La Tasca - Penn Quarter
La Tasca - Penn Quarter

La Tasca - Penn Quarter

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.latascausa.com/
  • Phone: (202) 347-9190
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Josu Zubikarai
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: 2 private floors available with a private bar.
  • Private Party Contact: Ken Skidmore 2023478839
  • Entertainment: Friday - Live Band @ 10pm
    Saturday - Sals Club Nights with Bachateame 11pm - 3am
  • Special Events: Every Day:
    Dinner & a Movie Menu
    1 starter item, 5 of your favorite tapas,
    1 speciality dessert, two movie tickets

    Mondays thru Wednesdays
    Unlimited Tapas @ $30 per person
    Begins @ 4pm until closing

    Fridays
    Complimentary Paella in the Bar
    & Live Music with "Deep Dreams"

Getting there

  • Cross Street: H Street
  • Public Transit: Metro - Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro Stop (red, yellow, and green lines)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking garages in area available
A word from La Tasca - Penn Quarter
La Tasca is a careful blend of everything about Spain – warm décor, authentic cuisine and friendly hospitality. All these combine to create a unique and genuine atmosphere. La Tasca strives to keep the Spanish culture and passion alive in its restaurants; to be local within its community while bringing to it a taste of Spain. La Tasca is a Spanish restaurant with a combination of more than 45 Tapas dishes, delicious menu specials, 6 different paellas, 11 sangria blends, Spanish wines and beers. La Tasca has five locations in the United States; one in Baltimore and four in the Washington metro area.
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La Tasca - Penn Quarter reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (64)fit for foodies (58)vibrant bar scene (48)special occasion (34)hot spot (33)neighborhood gem (33)great for lunch (29)late-night find (21)romantic (19)great for brunch (17)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Good Service except Time Management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I used this restaurant for my boss's 40th Birthday since it was located close from my office, and heard about the small dishes they offer are good for alcohol drinkers. Yes I liked the fact that waiter's effort to comfort us. I really appreciate him being our server. he was very helpful for the entire stay. Only, and biggest thing I didn't like about this place is that I was told to wait more than 45 minutes. Even though my reservation was from 19:30, We actually sat and begun ordering around 20:30.
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  • La Tasca - Every Time I'm in DC
    Tip184
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I eat at La Tasca at least once every time I come to DC. The food is wonderful, and the decor is nice. I usually bring a group (6 - 10 people) and the restaurant accommodates us easily (with a reservation). My mouth is watering as I think about it. Eat there - you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, Mediocre Food, Bad Service
    jimmyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    1- So loud we had to yell to be heard 2- The food was pretty OK. Not bad, but a bit bland and not interesting at all 3- The waitress forgot one of our orders, delivered one of our drinks to the wrong table, and insisted she had given it to us. Some people looked like they were having a good time in the downstairs bar, but we were so ready to leave when dinner was over.
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  • Meh
    fittobetried
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I'm from Philadelphia, which in the past 10 years has become foodie heaven, with numerous superb tapas restaurants, including Amada, Bar Ferdinand, Jamonera, and Tinto. La Tasca simply does not stack up. We chose a variety of dishes, and most of them were relatively uninspired, lacking zest, crispiness, or stand-out seasoning. Nothing was particularly memorable. Service was attentive, however.
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  • Water, water, but not a drop to drink…
    MenuMel99
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Open table reservation made at 12:13 that day (Thursday) We arrived 7:15- couple ahead (different than the one mentioned above) had no reservation, was seated before us- despite being told by the hostess that they were waiting for a reservation to arrive. The guy leaned over and said to her, “Is there anything you can do for us?” At that point the hostess should have said- excuse me to them & looked up to ask if we had a reservation- but didn’t. I approached the hostess stand and said Hello, I’m (name) and I had a reservation for 7:15PM. She then told me that they’d have to make up our table and it would be a few minutes…again this could have been avoided if she’d asked the non-reservation couple to just step aside for a minute vs giving them a reserved table. Sat us 10 minutes later- once at our table, server greeted other non-reservation couple (the one I first mentioned) before us. They were seated next to us. They placed their order and we placed our drink order- we were not told that our drink would take 15-20 min. (expectation management) She brought the other couple water & bottle of wine, we were not given our water. After about 15 minutes, (the other couple had gotten their bread, we still didn’t have a glass of water) I got the hostess attention to find out what happened. I was extremely thirsty- all I really wanted was a glass of water!!!! At that point the waitress finally brought us the drink we ordered and said “oh, the manager told us we should let you know these drinks take longer than typical drinks to make”…then she brought water--20 minutes for a glass of water! We had planned our 4 item order placed when she brought our drinks- we expected 1 item at a time, but about 15 minutes later they brought all 4 of our orders- so much for a relaxing evening-- She did ask if we wanted dessert menu- but we felt so neglected at first then rushed to eat that we had NO interest in dessert. She dropped the check on the table and said sorry for the problem
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  • Ok food for the price
    GreatfoodconnoisseurVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food was just ok. Nothing special. Had to go here after visiting one of the museums. It was the closest with no wait time. Food was served fast but didn't taste special to me.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was Outstanding!
    ARMYGIRL
