Kapnos Taverna Arlington

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1296 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek

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Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna in Arlington serves classic and coastal-inspired Greek dishes, including favorites from the Greek Islands along with tastes from other regions known for their fine local products.
A sister restaurant to Isabella’s Kapnos, located on 14th Street in Washington, D.C., Kapnos Taverna Arlington features more traditional takes on the ancient cuisine alongside some of the biggest hits from his modern ode to mainland Greece. The restaurant’s liquid offerings feature a Greek-heavy wine list and Mediterranean-inspired cocktails by Mike Isabella Concepts beverage director, Taha Ismail.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon-Fri 11:30am - 3pm

Brunch
Sat & Sun 11am - 3pm

Dinner
Sun-Mon 5pm-9pm
(bar open until 10pm)
Tue-Th 5pm - 10pm
(bar open until 11pm)
Fr-Sa 5pm - 11pm
(bar open until 12am)


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
(703) 243-4400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mike Isabella, George Pagonis
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Private party facilities
Kapnos Taverna Arlington offers private and semi-private dining along with multiple chef’s tasting menu options for you and your guests. Our small plate concept provides a taste of modern Greek cuisine for everyone in your party.
 We also offer full-restaurant buyouts. Please email for more info.
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Private party contact
Gina Dakouni: (202) 321-5857
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Catering
Whether you’re feeding a handful of coworkers at the office or a few hundred guests at a wedding reception, let our expert culinary team make it an event to remember. Bring a taste of Mike Isabella’s restaurants to your event. Our expansive catering menus offer an array of dining options in a number of cuisines, including Italian, Greek, Mexican and Contemporary American.

Visit http://mikeisabella.com/catering/
Contact us at events@mikeisabella.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilson & Quincy
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Parking details
In addition to street and metered parking, garage parking is available at 4075 Wilson Blvd, in Two Liberty Center across the street. Entrance is next to HSBC on Randolph St. $3 from 5pm-midnight during the week and all day on the weekends.
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Public transit
Ballston Metro/Virginia Square Metro.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It’s closed!!!!! I had a reservation and open table kept reminding me about going. Fortunately we discovered it was closed just before we went...

RD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It closed closed closed closed closed closed closed

AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was very disappointed to find out that despite an active OpenTable listing and booking, Kapnos Taverna unexpectedly closed (for good!) a day or so prior to my reservation. On a normal day this wouldn't matter, but it left my work luncheon stranded and surprised when we showed up to a closed restaurant. Disappointed with Kapnos and Opentable for the lack of communication, but luckily we were able to find an alternative location.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We got there and there was a sign on the door telling us it was closed forever.

B
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It's closed!!! Take it off your list. The entire chain is bankrupt!!! HELLO!

OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made reservations here for our annual Christmas brunch but were told they ran out of food. Luckily, we were around other restaurants and hopped over across the street. It was just me and another girlfriend, had it been a family outing I would have been VERY upset.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When we arrived, we were greeted at the door and told to come in. And then were told that they had run out of food...They had run out of food prior to us getting there and when asked if they bothered calling the reservations, they said they weren’t going to do that.

Not only did we have to find a new place to go very last minute on a very popular Sunday, what kind of restaurant runs out of food. Trying to find a new reservation for 8 people was impossible. Brunch is not a new meal for this place.

We will not be returning.

S
Washington DC
224 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was tasty but restaurant is cold, drafty, and uncomfortable seating.

KW
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Extremely disappointed with the service this time. It is usually very good but the waitress was not attentive, forgot to bring items we asked for, and was very slow. I was treating my staff to a dinner so it was disappointing and since we had 6 people, she gave her self an automatic 20%, which she didn't deserve.

B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Birthday was given a free dessert.

RS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food & service. Interesting, we had to select wine a number of times only to be told that there was none in stock. The bartender made a suggestion from what was available.

B
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love their bottomless brunch! Whole table has to participate though, so be prepared to eat a lot!

FI
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We were looking forward to date night at Kapnos, but I am sorry to say how disappointed we are. The food was sub-par (with the exception of the lamb, which was actually quite nice) and was coated in sauces that mostly ruined what might have been decent small dishes. The server was polite and greeted us promptly, but after we ordered our drinks, she was nowhere to be found. This was especially an issue because they brought us the wrong wines and then were very confused about what was on their own menu. We also really wanted to order food (surprise) and we had to hunt her down to take our order. Again, they were not rude but there's very little genuine "Greek" or "Mediterranean" or even "good" about this spot. We won't return.

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We both had the gyro which was large and filling with the Kapnos greek potatoes. Both dishes were OK but why do they add so much spicy heat to the seasoning? Mid-afternoon meal, so not much people activity but I hear that it gets busy at night. Meal might be improved by sitting in a busy restaurant.

R
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always impressed with food and service. Creative food, variation of Greek Mediterranean. Dips, sides, small plate mains. So much to choose. All tasty.

