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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Let the Kipos family take care of your family this season & remove the stressful bits so you can enjoy your Christmas Eve meal with loved ones! We'll be open for regular brunch & dinner hours (10:30am-2:30pm & 5pm-9pm). Enjoy a delicious Greek brunch spread or feast on our savory taverna offerings.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Dinner service from 5-10:30PM, but you can enjoy an evening bursting with laughter, dancing, & robust flavors all night long! In addition to our traditional champagne toasts + decadent specials, we will set the mood from 6-10:30pm with live bouzouki & then DJs and dancing from 10:30 to midnight!

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Kipos Greek Taverna Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (33)
Good for a Date (32)
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Casual (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Fun (16)
Healthy (15)
Live Music (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Tapas (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Local Ingredients (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Romantic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Cozy (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Business Meals (6)
Hot Spot (5)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vegan (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Suggested by a friend. I was very,very happy with my dining experience at Kipos. The food was excellent. There are many standard Greek dishes, but they seem more authentic than what I'm used to finding. I was pleased with the creativity of the dishes. I've never had better Kalamaria. It was light and crispy and most importantly, tender - not rubbery. The stuffed grape leaves were very refreshing and came on a bed of delicious pickled vegetables.
The ambiance is somewhat nautical in nature - it almost felt as if I was dining on a ship. The exposed wooden beams and the pendulous light adding to that impression. Noise was moderate as diners began arriving for the evening.
The wait staff is excellent. Very attentive, but without being a bother. Our waiter was genuine in his suggestions when his opinion was asked for. I never wanted for a drink as they were always on top of refilling my glass or getting me another drink.
I would highly recommend Kipos. I plan on being back again with another friend at the end of this month.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We had an excellent dinner at the bar, eating meze and mezedes and amazing desserts and enjoying the atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was great. I wouldn't order mixed drinks. They are over priced and they under pour...stick with beer or wine.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had drinks and tapas prior to going to a show. All were excellent and the service was friendly. Our server was very knowledgeable about both the food and wine choices.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Unfortunately we were rushed through our meal. And the lack of parking was another issue. We drove 1 1/2 hour to get there.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Fantastic and fun dining experience sharing many small plates. Food was delicious, true authentic Greek cuisine. Service was excellent and informative. Wonderful live Mediterranean music too

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We brought house guests there from out of town who appreciate good Greek food, and they were as delighted as we. The food was delicious (lamb and trout specials); the staff (Jana) VERY well trained and professional as well as warm and attentive, and the live bouzouki music delightful (not to mention even a bit of enjoyable Greek dancing in the aisles!).

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 7, 2017

If Greek is your comfort food, Kipos will fill the bill! Outdoor dining, a special Thursday pris fixe menu with good Greek choices, and numerous Greek wines and beers to choose from-- a great night!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Fabulous food! We sat on the terrace overlooking Franklin St, and had a lovely time. Our server, Mike, was delightful, attentive and just enhanced our experience. Will definitely return.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

We love going to Kipos! It can get pretty noisy and hectic on busy weekend evenings, but our last visit was at 5:30 on Sunday and it was quiet. The food is always delicious and plentiful, and it's a great gathering spot for a date or outing with friends. Our server was helpful and pleasant. Another nice evening at Kipos.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The fare and atmosphere were spectacular, but the service was a bit brusque.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fabulous authentic Greek with high energy level. A bit loud with high ceilings but great food. Super for parents meeting college kids for dinner of date night.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Live Music, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Healthy
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fully enjoyed celebrating my birthday there. The service was great and the cheesecake was too. Highly recommend going for casual dinner dates.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Wow totally awesome!!! Great food and atmosphere, at times a little loud with the music but it's appropriate for the style of food. Will come back frequently

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The food was flavorful and seemed reasonably authentic. The staff quickly responded to our request to reduce the volume so we could enjoy our conversations (we had seven people at one table). It was as pleasant as expected, and given their online ratings, our expectations were high. The wine list had a number of Greek selections.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Fantastic food and a great wine recommendation! We were celebrating two special occasions and it was the perfect place! Our server Elias was attentive and helpful but not too hovering. Love the experience at Kipos!

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 23, 2017

A favorite local go-to. Classic and well-prepared mediterraneum food is always consistent. Offers lots of tasty spreads and appetizers that you can make a meal from. Excellent fish options. Don't miss the watermelon salad in the summer months and never pass up the chocolate mousse served atop a little Greek olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. Delish. Nice Greek wine offerings. Service delivery is always cheerful and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Always a nice experience at Kipos. Tasty food, seasonal Kapousa? watermelon salad delicious, salmon always yummy. Staff always friendly and attentive. A lovely neighborhood spot that transports you to Greek seaside. Live music on weekends, evening makes it fun.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Hard to find a really good place on a Sunday evening. Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Wine was perfect for the occasion. We especially appreciated the quiet table.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Kipos is a 45 minute drive from Cary but worth every minute if it. We are Greek and the food is not only authentic, but is excellent. This is our favorite spot when we're in the mood for Greek but not in the mood to cook.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fun, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great decor, lots of vegetarian options but plenty of meat dishes too- all delicious; with live music and even a belly dancer or two if you're lucky! Kipos strikes all the right notes for a fun evening!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups
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