Kellari Taverna

3.9
2712 reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
"We are bringing to the people of Washington Something they haven’t experienced before: Simplicity and elegance in fresh seafood with a Greek Flare ." --Chef Gregory Zapantis.

Kellari Taverna is very sensitive to sustainable seafood.

Support Kellari Taverna during COVID-19

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2712 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
3.8
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipZhane
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

My boyfriend and I came here for Restaurant Week yesterday, and had a terrible experience. There was no one else in the restaurant, and were were being rushed from the time we arrived for our reservation. I felt like we are being racially profiled, (Black couple) based on the comments made by the hostess making it seem as if we couldn’t afford to eat here, or had no experience eating foreign dishes such as calamari. After seeing the regular menu we decided not to go with the RW options. The hostess was very nasty towards us, and when my boyfriend explained why we decided to leave, she continued to be nasty. I do not recommend, and I will not return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The food was average. We had a party splitting checks. One person had no alcohol- so everyone else added to the their checks to cover. That one person did not tip. The waitress confronted our table about why one check had no tip. We all thought that was very rude and unprofessional.

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Doug
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner there at 6 pm on Saturday. Good for us, there was only one couple there when we arrived, and three there when we left. So great service, delicious food. My wife had the lamb chops and I had the shrimp (prix fixe menu). Easy walk from the Farragut West Metro stop. It was a little expensive, but we will likely come back again.

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Dineblog
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Since the change in management, food quality has been inconsistent. I have been at brunch wherein all the entrees we ordered tasted really good. However, yesterday, there was a heavy hand of salt in all the entrees we ordered. The squid appetizer and prasini salad were too salty, we had to return all those. The salad included in the salmon Benedict was also heavy handed in the salt department. The chef and staff were very quick give us either a different choice or replaced our chosen entrees. Wait staff has always been attentive I’ve but also understand that staff is not in full complement given the Covid-related protocols and restrictions

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GregS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service . Always a pleasure to dine here.

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YoshiO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the music was a bit aloud, but it was so, so ok. Thank you.

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vipStLEire
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

If you are uncomfortable or unsure about your ability to be open then let guests know you’re trying. But, don’t blame the guest for reserving a table and expecting decent food and service.

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ArthurD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent food

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vipMohd
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Octopus at this restaurant is OUTSTANDING. I strongly recommend it.

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JonG
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an office luncheon for about 30 people. The food and service was outstanding. I had the salmon business lunch which was delicious. The preparation was perfect- which means the fish was well seasoned, fully cooked but moist and the serving was very generous. The party went off flawlessly, and I received a lot of compliments about the meal. Will be back!

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M123
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience5

The food is fine, lovely ambiance, truly terrible service

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vipAngelaN
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a special night for my mom’s 80th birthday! The staff was so gracious and the food was delicious!

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vipEllenM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Tasty food in a lovely space. Nice variety on menu - something for everyone, with a light lunch or full business lunch option.

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TomM
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

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.

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vipVerygoodresto
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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!

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vipDisappointed
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

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.

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vipkathyr
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Greek night is always amazing!! Thank you

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GHod
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

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.

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ClayP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wanda the director of first impressions is outstanding.

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vipRose
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience3

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.

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AsheliP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Elizabeth was so sweet. Looking forward to coming back

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vipFoodie31
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

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.

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vipBeachBum
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good quality Greek food, very good Greek wine selection. Excellent service.

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vipjonathanp
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

11/16/21 and 11/17/21

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and service. However, the appetizer portions were ridiculously small.

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vipMrsh
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Service is hit or miss. But the food is really good. Sunday brunch is a very good value and parking is convenient.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

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.

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Suzeq
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

good food, great service. A lovely choice downtown.

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vipCaryH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious!

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Stefan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

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.

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Skylar
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

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.

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Micki
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Greek Night was amazing!!

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vipGeorge
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Loved the service from Elvis. Athena great too.

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VickieT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous traditional Greek fare ... great service

FAQs

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 3.9 stars by 2712 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.

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