Boqueria - Dupont

4.6
1764 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Lively, Barcelona-style tapas bar serving a menu of Spanish classics and market-driven seasonal specials in a warm, modern space.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am to 10:30pm
Friday: 11:30am to 11:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am to 11:30pm
Sunday: 10:30 am to 9:30pm
HAPPY HOUR: Daily - Friday from 3pm - 7pm
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Phone number
(202) 558-9545
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marc Vidal
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Private party facilities
Boqueria's unique dining spaces provide the ideal setting for a wide range of events, from seated dinners to cocktail style receptions.
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Private party contact
Brittany Sullivan: (202) 558-9545
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
19th Street
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Parking details
There is metered street parking with limited hours 5 parking garages within a 1 block radius.
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Public transit
Red Line: Dupont Circle or Farragut North
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year with a Spanish family-style tapas feast and unlimited beer, wine & sangría. 1st Seating: 6:00 – 9:00 ($85pp plus tax & gratuity). 2nd Seating: 9:30 – 12:30 ($125pp plus tax & gratuity). View the menu and details: https://boqueriarestaurant.com/blog/nye

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1764 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food really good; service attentive, but the noise level!

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d
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible from start to finish. We dined for brunch and requested specific items to come first. We got those items almost 1.5 hours later only 10 minutes before last call. We constantly had to ask other waiters for assistance with various items as our requests were often forgot by our assigned server.

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N
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I love this brunch but I was disappointed this time with the service and experience. The brunch is billed to be bottomless food and drink for 2.5 hours with the last seating at 2:00pm. We sat down at 1:40pm and were told at 3:10 the kitchen was closed and it was last call for drinks...1.5 hours; not what we expected or paid for.

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FF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect address for tapas in DC! The place is great as is the food (and cocktails)

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Y
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service.
Minor thing is that food is a little salty at least to me.
Feel pricey. Recommend lower the price given food quality.

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IF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly good Spanish tapas; authentic. Gambas al ajillo not good though. Prawns frozen and garlic stale

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Temperature was too hot. They eventually turned it down. Too bright for dinner. Not romantic at all.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service left much to be desired. Our party of four had an early dinner reservation, arrived to nearly empty restaurant, and were crammed in an awkward corner adjacent to two other parties. We were presented with a full dinner menu and drink list, though the parties nearby all had happy hour menus (indeed, it was starting to feel like we were in the "happy hour" section of the restaurant). After flagging the server down from across the restaurant, we asked for a happy hour menu. We flagged him down again to order drinks. Essentially, it felt like there were expectations around what we would order based on the fact that we had reservations, which is understandable (and we ordered several dishes off of the full menu), but our seating and overall service was definitely calibrated to a happy hour situation.

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DB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and ambiance was nice...service, slow! Be patient and enjoy.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good! Service was very good and food was delicious

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, service was prompt, and ambiance is great! Unfortunately I would not return based on the seating alone. I am 6ft fall and I could not sit on the seat without holding myself up. They are so shallow, no one in our party felt comfortable. We probably would have stayed much longer and ordered many more drinks had the seating been more comfortable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food and great service! Inside has a very updated/modern look, and the servers kept our drinks full and table full of food for bottomless brunch. Definitely going back.

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FS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Bottomless Brunch with three generations and we all loved it! Phillipe and Donatello along with the rest of the wait staff provided excellent service. We had more food and drinks than we could have imagined. Five choices for alcoholic beverages drinks - they kept them coming, switching as often as we liked. We all loved the iced vodka coffee. The Spanish beer was enjoyed as well. We had every item on the menu and enjoyed a repeat of several of the dishes. We took advantage of the full 2.5 hours and had a great time. It was a super experience and we will definitely be back with friends.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We made a reservation and arrived on time, but still had to wait for another 30 minutes for our table.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always good and its always busy which is also a good sign. Happy hour still quite pricey.

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DS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The last time we dined here was about 3 years ago and I just recall the quality of the food being better. While our waitress was the saving grace of the evening, the restaurant also missed the mark in its selection of background music which, properly done can make an ordinary experience a bit more special. Flamenco, classical guitar, salsa even bacalao would have been better than the electronica mix which played LOUDLY during our dinner. The several tapas we had were good, not great and the shared TABLA DE QUESOS Y EMBUTIDOS was very good. While not an immersive experience given the music selection, it was a good evening.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 3

The thing that’s tough during brunch is the drinks getting refilled in a timely fashion ( took more than 30 minutes just to get my drink refilled)and the fact that the waiter never made sure to see if we received all the requested tapas platters even after multiple attempts at ordering the food and we just gave up

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RJ
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a group of 3 seeking a non-turkey post Thanksgiving brunch. The tapas quality and selection were good and the drink glass remained filled. Erica was very attentive and fun. I would come here again.

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FC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great place. Great tastes. Absolutely great people serving you, like old friends. Will miss it when I leave DC.

