Kellari Taverna

4.1
2706 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
"We are bringing to the people of Washington Something they haven’t experienced before: Simplicity and elegance in fresh seafood with a Greek Flare ." --Chef Gregory Zapantis.

Kellari Taverna is very sensitive to sustainable seafood.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2706 people are saying
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vipVerygoodresto
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food and service was excellent. We ordered our lamb chops medium rare, but they were medium (at least!) when they arrived at our table. When I complained about this, they offered to replace them -- but I declined. Restaurants should realize that recooking an order dish still spoils a dinner. I didn't come to the restaurant just to fill my face; I cam to eat dinner with my friends. The restaurant tried very hard to make up for the mistake. They brought out an extra order of lamb chops, done medium rare; they also gave me a complimentary glass of wine, and took the amount I'd pay for the overdone lamb off the check. I was quite impressed with what they did, so much that I will surely return to this restaurant and give them another chance to do the lamb right!

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vipDisappointed
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I love Kellari and go there frequently for great food, special care in the service. Last night with my wife and son, we got neither. We sat and sat waiting for attention, had two different waiters come to take our orders, and received nothing other than water — not the bread I had asked for or the wine I ordered — for the first half hour. And the entrees were room temperature, not hot when they arrived. Especially given my long history with the restaurant, I was severely bummed. The family had been so looking forward to it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greek night is always amazing!! Thank you

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GHod
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Some of the worst food & service I've experienced in DC in a while. We were 1 of 3 tables in the whole restaurant. Service was slow, incredbily slow. Food was cold and clearly cooked from frozen (broccoli, fish special, etc.). They didn't check on the table when food was brought otherwise we would have let them known the calamari was supposed to be fried not grilled and the entrees were cold. We did correct them when they served Sauvignon Blanc when we requested Cabernet Sauvignon. but wish we hadn't since it took a long time to correct the issue.

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ClayP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wanda the director of first impressions is outstanding.

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vipRose
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

One waiter for 7 tables made service very slow. The sides were overpriced. The music was too loud. Bread was cold and not toasted. For such a pricey location, we had to ask for additional paper napkins. Instead of raw oysters, how about grilled oysters.

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AsheliP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Elizabeth was so sweet. Looking forward to coming back

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vipFoodie31
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Slow! We arrived early for our reservation & that may be the problem, but it was hard to get any attention. Server was very nice. Food was good as always.

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vipBeachBum
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good quality Greek food, very good Greek wine selection. Excellent service.

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vipjonathanp
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is one of my go to places. The business lunch is excellent and usually quick. I think they are having some post-Covid staffing issues, because the pace of service is not up to the usual. That's certainly to be expected these days.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

11/16/21 and 11/17/21

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Our server was wonderful and the restaurant was not loud at all. We went for brunch and we were pleased with the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. However, the appetizer portions were ridiculously small.

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vipMrsh
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service is hit or miss. But the food is really good. Sunday brunch is a very good value and parking is convenient.

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Suzeq
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, great service. A lovely choice downtown.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Both of us had a whole fish entree which were very good. Mostly deboned but not totally, so be careful. Excellent Greek Salad. Extensive wine list but nothing in the $35-50 range. Service got better as the dinner progressed but was never warm. My wife and I both felt neglected on arrival and after being seated. Open space softly lighted. Would probably return as I like to give second chances and the food was quite good.

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vipCaryH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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Stefan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible disappointment. This used to be one of our favorite restaurants before COVID- but it has clearly suffered a fatal blow that will be difficult to recover. The service is abysmal, staff are overwhelmed, badly trained and obviously unfamiliar with their food they are sipped to serve. The wine list and. Solar has been entirely depleted. No bread was served, the noise level was unbearable although the restaurant was quite empty. No fish on display as before the COVID situation. To top it all, our table was charged twice for the service charge. This place is on death row and not worth it anymore.

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Skylar
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The service was so bad, and the waiters were very rude.
We sat there for 30 minutes before we were asked for our orders. It took them over an hour to serve the food COLD.
We ordered business lunch but the waiter failed to write that down.

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Micki
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was a lot better the last time I visited. Service was good. I didn’t like that a 20% gratuity was added to our check for a party of two. I don’t think I’ll visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greek Night was amazing!!