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Made reservations- seated immediately on arrival. The vibe is energetic but not so loud you cant' talk. Dimly lit enough for a romantic meal but would not recommend unless you were going early or not on a weekend- it was packed. Drinks were delish and the reds by the glass were reasonable but not unimaginative. The food was excellent- I would definitely recommend the garlic shrimp and the seared Ahi tapas- they were both prepared perfectly. We are not from DC but I have visited before and make this restaurant a must-go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Lively Evening
    Foodie08VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I recently hosted a group of eight for a lively evening at a very busy La Tasca later on a Friday evening. We were looking for a 'small plates' restaurant, and were delighted with what La Tasca offered. The service was very good, and the only challenge was trying to hear what others in our group were saying. In general, I would say this restaurant would be better at peak times for smaller parties of two to four people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Loved It!
    drieldc
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I hosted a meeting for my business partners this week and when it came time to take them to dinner, I didn't hesitate to book a table at La Tasca. The guests came from other cities on the East Coast, each one noted for its dining venues, but all were impressed with the menu and list of wines and sangrias. The maître d' gave us a table in an alcove that looked on to the street and it gave us an opportunity to continue our discussions from the day, laugh and enjoy a great meal. It was a great choice and one we'd make again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Whenever I am in DC ...
    Kath
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Whenever I visit DC, ususally twice a year, I will make it a point to stop in at La Tasca. I just love the Tapas selection. The services has always been fantastic. And the Sangria is wonderful. Definitely recommend you to put this on your list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great . Just get a good waiter
    Zengo
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Eaten many times before a wizards game. Keep changing menu so watch out. Keep tabs on your water s they serve many tables and not always in reach. Good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous tapas!!
    RubyVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We are NYers who have had wonderful tapas in NY and Barcelona. The selection was the best and one was better than the next. Loved all of the sangria options. Will come back the next time we are in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Visit!
    Cncrndcitzen
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We have visited La Tasca everytime we go to the Verizon Center. It IS the place to go for great food, great service and easy access to Verizon. We WILL return when we venture to Chinatown again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Food
    mcsolano
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Really enjoyed each selection. Our waiter gave us great advice on choices. Was a bit loud for good conversation. Otherwise, a delightful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bachelorette Party Dinner
    sabrinaharris
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    All the girls had an incredible time, enjoyed a variety of delicious tapas, and had a very attentive server. What topped it all off was the complimentary champagne toast we were given! An awesome place to go to celebrate a special occasion!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Tapas! Great Wine!
    Meesh
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was my first visit and I LOVED it. Food was spectacular and the wine was delicious. Definitely would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Night Delicious
    Pinklotusdragon
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Quick service, good prices. The Gambas Al Ajillo was delicious...can't wait to get more. The Pastelitos De Cangrejo was a fresh take on crab cakes. The Sangria is always yummy. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was outstanding and the environment fun. It was easy to make reservations online.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    prfctstrmVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Perfect area for this restaurant. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Sangria List
    meateater
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    La Tasca has a nice variety of specialty sangrias. The restaurant also has wonderful tapa specials. Many choices allow people on special eat diets to heartily.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great spot
    westhoustonfoodie1
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were a party of six on four separate checks. Service was awesome. Food was great. The brussel sprouts were divine. I will visit again on another trip to DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food seems to have gotten better!
    EatHappyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This is the second time we dined here in a month - and the food seemed to taste even better. Even the service is better, friendlier, and less hurried. Maybe it is because it was still early in the evening and on a weekday - when the cooks are not so rushed due to the crowds - compared to weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Tasca
    babli
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    our group of 9 enjoyed the dinner and the service very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food, pretty good service
    Danield528
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Three of us booked using open table and had dinner on a Saturday night. We were given an excellent table at the window. We had ten small plates, three desserts, half a pitcher of sangria and the while thing was around $120. The food was fantastic...must try the bacon wrapped dates. Service was slightly inattentive but friendly and pleasant. When our spinach was ordered three times and forgotten repeatedly, our waiter offered us free desert without us complaining at all. Very good customer service. Highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Tasty!
    FoodieDinesOften
