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Kellari Taverna

4.4
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2618 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
"The dining experience should be sharing appetizers so that everybody can get to taste different flavors and textures " Chef Gregory Zapantis.

"Many people ask me if this is Greek Cuisine , and I don’t know what to compare it to, either to Greek cuisine of 1962 or 2009, but my answer is a seafood restaurant with a Greek Flare to it " Chef Gregory Zapantis.

"Our Menu of Simply Grilled fish but simplicity with elegance ! " Chef Gregory Zapantis.

"we are bringing to the people of Washington Something they haven’t experienced before " Chef Anthony Acinapura.

Kellari Taverna is very sensitive to sustainable seafood.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2618 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gaby1321
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We went the day before we started the 2 weeks of quarantine so there were not many people there. We also had a Groupon for 3 course brunch with unlimited mimosas. Let me tell you they did not skimp on the alcohol! Even though they let us know they were short staffed, they were really attentive and courteous. Food was ok, not mind-blowing but not bad either. Music was awesome! Not your popular radio but some pieces to fit with the greek cuisine and other worldly songs. Overall we had a great time with my girlfriends. Would definitely recommend for anyone to try.

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vipSkipBuzz
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Greek taverna. Large restaurant that caters to daytime biz crowd. Dinner time very quiet and comfortable. Nice ambiance. Great service. Outstanding Mediterranean and seafood dishes; fresh, simple, ample. Great Greek wine selection. Excellent pricing.

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AnaM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Excellent Lobster and pre-theater set menu.

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MaryD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of my fave places for Brunch! Delicious eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, generous mimosas & the best calamari appetizer in DC! Service is attentive and personable and makes the whole experience one I look forward to again & again.

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vipMargaret
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chris makes Kellari a wonderful brunch experience. The food, the ambiance the music makes for a great afternoon.

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vipvic111
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing seafood! The octopus and grilled calamari are really good. Salads and fish as well. I haven't had the meat but it looks good too.

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ChristinaV
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Took a business lunch for the prixe fixe lunch, and it was delicious! Only thing was that they seated most people in the same section, so it became rather loud.

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vipVallynA
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I visited Kellari Taverna, which has a NYC location I have frequented. The menu is similar and I decided on the prix fixe which offered fresh raw oysters that I've never seen on the NY menu. The additional Kellari salad I ordered with organic greens was well dressed and balanced. My entree of lavraki was perfectly grilled, served on a generous bed of grilled eggplant, squash and peppers - delicious. Greek yogurt sprinkled with nuts and honey, garnished with raspberries, was not too sweet a dessert, since I don't like sweets. Server and other staff were attentive and friendly. A pleasant late evening dinner.

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KeithJ
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was great but our server took a while to get to us. Even after a party was sat after us we still got served after them.

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MarilynJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch at Kellari was one of the best experiences I've had in a long time. First of all, the Prix Fixe brunch option is completely affordable and offers great options. The unlimited champagne didn't hurt either. Our party of 4 had an amazing time with fantastic food and exceptional service from Christopher. We couldn't recommend Kellari Tavern for brunch more! Thank you for your hospitality - we were charmed and look forward to coming back sometime!

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Mike
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Very small piece of fish for the price. And it didn’t have much flavor.

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PaulaZ
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. We wanted to order one of the fish dishes however that fish was not available that evening so we went with the risotto which was excellent. I had the lamb chops which were absolutely outstanding. All in all it was a great evening and would definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

They dropped the ball BIG TIME on Valentine’s Day. Under staffed, pri-fixe menu portions were tiny and overpriced and courses were coming out in inverse order for everyone! All tables around us were just looking around in disbelief witnessing the chaos. Hostess arguing loudly with servers, people with reservations waiting 20 minutes just to check in because the hostess disappeared and/or was the only person setting up new tables! Probably the worst $250 ever spent for 2 dinners and a bottle of wine...oh and wine was third choice because out of bottles. Will not be coming back.

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chrisr
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food5Service3Ambience3

Was not aware we had to order from the Valentine's menu only. Portions were pretty small and the wait was crazy. Ended up being there for 3 hours and paying $250 and leaving hungry. The scallops appetizer was 1 scallop. Seafood pasta had 1 scallop 1 shrimp and a middle and clam. For $250 I expected more.

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vipRobertZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Went for V Day. Select menu. Food cold. Not enough staff and restaurant not even full. Commercial quality seafood.

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PeterE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Fixed price menus are an excellent value. Good fresh and beautifully presented

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vipLauraU
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

We went using a Groupon for the Prix Fixe brunch so the price was very good. We have been there at least four or five times before and it seems to us that not only has the menu changed but the chef has changed also, an not for the better. The calamari appetizer was not as good. It used to have a much smokier flavor. My shrimp with linguini, which I’ve had before, had a bland, tomato soup tasting sauce. However, the portions are quite generous. The dessert (the chocolate one we wanted was unavailable), but we ordered the Galaktoboureko, was very good. We took it home and it travelled well. The service was excellent.

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vipSaladlover
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delicious, the location is great, and it wasn’t too loud to talk.

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vipMatthewN
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and service. Love the calamari!

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DCDinerInAnnapolis
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Lots of potential, but the food was overpriced and the restaurant was outdated. Also, not very knowledgeable servers, though management made a good effort to make up for it!

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Shaun
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

My guest and myself truly enjoyed our experience. The mimosas were truly bottomless and the food was delicious! Chris thank you for great service!

