Kapnos

Modern Greek

  • 88
  • 2015 Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
  • 2016 Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
Overview

This Fourteenth Street corridor hotspot offers modern Greek mezze and shared plates from celebrity chef Mike Isabella. The Greek word for “smoke,” Kapnos features meats and vegetables cooked over hickory-fired grills as well as spiked lemonades on tap.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Octopus glides to the table as a smoky and tender tentacle atop a swipe of yogurt tarted up with green harissa. The crackle you encounter when you bite into the seafood comes from quick-fried amaranth…Meanwhile, from the fire come glossy suckling pig and crisp-but-tender goat, wicked hunks of meat tamed by creamy orzo and a fluffy grain salad, respectively…Eating the roast chicken at Kapnos is a revelaton. The bird is crisp of skin, bright with lemon, dusky with oregano. But the potatoes that come with the entrée are rivals for my affection, and I later found out why I can’t resist them: They’re cooked beneath the spits turning the birds, which surrender their prized fat and juices to the spuds.” – Washington Post

“The small-plates menu at Mike Isabella’s Greek hot spot is sprawling, but we’re happiest homing in on two sections. First, his dips and spreads—from a satiny taramasalata to the hummus-like revithosalata, topped with preserved-lemon chutney—which are served with wonderfully fluffy stone-baked flatbreads. Then there are the meats, cut from the whole animals spit-roasting over hickory in the open kitchen. We especially love the crispy bits of goat with fiery harissa and yogurt (excellent swaddled in more of that flatbread) and the lamb, which is marinated in lemon, oregano, garlic, and olive oil. To go with it all, there are rum- and gin-spiked lemonades and smooth cocktails laced with Skinos, an aromatic Greek liqueur.” – Washingtonian

Ambience

The multi-level space, both rustic and modern, defies stereotypically Greek décor (you’ll find no blues and whites here). Instead, warm earth tones, dark purples, and greens provide the backdrop. There’s a buzzy bar up front, a chef’s table with a view of the large open kitchen (and whole animals on the spit) and quieter dining areas beyond.

Accolades

  • Number 36: 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016 - Washingtonian
  • Top Greek/Mediterranean Restaurants in DC 2015 – Zagat
  • 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015 – Washingtonian
  • 38 Essential Washington Restaurants 2014 – Washington DC Eater
  • Two and a half stars from the Washington Post 2013
  • Best Spot for Carnivore-Herbivore Date – Daily Candy

2201 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Eclectic, Modern, Refined, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Outdoor Dining
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 234-5000
  • Private Dining Room: Yes