Boqueria - Penn Quarter

4.6
375 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Vibrant, Barcelona-style tapas bar with high top seating and a design aesthetic inspired by European modernism. Enjoy Spanish classics and a rotating menu of seasonal dishes.

Looking forward to having you at Boqueria! A couple notes to make sure you have the best experience possible:

Please let us know if you have any seating requirements when making your booking.

Parties of 10 or more will enjoy:
Dinner: Chef's Tasting Menu ($52pp plus tax and gratuity)

Thank you again for choosing Boqueria Penn Quarter. If your plans change please let us know. We look forward to having you!
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JaredD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boqueria is just a lovely dining experience. The layout is chic but not too stuffy. It's dimly lit but not too much so, with the music setting a nice mood. The tapas are a great value - especially during restaurant week. We'll be back for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Boqueria and Rob made it such a wonderful and insightful experience. He gave us a run down on each item that was brought out which really made the experience fun and interactive. The food was amazing, literally everything! Would highly recommend! Ask for Rob!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Had great restaurant week deals.

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DanielleM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a lunch during Restaurant Week so we chose from the fixed menu. Notices were ample, food quality was big, presentation was pleasant and in tapas styling. Overall an excellent value.

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vipYolandaH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch. Tapas and the brunch paella were delicious! Definitely coming back to try dinner and for the great service!

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vipAnnM
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an excellent bottle of Cava Rose along with Tabla de Quesos, Escalivada, Patatas Bravas then followed with Gambas al Ajillo, Croquettes Cremosas, Pato Confitado and Albondigas. The three of us loved every bite and the dishes reminded us of our trip to Spain two years ago before the pandemic. The service was terrific and the plates were well-timed…everything was delicious. Would definitely return to this restaurant and recommend it to others!

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vipZhane
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing! I’ve been wanting to try and I’m so glad I did!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and ambiance were pretty good. Prices are a bit high in comparison to other tapas places I’ve been to. The waiter was fine but didn’t want to split our checks when we asked her to do so, which would’ve been convenient and nice. Overall, four stars.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

$$$$ It will cost you and your date $150 but it was incredible food .

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vipbkmorris
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very good and make recommendations on what we should try. The food was good and well prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Decor:
Immediately upon walking in, you are greeted by a visual of the bar display, which I particularly liked. The decor is intimate enough for a date night but also not too intimate where you can enjoy with friends. The partition between the main eating area and the bar was particularly enchanting. I also really enjoyed being able to see the chefs cooking to the far end of the restaurant.

Food:
The food was reasonably priced in my opinion. The menu itself isn’t super extensive but sometimes I prefer a shorter menu to choose from. We ordered almost every tapa available. The shrimp in garlic was delicious. The shrimp itself was standard but I think the highlight really was the garlic butter/oil sauce. It was extremely delicious with the bread provided. The patatas bravas were delicious, although I do wish the potatoes were cut in slightly smaller cubes. The broccoli was decent; the sauce was really good but all of the broccoli wasn’t covered in it so it took a few pieces to really be able to appreciate the it.

Drinks:
Drinks were good. White sangria was okay; I think the ice watered it down quite a bit. Alcoholic beverages were pretty standard.

Service:
The service was great. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and made some really nice recommendations for substitutes. It wasn’t particularly busy as we arrived shortly after they opened but it was nice to have an attentive server who always updated us on our order. I know this should be bare minimum but it was still very much appreciated.

Overall - food was delicious, well priced, and service was great. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Came here around 530 on NYE. Found out they were not doing full menu because of their NYE special which started at 6. Food was good, drinks were good and the energy was lively in anticipation of the night. I would definitely come back if I lived close by.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!

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Alexcat
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with friend

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vipHelenS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Most of our dishes were very good, but the octopus we ordered was bland and rubbery.

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Siona
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Boqueria On a whim because my partner and I were starving. I have been there before for happy hour but it was my first time for dinner and it was literally so delicious! Everything from the drinks to the desert was well made, flavourful, and unique. For drinks we got one white sangria, a shitio pepper margarita (this had a savory, sublime but slightly sweet taste -I loved it.) our appetizer was a slightly charred broccoli dish with some sumac and currants. Then we had pinxos morenos, the bleu cheese steak and the octopus tapa. Finally for dessert we got the basque cheesecake With a side of the dulce de lèche. There was a little olive oil on the rim of the dish which paired perfectly with the cheese cake. Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the server we had but he was great and looking around I could tell all the servers and bussers were all very Attentive. It was a Phenomenal dinner. Usually I can only eat a few bites my food and I have to save the rest for a few hours but I ate everything!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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Kiers
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, great experience, but the champagne was very cheap.

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vipLauren
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely experience at Boqueria. Got a few plates that we did not ask for and did not get a few that we did ask for, but the flexibility of the tapas style meal made it not matter too much. I will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place great food

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Kate
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A fun birthday treat! Drinks were 4 stars but food was 5! Service wasn't bad considering it was a weekend brunch. I would go back again!

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none
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to this location, great food, bar service, table service and good variety of wine.

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vipLaurenL
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Mushroom croquettes were so good. Definitely made up for the salt cod fritters which were not good. Those shishito peppers though....

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vipThomasm
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, my friend spilled his champagne and they quickly brought a new glass without our even mentioning it! The meatballs, croquettes and the bacon wrapped dates were all delicious. Will definitely be back

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and very good atmosphere. The tapas sizes are pretty generous.

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IrfH
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great quality food. Service was good as we were the only people at a table and a few people at the bar.

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vipSusannaM
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Special outing to celebrate with friends. Was given a nice spot that was relatively quiet in what would be a generally noisy restaurant. Though all of their tapas are excellent and spot on to the tapas we had in Barcelona, I can only describe their seafood paella as good - not great.

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vipAndieC
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food portions are huge. Wish it was smaller and more focused, like true tapas.
Each person needs 1-2 not 3-4 plates.
Also, the jamon Serrano is sub-par.
Good vibe but would not recommend, especially with Jaleo so close by.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was great, except the server seemed very bothered that we didn’t want everything on the al-you can

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here for my Birthday Dinner with friends!!! Great and delicious food!!!

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vipRobert
Cincinnati
46 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spanish restaurant serves tapas that serves 2 people. As good as any we’ve had anywhere, including throughout Spain.

Attentive friendly service. Shishito margarita is a must try if you are into margaritas.

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Foodie123
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas lunch was excellent. The wine recommendation was very nice as well.

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NatashaA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great addition to the neighborhood. Calamari was excellent. We had several vegetarian dishes, which were very good, esp. the brussels sprouts. Crema catalan was delicious. It was comfortable to converse, though I wish restaurants would choose music that doesn't have a throbbing bass.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife’s birthday and it was great, exactly what we were wanting. Service was top notch and food was amazing! We got about five tapas and paella for four people was great. Sangria was very good. Would recommend and we plan to go back.

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DCfoodie31
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the back of the restaurant which was nice. We were able to see the kitchen in action. The food tasted really good. Almost as good as some of the restaurants in Seville, Spain.

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Annie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had the weekend “Bottomless Brunch”. None of the tapas were bad, but we really enjoyed about half of them. That’s the whole purpose since you reorder any of the tapas you want. It also includes bottomless sangrias and mimosas. Service was very efficient and we’re definitely going back.

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Maniwan
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun drinks and attentive staff. I love the atmosphere, especially the round tables up front.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent! Loved the croquetas and churros!

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Boqueria - Penn Quarter is rated 4.6 stars by 375 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.