La Taberna del Alabardero
1776 I Street, NW(Entrance on 18th St.)
Entrance on 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006Neighborhood:
SpanishPrice: $50 and over
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
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.Continued
Foodspotting photosSee all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
La Taberna del Alabardero - Best Restaurants in Downtown ›
La Taberna del Alabardero reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (97)fit for foodies (74)romantic (69)great for lunch (48)notable wine list (43)good for groups (31)great for outdoor dining (28)neighborhood gem (23)great for brunch (8)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
- Nothing spectacularFefeDined on 8/16/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- trying out new place, not returninglinasDined on 8/16/2014Went 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:
- AuthenticSpaniardsoulDined on 8/15/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great service + dishes, bad decorchampangetasteDined on 8/15/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tried LTDA Restaurant WeekOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/15/2014The food that was available on the Restaurant Week menu was very good. I will have to try LTDA for a "special meal" sometime in the near future.Special Features:
- Not a restaurant for vegetariansSautemoutonDined on 8/15/2014Wonderful 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.
- excellentBruceDined on 8/14/2014once again, Taberna del Alabardero was excellent in all respectsSpecial Features:
- DisappointmentSSPZ214VIPDined on 8/13/2014Their 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:
- Incredible FoodhungryVIPDined on 8/13/2014This 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:
- A popular placeOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/13/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent!!lovegoodfoodDined on 8/13/2014This was my first time at the Restaurant and I definatly love it. The food was delicious and the service excellent!!! Thumbs up.Special Features:
- First timer who will return!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/13/2014From 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good restaurant.NadiaDined on 8/13/2014It was the restaurant week. Good menu and good service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very Romantic and ExpensiveRahpatchVIPDined on 8/12/2014Perfect 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excelent!MBE1983Dined on 8/11/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- dineandwineDined on 8/11/2014My 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 levelSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cheers to 25 years of success!DCFoodieVIPDined on 8/11/2014I 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:
- Delicious!Fiamma11Dined on 8/11/2014The food was delicious and fun. The service was among the best I have encountered. A true gem!Special Features:
- Outstanding serviceTravelerDined on 8/9/2014The service is outstanding. Food is just fair. This restaurant is good for special occasion.Special Features:
- Best of the Best in DC!QueenBeeBuzzDined on 8/8/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Elgordo01Dined on 8/5/2014Very good food and wonderful ambience. Fantastic service!Special Features:
- Wish it were better!eddieVIPDined on 8/2/2014An 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely but priceyAndreaKVIPDined on 8/2/2014This 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent paellaKikaDined on 7/31/2014I brought a group of friends from work. We had the paella Valenciana. It was excellent.Special Features:
- The following 1446 reviews are from the La Taberna del Alabardero reviews archive.
- Paella...not goodFrankiVIPDined on 7/28/2014I was very excited for Paella month and I was very disappointed this time. The service is always fantastic but the paellas that we tried very lacking a lot of flavor.
- GordonGordonVIPDined on 7/24/2014Again, 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Spanish restaurant in DCAndrewVIPDined on 7/23/2014Taberna 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:
- Stick to what doesn't work?sambVIPDined on 7/22/2014I'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.
- Underwhelmed this timeOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/17/2014My previous meal (restaurant week) was terrific. This time great salad and mediocre paella...
- Slightly disappointingDiscerningdcdinerDined on 7/17/2014A 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 7/16/2014The 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.
- Close To Authentic SpanishLaneBVIPDined on 7/15/2014The 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:
- Outstanding servicesericawVIPDined on 7/14/2014I try to stop by every time I come to Washington DC. Fantastic food, perfect service!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Spanish food in townJjamezDined on 7/11/2014No 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:
- Quality down after all these yearscarmellaVIPDined on 7/10/2014We've dined at La Taberna once or twice a year for two decades. The decline in the quality of the squid-ink paella, and the blandness of the appetizer and dessert both, saddened us immeasurably during Thursday night's birthday celebration, such that we couldn't admit defeat to one another until some time later. Betrayed by expectations! Places change. Chefs change. Managers change. We won't return. Even writing these words, I feel a void.Special Features:
- Always a winner.LHK429VIPDined on 7/3/2014When I first dined at Taberna (because you don't just come to eat), I felt the experience didn't justify the prices. Now, the prices are right in line with other serious restaurants in town, and the experience is still first-rate. We are Iberaphiles (is that a word?), and the menu feels and tastes authentic. Started with ham croquetas, which I really liked & my husband LOVED. Fairly crispy outside, soft inside, very flavorful. I had bacalao, which was perfectly cooked cod in a DELICIOUS, garlicky sauce (that we lapped up with perfect, crusty bread). My husband had roast pig, which was served off the bone, terrific flavor, generous serving. Shared orange flan as dessert, great flavor, nice consistency. Perfect coffee, perfect service.Special Features:
- Paella FestivalOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/3/2014Overall a very nice lunch. Unfortunately we happen to be there on a day when the air conditioning was on the fritz. Despite efforts to cool down the restaurant with auxiliary air conditioning units and fans, the dinning room was quite hot. Fortunately the food was tops.Special Features:
- Excellent food and serviceDcdiner1Dined on 7/3/2014Excellent food and service. Will definitely come back and recommend this place. And it's so near the Farragut west metro!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I don't know what i'm eating...butpstanichDCDined on 6/24/2014I am not a foody, i know what I like though. Every time I go to La Taberna, i get something different and it is always excellent. Some of the food sounds mysterious to my american ears, but it is incredible.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely nightSunniDined on 6/21/2014We had a wonderful dinner. This 25 year old Spanish restaurant is trying to increase its appeal beyond its older clientele by modifying its wonderful paella offerings and adding a new twist on tapas. Service was friendly but unobtrusive.Special Features: