About Kipos Greek Taverna

Kipos means garden in Greek. It’s a taverna, where friends and strangers gather every day to share thoughts, a glass of wine or two, raki, beer, and often Ouzo. Mezedes (small plates) coming to your table, keep the conversation going.

Kipos is a reflection of owner, Giorgios Baktasias' childhood: fresh and robust village foods cooked in wood-burning ovens, honoring old and modern recipes alike. Kalos Orisate (welcome) to our home.

431 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Greek

Hours of Operation:
Tue-Thu: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri-Sat: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sun: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cross Street:
S. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 425-0760

Website:
http://kiposchapelhill.com/

Entertainment:
Live Bouzouki player Thursday - Saturday night!

Catering:
Organize your special events with the most authentic Greek food. Kipos menu features Greek classics such as mousaka, lamb youvetsi and baklava, as well as signature items like handmade phyllo pies, youvarelakia and rabbit stifado. Mezzes (or small plates) meant to be shared, rotisserie cooked meats sourced from local farms, and slow cooked foods and vegetarian dishes made from the finest olive oils and ingredients are just a few of the unique cooking styles used. In your house at your office, on your birthday, for your wedding, outside, inside, our place or yours, we’re there!

Parking Details:
Paid public parking (until 8pm) located behind Kipos Courtyard.

Executive Chef:
Theodore Bakatsias

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Make your reservations for New Year's Eve with Kipos today!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Enjoy an elegant evening bursting with laughter, candle-light, and aphrodisiac flavors. We’ll be offering our a la carte menu as well as some exclusive specials and seductive cocktails. Not to mention we'll be offering some sweetheart specials on select wines to honor our usual wine Wednesday!

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Kipos Greek Taverna Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (31)
Good for a Date (24)
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Good for Groups (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Fun (18)
Casual (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Live Music (11)
Romantic (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Cozy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Tapas (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Vegan (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Business Meals (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Bar Seating (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Seasonal (2)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We enjoyed Kipos very much. The food and service were both very good. The only negative is that the place is very loud which made it difficult to communicate between the 5 of us without raising our voices.

A great place to eat in downtown Chapel Hill. We will definitely visit again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was delicious, server friendly and knowledgeable and prices moderate.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place, with friendly staff and delicious cuisine!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went there for a special date for New Years Eve dinner and ended up staying past midnight! Excellent food, live Greek music, dancing and a DJ at midnight. We will definitely be back!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Kipos is the best! Amazing food and great service!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I just realized that I have never reviewed Kipos! One of our favorite restaurants in Chapel Hill. We are sure to have wonderful food, service, and ambience, like a mini vacation in Greece. We dined with our adult daughter this time. We shared 3 delicious salads including an oyster salad that was on the list of specials that evening. We also had 2 different fish entrees- the tuna, and the salmon, both were exquisitely prepared. Our server was excellent. We enjoyed the live Greek music. George, the owner is very kind and always stops by to say hello to guests, and brings out complimentary desserts or other things to share. We always leave feeling happy and satisfied.

Tags: Live Music, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Live music and delicious food! We’ll be back!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Had a reservation. Hostess was friendly and accommodating to our not wanting to sit directly in front of the live musician’s amp. Server Ilias was excellent! Starter courses (sausage & gigante beans; marinated shrimp; fried kalamari) were fabulous but kalamari was too salty. Navy bean soup du jour was fresh and hearty. All entrees delicious and appropriately portioned; moussaka & patstitsio a la carte; pricing modest. Deserts wildly oversized and under priced but also delicious. Toward the end of the evening server and hostess danced the zorba, entertaining. Would recommend but for ownership/mgmt ardent and vocal (bordering on instigating) support of Duke.

Tags: Live Music, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My wife said the avgolemono soup was the best she'd had since some she had in Greece in 1968

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fantastic place! Delicious, authentic, and very hospitable. Kipos is my favorite.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Hands down one of the best and authentic Greek Food in the United States.. tucked in a little big town.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Kipos was a wonderful dining experience. Our waiter Michael Greason knew the menu very well and answered all of our questions. He was quick and very personable.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I had not eaten there for five years. Decided to try it again. Wonderful! Food was a+ and atmosphere was festive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Enjoyed the meal, the food was better than ever before! We usually enjoy tapas at the bar, but opted for a table on a quite night and sat for a couple of hours.

