La Taberna del Alabardero
La Taberna del Alabardero

La Taberna del Alabardero

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.alabardero.com/
  • Phone: (202) 429-2200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Sunday Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner 5:30pm-10pm *beginning Sept 16th
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Javier Romero
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Proudly celebrating 25 years of existence with the honor of carrying the best and authentic Spanish cuisine to the Washingtonians, we are now proud to announce our new catering services to our clients. Zagat classifies Taberna del Alabardero as the "Rolls-Royce of Spanish" restaurants in the Capital of the United States, for our commitment to innovating cotinuously the Spanish traditional food.

  • Special Events: Cooking Classes, Wine Tasting Dinners, Flamenco, Happy Hours, Catering Services

Getting there

  • Cross Street: I Street
  • Public Transit: Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: COMPLIMENTARY PARKING after 5:30pm next door to the restaurant on 18 Street NW.
A word from La Taberna del Alabardero
The Evolution of Tradition is presented with Executive Chef Javier Romero introducing a new approach to some classic tapas. From old school tapas battling it out to healthy & organic salads, there's something for everyone. Celebrating our 25th Anniversary this 2014 and a young team bringing innovative techniques, we continue to show the best our culture has to offer.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
La Taberna del Alabardero reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (98)fit for foodies (74)romantic (70)great for lunch (49)notable wine list (43)good for groups (31)great for outdoor dining (28)neighborhood gem (24)great for brunch (8)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Superb restaurant
    Sam1
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Consistently excellent food and great service in a very elegant setting. My favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The flamenco show
    casualdiner9
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    There was a fixed menu for $80 and it was fine. The show was quite disappointing to me since I had seen other shows there in past years. It just didn't compare. The did two 10 min shows in 2 different parts of the restaurant. It was a credible flamenco company smaller and just didn't "hold a candle" tp the shows of years past.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, lovely atmosphere, so-so food
    Jody
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We could not have been more pleased with the atmosphere and service at this restaurant. It made for a delightful evening for our group. However, I was disappointed in the quality of the food. For a restaurant in its price range, I expected something special but found it to be merely adequate. We ended up ordering our entire meal from the tapas menu. Perhaps we would have had a different experience had we ordered from the entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice, but pricey
    Mariapa
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We enjoyed it, but we can eat more snd better for the price we paid. Example, the jamon Serrano was over $34 as an appetizer and it was no more than ten tiny super thin slices. We did enjoy it, but we do think portions should be bit larger.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Taberna del Alabardero
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Elegant but overpriced. $15 side salads--not on the menu, no warning. Service was poor--LONG wait for the check, had to ask for salt 3 times.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Taberna is always a treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Taberna is a wonderful restaurant. Great for business gatherings as well as with friends. Delicious Spanish cuisine is consistently excellent whether you enjoy the tapas or indulge in a full meal. Taberna's staff are also fantastic - warm and welcoming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SnowWhite11
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I always love to have either dinner or lunch or have a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • October
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I had dinner on Saturday with a friend of mine. The place was great for both of us. The service was very friendly and respectful. Good ambience. Food, was excellent, we had Potatoes a la Diabla, Paella. sorry, I can not tell you about the wine. We did not drink but I will recommend the Crema Catalana for desert and, the Carajillo ( coffee with brandy).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing.
    SusansReviews
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We hadn't been to this restaurant in 21 years so we were very anxious to take out-of-town guests who love Spanish food and had been looking forward to it for weeks. Extremely disappointed in the taste of the food for the prices they charge here. I would never go back. A total waste of almost $500 for 5 people. If you want my full review, to go YELP and look me up under Susan Gassman.
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  • Bear than the one in Madrid
    Diner
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This restaurant is best than the one in Madrid. Great service and great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turning expensive on drinks
    ThetaKappaVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    All food establishments make most of their profits from drinks, but Taberna should be careful not to over do it, especially with respect to single glass wines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Erudito
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Authentic, real Spanish food , from the moment you walk in you are in Madrid. The arroz con leche and ice cream was like being in heaven . Please open in Miami!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No flavor..bland textures,
    Maria615
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Amazing that people recommended the Tapas. Had four dishes and only one was even mildly flavorful. Lacking in veggies overall..The decor is very nice and the service was outstanding. Wish We would have had even one dish worth returning for. Have had excellent Tapas in DC elsewhere . Will not bother trying this again unless reviews indicate the food has greatly improved. We have had better Spanish food in Manila than the offerings here.
