Kapnos Taverna Arlington

4.5
1275 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna in Arlington serves classic and coastal-inspired Greek dishes, including favorites from the Greek Islands along with tastes from other regions known for their fine local products.
A sister restaurant to Isabella’s Kapnos, located on 14th Street in Washington, D.C., Kapnos Taverna Arlington features more traditional takes on the ancient cuisine alongside some of the biggest hits from his modern ode to mainland Greece. The restaurant’s liquid offerings feature a Greek-heavy wine list and Mediterranean-inspired cocktails by Mike Isabella Concepts beverage director, Taha Ismail.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon-Fri 11:30am - 3pm

Brunch
Sat & Sun 11am - 3pm

Dinner
Sun-Mon 5pm-9pm
(bar open until 10pm)
Tue-Th 5pm - 10pm
(bar open until 11pm)
Fr-Sa 5pm - 11pm
(bar open until 12am)


Join us Monday - Friday for our Express Lunch!
Choose one gyro, one select side & a drink for $16

Happy Hour
Everyday from 3pm - 7pm in the bar area only.

All night Happy Hour at the bar on every Monday and Tuesday night!
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Phone number
(703) 243-4400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mike Isabella, George Pagonis
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Catering
Whether you’re feeding a handful of coworkers at the office or a few hundred guests at a wedding reception, let our expert culinary team make it an event to remember. Bring a taste of Mike Isabella’s restaurants to your event. Our expansive catering menus offer an array of dining options in a number of cuisines, including Italian, Greek, Mexican and Contemporary American.

Visit http://mikeisabella.com/catering/
Contact us at events@mikeisabella.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilson & Quincy
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Parking details
In addition to street and metered parking, garage parking is available at 4075 Wilson Blvd, in Two Liberty Center across the street. Entrance is next to HSBC on Randolph St. $3 from 5pm-midnight during the week and all day on the weekends.
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Public transit
Ballston Metro/Virginia Square Metro.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Kapnos Taverna Arlington offers private and semi-private dining along with multiple chef’s tasting menu options for you and your guests. Our small plate concept provides a taste of modern Greek cuisine for everyone in your party.
 We also offer full-restaurant buyouts. Please email for more info.

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What 1275 People Are Saying
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DW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food and beverage selection. A bit loud do to architecture and acoustics. Convenient to downtown area.

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GG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant staff very helpful and accommodating. Food excellent with great service. Great location and easily accessible by UBER.

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MH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious and unique; service is always great. I typically make a reservation, but for couples or small groups walk-ins would probably be welcome.

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j
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Used to be good, but menu has changed, several favorites eliminated, and the dishes that have remained available are no longer high quality. Lackadaisical service in uncomfortable setting. All for high prices. We will never go back.

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MJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is amazing, and the server was very helpful in suggesting how many dishes per person

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NY
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The falafel gyro was so tasty, I ate every last bite of it! Mousoulata (sp) was delicious as well. Great server and service overall. Will dine there again soon!

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SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a job very well done! Food was creative and delicious!

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E
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kapnos never disappoints for great tasting food and service. We enjoyed a wonderful French Malbec, the delicious spreads including smoky eggplant and feta cheese. The salads and veggie offerings are delicious as well. Service was attentive despite having a very large party show up for most of the upstairs, they coordinated well to make sure we had everything we needed. Look forward to our next meal there.

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J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistent food and service! Great drink menu and wine selection.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall it was great, the food was fantastic and the service was excellent. My only complaint would be that the food seemed a little overpriced for the size.

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LM
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very delicious. We had oysters, mussels, spit roasted lamb, Brussel sprouts, and crispy eggplant. The vegetable dishes were superb as were the mussels and lamb. We have been to Kapnos several times both in Arlington and Bethesda and the food this time was a cut above.