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Mike was our server. He was excellent. No screw ups. Food came out fast. 3 people in my table ordered salmon. It was cooked to perfection. My aunt had lamb. It was also great. I like how it is decorated inside. We went on Sunday night it was not too crowded. I have been to Greece so I have elevated standards. I never met the owner but I heard he is an authentic Greek. The horiatiki salad is a must!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Everyone enjoyed their food - fresh ingredients and creative menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent meal that was planned at the last minute. Thank you for having great gluten free options!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Decided to have brunch here for my birthday and a friend/couples anniversary. It was our first visit to this restaurant. The brunch was reasonably priced and there was a nice selection to choose from. I had the souvlaki on pita and enjoyed it. My friend had the egg and ham on croissant and she enjoyed that as well. The restaurant has a nice warm ambience and would be nice for a date or get together with friends. No complaints except that, given that they were told in advance of a birthday and anniversary, it would have been nice if they would have done something nice for us-a free appetizer to share or dessert would have been a nice gesture.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We return again and again. Good food, friendly service. We'll keep coming back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Best Greek food I have ever had! What a gem, tucked into a busy part of Chapel Hill. The only thing bad about it is that I would not go there on a weekend night or during a major sporting event, because it's hard and stressful to park in that area. But the restaurant is amazing!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Everything was great, food and service! nice place for a group!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Vegan, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fun with great food and service. Large and varied menu. Good wines. Loud.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Disabled Access, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our last visit (and there have been many) in a word.....Perfect.

The staff and the food made this family engagement announcement event one to remember.

Thank you all for these memories that will stay with us.

We will see you again soon. If you have the chance to eat here, you must.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Tapas, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

It was the first time we went, and it was a superb experience. Food, dessert, and service were all terrific.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Vegan
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have to say that staff were polite , friendly, and cheerful. The atmosphere was also comfortable. Great place to take a date. The trout and crab were awesomely good too!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Absolutely delicious food and amazing atmosphere . The server could’ve been a bit more attentive . I told him it was my husband birthday and he didn’t even put a candle on the dessert . But it didn’t ruin our dinner , it was perfect! :)

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Every dish we tried was quite good. A fun vibe with live music at night. My only complaint was that I ordered what looked to be a fabulous salad early but it never arrived despite me inquiring about it a couple of times. It looked delicious as I saw it go by for others tables.
I finally just cancelled the salad order when our entrees arrived. There was an apology but it was treated as no big deal- explained as the salad guy just being busy.
To their defense, it was homecoming weekend and was busy, but not packed.
We will go back and try again. The wood grilled tuna was great as were the short ribs and lamb. They have a sheeps chees served “flaming” that is really good!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food is rather basic. Everything was doused in olive oil. The flavoring and presentation are rather basic. The lamb riblets we ordered were dripping with fat. Some quality-control might be appreciated. The service and staff attentiveness is outstanding. However, my considered opinion is that there are better restaurants in Chapel Hill all within a stone's throw of Kipos. The restaurant scene is fast evolving and Kipos is not keeping up.

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Really enjoyed every Greek dish. Octopus was so tender. Shrimp and scallops orzo yummy!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Would highly recommend anytime. Noise inside quite high. Conversation should be on the patio weather permitting

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Extremely loud. It took a hour and 45 mins (1:45) to eat dinner. We waited 30 mins from sitting down until our 1st drink order arrived. It took 20 mins for our cheesecake to arrive and another 5 mins for the waiter to bring forks to eat it with. It's a cool atmosphere but don't go here if your hungry or thirsty.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Absolutely the best meal in Chapel Hill. I loved everything about it. Can't wait to return. Superb!!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We’ve eaten here several times and absolutely love it! The lamb was incredible as was the octopus. Mike was an amazing waiter. He was so sweet and knowledgeable. We will be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food. Great service. Great ambiance. Was in town visiting and went to Kipos for my mom's birthday and had a great experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Always a great place with authentic Greek food prepared well. Efficient friendly service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Incredible as always! Kipos does everything beautifully: delicious Greek food, outstanding service, attentive staff & management, & charming ambiance. The restaurant is filled with fresh flowers, live music, fun open kitchen, romantic lights, & the buzz of family & friends breaking bread,. We always leave feeling happy & fulfilled!

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Very good food and unique ambiance- the service was exceptional. We went for a birthday dinner/date night and it was very lovely!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

We went to Kipos for a friend get-together/ early birthday. It was not our first time. We enjoyed the experience, and I would recommend Kipos to my friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great for a birthday celebration brunch! Service was excellent. Food was very good. Especially traditional Greek dishes!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was great, ambiance was wonderful, our server, Hasan, was outstanding!!!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion
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