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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.
Washington, DC 20009
Hours of Operation:
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.
Bar open between 3pm-5pm on Saturday-Sunday
14th St & W St, NW
$31 to $50
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(202) 234-5000 ext. 9
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Street parking can also be found nearby.
Kapnos is located 3 blocks from U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station (13th st & U st exit)
Mike Isabella, George Pagonis
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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
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.
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!
Overall this is a very good restaurant. Service was exemplary, particularly in that the series of small plates we ordered came out in a logical sequence, not all at once, and in a manner that we never felt rushed. With one exception, everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. The one exception was the grilled lamb, which was too stringy and greasy. We definitely will dine here again, but next time we will order the lamb chops, which looked wonderful as they passed by on the way to other tables.
I have had a specific meal on my list of things to try while living in DC. It was the Greek Coffee Waffles here at Kapnos. They were delicious. I would definitely eat them again.
I also went to brunch alone because my friends weren’t available and it was nice and quiet, my server was very attentive and was nice and chatted to me a bit. Overall it was a great experience!
Fun experience; great server, decent but not exceptional wine list, food was well-prepared and a good amount of 'tapas-style' items for our group. Grilled octopus serving was way too small though, I've had better on many occasions elsewhere.Would return and recommend.
I really love the food at Kapnos but it's very expensive compared with similar menus elsewhere in DC. The dip trio is a meal in itself and the flatbread is soft and addictive. I could live on the Gigantes dish of beans and kale...very tasty. The restaurant was freezing cold on my most recent visit. Bring a sweater or two. If I was a 1%'er I'd eat there all the time but I'm not so I can't.
Beware extra charges! I LOVE the food here and usually service is good. On my last visit on 10/29, I asked for hot sauce for my eggs; the waiter offered a harissa sauce, saying he’d have to check if they had any other hot sauce. I conceded to the harissa, only to find on my bill a $2 charge for my mini dish of hot sauce. Waitress said she was sorry, but that was it. Definitely go for the food, just be careful of asking for anything extra, since they apparently have a charge for it. Glad we didn’t ask for more honey for our waffles...
3rd time dining with Kapnos was definitely a charm! I've had some sub par experiences at Kapnos prior to this past week, but the restaurant has now made its way onto my go-to list. The roasted carrots were amazing, the trio of hummus was fresh and delicious, and the brussels sprouts are a win! It's a great choice before a night out or for a date. The service is respectful and this past time (not the others) the food came out very quickly.
Don't skip the dessert (olive oil ice cream and baklava) and be sure to ask about the Greek wines!
The food was very enjoyable. We lived the tzatziki. We had crudités and flatbread with it. We also had the saganaki with figs and the roast pork-delicious. We weren’t crazy about the falafel. For dessert we had the baklava which wasn’t over the top sweet. The biggest negative was the noise level. We were at a small two top and had a hard time hearing each other.
Kapnos is a very very good Greek restaurant. My wife and I shared sliced okra, smoked eggplant spread, and then she had lamb that have been resting all day, while I had Char grilled octopus. All the food was delicious. A waiter Raul was very attentive without being obtrusive.
This time it was a bust. My good opinion from past visits, evaporated. I ordered what was advertised as a sausage dish. It was served with a sausage the size of my little finger and a load of sour beans. I left most of the beans. The waiter noticed and offered a substitute dish that we could take home. I chose a philo pie. When we got home we found that we had been given a chicken dish. We threw it out. The rest of my meal was OK. The red wine was expensive and immature. It needed more time.
Our server was phenomenal—so energetic—knowledgeable, went with our flow—spaced the food out expertly—all over fantastic server!
The Somm was great too!! Thank you Kapnos for yet another awesome meal! We will always be back!
The pork shoulder is to die for!! I mean, it is stellar!
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