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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Amazing service

JE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our cousin was staying at a nearby hotel, so we chose this restaurant we'd never visited, based on reviews. I requested a quiet table and/or outside table, weather permitting. The stars aligned, and we were seated outside. The street noise was low. Indoors, the place was far too loud for us to consider having a conversation, so we were pleased with our choice to sit outdoors. The service was excellent, and our waitress acquainted us with the tapas dishes, recommending several. Everything was delicious and served in style. We will return!

VA
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Two friends met for lunch on a Tuesday. The restaurant was not crowded so we could hear each other. Service was great, attentive but not overbearing. We choose two tapas and one lunch, and the food was delicious. The quantity of food for the tapas plates (gambas and tortilla española) allowed us to share, as did the roasted chicken and patatas bravas on the lunch plate. We had coffee as well, which is not always available at Spanish restaurants. All in all, better than many similar restaurants, both in the quality of the food and the ambience of the restaurant. Granted, it was lunch and not crowded, but we definitely would go back and already have recommended this restaurant to friends.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Las porciones son muy pequeñas. Bien sazonadas y sabrosas pero pequeñas y, a los precios establecidos, resulta una comida cara.
La atención del personal fue muy amable y eficiente.

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i
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the ambiance of the restaurant is lovely. I think that the price of the food may have not been worth it considering it is ~$30-40 per person for brunch without alcoholic beverages, but nothing was disappointing. I'd say value was the only questionable character.

Additionally, the staff were smiling, happy, and helpful. The waitress was very professional and took good care of us as well.

M
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I’ve been to many tapas bar and lived in Madrid also. I give this place a 7/10. While it’s a tad better than Jaleo and Barcelona. The small stingy portions will not gave me run back.

It was a birthday celebration and the very rushed help didn’t even recognize it even after I reminded the hostess.

Rushed ackward service leaves me not longing for more.

L
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to dine when in DC. Never a disappointment and customer service is the gold standard...how it should be.

G
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was great. Nice takes on diverse tapas. I like the Gambas al ajillo even better than Jaleo's classic. Patatas bravas were lively and spicy. Cheese platter was pricier but included tomato bread which was tasty and filling with the different cheese slices. Enjoyed a pitcher of sangria -- Triple Sec gives it a more complex flavor than the usual. The big problems for me, which may be features for others, are the noise and the seating. Almost all the seating is bar stools and high tables. Being older I find that kind of seating extremely uncomfortable. The other options were large group tables. The hostess kindly seated us at a large shared table in the back (which is slightly quieter) and did not place anyone else at our end. The cacophony in the rest of the restaurant was deafening for me. On the other hand, maybe this energy level attracts younger customers.

r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good and service was also good. I did think that the prices were a bit steep for what we ordered.

g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. The food is delicious and best churros in town!

ER
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed brunch here over the Labor Day weekend. They have a good variety of food and drinks that came out pretty quickly. We opted for bottomless brunch, and I was surprised that the servers were not more attentive, we were often sitting for a while with no checkin from the staff, which was especially frustrating since the brunch has a high price tag. Overall good experience.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner for my girlfriends birthday.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch here is fabtastic!! Everything we had was delicious and Gloria, our waitress, was amazing!

CP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excited that they expanded to the Penn Quarter location. Its much bigger, food is amazing. The service is great. The spiked chocolate milk is to die for.

DJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrate my nephew’s promotion.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, our server, Stephanie was amazing and the drinks were really good. Our drinks never got empty and it was an awesome experience treating my cousin to her first DC Bottomless Brunch!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice Spanish restaurant with good food!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing server and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Food was amazing.

This was our first time visit.

LV
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

i enjoy the brunch but i think some of the taste and temperature get lost when you’re pushing so much food at during a bottomless brunch- i wish the french toast tasted better - my second doing brunch there and both times it tasted burnt. overall a good spot and i would go back

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Boqueria was mediocre. The wait staff barely attended to the table and often mixed up orders. It took very long to get refills on the bottomless brunch drinks. 5/10

IR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the mushroom and ham croquettes - amazing value service and food!

ND
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The menu was hard to read and the only thing that was available for my daughter to eat was French fries. The chicken and churros were good. The food is served as Tapas format. If the waiter wouldn’t have been so nice letting us know know what was good on the menu we would have probably left to find another restaurant.

S
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Loved the food but the service was not great. We had to ask for clean plates between meal and dessert and we still didn't get them. Similarly, our table asked for hot sauce no less than three times and we only received it after most of the dishes had been served. Food itself it great but service is much better at the Dupont location.

OT
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful date night here. Food and drinks were off the charts. I’m still fantasizing about the taste of the calamari. I regret that I didn’t try the pallella. Oh well. Guess I’ll be coming back soon!

s
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, the wait staff was busy but still did well.

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Staff was attentive but not overwhelming. Food was excellent.

C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Looked good for drinks and the food was decent, but not outstanding. The waitress was great and brought us delicious Churros!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious!

DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service. Good place for dinner; bar area also looked packed. Loved their take on churros. Other food was good but not necessarily the best tapas available downtown.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Excellent service—server was friendly and knowledgeable. We’ll be back!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Another TAPAS place in the Distric not much differece between all of the restaurants that offer these options. PRICEY. Not worth the price in my opinion.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for brunch. Great drink selection.

ML
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Spanish restaurants I’ve been to outside of Spain. And would be at home in any Spanish town. Great food. Great value

FE
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely be back.

RR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bustling eatery that provided delicious option with excellent service.

DA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended prior to a concert at Capital one Arena. The service was friendly and prompt. The food was absolutely superb. The tapas style fair came out "as it was ready", so based on what we had ordered, it seemed a little "out of order". We had a lot of veggies on the table before we had any meats, but it was so delicious, it really didn't matter. The lamb skewers were amazing as were the bacon wrapped dates. It was a rather lively atmosphere, but not so loud that my wife and i couldn't carry on our conversation.

OW
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great professional service. Reasonable prices.

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a 5 star experience, but with 4stars because of the noise level. Dennis was our amazing server and worthy of a Michelin Star restaurant. He was personable, always had what we needed, paid the utmost attention to my food allergy and never "crowded" us. Went celebrating a friends birthday, and he did his upmost to make it memorable. The food was wonderful, especially the chicken. He made sure as much as possible was garlic and onion free for my allergy. The food was fresh and prepared exquisitely. Can't wait to return.

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Boqueria is flavorful and delicious. The menus has so many great vegetable options. I enjoyed the heirloom tomatoes, roasted beets, roasted corn, and the Spanish tortilla--each with its own seasonings, or complementary cheese. Add a glass of crisp white wine, and you have all the ingredients for a wonderful evening.

RD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Our server was Natalia. Great personality. Love the pan con tomato with Jamon and the anchovies!

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