Kapnos Taverna in Ballston is Chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella’s second regional Greek restaurant. The 165-seat, 5,700 square foot space at 4000 Wilson Blvd. is a sister restaurant to Kapnos, Isabella’s Northern Greek restaurant, which opened on the 14th Street Corridor in Washington, D.C. in 2013.
The restaurant’s look begins with the same rustic, earth-toned inspirations used in the original Kapnos. But, like the menu, Kapnos Taverna’s decor is accented with Mediterranean and coastal Greek flourishes. Working once again with Streetsense, a Bethesda-based integrated architecture and design firm, the team developed a comfortable look and feel for the space using terra cotta and other earth tones offset by a variety of eclectic lighting styles, classic Greek tile motifs, live herbs and plants, and millwork panels. The overall effect evokes an urban Mediterranean garden atmosphere.