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“Still fun and tasty; still some things to work out” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Kipos Greek Taverna

Kipos Greek Taverna
431 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919 425 0760
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Ranked #29 of 251 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Greek
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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20 restaurant reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Still fun and tasty; still some things to work out”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We visited for the second time this past weekend; we had reservations. Although the restaurant was far less crowded on a Sunday evening and didn't have live music playing, it was still so loud that it was very difficult to communicate with the server. My husband and I brought his parents, who are not familiar with Greek food and couldn't pronounce anything. We couldn't tell what they ordered because we couldn't hear them talking with the server, so when their food came out, there was a ton of confusion--it turned out that the server had brought the right stuff (progress over last time), but my in-laws didn't recognize it as the right stuff, and we couldn't help because, as I said, we hadn't been able to hear any of their conversation. I also couldn't talk with my father-in-law; he was seated across from me, and his hearing is not perfect, so he just couldn't hear me.

We were seated again at a very small table near the kitchen; I had hoped that we might get further from there this time and that perhaps the corners would be quieter. The food was all absolutely delicious, and this time we bought some bread and cookies at the bakery afterwards--the bread goes on sale after 6 p.m.! Overall, we really enjoyed the visit, but I was frustrated at the noise level. Surely there's a way to install some acoustic panels and dampen things down just a little. It'd still be a fun, festive atmosphere, but people would actually be able to talk with their friends and families (and servers).

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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“creative decor,excellent food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

went with a party of about 30. we were served family style. unique tastes just kept appearing. all enjoyed their meal and the creativity of the decor. the surfaces are very reflective,however, and conversation can be difficult....especially among a joyous group. still, excited about returning.

Visited July 2013
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Chapel Hill, NC
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“All around great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Must admit to being a little nervous after reading reviews, but we decided to give it a go. What an excellent decision! We were there around 6:30 pm and got a table in a small alcove across from the bar. We ordered a XORIATIKI salad with some of the freshest heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers I've had anywhere in a long time. The feta on the salad was perfect as was the homemade bread. Also got a MAROULI salad with a wonderful dressing. Then we shared the fisherman's stew which looked small at first but it turned out to be the perfect size. The waitress brought extra bead for the stew without us asking. The meal was complimented by a bottle of ALEXAKIS VIDIANO white wine. We just picked a wine and were lucky that it turned out to pair well with the meal. Since we had been good with the entree, we went for the Chocolate Mousse with olive oil and salt. Wonderful ending to a perfect meal!

Service was also excellent. Our waitress, Michelle, knew the menu and was able to answer questions easily. She was very professional and personal. For example, she said she had never served the wine we ordered before but thought it had a pretty label, She was attentive without being over vigilant.

It was noisy, but not bad where we were. The whole atmosphere was vibrant. Somehow you felt like everyone was having a good time. Lots of laughing and positive energy, and I am not one to talk about positive energy often. Somehow Kipos had that.

We'll be back soon!

Visited July 2013
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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“Good ambiance and music”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Stopped by after hearing good report from a friend. Had drinks and an appetizer. Very pleasant environment, friendly staff and live Greek music. The appetizer, a mezze, was rather bland and I would not order that again. Worth another visit I think.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Beautifully rustic Greek atmosphere and food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We called at 5:30 for 6:00 reservations on a rainy Friday night. Our first visit to Kipos was a total delight starting with the wonderfully comfortable decor with its rustic tables and mismatched but similar chairs. The music was loud and full and uplifting...we looked for the 6 piece band and found a lone bouzouki player with rich background music mixed in electronically. We started with drinks. I chose the Giorgios...a wonderful mix of vodka, rosemary, thyme and lemon...delicious! For our meal we had wonderful choices of tapas type small plates or slow cooked main courses. We opted for the small plates...enormous shrimp in a fantastic tomato sauce, greek meatballs with tzaziki, and cold ouzo-cured salmon. Each item was fantastic! For dessert a wonderful walnut cake with creme fraiche. Dinner was accompanied by a delightful white Greek wine. Our waitress was attentive yet willing to let us enjoy the evening. The manager and head cook charming and personable. All in all a great evening!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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