Boqueria - Penn Quarter

4.6
149 reviews
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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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Sun 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Wed 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:30PM 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 10:30PM
Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:30PM 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:30PM 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was good and food was good - we ordered a Parrillada the moment we arrived - One hour and a half later still was not there - we ended up canceling this order - The Pan con tomate barely had any tomates. The Jamon de Bellota was very little. Overall was a good experience. The Pulpo a la plancha was excellent! Our waiter was super nice and friendly.

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Tried to repeat a masterful experience that we had at NEW York's Boqueria and failed miserably. Management team along with the kitchen crew needs to go visit Boqueria in New York to fully understand the entire cuisine, make and layout.
1).....TOSTA DE CANGREJO, was served on Texas toast with no fava beans.
2)....The meatballs were very small and greasy.
3)...SANGRÍA was pure water and I had to send it back.
4)....BRÓCOLI CON AJO BLANCO seems like it was just taken out of a bag and served without being properly prepared.
5)....We then decided we've had enough and tried to see if the TURRÓN would be better: An utterly disastrous idea. SALT, SALT and more SALT, wrong ice cream, and I have yet to find out what the "CAKE" was!!...TOO BURNT to recognize. So it is safe to say we will cross the street whenever in that area just to avoid even smelling anything coming from that facility. THEY HAVE RUINED MY TASTE BUDS for TAPAS in the near future.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Service was great. Nice atmosphere

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RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I've been going to the Dupont location for many years and have really liked the food there. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about this location. All three dishes I ordered were not very good. I don't think I will be going back to this location unless the food quality is improved. Service and ambiance were fine.

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R
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their lunch special, salads and sandwiches but those TAPAS!!! YUM.

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E
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The menu was hard for us to understand but we quickly figured out you can’t go wrong. Everything was delicious!! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Coffee is great after dinner

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great time and experience. Food and service was above expectations! Great memories for our 7th Birthday for our little girl. Thank you so so very much!

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H
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Overall everything we had was disappointing, however our server was exceptional. We had croquettes, garlic shrimp, octopus, squid, all of which was just meh.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Denis was amazing!

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RM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Get the roast chicken! It was phenomenal. Also loved the croquettas.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of my favorite meals of 2019. Natalia made us feel like we were at home. Highly recommend the tasting menu. It was a walk through the menu and we loved every course.

Again, thanks to Natalia and the entire staff. It was a great night out and we appreciated every minute of it.

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LT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were there to take advantage of the July 4th Bottomless Brunch. The food was excellent although I wish the restaurant had included more items from the regular menu. But I understand the economic constraints of providing bottomless food and drink for $42. We ordered the fried calamari twice, the roasted eggplant 3 times, the steak with fried eggs and a number of other dishes. The pan con tomate was totally forgettable. I have had this dish many times at other restaurants (both domestically and in Spain) and there was no comparison.

All in all, not a bad experience.

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SB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, my first time at Boqueria was a very good experience. The food was tasty and our server was both knowledgeable and friendly. The atmosphere had a very cool vibe. My only suggestion would be to add some low-top tables. I don't usually find high-top chairs to be comfortable enough to sit in through an entire dinner and, except for the booths, the restaurant only has high-tops.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Gloria our waitress gave excellent recommendations on the food and wine. We were a party of six and had a wonderful conversation because of the low amount of annoying noise around us. Our table was situated where it felt cozy and comfortable with a homelike atmosphere. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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FP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best mimosas! The portions were a bit small, but that's tapas for you. The service was fantastic - Gloria was an all-star server - very attentive but not overbearing, and with great suggestions and follow-up throughout our dining experience.

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Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This visit was for a date night and while the food was tasty and the service was spot on, I thought the value for the food wasn't as great as I would hope. We ordered six tapas plates (including two orders of the bacon wrapped dates they were so tasty (3 pieces per plate) shrimp, octopus, olives, and meatballs and no alcoholic beverages and paid $100+. The food was tasty, but not enough to make me want to go back again and drop a Benjamin and more for little bites.

