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Kapnos

4.5
4.5
1334 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
Chef Mike Isabella opened Kapnos along the Fourteenth Street Corridor in July 2013. Isabella draws inspiration from Northern Greece to create a menu of spreads, breads, vegetables and other small plates, including his signature wood-grilled octopus. Two wood-fire grills with rotating spits and a large oven for stone-baked flat breads service the 160-seat restaurant. Guests enjoy carvings from whole animals that have been spit-roasted all day, including lamb, goat, duck, chicken, and suckling pig. Kapnos is open for dinner seven nights a week.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Greek

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm-10pm (bar open until 11pm) Friday-Saturday: 5pm-11pm (bar open until 12am) Sunday: 5pm-10pm (bar open until 11pm) Happy Hour - Everyday from 5pm-8pm in the bar area only. All night Happy Hour at the bar on every Monday and Tuesday night! Brunch Saturday: 11am-3pm Sunday: 11am-4pm Bar open between 3pm-5pm on Saturday-Sunday

  • Phone number

    (202) 234-5000 ext. 9

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mike Isabella, George Pagonis

  • Catering

    Mike Isabella Concepts offers Greek catering in the style of Kapnos. Please email events@kapnosdc.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Kapnos can accommodate groups up to 250 for a standing cocktail reception and we also offer a semi-private dining room that accommodate up to 50 guests seated and 75 standing. Our entire dining room can seat approx. 160 guests plus about 40 guests in our bar area.

  • Private party contact

    Gina Dakouni: (202) 321-5857

  • Neighborhood

    U Street Corridor

  • Cross street

    14th St & W St, NW

  • Parking details

    Street parking can also be found nearby.

  • Public transit

    Kapnos is located 3 blocks from U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station (13th st & U st exit)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,334 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. R

    Raspberryberet

    Washington DC

    87 reviews

    1.0

    87 reviews

    Reviewed on January 24, 2020

    overall1foodserviceambience
    Was Violently ill for 24 hours after my visit Don’t really know what else to say about it but I won’t be going back
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great Christmas Eve dinner. The whole roast lamb shoulder is divine.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating a birthday and so sampled a little bit from every section. Highlights were the various spreads, saganaki, broccoli with smoked eggplant (a must IMO), and octopus. Zucchini fritters were tasty and well-done, but I would probably get something else from the veggies instead, personally. The lamb was good, but a little underwhelming in comparison to the others. Should've gotten the goat! Our waitress (Maria) was fantastic and so helpful.
  4. S

    Seriousabouteats

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Recommended by our Lyft driver who is also a chef. Fantastic food. Got appetizer platter and roasted shishito peppers. Ended with fried calamari. All A+.
  5. LR

    LocalResident

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This place has really gone downhill. Disappointing.
  6. J

    Jerseyboy

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were a group of 6 seasoned travelers and restaurant goers. We ordered a variety of dishes from the chicken to octopus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, roasted eggplant and a caviar appetizer. Besides the chicken being brined a bit too much all parties enjoyed their dishes immensely.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat at the counter and watched the kitchen work their magic. Our waiter was outstanding and guided us the menu perfectly!
  8. PR

    PaulR

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The physical arrangement was such that the very noisy bar was isolated from our table, and we could enjoy great conversation. The food was creative and collaborative. We ordered the lamb-shoulder for the table, which was delicious and fun to share. Mezze were also delicious, and the greek wine recommended by the waiter was outstanding. Very enjoyable overall.
  9. JW

    JenniferW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful experience at Kapnos. We had the unlimited brunch and everything we had was excellent. Our server David was extremely helpful, managed some strict dietary restrictions, and was sure to keep the food arriving at our table without us even asking. Highly recommend this restaurant for brunch!
  10. A

    Arto

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best brunch places in all of DC without a doubt. Very good courteous service, food is fast, and drinks are good. If you go, you have to get the haloumi cheese.
  11. SW

    ShanaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the roasted chicken, salmon with couscous and brussel sprouts. Each dish was absolutely delicious. The smokiness in the roasted chicken made each bite delicious. The crispiness of the sprouts on the bed of sweet potato mash and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds was mouthwatering and the grilled salmon was cooked to perfection, moist and equally special. We were in a hurry to go to a play and the wait staff kindly brought our food promptly. I would like to go back and linger to savor each morsel. Absolutely delicious meal! You can't go wrong here!
  12. AU

    AUHR

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a nice dinner at Kapnos. We ordered the spread sampler and enjoyed the smoked eggplant spread best. We also ordered the fried cauliflower, marinated lamb, and bifteke. They were all delicious, and the portions were large enough that we brought home some leftovers.
  13. v

    vickij

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner! Every aspect was fabulous!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Two dishes were served without a major component and were forgotten about until server was notified once the diners had consumed most of their entree
  15. s

    sebukovn

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Bartenders are great, server was very nice and attentive, great selection of craft cocktails and can't wait for their warm drinks to return. I do like the food a bit better at the Arlington location, but like the bar and ambience better at the DC location.
  16. DM

