Kellari Taverna is very sensitive to sustainable seafood.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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The character of the restaurant has changed. Covid clearly has impacted the look and feel of the restaurant. That’s too bad. The food is still great. The service is ok but they need more wait staff and servers and they are hard to find in this environment.
The food and service was excellent. We ordered our lamb chops medium rare, but they were medium (at least!) when they arrived at our table. When I complained about this, they offered to replace them -- but I declined. Restaurants should realize that recooking an order dish still spoils a dinner. I didn't come to the restaurant just to fill my face; I cam to eat dinner with my friends. The restaurant tried very hard to make up for the mistake. They brought out an extra order of lamb chops, done medium rare; they also gave me a complimentary glass of wine, and took the amount I'd pay for the overdone lamb off the check. I was quite impressed with what they did, so much that I will surely return to this restaurant and give them another chance to do the lamb right!
I love Kellari and go there frequently for great food, special care in the service. Last night with my wife and son, we got neither. We sat and sat waiting for attention, had two different waiters come to take our orders, and received nothing other than water — not the bread I had asked for or the wine I ordered — for the first half hour. And the entrees were room temperature, not hot when they arrived. Especially given my long history with the restaurant, I was severely bummed. The family had been so looking forward to it.
We haven't been out at an indoor restaurant for a while but we were very pleased with the service and food here. We both started with the grilled calamari which were very delicious and generous portions.
My husband had the fish of the day which was an excellent red snapper over asparagus risotto. I had the seafood linguine which was superb with a greek flare. We finished with the greek yogurt cheescake. YUM!
We look forward to our next visit.
Greek night is always amazing!! Thank you
Some of the worst food & service I've experienced in DC in a while. We were 1 of 3 tables in the whole restaurant. Service was slow, incredbily slow. Food was cold and clearly cooked from frozen (broccoli, fish special, etc.). They didn't check on the table when food was brought otherwise we would have let them known the calamari was supposed to be fried not grilled and the entrees were cold. We did correct them when they served Sauvignon Blanc when we requested Cabernet Sauvignon. but wish we hadn't since it took a long time to correct the issue.
Wanda the director of first impressions is outstanding.
One waiter for 7 tables made service very slow. The sides were overpriced. The music was too loud. Bread was cold and not toasted. For such a pricey location, we had to ask for additional paper napkins. Instead of raw oysters, how about grilled oysters.
Fantastic food and service. Elizabeth was so sweet. Looking forward to coming back
Slow! We arrived early for our reservation & that may be the problem, but it was hard to get any attention. Server was very nice. Food was good as always.
Good quality Greek food, very good Greek wine selection. Excellent service.
This is one of my go to places. The business lunch is excellent and usually quick. I think they are having some post-Covid staffing issues, because the pace of service is not up to the usual. That's certainly to be expected these days.
11/16/21 and 11/17/21
Food was great! Our server was wonderful and the restaurant was not loud at all. We went for brunch and we were pleased with the menu.
Very good food and service. However, the appetizer portions were ridiculously small.
Service is hit or miss. But the food is really good. Sunday brunch is a very good value and parking is convenient.
good food, great service. A lovely choice downtown.
Both of us had a whole fish entree which were very good. Mostly deboned but not totally, so be careful. Excellent Greek Salad. Extensive wine list but nothing in the $35-50 range. Service got better as the dinner progressed but was never warm. My wife and I both felt neglected on arrival and after being seated. Open space softly lighted. Would probably return as I like to give second chances and the food was quite good.
Terrible disappointment. This used to be one of our favorite restaurants before COVID- but it has clearly suffered a fatal blow that will be difficult to recover. The service is abysmal, staff are overwhelmed, badly trained and obviously unfamiliar with their food they are sipped to serve. The wine list and. Solar has been entirely depleted. No bread was served, the noise level was unbearable although the restaurant was quite empty. No fish on display as before the COVID situation. To top it all, our table was charged twice for the service charge. This place is on death row and not worth it anymore.
