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
153 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 (99)fit for foodies (75)romantic (71)great for lunch (50)notable wine list (44)good for groups (31)great for outdoor dining (28)neighborhood gem (24)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • This restaurant is very beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    This restaurant is very beautiful on the inside. The food was a little on the bland side, compared to other Spanish restaurants we've been to in Philadelphia (Amanda, Tinto, Bar Ferdinand)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for a birthday celebration.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/15/2008
    We went for a birthday celebration. Everything was fantastic. I requested a sparkling wine to be at the table upon our arrival. Even though we were early, the staff handled it very well and my husband was pleasantly surprised. The service and the food were excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I thought the service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2008
    I thought the service was very good. The person I was supposed to dine with did not show up so after waiting 45 minutes, I wound up eating by myself. They handled it all quite well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good but waiter was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2008
    Food was good but waiter was not terribly friendly. When I made the reservation, I requested that a candle be placed in the dessert to celebrate a birthday. We did not order dessert because we were too full, but it would have been a nice gesture if the waiter brought out something simple with a candle.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great menu. Awesome service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/10/2008
    Great menu. Awesome service. The paella was good but not excellent... and there is a significant wait. Not a place for those in a rush. Great place to enjoy conversation with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was definitely not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2008
    The food was definitely not as good as before, the paella was a bit salty and so so... I am not sure its worth revisiting as often as we have done in the past
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/30/2008
    The food was good but not superlative. Based on the reviews we had been expecting a meal "fit for foodies" but that is not what we got. The food was predictable and fairly boring. Desserts were great, as was the Jamon Iberico - but everything else was just OK. The wine list is pretty exhaustive but very overpriced. The atmosphere is unremarkable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • This was a repeat visit for
    LocalnjVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2008
    This was a repeat visit for my husband and me during our visit to DC. As always, the service was outstanding and the food (paella) was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Val. prking at the grge next
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/18/2008
    Val. prking at the grge next door-nice. I had lamb shank, husb. had steak. I got bored of it by the end, pile o meat. Both the dishes were salty. The "sides" were tiny-steak came w/1 asparagus, lamb had carrot puree in the shape of a carrot, reminded me of baby food, & toasted, marshmllw-shaped potato. Was good, I prefer to not have a giant plate of food, but needed a bit more. App. was some artichoke with 2 shrimp, 2 clams, too salty. Most stuff has seafood, esp appitzrs. Only 1 non-seafd salad listed and it had lentils, so hubby got no app. The veg menu on their webste, maybe you have to ask for. Wine good. Cortados & dessert (brownie)-fine. I'd go back weekdy 5-7 for 1/2 price tapas, but maybe not for din. $$$ for what it is. Srvce top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try the cold garlic soup (or
    FFXMICKVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2008
    Try the cold garlic soup (or whatever soup is on the menu when you go...also the sangria was some of the best I have ever had. The wine list is varied, but you really have to drink Spanish wine here. Also, you simply HAVE to have Sherry at some point during your meal!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I appreciate their vegan/vegetarian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2008
    I appreciate their vegan/vegetarian offerings. its good for carnivores and herbavores alike!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • We went there for the tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2008
    We went there for the tapas but for some reason they were not serving them that night. The food was enjoyable none-the-less.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food and wine. Our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2008
    Wonderful food and wine. Our server was very kind, efficient and knowledgable. Our meal was the finest that I have had had in DC. Superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Once again we had an excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/10/2008
    Once again we had an excellent experience at Taberna del Alabardero! I was disappointed not find sweetbreads--the best I've ever had the last time I was here!--but the steak I ordered this time was outstanding, wonderfully flavorful, with roasted peppers. We enjoyed a round of appetizers/tappas, although the chorizo wasn't quite as good as I recall (somewhat stiff and bland). As usual, the service was attentive, and all staff friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The service and wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/5/2008
    The service and wine list were top notch. Sitting outside was probbaly a mistake...while it was a nice night, the street noise makes for a less than ideal romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waitress was very knowledgeable
    Iluv2eatVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2008
    Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful. The service was outstanding. Orders were taken promptly and food and drinks brought expeditiously but gracefully. The quality of the food was outstanding. This is and continues to be one of my favorite DC restaurants. A true gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My family and I have been
    John
    Dined on 5/30/2008
    My family and I have been going to La Taberna for 14 years---It is ALWAYS a pleasure. Our daughter is now a TABERNA fan. GREAT PLACE, GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE--LOVE IT!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • I know, this is a consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/29/2008
    I know, this is a consistent Top 100 type restaurant yada, yada, but I just didn't get it. We sat outside, probably our first mistake, and they put us at a table that was uneven and as such we almost lost our drinks a couple of times before I had to get up and stuff sugar packets underneath one of the legs. On top of that, we were directly facing the spotlight illuminating the server's station and we were 2 feet from the front entrance with all the traffic that goes with it (everyone else seemed to have very nice sidewalk seats). Beyond that, the waitstaff was excellent and accommodating. A couple of the tapas were excellent (calamari and flank steak), but the food overall was definitely not worth the price.