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  • Where is the chicken?
    Sandra
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We ordered the paella and had a hard time finding the chicken, although there were two nice pieces of chorizo. I know there is supposed to be a lot of rice, yet there was too much in proportion to the rest. So the price for mostly rice seems a bit steep. We liked the appetizers, specially the french fries, ham and egg mixture; it did not look like the Spanish dish that I have tasted in the past, but it was good anyway. The sangria, perhaps a bit watered down. Desserts try to be imaginative and succeed up to a point. Green pistachio tiramisu anyone? This is a very nice restaurant; service was good, although they did not ask us if we wanted drinks before dinner and there was no drinks menu. It was busy and the staff was trying to keep up.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was so good I almost cried
    Alice
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Staff was so professional all the way around and perfect!! The food was absolutely delicous. I mean..who orders Sardines at a restaurant! I love sardines so I went for it. The sardines with the cauliflower sauce was such a great combo. I can never enjoy canned sardines anymore as now I know how they are supposed to taste..I hope my local fishmonger carries them. My waiter helped me with my main couse...Since I had ordered a fish dish for the appetizer he suggested the suckling pig. I'm glad I tend to listen to the waiters input. The suckling pig was so moist. The outside was the crispy skin and inside the moist pig. It was so good, I almost cried!! Will travel again from Delaware just to dine here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Alabardero
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great ambiance, fantastic the vegetables in tempura. Great service. A little bit disappointed by the paella with pawn, mussels and scallops. I would have expected more equilibrium among ingredients. It was good but not excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    MLVP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times and it has never failed me - food, service and ambiance have always been excellent!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    davidjVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    One very outstanding features is that one person served our table. He took our orders, took the wine order and poured it, served the food, took and served the dessert and coffee orders and provided the check. He clearly took his job very seriously and was concerend about making our meal and enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and Impressive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We celebrated a 14 year anniversary at La Taberna del Alabardero on Saturday. The food was superb and the service was very attentive. Highly recommend the deviled muscles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our annual treat
    CzSchaeferVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My not-yet-husband and I reunited after 28 years with lunch at Taberna and have returned each year to celebrate our annual reunion. Our waiter Douglass and the other wait staff provide five-star customer service, greeting us as old friends with a glass of champagne and specially decorated "happy anniversary" dessert. The appetizers, soups, entrees, desserts -- everything -- is delicious. Fit for foodies. This is a very special place. There is nothing comparable in Washington, D.C.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A huge disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    My husband and I went here for his birthday because he loves paella. The dated decor and the laminated menus was a reg flag. We started with the foie gras starter, which was heavenly, the grilled octopus and the sardine salad. We had an attentive server, Hugo, who made great wine pairing suggestions for every course. Personally, we like our paella "crusty" and the main course was a huge disappointment but the dessert was the worst dessert we have ever had. My husband had the chocolate trunk dessert and I had the pistachio tiramisu. Both were just bad. The tiramisu was "deconstructed" with neon green "cake" and congealed coffee jello. We are foodies and eat out all the time but will ever eat here again or recommend a friend.
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  • Excellent
    LadyC
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Came here to celebrate my sweethearts birthday. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very quiet and romantic. They sat us in a corner booth. The entire experience was great. I will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing
    KimMG
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I LOVE this place. We just celebrated our first anniversary there on Saturday...and they made it SUCH a special night for us. We've been there for other special occasions, too, and they ALWAYS do a fantastic job. Great service, fantastic food. Just cant say enough wonderful things about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in the food
    Star
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've been to Taberna many times during twenty five years, but have not been there during the past two. I was disappointed about the food this time. My friend and I ordered the seafood paella, I did not care for the flavor and ingredients in it, it just did not taste right. Wanted to have the manchego ice cream, which I had have many times there before, and as far as I'm concerned is one of the most unforgettable and delicious desserts, but unfortunately they no longer have it. The service and ambiance very good as usual.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Sisi
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We went to La Taberna because it was around the corner from our hotel, the reviews were good and it sounded interesting. The decor is very old school Spanish, with red walls, heavy furniture, etc. and the staff were very serious and attentive, almost hovering. We were presented with a large menu of standard (read old) selections.We had decided on our choices, when the waiter brought over a tapas menu. We decided to stay with our original choices, which in retrospect might have been a mistake. Both my husband and I were disappointed with our choices (roast suckling pig, dry and tasteless, monkfish- no flavour) Perhaps if we had taken the time to order the tapas, which I saw many waiters taking to other tables, we might have enjoyed it more.
