Kapnos Taverna College Park

4.4
170 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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  • Tapas
Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna in College Park 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 College Park fatures 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.
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Private dining
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-Thu 5pm - 9pm
Fri & Sat 5pm - 10pm

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 every Monday and Tuesday night!
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Phone number
(301) 864-1983
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Isabella and George Pagonis
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Catering
Please contact our Catering Department at events@cateringbymic.com
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
The Hotel at the University of Maryland offer valet. You may also park in the hotel parking garage.
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Public transit
College Park - U of MD stop on the Metro Green line.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact events@mikeisabella.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna in College Park 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.

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Sun 5:00PM - 8:45PM
Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 8:45PM
Thu - Sat 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 9:45PM

What 170 People Are Saying
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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Was staying at The Hotel at UMD recently and as this restaurant is attached to the hotel decided to dine here. The staff was extremely friendly and the food really blew me away honestly. I've ate at a lot of tapas/small plate spots and this one is truly fantastic. I rounded it all up with the coconut sorbet which was out of this world.

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E
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a drink at the hotel lobby bar that was wonderful while I waited for friends. I highly recommend that. Every one of the mezza was wonderful and we all enjoyed them. The waiter and other staff were attentive and provided good service. The mezza come out as they are ready so that made it possible to manage table space. We would definitely go back again!

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G
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Only complaint is the timing of the delivery of the entrees. Waited almost 10 minutes for second two. Well, one other complaint, the seats are uncomfortable. Need cushions. But still well worth going for the food.

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Y
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service was great, the staff was great. The location was great. Ample outdoor seating! The parking was ABSURD! Ridiculously expensive WITH validation!!! ABSURD. $28 & $14 per vehicle after outstanding food and service. This would have been 100% outstanding review if not for parking!

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DE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Please have Happy Hour for the whole Bar area, like most restaurants. It's hard for the over 50 crowd to sit at the high top tables and bar. You would have an increase in customers for sure. Although the Gyro was excellent, especially the lamb, I would have tried other dishes. The small dishes, appetizers, were expensive. You would end up spending at LEAST $20 per person if you ordered 2 plates on the menu. The waiters suggestion was,..."I would first order 2 of the starters per person", this would not fill most adults. Also, the dips should come with more than one piece of bread.

General consensus in the Historic town of Hyattsville, where we have lived for 35 years, its a nice restaurant, tasty food, but a bit pricey and stingey.

Please take this as constructive criticism, we want you business to "make it".

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L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We started with a house margarita and a blueberry margarita as well as the bread and selected two different spreads. They were each unique but both very good. We then each had a kabob - one beef and one ground beef & lamb. The grilled beef was very good, the ground beef and lamb was OK. We shared the lemon tart with basil ice cream and that was fantastic. The restaurant is all hard surfaces so the noise level could be very high at times. There seemed to be an attempt to counter the noise with the pumped in music, which did not work. The noise level was the only negative. Service was excellent.

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GK
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

So so. Much better in past visits. Speed of service was poor. Food seemed to be dry. Waitress decided when we were finished with our brunch, no us.

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v
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Kapnos Taverna definitely elevates the dining choices in College Park. We were there for lunch on a weekday— and we liked it so much I’m sure we will be back. It was a beautiful summer day so we sat outside on the patio. We ordered six small plates and it was just the right amount for three. It was all delicious, each bite full of flavor and texture. The lamb kebab was full of smoky grill flavor. The shrimp came with orzo, in a lightly spiced and delicious sauce. The server recommended the zucchini patties which were definitely a few steps above similar ones you find elsewhere. The surprise of the meal was the cauliflower— we were trying to figure out the recipe to make them at home. Everything we had was superb.

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with friends. Will definitely do it again.

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Everyone was friendly! The honey wings were delicious but the spartan burger was a little dry.

I would give the place another chance. I think i just ordered the wrong thing.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Go back to the original recipe for the pork shoulder and the Greek potatoes

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

While the food was really good, the poor service made the whole experience just ok.

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OT
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Fantastic lamb, wonderful service!

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LM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the place. There was a birthday party going on, so nice ambience in the bar. We were in a booth nearby. Good food and fine choice although some of the tapas were different from what I remembered from a previous visit. Go for the vegetarian mezzes!

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the beef souvlaki gyros. they were amazing.