The service was so bad, and the waiters were very rude.
We sat there for 30 minutes before we were asked for our orders. It took them over an hour to serve the food COLD.
We ordered business lunch but the waiter failed to write that down.
The food was a lot better the last time I visited. Service was good. I didn’t like that a 20% gratuity was added to our check for a party of two. I don’t think I’ll visit again.
Greek Night was amazing!!
Excellent food. Loved the service from Elvis. Athena great too.
Thrilled that this restaurant is open for lunch in downtown DC. Business lunches are gearing up and many locations are only open for dinner. Kellari Taverna has a lovely seafood selection with a Greek tilt. Outstanding service and plenty of space between tables for comfortable business or personal conversation.
Something is terribly wrong at this place, which used to be very good quality of food and service. Service was mediocre and my food arrived cold. Paper menus were dirty, should have been first clue that this restaurant is under new management or spiraling after the pandemic.
Fabulous traditional Greek fare ... great service
First time eating there since the pandemic and we were very disappointed. Our server, whom we knew from past visits, said the restaurant was under new management. Sadly the white tablecloths are gone, the interior is drab with no ambience. The complementary appetizers are no more. The bartender seemed clueless and brought an open bottle of warm white wine over 10$ more expensive than the one we had ordered without informing us of the increased price or even showing us the label. I ordered a fish that had a fixed price on the menu and we were charged almost 15$ more, since they charge by weight, without explanation. In summary, not the Kellari it once was, it has gone from being one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions... doubt we will ever return.
We had the seafood fettuccine and it was good. We also had the bass fish, it was good but came out not very warm. A bit over priced.
Greek cuisine at its finest with the tradition of "philoxenia"/hospitality generously extended by staff. The brazino a celebration and new ambiance and look of the restaurant the perfect blend of a memorable evening. Thank you Kellari!!!
It's basically Olive Garden for Greek food, at least the DC location.
The food was excellent. We loved the octopus, spanakopita and lamb chops.
Best service ever !! Food is delicious !! Super fresh and tasty seafood !!
Menu pricing is not accurate for their whole fish. We ordered the whole sea bass (bronzino) which was priced on the menu at $38.95. When the bill arrived, we had a charge of $68. Server stated the sea bass is $36 per pound, which is not printed on the menu. Felt like a bait and switch and he was unwilling to update the bill to match the menu pricing. He did remove the service charge as an adjustment, but kept the fish price at $68. Food was great but Kellari will never get our business again.
We went with a brunch Groupon. There was no available outside because all the tables were full but they put us in a back corner, away from other diners. The spinach pie and grilled octopus were both excellent. The octopus was very tender. The seafood pasta dish had very good shrimp though two of.my four mussels were empty shells. They served unlimited mimosa, and refilled quite often. The only real problem was that for the second brunch in a row, they did not have all the dessert options so we were limited to ice cream, Greek yogurt or sorbet. Otherwise, I would recommend it.
I don’t usually leave bad reviews but this place is extremely overpriced and overrated. We came to celebrate my husband’s birthday based on the good reviews, and was so disappointed. Items on the menu were not available. the food was average, not more then that.
Our waiter was great and so was the food!
Some friends and I went here on a Saturday night recently and had a great dinner. The food was amazing and the server was friendly. Would definitely go back!
We visited on the first Greek Night of the season. While the food was excellent, especially the grilled fish, the music was deafening.
Kellari was a great restaurant prior to covid. When it re-opened, I had several business lunches there and they were awful. The quality of the food had gone down precipitously, the service was atrocious, and it was embarrassing to take clients there. About three months ago, I had decided to give it one last chance and it was great. They apparently got a new chef and a new wait staff - and it has made all the difference. I hope this trend continues because I had about given up on the restaurant having been a loyal customer there for so many years prior to covid.
Kellari Taverna does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Kellari Taverna also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 535-5274.
Kellari Taverna is rated 4.1 stars by 2708 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.