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.
Part of Franklin St. Valet which is complimentary when you get your ticket stamped at the host stand! (operating 5pm- 9pm)

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

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Kipos Greek Taverna Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (28)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for Groups (27)
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Good for a Date (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Fun (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Casual (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Romantic (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Live Music (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Cozy (12)
Healthy (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Tapas (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vegan (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

Service was terrible. The waiter seemed very nice and accommodating, but he was never available. There were numerous mistakes in our orders and we were spending most of our evening trying to flag down anyone to come to the table and help us. They seem to have waiters absolutely everywhere, but never at our table. The food was fine, but I won’t go back again.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was excellent as always.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was good, but not exceptional. Calamari was overcooked and came with no sauce, and it really needed something. Service was very good on a crowded evening. Seating is too close, very difficult to get to and from table without bumping into people seated at nearby tables.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Always a good meal and a great atmosphere! Love it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great atmosphere and food! Highly recommend.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Good service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food here is great. The night we went, they had live music. We really enjoyed our meal here!

Tags: Live Music, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very good food and experience

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 (County Durham)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food is very good and dessert was so delicious!
I enjoyed very much the way the place is decorated.
The experience was so great that I returned for lunch two days after my first visit!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Was visiting Raleigh/Durham area and luckily came upon the restaurant. Food was good, ambience really nice.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was great! Atmosphere is fun. Server was very nice and gave a wine suggestion when I asked for one and it was delicious. Had a great time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

three of us met to participate in Restaurant Week - and two of the group had specific dietary restrictions, which we described to the server. One was vegan and one has celiac so gluten free was required. There were misprints and misinformation provided to us regarding what foods on the price fixe were gluten free, so that person did not order from the price fixe menu. The person who was vegan tried a few times to order items off the regular menu but they came back wrong. A simple greek salad which was ordered without feta cheese, no olives and extra tomatoes with dressing on the side came out with none of those items delivered as requested. She asked for a potato dish and 20 mins later was told they were out of potatoes, but they had french fries. Finally she was able to order one of the eggplant dips, but the pita bread never showed up.. until we were almost done with the lunch! The server was frankly overwhelmed and distracted. The restaurant manager came to help clear things up, and comped our desserts, which was appreciated. Our requests weren't all that complicated!! This restaurant needs to work harder on providing service to people with special dietary needs.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Kipos has improved since I last went there. The food is authentically Greek, the surroundings are very pleasant, and the service is very good.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First visit. I got the lamb chops and my wife got the salmon. Both were outstanding. Not being familiar with Greek wines, we needed a wine recommendation. Waiter got three recommendations from the bartender. Nice to have options. The one we selected was perfect. Appetizers and bread were great. Desserts were excellent. The waiter, Ilias, was friendly and attentive. We'll be back.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service and great food!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Daughter's request to celebrate #21 birthday in your restaurant...interesting that none of us drank any alcohol for the celebration. The staff was outstanding. The hostess was welcoming and accommodated our personal birthday cake. The waiter was equally gracious and responsive. The food was delicious. Every one of us enjoyed the food. The interior is bright and pleasant. We will be back. Thank you.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Our salmon was to come with orzo which is not a pasta my partner wanted. We asked for a vegetable exchange and I quote "...a hard NO." The manager did help us make the exchange, we got a nice kale instead. All was great until the bill came. We were charged twice for our non alcohol Virgin Mary. We had one, charged for two. When we asked for our bill to be corrected they said that since the drink was straight up (no ice) they charged double. 9$ for a virgin mary was unfair in my opinion. I am not sure I could drink 9$ worth of tomato juice at one meal

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

One of our very favorite restaurants, for special events and special dining out!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I have been to Kipos several times and have always loved the experience. I made reservations for myself and two friends, one of whom had never been before. While the ambiance was great (as always) both the food and the kitchen service was not great. I have always LOVED all the food I have ordered in my previous visits, and this time the dishes (both that I ordered and that my friends ordered) were just ok. And the kitchen took a very long time getting our order out! Both of these two things I have not experience before. It has been over a year sine I have been to Kipos, but I am hoping it was just a fluke. Our server was very friendly and attentive. He tried his best to answer our many questions. We still enjoyed our evening despite these hiccups.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Tapas, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Went for lunch on restaurant week. Amazing food and excellent service. I would highly recommend and look forward to returning many times.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Cozy, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Although the food was good the seating is crowded and tables are small. The waiter didn't return to refill waters until he gave us our bill.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The Lamb sandwich was tough .was unable to chew
i did not send back because i thought the other half of sandwich would be ok. Not!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food , beautiful places, perfect service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tapas
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·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was the fourth or fifth time we have dined at Kipos. As always the food and the service were excellent. I would recommend this restaurant for its authentic Greek food and atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went for dinner after the Carolina basketball game. Met friends for dinner. Food was delicious, service was excellent and bouzouki player was great. We try different items each time we go. Have never been disappointed!!!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. Very authentic Greek food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Grilled squid was excellent. Sausage was smokey with a hint of sweetness. Main course of lamb shank with lemon potato was perfectly done. Great service including answering newbie questions honestly. We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Instead of going for a course by course meal, we ordered a bunch of small plates. The riblets and the cheese were absolutely amazing.

Tags: Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 12, 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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 30, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 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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 (New England)·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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vip
 (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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 (Raleigh)·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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