    DanM

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never had a bad meal here. Every time we dine here, we say we should eat here more often. Love the mixed grill (not on the menu - but fantastic).
  17. GF

    GeneF

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food is always good but the service is sometimes slow (mainly long gaps between visits).
  18. LL

    LindaL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a communal dinner for my bday, 6 of us. Service was way over the top fantastic and food extraordinary.
  19. KT

    KateTheFoodie

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their brunch special is amazing. Can’t beat it in DC!
  20. MB

    MBinDC

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for brunch after loving Kapnos for dinner. Delicious food, perfect service, and the bottomless brunch was a great deal. Will definitely be back!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to this place several times, liked it as always. This time it feels it's got quieter, not like before. Maybe it's because it's Sunday night ... hope the quality of the food and service won't be affected by the recent scandal of its owner ...
  23. BF

    BarbaraF

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant for sharing dishes. Food is delicious and service was terrific.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, extremely fast service, locals place which was awesome!
  25. LD

    LeoDC

    Washington DC

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The four of us enjoyed every one of the seven not-so-“small plates” we ordered. Lamb shoulder, calamari, eggplant, brussel sprouts, and several others, were all winners!
  26. LP

    LukeP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    The food is trying to do too much--every dish is overpowering, including the sides, and often with flavors that clash with one another and drown out the tastes of the underlying foods themselves. You can barely taste the cheese in the haloumi for instance, or the vegetables in the broccoli or cauliflower, because the sauces are too intense for anything else to come through.
  27. L

    Lindsay

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great experience! Love Kapnos!
  28. J

    Jsq98

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful greeting and server. Food was delicious and a fair value. We shared family style and it was a really pleasant experience. Two things I would suggest: warm the stoneware plates as our entrees were served on cool ones and only the first serving was warm -and- individual and smaller serving spoons for the spreads. One giant tablespoon for the dips was unwieldy and mixed up all the flavors. Still, fun time and very good food!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, delicious meal. We especially loved the stuffed dates and variety of gluten free options. The Greek coffee ice cream was the best ice cream we have ever had.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got the lamb and chicken platters with Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Absolutely fantastic meal, everyone in our group absolutely loved it. Definitely a must go in DC
  31. J

    Jules

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and fantastic service!!! The unlimited brunch is a MUST DO!!!
  32. J

    Joro

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Suzie and Maria are the best servers. Always happy to see us and take amazing care of us.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Nice waitperson and service. Food was exceptional!
  34. JH

    JohnH

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit to DC and Kapanos...great food!!! Very nice people...hostess was super, bartender was awesome, server was great! First time to try baby goat...it was VERY good! My wife is a vegetarian and she loved it too. Cheers!
  35. RS

    RichardS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was warm and attentive. Our selections were beautifully prepared and served. Food was wonderful - looking forward to our next visit!
  36. A

    Aranks

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Table server came by once then we didn’t see him again for 30 mins. I had to get up from the table and flag him down to take our orders.
  37. h

    highdrama101

    Hawaii

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun time with great food and service. We’ll be back!
  38. DM

    DMM2017

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food!
  39. d

    dcfoodie

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kapnos is a terrific spot for a group weekend brunch. All of the dishes were delicious with great options for sharing among the group. The prices were very reasonable and service was excellent.
  40. D

    Diner

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely get the Brussels sprouts. The spanakopita and lamb were great also.

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Kapnos is rated 4.5 stars by 1334 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    14th St & W St, NW

  • Neighborhood

    U Street Corridor

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm-10pm (bar open until 11pm) Friday-Saturday: 5pm-11pm (bar open until 12am) Sunday: 5pm-10pm (bar open until 11pm) Happy Hour - Everyday from 5pm-8pm in the bar area only. All night Happy Hour at the bar on every Monday and Tuesday night! Brunch Saturday: 11am-3pm Sunday: 11am-4pm Bar open between 3pm-5pm on Saturday-Sunday

  • Cuisines

    Greek

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking can also be found nearby.

  • Public transit

    Kapnos is located 3 blocks from U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station (13th st & U st exit)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mike Isabella, George Pagonis

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 234-5000 ext. 9

  • Catering

    Mike Isabella Concepts offers Greek catering in the style of Kapnos. Please email events@kapnosdc.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Kapnos can accommodate groups up to 250 for a standing cocktail reception and we also offer a semi-private dining room that accommodate up to 50 guests seated and 75 standing. Our entire dining room can seat approx. 160 guests plus about 40 guests in our bar area.

  • Private party contact

    Gina Dakouni: (202) 321-5857

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