Kapnos Kouzina

4.3
1471 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek
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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.

All night Happy Hour at the bar on every Monday and Tuesday night!
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Phone number
(301) 986-8500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Isabella, George Pagonis
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Gina Dakouni: (202) 321-5857
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Catering
Please contact our Catering Department at events@mikeisabella.com.
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Cross street
Woodmont Avenue and Hampden Lane
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Parking details
Bethesda Elm Street Parking garage a half block away.
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Public transit
Bethesda Metro Station is the nearby metro stop.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Kapnos Kouzina is part of Mike Isabella’s growing, Greek empire expansion, and a highly attractive place to have dinner.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant is closed, and they did not inform Open Table. We arrived with seven people for a reservation. The doors were locked and there was no explanation.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had a reservation for January 30, 2018. Kapnos restaurant went out of business 4 days before and no one bothered to send us a heads up. Neither Kapnos nor Open Table which still thinks that Kapnos in Bethesda is still open and asked me to confirm the day before and now asks for a review of Kapnos!!!!! Fantastic job you Opentable guys !!!! Please keep it up!!!! It adds a lot to your credibility!!!!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant is closed forever.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived to discover the restaurant closed permanently. Despite no notice on their website, which I checked late afternoon, and Open Table repeatedly reminding us or our reservation. Dispute with the landlord and had been closed 5 days previously.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good but not over the top. I will be happy to return but no time soon.

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y
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great lunch! The salmon taco is delicious (I ordered a side of feta to go with it and it was amazing.)
I was there two weeks ago, a couple of days ago, and I can't wait to go back again.

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CL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food!

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RF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I previously went to the Kapnos on 14th St for brunch - which was great. Unfortunately, I will not return to the one in Bethesda. The service was terrible. It took several requests for our drinks to arrive; they came after almost all of our food. At the same time, the waiter continued to try to take our plates away when we were not done (and the restaurant wasn't busy to try to turn over the table). The waiter also did not properly explain the drink specials, and we received a bill much larger than intended given the poor explanation. Finally, I got super sick from the food for several hours after brunch. Big disappointment for an expensive meal.

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M
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and great variety we went for dinner and will do it again

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BT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Second time there, like night and day. First time three weeks ago was great...after this won’t return. Waitress confused, mixed up our orders. We had tapas and entrees...my entree came only after a reminder to manager and 20 minutes after my date’s. Brought out wrong food. They offered a dessert to make up for it and got that wrong.

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DC
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very disappointing. Food was very greasy, and everything tasted as if had been sautéed in the same grease. Very salty too. Not at all like the Kapnos on 14th Street, which I guess is now closed or closing. There are many, many better restaurants in DC, and even in Bethesda. Plus I ordered an extra dry martini; it came with too much vermouth, and had to be remade.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Took way too long to get a drink! Otherwise great food and atmosphere

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AD
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I did not like the fact that the happy hour prices is only for the bar and not the tables

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A
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

It was very nasty. Food had no seasonings. Won’t come back.

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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious lamb chops, accommodating waiter, helpful hostess and a “non-deafening”table. Very pleasant experience and we will return.

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P
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This restaurant seems to have fallen off in quality.

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LC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant and have never had a bad meal. The dips and bread are so yummy . Best fried chicken! Love the vegetables, sliders and basically everything on the menu!

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PA
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We’ve been to Kapnos several times, but this visit was just ok. Service was great, but all the food was incredibly salty this time around. Just put a damper on several items that are usually a favorite.

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R
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

The food was good, especially the whole bronzino, and the waiter's guidance was very helpful. The restaurant is basically a large bar with some tables for diners and smaller tables for people snacking at the bar or having mezes. The noise level is unbearable for trying to eat a meal; you have to shout at the person across the table from you. I'd come back, but maybe early in the dinner hour as they open, or perhaps for lunch/brunch, but never again on a Friday or Saturday night.

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y
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to Kapnos for several months. I always liked it but this time I loved it! My salmon gyro for lunch was terrific and was very reasonably priced. I can't wait to go back!

