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About Kapnos Kouzina

Mike Isabella’s third Greek concept and his first restaurant in Maryland, Kapnos Kouzina features home-style Greek cuisine with a focus on rustic dishes and sharable platters. Kouzina, Greek for kitchen, offers a casual ambiance fitting to its name.

4900 Hampden Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek

Hours of Operation:
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (bar open until 11:00pm)
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (bar open until 12:00am)
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm (bar open until 10:00pm)

Join us Monday - Friday for our Express Lunch!
Choose one gyro, one select side & a drink for $16

Happy Hour everyday from 3pm-7pm in the bar area only.

Tuesday February 27th (6:00PM-8:30PM)
Back by popular demand! Kapnos Kouzina & New Belgium Brewing Company are partnering together for a unique dinner paired with fantastic winter selections, for the second edition of our CRAFT BEER INVITATIONAL. Featuring the brilliant cooking of chef de cuisine Kat Famoso & the phenomenal portfolio of New Belgium’s beers, you won’t want to miss this spectacular event! Tickets & details available at kapnoskouzina.com

Cross Street:
Woodmont Avenue and Hampden Lane

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 986-8500

Website:
http://www.kapnoskouzina.com/

Catering:
Please contact our Catering Department at events@mikeisabella.com.

Parking Details:
Bethesda Elm Street Parking garage a half block away.

Public Transit:
Bethesda Metro Station is the nearby metro stop.

Executive Chef:
Mike Isabella, George Pagonis

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact us at events@mikeisabella.com

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Private Dining

Our gorgeous restaurant is complete with a large bar area and can accommodate up to 230 guests for a cocktail reception. We can also seat up to 162 guests for a seated dinner.

Kapnos Kouzina Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (68)
Creative Cuisine (52)
Tapas (48)
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Neighborhood Gem (44)
Good Vegetarian Options (41)
Fun (41)
Casual (40)
Good for Groups (36)
Special Occasion (36)
Authentic (30)
Bar Seating (30)
Good for a Date (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Happy Hour (25)
Great for Lunch (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Healthy (22)
Business Meals (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
People Watching (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Romantic (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Seasonal (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Spicy (6)
Cozy (4)
Disabled Access (4)
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Vegan (3)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Kapnos Kouzina consistently overdelivers. We came in this weekend — a girls night party of 5 — for an early group dinner and had a wonderful experience.

At first, the service was a little slow. I think we waited like 20-25 minutes just for our drinks? But after that, things picked up and everything was delicious. Our waiter was extremely careful to consider the gluten allergy of a member of our party, going so far as to make sure the pita and hummus were served separately and getting her an allergy-explicit menu. The drinks were excellent, as always. I love, love, love, the Ya Kilt It. And our food was fresh, flavorful, and filling.

Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 3 days ago

My spouse and I made a reservation for dinner and arrived on time. However, we had to wait for about 15 minutes until we were seated.
The restaurant was full and busy, and the noise level was beyond simple conversation: you had to yell in order to be heard on the other side of the table, and it seems like everyone was yelling at the same time.
The appetizer we ordered (smoked eggplant) arrived quickly and was tasty. After about 20 minutes waiting, we received the beef souvlaki I ordered. My spouse had ordered chicken souvlaki and received it, together with the cocktail we ordered with the appetizer, about 15 minutes after I was done with my own plate. The souvlakis were overall OK. Both plates contained one small skewer of meat, which is less than what I would expect for a $17 main course, even in downtown Bethesda, even in a Mike Isabella restaurant.