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vipGeorge
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Loved the service from Elvis. Athena great too.

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VickieT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thrilled that this restaurant is open for lunch in downtown DC. Business lunches are gearing up and many locations are only open for dinner. Kellari Taverna has a lovely seafood selection with a Greek tilt. Outstanding service and plenty of space between tables for comfortable business or personal conversation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Something is terribly wrong at this place, which used to be very good quality of food and service. Service was mediocre and my food arrived cold. Paper menus were dirty, should have been first clue that this restaurant is under new management or spiraling after the pandemic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous traditional Greek fare ... great service

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AnaM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

First time eating there since the pandemic and we were very disappointed. Our server, whom we knew from past visits, said the restaurant was under new management. Sadly the white tablecloths are gone, the interior is drab with no ambience. The complementary appetizers are no more. The bartender seemed clueless and brought an open bottle of warm white wine over 10$ more expensive than the one we had ordered without informing us of the increased price or even showing us the label. I ordered a fish that had a fixed price on the menu and we were charged almost 15$ more, since they charge by weight, without explanation. In summary, not the Kellari it once was, it has gone from being one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions... doubt we will ever return.

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vipAprB
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had the seafood fettuccine and it was good. We also had the bass fish, it was good but came out not very warm. A bit over priced.

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ArtD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greek cuisine at its finest with the tradition of "philoxenia"/hospitality generously extended by staff. The brazino a celebration and new ambiance and look of the restaurant the perfect blend of a memorable evening. Thank you Kellari!!!

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vipAli1
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It's basically Olive Garden for Greek food, at least the DC location.

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vipMonterey
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. We loved the octopus, spanakopita and lamb chops.

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vipClauE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service ever !! Food is delicious !! Super fresh and tasty seafood !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Menu pricing is not accurate for their whole fish. We ordered the whole sea bass (bronzino) which was priced on the menu at $38.95. When the bill arrived, we had a charge of $68. Server stated the sea bass is $36 per pound, which is not printed on the menu. Felt like a bait and switch and he was unwilling to update the bill to match the menu pricing. He did remove the service charge as an adjustment, but kept the fish price at $68. Food was great but Kellari will never get our business again.

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vipLauraU
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went with a brunch Groupon. There was no available outside because all the tables were full but they put us in a back corner, away from other diners. The spinach pie and grilled octopus were both excellent. The octopus was very tender. The seafood pasta dish had very good shrimp though two of.my four mussels were empty shells. They served unlimited mimosa, and refilled quite often. The only real problem was that for the second brunch in a row, they did not have all the dessert options so we were limited to ice cream, Greek yogurt or sorbet. Otherwise, I would recommend it.

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YifatT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

I don’t usually leave bad reviews but this place is extremely overpriced and overrated. We came to celebrate my husband’s birthday based on the good reviews, and was so disappointed. Items on the menu were not available. the food was average, not more then that.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was great and so was the food!

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vipGC921
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Some friends and I went here on a Saturday night recently and had a great dinner. The food was amazing and the server was friendly. Would definitely go back!

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vipBarbie
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We visited on the first Greek Night of the season. While the food was excellent, especially the grilled fish, the music was deafening.

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vipConstantineP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kellari was a great restaurant prior to covid. When it re-opened, I had several business lunches there and they were awful. The quality of the food had gone down precipitously, the service was atrocious, and it was embarrassing to take clients there. About three months ago, I had decided to give it one last chance and it was great. They apparently got a new chef and a new wait staff - and it has made all the difference. I hope this trend continues because I had about given up on the restaurant having been a loyal customer there for so many years prior to covid.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
861 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty amazing. Finely tuned service team and excellent food.

The prasini salad was delicious and could easily be an entree.

Salmon was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

My experience was good but the fact that the waiter was not wearing a mask was an issue for me. He was told about it and wore a mask for a while but later on did not wear one. I was even more concerned when he served a table which had a child under the age of 12 and he cont to not wear a mask. I thought that wearing a mask was the DC Covid protocol.

FAQs

Kellari Taverna does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Kellari Taverna also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 535-5274.

Kellari Taverna is rated 4.1 stars by 2706 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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