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vipCristyB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

5 out 6 people ordered salad and 1 special if the day dish. Salad was great except it was all arugula

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vipfoodie
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great birthday dinner with a friend. Not only is it a lovely dining room, with great service and very fresh fish but it is open all afternoon. We went after a matinee at the Studio Theater and how many places can you eat at 4 PM on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon?

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vipLydiaM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

I had lunch at the restaurant on Friday, January 24, 2020. The food was excellent but it took a very long time to get our dishes out. We noticed that there were only 4 servers and yet the restaurant was full. This is not the first time we have gone to Kellari and had to wait for our dishes to come out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent meal and service. Best Greek salad I’ve had in DC and both of the fish dishes were prepared perfectly. We’ll definitely be back.

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vipwoody
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I ordered the daily fish special which was flounder. Here at Kellari it was perfectly tender. Served with Asparagus and cooked tomato on mashed potatoes. Perfect balance that did not overpower this light delicately flavored fish. White fish like this is so easy to overcook but instead, this was perfection. This is very fine dining at very reasonable price. From appetizers through dessert, everything was delicious.

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TatyanaW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The food was not on Washington DC standards.
This place is good for happy hours. Tried it for dinner for the first time - was not crazy about the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was super friendly, knowledgeable and extremely kind. Our food was incredible and our entire family had an amazing celebration! And the best octopus salad I’ve ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Low noise. Good quality food, although the desert could be better.

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vipJEV17
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food and service. The grill octopus is outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

We have increasingly been disappointed at Kellari, not every visit but several times. Food and service quality used to be great but became inconsistent. We decided to try again for restaurant week. It was not a good experience. Selections were sparse, and portions were laughably skimpy. Either participate in restaurant week or don’t but if you’re going to you should not be chintzy and should try to put your best foot forward. Both food and service were far superior at three other downtown restaurants at which we ate.

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BillS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening. Salvadore provided excellent service. Around the table we had sea bass, seafood orzo, lamb chops. All delicious

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vipDiploTom
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

We chose Kellari as a DC Restaurant Week destination with friends, having not been there in several years and having a hankering for some good Greek food. Sadly, we didn’t get any. The service and surroundings were quite good; the food was basically just bad. And by the time the taxes and such had been added in on top of the Restaurant Week basic charge, we ended up paying nearly as much as if we had ordered a la carte. I wished I had — I ordered the octopus starter (an $8 extra charge applied) because I’m a fan of octopus. The menu described it as “charred” on the grill, which it should be. What came (after a noteworthy delay) was a bowl of gelatinous lumps that had never been near a grill, and were cold to boot. There’s a good Greek word to describe it, but it’s too impolite to use here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The fish was fantastic!!!
Service beyond reproach!!!

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TamaraD
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Our food was excellent, the waiter was so personable. The manager waited on us. Brunch is a must unlimited mimosas.

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Kellari Taverna usually serves an upscale K street crowd during lunch the prix fixe brunch draws diners from across the DMV. Nico is as kind & genuine a host & floor manager as you can find in any restaurant (you'd make a fortune if you could bottle his personality!) & Christopher (Edward M.) is an attentive server who often remembers your preferences between visits. Meals always start with delicious Greek olives (although we miss the sample of hummus that used to be included). Lobster soup is a delicious starter, especially during cold winter days, although we wish there was an option for a *fried* calamari appetizer and not just the grilled calamari option listed. (It would seem an easy fix in a kitchen as well staffed as Kellari's but we've never been successful in our requests to achieve this small substitution of cooking method.) Salmon Eggs Benedict are usually well prepared & come w/ a welcome side salad plus a Greek version of potato hash. Shrimp pasta is satisfying & there is always a fish special available. Small portions of chocolate cake or a Greek cheesecake round out dessert. There is one caveat: Kellari has not updated their website's prix fixe brunch menu for more than two years & their on-line menu still lists a "Jumbo lump crab burger" as being available despite it no longer being offered (How we wish they could bring it back!) & lists the seafood pasta as including "...gulf shrimp, clams, octopus, calamari" despite it being a "shrimp only" dish. We understand that in the cut-throat restaurant world menus & price points change, but Kellari's laziness in not updating their website is an unacceptable deviation from Stavros Aktipis's high standards.

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AmyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience5

Food was bland. Nothing special. I have been many times, and the food isn’t the same. My entree came with raw spinach. Just a handful of raw spinach. No dressing or cooked.

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vipQuirkyBlackMan
Philadelphia
120 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visit whenever we're in the area. Met our daughter after her business trip and my postponed surgery as a getaway weekend. Food, service and ambiance are top level. Always worth the effort to include in a DC trip.

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George
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had the pre-fix menu and ordered arctic char and branzino for our entree. The char was perfect but the branzino was over cooked and dry. Bit disappointing but the taste was good though.

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vipDeeDeeN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

We brought an out of town guest to dinner on December 30, 2019. This was a return visit with an individual visiting from out of town since we had a wonderful dinner and excellent service 3 years ago. There were at most 5 tables of customers in the restaurant. We had to wait to place our order; we had to ask the waiter to bring the bottle of wine we ordered. The wine we ordered was not available so he brought another which was more expensive (we accepted it). We placed our orders. Two diners received their starters and the third did not receive their salad and had to ask for it. The waiter was not available or checking in at all. We had to ask the fellow who was pouring water if he would check on the status of the salad. The bottom line is the service was terrible other than the fellow filling our water glasses. The food was ok but does not warrant the prices charged. The bottom line is we were disappointed with the service.

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Kellari Taverna does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Kellari Taverna also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 535-5274.

Kellari Taverna is rated 4.4 stars by 2618 OpenTable diners.

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