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  • We were really looking forward
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    We were really looking forward to this dinner which was wonderful. However, it was a Sat. night, we were celebrating another couple's anniversary I made the reservations ahead of time. we arrived to be seated in a pleasant room, HOWEVER, we were next to a table with a few children who were really noisy and not controlled. This waa very annoying as this is a high end restauarnt and we did not expect to have to listen to these kids who were noisy and running around. After they finally left another table came with two more kids. Why don't people leave their kids someplace when dining at a restauarant of this caliber? We would defiently return as the food was delicious and this is supposed to be a upper end and notable DC restauarnt
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The apetizer and desert were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    The apetizer and desert were really lovley. The main course (Seafood Paella) was too wet, and the rice was quite hard. I thought it lacked flavor. I thought the rice could have been cooked for longer and the sauce dried up a bit more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice main courses. Desserts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    Very nice main courses. Desserts were not very exciting. Wonderful wine list with expert recommendations.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I took my sweetie there after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/20/2008
    I took my sweetie there after proposing to her! And it was a perfect dinner for the newly engaged!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • This is one of the most wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    This is one of the most wonderful dining experience we have had! What a treat to have such creative tapas with such outstanding wines. The pairings were perfect! The tapas were so unique...it was like "a party in my mouth." I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • I did not like the fact that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    I did not like the fact that after I had ordered one bottle of sparkling water, the waiter without asking had opened and poured a second bottle.
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  • I knew it was going to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    I knew it was going to be expensive. I just did not like the fact that they don't explain that the half price tapas are only at the bar until you get there. So we ended up paying full price. Restaurant was nice, food was good, just not something I would go to every day because of the price, more for like special occasions. I can get tapas for less at other places.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was very good. They
    Joja
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Service was very good. They were atuned to our needs without being overbearing. Only distraction is tables for 2 can be too close together. Also a nice feature is that parking was provided at no additional cost. This is a place we will recommend to others. However, this was a recommended tapas restaurant, but we did not see a tapas menu.
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    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • A delightful restaurant.
    ommbabyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    A delightful restaurant. Great food, attentive service, lovely setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • It's so grate place to enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    It's so grate place to enjoy in specials ocassion with the family and friends. The food and service are an exelent things that makes anybody wants to come back and recomend to others. Thanksyou very much, I apreciate Your attentions.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • A simply wonderful dinner.
    HSDBVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    A simply wonderful dinner. Everything was delicious and nicely served. Thank you!!
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  • Taberna del Alabardero has
    SamWVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Taberna del Alabardero has been my favorite restaurant in Washington for almost 20 years.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ambiance and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    ambiance and service were great. the food was a major disappointment (we had tapas). absolutely no garnish on any of the dishes, very unappetizing plating. mediocre tapas (Jaleo is much better and more reasonable). excellent sangria and good wine choices by waitstaff. we were there on a friday evening.
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  • Phenomenal! A real treat
    marston
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Phenomenal! A real treat for special occasions. The tasting menu was delicious, and paired with the wine selections, it could not have been better. Service was perfect, staff were friendly. A real high point. Wish it were a bit less expensive so I could go more often, but really enjoyed myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At first, we thought we were
    jillntVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    At first, we thought we were being ignored. It took awhile for a waiter to come over. We ordered paella which was only okay. There was not enough seafood and the mussels and clams tasted salty. Not enough flavor. We were really excited to go to the restaurant because we hadn't been there in a few years but were a bit let down about the service and the food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The quality of the meal, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    The quality of the meal, the wine, and service were superb. The only qualifier is that it should be noted that we ordered the Tasting Food and Wine Menu so excellent food, drink, and service should be expected--and definitely were delivered throughout the evening. I highly recommend Taberna and its Tasting Menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For groups, reserve one of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    For groups, reserve one of the private rooms. For everyone else, the table distances are fine: far enough to be private, close enough to be vibrant. Note: handicapped people should be aware that the restrooms are up a flight of a stairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The sangria was FANTASTIC.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    The sangria was FANTASTIC. Dinner was excellent. The desserts were unimpressive and a let-down after an otherwise wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    The food and service were great. Outdoor seating was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our one complaint was that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    Our one complaint was that the Paella was way too salty. We didn't eat much of it. Everything else was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • I'm a regular at Taberna del
    Matt
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    I'm a regular at Taberna del Alabardero. The food, service, and ambiance are consistently superb. I have never been disappointed in this beautiful place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Didn't think that the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Didn't think that the food was all that good for the price. The paella was bland. Had much better meals in Spain for a lot less with just as good if not better ambiance.
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