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AS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Chosen by my son to celebrate his graduation from the University of Maryland, College Park. made reservations way in advance, as he likes this restaurant a lot. We were seated at a table with high chairs (which I didn't request), which was a bit awkward for my elderly parents and not as comfortable for everyone. We were also seated next to an incredibly large (15+) party that was very noisy, so it was hard to hear our own conversations, which made it uncomfortable. Wet floor made my mom fall down on her way to the restroom. Then there was the whole cake thing; I brought in an outside cake - and had already been advised about the $3/person cake cutting fee; waiter had to re-explain it to me and then it just seemed to take a long time for the cake to be brought out and eventually served (it seemed our waiter got caught up taking orders from another table). The food was good - but my first time eating dinner at this restaurant I was more impressed by the food than this time around at lunch.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here in celebration of my Partner’s Doctoral graduation. The service was attentive, yet appropriately interjected between conversations. The food was fantastic and the menu allowed us to share items, as well as indulge in a few individual tastes. Bravo to the staff!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

I made this reservation for my son, a friend, and his Godmother while I participated in graduation. I have had many meals at Kapnos and thought it would be a good place for them to have brunch as none had eaten there previously. When I asked about the experience, they indicated that they were seated next to a very noisy table of patrons; that the service from their server was horrible--she was inexperienced, slow, got the orders wrong (son has nut allergy, the allergy was made clear and orders were placed WITHOUT nuts but brought to the table covered with nuts), etc. The food was described as "lovely" but I was saddened that the overall experience was so poor and, quite frankly, dangerous. NUT allergies can kill. Apologize profusely for getting it WRONG.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit. But we will be back. The food was spectacular and ambiance really nice. It all made our graduation celebration even more enjoyable. Loved it!!

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PB
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here after a graduation and had a great time. The food was delicious and the service was eccellent!

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e
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food

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VD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-graduation dinner. Everything was delicious.

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JM
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The waitress was opposed to us not sharing the small plates which made it more difficult than it needed to be for our group of 12. Otherwise we had a great time and the food is excellent. I will definitely be back and would recommend it to others.

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 3

The portions were small for dinner. The food was good but not enough for dinner.

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WF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was pretty good, but portions are small, especially for the price. Ordered a 3 dip appetizer sampler ($21) to share. It came with 1 piece of pita bread and some cucumber spears. Asked for more bread and was charged $2 for an additional piece of pita bread. Entrees and vegetable sides were good. Server forgot one of the vegetable sides we ordered. There is no kids menu, but the restaurant did make their burger and fries option plain for my 6 year old. However, they had no ketchup. My husband walked next door to another restaurant within the hotel and asked if they could provide some ketchup (which they did).

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Slow service. You definitely have to order 3 courses in order to leave full

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TW
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second visit for brunch, this time Mother's Day. We had to wait a few minutes past our reservation time due to the number of families but were able to sit at the bar and start our meal with beverages. The manager "comped" us a starter platter if various dips and pita bread, even though it would have been included as part of all u can eat brunch. Nice gesture, but it increased my automatic 20% gratuity. My only complaint other then some of the dishes were a little slow due to # of diners. The wait was worth every dish and our server kept the food coming as long as we were hungry! Even had some to take home! I am not generally a mimosa person but there's are great! Pineapple! Just wish there was an option to not get the unlimited mimosa option. Cant drink more then 2...my family was skeptical of a greek menu, lets say we prefer "soul food" but even the pickiest were satisfied! I can eat the lamb, french toast and waffles all day!
I will be returning!

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b
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food that I would not prepare at home. nice service and parking.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the unlimited brunch. Great selection. Really good food. Good service. We shall return.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Located in the new hotel in College Park, this is one of the only restaurants near campus that features quality dining suited for visiting parents to take their college student children out for a meal. There is a modern ambience to the place. The mezze is tasty and artfully plated. Portions were surprisingly filling. The service for the most part was friendly, although our waiter disappeared when it was time to pay up.

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f
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visiting Kapnos Taverna. The entire family wasn’t sold on Greek food but by the end, everyone enjoyed their meal. Started with an order of Tzatziki for the table - it was a hit, just needed more flatbread than what was served with it and disappointed to see an extra $3.00 charge on our bill for the extra flatbread. The star of the night was the Saganaki - everybody really enjoyed this. The Dolmades was the only dish that we really didn’t like, but everything else was good, including the lamb and spit-fire chicken. Everything is served family style, which made it easy to try different dishes. One last thing - the ginger lemonade was very fresh and tasty.

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j
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was an interesting take on Greek food, however, the cost was exorbitant. Unless you're on an expense account or have money to burn, try a less expensive option. Really not enough money for the price.

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c
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

This was our second time here. The food was even better that the first time!. The bar service is very slow- well into eating appetizers before drinks came. The timing of the food was a bit off which feels awkward for a group. Leaving someone waiting for their dinner is not a good thing. Timing is key. Manager could have handled it better by not being defensive. Over all had a good meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Great food.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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KH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our first time, and we enjoyed the variety and novelty compared with nearby offerings (in College Park). It had a relaxed atmosphere, and most patrons seemed to be casually dressed. It was very full, so a little on the noisy side. Even though full, service was attentive. All of our selections were very good. We look forward to trying others next time.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server Brandt was excellent.

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SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service! Highly recommend it and will definitely be returning on our next visit to College Park.

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H
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service. Portion sized to share. Will be back.

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JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was GREAT! The food was soooo good and we definitely plan on returning.

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