Kapnos

4.7
1337 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek
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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
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Phone number
(202) 234-5000 ext. 9
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mike Isabella, George Pagonis
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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.
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Private party contact
Gina Dakouni: (202) 321-5857
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Catering
Mike Isabella Concepts offers Greek catering in the style of Kapnos. Please email events@kapnosdc.com for more information.
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Cross street
14th St & W St, NW
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Parking details
Street parking can also be found nearby.
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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 Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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+.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place has really gone downhill. Disappointing.

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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PR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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AU
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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v
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner! Every aspect was fabulous!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

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

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s
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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).

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GF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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Boise
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 ...

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BF
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, extremely fast service, locals place which was awesome!

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LD
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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!

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LP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

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.

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L
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great experience! Love Kapnos!

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and fantastic service!!! The unlimited brunch is a MUST DO!!!

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice waitperson and service. Food was exceptional!

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JH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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RS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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A
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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.

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h
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food!

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d
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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D
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal while in DC...great food with a great atmosphere...definitely worth a return meal on my next visit.

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