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Taberna Tapas
Taberna Tapas

Taberna Tapas Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tabernatapas.com
  • Phone: (919) 797-1457
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch & Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

    Dinner only:
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Taberna Tapas
Spanish Tapas, serving lunch & dinner.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "You may have heard more about another nearby Tapas restaurant, but after several visits at both places we give this our #1 rating. The food is wonderful: well prepared, flavorful, and lots of variety. Service is great: attentive but not bothersome. And it is not noisy and overcrowded. We love it, and recommend it heartily."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Dinner was delicious and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend the roasted Brussels sprouts and crispy pork shoulder!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Perfect for our out-of-town guests. Dan helped us out with making our moving target reservations work with company driving in from Richmond. Thanks, Dan! Food was terrific, as usual."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I went there with a friend and had a reservation confirmed at 7PM. Get there and they don't have a table for us so we sat at the bar and waited for 30 minutes and then finally got a table. We placed our first order of tapas which came out pretty quick and the food was great. We then placed our second order of tapas and had to wait 45 minutes for it to come out. The whole experience took three hours and was not worth the wait, if the service was better I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Good food, great list to choose from, great wines. Waiters were great--nice recommendations for food and beverages!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Wide range of tapas and the menu does change and new dishes appear. Can't go wrong with any tapas selection."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The more the people, the more choices you can try. Just remember to save room for dessert."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable dinner at taberna Tapas on Sunday. My husband and sons had been there previously and it has bevome one of their favorite places. The croquetas amd paella were particular standouts. Excellent wine choises and attentive, knowledgeable service. We will return"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Located just down the street from the more publicly acclaimed tapas place Mateo, Taberna is a much better choice if youw ant a nice dinner rather than a crowd scene. The management and wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and our food and wine delicious. We will be back,"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Wonderful food, friendly atmosphere. We needed to be on time for nearby concert and staff was most accommodating of our schedule. Bacon wrapped stuffed dates were marvelous. Evening special of kale and oyster mushrooms was wondrous. Also loved the grilled shrimp with saffron. Salads were over the top fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a group of 3 going to DPAC and the location was great- 5 min walk. Food was very good and fresh. We enjoyed the red wine sangria with the meal. Dishes came out quickly and were all very good. Waiter was helpful and friendly."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was mediocre, we ordered two of the daily specials (salmon and pork shoulder) Both were extremely overcooked and dry. The cheese plate was decent but not worth $16. I wouldn't rush back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great for tapas very in tune to accommodating allergies. Arugula salad is amazing."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We picked Taberna Tapas on a whim for a date night and couldn't be happier with the results. We shared multiple delicious dishes and enjoyed an excellent wine selection suggested by our wait staff. Service was prompt and attentive without hovering. I would definitely recommend. Be sure to try the bacon wrapped dates - delicious!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Was in Durham for one night, picking our daughter up at Duke. Found this gem through Open Table. Waiter was great, explaining the menu and specials. Sampled several dishes and especially loved the braised short ribs, crispy pork shoulder and the bacon wrapped dates. Too bad this restaurant is 450 miles from our home."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I love tapas and Taberna was great. The bacon wrapped dates are a must get. The chicken and bacon croquettes are great as well. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time with family at this quaint little place in Durham. We would definitely recommend to anyone appreciative of light tasty food served with a smile."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "In downtown Durham, convenient to DPAC and other downtown attractions, Taberna Tapas is a small, comfortable restaurant with an excellent array of reasonably priced Spanish wines by the glass ($7 and up) and by the bottle (starting at $28) and a very nice array of tapas, pintxos and even an array of paellas, one of which would make a decent entree for two or easily round out a meal that started with tapas. The desserts are good, though not as distintive. Service is thoughtful, savvy and attentive without being fussy."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Delicious food, knowledgeable waiter (unfortunately not Spanish or Spanish-speaking as I had hoped), loads of vegetarian options which are usually lacking in Spanish cuisine!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Delicious small plates. Wonderful manchego cheese in two different presentations-- sliced with heirlooom tomatoes or deep fried with relish--don't miss this. Traditional paella, braised short ribs that melt in your mouth and serrano wrapped dates were also favorites. I highly recommend this restaurant for tasty dishes and excellent service."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Having seen several reviews of this restaurant, especially praising its food, I was excited for my taste buds, and the only "issue" was the ambiance of the restaurant itself (my wife is the real critic on this topic!). Turns out the restaurant ambiance, to me, was far superior than the deliciousness of the food. The bacon - wrapped dates were set up "to die for"; they were OK to good. The shrimp did not seem really fresh; they had that typical "freezer" burn, "fishy" taste. The paella (the tapas one) was again just OK. That particular dish I was so looking forward to and was disappointed. I don't know what to say; was the REAL chef off that night??? I doubt we'll return any time soon. The service and ambiance did make it enjoyable."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We love Taberna--it's much more relaxed and comfortable than the competition down the street, and the food--though not groundbreaking or astounding--is delicious and varied. Excellent service, excellent wine, comfortable seats (unlike the other place!) and a great atmosphere. Our (minor) complaints are that we wish they had more specials, we think some of the dishes are a little too potato-heavy and the flatbreads are a bit dry. Otherwise top notch. We also appreciate all the vegetarian entrees--we brought a vegetarian friend there recently and had more than enough dishes to choose from. Taberna is a hidden gem."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We live near the train station in Cary, so we took the family on the 20 minute ride to Durham for fun and food. The restaurant was accommodating with our reservation despite our train arriving 20 minutes late. Great seat by the window, really cool ambiance that took advantage of their old brick wall inside to give a modern feel to a neat, old building. The server knew the menu well, and the staff were all friendly. We enjoy ordering a few things at a time until we're full, so this kind of restaurant was fun. The food was excellent. There's nothing on their menu you will get at a chain restaurant. