Kapnos Kouzina

4.4
1321 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tapas
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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Gift Card
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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

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

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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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4.3
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4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

The noise level was so loud that you couldn’t hear any conversation. After a while the noise was so intrusive that you didn’t care that the food was really very good.

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RT
Washington DC
2.0
Dined 5 days ago

Service was slow on a non busy day. Food was inconsistent. Some seafood cooked good some overcooked. 20 mins to get drinks. We were celebrating two birthdays and hoped to have a nice experience but it just didn’t fulfill the need.

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SK
Washington DC
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

I always enjoy eating here. Food is wonderful.

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A
Pittsburgh
3.0
Dined 7 days ago

The food and drink were delicious and the décor was nice and I'm definitely willing to give this place another try, but there were a few issues. First, the server came to us with water and then we waited another 10 minutes or so before he took our drink orders, which we had to catch him to request. When the drinks came to our table, that server (who was not our server) did not seem to know which drinks were which and gave three of us the incorrect drink (which we sorted out and switched ourselves). Once we finally ordered food it came quickly, but there were two dishes omitted. One we recalled in the moment and requested, the other we didn't realize was omitted until too late. The place where we sat was against a wall but was still very loud and was difficult to hear each other in our party of six. That said, everything we had to eat was superb and the cocktail list was inventive and what we had was delicious. Overall, I really enjoyed the food and drink, but the noise and service left something to be desired.

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HM
Washington DC
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

Great experience, as always. Kapnos does not disappoint!

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s
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

Haven't been here for lunch in a long time. It was not very busy. As always, service was diffident, but overall efficient. Unfortunately, several of our selections were not up to the standard that I know is Kapnos. Our zucchini fritters were on the verge of being burned and our salad, horiatiki, clearly had been in the refrigerator at least overnight! The lamb we got with the salad was dry and flavorless. Simply put, the lunch is no match for dinner. I won't be back for lunch any time soon.

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OT
Washington DC
1.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

This was the second time we dined at Kapnos, and the first experience was much better. The service was terrible, which probably set the tone for the entire evening. We were often forgotten at our table. Even the drink order took more than 20 minutes!

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h
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Always excellent food and good service. Pricey, but not overly for the area or type of restaurant. it's a go-to place for me when it's just about relaxing and knowing the food will be good.

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DO
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Enjoyed the food we had, a variety of warm veggie dishes and salmon kabob. However I still do not like the idea of the random order of the arrival of the dishes. I would like to be able to choose the order in which they are served.

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S
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

I love this restaurant, but service this time around was sub-par. Server was not attentive at all.

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L
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

As soon as we were seated, the manager came over and said our server would be right there. He asked if he could bring any drinks. Our server came by promptly and between her service and the manager check ins I would say our service was exemplary. It was an extremely hot evening and our water and ice was refilled constantly which is a huge plus for me. I cannot think of one way that our service could have been better. Now on to the food. Although I had eaten here many times, this was my husband’s first time. As always, the food was delicious. We ordered a few plates at a time. Plates are always served promptly. The flavors are so interesting and we enjoyed all of our choices. I am not a fan of fried chicken. But I made an exception and I highly recommend it. The chicken has a honey and harissa sauce that is so outstanding. The chicken is not greasy at all. Prices are not cheap and the check can add up quickly but a memorable meal with excellent service is worth a lot.

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F
Washington DC
2.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Uneven food—of the theee-dip
Appetizer, one was delicious, one over salted and one very good. Asparagus was half so-so, half inedible. Ditto with the horiatiki. Volume of crowd made it
impossible to hear the servers,
Who were in too much of a hurry and tended to be neglectful, so much so that I was looking for her to cancel my second glass of wine because I was almost done eating. She did not come to the table, instead went to pick it up. Very institutional looking, think college dining hall. Price was unreasonably high given the markedly uneven food quality.

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e
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

As usual another great evening at Kapnos. Claudia is the best. She runs a tight ship that makes it an enjoyable evening for all. Great drinks. Great food. Great service.

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LH
4.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Lovely food ..smoked lamb was perfect...zuke fritters were mushy inside but okay..spouse loved his skirt steak...seasoning in everything fresh, lively and complex. Service was A#1 ...kind and professional...great anniversary meal.

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SC
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Love this place...amazing small dish options and delicious tasty food.

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Washington DC
3.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Food is always very good. We had to wait 45 minutes to sit after our reservation time which put a damper on the evening. Actual service staff was attentive.

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OT
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Excellent food but very noisy! Would not return on a Saturday night.

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a
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Made the reservation with late notice, so very pleased that we were able to get a table at all. I was not impressed that we were stuck in the back corner by the service area, but not a deal breaker. Service could have been a little better - waited a bit extra for water (and wine glass!) refills. Food was very good.

