I decided to try Kellari Tavern- the new Greek restaurant on K Street- during restaurant week. An interesting evening with some service issues. They were clearly trying to please, as someone came over and introduced himself as our "conductor" for the evening. not our waiter- just someone to make things run smoothly because the wait staff was still new and RW meant a packed house. The conductor couldn't help us order Greek wine, and our waiter was MIA, so someone else came to talk to us about wine. Unfortunately the waiter assumed he had taken our order- he had not. So after over 30 minutes plus, we finally caught the waiter's attention so we could order. In the middle of my ordering, the waiter's cell phone rang. He answered it and walked away, leaving our party stunned. He came back, started over, and the same thing happened once more.
My friend ordered her salad with no onions. He came back to the table to make sure that was how she wanted it, and then the salad came with onions. We ordered dessert in the middle of dinner at the waiter's request. He never came to inquire about coffee. The desserts came out wrong. Our conductor came back and we told him the waiter was terrible. He nodded and did not ask why. The person we ordered wine from came by as well (turns out he was a manager) and he gave us each a dessert wine as an apology. He knew we were not happy but again didn't ask why. He came back with a bottle of olive oil for each of us- nice touch! But we finally insisted on telling him about all of our issues- he had assumed we simply weren't happy with the timing of the meal. There were a number of other issues with the waiter- but I won't go into further detail. We never saw him after the dessert course and had to seek someone else out to get the check.
On to the food: Two people in my group started with spanakopida and three people had the greek salad. The greek salad was mostly tomato, a bit of onion, and a nice piece of feta. It was fine and fresh but nothing special. I thought the same of the spanakopida- fine not memorable. The lamb was well-prepared and tasty but not something I can rave about. The people who had fish were very happy with how the fish was prepared and more than satisfied with the flavor. There was a yogurt dessert with cherries that was quite good.
I would give Kellari another chance because there were a number of interesting things on the menu and I really liked the look and feel of the room. Perhaps it was our mistake for trying a new restaurant during such a busy time.
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