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Taberna is halfway between the Carolina Theater and DPAC. You can park and walk to dinner and the theater of your choice. When you come in the evening, they check to see if they need to help you get out in time for a show. Service is always helpful, friendly and knowledgable. Food is delicious with MANY vegetarian options clearly marked. The wine list is interesting, the bar is well stocked and they have a small but varied collection of craft beers on tap. Not designed for the entertainment of children."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Great! night out and fantastic food and great service. A touch of Spain in Durham!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We ordered a nice mix of grilled seafood tapas, a kale dish and some green beans with anchovies. All were fresh and flavorful. We also ordered Paella which was lovely - the perfect mix of warm, comforting and savory ingredients. the restaurant has a cozy, intimate atmosphere, quiet enough for easy conversation "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We arrived 5 minutes before our reservation and where told it could be 30 minutes or so before a table would be ready. This was in the view of 3 empty tables. We were told we would have to sit at the bar even after asking why we could not sit at one of the empty tables. About 10 minutes later they moved us to one of these open tables, explaining that someone with a reservation of an hour ago had not shown up so we could have their table. So I guess if you are on time you are punished at this restaurant and if you are late they will hold your table for ONE HOUR! The food arrived quickly and was tasty. We ordered a selection of tapas and they were very good about spacing them out so we were neither overwhelmed or waiting between dishes."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We recently had a late lunch at this spot. The white sangria was delicious, as were many of the tapas dishes we ordered. Others though, were just so-so. Additionally, they were out of flatbreads that day, and the flatbreads make up about 1/3 of their menu. Overall, we had a nice lunch and left feeling satisfied."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Restaurant was very busy, however we were seated within 2 minutes with our reservation. I appreciated the hustle of the staff all night. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming. The waiter offered great menu suggestions and everything we ordered was amazing. The mussels, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, shrimp flat bread, i can't remember the others. I will definitely be going back!! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was great. We had a 2 hour dinner and the tapas kept coming at the right pace. Paella was great as were the various tapas. Bacon wrapped dates and the Serrano ham coquettes were the star tapas. We will be back for more!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We booked Taberna Tapas for a graduation meal and had excellent tapas with local ingredients. Favorites included the Salmon with honey chipotle and brussel sprouts with pine nuts (save the honey chipotle for dipping the brussel sprouts). They also have authentic Spanish croquettes and pintxos and excellent sangria. There was beautiful Spanish guitar music playing in the background that stimluated but did not command the conversation. A notable restaurant among Durham's exploded food scene. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Taberna is wonderful! I went here to celebrate my graduation with my family (who are very picky eaters) and a bunch of friends, and everyone had a blast trying the different dishes. The food is delicious, especially the bacon-wrapped dates. We ordered one plate of them to start with and ended up ordering four more! The paella was especially yummy too, and the red sangria was also a favorite. If you haven't eaten here, TRY IT!!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Every choice that me made didn't disappoint, The best sangria I've ever had!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The asparagus special and the pork flatbread were very tasty. As were the wings! The crab cake and chicken paella were downright bad. The paella was really bland. We probably would have given it a second chance based on the good ones if it wasn't for our waiter. He was slightly arrogant at first, but not completely off putting. As another review mentioned though, by the end of the meal we were completely ignored! Our empty paella dish sat on the table for a ridiculously long 20 min with no sign of our waiter and the place was not crowded at all Sunday night. Finally my bf asked the bartender for the check and she was surprised we hadn't paid out. Ha! Hadn't even been offered dessert. I work in the service industry and that doesn't fly."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The first time I ate here, it was pretty much deserted. This past Saturday night was a much different story. We had reservations for two at 7:30 and the entire restaurant was packed! My only complaint is that the tables are a little too close together. Otherwise our server was knowledgable about the food and the wine list; she was also attentive, but not overly so. My date had the vegetable paella which was wonderful - we shared the brussel sprouts, asparagus, and potatas bravas (all good, but easy enough to do at home) - and I had the crab cake crostini (amazing and I could have had more than just the one). Overall, a nice meal out."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We wanted a downtown Durham place within walking distance to the Carolina Theatre, and one we had not visited before. We chose Tabernacle Tapas because it met that criteria and the reviews were good. And the food was very good, well prepared and served at the appropriate temperature, many choices on the menu. The wait staff seemed to share tables and we had no long waits to place orders. BUT we were there at 6 pm and only 3 other tables were occupied. The restaurant has a big window facing the street but no view except a parking lot. The decor is either "we just opened this place in an old building" or a very well done and realistic old-building casual. There are a few boards on the wall with menus and I cannot recall anything else."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Hope they work out plans for outdoor seating on rear patio. That could add a lot of evening charm."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I had asked for a table at the window and - yes - one of the two tables at the window was reserved. Though we arrived 15mins late the reserved table was still "waiting" for us. Very kind. The overal service was friendly and helpful. Thus, all together 5 stars for this great service! The food was excellent. I have not seen sweet poatato fries or fried buttermelk squash in Spain, but who cares as they tasted excellent. We (2) shared 7 Tapas, one flat bread: More than sufficient food. The wine list is - luckly no surprise - full of Spanish wines and both ordered wines were good. The music was too "energetic" for my tast, it would fit better to the nice and relaxing atmosphere of the restaurant if the noise level would be lower. Will go again."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We ate at Taberna this weekend and were very satisfied with the experience. The menu was interesting and included vegetarian options. The service was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our food."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This is a ok alternative IF you can't get in to Mateo's down the street. The food is good, but the portions are smaller than what Mateo's offer"
    Dined on 4/25/2014