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O
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was good some dishes were better than others but you could reorder what you liked so that made it worth the price. I would go back for the brunch but would also like to try the regular menu.

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AC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Boqueria was great overall. Great food, well portioned and a great place for a bday group like my party but I was disappointed that we were charged for a full brunch but only received an hour of the unlimited brunch. This place should honor the brunch culture and permit us at least 90 minutes of our unlimited tapas and drinks, I almost asked for a partial refund.

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J
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

I've been to Boqueria for both brunch and dinner. Overall, I think dinner is leaps and bounds better. I would definitely skip the $42 brunch. Because they are shelling out all you can eat food to the entire restaurant, the food quality just isn't as great. Wasn't terrible but the dishes were just kind of boring. The unlimited mimosas were 70% OJ and 30% Champagne.

I will absolutely be returning for dinner.

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g
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience! The staff was so attentive and helpful. The bottomless brunch is an incredible value and we had a great time. Would highly recommend!

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c
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Too darn loud! My ears are still ringing the next day. Food was very good, but service rather indifferent.

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l
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loud AF!
Great happy hour or bar venue but not for a night of intimate dining or deep conversation. The staff was awesome, So accommodating and kind, I’d be back just for that.

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Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with colleagues. Shared the olives, gambas, the pulpo, and two steaks that were perfectly prepared. Excellent food and service.

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CP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were incredible! And the atmosphere was perfect. Modern, clean, lively and fun!

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B
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fabulous experience at the newest location and quite frankly the better of experiences overall as compared to the older location. Food was phenomenal and the staff were even greater! Would definitely come back and have already been raving about this brunch to others. Also parking was a no hassle!

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P
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, not great. Not as good as SoHo location, and not the best of DC Spanish tapas. Not all portions were generous for the price. The highlight was the rotisserie chicken - unbelievably delicious! Don't miss it.

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LW
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the chefs tasting and it was absolutely delicious! The service was fantastic, the food was plentiful and so amazing. We had fantastic margaritas and wine and I loved the atmosphere (perfect for a Friday night meet up with some friends).

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l
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Truly disappointed with the service level provided - felt like she just wants us in and out...

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M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Ordered several items from the menu and all was salty. Food was average. Likely not to go back. Good for tourists who don't know any better.

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W
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and service. Will definitely come back and will recommend it to my friends.

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best bottomless brunches in DC. Excellent drink selection, attentive staff, and great food. Price is reasonable for what you get, especially considering you get a full 2.5 hour all-inclusive brunch.

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B
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am glad we stumbled upon this place for brunch. The food was so good!

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JK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten at Boqueria for lunch and dinner and absolutely love both experiences. Usually new places take some time to get it together but both my experiences soon after their opening were fantastic. The wait staff is personable and knowledgeable about the menu, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is inviting. I will definitely be returning.

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EC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had never been to lunch here before. Loved the bowl entrees! Great as tapas or meal for a single person.

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GK
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Spanish restaurant, we celebrated my wife's birthday with 3 kids. Amazing Tapas food, and very kind service, even our picky kids loved it.

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L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Boqueria Penn Quarter. The food is absolutely exellent! And the service is very professional and friendly, moreover, the atmosphere is great as well. We ordered the antipasto platter, gambas, pulpo and paella for two of us. Churros and coffee as dessert of course. Everything was tasty. This is our favorite restaurant. Will definitely go back soon!

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed that the brunch is different from the Boqueria in DuPont. Really missed the draft beer at this location. This is my fault for not confirming the menus and styles were the same, but still disappointing. The person who greeted us at our table seemed to be on another planet, but our server was great, she was on it! Over the food was full of flavor, and they did accommodate for my health issue I have which was awesome

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CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service. Waitress and staff was very friendly. The drinks were great and the food was fantastic

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our visit. The food and sangria were amazing!

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