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About Kapnos

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.

2201 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Greek

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Monday-Wednesday: 5:30pm-10pm (bar open until 11pm)
Thursday: 5:30pm-10:30pm (bar open until 11:30pm)
Friday-Saturday: 5pm-11pm (bar open until 12am)
Sunday: 5pm-10pm (bar open until 11pm)

Happy Hour - Everyday from 5pm-7pm in the bar area only.

Brunch
Saturday-Sunday: 11am-3pm
Bar open between 3pm-5pm on Saturday-Sunday

Cross Street:
14th St & W St, NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 234-5000 ext. 9

Website:
http://kapnosdc.com/

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

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)

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 Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact events@mikeisabella.com

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Private Dining

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.

Kapnos Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (23)
Tapas (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
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Authentic (20)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Casual (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Fun (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Healthy (9)
Cozy (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Business Meals (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
People Watching (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The food is truly delicious- never disappoints!
My favorites include the Saganaki, the chicken with lemon potatoes, Brussel sprouts and almost all of the veggie dishes!
Go with as many friends you can round up, order a bunch of stuff and share! I’ll be back the next time I come to DC.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

What a fun menu, terrific service and a great dining vibe at Kapnos. With all of the options out there, I’d certainly dine here again. Our waiter was so attentive and helpful too. Loved it. Thanks.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Thank you for your great service! Excellent hospitality and delicious food

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 15, 2018

My only problem is that they told me they marked me a no show when I was 15 minutes late, then told me the table was still available and I was okay, then continued to mark me as a no show on OT.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food and service. Grilled platter was exceptional. I highly recommend the chicken and potatoes.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I will definitely return to Kapnos! The food was really superb. I chose it initially because my friend is on a high-protein, low carb diet, and we both enjoy fish, so a Greek restaurant seemed ideal. And the menu here will work for vegans, meat lovers, and those avoiding either carbs or just gluten. But I enjoyed everything about the restaurant. We over-ordered (which our terrific server, Mark, told us we had) and with Kapnos’ generous portions, I have extra food for at least a full day. The eggplant mezze was really tasty with the right amount of smoke and nut-crunch textures. Both our garden mezze - broccoli and Brussels sprouts were excellent, particularly the sprouts. A half chicken with lemon potatoes was perfectly cooked and the branzino perhaps best of all. (As I said, we over-ordered.). I should not fail to mention that I started with the hot toddy with Cardamon and lemon, which was tasty and lovely on a cold night, although it was more of a warm than hot toddy and I wish it had been hotter. There are other intriguing sounding cocktails and a solid wine list that includes half bottles. The restaurant itself is warm wood with one of the two bars facing the kitchen area. It is a tad loud but we asked for and received a quieter than average table. The staff were all great - welcoming and helpful - from the hostess to the server to those who cleaned the table. I could well become a regular....

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing meal. Food was delicious, service was top notch (our waiter David was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine, his suggestions were very helpful). We will be back soon

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

With an almost empty restaurant for brunch, the hostesses were very difficult in giving us a table we were comfortable with. They were not accommodating or too gracious about it.
The food is good, but nothing special. An average meal, like most DC restaurants.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The food and service were both AMAZING! We have visited twice in the last two weeks

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The best brunch in the city!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Had 7:30 reservations, but was told (after asking) that the hostess “wasn’t sure” when we would get a table. We ended up waiting 5 minutes or so, not too bad. The server was very polite and we had a very good experience with him. We ordered drinks and 5 plates all at once. We got 2 plates before we got cocktails, which was less than ideal. The shrimp was over cooked and unremarkable. Salmon kabobs were amazing! So we’re wild mushroom phyllo pies. We overheard the table next to us remarking on the subpar service as well. It seemed more crowded than previous times I’d been, as in more tables packed in, and very noisy. The food is pretty good, but it’s not worth the mediocre service. No plans to return.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great restaurant with a more social vibe and an almost overly ambitious server staff. Charred octopus was more charred than octopus but still very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great service, delicious food! The chef made a vegan version of the brussel sprouts that we’re out of this world...

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We loved the lamb chops (incredible) and the spreads. Two times our order was either misunderstood or misplaced. We accepted what was brought to the table, red wine instead of white, two spreads instead of three, we said nothing so as not to interrupt the flow of the meal on a busy night. Best for the waiter to confirm back. Nevertheless, we will come back again and ask for our order to be repeated for clarity. Very kind people working at the restaurant overall.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was fantastic. I found the staff very helpful and very willing to help you decide what to get. I thought everything in the menu was delicious. The fresh calamari on the special menu was outstanding, as was the pita bread with the dip trio and the mushroom phyllo pie. The lamb chops were incredible. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Romantic, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food, professional staff, overall a quality dining experience!

