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not as good as in the past. Maybe it was too busy but food and service not at the level expected unfortunately. Felt like a miss this time rather than a hit.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here after finding a Groupon for a brunch for 2 with u limited champagne or mimosas. I think the Groupon price compliments the value of what we received portion-wise and taste wise. I’d have to think hard before paying the regular price though because I feel there are many brunch options with unlimited food and drink offerings at a lower price point with food that tastes just as good.

MD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful at Kellari. I love their brunch - portions are generous, mimosas are flowing & service is excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great brunch at the Kellari in DC. Service was outstanding. However, be mindful that some of their dishes on their brunch menu are bland/flavorless. In first course, We tried grilled calamari, lobster soup and Spanakopita which were delicious. In the main course we had crab cake burger (delicious), Greek Frittata and Shrimp pasta were bland and flavorless. Brunch unlimited Drink is one of the most amazing part of their brunch. Deserts are pretty amazing as well

DC
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location, just a true 2 minute walk from the Farragut North Metro exit. Staff (especially Nico) are delightful and obliging and Chris is an excellent, professional server with many loyal fans among his patrons. Champagne flowed endlessly and the Brunch options (especially the salmon eggs Benedict, the shrimp pasta, and the filet of sole with asparagus special) were delicious; Sunday's lobster soup was an added treat. (Note to Kellari Taverna: please make Sunday's lobster soup a returning option! And maybe even bring back the crab burger?) Brunch at Kellari is a highlight of any special weekend whether you are a local or a visitor.

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