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EA
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious brunch! Great fast service too. Totally worth it!

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l
New England
48 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was there with a group of six for lunch, so perhaps not a good basis for review. Range if needed tapas shared by the table. Good but not great across the board would be the general comment as compared with other tapas restaurants in DC and elsewhere

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HG
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Filipe (sp) was an excellent server who went above and beyond to make my fiancée’s birthday dinner a success!

All the food was delicious, and the pitchers of Sangria were a good value.

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CY
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sooo good! Can't wait to try their brunch one day.

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DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Kind of expensive, not my number one choice even though the food is good. You can get the same excellent quality in other spanish cuisine restaurants in DC

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NY
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Eggplant and mushroom tapas were very tasty. The Charcuterie and Cheese board was delightful so were the Sangria and Red Wine suggested by our Server. Had a great evening celebrating a friend's birthday who loves tapas. Will be back again for sure!

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c
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

While we enjoyed our meal at Boqueria, we wanted to give new patrons a heads up on a couple of things. The cocktails were just ok, nothing too inspired but we very much enjoyed the wine of the day (a petite Syrah that was delicious). The wait staff encourages 2 -3 menu items per person. This can be misleading since many portions are huge while others seemed just right.

There were 3 in our party - we started with a cheese platter that was really great -- however it could probably serve 4-5 so we kind of over did it on the cheese. And BTW - it came with tomato bread which was delicious, BUT 3 more of our dishes came with bread (maybe we ordered wrong). Next we had the coquets which were out of this world amazing. We had the lamb skewers (came on bread) which were just ok. Serving was 2 but they made it 3 for us. Next the dates wrapped in bacon we classically good. We tried the special brussel spouts which were very good (fit for 4 people) and the potatoes. The potato dish was great but could probably have served 5-6 in a typical tapas setting. We left half of it uneaten because there was so much. Lastly, the shrimp dish (came with bread) was really good. Split 2 well but could've squeezed 3 people.

Overall it was a good meal but I wished that the portions were a little more balanced. It's pretty loud there as well so keep that in mind if you dine with low-talkers ; )

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BF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've had many friends tell me Boqueria was a great place to eat. But I never made it until the other day. Too bad I waited: it's a comfortable place to dine with a great menu and great food. I will be back.

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AM
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The server was pleasant and helpful, but we were very overtly rushed. We had a bottle of wine and four tapas and the restaurant was not at all full: why would anyone bring the check when it was not asked for and then keep checking if we have put our money down? We even told the server when we arrived that we had not seen one another for a long time and planned on a long catch up.

Maybe the server was going to clock out - that still isn't a good reason, but at least it is a reason, and again there were multiple empty tables around us. Again, the food was great, the duck and octopus in particular, but it felt like we started the evening in a restaurant and ended it in a diner.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friend visiting from New York. Everything was awesome from start to finish.

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LR
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The resturant was very busy and lovely. Food was fine. Attention should be focused on service and keeping lavatories better.

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SR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

The food and service were great. the chairs were completely uncomfortable.

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IV
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great customer service. Friendly atmosphere.

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SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

When to their NYC lcation in the Village in August so we were expecting a similar Barcelona experience. Unfortunately tunately the menu was verly limited compared to the New York location and the wine prices were very high (very few choices under $45). The skate special tasted like they purchased it last Monday. No where close to challenging Jose Andes tapas restaurants in the area, except for the tons of single women eating together.

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RM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First of all, the entry was dark and difficult to see. Once we understood it, we entered a very nice restaurant and were seated. The primary restaurant has high tables with stools that are less than comfortable, but manageable. We ordered sangria, which was good, but a bit tart, not sweet like most sangria. The Tapas were EXCELLENT. The sangria was good but not as expected. The paella had crunchy rice - we prefer the saffron rice. for dessert, we had churros filled with nutella. All in all, the food was great, the service was great and the restaurant was very nice.

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KN
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was tremendous! So sweet and attentive. They definitely take great care of you while dining.

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BF
Tampa
101 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

First visit we arrived about 1645 and had a table reservation for 1700. Hostess would not seat us at a table, made us sit at a small bar table for 15 minutes. We sat at the small tale and ordered a couple apps then at 1700 she moved us to a table but would not transfer the bill so I had to close out with the waitress in the bar before moving. The food and Beveridge were excellent but the customer service was a bit rigid and surly.

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t
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I are partial to tapas dining. With that in mind we weren't dissapointed with the selection and the fact that there were additional daily specials. One of the specials was a very pleasant surprise. The butternut squash grilled with yogurt sauce, recommended by our service...it was excellent. I am trying to figure out how to duplicate it at home

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A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Expensive (the value for the food is not there) as well as loud, crowded seatings

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LK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, service was great. We sat outside & toward the end of our meal, we were almost attacked by bees.

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FS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came here with my siblings- we had a blast and enjoyed the food, especially the nutella churros.

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