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday brunch with a friend. . Shared an appetizer, two main dishes. The tuna tartare over skordalia with sumac pita chips was awesome, could have used another chip

Stone oven eggs with lamb were good, she liked them, I would have liked a bit more seasoning

My smoked pork hash was en pointe, I would have preferred a second poached egg.

The server was good, helpful and attentive without being obtrusive.

I'd like to revisit for a dinner service once they're fully launched. My only concern is that the dinner menu is a bit pedestrian, I hope they will offer daily specials.

Because that's the excitement of dining out, innit?

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S
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food but very small portions. Expensive for the small portions, which was unexpected.

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TL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, excellent service.

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x
Washington DC
155 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We made a repeat visit to Kapnos Taverna for a birthday celebration. It was an opportunity to introduce some members of our party to the spectacular lamb shoulder. As always, this was excellent and represents a tremendous value.

It seemed that the impact from the Executive Chef's other business troubles have had little impact on Kapnos Taverna, although we did note a different technique for preparing the fried eggplant appetizer. The 'vibe' was quite subdued...very different than on previous visits.

Our server was extremely pleasant and clearly familiar with the restaurant and its offerings. However, several unexplained and curious things happened:
1. The lamb shoulder was not shown to us before final preparation, as is the norm.
2. The lamb shoulder was served BEFORE the appetizers...no coordination.
3. My spiked coffee was served lukewarm.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came in after a soccer game around 8:00am on a Saturday night . We were early for a reservation and they had a seated right away. The problem was that once we ordered food it took quite a while to get it. The server explained that the kitchen was backed up. I wish he would explain that a little bit earlier instead of us having to try to wave him down. He kept peeking around the cashier station to see if we had our food yet. Apparently different people serve the food.
The food is a little over priced for the portions. It was tasty but the recommendation by the server to order 3 mezza servings was a little much since prices were between $12-18 each.
Three of us ordered the flank steak with cauliflower purée and chimichurri sauce. Tasty but very small portions.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our waiter was rude, particularly to the women in the party—despite the fact a woman was hosting a mixed group. The shared apps came out very quickly & all at once. We waited for drinks several times. Women were not always offered another round when men were before the waiter vanished. I wish I knew his name, as mgmt should know. We’ve been numerous times previously & have always enjoyed ourselves. The waiter for the tables in the bar area that night made all the difference

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Far too much salt! I’m sure the ingredients were great but you couldn’t taste much. Some dishes were better than others, recommend the mussels but sadly the lamb was lukewarm and over cooked.

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KS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wait staff was attentive and friendly and helpful. We were a group of 10 and not aware ahead of time that the menu was created for sharing but everyone seemed ok with that and we enjoyed trying some foods we personally did not order. The only negative was the noise level was so high and our table was a rectangle so we were not able to converse with those at the other end of the table and it was a bit challenging to hear those across from you. Parties of 2-6 would be advised for a group dinner. The food was so flavorful and well presented. Would definitely return!

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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The food (lamb) was tasteless, that's not a Greek cooked lamb

The tzatziki was watery

This is far from been a Greek restaurant

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kapnos Taverna was amazing! We were here celebrating my friend’s birthday and they gave us the best service plus free dessert and shots. They made this such a special occasion!

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B
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The all you can eat brunch is everything. The food is high quality, and with a staff that knows how to pace the dishes and recommend combos, my friends and I had an excellent dining experience.

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KR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb shoulder is fantastic! Great selection of wine.

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OT
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 12 and were seated at a long high top table by the bar. The service was outstanding and will come back simply because of the bartender and waiter. Very welcoming, attentive, and made sure we all had a great time. Not to mention the food was excellent as well.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Brussels sprouts, lamb chops, dolmades, eggplants spread, were my favorite out of what we ordered. Different and delicious!

