Boqueria - Penn Quarter

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$30 and under
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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 in the heart of Washington DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood.

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J
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable meal of authentic tapas and an excellent paella. Nice sherry selection. Very quick service, so pace yourself and order a few dishes at a time.

AL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tapas around. Wish they would always offer the La Padilla and it wasn’t seasonal but food it still wonderful

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Group of 18 people spread over two tables. Service was prompt and attentive food was great. The restaurant staff was very accommodating when we arrived a bit early for our reservations. Sharing Tapas was an excellent way to keep people interacting. Definitely going back.

OT
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good selections of drinks and food choices from appetizers to desserts. Everything to share so could try many dishes. Scallops were very tasty as were lamb skewers, spinach, bacon wrapped dates, and tarron cake dessert. Go for it...

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow this place is special! We weren’t very hungry when we got to the restaurant and only ordered a few small plates. But we found ourselves trying to eat every last bite of the food because it was so delicious. Highly recommend the half chicken- it really is the best chicken we’ve ever eaten. It was my birthday, and they sweetly brought me a dessert on the house. We are just visiting DC, but if we lived here, we would come to Boqueria often.

GC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very memorable dinner and evening. . .the “Tinta” sangria, ands the many tapas were great. We decided to do the “Boqueria Experience” and let the Chef bring his selections. All were outstanding - especially the Jamon Iberico and the Grilled Octopus. It is a two hour dinner, and we will definitely go back again.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Very rude waiter.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Excellent service!

CF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Will was awesome!
Great place to order several tapas to share. Paella is amazing.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great food!

JB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food, fun evening!

GL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service and very kind people. Missed my birthday celebration, but did say happy birthday at the end. The meat and cheese plate is really delicious and big! We enjoyed it and will be back.

HW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a work meeting over lunch, and will definitely do it again! The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and it wasn't too loud. Highly recommended!

JP
New England
86 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous meal, great food, excellent service

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Paella was good, not great.

D
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tapas and cocktails. Just loved it.

n
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gloria was a great waitress!! Patatas bravas are always a must

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! They celebrated a birthday with complimentary churros!

CF
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chic restaurant, service was quick and efficient. We weren't big fans of the white sangria. It was very lemony. Otherwise everything we had was tasty, and well prepared. We tried the garlic shrimp, lamb meatballs, lamb skewers, octopus, croquetas, sweet potatoes, squash & sausage, and the dates. We'll easily return.

JG
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First experience, very good food and attentive staff.

DD
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was outstanding in helping us select various dishes...

LH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was amazing! I Personally love the French toast and steak and eggs. The drinks are pretty good too and the service is always amazing during brunch!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The food was subpar but the drinks and ambiance were great.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. We ordered a few tapas and really enjoyed every single one. Great experience overall.

FF
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and a nice setting. The service was a bit slow but otherwise okay.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful birthday dinner at Boqueria. Baby boomers & millennials both enjoyed. Tried some of the featured cocktails which were a hit: the Basque Mule & the Cidre sangria, also some tasty sherries. The tapas portions were generously sized. Loved the jamon/cheese/chorizo platter as starter. Patatas bravas, green beans, white anchovies with housemade potato chips, salt cod balls were especially delicious. The roast chicken was amazing! Also loved the dulce de leche churros & great espresso for dessert. Service was friendly, even charming, & efficient. Thanks for a fun night.

b
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is mostly great here - and plentiful. Service, while not slow taking orders or bringing out food, tends to trail off so it’s hard to get out of there in under 1 hour.

SO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. However, because I read the reviews beforehand, I expected the food to be good. What I did not expect, and was pleasantly surprised with, was the service. Unfortunately nowadays the service industry is so terribly bad that I unwillingly learnt to live with ignorant service staff. It was just the opposite here. Everybody including our waitress were superbly in tuned with us. Thanks Boqueria DC Downtown!

m
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very average. The JAMÓN IBÉRICO DE BELLOTA was quite good (we didn't think it was worth the upcharge though), but nothing else we had was memorable in the least, but not bad. The PAN CON TOMATE had little flavor but the bread had a nice texture. The CRUDO DE VIEIRAS. was ok but sliced so thin (I now understand its supposed to) that there was no texture to the scallops. The decor was very nice, but most of the seating is hard and definitely designed to ensure you don't linger. As long as you stay away from the bar the volume level was not excessively loud so you could have a conversation. Service was OK, again nothing terrible but nothing great. We asked for plain coffee and got expresso. When we said we really wanted just plain coffee we were told they would get some but came back and said it was not available. No mention was made of the fact that we had made this clear when ordering.

R
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We came in for a pre-theater dinner on Saturday evening and were surprised that they had Happy Hour until 7 PM, with greatly reduced prices. I ordered the happy hour cocktail (gin, lemon, and some type of syrup) which was very ordinary--tasted like lemonade. I also ordered tapas off the HH menu: a yogurt/eggplant/red pepper dip that was ok and a garlic butter/anchovies/bread item that also was just ok. My friend said the steak tapas were delicious. I tried her potatoes and they were alright--a big bowl, crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. I'll go back and hope for better food off the regular menu. On the plus side, the restaurant is very pretty--casual but nicely designed, contemporary, lively--and the service was terrific.

CV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant convenient that easily accommodated our large party. We went for brunch and they kept the bottomless food and drinks flowing!

M
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First time coming for dinner, have been to brunch three times. Similar food as brunch menu, but still very high quality tapas, and good value for drinks.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, and the ambience was fun and energetic. First time there and we will be back next time we’re in town.

BB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fun atmosphere; food shows attention to detail; perfect before game or theatre or after such; menu provides wide range of choices and flexibility.

ER
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time here and it was close to the food I had in San Sebastián, everything was prepared very well. Friendly staff and very professional. Overall a great experience. Definitely be back and recommend it.

r
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday here with a small group of friends. The food was delicious - definitely try the paella! - and the service was excellent. The food is also very authentic and there's something for everyone.

HA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the evening!

CP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and great location. We ate mostly vegetarian because of our group makeup, and I tried various new and delicious dishes.