Kellari Taverna

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2569 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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4-8 PM Ala Carte Menu- After 8 PM- We are serving a Pre-Fixe Menu $95 per person including Champagne Toast at Midnight

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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DG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!! I could say so much more but if you don’t go, you’ve missed out seriously. It’s just that good!!!

AM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for real fresh Mediterranean fish. Good service and ambiance. The fix-price menu is a great deal.

M
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cake sandwich was delicious! The fries were perfect too.

TE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

The restaurant inside is lovely, however, the service is truly lacking. I ordered the Mediterranean sea bass and asked specifically how it was prepared along with the vegetables. He indicated just grilled - both the fish and the vegetables. When the food came out, it had this lemon butter sauce not mentioned in the menu description nor from the server, whom I asked when I ordered. When I told him that I didn't want the sauce, he was miffed, said nothing, did not even apologize. He simply took it off of the table and had another person bring it to the table. He never asked was this correct, he just said nothing. This was a business lunch and was recommended by a coworker; we won't be going back again.

Kellari Taverna
Responded 3 days ago

Dear guest, we are really sorry to hear about your experience at our restaurant not being up to the standards you have expected. It is important to us to isolate this incident and improve our service. We hope that you may share with us information from your check giving us the opportunity to find the server that needs more help with our food program training. And please give us another opportunity to serve you better next time your are in Washington. We truly appreciate your feedback.

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OT
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is phenomenal! We are in D.C. visiting from San Antonio, TX. We have eaten at so many restaurants while in D.C. in the last week but not one compares to the friendly service, amazing food & elegant atmosphere that exists at Kellari Taverna. Quenby greeted us & seated us at a lovely table by the window. She was very nice. Dimitri was our server and he was fantastic! We had everything we needed at all times. He even gave us some great recommendations on where to go when we visit Greece. As for the food... The calamari appetizer is scrumptious! We usually love fried calamari but the sauce on their grilled calamari is unparalleled in flavor. The pasta is great & the desserts were yummy! We had the baklava (the best we have ever had) & we tried the Galaktoboureko. The pastry was flaky & filling was perfectly creamy. Niko checked on us during our brunch and even brought us champagne! We were celebrating our anniversary. He was so kind! We had a great time talking to him. The bellinis & mimosas were bottomless & so good! Maybe too good...lol The service at Kellari couldn’t possibly be any better. Niko & Dimitri made our experience unforgettable! Thank you!!!

R
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food was OK. Pretty pricy for not having stand out dishes.

NI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have been there many times but for the first time I had stomach problems after that. The main course was too greasy. I hope they go back to the great standard that I have known to experience in the past.

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I am a repeat client who always requests a booth since meeting clients. Was sat in back room in far corner which was good for conversation but lacked ambiance. Probably my least favorite Kellari experience but hopefully will do better next time.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

She loved the food, I loved the ambiance. It was a pretty fun date.

EB
Cleveland
37 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Something must be up...Kellari was out of a number of bottles of wine and said they had been busy that week...They have been around long enough they should have been able to call the provider. Plus, they were out of some food items, too. Are they closing?

BL
Mississippi
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was loud for lunch, but I will be back. Food and service were impeccable. I had the crabcake salad which was superb, and my boss has the grilled shrimp salad which he said was great.

TI
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great brunch at Kellari! I don't think our Bellini's were ever empty. The staff was amazing and very responsive. Our only hitch was one order of the eggs benedict was overcooked but the staff replaced it very fast! I would eat there again. Also I think this would be a great place to bring out of town guests/family.

p
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

JE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a fun place. I would say that the ambiance and service are better than the food. Pretty lively. There was a band beginning at 9 the evening we were there, and it was difficult to talk when they were playing. But, if you're not looking to have constant conversation, it's fine.

BB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
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 on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience2

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

SC
Washington DC
32 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
29 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
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

l
Los Angeles
27 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
36 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.

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