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Kapnos Kouzina

4.4
1229 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.
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Private dining
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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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.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact us at events@mikeisabella.com
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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

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.

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Sun 5:00PM - 8:45PM
Mon - Tue 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 9:45PM
Wed - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:45PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:45PM

What 1229 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
service
4.1
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3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food, attentive service. Never disappoints!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great place, not my first time and not my last

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

They rushed us through our meal

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was very good, but the noise level is very high.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food, but a little pricey for what you get, particularly the wine by the glass.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Good for dinner, not for brunch. After two good dinners at Kapnos, I decided try their brunch. Unfortunately the food was rather bland (surprisingly) and unimaginative, at a higher price than comparable brunch venues. The side dishes (tzatziki, beet salad, lemon potatoes) were more flavorful than the three egg dishes we tried, although even those were accompanied by pita bread that was salted to an overwhelming level.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

This was my sixth or seventh time here and I was disappointed. We had an 8pm reservation and didn’t even see our waiter for 20 minutes, until one of us asked the manager why no one had come to the table to get our drink orders. Food came out we didn’t order, or came out twice, and they were out of all Mataxa (on a Saturday night?!). The icing on the cake was that after such horrible service, our waiter had the gall to put 20% gratuity on the bill. Needless to say it left a sour feeling on all of us, despite how great the food was.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Good food but way too loud. Please try to do something about the volume. Also the size of the various dishes is quite varied.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Food is marginal. Most dishes were very salty. Waiters were good. Had a table issue and while management was trying to solve it came with an attitude but in the end was sorted. As Greek food goes there are so many other great options.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Good food, gerlta loud quickly. The chef's sampler is a good choice, lots of variety. The fried chicken and brussel sprouts were the highlights of this visit.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Both times great! Exceptional food and service. But the seats are hard wood. Offering/ providing seat cushions would make a big difference in comfort!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was quite good and I also always enjoy the wines. Service was a little slow despite not many people as I was there late in the lunch cycle.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Love here. Their service was marvelous!! And all the food was so delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants. Excellent fish and chicken.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Delightful server, Rose, was quite helpful without hovering. Prompt service and attention. Food was wonderful, beautifully presented. One of the best places to dine in Bethesda. I have never had anything except top notch meals at Kapnos Kouzina!
One visit will make you want to return soon.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Really enjoyed being there on Sunday night when it wasn't crowded. The noise level, which was our main objection before, was tolerable and we could her what our friends were saying. Enjoyed all the dishes we ordered and thought there was a good variety.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Two women dining out to celebrate birthdays and friendship... confirmed reservation held for over a month.... treated rudely from the get go... tried to seat us by the water/espresso service station initially -- given a better table and then rushed from start to finish... waiters trying to take dishes before food finished... incorrect dish brought to table (lamb)and then rudely asked what the dish was supposed to be (scallops -- don't know how the waiter would misunderstand "scallops" and bring "lamb "instead -- had the same waiter previously... assume he was under pressure... )... hadn't been there for an hour when someone, assuming the manager, came up and basically told us to move to the bar b/c he needed the table -- (we were drinking coffee & tea and had just finished dessert) (p.s. we noticed no one else seemed to be rushed...) absolutely worst service/treatment ever -- we'd both been before, myself with out of town guests and family... manager gave us a couple of coupons for free "spreads" at the bar... especially with all going on w/Mike Isabella, wrong time to be treating paying guests poorly, especially female paying guests... (and maybe remind your staff that DC is FULL of professional women who eat out A LOT and ,in fact, in a lot of families women make the decisions about what restaurants to go to...)... last time for me... unfortunately, the food will be missed...

