Kellari Taverna

4.5
2458 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

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic grilled Greek seafood.
Can’t think of better seafood anywhere in DC.

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SK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service very over priced

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o
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place! I have had a few business lunches there which have been excellent. But have also taken a very large group there for dinner - also excellent! The food is extraordinary and the service is very professional. I even love the tiny complimentary cookies on the way out! Any one who dines here will not be disappointed!

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I got the special—Atlantic
Chard wirh vegetables. The fish was delicious! Will go back for sure.

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G
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had requested outdoor seating and were disappointed to find that they no longer offer this as “they were too busy“Please consider re-instituting outdoor seating

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S
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Went for our son’s graduation. Picked it because we saw good reviews and we like Greek food. Have been to Greece and we eat at many good Greek restaurants in Miami
However, this place today was really bad
No ambience
Risotto was the worse I’ve tried in my life
Linguine was ok
Fish was ok
Way overpriced for the quality of the food and the place the zero vibes
Waiter took the risotto back and told me he would sent me a linguini and he charged me as well
Would not go back at all

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It was a 3 star experience for us. We were expecting Kellari DC to match the NYC location but it fell short in most categories... except price, the price was the same as Kellari NYC ;-). The Good: High-end decor, great authentic menu, nice waitstaff, nice hostess. The Bad: low occupancy, stale wine by the glass, and slightly above-average seafood dishes that took over an hour. I think ‘the bad’ can be easily corrected if Kellari DC gets the foot traffic up and I really hope they do because I love the menu.

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CD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great meal! Delicious, fresh, lovely presentation, wonderful & friendly staff. Perfect evening.

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N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I wanted to try a new restaurant in downtown DC and found this one intriguing. Went for a late lunch and enjoyed my three course lunch for $29.95. Had sardines, sea bass and a Greek yogurt. All were very tasty and well prepared! The restaurant was basically one huge room with a bar on the side. There is a parking garage directly next door. I would recommend trying this spot for a quality healthy meal!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We arrived “just in time,” we were told, before several large groups came in. Well, looks like our timing was bad. We both ordered grilled sardines (which for some inexplicable reason had also been floured and deep fried, totally destroying their texture). Then we waited 45 minutes from the time our appetizers were cleared until we gave up and started walking out... just when the Dover sole came out of the kitchen. Flavor wasn’t great, timing made me late for travel, waiter said manager (who couldn’t be bothered to come to the table to apologize) offered only a 50% price break for our trouble. I insisted that the entrees had to be free of charge, and that’s what we settled on with the waiter. The waiter was apologetic about the delays but could not get it done. I had been to the DC branch 4-5 times previously, and the NYC branch a number of other times, but after this service and food experience I won’t be returning.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service needs more professional teachings among water server to head waiter. Etiquette services in particular when not to interrupt guests. Timing is everything. Overall food was excellent except don’t order the Dover Sole as it was dry and tasteless with freeze dried taste. Poor choice. Rest is excellent.

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Singapore
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service and absolutely nothing to complain about.

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DT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This is a really good restaurant for the quality of the food and the service.

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B
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch special - good value for money. Very tasty fish dishes.

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J
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Kellari Taverna does a good brunch, with a variety of pleasant choices befitting carnivores and vegetarians alike. It's bustling and the dining room is handsome. Service is attentive without being clingy.

Food is very good, though it doesn't push cuisine boundaries or get seriously exciting. But not everything has to be exciting. A solid reliable meal in a lovely environment is a good thing in itself.

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r
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Mother's Day Holiday Brunch Pre-Select Menu was a great value. The food was excellent, presentation elegant and the Mimosas were perfectly prepared. Kellari Taverna is definitely a great place for a family and holiday celebration!

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s
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Over priced. Side vegetables all bad. All sides were overcooked and not good we ordered asparagus, it was over cooked we ordered daily vegetables over cooked and tasted bitter the risotto was horrible .
Appetizers were great.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great extra. Little warm. Food was was great.

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M
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We went to this restaurant for Greek Easter. Normally, the food and the value here are outstanding. But on this occasion I was disappointed. For a $69 per person fixed price, there were no cocktails included as there have been in the past. And the wines by the glass were quite pricey. Both soup choices were too salty as, very sadly, was the lamb shank, which I had really been looking forward to. The grilled calamari was also disappointing. It was was a bit chewy and tasted like it had mated with a char-broiled burger.

However, the octopus appetizer was absolutely delicious, as was the spanakopita. Both desserts - the baklava and the galatobouriko - were also very, very good. So it was hit or miss, which is not typical for this restaurant. And that was too bad.

One consistently pleasant part of our dinner was the waiter. Chris was personable, attentive, and just an all-around nice guy.

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JO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as well as service
We sat a long time and the waitress was very nice

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RW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent fresh seafood. Hummus and olives set on table delicious. Great Greek wine. Would definitely go back.

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IT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL FOOD AND SERVICE. THOUGH IT IS A LITTLE EXPENSIVE. THANKS.

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OT
New England
32 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food!

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall -- food, drinks and service! I always enjoy Kellari and will continue to recommend to friends.

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MG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Loved the grilled calimari!!! Best way to serve it. Spanakopita was excellent. Only downside with a 9pm reservation is that they were out of a lot of their fish choices. Otherwise a great night all around

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We enjoyed seeing a little Micky mouse run around the dining area.

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s
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood. The hummus was superb. While the fish I picked on the menu was no available, the alternate was very good.

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes I do recommend and we took a friend to dinner for her birthday celebration. Fish was perfect and wait staff were incredible. Love this place.

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ME
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
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 on April 13, 2019
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
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Tucson
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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KT
Washington DC
5 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
6 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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