We didn't stay for desserts.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

A lively, very attractive atmosphere, but the food is over-priced and not spectacular. Fun place to meet friends at the huge bar, but not great for intimate conversations.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was a little too leasurely, not very attentive. Had to feed the parking meter twice. Received entrees at least 10 minutes apart from each other. Dessert was good but not worth waiting for.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Unfortunately we booked during Restaurant Week. And we were told we both had to order from the special menu or both from the regular menu. We were told the bar area did not serve food, but it does. We asked for a window, were told it was reserved for parties of 4 or more, and then watched two parties of 2 get seated. The food was okay, but overpriced for the size of portions. I know it is mezza style, but you should not have to order $50 worth of food each to feel satisfied. So, not high on our list to return to.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We have been here before and have always enjoyed our meals. We were looking forward to our dinner date but were very disappointed this time. We were rushed, dishes came out of the kitchen out of sequence, no one asked us if things were ok, our waiter was a bit surly when we ordered our food but hadn’t yet chosen drinks (he wanted us to order fast). The food was tasty but we had to gobble down our food much more quickly than we should have. People kept grabbing our dishes to take them away before we were finished and asked if they could just wrap up our food. My husband actually felt ill later that night as a result. He is reluctant to return to what had been one of our favorite places.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We are kicking ourselves for waiting over a year to try this Greek “tapa” style restaurant, no longer a newcomer to Bethesda. The food was incredibly well seasoned but delicate. The portions are large for tapas.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Healthy, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We have been to its sister restaurant, Kapnos, in DC and wanted to give this one a try too. Kapnos Kouzina has a little different focus in terms of its food, but the variety and quality were excellent. This is not a nice quiet restaurant that you can have a cozy romantic dinner at, but it is great to explore different styles of common greek foods and some excellent fried chicken and lamb.

It was exceptionally busy when we went and for stretches the service was less than you would want, but overall everything was great. The quality and tastes that were offered in their food are worth having to wait for a waiter to come by to get you more drinks or clear a plate or two.

Overall I would highly recommend this to anyone that likes to try lots of things over the course of a dinner. We picked our own food (they have a chef's fixed price option) and were glad we did. The table next to chose that option and they missed out on some amazing things we tried.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I would not recommend this place to anyone--we were not accomodated for our reservation, frequently told it would be 5 minutes---finally a table magically appeared as we, with coats on, went past the hostess to leave---no recognition that 1 of us was disabled and we were led directly to stairs-----------a bad experience

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food, drinks just okay. Main problem here and in College Park is king wait to be seated even with a reservation. Seems like maybe they overbook?

Tags: Tapas, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The service was great! This was a dinner with a girlfriend and we just ended up overstaying. We were asked to move because there were reservations after us. The manager gave us a complimentary drink (Prosecco) which we thought was very thoughtful.
The food selection was good- could be better though. The charred octopus was a bit dry.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The kitchen was very slow and the noise level, you had to speak with raised voice.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food. Service not as good as usual.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We received impeccable service throughout our evening!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Authentic, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Second time here and it was just as good as the first. Nice selection of authentic dishes. My only comment really is that I have had better Saganaki.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Kapnos Kouzina is an incredible spot in Bethesda Row - the food was incredible! And nothing to complain about in terms of service. The portions are a bit small for the price though...but nonetheless, its' a great place and worth checking out.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Always a great meal at Kapnos Kouzina! The lunch gyro special is a great deal!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Only complaints would be that I reserved a table for 5 and they put us at a 4 person table against a wall with a 5th chair pushed up to the end. It was right and the restaurant was not too full to accommodate.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was excellent and we enjoyed the restaurant. I would recommend this place to friends.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We went for brunch and did the bottomless menu. With five of us, they brought out almost all the dishes and then asked what else we wanted from the unlimited food menu. The waiter was very nice, although there were a few times that our mimosas were empty. Food was great, and I would definitely go back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food is great, service very good, noise level almost unbearable. But if you like Greek, you just might love it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was amazing. I went with two friends and they loved it as well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

delicious ... but tiny portions . you'll spend $50 a person and want to get something to eat after

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I was last at Kapnos over the summer and the food quality and nervier was excellent. This time the service was fine but the food fell wasn’t as good. I had grilled chicken kabob on flatbread and the chicken was over cooked and dry and the bread was not as fresh as it cracked when folded.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We are big fans of Kapnos Kouzina. All of our previous dining experiences there have been wonderful. This time, the food was as superb as ever, but the rest of the experience was awful, almost comically so.

When we arrived, we asked for a table by the window and were told they were all taken. We were surprised because no one was seated at 6 tables and we had a reservation (4 of the tables were still empty when we left). Instead we were seated at a table that was in the back of the restaurant, next to the kitchen. Had it been an open kitchen this would have been entertaining, It was not. The table had a very strong draft and was so cold that we had to wear coats. When we moved to another table, it was even colder. Both tables were in the path of the outside door on a 20 degree day and cold air was blowing through the vents directly onto the tables.

As I said, the foot was superb, with a special call out to the lamp chops. One minor burp was that the hot tea had no tea in it -- just hot water.

While we love the food, I am not sure we will go back if we have a similar experience getting tables. It made things very uncomfortable, it took the attention off the food and conversation and onto how cold we were and what we might do to get warmer. We left sooner than we normally would have.

Kapnos Kouzina, please take a look at the full dining experience you are providing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was so so, not great but not bad. I see no reason to return after trying it once. Glad I did go and try it out tho

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. Always great food and service.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We loved the delicious mezze, especially the sampler of spreads and the Falafel. We also liked the lamb shoulder and salmon kebab. The good was very good, as it is at Kapnos DC. Unlike Kapnos DC, the air temperature was warm and comfortable and it was quiet. We ate very early, at 5:15, so it might be noisy later.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food tastes good but the portions, given the prices, should be more generous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The only reason that service rating is not higher is that we are annoyed about the response from the person who seated us. We had a reservation for 3 and we were seated in the corner by a service or office entrance. We passed another open table also along the window but more in the center of the room across from the bar. We were told that was reserved for a larger party even though it was also a table for 4. We arrived at 5:15 and left at 6:45pm. A party of 4 was finally seated at that table as we were exiting but for the entire 1.5 hours we were there it was empty and available. Service by waiter and other staff was quite good so no other complaints about service.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Awesome food! Will be back!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our second time at this restaurant, and it was very busy as usual (Friday night). Three of us sat at the bar and ordered several drinks and small plates. The food was very good, but we did have to ask a couple times for a second drink, dessert, etc. I don't think they have enough bartenders to take care of the bar service and the drink service from the restaurant. They were very nice, very busy and (I think) needed 1-2 more people behind the bar. Overall I would recommend for the food, location, value and ambiance. We will definitely go there again - in fact this may be our new favorite place for pre-and post-movie eats! They have happy hour every night!

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Tapas, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dubai)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We chose the chef’s tasting menu since this was our first time there. Some of the selections were great and others weren’t to our liking as much. Every course was presented with descriptions that were too quick and often inaudible. We felt we didn’t get to have a proper rapport with the gentlemen serving the courses because it was a different person every time. Comparatively Zaytinya, another Mike Isabella restaurant, has much better service and selections.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service, fun vibe, delicious food, but noisy.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Waiter was wonderful and the food is delicious.. The front desk area is very disorganized and unprofessional.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I am not a big fan of Meze or Tapas restaurants. I always leave the restaurant with empty stomach. Overall food was prepared well, tasty and great service. it is expensive dinner since you order tons of mezes for dinner. Lunch and Brunch options are better than dinner options. Like to ambiance very much. Service was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Amy T. was an outstanding server. She was accommodating and friendly, dealing graciously and efficiently with our many special requests. Food, of course, was delicious as always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Dips and pita were amazing but not so generous. Love the broccolini. The shrimp and pasta dish was just swimming in a buttery sauce - disappointing, especially at this high price. Not sure i’ll go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent food and service, comfortable surroundings.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Overpriced for ordinary food. Portions are small and the entrees we ordered had very little flavor.

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