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KN
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

So - so. The food was good. Everyone enjoyed what we ordered. Service was haphazard, and confused, with at least three different servers "sort of" attending to our table of 4. The open kitchen and bar format, and the stylish hard industrial surfaces, together assure an energetic and noisy venue. Don't try to have a quiet conversation. But this is really only a matter of preference, and some diners obviously enjoyed the vibe. Server(s) didn't offer to refill waters, or even to offer additional drinks. We wanted to buy a bottle of wine, but after asking for a wine list. were ignored. (Perhaps we didn't fit the desired demographic?) Food arrived at random times, as promised, and was dropped off by servers as they passed by, assuring that they wouldn't have to interact with diners. Or take another order. Overall, Kapnos seems highly overrated. Glad we went, but none of us are interested in returning.

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GG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent pork gyro and salads!

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D
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal. It was our first time at the restaurant and really appreciate our waiter’s recommendations and help with our order. Thank you.

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JS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always great food and Yovan is an amazing server. We finally had the seafood platter. Also some always favorites : watermelon salad and lamb.

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D
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent cuisine, ambiance and service; that's all folks

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MG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Honestly, I usually never leave reviews of restaurants, but in this case I felt compelled to do so. I had previously enjoyed Kapnos and wanted to show my friends a restaurant I hadn't been to in a while, but one that I really liked. Unfortunately, it was a pretty awful experience. The service was just terrible. The waiter would literally walk away while we were speaking to them and we had to ask multiple times just to put in our orders. We were their for the end of happy hour and the waiter tried to avoid us to stop us from ordering from the happy hour menu. The food itself was ok, but honestly nothing special. I would recommend anyone looking for good greek food with good service go somewhere else than this restaurant. It was disappointing and has really gone downhill over time. Its very sad for me to see a restaurant I used to enjoy diminished in such a striking way.

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Met a friend there for lunch...we had a lot of catching up to do. The waiter was very gracious about not rushing us to make our order or pay our bill. Food was delicious! Would recommend the Heirloom Beets and Israeli couscous with falafel salad bowl.

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AN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came for happy hour prior to going to the movies. Happy hour menu was great. Gyro was AWESOME. Would come again.

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LI
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent. Beautiful presentation and creative use of fresh ingredients. Shared 6 small plates among 3 ppl and it was the perfect amount of food. Service was ok, but not particularly attentive. Had to ask twice for new utensils when the original set were removed after the first round of dishes.

My gripe is we were overcharged on the bottle of wine we ordered. I noticed the mistake after they ran our credit cards. After a bit of arguing and a 15 min delay, the waiter returned with the original charge slips, which we destroyed and new ones which we signed. However they never voided the original charge out of the system and the overcharged version is now on my statement. I will have to dispute it via the bank. Not a good way to end what was a fairly nice evening.

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EH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I went here for my birthday and had a wonderful time. They were still featuring their restaurant week menu and was able to try many things for a reasonable price. Their cocktails are excellent and very unique. I would come here again.

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BI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have had a great lunch here in the past so recommended it to my wife. My wife and I both took the $35 prix fixe dinner menu. Servers were friendly and the manager came by to speak French to my wife, which was appreciated. Food was decent but not transcendant. Best were the crispy fried eggplant and the vegetarian noodles, which reminded us of handmade German knoedels--al dente and fresh. The chocolate cake served at the end was stale cardboard, and what was apparently a ball of whipped cream was hard and sour--could've bounced it off the floor. Was it supposed to be sour cream?! It seemed like it had been in the fridge a few days. The baklava was a little better but definitely not freshly baked. We hope you don't have to select the more upscale prix fixe to get fresh food!

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MD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super. Third time around. Love this place.

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p
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration was great !!!

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CC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was during Restaurant Week so we ordered off the special menu. Grape leaves, beet salad, cauliflower were outstanding. Lamb was plentiful but too salty and fatty. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable.
One negative was that it was really noisy and hard to hear one another.

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MT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is good to go to Kapnos with three or more people so you can get a good variety of small plates. Two plates a person is fine, although depending on how hungry you are you might have to carry something home. I've been going to Kapnos since they opened and continue to like it, but would like to see them change up their menu a little more frequently for variety's sake.

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