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food is okay. The fried items are superior to the other offerings. The crispy eggplant and zucchini were good. The hummus, the octopus, the beet salad, the Horiatiki (Greek Village Salad) were just passable. The broccolini and brussel sprouts were just okay. The portions of salmon, beef, and chicken kabob were very small (even by tapas standards)and tasted just okay. Dinner is fun, however, fun does not make up for average and overpriced items.
Also, the pace of the food was all over the place. The first couple of items came out, and then a long pause. At one point, we were certain the staff had forgotten to bring the kabobs. It was a long long dinner for no good reason.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Loved the place! I went there with a Gilt City voucher. At first we got there too early and had to wait at the bar... probably the best thing that could have happened. They have happy hour on weekends and everything I tried was great! We ended up eating our five course meal at the bar, and it was SO MUCH FOOD but so delicious. Will definitely visit again!!! Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very loud too loud

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food is great. Service not so great. Place is very loud.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was terrific and the waiter, Matt, was outstanding. We will return soon.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The waiter wasn't very friendly. That was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Consistently great food and service!! Fourth visit.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Spano-scramble was excellent. Fried chicken and waffles disappointing in that two of the three pieces of chicken were very, very dry. Although offerings are "small plates" they are very generous small plates. Kolokithokeftedes and falafel were delicious. The star of the Crispy eggplant were the harissa, capers, pickled onion accompaniment. We will eat here again however will steer clear of the fried chicken.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fantastatic food and great service. We were very well taken care of and they ensured our experience was very positive.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Went on a Wednesday night and the restaurant although busy was not packed. Met friends. The food was very good including whole fish, chicken and a variety of vegetable dishes. Service was excellent and properly paced which is particularly important for a small plates meal. Overall a good experience and worth the money.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Neighborhood gem. We come often, and will continue to do so. Food is uniquely special, service is invariably great, and the experience over all is special. This is a very well managed restaurant that never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Best brunch in the area.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food was, as always, excellent. Food allergy was handled superbly, and our waiter was very attentive and professional.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The food was delicious, well prepared, inventive and of high quality. The service was excellent. The only thing that could be improved is the seating. The seats are totally wood and hard on the back and derrière. Perhaps adding a cushion or at least offering one would make a big difference in the comfort level.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We enjoyed our lunch and were pleased with the selection. I felt that $24 was excessive for bread and small portions of 3 small tips. I look forward to trying the octopus on my next visit.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Please bring back the mint ice cream, although the Greek coffee ice cream was excellent. Very authentic.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Busy but fun

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We had made reservations since it was Saturday night. Immediately after being seated, the hostess stopped by to tell us they were very busy and we had one hour to be done and gone. When I asked our waiter, he backed her up. Then the manager came by to say it was a misunderstanding, followed by a round of champagne for the table and a comp appetizer. The hostess never apologized. The food was excellent, but this ugly start was hard to get past. Also, the waiter refilled my husband’s water and ignored my empty glass- twice. These are little things that have a big impact. I would expect better from a restaurant of this high caliber.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This restaurant to date has never disappointed!

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The hostesses are rude. They changed the recipe and ruined the dessert loukumades. It was terrible.

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1.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Pacing and very poor service are the critical elements driving this largely negative review. While I have eaten a number of times at this restaurant in the past and had a pleasant experience, this time the lack of service attention and the pacing of the meal made this a very disappointing experience. We either had a long lull with no food or drinks OR everything delivered at once! They were out of the wine we ordered initially (which took about 15 minutes wait to discover - which happens) We then had a different bottle recommended by the sommelier (which was a VERY mediocre wine exhibiting NONE of the characteristics of the wine described by the sommelier). Then, we were charged for BOTH bottles of wine (the one we received AND the one we did not). When I pointed this out to my waiter his reaction was NOT I'm sorry/I apologize but that it wasn't his fault! Our primary server never checked in with us or seemed to care less how we were faring. When I specifically asked to please change the pace of the food so that dishes were not getting cold and the table too crowded I was told that the chef insisted he bring them to the table. BTW, this was a Thursday night and the restaurant was NOT overwhelmed by waiting patrons. I will think twice about returning.

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Food was good. Kapnos has great Greek small dishes and we always enjoy them.

Noise was so "energetic" that the server could not hear the orders correctly. Consequently there was a problem in delivery. Server corrected it quickly. Then the bill, split between two of us, was split incorrectly. Server again apparently could not hear the request due to the noise.

We have gone to the Kapnos restaurant in Virginia. Also noisy, but never so great a noise that we could not have a conversation and that the server could not understand.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Love Kapnos!!!!! I think that is enough to say about Kapnos! And please don't make such a ridiculous request for such a long review when the first two words says it all!!!!!

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