La Taberna del Alabardero
La Taberna del Alabardero
  • Address:
    1776 I Street, NW(Entrance on 18th St.)
    Entrance on 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown
  • Cuisine:
    Spanish
    Price: $50 and over

La Taberna del Alabardero

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.alabardero.com/
  • Phone: 2024292200x
  • 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: Providing customized catering tailored specifically for you
  • Entertainment: We are excited to announce that we already have our Flamenco Show & Dinner set for Saturday, November 10th & Sunday the11th with dancers direct from Spain.
  • Special Events: We are pleased to present on Saturday September 29th the music and words of Carlos Núñez, to celebrate the US release of his new CD, “Discover” as well as the beginning of the artist’s US tour.

    When: Saturday, September 29th 7pm
    Where: Taberna del Alabardero
    Cost: $90 per person

Getting there

  • Cross Street: I Street
  • Public Transit: Farragut West Metro Station or Farragut North
  • Parking: Public 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
162 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (111)fit for foodies (86)romantic (82)great for lunch (57)notable wine list (54)great for outdoor dining (35)good for groups (35)neighborhood gem (26)great for brunch (12)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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  • Nothing spectacular
    Fefe
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I thought the Restuarant was very avg but the service above average. The waiters made you feel upscale and were very attentive to your needs. If my glass was empty the wine would flow (we purchased a bottle that they kept on ice near by) the plates were removed when needed. The food was good not great. I don't have anything bad to say. Bathrooms were outdated as far as style but VERY CLEAN.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • trying out new place, not returning
    linas
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went there for restaurant week lunch to try a new local spot for me. In the end it's all about food, and this was bad. Every dish ordered came out very fast and either cold or barely warm. The mushroom appetizer was soaking in cold sauce, and the pasta was the same. Steak wasn't juicy or crispy, just watery - not even sure how they did it. Fish was completely soaked on water. Creme brulé for dessert, had been overdone, and was hard to crack, as the top layer was as hard as glass. Oh well, we tried..
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic
    Spaniardsoul
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The most authentic Spanish food you can find in DC. The rich red walls and traditional old Spanish decor transports you across the ocean and to a different era but the food is true the current culture. It's absolutely my favorite place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service + dishes, bad decor
    champangetaste
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went for dinner during Restaurant Week before going to a show. Our waiter spoke perfect Spanish and was attentive but not intrusive. The dishes were authentic and reminded me of home. However, the decor also reminded me of home...my grandmother's old flat. The paintings of toreadors, carved wood, heavy chandeliers and blood fed velvet sprayed everywhere ...it was dreadful. And the looped recording of Flemenco singing was almost funny it was so cliche. Upscale restaurants in Spain do not look like this, even traditional ones. LTA needs to redecorate soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a restaurant for vegetarians
    Sautemouton
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, good service but horrible vegetarian food. They have a special menu for vegetarians so by that fact they admit they can cook vegetarian. However, the courses I choose were absolutely horrible. The food had no favor. My husband had non-vegetarian food and it was good. Very disappointing. To the restuarant's credit, when they asked how I liked it and I told them, they did not charge me for my meal. That was very good business move and we will return and next time, I will try non-vegetarian.
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  • excellent
    Bruce
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    once again, Taberna del Alabardero was excellent in all respects
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    SSPZ214VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Their restaurant week menu was embarrassing. The food that we had on our visit was cheap and poorly prepared. I had the mac & cheese surf & turf to start, which was basically wheat pasta with frozen shrimp and no sauce. She had the mushroom dish, which appeared to be canned mushrooms in too much sauce. The entrees were the real disappointment. I ordered the pork loin and when it arrived, I felt like I'd been pranked. First, it was three thin slices of stacked & overcooked pork. But, the real kicker was that it was served with a topping of what appeared to be Lays potato chips. She had the salmon, which was $3 extra to eat an overcooked cut of fish. For dessert, the rice pudding was EXTREMELY watery. We just left it. Very amateur.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Food
    hungryVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This restaurant is consistently a great place to dine! The service is impeccable and the food is always interesting and flavorful with a perfect presentation. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and everything lends to being very authentic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A popular place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This place is located on the outer edge of my weekday "lunching grounds". I had passed by it many times on my way to the IMF and always made a note to try it sometime. I finally took the time and took my wife. I regret that I had not done this sooner. You know you have found a great ethnic restaurant when many of the patrons are clearly from that locale. Large groups of Spanish-speaking people populated Taberna the lunchtime we went. A definite indicator. The meal was exquisite with considerable attention to detail and presentation. Each was a complex blend of distinct tastes that challenges every palette. Warning; the sauces are so rich I believe it is best to have a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was my first time at the Restaurant and I definatly love it. The food was delicious and the service excellent!!! Thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First timer who will return!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    From start to finish my colleagues and I enjoyed our time at this restaurant. Not only did the restaurant accommodate us comfortably in their group room but the service was throughout was wonderful. We were welcomed by the staff and treated with respect. The food was beautiful in both appearance and richness of taste. I had passed this place many times but decided to try it for restaurant week. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant.
    Nadia
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    It was the restaurant week. Good menu and good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Romantic and Expensive
    RahpatchVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Perfect restaurant for restaurant week. The very expensive menu is actually worth it for RW prices. Great find as a foodie. This was my first time. Waiter kinda rushed us but food was so great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent!
    MBE1983
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary dining at La Taberna del Alabardero. It was Restaurant Week and the menu was extensive, with plenty of options. I ordered the gazpacho, the merluza and the crema catalana. Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding, just what you would expect from a place like this. Perfect for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dineandwine
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My husband and I have been going to Taberna for the last 3 years and it never fails me. We entertain friends and we come here at least twice a month. Food, wine, the people are all very friendly. Everything is just superb. I hope it continues at this level
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheers to 25 years of success!
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I was completely blown away at the high level of service & the quality of the dishes. The portions were just right. I enjoyed my dining experience so much, I'll go back for the extended restaurant week when they serve tapas! I recommend this place to anyone wanting good food when they're in downtown DC. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Fiamma11
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was delicious and fun. The service was among the best I have encountered. A true gem!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding service
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service is outstanding. Food is just fair. This restaurant is good for special occasion.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best of the Best in DC!
    QueenBeeBuzz
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were thrilled with our lovely experience at La Taberna del Alabardero! What a find! They treated us like gold and the food was delicious! The restaurant is gorgeous and the whole night was magical. Thanks to Javier and the staff for night of perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elgordo01
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Very good food and wonderful ambience. Fantastic service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish it were better!
    eddieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    An uneven dining experience with some great dishes such as the Croquetas and the Razor Clams. There was a fine dish that could have been warmer, the Piquillo Relleno. The entries were an okay Monkfish and an unhappily dry Grouper. The desserts were enjoyable (the Flan) to just okay (the tiramisu). The vino was very good! Service is hard to pin down. There was a wait for the appetizers but the wine was always poured on time. We hope to go back but we are not committed. Parking is free in the next door garage which is a blessing in the neighborhood. We wish we could say more though we are sorry that we didn't try the Iberian ham. We give it a less than enthusiastic recommendation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely but pricey
    AndreaKVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant for special occasions. The food and service are wonderful but the prices are extremely high. Expect to pay $100 per person before taxes and gratuities. The portions are also on the nouvelle side.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent paella
    Kika
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I brought a group of friends from work. We had the paella Valenciana. It was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Gordon
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Again, in my personal view, having dined in excellent restaurants in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, and the Far East, I hold to the view that this is the best restaurant, all things considered, that I have ever been to. I have been a patron for as long as the Taberna came to Washington, DC, and I have never been disappointed. My guests are always awed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Spanish restaurant in DC
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Taberna del Alabardero is celebrating its 25th annivesary in Washington and still going strong! Always a pleasure to dine in its elegant rooms, eat and drink its delicious food and wines, and be served by its professional staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stick to what doesn't work?
    sambVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I'll admit it was a mistake picking this restaurant for my team lunch. They don't have a lunch menu, so entrees start at $25 and go up from there. Or, you can order the "Executive Lunch" for $60. The three of us ordered Saefood Paella. I'll also admit to being an ugly American and probably not knowing what good paella at a Spanish restaurant is like. Is it swimming in cops of oil, and completely soggy? For $25, do you get just four small pieces of seafood? If so, then their paella was on the mark. None of us finished our lunches. Frankly, it was gross. On the plus side, the bread was good, and we got free olives.
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  • Underwhelmed this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My previous meal (restaurant week) was terrific. This time great salad and mediocre paella...
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  • Slightly disappointing
    Discerningdcdiner
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    A friend and I went to lunch to take advantage of Taberna's paella promotion, but the paella we were served wasn't the one we ordered. It was good, just not the one we asked for.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food and service was excellent. The wine we ordered was not available but the wine steward offered an alternative that they had just received that was not on the menu. It was excellent and paired very well with the food that we ordered.
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  • Close To Authentic Spanish
    LaneBVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food here incorporates unusual ingredients and preparations in creating a Spanish food experience that is hard to find. A great selection of share-able appetizers complements a good selection of entree's and of course paella. We had the fish paella with langoustines which was delicious. The wine list offers a great selection of Spanish wines at all price points. The service is great and ambiance appealing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding services
    ericawVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I try to stop by every time I come to Washington DC. Fantastic food, perfect service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Spanish food in town
    Jjamez
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    No doubt La Taberna keeps the closest authentic flavors of Spain in DC. With a selection of traditional and we'll known dishes, this place is a sure bet for dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate