La Taberna del Alabardero

4.6
2221 reviews
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Traditional Spanish
Get ready to enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine. Chefs Carlos Gómez and César Mayorga bring back the traditional flavors of our favorite classic tapas and paellas and create new dishes elevating Mediterranean products in an innovative way.

Taberna’s seasonal menu feature classic tapas, delightful paellas, fresh sangría, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Join us and fall in love again!

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Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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

Gourmet food prepared with fresh ingredients and exceptional skill. Restaurant decoration is elegant and service is extraordinary. I highly recommend it.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience, The food and the ambience was amazing

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GJ
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last night of our winter trip to DC! Food was amazing and the service courteous and friendly. One of my all time favorites we have to come back soon.
We had lobster paella and a couple of tapas, dessert mmmm

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TS
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have walked by many time and always thought it looked lovely, romantic and finally made reservations for an intimate, late Valentine's Day dinner date. Everyone there was attentive, thoughtful, well versed in wine selections, food selections (this was our first experience in authentic Spanish cuisine and we were beyond happy with the service and attentiveness of all the staff members. FREE coat check, parking. The pricing was a bit high but we only splurge like this once a few times a year so it was worth it

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was incredible, we went there for Valentine’s Day and they focused on all the details and ambiance. Blew me away!

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A
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Yes. Wonderful dining room with attentive service.

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

We celebrated our anniversary and arrived to a personalized card, rose pedals on the table, and excellent service and food. Cozy with a sence of beautifully toned ambiance and delightful tapas to fuel a romantic date!

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JE
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Valentine's Day dinner. Very good service and food was excellent. They provide a set menu and all the dishes were delicious. But it was very pricey.

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j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at it was our first time here. My fiancé choose this place it had good reviews and was highly recommended by his friend. Great choice good food, excellent services.

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J
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We went to this restaurant because it was close to our hotel and it had a good rating. Service was reasonable, but the food wasn't. Pulpo ceviche was too chewy, and the paella was too greasy and didn't have a good flavor. Overpriced.

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DD
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our experience at La Taberna was excellent in every respect. The staff are so welcoming and the food is wonderful. Our thanks to the sommelier for expanding our understanding of Spanish wines further, we thoroughly enjoyed the bottle she introduced us to.

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would highly recommend to a friend. Excellent ambience, excellent service and excellent food. Would definitely come back again!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is the best in town

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would absolutely recommend La Taberna to a friend! They were super friendly and attentive. My boyfriend and I were celebrating my birthday and they greeted us with a hand written card to me! We also got a cupcake with a candle and free rice pudding. Overall, excellent place. I can't think of anything I would change!

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G
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience to dine there.Flamenco great, too.
I have been a patron since it opened. Regular there. For 2 decades.
My favorite in DC

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality in terms of food, wine list and service. Very satisfied.

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P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Maintains a robust standard and decor improved with the renovation.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Love this restaurant but their Restaurant Week menu was quite disappointing. The food was not the usual high quality. The paella was over cooked, service slow, and desserts were also not impressive. Too bad

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LE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My friend and I went for lunch during restaurant week. We had been during a previous restaurant week and were surprised that they did not have paella as one of the options, considering that is what they are known for. This restaurant week - paella was on the menu. Caveat - it had to be ordered for two. We started out with the patatas bravas. My friend's had a hair in it! They took it back and gave her a new one. Save for that, they were good. We ordered the vegetable paella. It was very good except that it had a little too much oil. For dessert, I had the creme brulee. It was good. My friend had their version of king cake. She didn't like it. I didn't mind it. Their olive bread is also very tasty. So, the meal was fine (save for the hair) and the fact that they need to have their curtains cleaned.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent paella. Very professional service. Feels like Spain. Intend to come back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary. Great experience!

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FR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. My favorite special occasion restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious paella and desserts! The restaurant week deal is well with the money.

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JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent food ! Great service, autentic spanish food.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The older bald guy wearing tux was a little rude when we requested extra seat for another friend who’s coming. He said “this should be the last one, give me a break.” Overall, I like the experience.

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. The food was good but very little of it. Atmosphere was very nice and quiet

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y
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant week food could improve more by including Paella on the menu. Appetizers were best thing on the RW menu, entrees were ok and desserts weren’t good unless you upgrade.i really didn’t care for soupy chocolate and chicken/ potato... but too boring.

Wasn’t too impressed this time.

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Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We usually go to La Taberna del Alabardero for lunch, where we enjoy tapas, sangria and impeccable service. We went during Restaurant Week and did not have very good service. We sat down and waited for more than 10 minutes for someone to come over. We ended up flagging a bus boy, who said he would get our waiter. Our waiter was impatient when he came over to take our drink order. It took another 7-10 minutes for the drinks to appear. It then took our waiter another 10-15 minutes to take our order. After that, the service went pretty smoothly. The appetizers and main courses were good, but not very Spanish (i.e., risotto and pork curry). The lemon tart was fine, but the chocolate dessert was not good at all. It was basically a bowl of thick chocolate milk.

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e
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Spanish restaurant in DC. Añways consistent in quality

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TO
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for restaurant week. I just chose it because I wanted to try something new, and I love Spain. IT WAS AMAZING! I was not disappointed by anything. Everything was perfect.

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g
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Attended a business meeting during restaurant week. Service was slow. I ordered from the tapas menu, the potato omelet and grilled asparagus. Both were good. My manager ordered from the restaurant week menu. The appetizers was supposed to be a war dish but was cool. He liked his entree. Dessert, a chocolate mousse dish was very good.

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DK
Phoenix
103 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to for Restaurant week, the lunch has good quality. The first course I had salmon tartar, good balance, salmon was little bit chewy but taste is good. The second course I had fried cod, the fish was tender and sauce was tasty. The dessert I had is the Spanish tradition cake, fruity cream. The first and second courses sizes were quite small, couple tablespoon full. The cake was full size. I was stuffed by the cake.

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SW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been dinning at La Taberna for years and we always choose it for celebrations. The food is excellent and the service is the best !! The waiters are very cordial and have a profound knowledge of the menu, they are super attentive-
I highly recommend this restaurant-

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C
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant before for the paella and it was great. However, when I went back yesterday for the Restaurant Week lunch special, the food was TERRIBLE.

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IF
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I went here for Restaurant week, thought a good idea to try the menu that way.

Service was adequate, not too special. Our waiter mostly just seemed impatient, borderline annoyed with us. We were not in a huge rush, so took our time perusing the fixed menu.

Some of the dishes were excellent, well, one was Excellent: Salmon Tartare, delicious.
My entree: Trout something was barely adequate, dry, fairly tasteless, basically told my date she could try if she wanted to, but not really worth it.

Desserts also just okay, I got some chocolate mousse/soup thing, ehh, they offered to replace, so I tried lemon custard, it was better, but nothing spectacular.

Overall, felt a little rushed and just an annoyance to staff who had to be polite for Restaurant Week.

I won't be going back anytime soon, or ever, probably, too many choices in DC.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for restaurant week during lunch - what a steal! Great food, service and a good time catching up with friends. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion and any time.

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HF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for Restaurant Week to try a new place, something a bunch of us from the office do every year. It was a lot fun and yummy food.

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TK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything great all around. Great food and attentive servers.

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food and wine selection, great old world ambience and excellent service. Staff at Taberna are simply the best. Been going in this restaurant for years whether for special occasions, business lunch or dinner and just relaxing with family or family, friends and colleagues.

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was to celebrate a Birthday. It is a special place to celebrate any occasion.

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