NH
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Kapnos Taverna is the best restaurant in Ballston! The lamb is so tender and just falls apart. The tzarziki is fresh and delicious. The cheese saganaki was perfect and I could eat it every day and never be tired of it. Love this place!

SM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very busy and pleasant

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food

LD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Waitress was great. But the first server we saw was a busboy bringing water who couldn’t even say hello to us.

Good just so so.

KH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, great food, and great service! Lots of fun and intimate.

DW
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food and beverage selection. A bit loud do to architecture and acoustics. Convenient to downtown area.

GG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant staff very helpful and accommodating. Food excellent with great service. Great location and easily accessible by UBER.

MH
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious and unique; service is always great. I typically make a reservation, but for couples or small groups walk-ins would probably be welcome.

j
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Used to be good, but menu has changed, several favorites eliminated, and the dishes that have remained available are no longer high quality. Lackadaisical service in uncomfortable setting. All for high prices. We will never go back.

MJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is amazing, and the server was very helpful in suggesting how many dishes per person

NY
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The falafel gyro was so tasty, I ate every last bite of it! Mousoulata (sp) was delicious as well. Great server and service overall. Will dine there again soon!

SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a job very well done! Food was creative and delicious!

E
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kapnos never disappoints for great tasting food and service. We enjoyed a wonderful French Malbec, the delicious spreads including smoky eggplant and feta cheese. The salads and veggie offerings are delicious as well. Service was attentive despite having a very large party show up for most of the upstairs, they coordinated well to make sure we had everything we needed. Look forward to our next meal there.

J
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistent food and service! Great drink menu and wine selection.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall it was great, the food was fantastic and the service was excellent. My only complaint would be that the food seemed a little overpriced for the size.

LM
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very delicious. We had oysters, mussels, spit roasted lamb, Brussel sprouts, and crispy eggplant. The vegetable dishes were superb as were the mussels and lamb. We have been to Kapnos several times both in Arlington and Bethesda and the food this time was a cut above.

MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday brunch with a friend. . Shared an appetizer, two main dishes. The tuna tartare over skordalia with sumac pita chips was awesome, could have used another chip

Stone oven eggs with lamb were good, she liked them, I would have liked a bit more seasoning

My smoked pork hash was en pointe, I would have preferred a second poached egg.

The server was good, helpful and attentive without being obtrusive.

I'd like to revisit for a dinner service once they're fully launched. My only concern is that the dinner menu is a bit pedestrian, I hope they will offer daily specials.

Because that's the excitement of dining out, innit?

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food but very small portions. Expensive for the small portions, which was unexpected.

TL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, excellent service.

x
Washington DC
166 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We made a repeat visit to Kapnos Taverna for a birthday celebration. It was an opportunity to introduce some members of our party to the spectacular lamb shoulder. As always, this was excellent and represents a tremendous value.

It seemed that the impact from the Executive Chef's other business troubles have had little impact on Kapnos Taverna, although we did note a different technique for preparing the fried eggplant appetizer. The 'vibe' was quite subdued...very different than on previous visits.

Our server was extremely pleasant and clearly familiar with the restaurant and its offerings. However, several unexplained and curious things happened:
1. The lamb shoulder was not shown to us before final preparation, as is the norm.
2. The lamb shoulder was served BEFORE the appetizers...no coordination.
3. My spiked coffee was served lukewarm.

JV
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came in after a soccer game around 8:00am on a Saturday night . We were early for a reservation and they had a seated right away. The problem was that once we ordered food it took quite a while to get it. The server explained that the kitchen was backed up. I wish he would explain that a little bit earlier instead of us having to try to wave him down. He kept peeking around the cashier station to see if we had our food yet. Apparently different people serve the food.
The food is a little over priced for the portions. It was tasty but the recommendation by the server to order 3 mezza servings was a little much since prices were between $12-18 each.
Three of us ordered the flank steak with cauliflower purée and chimichurri sauce. Tasty but very small portions.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our waiter was rude, particularly to the women in the party—despite the fact a woman was hosting a mixed group. The shared apps came out very quickly & all at once. We waited for drinks several times. Women were not always offered another round when men were before the waiter vanished. I wish I knew his name, as mgmt should know. We’ve been numerous times previously & have always enjoyed ourselves. The waiter for the tables in the bar area that night made all the difference

JM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Far too much salt! I’m sure the ingredients were great but you couldn’t taste much. Some dishes were better than others, recommend the mussels but sadly the lamb was lukewarm and over cooked.

KS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wait staff was attentive and friendly and helpful. We were a group of 10 and not aware ahead of time that the menu was created for sharing but everyone seemed ok with that and we enjoyed trying some foods we personally did not order. The only negative was the noise level was so high and our table was a rectangle so we were not able to converse with those at the other end of the table and it was a bit challenging to hear those across from you. Parties of 2-6 would be advised for a group dinner. The food was so flavorful and well presented. Would definitely return!

K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The food (lamb) was tasteless, that's not a Greek cooked lamb

The tzatziki was watery

This is far from been a Greek restaurant

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