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NY
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Very nice service. Great diversity on the menu. This is tapas style and worked quite well for a group of three with three plates per person. WIll def come back.

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TR
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

This was my 2nd visit to Kapnos. I enjoyed our happy hour food and drinks, but was very disappointed in our meal. We ordered the same 2 items from our first visit(a month ago) because they were so good. The reason we came back was the food. This time. Not even close. We ordered the lamb shoulder and hanger steak. This visit the lamb was dry and chewy. The steak took forever to get to us. Probably 10 minutes after the lamb. Then when I get it it's charcoal. I had to send it back. The waiter was nice and took care of getting me another order. The flavor was not the same as last time.
If this had been my first time here, I would not have come back. I loved the spreads, but the meals were just not good. I came all the way from Howard County for a meal that was disappointing. Sorry. Not sure I'll be back.

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NL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Only problem is that I didn't know that it was tapas.

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a
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought my aunt who is a little hard of hearing, and I noticed how loud it is inside for the first time ever (even though I am somewhat of a regular there). The food was excellent — as was the cocktail I had — but I think it's important to know that this is not a great place to bring people who can't hear well.

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AH
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always good at Kapnos. They offer a good variety to choose from and everything is always tasty. While the service and food rank high on my list, I wish the restaurant would pay closer attention to bathroom cleanliness. I expect more from this type of restaurant.

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LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both eggplant and lamb dishes were extremely favorful and service was attentive.

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s
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Oh how far this once wonderful restaurant has fallen! While the service was always a little diffident, it is now just plain uncaring. The restaurant was almost empty but our food took a very long time to come out, as did our drinks. My mule was dreadful! Food was consistently over salted to the point of being almost inedible, especially the crispy eggplant. This place used to be my favorite spot in Bethesda and I have eaten there many times. Monday night however was my last meal there. They will not get one more penny from my family.

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t
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiter and overall service was terrific. May be the best place in Bethesda today.

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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food excellent service wine was over priced but that may be Montgomery County

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F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful family dinner the night before Thanksgiving with our adult children. Everything was delicious. My favorites were the Brussel sprouts, the zucchini fritters, and the fried chicken. The hummus was outstanding!

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LL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent cocktails & wine list with a delicious menu.

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RD
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Several dishes were too salty. Cauliflower dish was very good.

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PS
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our first visit to Kapnos. Server recommended 3-4 plates a person, but we were full from 1 spread, a vege tapas and a half chicken—with a lunch to take home. In other words, the small plates are generous. Solicitous service, a good house wine and a bar that shouted come back for happy hour.

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FT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was horrific. I’ve been here several times and never had such poor service. Waiter was inattentive, unhelpful and just rude.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great as usual. Service was just “ok”. We had to constantly remind waiter that we were there. We were a big group..12. Restaurant was pretty empty and not too busy.

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SO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is to loud. Otherwise it is a fantastic place with very good service and the food is excellent

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BJ
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Michael was so wonderful and made some suggestions, which were perfect! The cocktails were amazing and the food was so delicious! We had so much fun discussing which were our favorites. All of us will be returning!

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s
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance and service as always

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j
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We go to Kapnos quite a bit, we love the Brussel sprouts and Bronzino and the food was fantastic Last night we waited 40 minutes for a 7:45pm reservation. I get 15 minutes, but not 40. They were trying hard to make it up to us and they were extremely busy and clearly people were taking their time leaving. The host desk was manned by a blond haired young lady who was one of those people, you see on TV of what not to do. First off she told the other gentleman at the host desk, she mouthed come here and gave him a hug(he was clearly uncomfortable with that), then watching for 40 minutes, she spent an inordinate amount of time on her cell phone, as we were leaving, my husband mentioned to me that she would be fired at his workplace. With all Mike Isabella's issues, glad to see his restaurant is doing well, the food is great, he might want to speak to his hosts.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, the waiter made suggestions but didn’t push us to over order. Highly recommend.

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