Kapnos

4.7
1247 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.
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Private dining
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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Catering
Mike Isabella Concepts offers Greek catering in the style of Kapnos. Please email events@kapnosdc.com for more information.
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Neighborhood
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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)
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Special events & promotions
Please contact events@mikeisabella.com
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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

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.

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Sun - Tue 5:30PM - 9:45PM
Wed 5:30PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Thu 5:30PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 10:15PM
Fri 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:45PM - 10:45PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:45PM - 10:45PM

Reviews from verified diners
1,247 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
77%
Very Good
17%
Good
4%
Fair
2%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AK
Washington DC
336 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!

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WB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great deal - 3 courses for $33. Roast pork, eggplant dip and falafel were great. Wonderful service and food, as always! Love this place.

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t
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Im really going to miss Valeria, she was the best wine steward and always such a pleasant personality!

Please bring back the salt baked fish!

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is AMAZING here. Especially recommend the spicy cheese spread and extra bread (the bread is divine!). Everything, and I mean everything, tasted delicious and the presentation was rustic and beautiful! Can't wait to come back and try more dishes!!

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JS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The roast chicken and the eggplant spread are still the best outside Athens. I could eat here every day.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Parking was an issue. Valet available on Friday and Saturday only. I dined on Sunday. The staff said there was plenty of free parking on the street when I called. That was not true. Once inside the service was good and the food was good as well. Great small plate experience. I would eat there again with the knowledge that I will need to plan ahead for parking unless it is a Friday/Saturday with valet service.

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C
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first brunch here Portions are perfect the food fresh, well season great for 2 3 people to share cool and spacious dining area.

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EG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roberto was great! Seating outside was amazing. Thank you!

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AG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food. For two people, would pick about 3-4 small dishes, even though 5-6 is tempting! Would skip the flat bread.

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F
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in the neighborhood and this is my favorite restaurant on 14th street. There are many good ones but Kapnos is always exceptional. The menu changes so there is always something new to try. This time it was the Watermelon Salad, loved it!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was excellent!! Lots of flavors and great presentation. The service however was incredibly slow and we had to ask the servers several times for our drinks and such.

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GF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch spot! Service was excellent as always and the food is always delicious.

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NV
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Took a little time to get served. Once we got going, everything was great.

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GF
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience all around. Highly recommend the Branzino!

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OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Nice waitress. Great wine steward

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EP
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group was at Kapnos for a mini baby sprinkle for my sister; we did the all you can each brunch. Of course my sister could not drink; they were gracious enough to make a special drink for her that was splendidly delicious. They were super attentive and answered all our questions. The food came out quickly and the quality was fantastic.

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, and our server was very attentive. We especially liked the stuffed dates.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I highly recommended this restaurant based on a previous experience and was kind of let down this time around. I ate here with another group a few years ago and got the lamb shoulder. I thought it was one of the most amazing lamb dishes I ever had. Sooo...I was waiting until I could find another group to go back and order the lamb shoulder again. This time it wasn’t that great and I was very disappointed. It was very tough and not as juicy and tender as I remembered. It was more cut up into pieces instead of shredded and was dry. It was a little tough to eat. The first time, it basically melted in your mouth and was more like pulled lamb. Very tender and juicy. We also ordered potatoes with it which seemed a little strange. Like they were cooked in vinegar and that’s all we could taste. The ambiance and waitstaff were great. Not sure if I’ll go back.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food came out a slower than when I anticipated but it was a very large fish that we ordered and it was definitely worth the wait

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ST
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The octopus was excellent but I thought the brussel sprouts lacked a pesonality. The service was particularly slow in the beginning, and they were out of the wine we asked for, but ultimately the restaurant is a spot for a date, despite having a rather underwhelming night.

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RG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Horrible. We were rushed out. The staff actually turned the lights off during our dinner. Not sure why they accept a 915 reservation when they want to close at 10. As we walked out - I think the manager was in front of us. Mike Isabella needs to pay more attention to his restaurants. They are slipping one at a time. Sad.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place truly surprised us, great food and ambience, service was excellent as well.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We LOVE Kapnos. Staff is super friendly and accommodating, even when my husband and I show up with our 9 month old. We always have a great time. Food include some basic Greek classics, such as tzatziki and taramasalata, but goes well beyond it with fantastic grill and fish dishes; cocktails are innovative and tasty, they have outdoor space, which we love, and they never disappointed! I personally don't find the indoor space particularly charming - a little cold. But still, it's a very cool place. Highly recommended.

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SH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Moussaka superbly done in your own pan. Spreads excellent. A gourmet Greek experience with displayed barbeque.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service really enjoyed everything!!

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HA
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is amazing! The food is very delicious and a unique flavor.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The ambiance on the inside is perfect for a date, but I wouldn’t recommend sitting outside. The waiters are slow coming outside for service and the surrounding area has a lot of bugs. Also - not a good choice for vegetarians!

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DM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Four people for dinner and we ordered four different foods. My lamb shanks were very tender and others had compliments. The others with lamb chops and bisteki had great food and wine and enjoyed it all.
Our server was Maria and she was also a great asset to the evening.

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

The food was delicious, but the service was awful! We ordered a lot of food to share; however, the server never ordered a significant portion of our food. We continually had to call over the server to refill our water glasses. There was problem with their speaker system and we sat in terrible feedback for a long time.

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LT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is a great value here. Amazing food, great drinks.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 4

Very overpriced Greek food.

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Our server Maria was outstanding.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was way too hot in there last night, but all else was amazing!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and a fun atmosphere but way overpriced.

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent - great food better thanexpected

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EM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and experience! We went to Kapnos for my daughter's high school graduation. She wanted to go because she watched George Pagonis when he was on Top Chef. The restaurant has an open kitchen and so she was able to watch him cook. Additionally, he was very gracious to come out and take pictures with her after our meal.

We ordered a few dishes for the table to go with the whole spit-roasted chicken we selected for our main meal. The chicken, which came with potatoes, was delicious. It was lemony and moist. There was plenty for the 5 of us and we took some home. For the sides, we chose the crispy brussels sprouts, fried cauliflower, sampling of three spreads (we chose tzatziki, melitzanosalata, and tyrokaftari) which were served with a wonderful stone baked flatbread with a subtle garlic taste. We also ordered the spanikopita. We finished everything! All the dishes had interesting layers of flavors.

We did save room for dessert! We order dessert to share. The loukoumades was fantastic - , cinnamon sugar donuts, greek coffee ice cream, caramel sauce. The coffee ice cream was really outstanding with a strong coffee flavor.

Everyone loved the meal. The service was excellent, the atmosphere is open and modern. I highly recommend Kapnos for a great experience.

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B
London
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Every time I go to Washington I try and go there! Great food. Great service. Great wine. Great ambiance. And awesome bread.

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NL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our waiter was great but very slow. The busgirl was the opposite, she tried to take my friend's plate why my friend was literally about to put the fork in her mouth, then while we were waiting for the check, she started wiping down the table getting crumbs everywhere. It was clear she wanted us out and it made us feel unwelcome. Wasn't our fault the waiter was moving slow. Cocktail list is pretentious, but the food was good.

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BG
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and menu selection. Expensive wines.

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F
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Been to Kapnos many times since they opened. It's a relic of what it used to be. Restaurant was empty and the bar was sparse. Gone are the crowds and fun atmosphere. Food is just alright, still high priced for the portions and quality. Where has all that great staff gone? They were the draw! They now have Happy hour specials that are reasonably priced, but very small portions: they're called "bites" and that is literal: a bite, so not really a bargain.

I can't see this place surviving long. Too bad!

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