Kapnos

4.6
1274 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
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

What 1274 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
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4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We went for restaurant week dinner. Service was great. Food came out timely and was soooooo delicious. I took my friend who’s been to Greece many times, it filled our cravings. We sat outside on the patio for dinner and it was perfect and relaxing. We ordered tzatziki, dolmades, falafel, spanakopita, seared lamb, and baklava. I’ll be back soon. The whole experience was perfect.

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

It was my wife’s birthday and we went for brunch but were forced into restaurant week menu as my parents wanted it. The pork was badly cooked and we were not at all impressed. Unfortunately was a bad experience for my wife on her 40th birthday!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great ambiance. Fantastic service and well thought out and delicious food. A bit on the pricey side but good portions. We visited for resturant week and were impressed. Would come back and recommend.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Air conditioner can’t keep up with open grills on a hot day.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I've been to Kapnos 4 times, with family, friends, having dinner and happy hour. Every time it was a great experience. The food quality is stable and to all ours satisfactory. The service was always great. We never had trouble making reservation. The restaurant setting is so welcoming and relaxing for our gathering. The only thing to note is it is slightly on the pricy side, but overall worthy of the money.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I met a friend here for DC Restaurant Week. Great portions, wish I could’ve eaten more. Nice atmosphere, great service. Will have to come here on a regular day to see if there is a difference.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Restaurant week 35 for 4 course. 55 for 5 the food was delicious. Service was awesome, and I am in a food coma. Fire

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Exceptional meal and fabulous staff! Couldn't say enough about this experience. Variety of seating options really enable tailoring the environment.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2018

Very good food. Very good service. Very good restaurant week options. We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

This was one of the best meals we’ve had in DC. We went for Sunday brunch. $39 for all you can eat and drink. You cannot find a better deal. The service was awesome. As soon as our drinks were empty, another would show up. You have a choice of 3 different mimosas or 2 different sangrias. The menu was quite large for a brunch. Everything we ordered came out within 5 minutes of ordering. It was all delicious and very authentic greek. We will be back.

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1.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Terrible food

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

I think the food its really standar, as a traveler and food lover i think this place dont worth the money for the food quality! The restaurant have a nice ambience and service

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We arrived at Kapnos on a Friday night to find the restaurant not very crowded but extremely noisy - mostly because of an echo-chamber effect! Fortunately there was a table outside on the quiet patio, and that made the evening quite enjoyable. If we had not been able to get an outside table, I'm not sure we would have stayed. No complaints about service or ambience, which was prompt and efficient. The best part is the food: genuinely Greek, really excellent and reasonably priced. I would come again for dinner as long as the weather is good and one can sit on the patio!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

My husband and I had a fabulous meal and the service was great. Appetizer was delicious and the Branzino came out piping hot sitting on top of a delectable broth with vegetables. A definite go back to.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The service was amazing and the food is incredible. I have been for both brunch and dinner. I have been amazing at the quality dining experience both times.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Bad acoustic since music was low but the place was noisy.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great evening with friends. Able to share and taste multiple foods.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We loved this place. The bacon wrapped figs and branzino were delicious. The spreads and salads were very good too. Very nice staff.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Wonderful food great service and fantastic atmosphere the best brunch I've ever had worth ever penny and more

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I had heard good things about this place including the 100 best in the Washingtonian. Unfortunately this was not my experience.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We really enjoyed our dining experience! The lively contemporary atmosphere is appealing and upbeat. Two of the four dishes were outstanding. The dolmades might be the best stuffed grape leaves I’ve come across. Not your typical filling of humdrum grains of bland rice but a toothsome flavorful package with a dab of lemon cream magic! Do not miss the eggplant spread, the flavors explode in your mouth. The snapper and the hanger steak were both very good but not truly inspired. The service was excellent, courteous and well timed. This was a great date night choice. Next time we’ll bring friends for some good table sharing!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We chose the tasting menu for 5. The mezze were out of this world-consistently textured dips and an array of tasty, traditional dishes. From the sea offerings were flavorful. The meat, however, was served in a trough-like dish that was heavy and unremarkable - didn’t include the highly touted chicken but 2 lambs and lots of pork chunks. Needs refinement. But all in all a very solid meal. Great ambience. A bit on the long side - three hours. Would definitely recommend dining-perhaps not the tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

First time there, it lived up to expectations which is hard to do on 14th street corridor. Really good food, really nice atmosphere and service.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great food and drinks! Kapnos does not disappoint!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food always exceptional. On this occasion we enjoyed the taramosalata, roasted baby goat and wine. Kapnos is a neighborhood gem.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Three of us enjoyed a nice dinner on a Saturday night, starting with the mezze and adding shrimp, lamp chops, and lamb stew. All were good; nothing outstanding, but good. Service is friendly and prompt. Parking is a nightmare. The noise level was OK, but on a busy Saturday night, it would be very loud indeed.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Kapnos continues to be one of the most consistently good restaurants in DC. There are always 2 or more dishes that always reach the "Excellent" standard, and the rest are always nothing less than "Good."

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Food was excellent!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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

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