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great for a night out with friends! Buy a few different options (3-5 per 2 people) and share with friends! Everything we tried was delicious and the drinks were great! You can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a group of girlfriends coming in for a weekend and very different palates (vegetarian, dietier, picky eater, etc) so tapas seemed like a wonderful option. La Tasca did not disappoint. Large and varied menu. Had some of their cured meats, which were wonderful. Shrimp in garlic sauce was a bit heavy handed though. Wait staff was very attentive. Glad we went and would go back again, though not for a romantic dinner as the restaurant is a bit loud.
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  • Great for pre-theater dining
    Tolstaya
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The tapas (recommend patatas bravas, calamares a la andaluza) were more substantial in portion than we've seen in other tapas places and delicious. The tinta premium is excellent! The service friendly but not chatty, attentive but not obtrusive. It makes a fine meal to precede a show at Woolly Mammoth just down about two blocks and around the corner. You could even do Happy Hour and enjoy a real bargain for price to food quality. The restaurant's only issue is noise--many people enjoy the place and while the ambiance is pleasant, they could consult a designer to add things to absorb sound.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • writereader
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I love this place, but I particularly love the all you can eat tapas for $35. I didn't realize that was Mon-Fri only, so I was disappointed we couldn't do that for my birthday this past Saturday, but we still had a fantastic time and drank lots of yummy sangria. The bacon-wrapped dates are my favorites...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Party of 7
    Mary
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We ordered the $33 pp option off of the party menu. Way too much food for us. Everything was good and the steak and eggplant were out of this world. Great margueritas too! I would strongly recommend it as a fun place with good food. Only downside was the noise level made it fairly difficult to hear.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food great setting
    Moncho
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had an excellent time. Tapas were delicious. The drink menu is incredible. The sangrias are amazing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Quite Up to Par
    DCVegVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I was disappointed in this recent dining experience. The server, while charming, was not attentive and we were not asked if we wanted our drinks refilled (even 30+ minutes after I finished my iced tea). The food was room temperature, even the fried eggplant which is much better hot. The restaurant wasn't busy so it was not clear what the issue was with both the food and the service.
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  • Young adult hang-out atmosphere
    SweetViolets
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I really like La Tasca, and have always liked their food and sangria, but this last time when I went it was surprisingly loud. Maybe I'm just getting old but it made it difficult for me to enjoy the food and catch up with a friend of mine from college. Even in the back we had to raise our voices to talk and most of the other people there were college-type young adults looking for somewhere to drink and munch before they went to the club. I've been here for lunch before and it was much quieter then. So if you're a young adult looking for that kind of atmosphere, the restaurant is great but to those like me who are really done with the bar scene, you may want to find somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    Susan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food at the Alexandria location is much better. I found the food at this location was not as well seasoned. A bit bland - even the same dishes. But it was still good, and is a great place to sit and visit while sharing small plates. The lunch specials are a good value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Eating here
    Tpress
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It is always a pleasure dining here - particularly if you have a group of people with different dining tastes. Also great for folks who are not that hungry or really hungry to manage their portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sangria
    Couch
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Sangria was amazing and the waiter was very helpful when we were undecided on what to get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    Tapasrtasty
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I booked this restaurant for a casual business dinner with clients &score-workers. It did not disappoint. The next day everyone was still making positive comments about the food & wine. Great service, window table with a view of all the people & happenings on 7th Street. We ordered the Tasting menu along with the mixed Paella. With a table of six people none if us left hungry. The grilled lamb chops were tasty, cooked perfectly. The tomato salad was fresh and had a great dressing (yellow & small red tomatoes). Dessert sampler had a selection if four of the desserts. The plot ion were large and we left lots on the plate. The churro sand chocolate mouse were my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • AmandaK
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love this spot - the food and sangria is delicious. The dessert as well!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good deal for restaurant week
    Frogger813
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The tapas just weren't as good as other places, but it is restaurant week and that probably brings more people in than they are used to. Our server was amazing and treated us so kindly. I would definitely recommend going for a quick bite, but request to be seated away from the happy hour bar area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    wojo4hitz
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Everything I've ever gotten here has been delicious. Yesterday tried the spinach salad, potato/onion omelette, and pork and beef meatballs. All were delicious. My partner had the empanadas, small pork medallions, and chicken skewers. I don't have a single bad thing to say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place
    Mary
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A group from work went to La Tasca for lunch during restaurant week. The waiter was very good, attentive and friendly. He did a good job of recommending items on the menu. The food was excellent, perfectly prepared and delicious. It was a great experience, and we will certainly be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.