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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (33)
Good for a Date (31)
Tapas (27)
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Creative Cuisine (27)
Authentic (25)
Special Occasion (23)
Good Vegetarian Options (23)
Casual (21)
Hot Spot (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Fun (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Healthy (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
People Watching (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Business Meals (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Cozy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food, great service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lovely good + service. Fabulous happy hour deals. Everything we had was like eating velvet + silk + air.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful mese selection. Roasted choices included savory lamb and pork alternatives. We loved the freshly made flat bread for our humus and other delicious spreads. The baklava was the best we’ve had. Nice and reasonably priced wine list.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our first time at Kapnos. The food was excellent and our server, Dave, was outstanding! We'll be back!

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food and service, have been going to Kapnos since it opened and it never disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

They ran out of our wine after we had one glass. Fish course was not available

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great place for group dinning.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, attentive and friendly but not intrusive staff. Dining alone I really enjoyed sitting at the chef's table

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Amazing!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very tasty food. The spanakopita was tiny but the falafel sandwich was generous.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Second time in two weeks! The lamb dish was the best with the octopus a close second. Sat down at reservation time. All great. My only suggestion is to have a few cheaper wine bottle options available.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Healthy, Casual
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Octopus was fresh and tender. Lamb was prepared to perfection. The grilled broccoli was very tasty, with pickled tomatoes. Outstanding service.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fabulous food and creative Greek menu! We were visiting DC for the weekend and wanted to try a Greek restaurant... and this is the one we chose. Everything we ordered was excellent- fresh, creative and delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Once again a delicious meal!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Delicious food (we shared a whole chicken with multiple sides), with very attentive service. We sat in the back, so were able to hear others in our group pretty well, but it's a noisy restaurant.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Everything was amazing!!!!!! Service incredible and everything on the menu. This is now my favorite Greek restaurant!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Service was great. Food was great. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was tremendous per usual, I'm a regular here and the Duchess on Yelp. Service was beyond atrocious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We had an excellent experience, would recommend this restaurant to anyone who's looking for a great meal.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Sommelier offered a recommendation and a taste- great Greek wine. Waiter was outstanding.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Go for brunch! It was delicious!!! Spit roasted chicken and waffles along with the stone oven baked eggs were amazing.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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