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    good for groups
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  • FABULOUS!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Very elegant, old world, relaxing, fine dining with an incredible wine list! Not inexpensive..but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We love it!
    CapHillTravellerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our absolute favorite in DC! THE best pace in Foggy Bottom! A must A bit of Spain om DC Excellent food, excellent selection, and a fabulous wine wine list! Gustavo is one of the best wine specialists in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • A little pricey, but a good meal
    jseelke
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had a Gilt City for La Taberna (three tapas and a pitcher of sangria)...we ordered two other tapas and a dessert as well...without the voucher it would have been pretty pricey, but with it, it made the meal a decent price for really great food. There is free parking after 5:30 pm in a lot next door which also helps on the cost. The sangria hit the spot on a warm day - we only had two people split the pitcher, which was more than enough. All of the tapas (except for the lechon, which was not what either of us expected) were fantastic. Five tapas was a good amount to share between two people
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great friendly business lunch
    Luis
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I invited two important overseas business friends for lunch at Taberna. They loved the place and the food so much they could not stop talking about it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best
    Freespeech
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have another great lunch. Everything was perfect, from the service to the quality of the food. I will always come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to g food back up to par!
    Julito1VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    While the food was good it was not well seasoned and the presentation was better than the taste. Slipping!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and mood
    Momonthego
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    While the executive lunch menu never disappoints, I opted for an entree of grouper which was tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Spanish restaurant in town
    foodie007VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fantastic Restaurant week menu: 4 tapas each, one paella to share and dessert. Everything was cooked perfectly. The staff couldn't be more attentive. Haven't been to this longstanding restaurant in DC; all the raves are about the other celebrity chefs. This place serves the best Spanish food, that's why they've survived here so long. Try it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    foodie007VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went there for Restaurant week. Best menu I've encountered all week. Food cooked perfectly. Service was likewise. Just the best Spanish restaurant in town.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    SomeDude
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food, fantastic service, attractive decor, has been great every visit.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a dream
    MelanieFInDCVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    You feel like you have been plucked from downtown DC and placed in Spain. Delish and decadent. They have a vegetarian menu if you ask for it.
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  • Best paella
    Kimva
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went there for DC restaurant week and unfortunately Paella was not included in the menu. So we ordered tapas and paella from the regular menu. It was expensive but it was best paella I have tasted in DC area.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable excellence
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Again I express the opinion that the T de A is a world class restaurant. I have been a loyal patron for two decades now. In addition to occasional dining, there are two really great rooms for private dining with guests, both spectaclar, one formal, one intimate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • amertume
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I liked the food here a lot - my friends and I went here for DC Restaurant Week and while the portions were smaller, the meal filled us. The food doesn't seem to have THAT much of a Spanish taste or infusion, but the food was very well made and well seasoned. Presentation was nice, too. Service was attentive and our waiter in particular was charming and responsive. When we were forced to wait about 20 minutes past our reservation time, I think the owner of the restaurant came out to apologize himself and the hostess herself was very courteous. The place is very bougie looking, for lack of better word. Very regal and fancy looking, lighting was ample, though, so you're not just eating in the dark or in lighting that strains your eyes.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • birthday dinner
    lilli
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    the decor is very nice, service was ok. There were six in our party and the restaurant wasn't busy. The wine list was good. We expected myriad tapas off the regular menu but found the list rather limited and devoid of vegetables, salads, but there was gazpacho. We ordered meats and cheeses that were nothing special. There was a terribly sweet soft "cheese" that was reminiscent of buttercream frosting. we ordered Paella that was anything but paella. At best it was "dirty rice" from a box mix with three or four pieces of overcooked shrimp a scallop no detected sausage, chorizo or chicken and scant vegetables - no taste, not even salt and definitely no saffron. the food was poor quality and poorly prepared. not recommended for anything.
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