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w
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

ALL PROS this time.

PROS:
Food - Well-executed mezze favorites and grilled octopus that is cooked correctly.
Drinks - Bottomless iced teas. Great coffee.
Service - Attentive, knowledgeable about the menu, and efficient. Kitchen ticket times are 12 minutes or less.

RECOMMENDED FOODS: melitzanosalata, charred octopus, cauliflower

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TB
5.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

Outstanding service, particularly the bartender(s). The a/c didn't seem to be working well, though, and it was hot. The head bartender, Mehdi, is a gem and quite the mixologist. Reservations were adjusted for my group size. I can't say enough about the excellent personal care from the staff.

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TP
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

Very good food. WAY too loud. Even the wait staff was apologetic about it and they work there everyday.

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a
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

I Find the food consistently delicious. I keep going back.

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AG
Washington DC
2.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

We have been dining here shortly after it opened. Unfortunately the quality of the food has decreased over the past several visits. Almost every dish we had was over salted. The drinks took forever to arrive because one of the party ordered a Bloody Mary and the bar was not properly stocked. The restaurant needs to take a hard look at what they are serving if it is to be a worth dining spot again.

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OH
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Very courteous staff members including the waiters and the handsome manager who greeted us as he happened to be walking towards the entrance GREAT values from happy hour menu - highly recommend. Marinated octopus is too salty (duh, it's marinated). The flat bread somehow was very tough to chew. The slider is hearty. Would definitely dine again trying other items.

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MJ
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

We came to this restaurant for Father's Day and I've been here several times before. We were so disappointed they weren't doing anything special for Father's on Father's Day! Particularly because we were celebrating a first Father's Day. The restaurant was also SO hot. We were sweating and asked twice for the air conditioning to be cranked up. The food was good. Service was okay. Would not recommend coming here to celebrate any special occasions or when it's hot.

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JP
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Food is always fresh and delicious! Service is also always great!

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Phoenix
5.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

Family get together

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SB
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

I love this place, the food is amazing! The atmosphere is great and the staff is very attentive., I highly recommend it!

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A
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Service and food at the highest level, management stops by to make sure everything is OK. Terrific experience, well be back!

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L
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

We discovered this restaurant two weeks ago for happy hour and have been there 3 times already. The food is excellent and presentation beautiful. Our waiter for Sunday brunch was very attentive. The only thing with respect to value is the mezze, the tab can add up and you spend more than budgeted. It helps once you know the menu and portion sizes. We will be back !

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

We had the chef's choice and every dish was fantastic! Perfect service and great cocktails!

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c
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

We were celebrating my granddaughter’s 16th birthday and were pleasantly surprised every step of the meal. The assorted spreads: eggplant, carp/roe, and yellow lentil, served with warm flatbread, were the perfect authentic opener. We then moved on to the octopus, hangar steak, and the gem of the evening —- the whole bronzino. Tender, flavorful and properly proportioned. Dessert did not disappoint. We indulged in the apple crisp, chocolate pudding/mousse, and Greek donuts. There were ice cream accompaniments that put the finishing touch on a not overly sweet trifecta of desserts.
Our server was friendly, responsive and helpful. It being a Saturday night, every table was occupied and my observation was that the managers were running an exceedingly efficient and professional operation. All the staff were fully engaged and the service was what one expects from a high end restaurant. Looking forward to another visit to further explore the hidden Greek treasures of Kapnos Kouzina.

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F
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Have been there several times and always enjoy the food. Service this time was terrible and often felt we had been forgotten by our server. Manager had to take over to help us finish our meal. Very loud but it was a Saturday night so expected.

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DB
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

We set outside on a pleasant evening. Food was delicious loved the tuna tartar, the fried chicken, the brussels sprouts, hanger steak - everything was yummy! I was not having a cocktail but the cocktails looked good and they had some amazing "mocktails."

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OT
Baltimore
1.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Terrible, rude server Jennifer. Will never return.

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m
Baltimore
4.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Everything was wonderful except the noise level. Conversation was difficult.

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J
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Service was attentive without being intrusive. Chicken in the souvlaki was a little dry, but the rest of the meal was great. Really enjoy the dips, small plates and olives.

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M
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

I've been here many times before and the food is always good. But it's also always very noisy when full, so much so that our party of three had trouble hearing each other. And the service was a little off this visit. Slow at the bar, kind of hyper once we got to our table. Our waiter seemed a little robotic and distracted, and wasn't listening very well. If you go and want a better chance of hearing your companions, ask for a table at the back, it's a little quieter there.

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PB
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

Everything was excellent! Noise level was too high!

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

Birthday most excellent experience.

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