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I've never been disappointed here. The vegetarians and carnivores were equally satisfied.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great place for a couple or a couple of friends. Easy to navigate menu with great veggie and meat lover options. Cocktails are solid and reasonably priced. Best experienced with people who want to share plates.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Brussel sprouts and whole salt fish were sensational! The other dishes we ordered were excellent. Love that there are so many veg choices.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our second visit and it was just as wonderful as the first. Justt great food.
Service is excellent.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quick Bite, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding service , great atmosphere and amazing and delicious food

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great atmosphere,food and service! We enjoyed every dish.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Kapnos is my favorite spot in DC! Their brussels, cauliflower and charred octopus are always the best dishes!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food, great service

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Chicken for the table and the win.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our second Christmas Eve dining at Kapnos. We decided on having the tasting menu again and everything was fantastic.

Rikki was our server and she did an excellent job making us feel welcome.

Our first course was a selection of three spreads, followed by an appetizer platter with six selections. Everything was presented beautifully and expertly explained by the young man who brought out the food.

After the appetizer, we received our fish course, which consisted of shrimp with metaxa brandy sauce, and charred octopus. I am not a big fan of octopus, but this was delicious.

The fish was followed by our meat course. Lamb chops, baby goat, bifteki (ground meat with seasoning), and short ribs. Again, everything was fantastic.

For dessert, we were presented with a Buche de Noel, a traditional French dessert. It was served with a selection of Greek cookies.

I cannot say enough about our experience at Kapnos. I cannot recommend it any higher.

I think we will back next Christmas Eve.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent authentic Greek food with a modern twist. The chef stuck to traditional recipes and style, using simple locally sourced ingredients to highlight the country's most essential flavors - lemon, oregano, parsley, mint, and olive oil. From the moment the diner enters the restaurant, they are greeted with the warmth, aromas, sights (a rotisserie filled with cuts of pork shoulder, lamb and whole chicken) and sounds found in the small tavernas that line the streets of central Athens (think Kolonaki, Monsteraki). As someone who is hard pressed to find a Greek restaurant that truly satisfies, I was beyond impressed with the food, atmosphere and experience at Kapnos.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Cozy
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great dining experience. We left the dish selections to our server and he knocked it out of the park. He selected a variety of dishes and flavors that were a perfect balance of menu items we would have selected ourselves and those we would have never picked on our own. Excellent service - will definitely come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

It was very good

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Absolutely on point. Food, service, atmosphere. Sexy boards of beautifully caramelized, succulent meat over tender starch. Service is delicately and intelligently executed without being obsequious. I want more!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Party of 2 - Dinner - Amazing!!!! Started with Pikilia which is a sample of 3 spreads, We ordered the hummus, Tzatziki and the melitzanosalata (Smoked eggplant). We followed with the kolokithokeftedes (zuchini fritters), grilled baby broccoli, Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), Spanikopita and finished with the Aegina Shrimp,. EVERYTHING was Superb. Service was very good, nice atmosphere, Hip, and not too loud. This is my new "go to" for Greek food. "All in" including 2 glasses of wine and tip $135.00

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Without a doubt, Isabella's best rest in the area. Far better than Kapnos Taverna in Arlington.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The portions were very generous for tapas. Food was all great. Too much dill for my taste, but that's personal preference. If you're a Top Chef fan, it was fun seeing George Pagonis' smiling face behind the line. The water people are a bit aggressive, but that's part of the dining experience I guess.
The restaurant is beautiful and not loud. We were able to have a good conversation and not feel like we were shouting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The food was fantastic - recommend 4 or 5 dishes for 2 (4 if you want dessert!). Dave, our server, was outstanding.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was good as always. There was a mixup on one order and it was 20 min late, but, they up for it in the end.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Seriously so amazing !!! No wonder the head chef competed on top chef and owns three restaurants. Get the eggplant dip for real.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service good. Appetizer really good...second plate delicious (small plate place), lamb unfortunately on the gamey side...and I eat a lot of lamb...goat was great.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food, service and cocktails were exceptional. The selection of food was great and the atmosphere was something to write home about

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food is fabulous. Server was overwhelmed and wait for check, etc was long.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We frequently use Kapnos as a go-to place when we want to catch up with old friends. The location is great, and the food is excellent. The normal drawback is that it can be noisy. When we went on Tuesday night we had an excellent, quiet table, making it easy to catch up with people we hadn't seen for months. Food was great as always, and the ease of conversation made the evening a hit!

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