Kapnos

4.5
1338 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
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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vipRaspberryberet
Washington DC
83 reviews
Reviewed on January 24, 2020
Overall1foodserviceambience

Was Violently ill for 24 hours after my visit
Don’t really know what else to say about it but I won’t be going back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Christmas Eve dinner. The whole roast lamb shoulder is divine.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and so sampled a little bit from every section. Highlights were the various spreads, saganaki, broccoli with smoked eggplant (a must IMO), and octopus. Zucchini fritters were tasty and well-done, but I would probably get something else from the veggies instead, personally. The lamb was good, but a little underwhelming in comparison to the others. Should've gotten the goat! Our waitress (Maria) was fantastic and so helpful.

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vipSeriousabouteats
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Recommended by our Lyft driver who is also a chef. Fantastic food. Got appetizer platter and roasted shishito peppers. Ended with fried calamari. All A+.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place has really gone downhill. Disappointing.

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Jerseyboy
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were a group of 6 seasoned travelers and restaurant goers. We ordered a variety of dishes from the chicken to octopus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, roasted eggplant and a caviar appetizer. Besides the chicken being brined a bit too much all parties enjoyed their dishes immensely.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat at the counter and watched the kitchen work their magic. Our waiter was outstanding and guided us the menu perfectly!

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PaulR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The physical arrangement was such that the very noisy bar was isolated from our table, and we could enjoy great conversation. The food was creative and collaborative. We ordered the lamb-shoulder for the table, which was delicious and fun to share. Mezze were also delicious, and the greek wine recommended by the waiter was outstanding. Very enjoyable overall.

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience at Kapnos. We had the unlimited brunch and everything we had was excellent. Our server David was extremely helpful, managed some strict dietary restrictions, and was sure to keep the food arriving at our table without us even asking. Highly recommend this restaurant for brunch!

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Arto
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best brunch places in all of DC without a doubt. Very good courteous service, food is fast, and drinks are good. If you go, you have to get the haloumi cheese.

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ShanaW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the roasted chicken, salmon with couscous and brussel sprouts. Each dish was absolutely delicious. The smokiness in the roasted chicken made each bite delicious. The crispiness of the sprouts on the bed of sweet potato mash and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds was mouthwatering and the grilled salmon was cooked to perfection, moist and equally special. We were in a hurry to go to a play and the wait staff kindly brought our food promptly. I would like to go back and linger to savor each morsel. Absolutely delicious meal! You can't go wrong here!

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vipAUHR
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a nice dinner at Kapnos. We ordered the spread sampler and enjoyed the smoked eggplant spread best. We also ordered the fried cauliflower, marinated lamb, and bifteke. They were all delicious, and the portions were large enough that we brought home some leftovers.

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vickij
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner! Every aspect was fabulous!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Two dishes were served without a major component and were forgotten about until server was notified once the diners had consumed most of their entree

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vipsebukovn
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bartenders are great, server was very nice and attentive, great selection of craft cocktails and can't wait for their warm drinks to return. I do like the food a bit better at the Arlington location, but like the bar and ambience better at the DC location.

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vipDanM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal here. Every time we dine here, we say we should eat here more often. Love the mixed grill (not on the menu - but fantastic).

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vipGeneF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is always good but the service is sometimes slow (mainly long gaps between visits).

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LindaL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a communal dinner for my bday, 6 of us. Service was way over the top fantastic and food extraordinary.

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vipKateTheFoodie
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their brunch special is amazing. Can’t beat it in DC!

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vipMBinDC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch after loving Kapnos for dinner. Delicious food, perfect service, and the bottomless brunch was a great deal. Will definitely be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to this place several times, liked it as always. This time it feels it's got quieter, not like before. Maybe it's because it's Sunday night ... hope the quality of the food and service won't be affected by the recent scandal of its owner ...

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vipBarbaraF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant for sharing dishes. Food is delicious and service was terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, extremely fast service, locals place which was awesome!

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vipLeoDC
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The four of us enjoyed every one of the seven not-so-“small plates” we ordered. Lamb shoulder, calamari, eggplant, brussel sprouts, and several others, were all winners!

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LukeP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The food is trying to do too much--every dish is overpowering, including the sides, and often with flavors that clash with one another and drown out the tastes of the underlying foods themselves. You can barely taste the cheese in the haloumi for instance, or the vegetables in the broccoli or cauliflower, because the sauces are too intense for anything else to come through.

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vipLindsay
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great experience! Love Kapnos!

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Jsq98
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful greeting and server. Food was delicious and a fair value. We shared family style and it was a really pleasant experience. Two things I would suggest: warm the stoneware plates as our entrees were served on cool ones and only the first serving was warm -and- individual and smaller serving spoons for the spreads. One giant tablespoon for the dips was unwieldy and mixed up all the flavors. Still, fun time and very good food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious meal. We especially loved the stuffed dates and variety of gluten free options. The Greek coffee ice cream was the best ice cream we have ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the lamb and chicken platters with Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Absolutely fantastic meal, everyone in our group absolutely loved it. Definitely a must go in DC

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Jules
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and fantastic service!!! The unlimited brunch is a MUST DO!!!

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vipJoro
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Suzie and Maria are the best servers. Always happy to see us and take amazing care of us.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice waitperson and service. Food was exceptional!

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JohnH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to DC and Kapanos...great food!!! Very nice people...hostess was super, bartender was awesome, server was great! First time to try baby goat...it was VERY good! My wife is a vegetarian and she loved it too. Cheers!

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RichardS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was warm and attentive. Our selections were beautifully prepared and served. Food was wonderful - looking forward to our next visit!

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vipAranks
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Table server came by once then we didn’t see him again for 30 mins. I had to get up from the table and flag him down to take our orders.

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viphighdrama101
Hawaii
34 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time with great food and service. We’ll be back!

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DMM2017
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!

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vipdcfoodie
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kapnos is a terrific spot for a group weekend brunch. All of the dishes were delicious with great options for sharing among the group. The prices were very reasonable and service was excellent.

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Diner
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely get the Brussels sprouts. The spanakopita and lamb were great also.

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